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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.

Homeschool Your Way BookShark

    • Education
    • 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.

    HOMESCHOOL HACKS TO MAKE YOUR SECOND YEAR OF HOMESCHOOLING BETTER THAN THE FIRST

    HOMESCHOOL HACKS TO MAKE YOUR SECOND YEAR OF HOMESCHOOLING BETTER THAN THE FIRST

    Reduce frustrations and get more done each day with Linsey’s matter-of-fact advice about categorizing all of your day-to-day tasks. Linsey and Janna will give you permission to let go of expectations that don’t suit your family so you can homeschool confidently with your own flair. Finally, Linsey encourages families to celebrate the successes of their homeschool year—no matter how unconventional it was. Although you may not have checked all the boxes, rest assured your children have learned this year!

    Linsey Knerl is a mom of six, a small-business owner, and author of Homeschool Hacks: How to Give Your Kid a Great Education without Losing Your Job or Your Mind. Because she understands first-hand the stressors homeschool parents face as they constantly juggle multiple demands, she’s uniquely qualified to help new homeschoolers make next year even better. Now that her oldest daughter has graduated from a 4-year college, she has concrete proof that homeschooling truly works! (No, her daughter wasn’t the weirdo on campus!)

    Watch this episode here.

    QUOTABLES

    Janna: "I just realize how much I have to change, how much I as a homeschool parent need to be less rigid in the way I think it needs to be done. Because in my mind, you don't just skip math for a day. That's mutiny. But really, that is ... is that permission, once again. Actually, you can skip math for a day, a week if you're having a hectic week. It doesn't have to be so rigid." 

    Linsey: "So you talking to your child about what's going on with the pandemic, that might replace reading for the day. And that's just something you have to accept. That doesn't mean that time was lost, or it didn't have value, or they weren't learning. It's just really hard to put down on your little homeschool planner, but it counts. It really, really, really counts. I want parents to give them more credit than what they do for just being that emotional, strong support for their child, which is really what they needed so much this year, I think."

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

    TIMESTAMPS

    02:04 Meet Linsey.

    06:38 Evaluate the homeschool tasks that require high supervision on your part. Be realistic about these.

    10:12 Be prepared for things to change year by year in your homeschool as kids mature and needs change. 

    14:55 Homeschool myths.

    21:33 What are the criteria of a good homeschool year?

    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.

    • 42 min
    CANDID TALK WITH FIRST-TIME HOMESCHOOL PARENTS

    CANDID TALK WITH FIRST-TIME HOMESCHOOL PARENTS

    Meet moms Amber Lewis, Eileen Duby, and Sharon Miller who opted to homeschool because of the pandemic. Led by host Janna Koch, these three moms talk candidly about their unexpected school year at home—what motivated them to take their kids out of public school, what they learned about their children and about themselves, their academic wins, and their day-to-day struggles. Teaching their kids at home has pulled back the curtain on the shortcomings of public school and revealed the hidden advantages of homeschooling.

    Hear encouraging stories when moms realized their kids were truly learning and their relationships were blossoming. For example, one child who always hated school now loves it, thanks to homeschooling with BookShark. Learn how these moms overcame their own self-doubt and school-ish traditions to excel as homeschoolers. And finally, hear their top tips for other new homeschoolers.

    Watch this episode here.

    QUOTABLES

    Amber: "Yeah. I tell my husband all the time, I'm like, 'Do you know what I learned today? Not what the kids learned, but what I learned today.'"

    Sharon: "Just stop and let them figure it out. You don't need to push. Or you need to push them to a point where they will do it on their own. Stop resisting and just take a breath and try again. Sometimes it works out, and when it does, it's magic."

    Eileen: "I think the biggest challenge I faced was myself. My biggest hurdle was trying not to overthink everything, not trusting in the curriculum, still being in the public school frame of mind that you had to go sit at a desk, you had to do it from this time to this time, and thinking that we weren't doing enough. I overcame it by finally realizing ... that I was doing an awesome job and the curriculum was doing 10 times more than the public school was and she was learning so much more. But really, I was the issue. It wasn't her, it wasn't the curriculum, it was me."

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

    TIMESTAMPS

    02:29 Introductions 

    12:47 What has worked well for you as a homeschooler?

    30:00 What are your top memories of homeschooling so far?

    37:36 Your biggest homeschooling challenges and how you overcame them.

    50:12 What surprised you most about homeschooling?

    YOUR TURN

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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    POSITIVE PARENTING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

    POSITIVE PARENTING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

    If you struggle to get your kids to listen or follow directions, this session is for you! Jill Jackson, mom of 3 and a professional counselor, applies her expertise to help homeschool parents break out of negative habits so we can thrive in the daily grind of living and learning with our children nearly 24-7. 


    Discover the downside to telling your child no and don’t.
    Learn the key perspective shift that counteracts fatigue.
    Find out how shorter conversations and positive affirmations are more effective than long lectures, yelling, and negative accusations.
    See how Jill uses a simple chart to give kids clear expectations and set them up for success. Genius!
    Evaluate if school frustrations are caused by unrealistic standards.
    Hear how a dedicated workspace cues kids for focused learning.

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

    Watch this session here. 

    QUOTABLES

    Jillian: "if we know anything, it's that it is very hard for us to control other people. We can't control our children. We can try, but we can control ourselves for the most part and that's the goal. If we can modify, if we can adapt, if we can control ourselves in these areas, then that is how we will see the greatest change and growth through our kids."


    TIMESTAMPS
    04:06 How to handle being with your kids 24-7 without breaks.

    08:39 How to pace your day. Slowing down instead of rushing to avoid fatigue.

    10:16 How to get kids to listen. Avoid negatives. Use positives. Shorten our speech. Confirm understanding. 

    22:52 How to motivate kids to do their school work (or other tasks).

    28:32 Talking to kids about their strengths and weaknesses.

    33:15 The value of positive reinforcement.

    37:40 Are you discouraging/pressing or encouraging?

    40:35 What happens when we yell at our kids.


    SPECIAL SEGMENTS


    32:25 Hack of the Week — Let your children decide what subject they want to do next.

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

    • 55 min
    WHY YOU SHOULD CHILL OUT: FACING YOUR HOMESCHOOL FEARS

    WHY YOU SHOULD CHILL OUT: FACING YOUR HOMESCHOOL FEARS

    Really. Just chill out. While your fears are totally normal, they are mostly not worth stressing about. In this episode, DeeDee and Ximena breakdown the most common anxiety-provoking elements of homeschooling and explain why you need to take a deep breath and trust the process. You are not failing your kids! 


    QUOTABLES

    Ximena: "That's something I get from a lot of people that don't know much about homeschooling. They're like, 'Oh, I'm sure it's really hard for your kids to see you as a teacher when they see you as a mom.' Yeah, it is hard, and I don't expect them to see me as a teacher one hour and then see me as a mom another hour. I expect them to see me as this messy, conglomerate of teacher and parent together, because that's who we are.

    Ximena: "We're so scared of failing, but how can we fail our children when we love them? Are we perfect? No. Are they perfect? No, but who's asking for perfection? If we are, then we're being fools and we're missing out on what's important."

    DeeDee: "When we spend time with our kids, we are investing in who they're going to become in the future."

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

    TIMESTAMPS

    14:32 How you set the mood in your home. 

    18:26 Teaching and parenting are one and the same.

    20:22 How self-care, routines, and community all help you face the difficulties of homeschooling. 

    22:52 How to overcome the fear of not choosing the right curriculum.

    24:22 Straight talk about academic gaps. 

    27:11 Fear of failure. Ximena says, "Even if perfect robots raised your children in the perfect setting, in the perfect atmosphere, your kids would still have issues."

    29:00 Broaden your scope to go beyond academics and include character. 

    29:33 How to embrace the mess of homeschooling.

    SPECIAL SEGMENTS
    01:19 Hack of the Week: Exercising early before the kids are up.
    14:32 A Memorable Quote: "Creating a positive home atmosphere has more to do with who you are than what you do." —Leah at My Little Robins

    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.

    • 32 min
    BACK TO (HOME)SCHOOL: MOTIVATION & PLANNING

    BACK TO (HOME)SCHOOL: MOTIVATION & PLANNING

    Back-to-school season is time for anticipation, inspiration, preparation, and expectations. Get back into the homeschool groove with your hosts Ximena and Dee as they recount their overly ambitious summer plans and what they're doing to set the stage for an excellent year of learning with their kids. 

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

    QUOTABLES

    DeeDee: "Again, we all have different personalities. I'm surrounded by people who are pretty intense, and the intense people sometimes burn out really quick because they go so hard right in the beginning. And I remember in college, one of my roommates, she was like, everything's labeled, everything's ready for the first day of school, all our pencils are sharpened, her highlighters are ready to roll, but she'd be struggling by week three. And I'm like, you've got to learn to ease into it. So I've taken that into my homeschooling where we ease into it so that we can have longevity."

    TIMESTAMPS

    04:05 True confessions: Ximena did maybe 10% of what she aimed to accomplish over the summer. Her summer plans, dreamed of at the end of the school year were a bit too idealistic. But no regrets on taking a relaxed summer!

    06:37 Use self-care before you are burned out!

    08:58 Get inspired by books, YouTube videos, conferences, podcasts.

    11:19 Brainstorm with your kids to find out what's their vision for the school year. 

    12:22 A homeschool mom retreat to kick off the school year.

    13:49 Prep through shopping, organizing your school area, etc.

    18:35 How to motivate your kids for back-to-school.

    24:18 Back-to-school traditions like a picture, exploring the curriculum, getting new school supplies. 

    30:09 Ease back into your school year slowly.

    SPECIAL SEGMENTS
    01:49 Hack of the Week: Let kids alternate meal planning and preparation.
    19:05 Reflection: ENJOY!


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

    • 32 min
    THE MONTESSORI APPROACH FOR HOMESCHOOLING

    THE MONTESSORI APPROACH FOR HOMESCHOOLING

    Learn how to bring the joy and freedom of a Montessori school to your home. Special guest Jessica May explains how to homeschool with a Montessori minimalist approach — even with reluctant learners or middle schoolers. Helicopter parents, brace yourselves. With the Montessori method, you need to embrace messes and give your child more autonomy. 

    QUOTABLES

    Jessica: "The Montessori approach, in a nutshell, is self-directed, it's hands-on. In the early years it's abstract, and it becomes concrete later, when they're older... You don't sit people down with worksheets... that's kind of the gist of it ... following and observing the child."

    Ximena: "...we have learned that less is more... there's a commonality in all of the approaches that we want our listeners to understand, is that there's always concrete learning with reading, writing, and math. Right? And then basically everything else, it's your choice and your style, and you can curate it the way you want. And I think that's so exciting to hear because it just simplifies everything. Focus on those three things in a concrete manner and then everything else, you can be creative with."

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


    TIMESTAMPS

    06:30 Jessica defines Montessori homeschooling.

    07:36 How is Montessori different from unschooling?

    09:32 Jessica explains her Montessori minimalist approach.

    13:22 The mindset changes you'll need to make as a Montessori parent.

    16:01 Montessori for middle school and teens.

    23:57 A typical day of Montessori homeschooling.

    29:32 Handling reluctant learners.

    31:23 Getting started with Montessori.

    33:06 Practical tips: Be prepared for messes. 

    34:15 Advice for your former self: Chill out.



    SPECIAL SEGMENTS


    02:06 Hack of the Week — curate an environment by prepping ahead of time
    21:11 An Aha Moment — avoiding the phone/email during homeschool hours

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

    • 36 min

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