I think this program would be great for newbie homeschoolers that have just taken the plunge and also for future homeschoolers that may be hesitant to take the plunge. I have been homeschooling for several years now but I was impressed to find several tips along the course of this program that helped me out in some of my trouble areas. The Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course is a 26 week online course that is emailed to you in PDF every week. You can SIGN UP HERE for a reasonable price of $10 per week or a one time payment of $48 that covers that whole course.
The first few lessons cover something that I personally thing is crucial to a successful homeschool day and that is your schedule. Now for us we have a schedule and it is very, very lax. The schedule covered in this course is much more detailed and restrictive then the one I use. The key here is to find/make a schedule that works for your family and stick to it. Without a schedule whether it is specific daily assignment schedule or one like we use which is a general weekly accomplishment schedule then you are probably going to start feeling overwhelmed. It helps me keep track of what we need to accomplish per week because we tend to homeschool at odd times. One of my favorite things about the first lesson in the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course was her idea for Literacy Hour. This is an hour that she suggests you sit aside for reading and writing enrichment. She gives you different options on activities you can do during this hour and they are all great. Reading to and with your children and having them read to you can never been done enough in my opinion. Making a successful reader and writer is a key part of successful homeschooling. She shows you how to do a wonderful writing journal with your children and gives you examples that are age appropriate. We started keeping a daily writing journal as soon as I read Lesson One and we LOVE it!!! At the end of this lesson and all the others she gives you a brief assignment to complete before the following week. Her assignment/s for Lesson One consists of telling you how to put this course together in a binder, where to put your schedule that you have started (the schedule is an eight week process that you will continue over the next several weeks) and asks you to pencil out some time to complete this course.
The next lesson that I want to talk about is one that covers one of the most common weak spots in homeschooling. How do you combine homeschool and housework successfully? Most of the time my house looks like a bomb went off. It doesn't matter how hard I try, how hard my Husband tries, or how hard the kiddos try it seems like we are still drowning in chores. Lesson Nine she talks about several ways to improve in this area. One of my favorite ways to do this is one she emphasizes. Housework can count as homeschool. How you wonder??? Well it is simple housework is an important life skill. And without life skills your children will suffer in their future years so this is a great opportunity to start implementing these skills early. This lesson includes an age appropriate household chore/task list. Your assignment for the end of this week is to fine something new you can teach your child and read up on some of the resources Stephanie lists with in the lesson.