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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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    • 4.8 • 664 Ratings

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/

    Simplify Language Arts With Books Your Whole Family Will Love

    Simplify Language Arts With Books Your Whole Family Will Love

    Feeling overwhelmed with language arts education in your homeschool? Join hosts Pam Barnhill, Meg Angelino, and Laney Homan, in episode nine of Homeschool Better Together, as they discuss how literature-based learning can revolutionize language arts education for your family. Discover the transformative power of integrating grammar, writing style, literary analysis, and vocabulary activities through high-quality literature, all within one flexible program.
    Explore the hosts' personal experiences and insights as they discuss the benefits of using literature to teach grammar, the adaptability of the program for children with different ages and abilities, and the positive impact it has had on their own read-aloud sessions with their kids. Gain a deeper understanding of how this holistic approach to language arts offers an enriching and enjoyable learning experience, without the tedium of traditional grammar programs.
    Don't miss out on this insightful discussion that will bring clarity and inspiration to your language arts journey. Whether you're a seasoned homeschooler or just starting out, this episode is for you! 
    Links and Resources:
    Language Arts Together Bundle Two- SPECIAL Presale price of $34 through July 16!Tarantula in My Purse by Jean Craighead GeorgeAdventures with Waffles by Maria ParrA Place to Hang the Moon by Kate AlbusA Single Shard by Linda Sue ParkAnne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisBecause of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamilloFarmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder The Trumpet of The Swan by E.B. WhiteLittle House in The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder Language Arts Together Bundle 1a href="https://community.pambarnhill.com/home" rel="noopener...

    • 45 min
    Simplify Your Homeschool Options With These Five Curriculum Types

    Simplify Your Homeschool Options With These Five Curriculum Types

    Welcome to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast, where we explore building a joyful homeschool experience for your family. In this episode, host Pam Barnhill explores five different types of curriculum—scripted, open-and-go, fixed grid, buffet, and whole-family learning—and discusses how each one can meet the unique needs of your homeschool journey. 
    By understanding the different kinds of curricula available and how each can fit your family's needs, you'll be well-equipped to make decisions that reduce stress and enhance your homeschooling adventure. So, grab your notepad, maybe a smoothie, and let's step out of the overwhelm and into the wonder of homeschooling better together.
    Key Takeaways:
    Learn about different types of curriculum, including scripted, open and go, fixed grid, buffet, and whole-family learning, to find what works best for your homeschool style and needs.Understand the advantages of scripted curriculum for new homeschooling parents and how it can provide a structured yet flexible learning experience.Explore the concept of open and go curriculum and how balancing it with other types can simplify your homeschool year and reduce planning fatigue.Gain insight into fixed grid curriculum and the snaking loop schedule as a method to avoid overwhelm and ensure a balanced approach to using comprehensive resources.Get tips on effectively using buffet curriculum by setting specific goals, prioritizing materials, and making decisions in advance to avoid decision fatigue.Appreciate the value of whole-family learning curriculum, with a realistic approach to age range, to foster family unity and efficient multi-age education.
    Resources and Links: 
    All About ReadingAll About SpellingGuest HallowTapestry of GraceLayers of LearningBook SharkMemoria PressFive In A RowSimply Charlotte MasonHomeschool Better Together CommunityHomeschool Better Together Citizenship TogetherPut Your Homeschool Year on AutopilotTask Card Master Class
    For full show notes and a transcript of today’s episode, head to pambarnhill.com/hsbt8
    To join our free homeschool community, you can create an account right here.

    • 26 min
    How Planning Brings More Wonder Into Your Homeschool

    How Planning Brings More Wonder Into Your Homeschool

    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 four practical tips that will help you move from feeling overwhelmed to prepared; ensuring your homeschooling days are filled with curiosity, excitement, and wonder. Whether it’s planning amazing field trips, following your kids' interests with a Wonder Wall, or incorporating morning basket time into your routine, this episode has you covered.
    Listen in for practical tips on selecting the best resources, making your homeschool both orderly and enriching, and creating an environment tailored to the interests of your children. Let's step out of the overwhelm and into the joy of learning together!
    Key Resources:
    Order and Wonder courseYMB PlusHalliburton's MarvelsHomeschool Better Together Community
    Key Takeaways:
    Discover the structured approach to choosing curriculum as the fourth step in homeschooling planning, detailing the prior steps including reviewing the homeschool vision and setting specific student goals.Learn how to incorporate wonder into your homeschool planning, focusing on creating opportunities for children to wonder about the world rather than only experiencing big, awe-inspiring moments.Understand the importance of intentionality in your homeschool vision and goals, specifically how setting specific aims for introducing wonder can transform your educational environment.Explore practical scheduling strategies to include wonder regularly, whether through field trips, weekly or biweekly wonder activities, or daily morning basket routines.Get insights on following your children's interests by creating a Wonder Wall, allowing them to contribute topics they are curious about and using this input to plan engaging studies.Hear suggestions for preparing ahead to gather the best resources, such as highly-recommended books, videos, and games, ensuring these materials are enriching and inspiring for your children.Learn about the benefits of leveraging the Homeschool Better Together community to crowdsource recommendations, helping you find high-quality educational tools and foster a collaborative learning experience.
    For full show notes and a transcript of today’s episode, head to pambarnhill.com/hsbt7
    To join our free homeschool community, you can create an account right here.

    • 18 min
    From Chaos to Confidence: Organizing Your Homeschool Year With Guest Amie Gardner

    From Chaos to Confidence: Organizing Your Homeschool Year With Guest Amie Gardner

    Welcome back to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast. In today's episode, host Pam Barnhill and guest Amie Gardner dive into the intricacies of homeschool planning and the tools that can make it all more manageable. Amie shares her experience using Put Your Homeschool Year on Autopilot, which has been a game-changer in balancing lesson plans for her family and creating a confident, structured homeschooling environment. 
    We'll also hear about Amie's journey from feeling overwhelmed with curriculum to finding flexibility and peace of mind. Pam and Amie reflect on the pressures of finding the perfect curriculum and fostering a love for learning in children. 
    This episode is packed with valuable insights, practical tips, and heartfelt discussion aimed at helping you navigate your homeschooling journey with confidence and ease.
    Resource and Links:
    Homeschool PlanetAll About ReadingTapestry of GraceSonlight CurriculumPut Your Homeschool Year on AutopilotNavigating High SchoolHomeschooling Better Together Community
    Key Takeaways:
    Discover how Amie Gardner uses Put Your Year on Autopilot and Plan Your Year to simplify homeschool planning, providing a checks and balances system for her lesson planningUnderstand the benefits of online homeschool planners in tracking and shifting dates, helping to create an organized education plan within a short timeframe.Explore the flexibility and customization offered by Plan Your Year, making it adaptable for any homeschool approach and reducing chaos in daily schedules.Hear Amie's journey from starting homeschooling due to her oldest child's struggles in public school, to finding the right resources that helped her develop a confident and effective homeschool routine.Learn the advantages and potential challenges of the buffet curriculum approach, and the importance of making decisions ahead of time to avoid decision fatigue.Gain insights into the benefits of structured yet flexible planning processes that provide a sense of direction, reduce overwhelm, and ensure comprehensive subject coverage.Reflect on the balance between finding the perfect curriculum and fostering a love for learning, understanding the pressure on curriculum providers and the value of scripted homeschool curriculums.
    For full show notes and a transcript of today’s episode, head to pambarnhill.com/hsbt6
    To join our free homeschool community, you can create an account right here.

    • 41 min
    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.

    • 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.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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664 Ratings

664 Ratings

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This Podcast saved my Homeschool

I began homeschooling roughly two and a half years ago. My daughter was in third grade and I withdrew her from two charter schools after several negative incidents during and after COVID-19 shutdowns.

Starting out, I chose a curriculum I thought I would enjoy that she would also enjoy. Turned out I did not care for the curriculum at all, due to my own extreme expectations. I looked all over Pinterest and continually came across “Morning Time” and “Morning Basket” blogs. It sounded great, and I really wanted to try it! However, I kept biting off more than I could chew, and FAR more than my daughter could chew. I ended up switching curriculum and tried morning time again and again and it just kept falling off the wagon.

I came across this podcast when I discovered my iPhone had a free podcast app about a year ago. Starting from the very beginning, I’ve listened to nearly every episode there is, only skipping the few that didn’t apply to me. About three months ago, I began to implement Morning Time and reevaluate how I was teaching school. I absolutely love the curriculum we use, but it was dragging out to be an all day thing. I currently have five children, three are school age, two are two and under, so Morning Time was really appealing. Now, we have a successful morning time, though it is long by some standards, but it covers the majority of their school day and all that’s left afterwards is 30 minutes to an hour of skill work.

I truly believe had I not found this podcast, morning time would still be a far off dream and school would be a drudgery. I cannot recommend Your Morning Basket enough. Though I am not a member of Pam’s YMB+, her advice, and the advice of her guests, has been life changing for my homeschool. We now enjoy our school days (barring the occasional ‘I’d rather be playing’ mentality from my older boys, aged 6 and 5).

Truly, this has been monumental and thank you so much, Pam and your team, for putting in the time and effort to make this Podcast happen!

HomeEducation4Two ,

God Send

As a former teacher turned homeschool mom it can be overwhelming trying to figure what our day will look like. So many walls I’ve had to break down because of time in a classroom. Finding Pam has been such a God send and has given me the permission I needed to do things differently with my kiddos. Home education doesn’t need (or should in my case) look like a public school classroom!

Lizzie O' ,

Always a favorite!

Pam continues to do an amazing job with this podcast. She is a wonderful host, never hurried, asks great questions and really lets her guest share his/her experience fully. The variety of experience & wisdom here is fruit for the homeschooling community at large. I’ve been listening from day one and this podcast continues to be a top favorite. Thank you Pam!

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