What is a homeschool coach anyway?
If you’re thinking a homeschool coach’s job is to make all the decisions for you and make you feel as if you’re not doing a good job at homeschooling that is far from the truth.
A homeschool coach’s job is to partner with you and help you identify what’s important to you and your family and develop an educational plan built on that foundation.
Making the decision to homeschool sounds extremely easy, but with all the decisions to make and the curriculum to choose from this process can be very overwhelming for any parent just starting out.
That’s where I come in!
When first starting out in homeschool, you have to take the proper legal steps to make sure your child is properly un-enrolled from their former school and legally enrolled in your homeschool.
Some states require you give your homeschool a formal name and some states do not require this.
You have to make sure you understand what is legally required from you when you choose to homeschool your child.
Then, the path I like to guide new parents through is identifying goals and priorities first then choosing a curriculum to support what matters most in their homeschool.
This can be traditional physical books, some online classes, umbrella classes, and more.
There’s so much to choose from
Depending on your budget, resources, and realistic expectations I help you then develop a plan around the extra components of homeschooling.
- Special classes
- Additional learning materials, etc.
Taking the time to properly work through this process is important to help a parent new to homeschool not take on too much.
HOMESCHOOL COACHING SERVICES
As a homeschool coach, I am offering my services to support you every step of the way.
With homeschool experience of more than 7 years, there is a lot I’ve either experienced myself or know another homeschooling parent who has.
I will diligently work with you to make sure you are prepared and equipped to start giving your child the homeschool education that you know they deserve.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Since my coaching services are included with my signature course, you can expect a few short lessons to complete during the week and within each week we will meet via Zoom for our 1:1 45 mins. coaching sessions. (Your camera is not required to be on, nor do your children have to be perfectly quiet in the background…I get it!)
During our coaching sessions, we will review any questions or thoughts about the lessons from the week.
And we will also discuss any adjustments that need to be made along the way if your homeschool is already in progress.
When you have questions apart from our meeting time you can freely use our secure email support system where I personally will respond to all questions.
The course and coaching are designed to be completed within 6 weeks. But, under certain conditions, the coaching services and course materials may be extended if needed for an additional 3 weeks.
DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE FALL TO HOMESCHOOL?
Once you decide you are ready to homeschool you can immediately start the proper paperwork process to un-enroll your child.
Homeschool does not follow the traditional school year calendar.
Therefore, you could have your first day of homeschool in the summer if you choose to do so!
HOW LONG WILL MY HOMESCHOOL DAY LAST?
This is the beauty of homeschooling.
You get to create a homeschool schedule to fit your family’s lifestyle.
Your homeschool day is not required to last as long as a traditional school day.
Some states do have minimum daily homeschool instruction hours requirement.
That does not mean sitting at a desk for hours each day. Instructional learning comes in many forms.
Most states also require a yearly minimum of days of instructional learning that must be met.
This is one reason some parents choose year-round schooling just in case they need to take time off.
This is why it is critical to set the foundation of our coaching services with a solid foundation of understanding the homeschool laws for your state.
CAN I STILL WORK FROM HOME AND HOMESCHOOL?
But, there are some key points that need to be addressed.
The age of your children for example.
If your children are young, and you have to be at your computer for work for an extensive amount of time during normal office hours you have to consider the logistics.
If your job is not flexible with your scheduled time you have to log on you may need to hire help, trade shifts with your spouse, or consider homeschooling during off-hours.
Some parents are so committed to homeschool they include weekend hours into their homeschool.
A major component to homeschooling while working at home with older children is having a solid routine in place so they know exactly what needs to be done throughout the day.
Older children will still need your help at times and just make sure you are able to meet your state’s requirement for parent instruction time.
Wondering about building a business and homeschooling?
I built this entire coaching business while homeschooling, chauffeuring the kids, and extended breastfeeding with my two-year-old!
Homeschooling will require sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to your child’s education but with a plan in place, you are more than able.
WHY DOES HANDCRAFTED HOMESCHOOL FOCUS SO MUCH ON IDENTIFYING HOMESCHOOL GOALS FIRST?
I believe goal-based homeschooling is the best method to follow because it focuses less on achievement for a letter grade and more on internal achievement.
There was a time in my homeschool when one of our goals was for my child to develop beyond echolalia speech and communicate spontaneously.
It was through this process I learned the importance of focusing on goals mastery and finding resources to support our goals.
Today, my child is completely echolalia free and talks almost too much. (lol)
Learning challenges or not, I will never homeschool outside of the framework identifying homeschool goals first because I know it works and is most effective.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS LEARNING GAPS?
Then homeschool is definitely a great option!
There is no comparison to the one-on-one attention you can give your child when homeschooling.
You can move as slow as you need to dig deep into those weak areas and spend quality time to make sure any missed skills are covered.
Also, just because you homeschool doesn’t mean you cannot hire a tutor if needed.
Nowadays, there are many options available to get your child the resources they need in addition to your homeschool.
All of this can be done outside of the public school system.
WHAT ARE THE 4 BASIC LEARNING STYLES?
Your child may primarily lean towards one of these learning styles or could be a combination of more than one.
Auditory – Auditory learners often learn best through audio/hearing. They tend to grasp the essence of a lesson better by listening.
Visual – Visual learners learn best through images. They learn best when a written or oral lesson includes a visual explanation as well.
Kinesthetic – Kinesthetic learn best by touch. They will much easier understand a concept by having hands-on involvement.
Reading/writing – Very similar to the visual learner, some children remember information better when they are able to read and write. For example, note-taking, doodling, re-reading the text, etc.
When working together we will gather as much information as possible to better understand which learning style your child may best benefit from.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS GIFTED & TALENTED?
Some children are extremely advanced and should not be held back unnecessarily.
Homeschool allows a child to “advance” academically while still allowing them to develop emotionally and socially in the safety of their normal home environment.
All curriculum is not created equal and there are definitely some curriculums that are much more rigorous than others.
This all goes back to your homeschool’s goals and priorities. When deciding your curriculum.
And homeschool will definitely provide a flexible schedule that will give your child plenty of time to take lessons, and continue to nurture and develop any skills or talents you notice your child is good at. Or,…aspire to be.
YOU AND YOUR HOMESCHOOL COACH
Just from this post alone, you can see just how helpful it is to have a coach alongside you, cheering you on along the way.
Take the liberty of spending your time enjoying what you want to do most.
Which is actually homeschooling your child.
As a veteran homeschool mom, I’m here for you as someone who understands and can relate to where you are in your homeschool journey.
And as a homeschool coach, I’m here for you to show you an easier way to sustainably homeschool for many years to come!
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