Methods to the Madness

A Free Homeschool Series from the live event on June 26-30, 2023

Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities.

During this free online and interactive workshop replay, you will get an in-depth look at various homeschool methods from parents who have successfully taught them and other prevalent topics related to homeschooling.

This event has helped new and experienced homeschoolers consider how they prepare their homeschool day and work through the challenges and hurdles the journey of homeschooling presents along the way. Don’t miss this free workshop replay!

Homeschooling for Generations (History & Future) with Brian Ray, Ph.D. of National Home Education Research Institute
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Dr. Brian Ray
The principle of homeschooling isn’t new. Maybe it wasn’t called that before modern times, but most people are surprised when they hear the names of famous people who were homeschooled or that most every society for thousands of years educated their children at home. There’s no doubt that homeschooling has a rich and successful history. Though it’s important to know the history, it’s just as important to continue building a future where our children will have even more opportunities and keep their God-given rights to home educate their children for generations to come. ​ About the Speaker Dr. Brian Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling and president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). He has published numerous articles and books, is interviewed by major media, serves as an expert witness in court cases, and testifies to legislatures regarding education. He is a former university professor and public and private school classroom teacher. He holds a Ph.D. (science education, Oregon State University), a M.S. (zoology, Ohio University), and a B.S. (biology, University of Puget Sound), and is a church leader. Brian and Betsy have been married 44 years, have eight children who were all home educated, run a small farm, and have 19 grandchildren. Dr. Ray really enjoys wandering with Betsy, his wife, and being out in the forests and mountains and on adventures. See research at www.nheri.org ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
Homeschool Equals Discipleship with Pete & Faith Dean of Hebron Heights Academy
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Pete & Faith Dean
Our children do not come to faith through osmosis. As believing parents, we must guide our children with intention and from the wisdom found in the Holy Scriptures, following the model set before us by our Messiah to his disciples. In order for our children to walk in truth we must prepare them beyond academics, enrichment activities, and high scores. In this workshop, you’ll hear practical ways to disciple your children in your home. ​ About the Speakers Pete and Faith Dean are homeschooling parents of seven children in the Denver, Colorado area. They have graduated two daughters from their home school, Hebron Heights Academy. Both graduates joined their district’s concurrent enrollment programs to receive college credits while still in high school. Their eldest daughter has completed her Associate’s degree with her sister on track to finish next year. In addition to their core subjects, the remaining five Dean students at HHA enjoy various homeschool co-op programs and extracurricular activities such as martial arts, Boy Scouts, and youth orchestra. Some of the Dean family’s favorite pastimes when they are not doing their regular lessons include hiking, camping, talking around the fire pit, and taking part in a vibrant spiritual community. You can find them debating and discussing any number of topics, including politics, theology, current events, and telling dad jokes just about every night of the week around the dinner table. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
Deschooling: Homeschool is not School at Home and Why It Matters with Patty McCarthy of Do Not Grow Weary
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Patty McCarthy
This is a topic less familiar to many homeschoolers, especially in the beginning. But it is so necessary to help reshape how we think about educating our children. Many families struggle to replicate public school at home. For most parents, public or private school is our only reference to educating children. And, although homeschooling can look like worksheets and textbooks, that’s often not the case because homeschooling affords families access to much more freedom, flexibility, and customization to better support each child. The differences between homeschooling and conventional education methods are vast and important to consider when getting started. During this workshop, you’ll learn about what homeschooling is from the perspective of veteran homeschoolers and ways to reframe your perspective for the benefit or your family. ​ About the Speakers Patty McCarthy is a mom of five who has been homeschooling for 14 years and is passionate about helping other families in their homeschooling journeys! You can find her on Facebook and Instagram where she shares encouragement, tips, and resources for homeschool moms. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
Charlotte Mason: A Living Education with Laura Kotrosa of An Edifying Education
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Laura Kotrosa
“How do I start?” is probably the most asked question by new homeschoolers. After taking a big deep breath, and taking some time to deschool, learning about homeschooling philosophies and methods would be the next task on the checklist. Although every homeschool is unique, understanding different homeschool methods and styles can help you understand the options that best fit your family’s needs. Some families are purists, while most pull principles from different methods to curate their own unique approach per child or family or season of life. During this workshop, you’ll learn about the Charlotte Mason Method. ​ About the Speaker I became a home educator in 2009, after reading about the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education, and used in on and off during my 13 years home educating my sons. I still find it the most rewarding way of providing the atmosphere, the discipline and the life that leads to a lifetime of joyful learning and appreciating all of God’s creation. I have been teaching Zoom classes based on the Charlotte Mason philosophy and methods to middle and high school students across the country for three years. I am making my An Edifying Education curriculum available to families and co-ops beginning Fall 2023. I also offer homeschool consulting. My heart is to speak to the minds and hearts of middle and high school students in these last days. The days are evil, and it is vital for them to get “good treasure” into their hearts. It is my goal to put good things into the hearts of our youth. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (Matthew 12:35) My background includes: curriculum development, creative lesson planning, multi-age classroom management, instruction in all subjects – including hands-on art, science, and math, progress assessment, performance coaching, organizing group field trips, service opportunities, extra-curricular activities, forming co-ops, teacher recruitment, scheduling, creating guidelines and policies, yearbook creation, conflict resolution, support group leadership, Q&A and homeschool training sessions, fundraising, photographing events, standardized testing, state homeschool convention workshop assistant and silent auction coordinator. In my free time I enjoy nature photography, cooking and baking, studying the scriptures, singing hymns, and dancing to Christian music. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
A Classical Education with Christine Wheeler of Stand Sure Art + Design
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Laura Kotrosa
Classical “How do I start?” is probably the most asked question by new homeschoolers. After taking a big deep breath, and taking some time to deschool, learning about homeschooling philosophies and methods would be the next task on the checklist. Although every homeschool is unique, understanding different homeschool methods and styles can help you understand the options that best fit your family’s needs. Some families are purists, while most pull principles from different methods to curate their own unique approach per child or family or season of life. During this workshop, you’ll learn about a classical education. ​ About the Speaker Christine and her husband, Bryan, have happily (albeit it sometimes haltingly) homeschooled their three boys (9,7,6) for the last four years. Both she and her husband were homeschooled through high school and went directly to trade schools upon graduation. Bryan and Christine chose to homeschool their own kiddos because they felt that the modern education system does not offer students enough time for family, faith or opportunities to learn life skills outside the classroom. Even through life challenges and two children with a learning “disability”, Christine jokes that she has not quit yet so you can do it, too! The Wheeler family is actively involved with a fully operational family ranch, music lessons, artistic endeavors and a wonderful community of other classically homeschooled friends through CC. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
Thomas Jefferson Education: Leadership Education with Amber Baughman
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Amber Baughman
“How do I start?” is probably the most asked question by new homeschoolers. After taking a big deep breath, and taking some time to deschool, learning about homeschooling philosophies and methods would be the next task on the checklist. Although every homeschool is unique, understanding different homeschool methods and styles can help you understand the options that best fit your family’s needs. Some families are purists, while most pull principles from different methods to curate their own unique approach per child or family or season of life. During this workshop, you’ll learn about Thomas Jefferson Education, also known as Leadership Education. ​ About the Speaker Amber has six children and eight grandchildren. She began her homeschooling journey 27 years ago. She is an avid learner of many things such as pottery, writing, gardening, studying the natural world and enjoying the delights of the daily rhythms of life. She began exploring and implementing the different philosophies that she was drawn towards but one in particular caught her fancy. Thomas Jefferson Education. It gave her a chance to deep dive into her own learning as well as inspiring her children into their own learning allowing them the opportunity o start their own businesses before graduating from high school and to save money to purchase their first car. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
Unit-Based Learning with Helen Scott of Wonder
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott
“How do I start?” is probably the most asked question by new homeschoolers. After taking a big deep breath, and taking some time to deschool, learning about homeschooling philosophies and methods would be the next task on the checklist. Although every homeschool is unique, understanding different homeschool methods and styles can help you understand the options that best fit your family’s needs. Some families are purists, while most pull principles from different methods to curate their own unique approach per child or family or season of life. During this workshop, you’ll learn about the Unit Studies Approach. ​ About the Speakers Corey and Helen Scott have been married since 2005 and are homeschooling parents of six children. Born at the same hospital in 1985, Corey and Helen’s relationship was destined from the beginning. Meeting each other officially in middle school and then reuniting again in high school, this time as a couple, these high school sweethearts were inseparable. Corey and Helen excelled in the classroom and provided leadership and commitment to each other and their peers. At the tender age of 19, Corey and Helen got married and started planning for a family with the intention to homeschool their children and raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. They were determined to create a strong family culture of good character and generosity, strong work-ethic, life-long learners, and a willingness to share their gifts and talents to edify others. Corey and Helen are the founders of Wonder, a Colorado non-profit organization servicing the community with skill-based music, arts, and enrichment activities for the entire family. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
The Early Years with Montessori with Erika Stasiulewicz of Wild Thistles Montessori
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Erika Stasiulewicz
“How do I start?” is probably the most asked question by new homeschoolers. After taking a big deep breath, and taking some time to deschool, learning about homeschooling philosophies and methods would be the next task on the checklist. Although every homeschool is unique, understanding different homeschool methods and styles can help you understand the options that best fit your family’s needs. Some families are purists, while most pull principles from different methods to curate their own unique approach per child or family or season of life. During this workshop, you’ll learn about the Montessori Method. ​ About the Speaker Erika Stasiulewicz is a wife and mother of 3. She was homeschooled during her own childhood and has educated her own children using the Montessori method. Erika is a trained 3-6 Montessori guide and is currently pursuing her lower elementary training. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
Unschooling: Faith-based Child-led Learning with Sandra Houston
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Sandra Houston
“How do I start?” is probably the most asked question by new homeschoolers. After taking a big deep breath, and taking some time to deschool, learning about homeschooling philosophies and methods would be the next task on the checklist. Although every homeschool is unique, understanding different homeschool methods and styles can help you understand the options that best fit your family’s needs. Some families are purists, while most pull principles from different methods to curate their own unique approach per child or family or season of life. During this workshop, you’ll learn about Faith-Based Unschooling, also known as child-led learning. ​ About the Speaker Sandra Houston is a homeschool mom of 7 with 2 graduated. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
Principle Approach: American Christian Education with Julie Park of Great American Outpost
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Julie Park
“How do I start?” is probably the most asked question by new homeschoolers. After taking a big deep breath, and taking some time to deschool, learning about homeschooling philosophies and methods would be the next task on the checklist. Although every homeschool is unique, understanding different homeschool methods and styles can help you understand the options that best fit your family’s needs. Some families are purists, while most pull principles from different methods to curate their own unique approach per child or family or season of life. During this workshop, you’ll learn about the Principle Approach: American Christian Education Method. ​ About the Speaker Julie Park was born in South Korea, grew up in Canada, and living life in Colorado Springs. She is the blessed wife of Anthony and mom to 5 fantastic kids. Homeschooling has been her life for over 21 years and she’s been as eclectic as they come but has a passion to help others find their homeschool resting place. She is a passionate firearms instructor, founder of Great American Outpost, and perpetual student of all things. ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​
College Prep 101: Higher Education with Significant Savings with Christine Kastens of IHMG Creations
Hosted by  Corey & Helen Scott, Christine Kastens
Overwhelmed at the thought of funding your children’s higher education expenses? Get the tools to properly prepare your college bound student with an emphasis on early credits and degrees on a budget, utilizing low to no debt. This is best suited for current or soon-to-enter jr. high/sr. high school students and parents; however, there is information relevant to every stage of education to help you prepare. ​ About the Speaker Christine is a wife and homeschool mom of 3 young adults. After attending many schools in her youth, she is convinced homeschooling was an excellent education not only for the kids, but for herself as well! She encourages homeschool moms to finish the race and thoroughly enjoys sharing resources. She is excited to begin consulting for early college savings and family/young adult budgeting. You will typically find her cooking allergy friendly meals in the kitchen, at the table for devotions and family meals, catching up with her husband on the couch, reading and praying with the kids before bed, tinkering with spreadsheets, doing Bible studies with friends over coffee, or in the minivan with the family or the high schooler, headed to the next adventure! ​ About the Methods to the Madness™ Homeschool Series Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or just getting started, Methods to the Madness™ will provide something for everyone. In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, we hope to help families foster a love of God, learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities. ​ Chat and interact with us! Although this webinar was recorded live on June 26, 2023, when you watch the recording, you will still be able to reach out to us with questions through chat and participate in the experience as if it were live! ​

A Message From the Founders

Homeschool Days was an idea that started in January 2020 with a goal to support the homeschool community. At that time we were a homeschooling family of seven, with our children ranging from toddler to highschool freshman. Like many of you, we started our homeschool research when our first child was still in the belly. We’ve since added another little one to our crew, born in 2022, and look forward to many more years of learning alongside our children.

When we began developing HSD, our hope was to accomplish several important goals:

  • Provide a way for homeschoolers to support fellow homeschoolers (including alumni) during every part of their journey.
  • Make finding resources easier.
  • Make finding local groups and programs easier.
  • Make finding homeschool events easier.
  • Make finding volunteer and job opportunities for homeschool students easier.
  • Financially support homeschool programs and students through educational grants.
  • Create ways for homeschoolers to support homeschoolers.

We are also big fans of homeschooling remaining private, with little to no restrictions, in order to allow families the flexibility to instill a love of learning within each child, and to choose methods and paths that best suit each child’s needs. We understand the concerns of many veteran homeschoolers who have fought and continue to fight for pro-homeschool laws and parental freedoms.

Personally, we’ve been blessed with wonderful friendships and mentors who’ve helped us, and continue to help us maintain a healthy and peaceful family rhythm through the seeds of wisdom and knowledge they’ve planted into our lives. There is so much value in gleaning from the experience and guidance of others, so we hope HSD will do for you what our mentors have done for us. We hope you will both give and receive value from the HSD community. And, we hope the best for your homeschool days.

Blessings from our family to yours,

The Scotts