A Beautiful Education.
An education designed for your child alone, where they are free to follow trails of interest and wonder or sink into a good book for hours on end. An education which includes poetry, ethics, gardening, climbing trees, listening to beautiful music, making fires, knitting, and baking bread. An education where your child is valued, respected and cherished for the unique, wonderful human that they are. An education where learning is something to fall in love with. An education where childhood is protected. An education where physical, mental and social health is as important as academic achievement. An education where your child doesn’t just tick boxes, but thrives.
A beautiful education; a beautiful childhood. This is what homeschooling offers us.
I am delighted to be offering A Beautiful Education e-course in April, my first course designed solely for homeschooling families.
I understand the amount of work and energy which goes into planning and preparing to home educate your children. It can feel overwhelming, and the choices can seem endless. That’s why I have designed this brand-new practical course: to share my own countless hours of research and take some of the strain from your shoulders, freeing you up to spend less time researching curricula and reading reviews, and more time researching adventures and reading good books.
What does the course cover?
The material in module one is designed to help you get really clear on why you’re home educating. Getting really clear on your “why” and understanding your values will help you to navigate the tougher decisions you will have to face down the road. Specifically, we will cover:
- Deciding if home education is right for your family
- Defining your home education values
- Finding your “why”
- De-schooling yourself
- The prepared adult
- Some things to consider before starting out
This week you’ll start to shape your unique approach to home education, in line with your family’s unique needs and values, including:
- Understanding the best home education style for your family
- Structured or unstructured? To delay academics or not?
- A summary of some popular educational philosophies
- Building an eclectic approach which works for you
In this module you get stuck into the really fun stuff: how to pull together resources which will make your children light up with joy without getting horribly overwhelmed in the process. We will cover:
- Creating a scope for your year
- To curriculum or not to curriculum?
- Sourcing brilliant resources
- Learning alongside your child
- The importance of not doing it all
I will also share an enormous list of my favourite books, materials, activities and resources, with recommendations for building a love of learning across a wide range of subjects including maths, science, nature study, reading, history, philosophy, geography, art, music, languages, and more. This list will be a “living” list, and as such will be updated regularly. I hope that this list will save you a lot of time and money in research and trial-and-error – in fact, I hope you’ll find that this list alone will be worth the price of the course.
This module will help you make the most out of your space and making your home work for you, no matter how small it – or your budget – is. We will cover:
- Putting the “home” in homeschool: Preparing your environment for home education
- Basic kit list
- Home education on a budget
- Making the most of where you live
In this module you will be able to dive deep into the nerdy joy of planning and recording – because I promise you it can indeed be a joy! We will cover:
- Finding your homeschooling rhythm
- Big picture planning
- Picking the right planning approach for you
- Recording and reporting
- Organisation for disorganised people
This module is all about helping you to not just survive but thrive as a home educating family. Together we will look at:
- Relationship-based homeschooling
- Balancing home educating with work, running a home, and other commitments
- Getting family and friends on board with your decision
- Finding your community
- Avoiding burnout
- Homeschooling through sickness, crisis, and change
Library of resources
As part of the course, you will have access to a growing library of expert interviews, printables, discount codes, and more.
Is this course for me?
Yes, if you’ve already decided to home educate your young child (or perhaps you’re seriously considering it), and you want to get strong foundations in place as you begin.
This course is perfect for if you feel drawn to home education but feel overwhelmed thinking about the basics: planning what you’ll cover, choosing resources, balancing guiding your children with working and running a home, making changes to your environment to reflect your child’s needs, and building a strong rhythm which will nurture your relationship and avoid burnout.
This is not the right course for you if you want a step-by-step guide, however; I won’t tell you how to educate your children, or build a curriculum for you. You are the expert in your own family.
How is the course run?
The course will officially open on the 2nd April 2020.
Each module contains a mix of video and audio material, links to further reading and resources, and a PDF workbook filled with information, tips, recommendations, and journalling prompts.
The course is self-paced, so you will be able to work through the content at your own speed. But that doesn’t mean you’re on your own. After you sign up, as well as being able to access all of the course content you will receive weekly email prompts filled with encouragement, tips, and further prompts.
Monthly live group coaching sessions provide you with ongoing personalised support, and the optional private Facebook group provides a nurturing space for building community with like-minded parents.
You will have lifetime access to the course, benefitting from any updates I make.
How do I book?
Pre-booking will open on the 3rd March, and places in the first intake will be limited, on a first come first served basis (priority will go to newsletter subscribers).
The course costs £99. This includes the course, weekly emails (for a minimum of a year but likely ongoing for far longer), monthly coaching calls, and lifetime access to the regularly updated course materials and resource library.
*** I recommend taking this course either before, alongside, or after my course A Beautiful Childhood. If you have taken A Beautiful Childhood previously, look out for a discount code for this course in your inbox; similarly, if you haven’t taken A Beautiful Childhood yet but you’d like to, you will be able to access a discount code for it once you have signed up to this course.***
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