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Are you ready for a homeschooling experience you can enjoy? One with less stress and more fun? Are you ready to think differently about homeschool? Join Maren and Angela every Monday as we encourage each other, laugh, and get real about homeschool.

Homeschool Unrefined Maren Goerss and Angela Sizer

    • Education for Kids
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Are you ready for a homeschooling experience you can enjoy? One with less stress and more fun? Are you ready to think differently about homeschool? Join Maren and Angela every Monday as we encourage each other, laugh, and get real about homeschool.

    You've Got This: What We Don't Do

    You've Got This: What We Don't Do

    Homeschool parents do A LOT, but none of us do it all. We want to normalize not doing it all—and embrace the idea that homeschool and parenting will be more enjoyable and sustainable when we take things off our plates. So this episode is a celebration of what we don't do! In addition to the things on our don't-do list, we share listener answers, too. 
     
    Takeaways
    -We try to remember the phrase: Saying "yes" to one thing means saying "no" to something else.
     
    -We teach people how to treat us: Not doing it all is a way to set healthy boundaries.
     
    -We model for our kids that no one should be expected to do it all.
     
    -Our kids learn we trust them when we don't do everything for them.
     
    This episode is last in a series: You've Got This! We're tackling some of the most common questions and daily dilemmas we face in homeschool and parenting. Listen to the previous episodes in the series: The Device Dilemma and A Harmonious Homeschool.
     
     
    Mentions
    Subscribe to our NEW (super short!) newsletter and get 2 FREEBIES! You'll automatically get our FREE High 5 Homeschool Guide. And coming soon: a FREE Screen Time Conversation Guide, exclusively for our email list! Sign up NOW to get that new guide when it drops.
     
    Episode 23: What We Don't Do
    Episode 50: What We Don't Do (Holiday Edition)
     
    Join the Squad!
    When you join Patreon, you get access to our Patreon Squad Facebook Group -- a fun and fantastic community of like-minded homeschool parents. Plus a bunch of other great rewards like more episodes, extended interviews, and more!
     
    Listener Review
    myshell726, 09/11/2020
    "I always enjoy listening to this podcast. Maren and Angela are funny, and they have a good balance of casual conversation and topical discussion. I also admire them for speaking out on the need for homeschoolers to become more inclusive. There are a lot of homeschool podcasts, but this is one of my favorites!"
    Leave us a 5-star rating and review here.
     
    Loving This Week
    Angela: Multi-Color Light Bulb Pathway Markers
    Maren: YUEDGE socks
     
    Patrons get a monthly "LTW Extra" episode when you join our $5 Squad. An hour-long chat about the shows, products, podcasts, books, and more that we're loving! 
     
     
    More About Homeschool Unrefined
    We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.
     
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers | Merch Shop
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
    Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined
    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

    • 58 min
    You've Got This: A Harmonious Homeschool

    You've Got This: A Harmonious Homeschool

    We see these comments pop up in every homeschool Facebook group: "How do I get my kid to do their work?" "My kid is fighting with me about doing math." "Homeschool is hurting my relationships with my kids." Homeschool doesn't have to be contentious, and burnout isn't the inevitable outcome of homeschooling. So how can we begin to homeschool in harmony? Join us as we explore the ways we're creating a harmonious homeschool experience for ourselves and our kids. 
     
    Takeaways
    -We often feel the tension of playing two roles: parent and teacher. At our best, we're in only ONE role: parent.
     
    -No one is enjoying homeschool if you and your kids are grinding your way through it.
     
    -As a homeschool parent, we have freedom to do things differently from a teacher in a classroom.
     
    -The thing your child is most interested in is the thing they're going to learn the most about.
     
    -There are non-negotiable things we want our kids to learn. But we can let go of WHEN and HOW they learn those things.
     
    -Learn to recognize the signals when a learning experience is taking a negative turn BEFORE it gets to the point of yelling, crying, frustration. 
     
    -Our kids need to know that their voice and their feelings matter, and we can listen when they're telling us they need to stop or something isn't working.
     
    -Kids have bad days, too. They might have another need that needs to be met before they can sit down and learn. They might need a new approach/curriculum/time of day for a subject.
     
    -It's our KIDS and their plans/ideas that often create the best and most magical learning moments.
     
    -We want our kids to come into a learning experience with their cups of connection filled up!
     
     
    Mentions
    Our bookshop.org book lists!
    Back to School Summit
    Personality Classes
     
    This episode is second in a series: You've Got This! We're tackling some of the most common questions and daily dilemmas we face in homeschool and parenting. Listen to our previous episode: The Device Dilemma all about screen time.
     
     
    Join the Squad!
    When you join Patreon, you get access to our Patreon Squad Facebook Group -- a fun and fantastic community of like-minded homeschool parents. Plus a bunch of other great rewards like more episodes, extended interviews, and more!
     
    Listener Review
    myshell726, 09/11/2020
    "I always enjoy listening to this podcast. Maren and Angela are funny, and they have a good balance of casual conversation and topical discussion. I also admire them for speaking out on the need for homeschoolers to become more inclusive. There are a lot of homeschool podcasts, but this is one of my favorites!"
    Leave us a 5-star rating and review here.
     
    Loving This Week
    Angela: Schitt's Creek
    Maren: WiZ smart lights
     
    Patrons get a monthly "LTW Extra" episode when you join our $5 Squad. An hour-long chat about the shows, products, podcasts, books, and more that we're loving! 
     
     
    More About Homeschool Unrefined
    We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.
     
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers | Merch Shop
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gm

    • 48 min
    You've Got This: The Device Dilemma

    You've Got This: The Device Dilemma

    Two words: SCREEN TIME. We’re all sick of thinking about it, but we also can’t stop thinking about it. We don’t have the device dilemma figured out either, but we’re here to process with you all the pros and cons and big question marks. Grab a cup of whatever it takes and let’s chat!
     
    This episode is first in a new series: You've Got This! We'll be tackling some of the most common questions and daily dilemmas we face in homeschool and parenting.
     
    Takeaways
    -Not all screen time is equal. Screens are helping us stay connected to friends and family and one another. We don’t have to ditch family movie night just because our kids were on screens with friends earlier today.
    -Kids are often working on amazing projects on screens. Reframe how we see the work they’re doing when they learn a new dance or unlock a new game level.
    -We can use this opportunity to help our kids learn to be smart and safe consumers and citizens.
    -Managing screen time takes so much energy. We’re constantly having to evaluate, make decisions, and set new boundaries.
    -We’re having ongoing family conversations, spontaneously and often.
    -Some kids need different limits and restrictions than others. Helping our kids with their screen time takes lots of communication.
    -Always up for discussion: We’re reconsidering and changing our minds and trying new strategies all the time. Nothing is set in stone.
     
    Connected Kindred
    This episode is being sponsored by Connected Kindred. From founder and parent coach Niurka Maldonado: "We can lead families of unique individuals that communicate clearly, honor boundaries, and love fiercely. Let me show you the way."
    Connect with Niurka and her coaching practice on Instagram, Facebook, and on her website.
     
    Join the Squad!
    When you join Patreon, you get access to our Patreon Squad Facebook Group -- a fun and fantastic community of like-minded homeschool parents.
     
    Books
    Visit our new bookshop.org store. When you shop with Bookshop, you’re supporting us AND local independent bookstores. Woohoo!
     
    Listener Review
    myshell726, 09/11/2020
    "I always enjoy listening to this podcast. Maren and Angela are funny, and they have a good balance of casual conversation and topical discussion. I also admire them for speaking out on the need for homeschoolers to become more inclusive. There are a lot of homeschool podcasts, but this is one of my favorites!"
    Leave us a 5-star rating and review here.
     
    Loving This Week
    Angela: Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Maren: Blueland Hand Soap Refill Tablets
     
    Patrons get a monthly "LTW Extra" episode when you join our $5 Squad. An hour-long chat about the shows, products, podcasts, books, and more that we're loving! 
     
     
    More About Homeschool Unrefined
    We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.
     
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers | Merch Shop
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
    Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined
    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising

    • 51 min
    On Being a Homeschool Family of Color with Niurka Maldonado

    On Being a Homeschool Family of Color with Niurka Maldonado

    Niurka Maldonado is a certified Conscious Parenting coach and the founder of Connected Kindred. Niurka shares about her experience as a homeschool family of color. While the homeschooling community is becoming increasingly more diverse, the majority of homeschoolers are white. Niurka sheds light on the subtle ways racism shows up in homeschool spaces and offers advice for how white homeschoolers can be better allies to homeschooling families of color. She also talks about the unique homeschool benefits and opportunities for families of color and the ways she's embracing the joy in homeschooling. 
     
    Connect with Niurka and her coaching practice on Instagram, Facebook, and on her website.
     
    EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS!
    Listeners, Niurka is offering you an exclusive discount! You can get a $200 discount on a private coaching session and $100 off a group session. Just use the code "Homeschool Unrefined" on your call with Niurka!
     
    Extended Interview (and a BONUS GIFT) on Patreon!
    Get an extended interview with Niurka on Patreon. We get Niurka's take on the Homeschool Unrefined signatures "What We Don't Do" and "Giving Ourselves Credit." Plus, she shares about what she's reading, watching, listening to, and her specific self-care practices.
     
    Patrons are also getting a very special BONUS GIFT from Niurka. She is gifting the $5 Squad a FREE meditation gift you won't want to miss. Join now to receive your meditation gift.
     
     
    Mentions
    And The Skylark Sings With Me
    The Aluna Method on Instagram
    Raising Proud Black Children by Sankofa Club on Facebook
    Latinx Parenting on Facebook and Instagram
    Rachel Cargle
     
    When you join Patreon, you get access to our Patreon Squad Facebook Group -- a fun and fantastic community of like-minded homeschool parents.
     
     
    Books
    Visit our new bookshop.org store. When you shop with Bookshop, you’re supporting us AND a local independent bookstore of your choice. Woohoo!
     
    Listener Review
    myshell726, 09/11/2020
    "I always enjoy listening to this podcast. Maren and Angela are funny, and they have a good balance of casual conversation and topical discussion. I also admire them for speaking out on the need for homeschoolers to become more inclusive. There are a lot of homeschool podcasts, but this is one of my favorites!"
    Leave us a 5-star rating and review here.
     
    Loving This Week
    Angela: Heavyweight podcast (try #16: Rob)
    Maren: Poetry Unbound podcast & Throughline podcast (this episode and this one)
    Patrons get a monthly "LTW Extra" episode when you join our $5 Squad. An hour-long chat about the shows, products, podcasts, books, and more that we're loving! 
     
     
    More About Homeschool Unrefined
    We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.
     
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers | Merch Shop
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
    Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined
    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

    • 51 min
    How Homeschool is REALLY Going (A FREE Patreon Episode)

    How Homeschool is REALLY Going (A FREE Patreon Episode)

    Ok, but how are you doing REALLY? You’re getting the unedited behind-the-scenes look at our homeschool lives—the academics and routines we’re doing (or not doing), the stuff that’s going well (and what's NOT working), and the self-care solutions that are saving us (when we hold ourselves and each other accountable to making self-care happen!). This is the conversation we’re having every. single. month. on Patreon with our $5 Squad. Join us!
     
    When you join Patreon, you’ll unlock 2 years of patron rewards including an archive of extended interviews, monthly episodes, the Back to School Summit, and a discount code for our Homeschool+Personalities classes. Plus, you get access to our Patreon Squad Facebook Group -- a fun and fantastic community of like-minded homeschool parents. All for just $5/month. Or sign up for an annual membership for about $50!
     
    Loving This Week
    No LTWs this week--but you get a monthly "LTW Extra" episode when you join our $5 Squad. An hour-long chat about the shows, products, podcasts, books, and more that we're loving! 
     
    Books
    Visit our new bookshop.org store. When you shop with Bookshop, you’re supporting us AND a local independent bookstore of your choice. Woohoo!
     
    Get a FREE guide!
    Get our FREE High Five Homeschool Guide when you sign up for our newsletter!
     
    Listener Review
    chemicalhippos, 09/16/2020
    "Not only is this my favorite homeschool podcast, it’s my FAVORITE PODCAST. I listen to every episode and have recently started working through the back catalog. I’m a young mom and my kids are still young but I find so much reassurance in Maren and Angela’s stories about homeschooling and raising older kids. They are like the cool older sisters I never had and inspire me to chill out and focus on connecting with my kids instead of forcing them to do workbook after workbook. I also love getting a glimpse into their long and beautiful friendship. It’s a privilege to be a part of. "
    Leave us a 5-star rating and review here.
     
    More About Homeschool Unrefined
    We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.
     
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers | Merch Shop
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
    Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined
    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

    • 54 min
    Raising Confident Kids (Raising Ourselves, Too)

    Raising Confident Kids (Raising Ourselves, Too)

    Raising confident kids can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and challenging--but it's so worth it! And we can't talk about raising confident kids without talking about raising ourselves, too. This important work is woven into what we do every day through listening to and trusting our kids, modeling how we show up in the world, and advocating for ourselves and setting boundaries. Watch your homeschool learning atmosphere come alive and your relationships blossom as you and your children embrace and express yourselves more fully TOGETHER.
     
    Takeaways
    -What our kids say and think matters-- they know themselves and what they need MORE than we do.
    -Listening to our kids and valuing what they say will help them learn their voice is important.
    -As homeschool parents, we make lots of plans, but listening to our kids when they tell us something isn't working and changing our plans sends a strong message that our kids can listen, value, and trust themselves.
    -What do they want to learn? How do they want to learn?
    -We want them to be able to advocate for themselves as adults, so we have to know it starts at home, it starts with us.
     
    Get a FREE guide!
    Get our FREE High Five Homeschool Guide when you sign up for our newsletter!
     
    Mentions
    When you join Patreon, you get access to our Patreon Squad Facebook Group -- a fun and fantastic community of like-minded homeschool parents.
    Family Math book
    Racko
    Apples to Apples Jr
    Let's Play Math
     
    Books
    Visit our new bookshop.org store. When you shop with Bookshop, you’re supporting us AND a local independent bookstore of your choice. Woohoo!
     
    Listener Review
    chemicalhippos, 09/16/2020
    "Not only is this my favorite homeschool podcast, it’s my FAVORITE PODCAST. I listen to every episode and have recently started working through the back catalog. I’m a young mom and my kids are still young but I find so much reassurance in Maren and Angela’s stories about homeschooling and raising older kids. They are like the cool older sisters I never had and inspire me to chill out and focus on connecting with my kids instead of forcing them to do workbook after workbook. I also love getting a glimpse into their long and beautiful friendship. It’s a privilege to be a part of. "
    Leave us a 5-star rating and review here.
     
    Loving This Week
    Angela: Crewneck Sweatshirt from Target
    Maren: YouTube channels: Chillhop and ChilledCow
     
    More About Homeschool Unrefined
    We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.
     
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers | Merch Shop
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
    Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined
    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

hanflings ,

Highlight of my week !!!!

I love this podcast!!! I look forward to listening every week 😁😁😁

sheenawock ,

Homeschoolers rocking it!

Feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of Homeschooling? these ladies will put things into perspective, and make you really understand you are enough and you are doing enough. By far my favourite homeschool podcast to listen too.

It’s so good to listen to the ‘troops in the trenches’ and gain new insight. As a new homeschool mom, I cherish this podcast.

Keep up the amazing work. ❤️

RickerHomeLearning ,

Encouraging and Reassuring!

I love this podcast as it is full of so many great conversations with real homeschool moms. After listening to an episode I feel like I have just had a good chat with a fellow homeschooling momma. It is full of encouraging content that helps reassure me to keep doing what I feel is best for my children in the unschooling, self-directed, nature-based (eclectic) style of home educating. Lots of great resources, ideas and guest speakers too! Definitely reccomend it to anyone currently home educating, or considering it. Thanks Angela and Maren!

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