No matter how intelligent, well-educated, and devoted you are, homeschooling can be a challenge. You can have stacks of resources and a library nearby, but still have trouble planning. You may be willing to be spontaneous and follow your children’s interests, but still meet their stubborn apathy. Or you may have your weeks perfectly planned only to have “life happen.”
These experiences can be frustrating. Conversations with an experienced homeschool educator can keep your commitment to homeschooling strong, and bolster your confidence and enthusiasm.
Most parents find that an hour-long talk with David answers many of their questions and puts them in touch with their own creativity as a teacher. He helps them set realistic expectations for themselves and their children, and helps them find new options for how to address recurring problems.
Please look through the resources on this site. If David’s perspective seems helpful, contact him to schedule your first consultation.
Adults often become teachers because they believe that through proper education, individuals can experience greater success, happiness, healing, love, virtue, and beauty. They are willing to work hard to bring these gifts to children because they know the joy they feel when they help children master new skills or gain new insights.
Teachers need mentors: people who can talk with them about classroom triumphs and challenges, who can suggest new activities and approaches, and who can help deepen their understanding of child development and educational principles.
Mentoring is an ongoing relationship, involving regularly scheduled conversations. If you or a teacher you know would benefit by having a mentor, please contact David to schedule your first conversation.
Forming Playgroups and Homeschool Cooperatives
Forming a playgroup or cooperative is a natural way for homeschooling parents to meet their child’s social needs and get support from other parents. Deep and lasting friendships often develop between both parents and children, and shared resources and activities generally make for richer experiences.
David will guide you through decisions about activities, resources, schedules, managing mixed ages, publicity, finances, and policies to make your group experience less stressful and more rewarding.
David’s work with groups can include individual consultations, conference calls with several parents, ongoing mentoring, workshops, and guest teaching. For more information on how you can form a Waldorf-inspired playgroup or homeschool cooperative, contact David.
Home Visits and Workshops
While much can be communicated through written works and phone conversations, many aspects are best taught in person. David schedules a limited number of home visits each year. He will travel to your home, meet your children, and work extensively with you to create the optimal learning environment for your children.
David also encourages people to form communities of learning with other like-minded families. One step in this direction is to host a workshop in conjunction with your home visit. This is a great way to meet new families who can join you in your homeschool journey, or to develop the skills of adults who teach your children. It will also help defray the costs of the home visit. For more information on home visits and workshops, please contact David.
Hopefully this site has shown you that David’s
assistance will be of great value to you. David wants
to make his services available to everyone who would
like his help, so he uses a sliding scale.
hourly fee is $60. He invites those who cannot pay
that to contact him and suggest a payment amount that
will be comfortable. All phone consultations must be
paid for in advance (Paypal accepted) and you must
call him at the scheduled time.