Tuesday, 19 March 2019

What's a Dreaming Spires Course Like?

We've been running these courses so long, we sometimes forget to explain the basics. We think everyone knows that our courses always start the second week of September and finish the second full week of May, and last 30 weeks long.

We finish in mid-May because I like my summers!

We also think everyone knows that our courses are one hour of live instruction online each week: an extra half-hour on top of that if the course has an add-on extension.

Except for foreign language courses, the homework is usually four hours to be spread out over the whole week, and most of it is reading, the books for which are generally engaging living books: no textbooks here! The written part is fairly low key and graded on whether it's done or not - should the quality be less than amazing, we work with individual students to improve, but it doesn't affect their grade.

For foreign language, there's more conversation and practice partnerships than there is reading.

In every course, we bring our expertise and enthusiasm for a subject, and if students are struggling with a concept or are interested in exploring down a rabbit trail, we can slow down and address these desires. The syllabus has been created by ourselves so there's no hard-and-fast rule about what has to be covered on it, other than wanting to do justice to the subject by covering what should be covered for students to understand it best.

There is, however, no one right way to achieve it, but our tutors have a whole chest of tools to use along the way, and teaching students how to use them, too, is our ultimate objective.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Early Bird Has Started: Ends 30th April

It's that time again - time to grab one of the limited spots on our live, online courses for homeschooling teens worldwide.

The excitement is catching for students and parents! 

Early Bird is a great time to register because you can save a spot for just the reservation fee of $40, and pay in installments for the remainder until 1st September 2019.

 What's more, the price you're quoted is LAST year's price.

 I've already mentioned how this is our biggest selection of subjects and courses yet, with new addition this year of geography, math, and art history, plus new courses from most of our instructors. In fact, I think I'm the only tutor who isn't adding a course this year!

This is how I feel about that! 

Remember that we're happy to discuss anything about our courses that you're unsure of! Sign up today so you don't miss the chance for your teen to learn in a way that's unlike almost anything else out there!

Monday, 11 March 2019

New Video Series on Youtube to Introduce 2019-2020 course line-up!

Starting March the 12th, a Youtube series gets underway to give you a brief description of each of the courses we'll be running for next year.

Talking it all through with you 

The first session is just about the common attributes of all the courses, whether science, foreign language, history, etc. Following that, I'll look at each of the courses in turn.

Why not subscribe so you get the link sent straight to your inbox?

Sessions One: The Intro - https://youtu.be/xKfGtuD-wHE

Friday, 1 March 2019

New Timetable, New Tutors, New Tabs - All NEW!

Today, we have revealed our timetable for 2019-2020, our new roster of tutors, and our FIVE new courses including three new subjects.

My surprise is revealed!

Have a browse around the new website and click all the buttons, and mark your calendar for the 15th of March when we start our Early Bird registration period.

Any questions, don't hesitate to contact us - there's a contact form in the sidebar (maybe more viewable on a computer than a phone), or pop over to the Dreaming Spires Home Learning Facebook page and message us.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Jump on a Course in January

At Dreaming Spires, we always take on a few new students after the Christmas holidays, slotting them cosily into our sociable and friendly courses when maybe their previous studies had become dry or boring, unmotivating, or perhaps not rigorous enough.

A student attends class in the airport!

We can do this because we run all our subjects on a modular or unit-based system. Sure, there will be a few things they missed from Autumn term, but all previous webinars and recordings are available should they feel the need to fill in the blanks.

So whether you want to add something like Spanish or French, delve deeply into the history of Ancient Rome or the complicated causes of World War 2, debate medical ethics in biology or the other sciences, write a stunning screenplay, or lay down foundations for great exam results by learning to read harder books and write solid essays, there's something for everyone at Dreaming Spires.

Course fees are reduced pro-rata, and jumping on now means a family can take advantage of the special pricing of our pre-registration period in April, when our current students can reserve places on courses that otherwise fill up fast.

Pop on over to our registration page to sign up today, or use the contact form to ask for further details.

Friday, 2 November 2018

OUT NOW!!! Shakespeare Copywork book.

I've been working on a copywork of Shakespeare plays and have now released the first volume with more planned in the future.

This one features Comedy of Errors and Richard III, two of my favourite plays. Not only do I select lines for copying, I also explain what they mean and how they're important to the play, then go on to talk about productions and films I've seen and what was memorable about them.

I have started using copywork in my local co-op for my teen group, and have found that they are able to understand the language so much better when giving it such careful, regular attention.

Here's the link to Amazon for getting your own copy today:


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Let's Talk Shakespeare - Thinking about which ones are appropriate for which age

I did a live video on Facebook about Shakespeare's plays, thinking about which are appropriate for younger ages and which might be best to save till later or read only in story form.

Come over to https://www.facebook.com/dreamingspireshomelearning/ to join the conversation.