Renee's one-on-one homeschool coaching is to help your family homeschool in joy and freedom.
Renee offers coaching to encourage your family on your adventurous learning journey, to offer practical solutions and ideas for making your home education ideals a reality.
A mother of three children, ages 13, 12 and 10, Renee has nearly eight years of homeschooling experience, not including the at-home preschool years. With a Bachelor's Degree in Education and years of reading, research and application she is familiar with diverse educational philosophies and individual learning styles.
Renee's homeschool coaching is not just about experience and qualifications though, it's about heart. A heart's desire to help you homeschool. Renee is passionate about interest-led, lifelong learning. Organized, experienced, and enthusiastic, Renee is uniquely skilled at helping families create at-home learning environments, where everyone, including mom, flourishes.
"The confidence to live our own lives"
Before the coaching session with Renee I had a lot of doubts about our homeschooling journey. Moving from traditional homeschooling to a more relaxed joyful way of life was a daily struggle, but just a few weeks after those 60 minutes of conversation, I am OK with letting go.
The difference Renee makes is that she lives this life everyday. By reading her blog and listening to her words of encouragement I find that it is an attitude that she imparts. An attitude that gives the confidence to live our own lives. Fully. Not necessarily breaking the rules - but making your own flexible ones according to the life God has gifted us and our family. There is no formula. She tailors the session to help you find the answers to your particular questions.
Thank you, Renee. I will always consider you "my coach!"
A Unique Perspective
The Tougas family homeschool practice is an eclectic mix influenced by Charlotte Mason, unschooling, Waldorf, and Leadership Education philosophies. We are interest-led, family-focused, project-learning, literature and experience based learners. (There is no easy word to describe all that.)
Renee's homeschool guidance and advice leans to less formal instruction in the early years, with increasing learner-initiated academics and responsibility as children grow into young adults.
For many years we lived in a homeschool-friendly community, rich in resources and support. To follow our family dreams we left that area and now live in a beautiful mountain home, surrounded by nature, unfortunately without homeschool support or even good library service. Renee's experience with both these environments provides her a unique perspective in offering support and creative homeschooling solutions for your situation.
If you have a desire to bring your children home but don't know where to start, are stuck in a rut with your current homeschooling routine and want to create an inspiring learning environment, or simply need support for this journey called homeschooling - Renee would love to work with you, to help you discover the joy for yourself in learning, living, and growing together.
Renee has the unique ability to have a focused educational direction while still following a learning model that’s led by her children’s interests, gifts, and passions. Renee makes homeschooling seem so do-able. She has a lot of common sense, is not afraid to think outside the box, and has a straightforward communication style.
I truly can’t overemphasize Renee’s gift of communication and transparency. She has certainly found her calling in encouraging homeschooling moms. Her writing has truly changed me as a mother and teacher.
What you can expect
Things Renee doesn't do:
- research homeschool laws in your area and discuss legal issues - in and of themselves (she can help you with ideas of how to home educate according to your philosophy within the system you live in, but you have to be familiar with "the system")
- tell you definitively what philosophy you should follow and curriculum to buy
- offer experience-based guidance for the high school years (she is living these years herself right now and can offer support for your goals, in theory only)
Renee is skilled at providing:
- creative, strategic and family friendly ideas to encourage you right where you are at in your homeschool journey
- curriculum, resource and everyday learning ideas based on your needs and goals
- general ideas, personal experience, and inspiration for frustrations and problems you may be facing in the elementary and middle school years
- organization strategies to meet your homeschooling goals
"Uncanny ability to inspire.... while also providing very clear guidance on the practical issues."
While wading through an endless sea of websites and books about homeschooling, I was so relieved to find Renee Tougas - her distinctive voice was a beacon in the fog. After devouring each and every FIMBY post on the subject, I knew that I could trust her instinctive, inspired and highly practical approach to homeschooling.
I provided Renee with a brief overview of my homeschooling (and parenting) goals along with a list of questions. From that small amount of information, Renee came to our coaching session prepared with four pages of highly organized notes. I am grateful for her uncanny ability to inspire and lift me out of my doubt (“everything is figure-out-able”) while also providing very clear guidance on the practical issues at hand…curriculum, resources and scheduling. She is at once the homeschooling big sister I do not have AND a thoroughly well researched and organized professional. I came away from our meeting inspired, excited and armed with a very clear idea of how to proceed with homeschooling my kids. Additionally, Renee was graciously available and responsive to follow up questions. I highly, highly recommend Renee’s coaching services for both current and potential homeschoolers. Thank you Renee!
The fee for a one hour coaching session is $55, and includes a free audio recording of your session.
Coaching sessions are arranged for a mutually agreeable time and date and are facilitated via Skype or regular phone service.
"Tailored the session specifically to my needs"
Inspiration, contagious excitement, guidance and direction, these are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think about my experience with Renee’s homeschool coaching.
I began our session with more than a little anxiety about how to make what I knew in my heart unfold in real life. I left our time together with a surge of confidence, a reassuring calmness and a long list of ideas for next steps in our home school journey. Renee tailored the session specifically to my needs, sharing experiences and helping me really define what kind of homeschool experience I want to provide.