Two years ago in April, I made the decision to homeschool Bookworm. Although I knew it was the right decision for us, I was petrified. What if I screwed up his life? What if I couldn’t teach him? What if he took a standardized test and did horrible thanks to my teaching? I kid you not, for two months, I could not sleep before midnight or 1 a.m. because I was so worried about homeschooling.
What I would have loved to have read back then was the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course by Stephanie Walmsley, a homeschooling mom of five. (If you think you might be interested in this course but need more information, you can download a free sample at the website, Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.)
More Details about Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course
When you sign up for the course, you’ll get a lesson each week for 26 weeks. Each lesson is 7 to 26 pages long.
The lessons come in PDF format, delivered to e-mail. If you’re not satisfied with the course, Walmsley offers a money back guarantee. The course costs $10 per month for 6 months, or $48 if you pay at once upfront.
Content of Successful Homeschooling Made Easy
For the purposes of this review, I was given the first 8 weeks of content. (I will get the rest of the content, one lesson per week, for the remainder of the 26 weeks.)
This is a snap shot of the information that I received:
Lesson 1—Start Homeschooling Today
This 26 page lesson includes an overview of what you will receive over the next 26 weeks as well as what you need to start homeschooling today. Walmsley has you put together a simple 8 week schedule. Since she assumes the reader is just starting homeschooling, Walmsley asks you to only add a literacy hour and math to your homeschool schedule.
Walmsley also asks you to set aside a designated time each week to do your Successful Homeschooling Made Easy coursework. (To get the most out of this material, you shouldn’t just read it but actually do the assignments.)
Lesson 2—Math Made Easy
This lesson is 15 pages long and covers a topic that intimidates many homeschooling moms—teaching math. Walmsley speculates that parents don’t like to teach math because they weren’t taught math very well themselves. That is certainly my experience.
Walmsley recommends teaching math in a practical way, and she also gives 12 questions to ask when choosing math curriculum.
Bonus One—More on Math
This fun 14 page lesson includes games to play to help kids learn math facts as well as books to read.
Lesson 3—Welcome Home
This chapter is for moms like me who sent a child (or children) to school before deciding to homeschool. Walmsley shares 16 moms’ advice. These are all women who had their children at school for some time before deciding to homeschool them. The advice in this chapter is invaluable!
Lesson 4—Fireproof Your Homeschool
This week, Walmsley encourages you to add something fun to your schedule. She also asks you to tackle deep questions such as what you want to do with your life and why you want to homeschool your children. Finally, she warns that once you start homeschooling, you may hear a lot of criticism from others in your life.
Lesson 5—Three Key Ingredients for Success
This chapter is so important! You’re asked to answer three tough questions:
- What do you want to achieve with your child and for your child?
- Where would you like to be in your life with your child in 10 years’ time?
- How will home educating help you to achieve your goal or dream?
Also, Walmsley suggests some books to read about homeschooling.
Lesson 6—Fulfill Your Dreams
Walmsley asks some hard questions here for moms who are likely to give to everyone else and ignore their own well being:
- What am I doing to nurture and develop my own growth?
- Do I have a tendency to live vicariously?
- What am I giving my child which is what I want or wanted as a child?
- Do I have dreams to fulfill and how can I fulfill those dreams?
Too often, homeschooling parents put their all into their children. Walmsley gently reminds us that we need to live our own lives and accomplish our own dreams, too.
Lesson 7—Why Curriculum Doesn’t Matter
As someone who tends to agonize over homeschool curriculum choices, I appreciated this chapter. Walmsley asks you to first decide what homeschooling technique appeals to you—Charlotte Mason, classical method, unschooling, etc. Once you know this, deciding on curriculum is much easier.
Lesson 8—Why You Might Need to Let Go of Good Things
Wow, did this chapter speak to me. After seriously overbooking our schedule with so many good academic and extracurricular activities this year, I had to pare back significantly. After doing so, we all felt so much happier and relaxed!
Walmsley reminds homeschoolers that children need down time; they need to have time to play, not to be shuttled from activity to activity. There is good in being home. In addition, she addresses the socialization issue by sharing data about how well many homeschoolers do socially once they go to college and move on to their adult lives.
How I Used This Course
I read through each of the lessons I’ve received so far. Although I’m now completing my second year of homeschooling, I was feeling overwhelmed now that I’m schooling 3 kids, not just one. For a few weeks, I did what Walmsley suggested and just scaled back to the basics. You know what? It felt great! The kids and I both needed the break and got re-energized.
I also struggled a bit with trying to decide what it is I want to do with my own life. This course did help me to realize that I should start having hobbies of my own again. I need to nurture myself.
I’m looking forward to reading the remainder of this course. I think it will help me plan for a more balanced year for the upcoming school year.
The only thing I didn’t like about this course is that it takes 26 weeks to get all of the content. That time should be pared down. If I’d bought this course when I decided to homeschool, I only would have had 12 weeks from the time I’d made the decision to the time I started homeschooling. I would have wanted to read through all of the information in Walmsley’s course before starting.
Is This Book Right for You?
If you’re taking the leap to homeschooling, or if you’re an overwhelmed homeschooling parent, you’ll likely benefit from this book. It’s clear that Walmsley wants to help parents and children enjoy homeschooling and to stave off burnout, which many parents suffer from at some point in time.
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