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With the right tools and the right mindset, homeschooling is nothing to be intimidated about! We’ll admit that homeschooling isn’t for everyone. But if you want to homeschool -- or really need to homeschool—you can do it! And best of all, you can do it your own way!

Wouldn’t you love to have experienced homeschoolers, cheering you along with insider secrets? Yes? Then you’ll love this podcast! The hosts know homeschooling is not one-size-fits-all. So in each episode, they’ll bring you the coolest methods and the most fascinating guests to help you find your way—the best way—to homeschool.

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

With the right tools and the right mindset, homeschooling is nothing to be intimidated about! We’ll admit that homeschooling isn’t for everyone. But if you want to homeschool -- or really need to homeschool—you can do it! And best of all, you can do it your own way!

Wouldn’t you love to have experienced homeschoolers, cheering you along with insider secrets? Yes? Then you’ll love this podcast! The hosts know homeschooling is not one-size-fits-all. So in each episode, they’ll bring you the coolest methods and the most fascinating guests to help you find your way—the best way—to homeschool.

    A GUIDE TO USING UNIT STUDIES FOR HOMESCHOOL

    A GUIDE TO USING UNIT STUDIES FOR HOMESCHOOL

    Want to light your children's enthusiasm for science, history, and language arts? Structure a UNIT STUDY around the topics they are already crazy about, and you'll naturally draw them into the learning. In this episode, DeeDee and Ximena interview Sara Jordan, a homeschool mom who loves creating and using literature-based unit studies. Learn how to create your own unit studies and how to use them alongside or as a break from your regular curriculum. Find out if your kids would love this approach, and if yes, adapt Sara's brilliant (yet so simple) interest inventory notebook to get started.

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    Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.

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    TIMESTAMPS

    03:47 How Sara became a homeschooler.

    06:25 Sara defines unit studies.

    07:43 How unit studies motivate kids to enjoy learning.

    11:50 Ximena gives an example of an American Girl unit study.

    12:57 More benefits of unit studies. 

    14:28 How to get out of the way and trust the process when it comes to homeschooling with unit studies.

    15:29 How to handle math with a unit study approach.

    22:11 Unit studies are great for inquisitive kids who like to direct their own learning.

    23:39 Tips for crafting unit studies. Get FREE literature-based unit studies at BookShark (for subscribers). 

    27:34 How to use unit studies alongside or as a break from your regular curriculum.

    28:09 The value of a well-stocked home library.

    29:43 A typical day of homeschooling with unit studies.

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    If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.

    • 35 min
    TIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLING AN ONLY CHILD

    TIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLING AN ONLY CHILD

    Jessica Waldock comes back to the podcast, this time to share her experiences as a homeschooling mom to an only child. Learn if it's harder to homeschool one or many children. Find out why strewing and single-player games are key to Jessica's sanity. Jessica reveals why homeschooling one can feel lonely and what to do about it. Plus learn how to provide the socialization that an extrovert craves.

    Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.

    TIMESTAMPS

    01:57 The magic of strewing. Read more.

    07:46 How Jessica chose to homeschool her only child Emily.

    09:12 What's harder? Homeschooling many or homeschooling one?

    11:07 Thoughts for the mom who feels less than a complete mom.

    15:21 When your only child is an extrovert.

    20:52 Feeling alone as a homeschool mom.

    24:25 The sweet relationship that comes from homeschooling an only child.

    31:01 Emily's lemonade stand.

    33:10 Letting your child lead the learning.

    35:47 The learning lunch.

    40:01 Providing socialization for an only child.

    42:48 Keeping an only child entertained.

    43:51 Single-player games.

    48:53 You will doubt yourself. But develop a thick skin to outside criticism and know that the grass is not greener.


    If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.

    • 52 min
    RETURN TO JOY: SELF-CARE FOR HOMESCHOOL PARENTS

    RETURN TO JOY: SELF-CARE FOR HOMESCHOOL PARENTS

    With endless to-do lists, the responsibility of homeschooling, and adulting in general, it is easy to lose focus on what brings you joy. Self-care is abuzz in homeschool circles, but how can you put one more thing on your plate? Hear the secret to sustainable self-care from Camille Kirksey, founder of The Intuitive Homeschooler. She explains how self-care isn’t an all-day spa retreat or an hour soaking in the tub (but it can be if that’s what works for you!). It’s a simple strategy to return to what brings you joy!

    Camille Kirksey has homeschooled her three children since 2013 and is the author of the book, Coming Home: A Quick & Practical Guide for Preparing a Mother's Heart, Mind, & Home for Homeschooling. 

    Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.

    TIMESTAMPS

    02:04 Self-care can feel like another task on the to-do list.

    03:41 What is self-care?

    07:49 Apply the same creativity we use for lesson planning and family activities to our own self-care.

    08:28 Self-care looks different at different stages of mothering and life.

    09:21 How the all-or-nothing mentality will ruin your attempts at self-care.

    10:14 Why it's important for your children to see you set boundaries to care for yourself.

    13:29 How texting with tweens and teens can improve communication.

    17:02 Finding the sweet spot of providing the structure kids need while also giving them freedom.

    22:37 Releasing the need to constantly be productive and busy.

    25:38 Using gratitude and indulgence as guides to self-care.

    31:37 Indulgence isn't eating too many sweets. It's the ordinary delights that you enjoy simply to fulfill yourself — no other goals.

    If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.

    • 37 min
    THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF READING ALOUD TO TEENS

    THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF READING ALOUD TO TEENS

    Join special guest Candice Kelly from Homeschool on the Hill for a discussion about sharing books with our middle schoolers and high schoolers. Just because kids can read independently doesn't mean it's time to forfeit all the treasures of reading aloud to them. In fact, the teen years are when the richest discussions come into play! Read-aloud time is also a super way to reconnect as a family since kids tend to become more and more solo in their studies and extracurriculars as they mature. Candice gives a fantastic hack for choosing read-alouds for teens: movies!


    Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.


    TIMESTAMPS
    04:12 Reading aloud for togetherness.

    08:14 If your teens are put off by your reading aloud, try audiobooks.

    12:42 Reading aloud is especially important for kids who don't choose to read on their own for pleasure.

    15:32 The benefit of stumbling over pronunciations or new vocabulary.

    16:55 How rereading a book as an adult will give you new insights.

    18:02 The rich conversations inspired by sharing a read-aloud.

    24:00 How to introduce read-alouds if it's new for your teens.

    33:38 Choosing read-alouds solely for fun.


    If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.

    • 40 min
    YOU ARE ENOUGH: HOMESCHOOL FROM A PLACE OF CONTENTMENT

    YOU ARE ENOUGH: HOMESCHOOL FROM A PLACE OF CONTENTMENT

    Are you experiencing feelings of inadequacy when it comes to your homeschooling? Come hear how you are enough! Listen as author and blogger Kara Anderson, from KaraAnderson.com and The Homeschool Sisters Podcast addresses common issues felt by homeschooling parents.

    • dealing with the fear of not doing enough as a homeschooler
    • keeping expectations in check
    • the key to homeschool contentment is resisting the urge to do every cool activity
    • how comparison distracts you from the unique beauty of your own family
    • how fear drives so many of our bad homeschool and parenting decisions

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    QUOTABLES
    Kara: " I always say the sweet spot of homeschooling is when you like what you're doing and your kids like what you're doing. But I mean it's like an eclipse. How often does that happen? But you look for those things."

    Kara: "...we don't really know exactly what we're preparing our kids for anyway. So the things that I think are so important are, a lot of times, not the academic parts. It's, like you said, the dinner around the table. It's modeling for them, trying something brave like your daughter did. Then she knows that she has the support either way. It's like being that safe place for our kids for them to be themselves and for them to say, 'I want to try this.'"

    Kara: "... what a gift it is...when we can just let people be 100% themselves, our kids and us too, as much as we can without getting nervous about it."

    Kara: "I'm their mom. I'm not their computer programmer. They're not little robots. They're just kids that need a hug and a snack."

    Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.

    TIMESTAMPS

    02:08 Kara's introduction. 

    03:39 What inspired Kara to write her book More Than Enough: Grow Your Confidence, Banish Burn-Out and Love Your Homeschool Life. Read a sample chapter here.

    06:51 Love is the answer to all the questions and insecurities.

    08:18 Setting expectations for yourself and your homeschool. Making trade-offs and avoiding comparisons.

    12:12 Unrealistic expectations on steroids! 

    14:57 Kara's BPPP: big picture planning page.

    17:52 Cheerful nonchalance: strewing with zero expectations. Read more on Kara's blog.

    22:05 Finding overlap between what you and your kids all like.

    23:39 Appreciating the lovely quirks of your own unique family.

    29:00 Dealing with outside pressures for parenting and homeschooling like sports participation.

    33:49 The fear of making irredeemable mistakes.

    37:19 The sad angry song of fear that plays in the background.

    If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.

    • 51 min
    HOW TO GIVE YOUR KIDS A GROWTH MINDSET

    HOW TO GIVE YOUR KIDS A GROWTH MINDSET

    As parents, we want to inspire greatness in our kids. We want our them to love learning and confidently overcome the difficulties they encounter throughout their lifetime. Developing a growth mindset is key to this success. As a homeschool parent, we plant the seeds of the growth mindset with how we encourage and praise our kids. Learn what to do and what to say to nudge kids away from a fixed mindset and towards a growth mindset with host Janna and guest Amy Milcic. Also, learn why you need to take on a growth mindset yourself! 

    QUOTABLES

    Janna: "...what I love is in a growth mindset, you just expect some failure. And that's real, right? That is real."

    Amy: "Another thing that's really great to do with your kids is to ask them a question to get their feedback, so that you're paying attention and that you've noticed the effort that they put in. So let's say for example with the handwriting. [You say,] 'Wow, the way that you fit your letters in between those lines today! How did you do that? Tell me what you did to make that happen.' And just phrasing the effort, phrasing what they thought about doing in order to make that happen. Because you might see somebody pick up a pencil and write. There's a lot of different steps that have to go on in your brain to make that happen. And so that also helps your kids slow down and say, 'Oh, wait a minute. Yeah, today I got my pencil and I just...' walking through all of that."

    Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.

    TIMESTAMPS
    02:01 Introduction of special guest Amy Milcic from Rock Your Homeschool

    05:49 Definitions of growth vs. fixed mindsets

    08:38 Growth mindset is realistic and accepts the negative.

    11:23 How the stories we tell ourselves or the stories we grew up hearing inform our perspective, especially labels.

    12:51 How to apply a growth mindset day to day in your homeschool. First, how to handle resistance or frustration. 

    15:06 How to build on past success to foster the growth mindset.

    17:12 Parents need to shed a lot of the public school mentality.

    19:04 How the growth mindset applies to you as a parent when you face hard things!

    20:47 The way we think is a continuum from growth to fixed mindset. Sometimes triggers plunge us back into a fixed mindset.

    23:01 The analogy of riding a bike and turning obstacles into rewarding (fun, even?) challenges.

    24:51 Expecting things to be easy or expecting things to require hard work.

    28:19 Modeling your mistakes, being transparent about your own failures and how you resolve them.

    33:11 The best ways to praise kids.

    41:09 Growth mindset prepares kids to handle feedback and criticism (constructive or not) in the real world. 

    44:54 Growing doesn't always feel good. Sometimes it feels meh or bad. 

    46:51 Amy suggests two books to learn more:


    Mindset: A New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck 
    Grit by Angela Duckworth


    If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.

    • 51 min

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