Friday, May 8, 2015

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

We received the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course to review. This is a 26 week online course, which is sent each week via email and comes with a downloadable PDF of the course. You can preview a course, but it's basically set up as a weekly lesson for homeschooling parents. If you're brand new to homeschooling, or even experienced and just looking for something new to try (perhaps your own methods aren't quite working), then I highly suggest starting with Successful Homeschooling Made Easy. It's an absolutely fabulous course that educates parents in a step-by-step manner to introduce different aspects of homeschooling. Actually, even if you are still in the stages of wondering whether homeschooling is right for your family, this course would help. It will prepare you for homeschooling and give you the best teaching advice.

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

I've only received nine weeks of the course and so far is has been a game changer. I've learned to organize our days better, which helps me not to lose focus throughout the day. One thing I love about this course is that it applies to children of all ages (preschoolers, all the way up to high schoolers), with advice for each type of age group. I love that there is a lot of emphasis on "family time," play time, and being sure to learn alongside your children. That's how we learn best and it's usually a group effort.

These lessons will ask parents to think about what their values and goals are, what they expect and plan to do, and asks many important questions that help you understand your homeschool. They deal with planning, scheduling, lessons, goals, and ideals. If you still feel like you need guidance, the author Stephanie Walmsley suggests several books that are great for new and experienced homeschoolers. I actually haven't read any of them yet, but I've been looking for them at our library and local bookstores.

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

Options I would personally like:
- Opportunity to purchase full course as a printed book (like the image above), but also available as a download through the emails (in case you're reading on a tablet or smartphone).
- Opportunity to print all 26 lessons up front, this way you can create the book yourself and always be prepared (which prevents you from forgetting to check your email or accidentally deleting an email). OR create a members only area where you can access all the lessons online.

9 lessons - 1/2 inch thick so far!

So because this course is only available as a download, I suggest planning to print it out and storing it in a binder. Some lessons are only 11 pages while others are over 20, so you'll need a fairly large binder if you plan to fit the entire 26 week course. There are sections that are meant to be filled in (parent homework!) and plenty of space for notes. Some pages will be used as a weekly schedule, so those will be displayed on a fridge or somewhere where everyone can see it, but you can keep an extra copy in your binder for notes. In addition to the printed copy, I would save the lessons on your tablet/laptop/smartphone, because there are some links that take you to extra lists, resources or references (for example, the full recommended book list is a link in lesson four).

I personally see myself homeschooling for many years to come, hopefully all the way through high school! But I'm not an overly confident person. So I know we will hit some bumps along the way, and I know we will get through them, because we're determined to make this work. Still being fairly new to homeschooling (we're in our second year), this was a great resource to help us smooth out the kinks in our daily routine, such as making housekeeping part of our routine and involving the kids. Lesson Six is actually perfect for Mother's Day, since it involves creating "mom time," doing the activities that make mom happy and creating time for themselves.

The Successful Homeschooling Made Easy also comes with some free bonus lessons. The first bonus lesson was about fun math games and activities that we have used and loved! We have only received one so far, but we look forward to the ones that come next, because if they're just as good and useful, then they will be amazing to add to our homeschool lessons! It would be amazing if Stephanie W. decided to create another series of lessons focused solely on learning activities, games and reading recommendations for children!

This course costs $10 a month (just over $2 per lesson), or you can purchase it as a one time payment with a 20% discount for $48. I feel like it's absolutely worth it! It's a wonderful investment that will work for any homeschooling family.

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