As much as I love homeschooling my kids, it isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows. I struggle with feelings of inadequacy, with fears that I’m not teaching my kids what they need to know, and that all of the craziness of our life will negatively impact them.
So when asked to review Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity, my interest was piqued. A new online course designed to help new or veteran homeschoolers who need some new life breathed into their homeschool, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
What’s Included with Homeschool Rescue
When I logged in, the easy to use dashboard was a blessing. I didn’t have to waste time trying to figure out how to get started. I really appreciated the 60 Day Plan, which offered day-by-day guidance on how to approach the various modules, lessons, and homework assignments.
While I didn’t stick to the schedule exactly as planned, I loved having a reference.
Video based courses don’t always work for me with our limited internet. But, these videos streamed well for me because they were all fairly short. Most were around 10 minutes long.
Another bonus? There were transcripts for every video lesson, so towards the end of the month when our data was getting low, I was able to just read the lessons instead of watching. There’s also an audio only option, allowing you to use it more as a podcast, though I didn’t personally try that.
There are five modules with multiple lessons in each. Each lesson has a corresponding video, and homework assignment(s). There’s also a private Facebook Group you can join (though I didn’t because I’m a little Facebook Grouped out right now…) I can definitely see how that would be an amazing resource though, to be able to bounce ideas off each other. Once I get through some of my current freelancing overload, I can see myself having time to join over the summer.
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How I Used Homeschool Rescue
I made time in my morning hours to listen to the videos several days each week. During this time, I also printed off the homework assignment. I read it initially, and then pondered on the assignment throughout the day.
I haven’t yet made it through all the material, but I’m really enjoying what I’ve made it through so far.
In addition to the course, you’ll find some bonuses inside your dashboard. There are plenty of downloadable planner pages that you can use. There’s an accountability sheet for your students that includes chores and assignments.
I didn’t like that these were all so colorful. With only a black and white printer, I would have done fine with fewer colors. But, they were beautiful!
These planners had places to keep track of your cleaning schedule, plan meals, and track notes. They definitely gave me some points to ponder as I worked through our plan of the day each day.
My Thoughts on Homeschool Rescue
The videos were well done, and addressed problems that were very real. Heather didn’t sugar coat problems that can arise in the homeschool, and I appreciated that.
The videos were like listening to a friend–someone who had been there and now was ready to help guide me through the same struggles.
I liked being encouraged to remember my children’s own unique strengths and weaknesses. Their school days don’t all have to be the same, because they aren’t cookie cutter kids. These are things I knew, but had sort of lost track of over time.
The assignments ranged from writing a mission statement for our homeschool to honestly answering some questions that made me think.
These videos definitely helped to refresh my outlook on homeschooling the kids, and renewed my desire to do so in a way that pleases the Lord. It also reminded me of the importance to have grace on myself, especially during periods of time when we’re running ourselves ragged going to Owen’s appointments.
Who Would Benefit From Homeschool Rescue?
Homeschool Rescue would be a great fit for anyone who is struggling a bit in their homeschool journey. If you feel overwhelmed, or inadequate, or even just lonely as you homeschool your kids, Homeschool Rescue might be a great fit for you.
I’m looking forward to continuing working through the material, and getting a fresh start to a new homeschool year in August!
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