THE BALANCED HOMESCHOOLER MENTORING PROGRAM
PURPOSE: The intention of this program is to help moms create their successful homeschool household through biblical personal mentoring. One unique aspect about this manual is that moms not only have the opportunity to address all of the basic homeschooling questions and issues they have, but they can ALSO discuss and learn how to balance all of those new concerns with the daily demands of running their home.
AUDIENCE: By connecting potential, new, AND veteran homeschoolers with each other in either a group or one-on-one setting, opportunities for every mom to learn as well as grow in their practical knowledge, spiritual maturity, and relationships with each other abound. The text is written from an evangelical Christian perspective but any homeschooler can benefit from this program. Mentors and mentorees alike use the same manual. Instead of a separate tool, there re many callout boxes peppered throughout that provide extra direction and support for the mentors.
STRUCTURE: Structured into three main parts, this 500+ page manual is a workbook/textbook tool set in a three-ring binder that also allows flexibility for moms to use it as central repository for related information they collect along the way that pertain to the various topics. Part I (chapters 1-4); addresses all of the "Homeschooling Fundementals". Part II (chapters 5-9) helps moms learn how to "Integrate Life" with their home school. Part III (chapter 10) is an optional unit for those interested in participating in or running a homeschool support group. There are also hundreds of references and resource recommendations as well as 26 reproducible forms provided throughout the manual. Moms may purchase the manual in its original hard copy format of the manual described above or purchase the newly released electronic version. Those who puchase the hard copy binder receive a complimentary electronic version as well.
OTHER BENEFITS: TBH moms who invest in the full program also enjoy a number of additional benefits!
TABLE OF CONTENTS (SUMMARY)
The following is a chapter summary of the manual. To review details of each chapter, click on "Full Table of Contents" noted below. Sessions can be held weekly or accelerated to twice weekly, but moms seem to absorb and implement the various points more easily when each chapter is given two weeks to process; one night for for "meeting" and the rest of the time for "doing".
PART I - HOMESCHOOLING BASICS - (covered in ~ ten hours)
1. Getting Started: Visions & Variables
2. Researching "How to Homeschool" Approaches
3. Curriculum Choices & Selection Criteria
4. Nuts & Bolts: Styles, Seasons, Methods, Tools, & Records
PART II - INTEGRATING LIFE WITH YOUR HOME SCHOOL - (covered in ~ ten hours)
5. Spiritual Discipleship
6. Getting Your Finances in Order
7. Managing Life's Physical Interactions & Demands
8. Community Outreach & Service
9. Scheduling for School & Life
PART III - HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP OPTIONS - (optional two hour session)
10. Participating In & Running a Local Homeschool Support Group
To view the detailed Table of Contents, download the file below.
TBH SAMPLE PAGES
The following sample document shares excerpts throughout the manual.