Introduction to Home Education
“Where do I start? I’ve never planned my child’s curriculum before.”
“How do I know if my child is really learning what she needs to learn?”
“What skills do I need to be an effective teacher?”
At the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, we hear questions like these all the time. Many new homeschooling parents want to provide a quality education for their children but aren’t sure where to start. A growing number of parents are turning to homeschooling for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet this need, we’ve created an eight-week online course that will answer these questions and more. Our goal is to give YOU the tools you need to homeschool your children in a way that is memorable, positive, and effective.
While our current course session is already underway, we hope to offer this course multiple times during the fall. By signing up, you will put your name on our list and we will contact you when we set a date for our next session. Please note that while this course will walk you through the process of getting started homeschooling, which includes selecting curricular materials, this course is not a homeschooling curriculum.
Click here for an article that covers some of the important topics to consider as you begin your homeschooling journey. Our full course covers these questions and more—and those enrolled will benefit from personalized attention from their instructor and peers and will receive feedback on their educational plans from a panel of homeschool alumni.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Introduction to Home Education is an eight-week online course which is designed to help prepare you for a successful homeschooling experience. The course covers the most important topics a new home educator will need to know, including: understanding and fulfilling legal requirements for homeschooling in your state; setting educational goals and reflecting on your values as a home educator; selecting and designing your child’s curriculum and learning materials; assessing your child’s learning; and identifying your child’s learning style and developmental needs.
With the help of your instructor and feedback from your classmates, as well as feedback from a panel of homeschool alumni, you will develop an Individualized Home Education Plan (IHEP) that outlines goals, outcomes, measures, and methods for homeschooling each of your children. The IHEP you develop for your child is an invaluable tool that you will be able to use all school year as you work to stay on track and preempt challenges.
This course will walk you through the process of choosing quality curricular materials for your child; you do not need to select a homeschooling curriculum before taking the course. If you’re already homeschooling and have already chosen a curriculum, that is also fine. The course is designed so that you may begin homeschooling at any point before, during, or after the course. We will help you make sure that your academic calendar meets your state and school district’s requirements.
Format: Online Learning
Introduction to Home Education is an online course containing 8 weekly modules that include individual reading and assignments, peer discussions and reviews, and quizzes. In addition to working independently, you’ll interact with your instructor and classmates through an online class portal; attend two live individually scheduled one-on-one video meetings with your instructor; and receive twice-weekly written feedback on your assignments. By the end of the course, you will develop and received feedback on an Individualized Home Education Plan (IHEP) that can be used to guide your homeschooling progress throughout the school year.
The course is designed for flexibility and has no regularly scheduled meeting times. Your instructor will be available to answer your questions throughout the course.
Start Date: TBA
Duration: 8 weeks
Expected Time Commitment: 12 – 18 hours per week
Week 1: Introduction to the Course + Introduction to Homeschooling modules
Week 2: Children’s Rights and Goal Setting
Week 3: Legal Requirements
Week 4: Educational Standards and Curriculum
Week 5: Instructional Design
Week 6: Challenges of Child Development
Week 7: Assessment and Evaluation
Week 8: Finalizing the IHEP
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Chelsea McCracken has spent the last two years as an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Education at Dixie State University (St. George, Utah). Dr. McCracken developed and taught an original online course in which college students wishing to design their own degree program are guided through creating an Individualized Academic Plan. She also taught a companion course where students create their own portfolio to demonstrate they have met their learning objectives.
Dr. McCracken has worked for the Coalition for Responsible Home Education since 2013, and has a firm grasp on the research on homeschooling and on homeschooling methods. Her groundbreaking study on homeschooled students’ academic achievement in Alaska will be published in Other Education in July 2020. Dr. McCracken holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University and is the author of A Grammar of Belep (De Gruyter Mouton, 2019).