My Homeschool Story

We first started officially homeschooling at the beginning of 1985 when our oldest child was almost six.

Homeschooling was very different then - in fact we homeschooled for quite a while without meeting or knowing a single family who was homeschooling, and our own families thought we were 'going through a phase'.

Homeschooling curriculum was not available to me at that time, so I made up my own curriculum and scoured the bookshops for books to fit what I wanted to do. As I had been a school teacher, it wasn't too hard. And the best thing was that I had been mentored by an old-fashioned-style senior teacher and learned so much from her about the basics of what I think of as *real teaching* and *real learning*.

I soon developed my own style which improved as I became more experienced as a parent and a homeschooler. I got some things right and I made mistakes. My philosophy stayed the same, while my method of applying that philosophy became more refined and streamlined.

Gradually, I began to get a more long term perspective on parenting, home-teaching and the developing homeschool market. And I saw that there were 'fashions'. For example, a certain mathematics program or writing program or history or science program would become fashionable. And people would start going for the fashionable program rather than what they children needed. It's never a good idea to get distracted with beautiful tools instead of focusing on what your child needs at the moment.

Over the years, homeschooling become more popular and widely accepted. I wasn't surprised because homeschooling is a wonderful lifestyle and a great way to spend time with your children. The Internet made knowledge and information more accessible, so that was a help too.

But soon, I saw that homeschoolers were feeling stressed and unhappy. They had so much information but it seemed to be confusing rather than helping them. I saw that they were spending a lot of money on equipment, curriculum and classes that were good for some people, but not necessarily good for them.

I could see how hard it was for people to know what was the best for their family and what was better to leave for others. Homeschooling had become and expensive and worrying lifestyle for many families.

Then I noticed that the support of an experienced homeschooling friend made all the difference to a homeschooler. And that's where this course is so useful. It takes you logically, calmly, and simply through basic steps to help you plan your own homeschooling style and method. It gives you tools to live the life you want with your children.


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What people are saying about Successful Homeschooling Made Easy ...

Thank you so much, Stephanie, for inspiring me to get the best out of myself, my family and life. This course has really helped me to be confident with homeschooling and enjoying God's precious gifts.  M J

I love the way you gave me so many tools to enable me to develop my own approach to homeschooling. Thank you so much,  it's been wonderful.  S R

It's very non-threatening and supportive.  It builds confidence and each week I have been buzzing with ideas. D T

I just thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. The insights are so practical and now I know that I can have a learning lifestyle in our family.  E P

Before doing this course I really felt like I was flying in the wind and wavering at any gust of wind.  Now I have sorted out all the confusion and I know what I want to do and how to do it with my boys. B C

It was so informative and inspirational! I thoroughly enjoyed getting a lesson each week and now I feel confident enough to take my son out of school and start the rest of our lives!

I now feel confident in my own ability to homeschool my children and to to get too stressed about doing it all right.  M S

The course was fantastic! A huge encouragement and inspiration. I got good ideas for books to use and how to deal with difficult children. Such good value for money!  J M

I found the course really practical and broad.  I was very encouraged in my parenting as well as in  homeschooling. H T

About the Author


Stephanie Walmsley



Wife, home-maker, mother of five, mother-in-law of five, grandmother of four, teacher, homeschooler, Christian.


God, family, reading, gardening, home making, cool knitting, music, writing, humour, travel, spending time with family and close friends.  


windy weather, being cold,
bad drivers.


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