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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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.5 • 180 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.

    205: A New Approach to Neurodivergent Learning (That Works For Everyone!)

    205: A New Approach to Neurodivergent Learning (That Works For Everyone!)

    Join us as we talk about a new approach to neurodivergent learning (that works for everyone!).
     
    We discuss the importance of meeting our kids where they’re at and cover learning practices that are good not only for neurodivergent kids, but for everyone!
     
    To help kids with learning differences (and anybody, for that matter!) it’s important to focus on:
    Connection 
    Flexibility 
    Fostering a love of learning
    Focusing on our child’s strengths
     
    This last season of our podcast is for homeschooling parents, traditional school parents, and everyone in between. This is our last season and definitely our best season!
     
    We’re here to show you how to:
    Identify learning opportunities in everything you do, how to celebrate your child’s differences, and how to give yourself and your kids credit for all the things you’re already doing.
    If you have felt unwelcome in other spaces, we hope you feel welcome here. 
     
    LTWs 
    Maren: 
    Bento Style Lunch Boxes
    Angela:
    Moose Master
     
    You can now pre-order our book! 
    Our book will be released on June 18th! You can pre-order "Think Differently About Learning: A Homeschool Where Children And Parents Thrive" from the following vendors, or wherever books are sold. 
    Bookshop.org Amazon Barnes & Noble  
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website and follow us on Instagram: @homeschoolunrefined. Follow Maren for ADD, homeschooling, and parent coaching: @alwayslearningwithmaren.
    Sign up for our newsletter and get our Top 100 Inclusive Book List.
    We are listener-supported! Support us on Patreon and get access to our special Q&P (Question and Process) episodes!
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com.

    • 31 min
    204: 4 Homeschool Tentpoles

    204: 4 Homeschool Tentpoles

    Join us as we discuss 4 Homeschool Tentpoles! 
     
    These tentpoles help hold up our homeschooling structure. They’re like filters, helping us make decisions about what to prioritize and what to intentionally leave out. 
     
    These are top-tier life skills and serve as a guide for our homeschool:
    Expansive thinking and inclusive practice
    Noticing the learning
    Rocking our strengths
    Critical thinking
     
    This last season of our podcast is for homeschooling parents, traditional school parents, and everyone in between. This is our last season and definitely our best season!
     
    We’re here to show you how to:
     
    Identify learning opportunities in everything you do, how to celebrate your child’s differences, and how to give yourself and your kids credit for all the things you’re already doing.
     
    If you have felt unwelcome in other spaces, we hope you feel welcome here. 
     
    LTWs 
    Maren: 
    She's Birdie Personal Safety Alarm
     
    Angela:
    Nature's Way CalmAid Lavender Softgels 
     
    You can now pre-order our book! 
    Our book will be released on June 18th! You can pre-order "Think Differently About Learning: A Homeschool Where Children And Parents Thrive" from the following vendors, or wherever books are sold. 
    Bookshop.org Amazon Barnes & Noble Connect with us! 
    Visit our website and follow us on Instagram: @homeschoolunrefined. Follow Maren for ADD, homeschooling, and parent coaching: @alwayslearningwithmaren.
    Sign up for our newsletter and get our Top 100 Inclusive Book List.
    We are listener-supported! Support us on Patreon and get access to our special Q&P (Question and Process) episodes!
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com.

    • 31 min
    203: 5 Elements of Effective Learning

    203: 5 Elements of Effective Learning

    Join us as we talk about 5 elements of effective learning! 
     
    The following 5 elements are foundational to true learning:
     
    Keeping things developmentally appropriate
    Prioritizing interest led learning
    Enjoyment 
    Feeling safe and connected
    Flowing with free time
     
    This last season of our podcast is for homeschooling parents, traditional school parents, and everyone in between. This is our last season and definitely our best season!
    We’re here to show you how to:
    Identify learning opportunities in everything you do, how to celebrate your child’s differences, and how to give yourself and your kids credit for all the things you’re already doing.
     
    LTWs 
    Maren: 
    Missed Fortune Podcast
     
    Angela:
    Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website and follow us on Instagram: @homeschoolunrefined. Follow Maren for ADD, homeschooling, and parent coaching: @alwayslearningwithmaren.
    Sign up for our newsletter and get our Top 100 Inclusive Book List.
    We are listener-supported! Support us on Patreon and get access to our special Q&P (Question and Process) episodes!
    Our book will be released on June 18th! Pre-order "Think Differently About Learning: A Homeschool Where Parents And Children Thrive" wherever books are sold. 
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com.

    • 29 min
    202: You Don't Need Our Permission, But...

    202: You Don't Need Our Permission, But...

    Join us as we talk about all things you should give yourself permission to do in homeschool - change, quit, protect, trust, and say yes.



    Fall 2022 Season Sponsors
     
    We are so grateful to our Fall 2022 Season Sponsors. Use the links below for their special offerings:
     
    Blossom & Root and use code HSUnrefined15 for 15% off your purchase
     
    Outschool and use code Unrefined for $20 off your first class 
     
    Night Zookeeper for a 7-day, risk-free trial, as well as 50% off an annual subscription 



    LTWs 
     
    Maren: Love Hard
     
    Angela: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website 
    Sign up for our newsletter and get our Top 100 Inclusive Book List
    We are listener supported! Support us on Patreon
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and see video episodes now on Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren and @alwayslearningwithmaren 
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
     
    Complete Episode Transcript
     
    [00:00:09] Maren: hi, we're Mar and Angela of homeschool, unrefined. Over the past 25 years, we've been friends, teachers, homeschool parents and podcasters, together with our master's degrees and 20 years combined homeschooling. We're here to rethink homeschooling, learning, and education with an inclusive and authentic 
    [00:00:28] Angela: lens.
    [00:00:30] At Homeschool, unrefined, we prioritize things like giving yourself credit, building strong connections, respectful parenting, interest led playing and learning, learning differences, mental health, self care, and listening to and elevating LGBTQ plus and BI voices. 
    [00:00:48] Maren: We are here to encourage and support you.
    [00:00:51] Whether you're a new homeschooler, a veteran, you love curriculum, you're an unschooler. Whether all your kids are at home or all your kids are [00:01:00] at school or somewhere in between. Wherever you are on your journey, we are the voice in your head telling you, you're doing great, and so are your 
    [00:01:07] Angela: kids. This is episode 2 0 2.
    [00:01:11] You don't need our permission, but we are gonna talk about five things we should always allow ourselves to do, and then we are gonna end like we always do with our lt. Ws Loving this week. And before we get started, we wanted to let you know if you are listening to this the day it comes out on Monday, then tomorrow, December.
    [00:01:33] Sixth, we are going to be having our class in Patreon that's gonna be all about how to take a winter break. Mm-hmm. . And that is gonna be at one o'clock central. We'd love to have you there. It's gonna be informal. There's gonna be 30 minutes of us talking live, and then there's gonna be 15 minutes of q and a.
    [00:01:52] So if you'd like to join us, you can go to pat our Patreon links in the show notes and get set up there. 
    [00:01:57] Maren: Yes. 
    [00:01:59] All [00:02:00] of my kids' favorite classes they've taken have been from out school, which is one of the reasons we're thrilled to have them as a sponsor. We know that kids who love to learn don't just prepare for the future.
    [00:02:11] They create it. That's why Out School has reimagined online learning to empower kids and teens to expand their creativity, wonder and knowledge. Empathetic, passionate teachers encourage learners ages three to 18 to explore their. Connect with diverse peers from around the world and take an active role in leading their learning out.
    [00:02:33] School has created a world filled with endless possibilities for every schooling journey. 
    [00:02:38] Explore over 140,000 fun and flexible live online classes to find the right fit for your family and join us as we set learning free. Sign up today at Out schooler.me/homeschool unrefined, and get up to $20 off your first class when you enroll 
    [00:02:56] Angela: with the code on. We [00:03:00] love when companies try to teach subjects in new and innovative ways, and t

    • 30 min
    201: Homeschool and ADHD with Tanya Faisal

    201: Homeschool and ADHD with Tanya Faisal

    Join us as we talk with Tanya Faisal all about ADHD and homeschool. We’ll talk about what ADHD actually is, what it can look like, and how we can support our kids.



    Fall 2022 Season Sponsors
     
    We are so grateful to our Fall 2022 Season Sponsors. Use the links below for their special offerings:
     
    Blossom & Root and use code HSUnrefined15 for 15% off your purchase
     
    Outschool and use code Unrefined for $20 off your first class 
     
    Night Zookeeper for a 7-day, risk-free trial, as well as 50% off an annual subscription 



    LTWs 
     
    Maren: Wakanda Forever
     
    Angela: Bad Vibes Only by Nora McInerny
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website 
    Sign up for our newsletter and get our Top 100 Inclusive Book List
    We are listener supported! Support us on Patreon
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and see video episodes now on Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren and @alwayslearningwithmaren 
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
     
    Complete Episode Transcript
     
    [00:00:10] Angela: hi, we are Maren and Angela of homeschool, unrefined. Over the past 25 years, we've been friends, teachers, homeschool parents and podcasters, together with our master's degrees and 20 years combined homeschooling. We're here to rethink homeschooling, learning, and education with an inclusive and authentic lens.
    [00:00:29] At Homeschool Under You find, we prioritize things like giving yourself credit, building strong connections, respectful parenting, interest led playing and learning, learning differences, mental health, self care, and listening to and elevating LGBTQ plus and bipo voices. We are here to encourage and support you.
    [00:00:51] Whether you're a new homeschooler, a veteran, you love curriculum, you're an unschooler. Whether all your kids are at home or all your kids are in school, or somewhere in [00:01:00] between. Wherever you are in your journey, we're the voice in your head telling you, you're doing great, and so are your kids. This is episode 2 0 1, homeschool and ADHD with Tanya Feil.
    [00:01:13] Tonya and I talked about lots, the lots of things about adhd, what it actually is, what it looks like, and how we can support our kids with adhd. And then we'll end like we always do with our lt. Ws loving this. Before we get to that we wanted to just let everyone know about our December class in Patreon.
    [00:01:35] Mm-hmm. , it's gonna be called How We Winter Break. It's all about the importance of taking a winter break and our best tips for doing so. We're super excited about that because we really are passionate about it. It is, we love breaks, , we're passionate of all breaks. We are. It is Tuesday, December 6th at one o'clock.
    [00:01:53] If you join us on Patriot at the $10 level Central. Yeah. Yeah. One o'clock Central. Mm-hmm. . You will get information [00:02:00] and a Zoom link for that. Yes. ,
    [00:02:03] we know finding a curriculum that meets your needs is tough, and that's why we're excited to partner with Blossom and Root. Blossom. And Root is a nature focused secular homeschool curriculum, focusing on creativity, science, nature, literature, and the arts.
    [00:02:20] Blossom and Root has been gently encouraging and supporting homeschooling families around the globe since 2000. Blossom and Root currently offers curricula for pre-K through fifth grade with new levels being added in the future. Additionally, a three volume inclusive US history curriculum told from a variety of viewpoints is currently in development as of August, 2022, volume one is available for purchase and volume two is available on presale. All profits from this history curriculum. A River of Voices will be used to support storytellers and artists from historically excluded communities. You can find [00:03:00] samples, scope, and sequences and information about each of their levels online at Blossom and Root dot.
    [00:03:07] You can also fin

    • 58 min
    200: Bonus: Outsourcing with Amir Nathoo

    200: Bonus: Outsourcing with Amir Nathoo

    Join us as we talk all about outsourcing in our homeschools with Amir Nathoo, CEO of Outschool.



    Fall 2022 Season Sponsors
     
    We are so grateful to our Fall 2022 Season Sponsors. Use the links below for their special offerings:
     
    Blossom & Root and use code HSUnrefined15 for 15% off your purchase
     
    Outschool and use code Unrefined for $20 off your first class 
     
    Night Zookeeper for a 7-day, risk-free trial, as well as 50% off an annual subscription 



    LTWs 
     
    Maren: Hex Performance Laundry Detergent
     
    Angela: Love Is Blind, Season 3
     
    Connect with us! 
    Visit our website 
    Sign up for our newsletter and get our Top 100 Inclusive Book List
    We are listener supported! Support us on Patreon
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and see video episodes now on Youtube
    Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren and @alwayslearningwithmaren 
    Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com
     
    Complete Episode Transcript
     
    [00:00:10] Angela: Hi, we're Maren and Angela of homeschool, Unrefined. Over the past 25 years, we've been friends, teachers, homeschool parents and podcasters, together with our master's degrees and 20 years combined homeschooling. We're here to rethink homeschooling, learning, and education with an inclusive and authentic lens.
    [00:00:29] Maren: At Homeschool Unrefined, we prioritize things like giving yourself credit, building strong connections, respectful parenting, interest led playing and learning, learning differences, mental health, self care, and listening to and elevating LGBTQ plus and 
    [00:00:44] Angela: bipo voices. We are here to encourage and support you.
    [00:00:48] Whether you're a new homeschooler, a veteran, you love curriculum, you're an unschooler. Whether all your kids are at home or all your kids are in school, or somewhere in between. Wherever you are in your [00:01:00] journey, we're the voice in your head telling you, you're doing great, and so are your kids. Please excuse our voices 
    [00:01:06] Maren: today as we, both Angela and I both have colds that we are recovering from.
    [00:01:10] We're getting over it, but it's they're lingering . Yeah, for sure. We're gonna make it through. But this episode is bonus episode 200, Outsourcing with Amir Ou and we'll talk all about our favorite way to outsource and then we're gonna end like we always do with our lt. Ws loving this.
    [00:01:29] We know 
    [00:01:30] Angela: teaching reading and writing can be a challenge.
    [00:01:32] That's why we are excited to introduce you to Night Zookeeper. Is your child a reluctant writer? Do they struggle with reading? If your answer to either of these questions is yes, the Night Zookeeper may just be what you've been looking for. Night Zookeeper is an online learning program for children, ages six to 12 years old that uses a gamified and creative approach to help keep kids engaged and focused on develop.
    [00:01:55] Awesome reading and writing skills all while having fun at the same [00:02:00] time. Some of the features we love include the educational games, the personalized feedback on writing from real tutors and the super safe community pages where children can work with each other and learn together. If Night Zookeeper sounds like the perfect learning program for your child, you can try it for free by clicking on the link in the show notes.
    [00:02:18] When you register, you'll get a seven day risk free trial as well as a huge 50% off an annual subscription. That's a great deal 
    [00:02:25] Maren: if you ask me. Did you know my family spent a year traveling around the United States? Yep. I, and I wish I would've known about Blossom and Root back then. Blossom and Root is a nature focused secular homeschool curriculum focusing on creativity, science, nature, literature, and the arts.
    [00:02:46] Boston Root has been gently encouraging in supporting homeschool families around the globe since 2016. Blos

    • 40 min

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180 Ratings

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This is the absolute worst podcasts for homeschool families. Be aware moms!

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Homeschool or public school?

I listened for a bit but I kept getting confused that they talk about homeschooling but say their kids are in public school? Don’t have a problem with either but I listen for experiences from homeschool moms. The socialization episode talks about how socialization is not an issue and how great it is for kids but then she said her kids are in public school because they felt isolated. Just feels like they’re saying this is great but my kids had to go to school because it was bad for them

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