Pat Wesolowski is an author, speaker, and homeschooling mother of 9. She is now the Homeschool Specialist at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. After homeschooling her 9 children for the past 32 years, she is finally finished! Pat has a heart for helping parents find joy in their homeschooling experience and, for that reason, loves teaching workshops in order to encourage and equip parents for a fun and successful homeschool experience. Pat is the host of a podcast entitled The Homeschool Specialist, she writes a blog, and has authored numerous unit studies for homeschooled students. Pat has also written a free E-Resource to help parents plan for a successful high school experience: www.bryan.edu/ebook
Workshops from Pat Wesolowski (may vary by event location)
Preparing Your Teen for College (It is easier than you might think!)
How can a parent be sure their students are prepared for life after high school? When do you begin preparing and what all do you need to do in order to be sure your students are prepared for college? With intention and well-planning, it is not difficult to homeschool your high school student with confidence. Come and find out more about dual enrolling, transcripts, scholarships and college testing. Do not rule out private colleges that come with high sticker prices because there are many ways to bring down the cost of college! You can do this!
Help! My Student’s Interests are All Over the Place!
It is one thing when students are sure of their post-high school plans, but it is totally different when they have no clue or, perhaps more difficult, when they have so many varied plans that you are not sure how to help! How do parents steer students towards the best choice? When is it appropriate to totally back-off? How involved should you be in the life of your high school graduate? Whether your students choose to take a gap year, work a blue collar job, start a business, go to college, or get married, there are steps you can take to ensure their success. It is best, if possible, to begin in middle school (or sooner) to help students discover their gifts, talents and passions in order to plan the high school years accordingly, setting students up for success regardless of their chosen path.
COVID Changes that Affect Colleges
So many changes have taken place since COVID came on the scene and, fortunately, not all of them are negative! Some students are happy with virtual classes, while others prefer classroom situations. Many families have had their students take gap years. Will that benefit or harm your student in the long run? Find out how the effects of COVID have created changes with colleges from visits, testing, admission requirements, social distancing, and more!
Gifts, Talents and Entrepreneurship
Don’t wait until your students are in high school to begin teaching economics, financial planning and entrepreneurship. As homeschooling parents we have the time and the freedom to help our children discover their gifts and talents before they ever leave home. Your teens have an idea of which career, vocation, and/or ministry to pursue after high school. The sooner they formulate a plan, the sooner they can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Whether employed or self-employed, our teens can become entrepreneurs with multiple streams of passive income, preparing them financially to go and be and do whatever they are called to do!
Finally Finished and Ready to Share!
Homeschooling 9 children over the past 32 years has been a joy-filled experience, but not an experience void of frustration, confusion, and regret. Learn from my mistakes and as well as those experienced by homeschooling friends, and be encouraged to make changes in your homeschooling journey so that you can complete the course without major regrets. This workshop is great for those just starting out as well as those who have been homeschooling for years (who need some encouragement and direction) with suggestions for beginning and ending well.