Do you homeschool? Then Only Passionate Curiosity's Homeschool Rescue is for you. We were able to review this item and it really has helped me to focus back on what's important. This program is for the new homeschooler as well as the veteran. It's for if you have 1 child that you are homeschooling or if you have 16 (as one mom is talked about in one of the lessons - yikes!) Homeschool Rescue is for every single homeschooling family.
Homeschool Rescue is an online program for homeschooling moms - like us! It is split up into modules which are filled with lessons for you to go through at your own pace. I really liked not feeling pressured to get through the lessons, but to work through them when I could during my own free time. Now I know what you're saying, "What free time?" We all have some free time during our days or week, we just need to find out when that is. Actually, that is one of the lessons that Homeschool Rescue goes through.
Specifics of the Program:
* This is an online program that, once you purchase it, you have lifetime access to it. That means that you can take as long as you need to get through it. You can even revisit it again and again, if needed. You also will have access to any new modules or lessons that they add along the way.
* The program is split into modules which, in turn, are split into lessons.
* Each lesson has an audio to listen to while there are slides on your screen to watch as you listen.
* Each lesson has "homework" printouts along with many resources available to print or look up.
* There is a private Facebook group only for the Homeschool Rescue members. This is a great place to ask questions, get advice, and find accountability partners.
This program is a treasure trove of information that even the most seasoned homeschool family can find helpful tips on how to improve their homeschool. This program is about homeschooling, but, as we all know, homeschooling is a way of life and that life is what gets hard sometimes. The lessons that are in Homeschool Rescue really point to all areas of life, not just the "schooling" portion. They go through learning styles, schedules, time management, organizing your homeschooling space (and house), as well as how to deal with behavior issues, cleaning lists, and getting your kids more involved in taking care of the home. People who don't homeschool don't realize what all goes into homeschooling and this program helps with it all.
One of the lessons that I went through asked me to have a "meeting" with each of my kids about their schooling. This is something that I usually do, but this class gave me a printout to be able to take notes and to make sure that I covered everything. I have to be honest that I was surprised at the results. I thought that the math program that I used with my 7th grader at the beginning of the year was great and felt guilty for not spending the money to purchase the next level. After talking with him about it, he didn't like it. He said that it had too many pictures and he likes a simpler version of math to just "get it done" (in his words). I was shocked! I thought it was great, but I'm a visual learner, so pictures are helpful. For my auditory learner, the pictures were distracting. So, going through this lesson really helped find that out!
There is even a lesson that goes through how to teach teens. Now, I won't have an official teen until July, but this module was very helpful to listen to. He has grown up so much this year and has really matured. I was already thinking that I needed to change up how we do school for him and have him be more accountable for his own learning. Homeschool Rescue reassured me that I was on the right track and was able to give me some tools and advice in order to help him to succeed.
The biggest thing (or maybe it's the smallest) that I learned throughout this programs is "Don't sweat the small stuff"! This was repeated over and over. For people like me, that's necessary. I am one of those rule followers and I get bogged down with plans (that I've made). I needed to hear that my plan is not the boss - I am. I am in charge of my homeschool. I am in charge of my children's education. Even though those are daunting responsibilities to think about, it also gives me the freedom to educate our children the best way that I see fit. Homeschool Rescue gave me the confidence in my own abilities in order to continue on this path that we've chosen.
To tell you the truth, this year in our homeschool, we have struggled. I struggled. My kids struggled. We all struggled! You see, we made a huge life move last August. My husband switched careers, after 16 years in the same field, and we moved (AGAIN). We are now by family, which is great, but life completely changed for us. On top of all of that, our oldest started 7th grade, which was an entirely new animal for us. As well as him starting a higher level of school, he was going through changes - LOTS of changes. All of this to say that it has been a year of struggles and trying to figure out where we all fit in and how we need to "do school" in our new life. I was frustrated and feeling down about my abilities in order to teach my children and to continue on this path.
Homeschool Rescue - came to my rescue. I have to be honest - none of the information was earth shattering for me. They are practical teaching and parenting tips that I knew already - but wasn't necessarily practicing. I needed that push and "kick in the rear" to remember what I know and how to put it into our homeschooling life. After completing the courses, I am now excited to start again after a break for summer (and moving again).
I can tell that this will be something that I will continue to reference back to. I think Only Passionate Curiousity's Homeschool Rescue will be one of those references that continue to be used - year after year.
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