Planning With Successful Homeschool Made Easy #Review
Considering homeschooling or still a newbie? Homeschooling can be a daunting prospect when you’re just starting out – the choices can seem overwhelming at times. Or maybe you’re a homeschool veteran, thinking about making some changes to your routine. Maybe you have kids entering high school for the first time, and you want a solid plan. Maybe it’s a lifestyle change, a child with a different learning style, or just a desire for something different.
What can you do? Where do you start? One possibility is the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course, designed to help you avoid stress, feel prepared, and find a solution that’s perfect for your unique family. Created by Stephanie Walmsley of Successful Homeschooling Made Easy, it gives you the tools you need to craft a homeschool plan that’s custom-made to fit the needs of you and your children.
The Successful Homeschooling Made Easy course consists of 26 weekly lessons, in pdf format, provided online. The material is broken down over so many weeks in a effort to reduce that “overwhelming” feeling – with a short lesson per week, it’s much easier to commit to a short period each week of planning time than it would be if the material was lumped into one huge file. (And let’s face it – with one huge file, some of us would never even find the time to start it – it’d always be something we saved for later, instead of making use of along the way.)
The pages are in color, rather than black and white, but the color is used sparingly, and it’s decorative, not necessary to utilize the printouts. It’s totally up to you whether you print in color or black and white; the pages are grey-scale friendly. (So I save printer ink and just use my colored pens to liven up the pages, because that’s how I roll.)
I’d recommend saving all the lessons in one binder for easy reference now and later – and don’t forget to store the pdfs somewhere safe so that you can refresh your plan later!
Who Would Use Successful Homeschooling Made Easy?
There are at least four situations I can think of where Successful Homeschooling Made Easy would come in handy, and possibly be an outright life-saver. (Or at least a homeschooling-and-sanity-saver!)
Thinking About Homeschooling, But Haven’t Yet Made The Jump
Perhaps the kids are little, and you’re not quite at decision-making time. Or you’re frustrated with your local public school, and know that a change is in your child’s best interest, but you don’t feel prepared to make that jump. Or you’ve already made the decision to start next fall. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy is just what you need, because after the first few lessons, you’ll feel much more confident and be ready to start, now that you have a beginning road map.
I Pulled The Kid(s) Out Of School, Now What Do I Do?!?
If you’re at all like me, and things reached a point where you knew you HAD to take a child out of public school immediately, even if it meant winging it – it’s perfectly ok. There are an awful lot of us out there who came to homeschooling in just the same way, and we all know how you feel. The utter relief at having STOPPED whatever particular crazy had entered your life, followed by panic, because you had no idea where to start. It’s ok. We’ve been there.
Take a breath, sit down with coffee or tea, and check out the free sample lesson. You don’t have to have a complete plan today, or even this week. It’s ok to ease into this, and chances are, your family needs to de-stress from whatever you’ve been dealing with.
I Feel Like I’m Winging It!
Yes, Successful Homeschooling Made Easy can help. If the stress of trying to plan from day to day or week to week is getting to you – or you don’t feel like anything is getting done – take an hour or so a week, and slowly make some changes to your life. Chances are, if your kids are a little older, you’ll have a good idea of personalities and learning styles, and this will make planning all that much easier for you. Discover the freedom of a schedule, even if it’s a flexible, generous one.
Can I Deal With High School?
Out of my four, I have one recent graduate taking college classes, a junior that’s enrolled in public school at home, and my youngest two are 7th and 9th graders. Due to some life upheaval, my wonderful plan for this school year didn’t go off as planned – actually, it pretty much went all to heck. I’m using the course to re-figure and refocus my high school plan for my two youngest, and I have high hopes for this next year.
Since we’re in our tenth year of homeschooling, I have a pretty good idea of the way my students and I prefer to work, but it’s always helpful to get a fresh eye on things. As a curricula addict who also happens to be low-income, I also need to take a look at materials I already have on hand, and evaluate them – will we really be using them in the next few years? And if not, they need to go, to free up space and finances for things we will use.
Our Life Is Drastically Different, Do We Have To Stop Homeschooling?
Maybe when you started homeschooling, you were a stay-at-home-mom, and you had plenty of time for reading all the books out loud, and hours each day for supervised hands-on projects. You could teach lessons yourself, spend hours each day working with each of your children, and wake the next day feeling empowered and joyful.
And then life happened. Maybe it’s more kids, maybe it’s health issues, maybe it’s the part-time job to make ends meet, maybe you even found yourself a single parent and have to be teacher and income-provider both. You’re about ready to give up homeschooling, because there’s just no way you can manage to continue the way you’ve always done things.
Don’t give up quite yet. It IS possible to homeschool after drastic life changes, but it’s necessary to evaluate what really matters, and take advantage of the strengths of your children, in combination with curricula that is made for independent work. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy can guide you as you evaluate your options.
I’ve Don’t Know If I Can Do This Anymore… I’m Tired.
Burnout is, at it’s most simple, an indicator of the need for change. But it doesn’t have to be the drastic “stop homeschooling” that you fear it does. Instead, refocus on what matters. The kids are older now, and can take charge of much of their own schedule. Let them. Expect it. Demand it, if necessary. College and employers will – and the ony place they’re going to learn how is at home.
Is It REALLY Easy?
Yes. It’s a simple guide, and I promise, you CAN work through it even if you’re sleep deprived, sick, or just plain busy. (I guarantee you – I’ve been working on it through April and early May, which honestly, have been some of the most stressful, miserable days I have lived through in years and years.)
Try out the sample lesson, and you’ll see what I mean.