Posted by: dianne | on August 12, 2014
Are you afraid that you are not smart enough to homeschool your children? Do you think that only certified teachers have your child's best interest at heart? Is your mind filled with doubts about your abilities?
There are millions of homeschoolers in this country – only a very, very small fraction of them have a teaching degree. And one has to wonder why someone who went to college and got a teaching degree, decided against sending their children to the very institutions that they, the parent, studied to be a part of.
Additionally, only a very, very small fraction of homeschooled kids who want to go to college don't get in. Most homeschoolers consistently score above their public school peers in college preparation exams. At Home Education Council of America, one of our special areas of expertise is helping families with planning for college and career. And it does not require the parent to have any kind of college background to achieve this goal!
Everything you need – from curriculum to social outlets to creative hands-on lesson ideas, is available at your fingertips. What you cannot find online is something that is within you as the parent – which is heart and purpose.
True education begins with heart – and no one has more of a vested interest in your child than you do as the parent. With heart and purpose, anyone can homeschool. All you need are those two foundational basics – heart and purpose – and the rest can fall into place quite nicely.
In all the millions of homeschool families today, very few had a perfect homeschool when they began. There will be a trial and error period as you adjust to this new way of life. Afterall, many new homeschoolers were conditioned to function according to the public school model – which has consistently failed since its inception. But many will agree that, if there is to be a trial and error period, it's better to have it at home than in the hands of an institution which is focused on test scores.
To help you understand more of how to build a solid foundation from the beginning, Greg Denning has stepped forward to lead a 2-part workshop. This was held during our month of the 2014 Not Back to School Summit – with 30 speakers and over 65 homeschool topics.
Greg was out on his own at the age of sixteen. The following years were tough, with hard life lessons about what matters and what doesn't, and how to create a life worth living. With grit and a clear vision of the life he wanted to build, Greg was able to graduate college, serve a mission for his church and marry the woman of his dreams. Together they have six incredible children, whom they homeschool and have traveled with to twelve countries (and counting); worked with leprosy affected in India; started a non-profit organization teaching self-reliance principles in Guatemala; explored beaches and ruins in Mexico and Central America; and driven overland from Alaska to Panama. The Dennings are always on the lookout for a new escapade, are incredibly passionate about education and believe raising a family is the greatest adventure in the world. They currently live in Costa Rica.
Greg's two workshops were free for the live sessions, but now have been moved to our upgraded Plus member archives. You can log in and stream them for an unlimited time:
How to create a homeschool methodology that actually works and get results that matter –
aired Sept. 19th, 2014 http://hecoa.com/create-a-homeschool-methodology-that-works
Parents are so focused on short term results — covering every subject, in the right order for the child's grade level, making sure they pass the tests, and don't fall behind their peers — that they're stressed out, frustrated and ready to send their kids back to school. Something’s not working right. What parents need is to create a homeschool methodology that actually works, and produces results that really matter (hint: it has nothing to do with test scores).
What Every Parent Ought to Know About Homeschooling Their Child (2 parts)
both parts are on this page: http://hecoa.com/what-every-parent-ought-to-know-about-homeschooling
In this 2-part workshop, you will learn:
1. Am I Smart Enough to Homeschool My Child?
2. Am I Using the Right Curriculum?
3. Am I Inadvertently Teaching Confusion?
4. Will My Child Be Socially Inept?
5. How Can I Maintain Stamina & Sanity?
Greg will expound by talking about the principles of creating a solid homeschool environment, one that inspires learning and character development, providing a real solid view of the 'big picture' (with actionable steps) — something that parents need a good reminder of, especially at the start of a new school year.