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Are you ready for homeschooling to feel joyful again? Do you need support as you learn alongside your kids? Welcome to Homeschool Better Together. Hosted by Pam Barnhill, this podcast shares how to stop questioning if you are doing enough and create a homeschool experience that fits your family.

Each Tuesday, we break down the big ideas into manageable chunks to give you the confidence and resources you need to finally step out of the overwhelm and into the wonder. Homeschool stories and practical tips are delivered straight to your earbuds full of inspiration and encouragement. They are perfect to listen to while running errands or folding a load of laundry. No matter what homeschool method you use, you’ll learn how to remove the overwhelm from your homeschool so you can focus on building relationships. To stay connected and learn even more about the Homeschooling Better Together resources, join the free community: https://pambarnhill.com/homeschool-better-together-podcast/

Homeschool Better Together with Pam Barnhill Pam Barnhill

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Are you ready for homeschooling to feel joyful again? Do you need support as you learn alongside your kids? Welcome to Homeschool Better Together. Hosted by Pam Barnhill, this podcast shares how to stop questioning if you are doing enough and create a homeschool experience that fits your family.

Each Tuesday, we break down the big ideas into manageable chunks to give you the confidence and resources you need to finally step out of the overwhelm and into the wonder. Homeschool stories and practical tips are delivered straight to your earbuds full of inspiration and encouragement. They are perfect to listen to while running errands or folding a load of laundry. No matter what homeschool method you use, you’ll learn how to remove the overwhelm from your homeschool so you can focus on building relationships. To stay connected and learn even more about the Homeschooling Better Together resources, join the free community: https://pambarnhill.com/homeschool-better-together-podcast/

    Homeschool Lesson Planning Made Simple

    Homeschool Lesson Planning Made Simple

    Welcome to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast, where we explore where we explore building a joyful homeschool experience for your family. In this episode, host Pam Barnhill provides actionable tips to help make your homeschool planning simpler and more flexible. Pam tackles some common struggles, such as, when life happens and your perfectly laid plans fall apart. Listen in for practical solutions like lesson plan lists, loop schedules, and procedure lists that will help you stay organized without the stress of rigid grids.
    These tips are designed to help you create a homeschool plan that adapts to your family's needs, eliminates decision fatigue, and lets you enjoy the journey more. These strategies have been lifesavers for many fellow homeschoolers.
    If you're ready to bring joy back into your homeschooling, don’t miss today’s episode. Let's step out of the overwhelm and into the wonder together!
    Key Takeaways:
    Simplify homeschool planning by using lesson plan lists, where lessons are ordered by subject rather than assigning specific activities to specific days, creating flexibility in case of unexpected interruptions.Adopt loop scheduling to balance subjects and avoid falling behind in one area while getting too far ahead in another, ensuring consistent progress across all subjects.Utilize procedure lists to streamline the curriculum, specifying the steps needed to meet educational goals, thus making the daily execution of lessons straightforward and manageable.Consider focusing more on the joy and wonder of learning rather than strictly adhering to rigid plans, to alleviate the feeling of failure when plans don't go as expected.Create an efficient homeschooling record-keeping method by annotating completed lessons with dates on your lists, eliminating the need for post-hoc filling of grids or records.Enhance engagement through varied activities, such as incorporating books, videos, and interactive tasks, tailored to meet your educational objectives in an enjoyable way for kids.Explore available courses, such as the autopilot planning course, which provide detailed guidance and tools for more effective homeschool planning and execution.
    Resources and Links:
    Homeschool Better Together Podcast
    Wonder World Podcast
    Put Your Homeschool On Autopilot
    Innovative Loop Schedule

    For full show notes and a transcript of today’s episode, head to pambarnhill.com/hsbt5
    To join our free homeschool community, you can create an account right here.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Three reasons homeschooling feels hard
    Calling all homeschool moms. Feeling overwhelmed by your homeschooling journey? You’re not alone. Join us for a transformative free workshop designed specifically for dedicated moms like you! Head to http://pambarnhill.com/easy
    Free Workshop

    • 13 min
    Which Kind of Homeschool Mom Are You? Part Two

    Which Kind of Homeschool Mom Are You? Part Two

    Welcome to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast, where we journey through the challenging yet rewarding world of homeschooling as a community. In today's episode, you'll discover how strategic planning frameworks can relieve the overwhelm of daily decision-making, turning any curriculum into a seamless, open-and-go experience.
    Whether you're like "Best Intention Becky," who loves to plan but tends to overdo it or "Carefree Cathy," who thrives on spontaneity but struggles to cover the core subjects, this episode offers flexible planning techniques like lesson plan lists and magic number scheduling that could be perfect for you. Pam candidly discusses her own struggles with maintaining spontaneity while keeping up with homeschooling demands and introduces flexible planning approaches that can offer peace and predictability amidst life's uncertainties. 
    Tune in for real stories, practical tips, and empowering resources to make your homeschooling journey more joyful and less stressful. Let's make homeschooling better, together!
    Links and Resources:
    Which Kind of Homeschool Mom Are You? Part 1Homeschool Better Together CommunityPut Your Year on AutopilotPlan Your Year
    Key Takeaways:
    Learn how structuring your homeschooling approach with lists rather than rigid schedules can provide the flexibility to accommodate life's uncertainties and spontaneous learning moments.Understand the role of a vision statement in creating an effective homeschool plan, allowing parents to test their decisions against their long-term educational goals and stay disciplined.Explore the concept of lesson plan lists without specific dates, combined with magic number scheduling as techniques to maintain educational progression without the stress of constant replanning.Gain insights into reducing stress and decision fatigue by using flexible planning frameworks that turn any curriculum into an open-and-go format, improving the overall homeschooling experience.Recognize the importance of periodic reviews to calmly assess the effectiveness of your homeschool plan, ensuring it remains adaptable and aligned with your family's needs and goals.Discover how autopilot planning can help families stay on track with homeschooling even in the face of unexpected events, like Alicia Brooklands did after hurricane Michael.Hear Pam's reflections on homeschooling year-round, managing seasonal breaks, and the impact of flexible planning on maintaining a joyful and balanced learning environment for her family.
    For full show notes and a transcript of today’s episode, head to pambarnhill.com/hsbt4
    To join our free homeschool community, you can create an account right here.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Three reasons homeschooling feels hard
    Calling all homeschool moms. Feeling overwhelmed by your homeschooling journey? You’re not alone. Join us for a transformative free workshop designed specifically for dedicated moms like you! Head to http://pambarnhill.com/easy
    Free Workshop

    • 33 min
    Four Kinds of Homeschool Moms: Which Kind of Homeschool Mom Are You? Part One

    Four Kinds of Homeschool Moms: Which Kind of Homeschool Mom Are You? Part One

    Welcome to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast, where we explore building a joyful homeschool experience for your family. In this episode, host Pam Barnhill shares insights and practical tips for determining what's "enough" for your family.
    Pam breaks down four homeschool mom personality types - Carefree Cathy, Best Intention Becky, Strategic Susan, and Overwhelmed Olivia. You'll find out which type resonates with you and gain valuable advice for overcoming the unique struggles each type faces.
    Tune in to discover that while each personality type has its struggles, there are practical solutions and encouragement to help you homeschool better. So grab your favorite drink, take a break, and get ready to be empowered to step out of the overwhelm and into the wonder of homeschooling better together. 
    Links and Resources:
    Which Kind of Homeschool Mom Are You? Part 2
    Homeschool Better Together Community
    Put Your Year on Autopilot 
    Plan Your Year
    Key Takeaways:
    Reflect on the concept of "enough" in homeschooling and the process of defining what "enough" means for your family.Explore the importance of creating a vision for your homeschool and how it helps in determining what is "enough" for your family.Delve into the personality types of homeschool moms, including Carefree Cathy, Homeschooler Best Intention Becky, Strategic Susan, and Overwhelmed Olivia.Understand the struggles and challenges faced by each homeschool mom personality type in their homeschooling journey.Recognize that it's okay to enjoy the homeschool planning process, even if you don't get to implement every single plan.Acknowledge the impact of unexpected life events on homeschool plans and the need to adapt and adjust to challenges.Learn about joining the free homeschool community and share insights about the identified homeschool mom personality type.
    For full show notes and a transcript of today’s episode, head to pambarnhill.com/hsbt3
    To join our free homeschool community, you can create an account right here.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Three reasons homeschooling feels hard
    Calling all homeschool moms. Feeling overwhelmed by your homeschooling journey? You’re not alone. Join us for a transformative free workshop designed specifically for dedicated moms like you! Head to http://pambarnhill.com/easy
    Free Workshop

    • 21 min
    The Forgotten Three: Essential Life Skills Our Kids Need

    The Forgotten Three: Essential Life Skills Our Kids Need

    Welcome to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast, where we explore building a joyful homeschool experience for your family. Are you looking to equip your kids with valuable life skills and build confidence in the kitchen? Then you won't want to miss Episode 2. In this episode, the host, Pam Barnhill, is joined by Katie Kimball, the national voice of Healthy Kids Cooking, two time TEDx speaker, writer, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse, which was recommended by The Wall Street Journal as the best online cooking class for kids.
    Together, they explore the world of teaching kids important life skills and the impact of the digital age on parenting.
    Katie shares her journey from being an elementary teacher to a successful entrepreneur and mom of four kids, discussing the challenges of parenting in the digital age and the necessity of teaching kids face-to-face communication, understanding the value of money, and stress management in this tech-heavy and busy world.
    The episode is packed with insights and practical tips from experts on developing these vital life skills in kids and teens, making it an invaluable resource for today's homeschooling parents.
    Links and Resources:
    Life Skills Now Summer CampKids Cook Real Food BlogKitchen Stewardship BlogHSBT PodcastHomeschool Better Together Community
    Key Takeaways:
    Discover the value of teaching life skills beyond academics to help children thrive in the digital age and beyond, including communication, financial literacy, and stress management.Understand the importance of face-to-face communication skills and how to teach children polite communication, eye contact, and how to start conversations.Explore the concept of financial literacy for children, including understanding the value of physical money, opening a checking account, and the basics of banking and compound interest.Learn the practical skills of self-regulation, including tools for calming, morning routines, and mastering resilience to help kids cope with stress and anxiety in today’s tech-heavy world.Gain insights into how the workshops offered in the Life Skills Now summer camp provide practical, hands-on learning experiences for children to develop essential life skills.Discover the benefits of the Life Skills Now summer camp, which includes an extensive selection of workshops, prizes to motivate participation, and the opportunity for kids to apply what they've learned.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Three reasons homeschooling feels hard
    Calling all homeschool moms. Feeling overwhelmed by your homeschooling journey? You’re not alone. Join us for a transformative free workshop designed specifically for dedicated moms like you! Head to http://pambarnhill.com/easy
    Free Workshop

    • 29 min
    What is Homeschool Better Together?

    What is Homeschool Better Together?

    Welcome to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast, the place where we explore the wonders of homeschooling as a community. In this episode, host Pam Barnhill shares her personal experience of finishing up the school year with her kids and introduces the new direction of the podcast. She reflects on the importance of simplifying the podcast and merging two previous podcasts into one, focusing on the theme of homeschooling better together. 
    Pam emphasizes the significance of family learning, building relationships, and fostering a sense of wonder in the homeschooling journey. She also invites listeners to join the Homeschool Better Together community. Stay tuned for more episodes filled with practical tips, conversations with experts, and inspiration to make homeschooling more joyful and effective.
    Links and Resources:
    Humility and Doxology blog by Amy SloanHome Science ToolsHomeschool Better Together CommunityHSBT Podcast
    Key Takeaways:
    Discover the concept of the "I'm done list" as a practical tool for wrapping up the school year, allowing students to focus on completing specific tasks and bringing closure to various subjects.Understand the transition from the previous podcasts to the new "Homeschool Better Together" podcast, which combines the themes of morning time and better homeschooling to create a holistic learning experience for families.Gain insight into the importance of relationships in homeschooling, emphasizing how homeschooling better together can lead to long-lasting connections with children that surpass academic achievements.Learn about the podcast's focus on homeschool topics, including planning, teaching math, accommodating gifted and twice exceptional kids, and incorporating various subjects such as science, history, and geography into the homeschool curriculum.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Three reasons homeschooling feels hard
    Calling all homeschool moms. Feeling overwhelmed by your homeschooling journey? You’re not alone. Join us for a transformative free workshop designed specifically for dedicated moms like you! Head to http://pambarnhill.com/easy
    Free Workshop

    • 18 min
    Homeschool Better Together Trailer

    Homeschool Better Together Trailer

    Are you ready for homeschooling to feel joyful again? Do you need support as you learn alongside your kids? Welcome to Homeschool Better Together. Hosted by Pam Barnhill, this podcast shares how to stop questioning if you are doing enough and create a homeschool experience that fits your family.
    Each Tuesday, we break down the big ideas into manageable chunks to give you the confidence and resources you need to finally step out of the overwhelm and into the wonder. Homeschool stories and practical tips are delivered straight to your earbuds full of inspiration and encouragement. They are perfect to listen to while running errands or folding a load of laundry. No matter what homeschool method you use, you’ll learn how to remove the overwhelm from your homeschool so you can focus on building relationships. To stay connected and learn even more about the Homeschooling Better Together resources, join the free community: https://pambarnhill.com/homeschool-better-together-podcast/
    Mentioned in this episode:
    FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Three reasons homeschooling feels hard
    Calling all homeschool moms. Feeling overwhelmed by your homeschooling journey? You’re not alone. Join us for a transformative free workshop designed specifically for dedicated moms like you! Head to http://pambarnhill.com/easy
    Free Workshop

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

method_money ,

Always insightful!!

Pam always has great great guests who bring great insights and encouragement! I so appreciate her down to earth style and ability to ask great questions! Keep up the great work!!

NoName2018 ,

A wonderful podcast!

Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

Lisa1932 ,

Interesting ideas

Just started this podcast. There are some very interesting ideas here on how to create quality time with your children, learning together and focusing on the things that are most important in life. Great hearing other moms' stories too.

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