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Honey I'm Homeschooling The Kids! - A podcast that steps into alternative education, parenting, and living a fun, fuller family life.

Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids Robyn Robertson

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Honey I'm Homeschooling The Kids! - A podcast that steps into alternative education, parenting, and living a fun, fuller family life.

    The Homeschool Journey- Your Questions Answered

    The Homeschool Journey- Your Questions Answered

    Welcome! In this episode I am talking about the Homeschool Journey and addressing questions from listeners.

    Homeschooling and Unschooling Questions

    Dealing with homeschool overwhelm?
    What you can do and why the solution sometimes means doing less, not more.

    What happens when the homeschool honeymoon is over?
    The importance of going back to your "WHY" and matching learning with purpose.
    I share questions and prompts that help you to start exploring your beliefs around learning and why this is important in building a strong home learning foundation.

    How can we support our kids interests and passions?
    Getting to know our child's interests
    How we can start to gather resources to support them
    Ways that we can document their learning (even when it doesn't look like school style learning)

    How do I know my child is learning? Should I give them tests in homeschooling?
    Why academics are only a small part of learning.
    Soft Skills
    The advantage of being in communication and conversation with your child
    Examples from our homeschooling life- how I know my kids are learning
    Applying and practicing knowledge-when learning is relevant and meaningful

    How do I apply resources to different age groups?
    Ways to support reading around the home
    Recognizing when basic needs must be met
    The importance of space and downtime
    How we find learning resources out of the everyday things in our home

    The Home Education Road Trip

    I find that more often than not, our immediate response to solving a problem is finding a person or a checklist that will just tell me what to do. But here's the thing. Homeschooling, just like every family that does it, is unique to each of us. We come from different backgrounds, communities, environments and different perspectives. A 1-10 checklist is not a guarantee to solve all of our problems. That is why in this episode I relate our home educating journey to the family road trip. We could be Unschooling, Classical homeschooling, Waldorf homeschool..it all applies to our individual situations. Each of us will be taking different transportation, will want to make different stops and may need longer or shorter breaks depending on where we are going, who we are and what we want to see and experience.

    I would love to know if this analogy - the road trip of home education- resonated with you. Send me a message or reach out on social media to let me know.

    Homeschool Journey Resources and Special Mentions in this Episode

    Happy and Healthy Kids Summit

    Homeschooling Global Summit

    Rural Mental Health Project

    Poetry Tea Time


    Ted Talk- Jane McGonigal Gaming Can Make A Better World

    Outschool Classes

    Who Was Books...

    Deep Work- Cal Newport

    Free To Learn- Peter Gray

    My interview with Dr. Peter Gray

    Want to help support the podcast? https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Homeschooling Styles: Montessori with Jeanne Marie Paynel

    Homeschooling Styles: Montessori with Jeanne Marie Paynel

    Homeschool With Montessori

    In this episode I learn about homeschool with the Montessori method. Jeanne Marie talks about how she embraced Montessori and the reasons why it aligns with her heart and beliefs on learning, living and parenting. She offers essential tools to help parents follow our intuition, trust ourselves and trust our children.

    Parenting Mentor and Montessori Educator

    Jeanne-Marie Paynel, M.Ed, is a Parenting Mentor and Home Consultant dedicated to helping parents let go of the overwhelm so they can enjoy raising self-sufficient and resilient children with ease.

    Host of The Art of Parenting podcast and Founder of Your Parenting Mentor (formerly Voila Montessori) Jeanne Marie guides expectant parents, caregivers and parents of young children on how to better prepare their homes and themselves for their children to thrive during the first years of life. She believes that a supportive and peaceful atmosphere at home will allow every child to grow up as an independent, confident and capable learner. She combines her three passions: Montessori, Conscious Parenting and Positive Discipline. Her mission is to help parents appreciate the true importance of their role - not as servants or teachers, but as supporters and guides of their children's natural development.

    In This Episode

    In this episode we delve into the importance of trust in learning. Trust in our children and what they want to learn and trust in ourselves. Jeanne Marie explains how this is a fundamental part of Montessori and homeschooling. We discuss;
    Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method
    The start of the first Montessori school in 1907- The Children's House
    Understanding human development and why that is a foundational piece of Montessori
    What sets Montessori apart from traditional school
    A prepared environment for our children- supporting the curiosity to learn
    Mixed Ages, freedom of movement, freedom within limits and following the child
    The differences between Montessori and other child led methods
    The 4 Planes of a Child's Development in Montessori
    Montessori in Homeschooling
    Mindful Parenting and ways we can practice being more present
    Jeanne Marie's thoughts on Screen time and the influence on children's development

    My biggest takeaway from my interview with Jeanne Marie is that whether we are using the Montessori method at a school or in homeschooling, the foundation always remains the same. The key values in the Montessori method are actually the same key values in self directed learning. That is trust in your children, be their advocate in curiosity and support life long learning.


    Book~The Secret of Childhood- Maria Montessori

    Website: http://www.voilamontessori.com

    Podcast The Art of Parenting: https://voilamontessori.com/the-art-of-parenting-podcast/

    Instagram: @jeannemariepaynel

    FaceBook: Jeanne-Marie – Voila Montessori

    YouTube: Voila Montessori

    The Art of Parenting Podcast Episode- What is Montessori?

    Montessori Homeschool Summit

    We have featured Montessori, Worldschooling, homeschooling, Charlotte Mason and Classical education as well as my main theme of self directed education and unschooling. What are some other homeschool methods out there that you would like to hear more about?

    Support the show through Patreon~  https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids. Patrons will receive a special bonus from Jeanne Marie on the 4 planes of development.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Homeschooling To The Ivy Leagues

    Homeschooling To The Ivy Leagues

    Homeschooling To The Ivy Leagues

    Carline Crevecoeur was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1963. When she was five, Carline's parents immigrated to the United States with her and her five siblings, settling down in a two-story house in Brooklyn, New York. Carline attended St. John’s University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985, majoring in Chemistry. She went on to pursue her dream of
    becoming an OB/GYN, obtaining a medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School.
    After an unforeseeable series of events, she eventually retired from medicine to homeschool her five (now college-aged) children. She is the author of the upcoming book Pressure Makes Diamonds, in which she describes her memorable homeschooling journey. Today, she lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania with her husband Michael.

    I am sure you will enjoy this conversation with Carline as much as I did. Carline brings great experience and gives careful thought to everything that she shares with me. Yes, all five of her children attended Ivy League Universities but their goal was not homeschooling to the ivy leagues. Carline's goal was (and still is) family, to honour each of her children's unique needs and interests and enrich their life. Carline talks about pressure, but not pressure on her kids to succeed. It's the pressure the we put on ourselves as parents, on our kids, on each other. But it's surviving these pressures, that we come out a stronger person.

    "They kids tell you what they want to learn. What they love. You just have to listen."

    What You'll Hear In This Episode
    For the beginning homeschoolers- Carline's advice and tips. I love how what Carline recommends is practical and doable for each of us. Reach out to others, visualize how homeschooling can be a fun reality and decide to do it. We talk about embracing the attitude
    Homeschooling within a regulated state- How she worked through the requirements and standardized testing of her state
    What homeschooling opened her eyes to- What she learned about her kids once they started homeschooling
    Supporting her children's talents and choosing their own individual path- how she did this for each of her 5 child
    Homeschooling to the ivy leagues (university) and how each of her kids entered the Ivy Leagues
    The best moments and the difficult moments of homeschooling, including homeschooling through illness
    What impacts our current world will have on our society and education
    What life lessons that homeschooling has taught her


    Find and connect with Carline:



    Twitter- https://twitter.com/medicrev


    Quiz Bowl

    If you would like to hear more about parents that homeschooled to the Ivy Leagues, check out my interview with Milva McDonald.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Homeschooling Styles: Charlotte Mason with Leah Boden

    Homeschooling Styles: Charlotte Mason with Leah Boden

    Charlotte Mason with Leah Boden

    Leah is a long-time student and practitioner of the Charlotte Mason method of education and is passionate about helping parents find their freedom within the philosophy. Leah and her husband Dave have 4 homeschooled children. She writes, speaks and podcasts using the Charlotte Mason philosophy as a springboard into her lessons on childhood, motherhood and education. Leah delights in coaching and leading others in this refreshing way of life. She is a speaker and writer for the international Wild + Free homeschooling community and creator of Modern Miss Mason.

    In This Episode

    I invited Leah to join me on this episode because I knew she would be a wonderful person to talk about the method and philosophy of Charlotte Mason. After 14 years Leah still carries the passion and enthusiasm that she had from the beginning.

    In this episode we discussed;
    Charlotte Mason- The prolific writer, educator and her vision and impact.
    Strategically planning the year- How Leah does this and what she has learned over the years.
    Creating rhythms of rest and pause.
    What their day looks like-morning rhythms and atmosphere
    The foundations of the Charlotte Mason philosophy-

    1. Children are born persons. They are born whole. Our role as parents is to support this.
    2. Education is the science of relations. Relationships are what matter. How we view children, how we view education and how all of that comes together is the foundation of the philosophy.
    The power and joy of using "Living Books"
    Finding your freedom within the philosophy
    Charlotte Mason and religion- can all backgrounds and beliefs follow the method?
    Is there a lack of cultural diversity in the method?
    The secret to longevity in homeschooling

    Homeschooling in the UK

    At the end of the episode I asked Leah to talk a little about life and requirements for homeschoolers in the UK. I have listeners from all over the world, including the UK and some are exploring homeschooling for the first time. Is there freedom or is it regulated? What if your child wants to attend college or university in the UK?

    Even though Leah and I practice different philosophies, our belief in children and learning remains the same; trust, joy in learning and relationships. We both agree that we are learning alongside our kids and our role as home educators is in supporting the beauty and passion of childhood.

    Charlotte Mason Resources

    Leah Boden

    Charlotte Mason Philosophy- Modern Miss Mason

    Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/leahvboden/

    Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/modernmissmason/

    Charlotte Mason Home Education Series

    The Parents Review Archive

    Living Books Referenced

    RJ Unstead- History of the English Speaking World

    Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare For Children- E. Nesbit

    Charles and Mary Lamb- Tales From Shakespeare

    Aesops Fables

    Charlottes Web

    If you want to learn more about different home educating styles check out these interviews on Classical Education- http://imhomeschooling.com/homeschooling-styles-classical-education/

    Unschooling- http://imhomeschooling.com/hihtk-005-exploring-unschooling/


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Homeschooling Styles: Classical Education

    Homeschooling Styles: Classical Education

    Homeschool Styles & Methods

    Exploring different homeschooling methods, starting with Classical Education. If you are a returning listener to this podcast or to this website, you will know I'm and advocate of self-directed learning and unschooling. We began our learning journey in school but we left to travel with our kids. When we began worldschooling we tried to recreate school. As time went on and we dove further into home education, we started to transition into project based learning and then into unschooling. It felt right for us and matched the needs and goals of our family.

    We choose unschooling but there are many other homeschoolers that have different approaches to learning. What I truly believe when it comes to learning is that the best learning reflects the learner.

    A Continuing Resource For Homeschooling

    Over the years, this podcast has become a go-to resource for learning outside of the traditional school norm.With the the growth of homeschool, particularly in this current year, I want to continue to show the many different facets of home education and alternative education. I have featured homeschooling, unschooling, micro schools, democratic schools, forest schools, self directed learning, worldschooling and more. But I have yet to feature a few other wonderful learning approaches such as Classical, Charlotte Mason, Montessori and Waldorf. So we begin with this episode that features Classical education and for those interested, a Classical program for homeschoolers.

    Classical Educator Lisa Ann Dillon of Wisdom Wonder Project

    Lisa Ann Dillon is a homeschool mom to two children and Classical teacher at SLO Classical Academy for 15 years. (San Luis Obispo Classical Academy)

    SLO Classical Academy is a private, nonprofit hybrid school for homeschoolers. It offers a physical campus for classes ranging from infant care to high school.

    Wisdom Wonder Project is a rich online curriculum founded on the principles of classical education. It offers Classical education with a twist. It is non-sectarian, with the classical emphasis on character values while emphasizing the value of play. The goals is to make the power, magic and mystery of learning accessible to the modern homeschool family.

    The Classical Education Method

    In this episode Lisa Ann and I discuss the Classical education method. What it is, what kind of learner it supports and the cross-over it can have with unschooling. Lisa Ann answers for me;
    What is the Classical method and what does it look like in the home?
    What kind of practices and activities are at the foundation of the Classical education method? Why is it considered such a content rich approach?
    Is the Classical method a very structured program? What is the difference between structure and stricture?
    How does the Classical education approach in-still a love of learning?
    The power of observation in the Classical approach.
    What families are drawn to Classical method?
    Is Classical education religious? Can you be a non-religious family and be part of Classical education?
    Classical Education is a literature rich program. How does Math fit into the approach?
    Are there similarities between the Classical method and Unschooling?

    Themes That Cross Over To All Forms Of Learning

    At the end of the episode Lisa Ann and I took time to explore learning themes that we feel are essential to living a rich learning life, no matter what kind of method a family uses. This includes;

    Story- The power of story, how it can change history and how it connects us on a deep level. "When children learn to value the story of others that's where they develop empathy...emotional intelligence..and a desire to connect with other people".


    Engagement- Does engagement occur naturally or does it need to be encouraged? Why is engagement an important part of learning? How do we encourage or tap into engagement?



    • 1 hr 15 min
    Look For The Helpers: Village Home Learning Community

    Look For The Helpers: Village Home Learning Community


    Look For The Helpers-Village Home Learning Community with Lori Walker

    Lori Walker is passionate about the idea that learning is a natural process, and is an inherently fun process. It feels good to learn, so why are so many students bored and disengaged? Lori is the founder and Executive Director of Village Home, where learners actually enjoy learning. Village Home is a learning community that is built on the idea that learning is ultimately self-directed, and we, as teachers, are here to encourage learning as a process. Learners are all unique, with unique interests and learning styles. The Village Home model allows learners to pursue their interests as an individual while also participating in a family-friendly, community learning environment.


    Prior to founding Village Home in 2002, Lori was the Director of Training and Curriculum at Learning Forum, based in California, where she designed academic and life skills curriculum, trained teachers, and facilitated programs for teens. She also served as a facilitator herself at programs in the United States and abroad. Lori has over 18 years of experience teaching and training adults and children in a variety of subjects, from psychology to accounting for REITs.  She earned degrees, graduating summa cum laude with distinction and honors, from SMU in Business Management and Psychology, with an emphasis in child development. Lori’s two daughters provided the initial inspiration for Village Home, and her job as mom is the best job she will ever have. She lives in Beaverton with her husband and an assortment of animals.

    Village Home Learning Community with Lori Walker

    Lori Walker is part of my special series Look For The Helpers. Lori saw a need in the homeschool community that was not being addressed and she set about solving that problem. She saw engaged homeschool parents that were close to burnout. Their children were involved in a multitude of activities that required them to spend endless hours in the car, along with many hours organizing. They wanted their kid's interests and need for knowledge adequately filled but to do that were sacrificing too much of their time and energy. Lori also saw that the one part of school that she enjoyed and valued most as a kid, which were the experiences and camaraderie that school activities and clubs offered, was not readily available to homeschool kids. As a homeschool parent herself, she wanted all of that for her daughters but she still wanted to enjoy the benefits of the homeschool lifestyle and the freedom to learn. So she created Village Home.

    Village Home

    Village Home has made a difference in the lives of many homeschooling families. It has also provided an example of a learning space that engages learners, allows them to own their education and lets them lead, while being part of a broader learning community. Learners are passionate, families are welcome and educators are inspired to work there.

    In This Episode

    In this Episode Lori and I talk about how Village Home meets the needs of natural learners, supports teachers to inspire kids and creates a community space for the entire family.


    We discuss;

    the natural learning process and nurturing the desire to learn
    why it is important for learners to be engaged in their learning
    the difference between measurement in education and the intrinsic motivation to learn
    choosing to homeschool and why Lori saw homeschooling as a better chance to be in the world compared to the 4 walls of the classroom
    what happens when we pay attention to the human being as opposed to the curriculum
    Lori's "aha" moments that came through homeschooling her own children
    the rewards she has received through homeschooling and creating the Village Home learning community


    What Lori described as the rewards she has received really stuck with me. She said, "it's noticing kids being themse

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Melissaj136 ,

Thanks for what you do!

As a new homeschooler I want to thank Robyn for the time and thoughtfulness she has put into this podcast and all the information she provides. Robyn is easy to listen to and provides the information and research I’m interested in. I am going back through all the episodes and finding so much great information to help my family feel more confident and informed. Thank you!

@athomewithboys ,

Homeschool Beginnings

This was the very first podcast I listened to as the ideas of homeschooling were just starting to take shape for our family. Anxious and uncertain, I searched for homeschool podcasts and found this one. Robyn’s friendly and supportive voice really paved the way for my journey. I learned so much about different styles of homeschooling, I met many other voices that I also included in my library and most of all I felt empowered and capable. Those feelings of anxiety and uncertainty were replaced by excitement! I saw how this journey could be our own and how much freedom there could be through homeschooling. Since finding this podcast, we have fully embarked into the deep waters of homeschooling, living it and loving it each day. Honey I’m homeschooling the kids is a much listen to if you are on any kind of homeschool journey.

dsclfs ,

Wonderful and inspiring!

Robyn is such a thoughtful interviewer and does a great job selecting interesting and insightful people to speak with! It’s a pleasure to listen and learn from these folks about the adventure of homeschooling

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