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Homeschool With Success

Homeschooling can be a bit of a mystery if you're new to the topic. In this course, we'll start at the beginning, delving into the history of homeschooling and examining its status today in all 50 states. You'll see how to find the laws and regulations that govern your community--and you might be surprised to learn that homeschooling is legal and growing all around you. As you discover what you need to know to homeschool your children, you'll also become familiar with the terminology the homeschool community uses. 

You'll see how homeschooling gives you the opportunity to socialize your children as well as build long-lasting and productive relationships with peers and adults. You'll also find out how homeschooling gives you unique opportunities to teach valuable life skills. From manners to money management, you can be sure your children master subjects that don't make it into most textbooks. We'll also talk about full-time homeschooling for travelers and how it can fit into their adventurous lives. When you finish this course, you'll have lots of information and guidance to plot your homeschooling course for years to come!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Homeschool With Success

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Course Code: hss

What You Will Learn
  • Become familiar with the terminology the homeschool community uses
  • Learn how to take your children out of school and make their transition to homeschooling both fun and effective
  • Explore a variety of types of homeschooling so you can choose the one that best fits your family's lifestyle
  • Understand the opportunity to socialize your children as well as build long-lasting and productive relationships with peers and adults
  • Explore homeschool support groups
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Receive information and guidance that can set you up for homeschooling success
  • Learn the different types of homeschooling options so you can make an informed decision about what will work best for your family
  • Make the transition from to homeschooling a positive one for your children

Outline

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Week 1

In this lesson, we'll start off with the history of homeschooling. You'll find that homeschooling is legal and growing, and you'll see how to find the laws and regulations that govern homeschooling in your community. You'll also become familiar with some terminology used in the homeschool community and discover why people choose to homeschool today. Then, we'll discuss various learning styles and how they make a difference as you create your homeschool. We'll also talk about children that need extra attention, both special needs and gifted, and a variety of types of homeschooling so you can choose the one that fits your family's lifestyle.

Week 2

We'll discuss ways to narrow down the choices of curriculum and sort through it with your specific needs in mind. Then, you'll see how to devise a graduation plan, prepare for college admission, and open the world to your homeschooled teenager. 

Week 3

In this lesson, we'll talk about how to manage your day, organize your homeschool, and work with different ages all at once. Then, we'll see how homeschooling gives you the opportunity to socialize your children as well as build long-lasting and productive relationships with peers and adults. You'll also learn some ways to address the issue with concerned family and friends. 

Week 4

In this lesson, you'll learn how to create fair tests and prepare your children for anxiety-free testing. We'll discuss report cards, transcripts, and standardized testing for homeschoolers as well. Then, we'll discuss the vast resources available to homeschoolers and where to look to find tutors, mentors, and outside classes for your students. You'll learn about the difference between classes and co-ops, and the great opportunities a homeschool conference provides for you and your children.

Week 5

In addition to resources for teaching your children, you'll be pleased to know that homeschool support groups provide friends, emotional support, and lots of fun activities with like-minded families. Whether it's an e-mail loop or a group that meets in your neighborhood, you'll see how to explore the options, join an existing group, or start your own. Then, you'll find lists of life skills that are age appropriate and practical ways to actually teach these important concepts to your children.

Week 6

In this lesson, we'll discuss ways to take your lessons with you, learn from the journey itself, and expand the awareness of your whole family. And finally, get more information on an important concept--making ends meet when one parent is at home educating the children.

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Instructors & Support

Beverly Richards Schulz

Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book “Photoshop Elements 14 — What's New?” 

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device. A few Windows-specific examples are included. Mac students are welcome, but may not be able to duplicate all examples.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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