21 episodes

Do you want to start homeschooling but are overwhelmed with where to start? Have you started your homeschool journey and want to dig in deeper? Join Amy Eliz Smith, former Kindergarten teacher, M.Ed., turned homeschooling mom every Tuesday and Thursday morning as she talks about home education, the Charlotte Mason philosophy, literacy, and great books. Each episode contains simple and accessible steps to help you start or continue your homeschool journey. Let’s continue on this adventure together!

Grace in Homeschool AmyElizSmith

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Do you want to start homeschooling but are overwhelmed with where to start? Have you started your homeschool journey and want to dig in deeper? Join Amy Eliz Smith, former Kindergarten teacher, M.Ed., turned homeschooling mom every Tuesday and Thursday morning as she talks about home education, the Charlotte Mason philosophy, literacy, and great books. Each episode contains simple and accessible steps to help you start or continue your homeschool journey. Let’s continue on this adventure together!

    Homeschool Basics: The Importance of Play

    Homeschool Basics: The Importance of Play

    20 : Homeschool Basics: The Importance of Play I dive into the crucial role of play in homeschooling. Join me as we explore the benefits of play-based learning, incorporating the Reggio Amelia philosophy, observing children's needs, the value of open-ended play, and the pitfalls of pushing academics too soon. Get ready to be inspired and equipped with practical tips to make play an integral part of your homeschooling journey.
    ResourcesChildren's play, well-being and involvement: how children play indoors and outdoors in Norwegian early childhood education and care institutionsWorking in the Reggio Way
    For more resources for your homeschool journey, visit us at graceinhomeschool.com. Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts for more homeschool tips.

    • 26 min
    Importance of Managing Our Time in Homeschool

    Importance of Managing Our Time in Homeschool

    19 : Importance of Managing Our Time in Homeschool In this episode, I want to share some encouraging insights and practical recommendations to help you on your homeschool journey. We talk about the need to prioritize intentional breaks, avoid excessive phone usage during homeschool hours, and find healthier alternatives to taking breaks, such as having conversations, reading, napping, going outside, or taking short walks. By being mindful of time management, parents can create a positive impact on their children's habits and overall well-being.
    Let's jump right in and discover the importance of time management and how it influences not only our lives but also the lives of our children.
    ResourcesA Core Habit for Better Time ManagementMake a Schedule - Jordan Peterson
    For more resources for your homeschool journey, visit us at graceinhomeschool.com. Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts for more homeschool tips.

    • 23 min
    Importance of Daily Habits in Homeschool

    Importance of Daily Habits in Homeschool

    18 : Importance of Daily Habits in Homeschool I'm excited to dive into a topic that holds immense value in our homeschooling journey: the significance of daily habits. In this episode, we'll explore how turning to God and making conscious decisions can help us cultivate a home that honors Him and positively impacts our children's lives. Together, we'll uncover practical insights shared by author James Clear and educator Charlotte Mason, who emphasize the power of habits in shaping our identity and actions. From making small changes to developing intentional routines, we'll learn how these habits can transform our homeschooling experience.
    Key Takeaways[00:01:17] Habits shape our identity and influence about 40 to 50% of our actions.[00:02:08] James Clear's book, "Atomic Habits," reveals the power of small habit adjustments.[00:03:34] The Two Minute Rule emphasizes the critical first moments in building a new habit.[00:08:59] Charlotte Mason emphasizes the importance of cultivating good habits in children and parents.[00:11:39] Repetition and consistency play a vital role in developing positive habits.[00:12:22] Aligning our habits with our vision for homeschooling and honoring God is crucial.[00:16:25] Intentional habits around conversation, rest, and media consumption greatly benefit homeschooling families.
    ResourcesHoopla AppLibby App: Free ebooks & audiobooks from your libraryThe Habits of the Household by Justin Whitmel EarlyAtomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear
    For more resources for your homeschool journey, visit us at graceinhomeschool.com. Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts for more homeschool tips.

    • 20 min
    Importance of a Positive Mindset in Homeschool

    Importance of a Positive Mindset in Homeschool

    17 : Importance of a Positive Mindset in Homeschool Let's talk about the importance of maintaining a positive mindset in homeschooling. Having the right mindset is crucial for the overall well-being of the family and the success of homeschooling. I encourage you to focus on positive thoughts, cultivate gratitude, and embrace a growth mindset. Here are practical tips and strategies for developing a positive mindset and the impact it can have on family life.
    Key Points[00:00:00] Introduction and Importance of Positive Mindset
    Amy introduces herself as a homeschool mom and emphasizes the significance of mindset in homeschooling.She highlights the negative impact of a poor mindset on family culture.References Philippians 4:8 and Colossians 3:2 to emphasize the importance of focusing on positive thoughts.Discusses the challenge of shifting from negative to positive thoughts throughout the day.
    [00:03:32] The Power of Positivity and Gratitude
    Explains how negativity can loom large in our minds and affect our overall outlook.Uses toothpaste commercials as an example of framing products in a positive light.Discusses the significance of consciously choosing positive thoughts and focusing on the good.Shares the idea of keeping a gratitude journal to cultivate a positive mindset.Recommends writing down daily blessings and expressing gratitude to God.
    [00:07:18] Personal Experience and Overcoming Challenges
    Shares a personal story of breaking her arm and finding gratitude in the midst of the difficult situation.Describes the importance of leaning on God and finding gratitude even in challenging times.Encourages listeners to seek support through counseling or mentorship if needed.
    [00:09:40] Mindset and Growth Mindset
    Differentiates between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.Discusses common negative self-talk and self-limiting beliefs.Encourages replacing fixed mindset with a growth mindset that embraces challenges and learning.Provides ten tips for building a growth mindset.
    [00:16:11] Choosing Positive Thoughts and Mindset
    Explores the impact of thoughts on our lives and achievements.Encourages self-reflection and accountability for one's thoughts.Advocates for embracing a positive attitude and gratitude as a form of worship.Cites Romans 12:2 and urges listeners to renew their minds daily.
    [00:20:09] Mother Culture and Edifying Input
    Introduces the concept of mother culture and the importance of cultivating one's heart and soul.Emphasizes the significance of choosing edifying content and avoiding negative influences.Recommends incorporating positive practices like reading, listening to uplifting podcasts, and focusing on gratitude.Introduces Scola cards with quotes and Bible verses to encourage positive thinking.
    [00:22:18] Creating a Positive Family Culture
    Highlights the impact of a positive mindset on the family and overall home environment.Encourages focusing on the joys and blessings of family life.Urges listeners to choose happiness and resist negative thoughts.Recognizes the daily work and effort required to maintain a positive mindset.
    [00:23:22] Conclusion and Encouragement
    Concludes by expressing support and encouragement for listeners.Encourages feedback and shares excitement to hear about positive changes in listeners' lives.Offers words of affirmation and assures listeners they are not alone in their homeschooling journey.
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    • 24 min
    Importance of Motherhood in Homeschool

    Importance of Motherhood in Homeschool

    16 : Importance of Motherhood in Homeschool In this episode, host Amy discusses the importance of motherhood as a full-time job, particularly in the context of homeschooling. She emphasizes the significance of embracing the role of a mother and going against cultural norms. Amy also highlights the need for cultivating a home filled with joy, developing personal habits that align with one's beliefs, and instilling positive habits in children. She shares book recommendations that support homeschooling and personal growth, and encourages mothers to prioritize their children's education and character development. Amy concludes by reminding listeners of the eternal worth of raising children and the value of their role as mothers.
    Key TakeawaysMotherhood is a calling and full-time job that should be embraced and valued.Overcoming cultural stereotypes and embracing traditional roles can bring fulfillment and joy.Evaluating what mothers read and consume is crucial for cultivating a home filled with God's principles and joy.Developing habits in mothers that children can emulate is essential for character development.Intentional reading and mother culture play a significant role in nurturing a mother's mind and attitude.Finding strength in faith and aligning with God's plan can sustain mothers through challenging times.Prioritizing children and their well-being has a lasting impact and leaves a meaningful legacy.
    Timestamps00:00:00 - Introduction and acknowledgment of challenges in motherhood.00:04:39 - Importance of habits, family culture, and mission statements.00:06:08 - Mother culture, intentional reading, and cultivating the mind.00:07:13 - Finding strength in faith and trusting in God's plan.00:08:00 - Impact of raising children at home on character development.00:08:47 - Balancing motherhood and pursuing personal passions.00:09:38 - Prioritizing children and leaving a lasting legacy.00:10:39 - Recognizing the eternal worth of motherhood.
    ResourcesSimple Start Guide to Start Homeschool
    For more resources for your homeschool journey, visit us at graceinhomeschool.com. Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts for more homeschool tips.

    • 11 min
    Homeschool 101: What to Homeschool Your Children With

    Homeschool 101: What to Homeschool Your Children With

    15 : Homeschool 101: What to Homeschool Your Children With If you have the desire to begin homeschooling, don’t wait! You can start with reading books together and nature journaling outside! Let’s talk about my absolute best (and mostly FREE) recommendations for beginning your homeschooling journey TODAY!
    ResourcesFree Online Safety Resources DocSimple Start Guide to Start Homeschool
    For more resources for your homeschool journey, visit us at graceinhomeschool.com. Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts for more homeschool tips.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

DawnathanR ,

No judgement approach. Simply sharing knowledge.

Amy does a fantastic job of sharing the reasons she homeschools and why you can homeschool too. She does so by providing knowledge through research and her personal experience of homeschooling her own children. She simply shares facts, knowledge and personal experience. No judgment. Homeschooler. Public schooler. Private schooler. Classical. Unschool. Christian. Non-Christian. Doesn’t matter. Amy is sharing her heart and her passion in hopes of providing those who have considered homeschooling, some valid reasons for the doubts they may have about making the final decision to homeschool. Encouraging words to take that step but no condemnation if they don’t. The resources she provides can be used by anyone and can be used to supplement your child’s education, no matter where it comes from, in the evenings, on the weekends, and during the summer months. Thank you, Amy, for being the cheerleader in defense of homeschooling that some parents need to take the leap into homeschooling for themselves.

emmietoes ,

Excellent podcast, so happy to have this resource!

Amy is a wealth of knowledge on how to homeschool at any age and in any family. She brings a formal education background in education to her homeschool approach, but has done years of her own research and reading as well. Pair this education with her personal experience with homeschooling her own children over many year, Amy is an outstanding resource for anyone pondering the value of educating children at home.

Meg-3312 ,

Wonderful podcast!

Amy is so encouraging for those who haven’t taken the jump to homeschool yet all the way to those who’ve been homeschooling for years! She’s got such great insight! ❤️

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