153 episodes

In the context of promoting joy, fun and an environment of love, Bonnie welcomes you! Bonnie is a homeschool mom of seven kids, 31 years in - writer, speaker and cheerleader. Meet her cohosts who bring your questions and theirs to the table: Elizabeth, mom of five, in the thick of glorious family life, and Christina, just starting the homeschool journey with two littles. Join us for some honest discussion about how to make home education cozy. Just like you imagined.

make joy normal: cozy homeschooling Bonnie Landry

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

In the context of promoting joy, fun and an environment of love, Bonnie welcomes you! Bonnie is a homeschool mom of seven kids, 31 years in - writer, speaker and cheerleader. Meet her cohosts who bring your questions and theirs to the table: Elizabeth, mom of five, in the thick of glorious family life, and Christina, just starting the homeschool journey with two littles. Join us for some honest discussion about how to make home education cozy. Just like you imagined.

    differences in discipline

    differences in discipline

    It's a great question - How do we approach the topic of differences in discipline with a young child who notices these things and is asking?   We also discuss how small families can approach their homeschooling communities despite large families being the norm.

    2:00 - How do you explain parenting differences to a child? 
    8:45 - When others are disapproving of your methods of discipline
    13:32 - Choosing our words carefully and with great empathy 
    16:13 - Small families, homeschooling communities and infertility

    Neufeld Institute | Gordon Neufeld PhD

    attachment parenting and the sermon on the mount (blog post)

    #makejoynormal #homeschooling #discipline #attachment #revolutionofmercy #tenderness #community #family #charity

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    • 30 min
    getting ready for high school

    getting ready for high school

    Such a pleasure to welcome Lucero and Michelle who bring their questions about homeschooling into the teen years. We discuss challenges, counterwill and burnout. The importance of open communication and how community and fun are at the heart of a healthy wholesome homeschooling experience for the entire family. 

    1:11 - Welcome Lucero and Michelle
    6:23 - Importance of community and fun 
    10:49 - How do you manage everything?
    17:51 - Negotiating with our teenagers
    21:28 -  What are the absolute basics we need in their schooling?
    36:15 - Burnout and crisis years
    42:05 - Provide opportunities for fun
    52:39 - The cycle of family learning
    58:14 - Developing your own homeschool high school transcript
    1:03:22 - Motivating our children when they're struggling
    1:18:34 - Not caring about what other people think

    Catholic Heritage Curricula 

    World Book Encyclopedia

    Homeschooling with Joy Workshop, Part 1/4
    Homeschooling with Joy Workshop, Part 2/4
    Homeschooling with Joy Workshop, Part 3/4
    Homeschooling with Joy Workshop, Part 4/4

    Mother of Divine Grace Curriculum

    Variation of "The Hat Game" 

    High school transcript template - bonnielandry.ca 

    #makejoynormal #homeschooling #highschool #dictation #reading #math #planning #routine #community #fun #history #science #socialization #support #cooperation #socraticeducation

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    troubleshooting dictation...and household order...and the rest of life

    troubleshooting dictation...and household order...and the rest of life

    Well we start with dictation but move into some great conversation about "to push or not to push, to plan or not to plan" and Elizabeth brings her honesty to the table about the hard moments and the great moments.


    Catholic Heritage Curricula - Ever Ancient, Ever New


    4:26 - When dictation is not working
    11:32 - Learning skills along the way for teaching our children 
    16:02 - Dealing with a child's anger and frustration
    24:20 - New year planning and finding order again
    31:01 - Being clear with our kids about chores
    36:58 - Responding in a matter-of-fact way 


    Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl

    Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

    Done by noon: efficient homeschooling (podcast)

    what will you do all day: developing routine with little ones (podcast)

    sit down work at different ages (blog post) 


    #makejoynormal #homeschooling #planning #order #dictation #language #teaching #kindness #fun 


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    • 41 min
    how to plan a family Ball

    how to plan a family Ball

    We do a Christmas Ball each year (except not during pandemics) and this year's Ball was a huge success as people are so ready to get some social life!  I thought it would be fun to share what we do and, more importantly, why we do it. 

    Some tips for success, some ideas to get you started. 


    Catholic Heritage Curricula - Ever Ancient, Ever New
    Contact
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    • 39 min
    Christmas message, 2022

    Christmas message, 2022

    A blessed Christmas to you all!
    Contact
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    • 5 min
    primer on dictation

    primer on dictation

    In today's episode, Elizabeth and I chat about questions that often come up about dictation.   When do we know our child is ready for dictation, where to begin and whether dictation can be used with an older child. And for practical tips, check out a new video of dictation with my six year old grandson.


    1:12 -  How dictation works
    8:00 - How to choose what to write for dictation
    12:53 - Using dictation with older kids
    23:44 - Adjusting for the needs of the child 
    31:42 - How do I know when my child is ready for dictation?
    34:00 - What if your child still struggles with writing letters?


    A few more Youtube videos on dictation :

    Dictation WORKS!

    Dictation Example video

    actual dictation lesson


    unsolicited advice: dictation is the answer (blog post)


    Too Far with Laura Horn


    #makejoynormal #homeschooling #literature #languagearts #grammar #spelling #poetry #dictation 


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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Elephanza ,

Faith and parenting

Love this podcast so much!! I am an expectant mom and it is helping gain so much wisdom about compassionate parenting, homeschool, and living out the Catholic faith with children! Thannk you Bonnie, Elizabeth, and Christina!

lovemyname:Mamma ,

Priceless

Bonnie’s wisdom is truly life changing. I have been listening since episode 1, and I feel like I know her. There is no resource more valuable than Bonnie!

ShelfRelianceMom ,

Life changing

Every homeschool parent needs this. I will be recommending it to others moving forward and trying this for teaching reading with my fifth and sixth kiddos. The tips are so simple anyone can use them and yet so powerful. This is exactly what I’ve been searching for and I’m so grateful to have found it. I’m bringing her lectures at the moment. 😊

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