76 episodes

A working mom and a stay at home dad help you navigate the complex and dynamic world of secular homeschooling with a focus on early learners and gameschooling.

Homeschool Together Podcast Arial and Matthew Buza

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

A working mom and a stay at home dad help you navigate the complex and dynamic world of secular homeschooling with a focus on early learners and gameschooling.

    Short Bite - First Orchard (Early Learners First Games Series)

    Short Bite - First Orchard (Early Learners First Games Series)

    On today's Short Bite we're starting a series exploring the best first games to play with your preschool child! These are games that can be played as young as 2 and help to develop fine motor skills, color recognition, memory, cooperation, counting, and logic. Today we'll kick it off with our favorite early game, First Orchard from HABA! The quality, colorful components delight our children and they're learning important skills along the way!


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    Show Notes
    First Orchard - https://amzn.to/3srUQiU


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    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/
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    Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/
    Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ

    • 8 min
    Episode 63 - Organize All the Books! (Community Conversations)

    Episode 63 - Organize All the Books! (Community Conversations)

    Having a house full of books is about more than providing entertainment or fulfilling a learning requirement. Books are gateways to experience new places and people, launchpads to discovery, and friends waiting to be met. In our family, our book collection is large and constantly growing. At just over 2000 books we only have one problem: shelf space! A book collection is a treasure, but not if you can’t find the book you need or they’re so haphazard that natural discovery is inhibited. So today on the show we’re talking about book organization! We’ll share our methods for taming this beast and hopefully give you some tips and tricks that you can use in your home.


    Episode 22 - Buy All The Books! https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/22


    Step 1: Know what you have so you don’t buy duplicates!
    Step 2: Organize by subject or collection
    Step 3: Book placement and presentation
    Step 4: Keep only the good stuff


    FREE Resource Guide
    Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners!
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    What are we into this week
    Home gym mat and folding couch


    Show Notes
    BookBuddy: Library Manager (iOS) - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bookbuddy-library-manager/id395150347
    Eyewitness Books - https://amzn.to/2N9O8hn
    Usborne Books - https://amzn.to/39Caf7k
    Washi Tape - https://amzn.to/2LMR6rg
    Furniture Wall Strap (you'll understand when you listen) - https://amzn.to/3nIKU0Q
    Gutenberg Books - https://www.gutenberg.org/
    Kindle eReader - https://amzn.to/3ssSS1G
    Jaxx Zipline Kids Modular Loveseat - https://amzn.to/2KeEfO3
    BestMassage Gymnastics Mats Exercise Mat - https://amzn.to/3oPZSU0


    Connect with us
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast
    Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/
    Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ

    • 59 min
    Short Bite - Catan

    Short Bite - Catan

    Are you tired of playing Monopoly, Candyland, or insert Milton Bradley title here, but you're unsure how to get your family beyond the classic (and mostly boring) board games? Settlers of Catan is THE gateway game. We've seen it be the spark that sets a family down a path of nerdy board game goodness and as gameschoolers we know the power games have to not only entertain, but teach valuable lessons and academic skills. If you've been on the fence about weightier board games at all, dip your toe into the waters of Catan and you'll be pleasantly surprised! Even better, Catan Junior offers a terrific way to help your kids break out of the Candyland mold too. Great artwork, simple mechanics, and intriguing strategy make this the perfect entry to the nerdy board game world. Welcome!


    Settlers of Catan
    Ages 8 and up
    3-4 players (with 5-6 player expansion available)
    60 min playtime
    Skills: strategic thinking, math, probabilities, colors


    Catan Junior
    Ages 6-10
    3-4 players
    30 min playtime
    Skills: strategic thinking, math, probabilities


    FREE Resource Guide
    Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners!
    https://rebrand.ly/fstke


    Show Notes
    Catan - https://amzn.to/3s8q7Hg
    Catan Junior - https://amzn.to/3bvcr3o
    Big Bang Theory Catan Clip - https://youtu.be/eEq-0inAWzk
    The Man Who Created Settlers of Catan - https://youtu.be/niTSTcZkriA


    Connect with us
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast
    Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/
    Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ

    • 16 min
    Getting to Know a Parent Partnership with the Sky Valley Education Center

    Getting to Know a Parent Partnership with the Sky Valley Education Center

    Today we sit down with Sky Valley Education Center (SVEC) director Karen Rosencrans and teacher Amber Ortiz to discuss their public Parent Partnership Program? Is it just like pubic school? Is it only enrichment classes? Join us to learn what this terrific program is all about and how alternative education schools can provide guidance, support, and community for your homeschool.


    Find out more about SVEC:
    https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/svec


    Follow SVEC and see the latest news on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/SkyValleyEducationCenter/


    FREE Resource Guide
    Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners!
    https://rebrand.ly/fstke


    Connect with us
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast
    Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/
    Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Short Bite - Ticket To Ride

    Short Bite - Ticket To Ride

    Choo Choo Homeschoolers! Today we talk about the extremely popular and widely available game, Ticket To Ride. There are endless expansions, children's editions, and digital options for both iOS and Android. This game hits it all and is a must have for your homeschool!


    Ages 7 and up
    2-5 players
    30 min playtime
    Skills: strategic thinking, math, probabilities, colors


    FREE Resource Guide
    Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners!
    https://rebrand.ly/fstke


    Show Notes
    Ticket to Ride - https://amzn.to/3pzyM3F
    Ticket to Ride 1910 expansion - https://amzn.to/34I5bwV
    Ticket to Ride First Journey - https://amzn.to/3hgMiWF
    Ticket to Ride Europe - https://amzn.to/34H0X8F
    Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries - https://amzn.to/38wny93
    Ticket to Ride New York - https://amzn.to/3aELvxs
    Ticket to Ride London - https://amzn.to/3mIQorH
    Ticket to Ride Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/market/ticket_to_ride
    Emerald City (DIY) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/129237/emerald-city-fan-expansion-ticket-ride
    Ticket to Ride (iOS) - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ticket-to-ride-train-game/id432504470
    Ticket to Ride First Journey (iOS) - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ticket-to-ride-first-journey/id1210665600
    Ticket to Ride (Android) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.daysofwonder.tt.android&hl=en_US&gl=US
    Ticket to Ride First Journey (Android) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asmodeedigital.tickettoride1journey&hl=en_US&gl=US
    Ticket to Ride (Max high score) - https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/40819/score-maximization-solution-290


    Connect with us
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast
    Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/
    Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ

    • 12 min
    Gameschooling with Danielle Dabbs

    Gameschooling with Danielle Dabbs

    Get your game on! You know we love using games in our homeschool and today we have a 'game geek out' sesson for you. We had the pleasure to talk with Danielle from Board Game Babies about all things games, and specifically gameschooling for young kids. We referenced a ton of games specifically geared towards young learners. Sit down, get your dice trays, and Game Out with us!


    Follow Danielle's Game Reviews
    Find more on Danielle's charitable efforts through her instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebabies/
    Her blog:
    https://boardgamebabies.wordpress.com/
    And her Amazon store:
    https://www.amazon.com/shop/boardgamebabies


    FREE Resource Guide
    Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners!
    https://rebrand.ly/fstke


    Danielle's Top Games
    Preschool Fun
    Dragomino - https://amzn.to/3plExBF
    My first Castle Panic - https://amzn.to/3mKOBlV


    Preschool Educational
    Bus Stop - https://amzn.to/3aGvrva
    Super Why ABC Letter Game - https://amzn.to/3psMjdf


    Early Elementary
    Silver and Gold - https://amzn.to/3pk7b6g
    Draftosaurus - https://amzn.to/3nPLGK9
    Trekking the World - https://amzn.to/2WLbg7o


    Other Referenced Games
    Catan Junior - https://amzn.to/3rsSY92
    Ticket To Ride First Journey - https://amzn.to/37LP7vI
    Agricola Family Edition - https://amzn.to/38vPhXv
    Dinosaur Island - https://amzn.to/3nOWjwL
    Zombie Kids - https://amzn.to/2KONOmS
    Unicorn Glitterluck - https://amzn.to/2M0E09P
    Carcassonne Junior - https://amzn.to/2M0EdtD
    Dragonwood - https://amzn.to/37NPdmG
    Disney Codenames - https://amzn.to/2WL82k1
    Dinosaur Tea Party - https://amzn.to/2Jl76jq
    King Domino - https://amzn.to/3hdbUE0
    King Domino Printables - https://www.blueorangegames.com/games-goodies
    Sushi Go! - https://amzn.to/2WIDUWD
    Quacks of Quedlinburg - https://amzn.to/34H97xD
    Digogenics - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/210296/dinogenics
    Dinosaur Island - https://amzn.to/2WIXpyi
    Jurassico (Print and Play) - https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/103359/print-and-play-jurassico
    Trekking the Parks - https://amzn.to/3nTJEJe
    Race to the Treasure - https://amzn.to/3mMJh1u
    Floaty Fight - https://amzn.to/3mHxIIY


    Connect with us
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/
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    Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/
    Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

c@tarata ,

Fantastic podcast

I love that this podcast is hosted by a homeschooling DAD as well as a mom. I love their emphasis on games and enjoying the process. Highly recommend, especially for those who have young children (4-6) and who are new to homeschooling.

AutismMama28 ,

Just what I needed

I have really been enjoying listening to this podcast (more like binging). I’m a fairly new homeschooler, not due to Covid but Covid gave me the push I needed to find the confidence to homeschool my child with autism and ADHD and also my daughter, preschooler.
The topics of this podcast have been everything I’ve been curious about. We are using Blossom + Root so I really enjoyed the review on that. This podcast has really made me feel like I’m doing enough for my kids and ultimately that is what’s keeping the homeschool fire going. Thankful for those who take the time to put together resources like this. Love their chemistry! Also I appreciated the welcome message when I started following them on Instagram. Connecting with your listeners really means a lot. I’m excited to hear more episodes. I would love a podcast on homeschooling and special needs since that is our biggest struggle 💙

RebeccaSangASong ,

The Homeschool Podcast I’ve Been Searching for...

I’ve been binge-listening to this podcast and it’s really great. As good as any of the big names out there.

After wading through so many podcasts that feel overly sentimental, either clearly or sneakily faith-based, cutesy, or simply out of touch from everything that has to do with my life other than homeschooling, I found these two.

As a pandemic-homeschooler has whole-heartedly embraced this lifestyle, I really feel inspired and accepted by the hosts.... and engaged. The chemistry of the two hosts is clear, sweet, fun and engaging. Topics are interesting and right on point. The pacing is good. Glad to have found it!

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