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Everyone who homeschools hopes it’ll benefit their kids, by enabling success and motivation, but what do you do when homeschool isn’t working?
We can quickly see the benefits and the charms of this lifestyle. (Because there are so many freedoms, but sometimes something isn’t working in our homeschool.)
So how to capture your charmed homeschool when homeschool isn’t working?
How do we capture our charmed homeschool over the long-term if we don’t know how to deal with the challenges?
Hold on, what challenges might we experience? (Oh, I can think of a few).
- Being uncertain about what it means to be a teacher and a mom?
- Asking the question do I have to teach?
- Why can’t I get my kids to sit still while we do lessons?
- And wondering how much is enough?
- Do I have to do all the subjects all the time?
And addressing challenges like knowing for sure which homeschool philosophy you should choose…
- Could I just unschool instead?
- What are all these homeschool philosophies?
- And do I have to stick with one?
- How do you manage more than one grade and more than one child?
- What if you don’t know how to teach math because you don’t understand all the math?
- What if I don’t even want to do science?
- Will my eight-year-old get into college one day?
- What is this deschooling thing? And how do I DO it?
Sometimes homeschool isn’t working because you’re overwhelmed by things like complaining, boredom, and motivation, let alone setting up a routine and a homeschool room?
- What should my day look?
- I’m exhausted and I’ve barely begun. How am I going to do this over the long term?
- Do I need a homeschool room or can we just sit in the family room?
- How do I organize all the things we’re doing?
- How do I deal with kid conflict?
- And complaining?
- What about boredom?
- How do I motivate my kiddo?
As a new homechoooler, I have a few questions about curriculum. What about all the curriculum everyone talks about needing? I have no idea where to even start.
- Where do I buy the curriculum?
- And what kind should I buy?
- I don’t have a lot of money. How do I find the curriculum?
- How do I make sure they get all the stuff they need for education?
Can I be honest? This lifestyle doesn’t always feel like it’s working for me because I am not always showing up as the best mom to my kids…
- Some days I don’t like my kids, help!
- Other days, I wonder why I chose this lifestyle.
- Some days just plain suck: is this normal?
- How do I capture the joys and freedoms of this homeschool lifestyle?
I offer a group coaching program or a self-directed course to help you address the things that aren’t working in your homeschool.
In the Capturing the Charmed Homeschool group coaching, we will discuss…
- Knowing your WHY behind your homeschool choice.
- Crafting your homeschool vision.
- Understanding your personal vision & how your personal vision affects your homeschool vision (How to Choose Vision Words for your Homeschool).
- Clarifying your belief on what an education is anyway for your children.
Recognize the differences between home education and conventionally schooled education.
- Understand deschooling & how to actually do it.
- Learn how to homeschool without becoming a certified teacher.
- And learn how to become a learning consultant or educational facilitator.
- Understand homeschool philosophies & learn why you don’t need to ascribe to one.
Know how you want to show up in your homeschool.
- Enact a homeschool mama reading habit for your own learning and growth.
- Understand who you are and how you relate to your family members.
- Become more you as you also affirm others be more them too.
- Determine how you want to show up in your homeschool.
Learn more about your homeschool kids.
- Understand learning opportunities.
- Learn how to create learning opportunities.
- Know how to engage the 3 r’s. And all the other school subjects.
- Learn to observe how they learn.
- Learn how child developmental stages & learning challenges affect your homeschool.
- Consider what you even want your child to learn.
- Learn what your child wants to learn.
- Learn how to incorporate play into your homeschool day.
- Understand the ins & outs of child-led learning.
Address the homeschool planning practicalities.
- Create a morning routine.
- Create a useful homeschool routine.
- Learn whether you need to create a homeschool room or storage room.
Clarify your homeschool curriculum choices.
- Learn whether you should use a homeschool planner or record book and how you can use them.
- Understand the 3 guidelines for choosing a homeschool curriculum &/or resources.
- Gain five suggestions to buy that curriculum too.
- what to ask yourself to choose the best curriculum for your homeschool.
Know how to engage all sorts of typical challenges in a homeschool family.
- Understand how to engage toddlers to teens.
- Know how to engage more than one child in your homeschool.
- Know how to engage motivation & boredom.
- Have a plan to address the S question.
- Gain an approach to engage sibling conflict.
- maternal ‘never-do-enough’ syndrome: homeschool mom guilt
Be infused with reminders of your homeschool freedoms, comforts, and joys in the ordinary miracle of your homeschool life.
- Know how to deal with pressure cooker days.
- Grapple with doubt & overwhelm (and learn tactics to address them).
- Learn how to use the strategy that will help all our internal challenges.
- How does Homeschooling Affect Families?
Can you & I create perfection in your homeschool?
But we can capture a whole lot more of the charms and freedoms of this homeschool lifestyle.
We can work toward releasing you from fear, doubt, overwhelm, and dissatisfaction so you can enjoy your homeschool life (even when homeschool hasn’t been working).
Frankly, it is going to shift from year to year.
Sometimes it shifts in the year, a few times in the year. It depends on what is happening in your life.
Certainly, your original reasons for homeschooling will not necessarily be the reasons that you continue homeschooling.
You need to understand what your personal vision is and how your personal vision influences your homeschool vision.
- Because who you are as a person,
- how you choose to show up in your life,
- how you choose to address those questions about why you are here,
- what is your specific reason for being on the earth at this time,
- understanding who you are,
- and what your actual vision for your life is will directly affect your homeschool vision.
Let’s create a homeschool vision for you that you can craft for this year.
You want to gain clarity.
- How do you create an intentional homeschool?
- Well, you need to start with this question: what is an education anyway?
- Have you determined what you believe is a valuable education for your child? (Now I am not talking about 300 kids in the local school. I am not speaking to the classroom of 25. I am speaking to you about the number of children that you have. And if you have 25, then my hat is off to you.)
- But still, you get to determine what an education is anyways.
Educato is the root Latin word for the word education. It means to raise up.
To raise up what I ask?
- Are we raising up a school system?
- To raise up a school classroom? No, to raise up your specific child.
- So how do you want to raise them up?
We are going to talk about recognizing the differences between school and home education.
Because obviously, they are different, but actually not obviously.
I created a private school in my home in the first few years of homeschool.
It was not my intention of bringing school to home, but it was what I knew. Gradually I learned to let go of the elements of a school that I didn’t want in my home. You get to plan an individualized education for your unique children.
You can and you don’t have to.
Certainly, the school system isn’t expecting you to do that.
- And certainly, there are a lot of people around you that think that you are going to create an education that is exactly like the school.
- You are going to use the curriculum just as the school.
- And the tests, and the grades, and the programs, the diplomas, and you fill in the blank, but you are probably expected by someone in your world to do things the way the school has always done them.
You don’t have to. You can if it works for you if it works for your family. But you don’t have to.
You can create an individualized education for each of your children.
There’s a lot of talk about de-schooling these days. The concept of de-schooling sounds radical. It is. It might not be intended that way, but we are going to talk about the purpose of de-schooling.
De-schooling is really just letting go of all the stuff you have preconceived notions about how you are supposed to do an education in your home.
But how do you do de-schooling? That’s the question.
How do you actually do it?
Now note to self, I am still in the process. I think anyone that has been conventionally educated probably is still in the process.
And the occasional person declares, I am good. I am out of the mental space of being in the school of creating a school education at home.
For most of us, that is where we are at. We are still challenged and learning how to take the school out of our homes.
But when homeschooling isn’t working in your home, you can get clarity, confidence & vision in your homeschool through the Capturing the Charmed Homeschool Program.
Learn more about Capturing your Charmed Homeschool Coaching Services.
Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod