How to start homeschooling...

Teacher training for homeschool parents

Learn how to start your homeschool - the right way!


The Foundations Workshop is a 6-week online workshop designed to guide parents in building a realistic homeschool plan in a personal, interactive and intimate setting.

You will learn how to get started, how to keep a successful program going and what to do if you are ever stumbling. No matter what you do in life, you need training.

We teach you the skills so you don't have to wonder:

• Will I mess up my kids?

• Will I lose my mind?

• Where do I start?

• Will they fall behind?

• Can I really do this?

• What do I do?

• Which curriculum should I buy?

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The Foundations Workshop

Get the training you need to be a confident homeschool teacher

In this live workshop, I will guide you step-by-step through our specially designed workbook as you create a strategy and plan to serve all the unique needs within your family. You will learn skills, tricks of the trade, and how to find the tools and curriculum that will work for you.

Learn about the most important things to do before you begin your homeschool journey. This is a great place to start and a great place to go to hit the restart button and lay a more solid foundation in your existing homeschool.

The skills you learn in the Workshop will empower you to:

Save thousands of dollars by choosing the right curriculum for your family.

Observe your children "with an educator's eye" so you can end power struggles, personality clashes and homework battles.

Identify systems and curricula that work, those that don’t, and how to tell the difference.

Manage your home dynamic: Teach multiple grades at once, manage your home AND your homeschool, structure individual instruction time within a vibrant family, learn how to keep your career AND homeschool.

Identify support systems: co-ops, tutors, childcare, free community resources, etc.

Create a homeschool where YOU enjoy learning with your children


"I highly recommend Sophia homeschool foundation workshop as a starting point if you are considering homeschooling. It has giving me confidence to know I can give my kids a great education in my own home."

 - Renee D.P.

What you get in the Foundations Workshop

  • Six interactive Zoom-based classes taught by Judith Jolma
  • A beautiful Foundations workbook to record your findings and build your plan
  • A list of our time-tested, essential homeschool resources to shave off years of research.
  • A mentor to work directly with you throughout the year
  • Free access to our incredibly popular "Prepared Series" webinars 
  • 10% discount on all of our webinar replays
  • 14-day free trial to The Woman School
  • Lifetime access to the class recordings so you can refer to them over and over
  • A supportive community of new homeschool families to learn alongside

Course Syllabus

Within each 2-hour workshop session, we will begin our time by addressing questions, concerns and observations from students. Judith will lead the goup in an indepth presentation followed by breakout sessions in wich each family will complete the questions in the workbook. This will serve as their year’s homeschool custom plan. Judith will be there every step of the way, answering questions and helping parents to find solutions to challenging roadblocks and identifying resources.

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Week 1:

Know Your Purpose

Discover your mission statement. WHY you homeschool should determine HOW you homeschool. We help you match your homeschool tools to your homeschool mission as we design your homeschool dream board.

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Week  2:

Know Yourself

Don’t try to teach like someone else. Discover your unique teaching style. This is your home and you are the teacher, so choose a method and materials that inspires you to stay engaged. Your children will love learning if you love teaching. Learn to fill your won cup first.

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Week 3:

Know Your Child

Learn how to observe your child to determine his developmental, academic, emotional and spiritual needs.  End homework battles by meeting your child's needs and create a custom education designed just for him.

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Week 4:

Know Your Resources, Part 1

Do you know what resources are in your homeschool toolbox and how to use them? Your home, your personal skills and talents, your budget, support network, and educational approach are just a few that we will cover in this two-part class dedicated to identifying and learning to use the resources available to homeschool families.

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Week 5:

Know Your Resources, Part 2

We will walk you though the most popular educational methods so you can know the difference between classical, Charlotte Mason, unschooling and more. We will also help you determine which method is right for you.
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Week 6:

Synthesize and Chart Your Course

Now it's time to do some serious thinking about how you're going to to pull it all together. It's a little scary at first, but we think you'll quickly find it's fun, too!

All the work, observation, reflecting and synthesizing lead to this. And don't worry, you are not alone. We will be by your side the whole way.

Five things to keep in mind

Starting a home school can be a daunting experience because of the  bewildering number of resources and curricula.

Here are five things to keep in mind:

  1. Never try to replicate the public or private school at home! The school is designed to synthesize the true learning experience of the home.
  2. Curriculum is not your homeschool, it’s a tool. When you are using the right tool everything is easier.
  3. This is a craft. Like all crafts, you need to learn a few skills to be good at it. Once you learn these skills you will love doing what you are good at.
  4. If you learn to observe, you will have great success because you will learn to observe what animates you as a teacher, your child’s learning style and stage of development, and how to harmonize both teacher and student.
  5. Your mission statement is your True North. Write one! You purpose determine your method.

We'll have one more Foundations Workshop before the beginning of the school year. Join the waitlist for more information!

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Starting a home school can be a daunting experience because of the  bewildering number of resources and curricula.

We're Judith and Christopher Jolma. We're a homeschooling couple with four children, and the Sophia Homeschool project is our way of helping people navigate the potentially turbulent waters beginning homeschoolers face.

Sophia Homeschool is an online classroom designed to teach integrated skills that will equip you to be the best home educator you can be. In fact, we believe that with the right training, you can do so much more than simply homeschool out of necessity. You can design a custom education that is exactly what your child needs for a happy and productive life.

But you can’t do it alone. No matter what you do in life you need skills and training in order to do it well. Homeschooling is no different. We believe that parents are hungry for teacher training designed for the home educator.

The dizzying menu of curriculum and method options available can be intimidating. But in all our experience we have learned one thing - YOU are the best curriculum for your children.

Schedule a 20-minute call to learn more.

We're here to answer your questions!

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Speaking Engagements

Judith is always happy to visit your group to teach practical skills to fully equip mothers so they can enter into the full joy of homeschooling.