(I was given a copy of this product but not required to give a positive review. These are my own thoughts.)
I’m not sure I have enough space here to share everything I’d like to share about the DVD series, Homeschool Made Simple. I started watching it with a pile of laundry and never got it folded because I had to pick up my pen and jot down every other word that came from Carole Joy Seid!
Perhaps I’m the only person in the homeschool world who is new to Carole Joy Seid. I first heard of her when I saw this series on Compass Classroom, then I noticed that she had a podcast on Read Aloud Revival. IÂ listened and was very intrigued by what she shared regarding her homeschooling philosophy.
Simple Homeschool Philosophy
Now, to be fair, none of what she says is new. She is Charlotte Mason meets Raymond & Dorothy Moore. So why should you be interested? I will tell you that the way she presents her information resonated with me to my core.Â From the beginning of the series when she talks a bit about the start of the homeschooling movement so many years ago, to concrete steps homeschooling moms can take today. She makes sense and more importantly, her vision for homeschooling is simple and doable for anyone.
We have always enjoyed and been drawn to a literature based education. From our start with Five in a RowÂ to our current use of Trail Guide to Learning. I have swayed many times into feeling like we weren’t doing “enough”, but I always end up coming back to what works best for our family.
I wish I would have had this DVD series when we started our homeschooling journey. To have the confidence and confirmation that you don’t need much more than a library card, a math program, and a Bible and you can give your children a truly wonderful education. But it’s terribly easy to get distracted with all of the “noise”. The new and shiny curriculum, the must-haves, the latest and greatest extras that everyone “needs”.
Somewhere along the way the word “gentle” homeschooling became a bit of derogatory statement. As if attempting to give your child a complete education without the pressures of a scope and sequence, somehow your children were doing nothing more than daydreaming in the backyard, playing with fairies and mud pies – even as teenagers. Gentle does not equal academic inferiority nor is it lazy homeschooling. It’s providing your children with a way of life that is both beautiful and challenging, with the goal of igniting a love of learning. A way of educating the whole person.
If you are new to homeschooling, looking for a breath of fresh air for your homeschool, or just need a bit re-affirmation for your journey – this video series will accomplish that and so much more.
The workshops include:
* Children & Reading
* Choosing Books
* Building Character in Our Children
* Math, Writing, Science, Art & Music
* Children & Media
Interested in your own copy of Homeschool Made Simple? You should be! From now through May 31st you can receive your copy at a 35% discount. Use the coupon code IHN35Â at checkout. This is a great deal and will be well worth your investment of time and money. Most importantly, this is an investment in your children and your family.
I enjoyed this series so much and that I purchased her seminar A Literature Based Approach to Education to continue learning. (Paid for with my own money!)
(*A note for my fellow Catholics – I will of course be using Catholic resources for our religion/bible studies as well as covering the reformation from a Catholic perspective.)