The month of May is always a difficult month in our homeschool. Everyone is ready to be done for the year and I’m planning out the next year while trying to wrap up this year. Spring fever is rampant and we just want to enjoy the weather. So, most of us need some help with homeschool planning. And as a veteran, looking at our homeschool in a new light is helpful. So I was blessed to have the opportunity to work through Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity and get started looking at my homeschool differently in preparation for next year.
What is Homeschool Rescue?
Homeschool Rescue is an online, self-paced course presented by veteran homeschool mom, Heather, founder of Only Passionate Curiosity. Instant access to the course is available upon purchase and you have lifetime access with your purchase. Heather is offering a “live” supported course where you can work through the course with others that are signed up starting June 1st, 2017; however, the course is set up to be completed at your own pace and the live support is not necessary. She also has a private facebook page for those working through the course to be able to encourage and reach out for help and advice.
Currently, there are 5 modules and 8 weeks of videos for the course. Each lesson has 1-3 videos to watch that are short and cover a topic. Topics covered throughout the course include:
- homeschooling struggles
- learning styles
- daily schedules
- reward systems
- teaching teens
- study skills
- and much more
Courses are broken into modules with between 3 and 5 lessons per module. Obviously, some topics are more intense than others. With over 5 hours of videos, audio downloads, homeschool, workbooks, links, and bonus materials, you get a LOT of bang for your buck with this course.
And the Bonus Resources are Awesome!
The course includes some GREAT bonus resources that are awesome. Some of them include the Facebook group page I mentioned. Right there you have access to so many homeschool moms that have varied levels of experience that can help answer questions and give suggestions. Personalized email support from Heather is included too. There are printable mom planners and academic planners for teens and even to-do lists for the kids. These bonuses alone are such a great resource.
I used the course to see where I could improve!
One of the great things about this course is that it is self-paced. I get behind when things require me to stay on someone else’s schedule so I was very glad to see that you can work at your own pace through the course. Though there is a lesson course plan that is included with the course, I did not follow a 5-days-a-week work through on the course, that just isn’t feasible for me. So an8-weekk course takes longer than 8 weeks for me. But that’s ok. The course is set up for this and it was easy to pick up where I left off and continue moving through the course.
I did follow the course plan though. Since it can be printed off and includes little check boxes on each day and the suggested assignments, I just checked them off as I moved through them not worrying about if it took me 2 days to get through one assignment.
For instance, week 3 has an assignment to complete a worksheet called “Complete My Ideal Daily Schedule.” This is something that I have done in the past but I wanted to give it some through (and the kids got sick) so this assignment took me a couple of days to get completed. That’s ok, I moved on to the next task once it was completed. Organizing my supply stockpile took some time as well but this is something I have needed to do for some time. Some assignments were slated for 2 or 3 days and weekend assignments are for the “weekend,” not by the day.
The course is very thorough!
This is something I needed. I have been homeschooling for 7 years and thinking through things that I know I need to think through was a good thing for me. It wasn’t “new” stuff in many cases, just presented in a much more organized fashion and simplified into tasks to make things more manageable. And the accountability for completing a course is a good thing for me. This is where the live support class might be good for some people – a live class might be the accountability that someone else will need!
I wouldn’t recommend this for a brand new homeschooler necessarily.
For some new homeschoolers this might be ok but it could be a little daunting to someone brand new. And if you have other things going on in your life, this course isn’t for you either. It does take some commitment to the process and time investment. The videos are 20-30 minutes each and the homework is definitely not “light.” It makes you think and do and organize and plan. That’s a good thing but you have to have the time and if your life isn’t in that place you shouldn’t overwhelm yourself with that right away.
Check out more information about Homeschool Rescue and see if it looks like something you could benefit from and, remember, you have lifetime access so if you don’t get through it all you can always come back. Or you can go back through modules that you need to go over again. It’s a great overall resource for many homeschooling families.
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