By Gloria Jones Ellis, M.A. – Educational Therapist & Co-Founder of Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions
Like many parents, you may have become disillusioned with traditional school environments. Typical classrooms can feel stifling, and the endless homework can feel like a frustrating waste of time- particularly for those families whose students don’t fit the expected mold!
Lots of parents turn to homeschooling as a viable alternative, and I can say (from personal experience) that homeschooling can be awesome! For a variety of reasons, my family has embraced homeschooling, roadschooling, and worldschooling as great options for educating our two daughters (currently 9 and 16). At this very moment we’re on a ferry in the Cabot Strait sailing to Nova Scotia after spending three weeks in Newfoundland!
For those interested, some stories of our family’s personal journey can be found in the links to articles, our travel blog, and social media accounts below.
Gift of Homeschooling
Choosing the Right Program for Learning at Home
Worldschooling Travel Blog
As appealing as homeschooling may sound to some families, many parents do not know where to start or how to address the educational needs of children who are struggling with specific learning skills. That’s why I’m so excited to add three levels of homeschool consultation to our Homeschool Solutions services.
Free Homeschool Consultation
For families looking to gain information about homeschooling and how it could work for their children, this free consultation provides a 45-minute video conference or phone call. As part of this free consultation, we will provide access to our Homeschool Questionnaire and a discussion of homeschooling needs for all of your homeschool students.
Basic Homeschool Programming Consultation
For families who are looking to homeschool their children, and need guidance developing a program to meet their needs, a basic consultation provides an initial one-hour video conference or phone call. As part of the basic consultation, we will provide access to our Homeschool Questionnaire and Student Skills Rating Scale. The online questionnaires and conference will be followed by a written analysis of a student’s needs, an individualized list of recommended resources to meet those needs, and a potential instructional calendar and schedule for the current semester or school year.
Comprehensive Homeschool Programming Consultation
For families who are looking to homeschool their children, and need a highly individualized program that will fulfill state grade-level requirements, a comprehensive consultation provides an initial, one-hour video conference or phone call. As part of the comprehensive consultation, we will also provide access to our Homeschool Questionnaire and Student Skills Rating Scale. The online questionnaires and conference will be followed by a written analysis of a student’s needs, an individualized list of resources recommended to meet those needs and designed to follow state-specific educational standards, and an instructional calendar and schedule for the current semester or school year. A second conference, to review and discuss the recommended plan, is also included. This level of programming is particularly useful for students with unique learning profiles who may have diagnosed or undiagnosed learning, behavioral, social, or emotional challenges.
There is absolutely no charge to schedule an initial, 45-minute consultation, and I love talking to homeschooling families, wherever in the world your family, or my own family, may be! If you’re struggling with any of the following questions, reach out and schedule an appointment!
- Is homeschooling right for my family?
- How can I meet my children’s individual needs through homeschooling?
- What are our homeschooling goals?
- What types of resources are best suited to helping us meet our homeschooling goals?
- What is the ideal homeschooling schedule for my family?
- What are the appropriate materials and optimal learning spaces for homeschooling my children?
- What types of homeschooling supports are available to my family?
- How do I measure my children’s progress with our homeschooling program?
- What are the rules about homeschooling in my state?
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