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Hosts Elle and Miriam are two Black homeschooling moms embarking on a self-defining journey. Listen in on conversations that will encourage you to be your authentic self, while uplifting your spirit and motivating your inherent potential. They’re defining what culture is for their families and want you to do the same. Bring your children along too, so they can meet the Cleverly Cultured Kids. They’re all for teaching the babies while they’re young, adapting to the challenges of parenting, homeschooling and being willing to learn the lessons that the children have to offer. It’s all about uplifting one another and reclaiming your innate greatness.

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Hosts Elle and Miriam are two Black homeschooling moms embarking on a self-defining journey. Listen in on conversations that will encourage you to be your authentic self, while uplifting your spirit and motivating your inherent potential. They’re defining what culture is for their families and want you to do the same. Bring your children along too, so they can meet the Cleverly Cultured Kids. They’re all for teaching the babies while they’re young, adapting to the challenges of parenting, homeschooling and being willing to learn the lessons that the children have to offer. It’s all about uplifting one another and reclaiming your innate greatness.

    Paying for College Lesson 100

    Paying for College Lesson 100

    Our latest Cleverly Changing Podcast episode discusses paying for college and how early families should start. Brad Baldridge is a college funding specialist who worked with thousands of families to help them plan and save for college. He is the host of the Podcast Taming the High Cost of College, and he is a dad who has navigated this college readiness and tuition journey with his own children. There are several follow up resources to help you as your start your path paying for college for your own children.
    Word of the Episode
    Kihinde means second-born twin in Yuroba.  
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    Today's episode is sponsored by Cleverly Changing Press. Learn more about sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait with the Ultimate Sickle Cell Activity Book. The book is currently on sale now, so please purchase your copy at CleverlyChanging.com/Shop.
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    Grown Folks Talking About Paying for College with Brad Baldridge
    Here is additional inforation about our guest today, Brad Baldridge, who is a financial expert. Brad has been sharing his college planning insights with clients, subscribers and listeners for nearly 20 years. He teaches parents the best ways to save and pay for college, including how to find the right school, maximize financial aid and scholarships, avoid student loan debt, and make your children’s college dreams come true without wiping out your finances or retirement.
    Since 1998, Brad has become one of the nation’s leading college planning and college financial experts. He offers life-changing advice through his private practice, his online platforms, and at numerous workshops, seminars and events each year.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Tell us a little about your background and your family. Do you have children?
    Saving for college can seem overwhelming for homeschool families investing in academics each year. What advice would you give a family who wants to save but can only put a small amount aside?
    How should the average parent get started? Do parents need to plan for college?
    What top strategies do you recommend for saving and paying for college?
    You say that one of the biggest surprises for many parents is that the price of college isn’t what they see on school websites. What price should parents expect to pay?
    Remember that many homeschool families have a household where at least one parent is an entrepreneur. Many parents worry that paying for college will wipe out or delay their retirement. How can families balance paying for college and saving for retirement?
    You say many students can attend a private college for about the same price as a public university. But private colleges are costly, so how is that possible?
    Check out these resources and connect with Brad at:

    Check out these episodes from Brad's Podcast: 
    The Top Five things to Do Junior Year.
    Cost of Colleges By State
    The Scholarship Guide for Busy Parents


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    • 56 min
    Inexpensive Homeschool Resources Lesson 99

    Inexpensive Homeschool Resources Lesson 99

    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT
    Speaker1: [00:00:09] Elle and Miriam are two Black homeschooling moms embarking on a self-defining journey. Listen in on conversations that will encourage you to be your authentic self while uplifting your spirit and motivating your inherent potential. They're defining what culture is for their families and want you to do the same. Bring your children along too, so they can meet the cleverly cultured kids. They're all for teaching the babies while they're young, adapting to the challenges of parenting, homeschooling, and being willing to learn the lessons that the children have to offer. It's all about uplifting one another and reclaiming your innate greatness.

    Speaker2: [00:01:10] Hello. Hello. Hello. Welcome back to another episode of the cleverly changing podcast. I am one of your co-hosts, Miriam. I am an urban farmer, a homeschooling mom of four. And an all-around creative genius. Okay. I don't know about genius, but that's okay. I'm going to do my best to try to stay focused. Elle usually keeps me on track. And now today, it's my job to keep myself on track. Let's see how this goes. Today I'm going to take you all on a short hop, skip and a jump through using free resources. Every homeschooler loves a good free resource. I mean, anything from YouTube to worksheets to things that are outside the house. Museums and things. Why? Because they're free. And who doesn't appreciate free?

    Speaker2: [00:02:31] Now, let’s go ahead and think about how we can best utilize things that are free. Now, it’s very, very, very important to understand that we get what you pay for.

    Speaker2: [00:02:52] Or don't pay for.

    Speaker2: [00:02:55] In some instances. So, when we're thinking about what resources that we want to use that are free. It would be in our best interest to see how that free resource would fit into our plan, whether it's a lesson plan, whether it's a broad plan for learning something, or even if it's supposed to be something. Just fun. Right? There's a way to weave it into what we're doing. And just because it's free doesn't mean it's going to be good. And just because it's free doesn't mean it's going to be helpful. So we have to think about these. Types of things when we're making use of the freebies. Now, I know that when I first started, I was like, I'm going to use everything free. I'm not paying for anything. I mean, it's possible it's doable, but you kind of miss out on certain things. So like around here in the Maryland, DC, Virginia areas, there are lots of things to do. There are lots of free things to do. But there are also discounted things to do too. Don't forget about the discounted things, folks. I know we're talking about free resources, but I just wanted to throw that in there. You know, a $15 homeschool day at the Baltimore Aquarium, that's a great deal. Let's not skip out on that. Well, I mean, you know, you don't want to skip out on some things that don’t fall under the overarching theme of I'm going to homeschool for free guys, so, you know, do what you want to do. Do what works for you and your family.

    Speaker2: [00:04:58] Do what feels comfortable, what feels good, and what's going to further your educational goals for your family. That's the most important thing here. So let's get back to Free 99. See what I'm saying when I say I tend to go off a little bit. I'm trying, I'm trying. I'm trying to follow my notes, but that's no fun. Okay, so where are we with our free resources? I know we've talked about some of these before, but for those who are new who have not listened to Elle and I before, or who haven't gotten back to some of those previous episodes where we discussed things that you can utilize for free, I want to take you back. I'm also going to give you some newbies. I hope that newbies, maybe you've heard of them before, I don't know, but I'm going to share them to remind you or to put you on any hook. So let's talk about things that are outside the house first.

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    Homeschool Planning: Calendars, Contacts, and Passwords Lesson 98

    Homeschool Planning: Calendars, Contacts, and Passwords Lesson 98

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    ABOUT THE HOSTSHosts Elle and Miriam are two Black homeschooling moms embarking on a self-defining journey. Listen in on conversations that will encourage you to be your authentic self, while uplifting your spirit and motivating your inherent potential. They’re defining what culture is for their families and want you to do the same. Bring your children along too, so they can meet the Cleverly Cultured Kids. They’re all for teaching the babies while they’re young, adapting to the challenges of parenting, homeschooling and being willing to learn the lessons that the children have to offer. It’s all about uplifting one another and reclaiming your innate greatness.
    Grown Folks Talking about Homeschool Planning: Calendars, Contacts, and Passwords
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    • 28 min
    From Teacher to Publisher Lesson 97

    From Teacher to Publisher Lesson 97

    Maria Dismondy is the founder of the publishing company Cardinal Rule Press. She inspires and educates others in the book industry. She shared insight on the Cleverly Changing Podcast, letting us know about her life as a publisher in Michigan after being in the classroom for many years.
    TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON 
    What is Kenyan currency called?
    Listen to the episode for the answer.
    AFRICAN PROVERB
    “Talking to one another is loving one another.” - Kenyan Proverb.
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    Want to be a guest on an upcoming show? Just fill out this form, and we will send you an interview link when your request is approved.
    We’re bringing back Cleverly Cultured Kids! We want to feature your kids on Cleverly Cultured Kids, so please complete this Interview form for kids, and we will send you an interview link once your request is approved.
    You can call us directly now. Please leave us a voicemail and let us know how you enjoy the show or share your questions.
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    Don’t forget to order one of our exclusive Clever Homeschool Kits. The kits include t-shirts, stickers, a homeschool planner, books, and more.
    Order your Clever Homeschool Kit here. *Make sure you send your t-shirt size as a note once you pay, or email CleverlyChanging@gmail.com with your order number and size.
    GROWN FOLKS TALKING ABOUT HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT BLACK HISTORY
    Maria Dismondy's background is in early education and research, which enables her to touch lives the world over while touring as a public speaker in schools, community forums, and national conferences. When Maria isn’t working, she embarks on adventures throughout southeast Michigan and beyond, where she lives with her husband, three book-loving children, and two pups. Find out more at MariaDismondy.com 

    Follow Maria's journey on IG at @mariadismondybooks

    Learn more about her publishing company at CardinalRulePress.com 
    Follow Cardinal Rule Press Maria's publishing company on Instagram at @CardinalRulePress

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    Tweetable quote: “Books can be a bridge between a caregiver and a child. It will help them to have a conversation around a tricky topic. They can be mirrors, so children can see themselves in the midst of the pages, and they can be windows, so children can look inside someone else experience." - Maria Dismondy author and mom.
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    • 41 min
    Lesson 96 - Teaching Black History With Brandi

    Lesson 96 - Teaching Black History With Brandi

    Today's podcast will discuss How Do You Teach Your Children Black History?
    Today's History Lesson Where was the first public place where "Lift and Every Voice and Sing," the Black national anthem, was performed?
    Listen to the episode for the answer.
    African Proverb"If everyone is going to dance, who then is going to watch?" Cameroonian Proverb
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    Word of the Episode
    Osanso means orange in Yuroba. Yuroba is a language from Nigeria.
    Let's Connect!
    Want to be a guest on an upcoming show? Just fill out this form, and we will send you an interview link when your request is approved.
    We're bringing back Cleverly Cultured Kids! We want to feature your kids on Cleverly Cultured Kids, so please complete this Interview form for kids, and we will send you an interview link once your request is approved.
    You can call us directly now. Please leave us a voicemail and let us know how you enjoy the show or share your questions.
    Order a Clever Homeschool Kit: 
    Don't forget to order one of our exclusive Clever Homeschool Kits. The kits include t-shirts, stickers, a homeschool planner, books, and more.
    Order your Clever Homeschool Kit here. *Make sure you send your t-shirt size as a note once you pay, or email CleverlyChanging@gmail.com with your order number and size.Grown Folks Talking About How to Teach Children About Black History
    Brandi Riley is the author behind a new set of books for middle school students and younger children called Black History Spark. She is an award-winning community builder and outspoken digital activist. Brandi is also an advocate and leader who promotes equity and pay for women. She has written for BabyCenter, ScaryMommy, What To Expect, and is the author of the journal, "Just Us Girls: A Shared Journal for Moms and Daughters" published by Rockridge Press. Brandi lives with her family in Oakland, CA.
    Order your Black History Books from Black History SparkEmail Brandi Riley-Jeter atFollow Brandi on Instagram at @BrandiJeter 
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    Connect with Elle

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    Tweetable quote: "Remember, just because you start with a curriculum doesn't mean you have to stick with it, if it's not a good fit." - Elle Cole
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    • 42 min
    Lesson 95 Homeschool Tip 2 How to Create Lesson Plans

    Lesson 95 Homeschool Tip 2 How to Create Lesson Plans

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    You can call us directly now. Please leave us a voicemail and let us know how you are enjoying the show or share your questions.
    Please check out the Podcast Transcript of episode 95: Tip 2 How to Create Lesson Plans.
    Elle  0:09  
    Elle and Miriam are two black homeschooling moms embarking on a self-defining journey. Listen in on conversations that will encourage you to be your authentic self while uplifting your spirit and motivating your inherent potential. They're defining what culture is for their families and want you to do the same. Bring your children along so they can meet the cleverly cultured kids. They're all for teaching the babies while they're young, adapting to the challenges of parenting, homeschooling, and being willing to learn the lessons that the children have to offer. It's all about uplifting one another and reclaiming your innate greatness.
    Elle Cole  1:12  
    It's now time for the word of the episode.
    Elle Cole  1:17  
    WORD OF THE EPISODE
    Keh means "to demonstrate" or "to teach" in Mende.
    Elle Cole  1:36  
    Hello, everybody. Welcome to another CleverlyChanging Podcast. I am one of your hosts I will call, and today we are talking about our second homeschool tip. Yes, we are getting back to the basics for those of you who are interested in learning more about homeschooling and teaching your children. Again, this podcast isn't just for homeschoolers but also for people who want to supplement their child's education. So today, we are talking about Tip number two, lesson plans. Now, if you're not a teacher, no worries. We are going to walk you through how to create a lesson plan and how to make it work for you. So first, I want to share that a lesson plan is important. If you want to organize and prepare information, it keeps you on track and focused. When creating a lesson plan, identify your subject, then research the concept your child needs to learn. So when I was homeschooling, I had to often reteach myself different subjects. So if it had been years since I had seen some of the math problems that I needed to teach to my kids. It wasn't a big worry. It just meant I had to utilize different resources so that I could refresh my memory. One of the tools I use to do that was YouTube, they have great tutorials where people will work out the problems, and you can practice. Also, if you are a bit hesitant about some subjects and you feel like, they are outside of my scope. No worries, you don't have to do it all personally. You can hire tutors, tap into your village, your resources, your support system, and even classes online. So there are multiple ways to ensure your child or children are getting a solid education.
    Elle Cole  3:48  
    for preschoolers, I feel like preschool and elementary school many of us can handle those areas fairly well on our own. And we should probably go back to thinking about the learning cells. And there are three learning styles I talked about last year. The first was auditory, the second visual, and the third kinesthetic or tactile. And when I was teaching my preschoolers, I often went to the library and got CDs or videos to reinforce those lessons. Kids learn so well through song. So even if you're not a singer, it doesn't mean that your kids don't have to have an opportunity to be exposed to new music, expose them, teach them, and sing with them, but you can also get CDs to sing along, especially if that's not your wheelhouse.
    Elle Cole  4:53  
    The other thing I enco

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

2Fatmata ,

Great Organic Conversations!

Uplifting and positive podcast for parents by parents! Love the educational question in the beginning. It’s good for parents and children.

Submitting to his will ,

Introspection, Facts, and Solution driven

I enjoy the Cleverly Changing Podcast because it causes me to think about what I know and what I don’t know. The topics are varied and help me to continue to expand my perception of education, homeschooling, and world issues.

Clement Townsend ,

Tons of helpful tips

I enjoy the variety of tips and resources this podcast provides regarding homeschooling. The books that are discussed and the programs and webinars that are shared are very helpful. The conversations are always genuine and a pleasure to listen to.

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