Why I took a chance on Outschool.

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

When I first decided to expand my homeschool business, I thought of finding more students like the one who had walked into my library. (You can read his story here.) That's the plan with A Couch Readers.

However, not every family wants that intense, five days a week, public school style experience. That's when I discovered Outschool.

Outschool allows me to still do the creative lessons I'm doing through A Couch Readers, but tone them down a lot. How so, you ask? Well there is a lot that is the same, and a lot that is different.

What's the Same

I still offer novel driven instruction with rich literature. All of my classes start with an amazing book. That is the basis I design all my classes around. The main reason for that is if the material isn't interesting, then the students aren't going to do the work.

The units still take about 5-6 weeks. There are some that are shorter, some that are longer, but I have found this is a good length of time to get through a book.

There is usually a project that will be completed throughout the unit. It will be introduced at some point in the first few weeks, and the students will have time to work on it for about a month before presenting it during our last session.

What's Different

There is a significantly smaller amount of work. This is because my Outschool classes only meet once a week. We'll have a Zoom meeting with a class discussion and activity related to the reading homework, go over the assignment for that week, and then I won't see them again until a week later. During the time between meetings, the students will be working independently on their projects, reading the book, or weekly assignments. It is nowhere near the level of work, personal attention, feedback, or interaction that I provide with my A Couch Readers courses. This is why it is at a considerably lower cost.

Another difference is that I able to offer classes that might only be one or two weeks. These classes are not novel based, but tackle a particular skill that needs to be taught. Often they are creative writing focused, which is one of my favorite subjects to teach.

I'm also able to offer a fun social club. This is one of my favorite classes I teach. Story Cubes is this great game of dice with pictures on all the sides. We roll the dice and then have 10-15 minutes to write a story using those pictures. It always ends it laughter. I have dice in lots of different genres, and I'm trying to collect all the sets. We meet every Friday at 5:00 EST.

You should take the chance, too!!

To help you try out Outschool for yourself, I'm going to give you TWO amazing offers. Subscribe to my email list AND enroll in one of my Outschool classe that starts during the month of April to get these offers.

The first offer is to try one of my classes for FREE. I have four classes that are one time classes and super fun.

  • Story Cubes: Flash Fiction Writing Club

  • This club meets every week on Fridays at 5:00 EST.

  • Ages 13-18

  • bit.ly/os-storycubes

  • Sign up and I'll refund you for the first class (unenroll after that class if you don't want to continue).

  • Bring Your Own Book: A Fun Game of Book Phrases

  • Wednesday, April 7th, 3:00 EST

  • Ages 11-14

  • bit.ly/os-byob

  • Capturing Voice: Using Artwork to See Different Character Perspective

  • Tuesday, April 6th, 9:00 EST OR Thursday, April 8th, 2:00 EST

  • Ages 15-18

  • bit.ly/os-artpersT

  • Capturing Voice: Using Artwork to See Different Character Perspective

  • Tuesday, April 6th, 10:30 EST OR Thursday, April 8th, 3:30 EST

  • Ages 11-14

  • bit.ly/os-artpersMS

The second offer is to receive $20.00 off one of my longer novel units. I have FIVE classes starting in April that are reading comprehension or creative writing units related to novels. Give one of them a try and you'll receive a $20 credit on the class.

If you are interested in enrolling in one of the below classes, I'll send you my referral link for the $20 credit when you subscribe to my email list.

  • Creative Writing: Imagining Your Own Fractured Fairy Tale

  • Starts Sunday, April 11th - May 16th, 3:00 EST

  • Ages 10-12

  • bit.ly/os-fairytales

  • Rose Under Fire: Female Pilots and Concentration Camps During WWII

  • Starts Saturday, April 1oth - May 22nd, 1:00 EST

  • Ages 14-18

  • bit.ly/os-nuf

  • The Crossover: Basketball and Poetry

  • Starts Saturday, April 10th - May 8th, 2:30 EST

  • Ages 11-14

  • bit.ly/os-crossover

  • Renegades: Creating a Superhero

  • Starts Sunday, April 11th - May 23rd, 1:30 EST

  • Ages 13-18

  • bit.ly/os-renegades

  • The Iron King: How to Survive in the Land of Faery

  • Starts April 18th - May 23rd, 12:00 EST

  • Ages 15-18

  • bit.ly/os-ironking

Take the chance on Outschool. It is such a great platform. I have a lot of fun teaching these classes there. And if you find that you like my classes, but you want more substance, grades, projects, and assignments, then let's talk about creating a full curriculum with A Couch Readers. Because I feel like this is just the beginning of a great partnership on our homeschool journey together.

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