224 episodes

Homeschool encouragement and podcast

Homeschooling IRL Andy and Kendra Fletcher

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 220 Ratings

Homeschool encouragement and podcast

    Special Replay: Launching Your High Schooler Into Life

    Special Replay: Launching Your High Schooler Into Life

    Back in Episode 25, we talked about launching your kid into college. During that discussion, we explained how we have chosen to launch our kids during their senior year of high school, which allows them the freedom to begin making life decisions before they even leave our home.

    One of our listeners wrote in and asked if we would explain what that looks like from a practical standpoint. On this episode, we talk through what launching your high schooler into life can look like when you begin that during the senior year, before they even leave your home.  What does it look like to remove curfews and provide the freedom for your children to make their own choices regarding sleep schedules, work schedules, schooling and relationships and how do you walk alongside them when those choices lead to disappointment.



    Music clips used on this show:



    "Free Fallin'" Tom Petty (Buy It Here On iTunes)



    “Carefree” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/









    Thank You to our Network Sponsor – CTC Math!





     

    • 30 min
    Special Replay: What To Do About Sibling Relationships?

    Special Replay: What To Do About Sibling Relationships?

    Special Replay:  We received a message on the HomeschoolingIRL Facebook page that said, "Please, please, please do an episode on siblings fighting. Thanks!"

    Sibling relationships. Sibling rivalries. Siblings fighting. We put out the question to our listeners and they responded with story after story of siblings who know how to tease, fight and use sarcasm like professionals.

    On this episode, we dig into the topic of parenting through sibling relationships in your homeschool. Fletch and Kendra open up about their own family and share practical advice for handling those tricky, sticky moments when brothers and sisters want to be anything but best friends. We also announce our coffee contest winner and we each answer the question: "What Ben/Jerry's ice cream flavor would you create and what would you call it?"

    Music clips used on this show:



    "George Street Shuffle" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/



    Three Little Birds, Ziggy Marley (Click on link to purchase)



    Pick A Little/Talk A Little, The Music Man (Click on link to purchase)









    Thank You to our Network Sponsor – CTC Math!





     

    • 39 min
    Special Replay: How Do I Make Homeschooling Fun?

    Special Replay: How Do I Make Homeschooling Fun?

    On today's episode of Homeschooling In Real Life,  Martha called in to ask, "How Do I Make My Homeschool Fun?" We loved this question, so both Fletch and Kendra take a stab at answering. As you have come to expect, their answers line up perfectly with the "have to" parent and the "get to" parent.  Tune in to make your homeschool fun!







     



    For the next few months, we will be running a "Best of" series of the Homeschooling IRL episodes. Many of these episodes were earlier episodes that you might have missed. Enjoy!











    Thank You to our Network Sponsor – CTC Math!

    • 14 min
    Special Replay – Going Back To School

    Special Replay – Going Back To School

    Are you starting your school year? We are! Let's gather around the teacher's lounge and gear up for another year of teaching our kids at home.

    Fletch and Kendra are starting their 19th year of homeschooling with a bang and letting you in on the fun. On this episode, they are also imparting 5 questions to ask yourself as you head back to school this year.

    Join us and let's get the school year rolling!









    SHOW NOTES:



    Recommended Resources:

    None



    Follow Fletch/Kendra:

    Fletch Twitter

    Kendra Twitter



    Follow the Studio Dogs:

    Betty the Surf Dog - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

    Rasta The Chocolate Lab - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website



    Previous Episodes Mentioned:

    None



    Music clips used on this episode:

    What Did You Learn In School Today? by Pete Seeger - Buy It Here On iTunes









    LISTEN HERE



    Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.







     

    Thank You to our Network Sponsor - CTC Math!

    • 19 min
    Classroom Teachers Who Homeschool – Special Replay

    Classroom Teachers Who Homeschool – Special Replay

    What happens when classroom teachers decide to homeschool their own children? How do they make the transition from classroom management to managing the personalities around their kitchen table? 

    If you are a classroom teacher considering homeschooling your own kids, you'll appreciate this episode and the conversation with former classroom teacher Jolanthe Erb, who brings ten years of homeschool experience to the discussion. We talk about issues unique to the classroom, how homeschooling is different, and why perhaps not everyone is equipped to teach every child.









    SHOW NOTES:



    Recommended Resources:



    Jolanthe Erb - Homeschool Creations



    Follow Fletch/Kendra:

    Fletch Twitter

    Kendra Twitter



    Follow the Studio Dogs:

    Betty the Surf Dog - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

    Rasta The Chocolate Lab - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website



    Previous Episodes Mentioned:

    None



    Music clips used on this episode:

    Imagine by John Lennon- buy it here on iTunes

    Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - buy it here on iTunes







    LISTEN HERE



    Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.













     

    A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie





     



    From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.



    Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.

    Check out the trailer here!

    • 46 min
    Homeschooling Multiple Ages – HIRL Special Replay

    Homeschooling Multiple Ages – HIRL Special Replay

    How does a homeschooling parent possibly educate older kids while at the same time juggling preschoolers, toddlers, and babies? Is it even realistic to think we could do a good job while spinning so many homeschool plates?

    On this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, Fletch and Kendra talk about how they've managed to homeschool 8 kids, how to structure a day so that schooling actually gets done, and how mom can survive and thrive during the demanding years of homeschooling multiple ages.

     

     







    SHOW NOTES:



    Recommended Resources:

    Three Essential Keys to Homeschooling Multiple Ages

    Preschoolers and Peace Website



    Betty the Surf Dog - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

    Rasta The Chocolate Lab - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

    Fletch Twitter

    Kendra Twitter



    Previous Episodes Mentioned:

    All of them



    Music clips used on this episode:

    None







    LISTEN HERE



    Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.













     

    A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie





     



    From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.



    Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.

    Check out the trailer here!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

nickname jules ,

A new favorite

The podcast I never knew I always needed! Listening to these two always leaves me feeling encouraged and HOPEFUL, even when the topics are tough. I so appreciate the perfect blend of humor, humility and hard hitting honesty!

TerriArtisTree ,

Real People, Really Relatable, and Really Gospel Driven

I have been listening to the Fletcher's for a few months now. It's so refreshing to hear a veteran homeschool family discuss real life situation in such a down to earth manner and voice that homeschooling isn't the magic bullet to save your kids. I think every homeschooler regardless of your style or philosophy should add this to your playlist.

omcrider ,

Great show

You will find helpful encouragement for you as a parent and as a couple. Andy and Kendra are awesome together and speak from the heart.

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