Week 1: Homeschooling the Real (Distractable, Impatient, Argumentative, Unenthusiastic, Non-Book-Loving, Inattentive, Poky, Vague) Child
May 26, 7-8:30 PM EDT
High academic achievement (and particular the book-centered kind of achievement recommended by classical educators) often seems designed for one kind of student: the mature, self-directed, disciplined child who loves to read. In this workshop, learn how to deal with the other 90% of students. Includes practical strategies for dealing with roadblocks in the way of academic achievement, as well as time-tested advice for teaching to your child’s strengths while still addressing weaknesses.
Week 2: Burning Out: Why it Happens and What to Do About It
June 2, 7-8:30 PM EDT
Every home school family finds itself in the doldrums occasionally. But when the doldrums last for weeks or months, it’s time to consider the possibility of burnout. In this seminar–drawn from years of personal experience with effective home education and burnout–Susan defines burnout, investigates the elements that make burnout more likely, and offers a series of practical, experience-tested suggestions for moving forward.
Week 3: Our Teens, Ourselves: Homeschooling the “Good Kids” and the Odd Ones Out
June 9, 7-8:30 PM EDT
Home educating a teenager throws into high relief all of the challenges of parenting a budding adult. Susan, still in the trenches (with ages 14, 18, 21 and 23), shares some of the hard-learned wisdom from the last few years: lessons about her own expectations, insights about different schooling methods and how different teens react to them, and thoughts on home schooling the Good Teen, the Odd Kid Out, and the Totally Unmotivated Learner.