Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homeschool Rescue ~ A Review

As a long time homeschooling mama there is always room for growth and improvement with regards to our individual homeschool journey. I recently had the privilege to work through Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity and thoroughly enjoyed it. Whether you are a veteran homeschooler or are just entering into the journey this is a fantastic resource for helping to make your homeschool experience balanced and enjoyable. The course has a total of 5 hours and 28 minutes of lessons. Homeschool Rescue includes video, transcripts, audio downloads, homework/workbooks, and lots of extra resources and links.

As moms we MUST find time for ourselves. I know what you are thinking. When am I supposed to find time to listen to over 5 hours of material. Being a mom of 6 kiddos, several with severe health issues requiring LOTS of medical appointments and hospitalizations, I often times find myself thinking and says just that. Well, the gems of encouragement and information in Homeschool Rescue will be a benefit and blessing for your whole family.

Some of the topics discussed are:
  • Homeschooling under Special Circumstances
  • Just Say No
  • Mastering the Follow Through
  • Pacing Your Curriculum
  • Common Homeschool Struggles
  • Learning Styles

After listing to the first 5 minutes of the first lesson I realized that this was going to be good and extremely beneficial for me. Module One entitled, Triaging Your Homeschool helps you take a step back and look at yourself and your homeschool experience. Are you burned out? What is distracting you keeping you from being the best mom, wife, and teacher? Are you in a stormy season? The beautiful quote from Little Women, "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship." is exactly what Heather, the author of Homeschool Rescue wants to help you do. When you learn to take control of your ship and learn how to properly sail it, the sea becomes much smoother. 

Your homeschool journey is not meant to be walked alone. It is so very important to build a community of friends, mentors, and accountability partners to help you along the way. 

Module One, Lesson 4 hit home for me! Entitled, Homeschooling Under Special Circumstances ~ Chronic Illness & Special Needs. The one word that stuck out for me was the word, GRACE. When dealing with circumstances such as these, survival homeschool mode, you have to give yourself grace. With homeschooling on the rise there are so many resources and options available to homeschoolers. If you get a bit behind, remember, it isn't going to be the demise of your childrens education. Having realistic expectations for yourself or your child with a chronic illness or special need needs to be allowed. 

I love this quote!

Great questions to ask yourself.

 Love this MOTTO!

In Module Two, Lesson 1, definitely took me out of my comfort zone. This lesson talks about how it is IMPOSSIBLE to be all things to all people all of the time. In this lesson you will learn how to say "No" with grace. If you are the kind of person that has a hard time saying no when asked to do things you need to realize that saying "Yes" always has a cost. When you say yes to something you are in turn saying no to something else. Before saying yes to the friend that asks a favor you need to contemplate the opportunity cost. Yes, it is important to support your friends, neighbors, church, co-op, etc. but you have to make sure that it isn't costing you more than you can afford physically and mentally. If your commitments are affecting your ability to properly give your children the attention they need academically than it is time to re-evaluate. It is important to remember that there are seasons in our lives when helping and giving is much easier than others. Also, this applies to curriculums. Are you saying "yes" to a good curriculum when it is only meeting part of your needs? Everything has a cost! What are your energy zappers? This lesson definitely hits some very hot button topics but is so very necessary to the overall mental health of your family. 

There are times when listening to the audio just isn't practical. For others reading a transcript is much more beneficial. It is easy and quick to download a particular lesson and print it out. I found printing the lessons out very helpful. I loved listening to the audio and taking notes within the margins and highlighting parts of the transcript. It also provided a way for me to go back and reread sections to refresh. 

Homeschool Rescue also provides users the opportunity to be a part of the Homeschool Rescue Facebook Community. This is a great place to ask question, get support, and share your daily journey. Right now my life is FULL and I have intentionally not become a part of this community. In the future this may be something I will turn to but for now I have had to weigh the cost. I have perused the Facebook page and can see the amazing benefit that it provides so many of the members. 

I could continue to go on about the benefits of Homeschool Rescue for every homeschool family but this review has to have an end. I would encourage you to PLEASE take the time to go through this program. The blessing are so far reaching. 

There are two purchase options. 

To read more reviews click here.

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