Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Registration Open for HOMESCHOOL. handmade.

"Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in the wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by.  And that has made all the difference."- Robert Frost

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If your road less traveled begins at home, then this lovely month of May is just the perfect time for you to make a start.  Today registration opens at my pattern shop for HOMESCHOOL handmade at Stitched in Color!  This two-week course will get you acquainted with all your options, while helping you discern the unique path that's all your own.  I wish with all of my heart that your journey is sweet, rewarding and true.  Class begins Monday, May 20th.  And guess what?  You're already ready.

Do you know what made me first consider homeschooling?  A friend.  And over the years I've seen other friends (not all, but several) decide to give this road less traveled a hesitant try.  Not one of them has regretted it.  I absolutely love helping people find their own way - their very own way - on this path, so when a Stitchy friend suggested I write a class, well... I couldn't resist.   It turns out I have really a lot to say!

Like many big life decisions, learning about homeschooling tends to be incredibly overwhelming.  There is so much out there to discover, process, categorize and consider.  I've been in research mode for about 5 years and I can still while away endless hours online learning more.  My goal here is to provide an easy-to-digest course that saves you time and energy, yet still gives you a generous taste of diverse options, so that you can go about the important task of choosing for yourself.

This class is designed for anyone just thinking about homeschooling, wanting to understand it better and visualize how it works.  It's even more ideal if you've decided to homeschool and are kind of starting or Not Starting Yet or turning around in circles, not quite sure if you're starting... or not.  Ha!  Yes, this class is a big sign that says, "please, Start Here".

Start here

And if you've already started and are feeling stalled, then this class is going to help you gain a fresh momentum by looking at all the choices you have.  So often folks start out just buying regular old textbooks to recreate school at home.  Ok, that can work, but is that best for your family?  Is that really the way you want to do it?  And, even if so, are you taking charge to make those resources work for your family or are you feeling a bit trapped?  Time to get some fresh air.

How does class work?  HOMESCHOOL handmade is a two-week course delivered via a private blog interface (check out the screen shot below).  Soon after you purchase your spot ($55 at my shop) you'll receive access by email to the HOMESCHOOL handmade blog.  Class runs May 20 - May 31st.  Each "school day" I'll be publishing bite-sized posts as well as an audio compilation of the day's lessons, so you can listen or read.  You'll also have homework.  Mmm-hm.  To help you get the most out of class, I have a series of exercises designed to help you get your ideas, questions and "aha" moments onto paper so you can figure this thing out.  At the end of class you'll receive the complete audio file as well as an eBook version of HOMESCHOOL handmade for your personal use.  This course is packed with uber useful links, so you'll want that!  I guess you don't have to take notes...

class Screen shot 

Your access to the blog will remain open throughout the month of June, during which time I will continue answering questions pertaining to the material I'm presenting.  After June the blog will be closed and you will no longer be able to login, but you'll still have the audio file and eBook.  This provides much-needed motivation for us to get everything we can out of the class in real time, rather than leaving it open ended for "someday."

As a special bonus, I am making myself available for private consulting to those who take HOMESCHOOL handmade.  It's been a blast to write this course with the aim of creating a comprehensive introduction to homeschooling. But, homeschooling is such a vast topic and so personal that there's no way one course could answer every single question that's important to you. If you find yourself needing some personal support, I'll carve out time to consult by phone or Skype (your preference) in 30 or 60 minute sessions for an extra fee (based on a $50 per hour rate).

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What's covered in HOMESCHOOL handmade?   So glad you asked!  I'm a tidy thinker, so this course is divided into 5 segments.  Some segments are longer than others, but still they're like 5 chapters each with one or more exercise each.

We're going to...
- pinpoint your motivations for considering homeschooling
- get to know a bunch of diverse homeschooling styles
- find a match between your unique family and the options
- go through curriculum possibilities for all of the above, including shopping tips
- and finish by tackling common concerns that keep you up at night

 Your Family

Of all the segments, I think Your Family is the most important.  This is where you can refine your vision of all that's possible in the big old world to understand what it would look like in your own home.  Yep, that segment is longer than others! 

At the close of each segment you'll also find a post about My Story as it relates to our focus.  I hope that this vignette of my family's personal journey will add color and context to the entire story.  Plus, it's fun!

HOMESCHOOL handmade.

Homeschooling is not for everyone, but if you're reading this far... it's probably for you.  I'm excited to help you get started with all the stuff you need to make a strong, personalized homeschooling start.  Please do join us at HOMESCHOOL handmade.  I can't wait for Monday!


  1. How fun that I happen to be staying up way too late (it's 1am here) and came across this. I'm in! And I love the sound of the way you've structured it. Talented and thoughtful lady!

  2. Great, I am all signed up and can't wait to begin!

  3. Where were you 13 years ago?! LOL This would have been so very helpful when we began our homeschooling adventure! It was scary to take the plunge, but it was the best thing we ever did for our family.

    1. Thanks for saying so! Yes, it is a big, almost always scary step. I really think this course will make a difference for people!

  4. I'm sending this link to the young woman I met at the library yesterday who feels called to pull her children out of school next year but is overwhelmed and doesn't know where to begin.

  5. Hi Rachel,

    I am really interested in learning about homeschooling, but my son is only 2 (with another one due June 5th). Would it really be beneficial for someone like me, or should I wait a couple of years to figure it out? : )


    1. Congrats on your upcoming birth! Homeschool is an extension of the parenting you are already doing. By the time my first was 2 years old I remember wondering about preschool and kindergarten options. In some areas there are wait lists, so there's some pressure to think ahead. And even if you decide to keep kids home you wonder what you should do to prepare them for when they do start "real school".

      Whether or not you want to start understanding how you will approach education now or wait 2 years is such a personality thing. For me, I like to be prepared and have lots of time to think through things. I started researching homeschool when my oldest was 3 years, which is when I pulled her out of preschool. My views on education changed so much when I exposed myself to diverse options, philosophies and approaches. What I learned changed the way I parented immediately.

      I also actually chose Aria's kinder curriculum 2 years in advance! At the time I felt kind of silly, but honestly, it was brilliant! That was the time that I had the energy to do it and my choice was completely valid two years later. We ended up using the same style for her in first grade and I put my second child, Liam, through the same program K-1st. So, for me, working in advance worked well. It gave me confidence and insight as to how to shape our home life in "preschool".

      Bottom line, if you are interested now I think you should dive in and start thinking it through for reals. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your pregnancy and it's one big, heavy To Do then cut yourself some slack and do it later =)

      Hope that helps!

    2. Thank you so much for your reply : ). I am definitely a planner personality, so I would really like to learn as much as I can now, but I will take the next day or so to weigh whether it is possible right now with the approaching sprout. Regardless, your occasional posts on homeschooling have already changed the way I parent. Thank you so much!

  6. Rachel, I love your quilt blog and also love that you are a homeschooler. I home schooled my children years ago. (My youngest is now 25! Yikes where did all those years go??)

    I just want to make a single comment about homeschooling and that is there is absolutely nothing in my life that was more profound or changed our family so deeply as homeschooling did.

    I could write volumes about it but suffice it to say that it was nothing short of amazing.

    I never wanted to homeschool. My husband and I found ourselves in a bind halfway through my daughters 4th grade year. With no other options open to us I agreed to "temporarily" homeschool and finish out my daughters 4th grade at home. I thought to myself, "I can get through this, after all it's only a couple months, then life can get back to normal". Well, the years went by and we never looked back. She never did go back to "regular school" until she went off to college.

    I just want to say to your readers that if you are on the fence about homeschooling, I urge you to give it a try. When the kids are all so small it seems like you have all the time in the world in front of you. Those years are so precious and time does pass so quickly.

    Through a great stroke of luck I found the path of homeschooling (despite my best efforts to avoid it in the beginning!) and I wish all those blessings for each of you.

    Go for it! Take the Leap! You won't be sorry.

  7. Rachel, I'm really excited you did this. I know I missed the class. I was thinking about taking it when you first posted about it, but it's been really! busy around our place and I am just sitting down to catch up on some of my blog reading to find out I missed it:(
    I really hope it went well and that you decide to offer it again. I love your blog and the way you talk about your kids and homeschooling. I was homeschooled and I know I want to homeschool my son (he's only 4 1/2 months old) and any other children we have, but I also know I want to do it differently than my mother did. Honestly the hugeness of the topic intimidates me some and I think because I was raised in it, I understand just how much there is out there. Anyway, I really hope you teach this class again some time. I really want to take it. Thanks:)

  8. I plan to teach it next year, if there is enough interest. Maybe you can catch it then!


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