Headstart Homeschooling

Learning Happens EVERYWHERE. We provide practical & holistic resources and support for your family’s homeschooling journey during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond..

We hear you. These are really difficult times. Schools are closed or your children are returning in less than ideal circumstances. Suddenly, you’re expected to help educate your children using plans from school (or not!), with no teacher training, no equipment and everybody under one roof, working and learning together.

You may be going crazy, trying to stay calm and figure it all out…

  • How do I create an actual ‘curriculum’ from the overwhelming list of activities everyone’s posting on my Facebook feed?
  • The kids hate the stuff school’s providing. How do I “make” them learn?
  • Will any of this help my kids pass their exams?
  • What if they get behind and can’t catch up?
  • What if this continues for months or we get wave after wave, and the schools don’t return to ‘normal’?

Here’s our very first piece of advice, that we urge you to remember whenever panic takes hold:

You’ve got this. Your kids have got this. Breathe. 

How do we know this?

Because we believe our kids know exactly how to learn on their own and if we know anything, we know this:

Learning happens EVERYWHERE.

YOU were your children’s first teachers – they learned to walk, talk and eat solids with you. They’ve been learning with you from the day they were born. They haven’t stopped learning since then and they’re not going to stop learning now (even though schools may remain closed for a while).

Here’s our second piece of advice, that we urge you to consider whenever panic takes hold:

You don’t need to ‘teach’ them anything. Instead, focus on empowering them to LEARN.

What does this actually mean? How do you ’empower them to learn’? That’s what we’re here to help you with…

As I first turned to homeschooling, I had the good fortune to have Jenn in my life. Jenn helped me to make informed decisions about what was best for our family; she was never prescriptive, always using gentle tools and her expertise and experience to help us discover the best way forward for us. 

During the inevitable moments of self-doubt, she was always encouraging, while given specific tips and advice – from curriculum to online resources in several languages. My two are now thriving teenagers, and our third, has also just completed nearly 3 years of homeschooling.

Tanya Murphy

We were losing our way in our home schooling and Jenn was an amazing resource; not only in areas of learning, but also in family life, travel and thinking globally.

She has ideas for all ages, abilities, learning styles, and personalities and takes your budget into account-having worldschooled four children (two who have reached adulthood) she has a wealth of experience and there is no sugarcoating.

I loved our Skype calls, as she was great at getting things into perspective and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her."

Melanie Murrish

How We Can Help

We have educational resources and support that suit all kinds of approaches – those who need highly structured plans, those who prefer a looser, more flexible approach, and everything in between. We can help you if…

  • You’d like to broaden and expand out from the resources school is providing, but still want to know your children are learning something.
  • You DON’T WANT to keep homeschooling when schools re-open but want to continue to have more input into your children’s education when they’re at home.
  • You’re enjoying the homeschooling journey and are considering continuing even when schools re-open.
  • You already homeschool but would like to join an online (global) community, especially while you’re stuck at home.

We know that one of the KEY challenges parents face when kids are learning at home is letting go of the need to control and trusting that whatever your children are doing, they’re STILL learning – we can help you be more conscious in what they learn when they’re at home with you.

We can help you facilitate your children to learn ALL the skills they need to thrive, whether schools are open or not.

Bootcamps & Coaching

Take a Headstart Bootcamp to give your homeschooling journey a boost, or work one-on-one with one of our learning experts to craft a learning plan that works for your children and your family. 

Courses & Learning Plans

An affordable range of downloadable Learning Plans and online courses, designed by our learning experts, to help you create a more engaging homeschool and learning experience for your children.

Videos & Articles

Free resources including recorded conversations with our learning experts, and useful articles to help address some of the key challenges you may be facing on your homeschooling journey.

Who We Are

 

Lea Jovy and Jenn Miller of Headstart Homeschooling

We are Lea Jovy (UK) and Jennifer Miller (Canada). We met, online, over a decade ago. Between us, we have been homeschooling our children for over three decadesJenn has 4 kidults, Lea has two children (7 and 11) so we have plenty of experience of parenting and homeschooling between us. 

We’ve also both worked online throughout this time, and Lea was an early pioneer of location independence and working from anywhere, so we’re used to balancing work, kids, homeschooling and running a household too. Add in global and nomadic travel to the mix and you get an idea of the depth and breadth of our experience