HOLT ASSOCIATES, INC.
Patrick Farenga and Susannah Sheffer are offer private consultations for individual homeschoolers and homeschooling families, mostly by telephone but occasionally in person when possible. The fee is $95 for a 45-minute telephone consultation.
Contact Pat Farenga directly for business consultations about the homeschooling market.
As always, Susannah and Pat can speak from the John Holt/Growing Without Schooling perspective and address most if not all of your homeschooling questions, whether you are in the early stages of considering whether to homeschool or have been homeschooling for years. In addition, it may help you to know that our particular areas of interest and experience are as follows:
Getting started with homeschooling.
How to develop and report individualized curricula for each child
Teaching and learning in ways that don't or can't happen in school
College admissions for homeschoolers and alternatives to college attendance
Helping older children and teenagers make the transition from school to homeschooling
Handling conflicts, tensions, and misunderstandings between parents and children (about homeschooling and related issues)
What kind of help is helpful - the role of the adult in an unschooling household
Helping kids feel like writers
Susannah also offers workshops and consultations for parents and teachers who are interested in being more helpful to young writers (including kids who say they hate writing).
PLEASE NOTE: Pat and Susannah do NOT give legal advice, evaluate children for a school system, administer tests, or act in the capacity of a child, family, or marriage counselor.
How to Set-Up a Consultation
1) Fill out the Pre-Consultation Questionnaire below. Your answers will help us learn about your particular situation and what resources you are already familiar with. This preliminary work will allow us to use the consultation time productively. (This questionnaire remains confidential.)
2) Fill out the top of the questionnaire with preferred times for the consultation. It may be scheduled for days or evenings.
3) Send us the Consultation Questionnaire, the Payment Form and your payment. Payment must be in the form of a check made out to Susannah Sheffer or Patrick Farenga. Mail to PO Box 89, Wakefield, MA 01880-5011.
4) Upon receipt of the completed questionnaire, we will call you or email to set up an agreeable time for the consultation, typically 2 to 5 days later.
Print and mail or email to the Holt Associates office. (PO Box 89, Wakefield, MA 01880-5011; email email@example.com)
Address: ____________________________ am pm
____________________________ Consultant: PF SS
Children's names and ages: _______________________________________
Who will the consultation be with? __mother __father __child/teen
Which of the following have you already done, especially in regard to the issue
Which describes your situation:
Were the children in school before you began homeschooling? __________ # of years______
Please give a brief description of your approach to homeschooling or the things that
What is the nature of the problem, question, or issue that you would like to discuss