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 online course again in April, my only 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.
Listen to me talking about what you can expect from the course here:
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
Building on the “why” and values you identified in module one, module two goes deeper into the idea of home education as a move towards children’s liberation and equality. We will cover:
- How children learn
- Just what is wrong with school?
- Consent and control in education
- Situating the home education movement in the wider social justice movement
- Home education as a radical act
This week you’ll start to shape your unique approach to home education and understand the best home education style for your family, in line with your unique needs and values, including:
- 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 (or, how to enjoy your time together without feeling stressed)
- 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
- Home education in the preschool years (new for September 2020)
- Home education in the school-age years (new for September 2020)
- 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
Finally, this module provides support as you pull everything together into a clear vision for your family. Instead of the usual Q&A session, there will be a live workshop designed to help you integrate all you have learnt, with plenty of time for questions and some group discussion sessions too. This ensures you finish the course on a high, feeling confident in your next steps as a home educator.
“Thanks for the wonderful course! I really appreciate all of your thoughtful answers to my questions in the Q&As and the wealth of information you have shared throughout the course. I have loved learning more about your approach to home educating, especially the emphasis on things like following joy… it is wonderful to have so many resources and such a helpful and supportive group.I just wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for the course and continued support.”
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.
“Eloise – I have felt like you have held my hand through such a huge decision, you have given me the confidence to speak to my partner again a few weeks ago about how I feel, and he gave me the ok to fully home educate. So now [daughter] will be totally home educated by me, we de-registered her from the school a few weeks ago, and I am so so happy and excited. Thank you again, so much. You have quite literally changed our lives.”
How is the course run?
The course will run from the 11th October for eight weeks.
Each Monday you will receive weekly emails linking to each module. You will have lifetime access to the materials (which will be frequently updated) and our active and supportive online community, with weekly Q&A sessions whilst the course runs.
How do I book?
Booking will open on the 30th September at 08:30.
I regret that refunds are not offered on online courses, though places are transferrable. By booking your place, you agree to the following terms and conditions:
I look forward to working with you soon!
Eloise Rickman is an author, parent educator and founder of A Beautiful Childhood. She works with clients around the world through online courses and coaching. Her work focuses on evidence-based parenting, home-based and alternative education, and helping families find more rhythm and ease in their daily lives. Extraordinary Parenting (Scribe, 2020) is her first book.
Eloise is a trained doula, and previously studied social anthropology at Cambridge University where she first became interested in how childhood and family practices shape society. She believes that parenting can be a radical act, and that changing the way we raise and educate children has the potential to shape and change society for the better. Her work has been featured on the BBC, and she is a regular guest on podcasts. She lives in South London with her husband and young daughter, who has been home educated from birth.