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Podcast for homeschooling moms about homeschooling moms...A casual show about the day-to-day of homeschooling...in the trenches with us as we're going through it. Reviews and recommendations, joys and sorrows, challenges and triumphs.

Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcas‪t‬ Tina Smith and Beckie Tetrault

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 98 Ratings

Podcast for homeschooling moms about homeschooling moms...A casual show about the day-to-day of homeschooling...in the trenches with us as we're going through it. Reviews and recommendations, joys and sorrows, challenges and triumphs.

    A Christmas Bonus from the Savvy Homeschool Moms (Ep #66, 12/23/18)

    A Christmas Bonus from the Savvy Homeschool Moms (Ep #66, 12/23/18)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! (To those that celebrate)…a special gift for you!!

    And if you don’t celebrate…A special treat for you too!! Many of the things discussed can work on non-holiday occasions too!

    The Moms discuss how they like to de-stress during the holiday season, and share some of their family’s holiday traditions.

    Watch a favorite Christmas movie: (as needed, or 1 or 2 nightly!)

    * Charlie Brown Christmas* Rudolph* Year Without a Santa Claus* Elf* Santa Claus is Coming to Town* It’s a Wonderful Life* Miracle on 34th St (original black/white)* A Christmas Story (Peter Bilingsley)* Scrooge (the musical with Albert Finney)* Frosty the Snowman* The Santa Clause (all 3)* Christmas Chronicles (new favorite)* The Muppet Christmas Carol* The Polar Express* White Christmas* How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original)* One Magic Christmas

    Listen to favorite Christmas music:

    * John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together* The Kingston Trio: The Last Month of the Year* A Very Special Christmas 1 & 2* Glee Christmas albums* Manheim Steamroller Christmas albums* Christmas with the Rat Pack* Putumayo’s Christmas Around the World* Celtic Christmas* The Stars Come Out for Christmas* Amy Grant: Home for Christmas* Elmo & Patsy: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (the whole album!)

    Other ideas this episode:

    * Eat comfort foods (Tina likes a piece of fudge at the bottom of her bowl of popcorn, a family tradition, Beckie likes hot cocoa.)* Go see Christmas lights.* Go for a drive in the country/visit nature.

    What’s your favorite way of de-stressing? Let us know in the comments below!

    And from our families to yours, we wish you all a VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at www.movingbeyondthepage.com.

    Math Mammoth – Publisher of student directed math worktexts that all the Savvy Homeschool Kids use. Learn more at www.mathmammoth.com.

    Pandia Press – Publisher of REAL Science Odyssey and History Odyssey.

    Check out their fantastic Try Before you Buy! Learn more at www.pandiapress.com.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    We’re BAAAAACK!! (Ep #65, 11/6/17)

    We’re BAAAAACK!! (Ep #65, 11/6/17)

    In this episode, the moms talk about their long absence and share what resources they are using this school year with their children.

    Links in this Episode:

    MaevedragonCreations.com (Maeven’s website, taken down for until further notice)

    Homeschool Moms’ Depression/Anxiety Support

    Homeschool Moms with ADD/ADHD

    Weepyking (Aaron’s website!)

    DeviantArt (Aaron’s art)

    YouTube channel (Aaron’s videos)

    Red Bubble (Aaron’s products)

    I Need Some Space

    Fresno Music Academy & Arts

    The Animation Course


    Forestiere Underground Gardens

    Resources we are using:


    Homeschool Planet w/Brave Writer Lifestyle Plan

    Tyren (7th Grade)

    Language Arts: Brave Writer: The Writer’s Jungle, Boomerang, Sequential Spelling online, copywork, journal, blog

    Math: Math Mammoth, Splash Math, Speed Game, Right Start Math Games, other math games

    Social Studies: Civil War, Crash Course World History, historical fiction & picture books,

    • 1 hr 27 min
    New Year, New Curriculum and Revisiting Homeschooling Legally in California (Ep #64, 12/18/16)

    New Year, New Curriculum and Revisiting Homeschooling Legally in California (Ep #64, 12/18/16)

    In this episode, the moms review their 2016-2017 curriculum choices, and revisit homeschooling legally in California.

    Links in this Episode: 

    Noodle Homeschool-Now Tina’s Learning Adventures

    Homeschooling with perimenopause

    Tina’s Adventures–Now Tina’s Learning Adventures

    Wacom Intuos Pro tablet

    Some of Maeven’s art work she’s created with her tablet…most of these are still works in progress:

    Project-based learning

    Reggio Emilia


    Lori Pickert’s Facebook group: Project Based Homeschooling

    The Tech Museum of Innovation

    Monterey Bay Aquarium Homeschool Day

    Wacom Digital Drawing Tablet

    FullMoonWolf37 Dani’s YouTube Channel

    Dani’s DeviantArt Account 

    RaddishKids, DoodleCrate and Tinkercrate

    2016-2017 Curriculum Choices:

    Maeven (10th) –

    English – Brave Writer: Help for High School (Interview with Julie Bogart Part 1, Interview with Julie Bogart Part 2)

    Earth Science – CK12 Earth Science Concepts for High School

    Algebra 1 – Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs

    World History – Crash Course World History with The...

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Pandia Press Presents: Why Neutral Science isn’t Neutral, with Blair Lee (Ep #63, 6/4/16)

    Pandia Press Presents: Why Neutral Science isn’t Neutral, with Blair Lee (Ep #63, 6/4/16)

    (Show recording is at the bottom of the page)

    In this episode, the moms share the final part of their 2 part Secular Science Resource series, with an interview with Pandia Press author and scientist Blair Lee: Why Neutral Science isn’t Neutral.


    Links in this Episode:

    Beckie’s new pencil sharpener

    Why the earth is heating so fast

    Blair Lee’s Blog

    Blair Lee’s Facebook page

    SEA Homeschoolers Facebook page

    SEA Homeschoolers Blog

    Home|School|Life Magazine

    REAL Science Odyssey

    Info from this Episode:


    Secular science curricula and programs present the accepted facts, principles, models, and theories explaining how the natural and physical world works as recommended by a majority of practicing experts in that area of science. Science curricula and programs should not exclude or misrepresent scientific facts, principles, models, or theories that are considered core ideas in the field.

    Specifically, science curricula and programs will not be reviewed if they do the following:

    Minimize, misrepresent, or omit accepted scientific facts, principles, models, or theories

    Incorporate religious philosophy into the curriculum or program

    Politicize science issues in a way that misrepresents the issues

    What to look for in science courses

    The inclusion of evolution

    Is the word design used in place of the word evolution

    Is the word created or creation used when discussing how organisms, the universe, or matter came into existence? Organisms evolved; they were not created.

    Know your definitions –

    Science theory – A scientific theory is a widely accepted explanation of something observed in science. Theories are based on experimentation, observation, and reasoning—the scientific method.

    Scientific model – A scientific model is a simplified representation of a real system. Scientific models make it possible to study large, complex scientific principles and systems. Scientific models use the scientific method.

    Books in this Episode:


    Together ~

    Rick Riordan books:

    * The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4)

    * The Last Olympian (#5)

    * The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)

    * The Son of Neptune (#2)

    * The Mark of ...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Pandia Press Presents Secular Science Resources (Ep #62, 4/6/16)

    Pandia Press Presents Secular Science Resources (Ep #62, 4/6/16)

    (Show recording is at the bottom of the page)

    In this episode, the moms are joined by Blair Lee, homeschool mom, and author of REAL Science Odyssey Biology 2 and Chemistry 1, from Pandia Press, as they talk about secular science resources.

    Links in this Episode:

    Prodigy (math game)Homeschool Group Buys (Meg Groom’s group)–no longer existsRogue FestivalThinking PuttyEarhooxSlow Cooker Facebook groupNoodle Homeschool–Now Tina’s Learning AdventuresTina’s New and Improved Country ReportSEA Homeschoolers

    Tina’s son Tyren as Tweedle Dee

    Tina’s SCICON Reunion line dancing:

    (Tina: My son was SO into this! LOL! That’s him in the foreground, with me.)

    (That’s Tyren, Tina’s son, helping lead in the front there.)

    Blog post by Tina about her SCICON trip

    Secular Science Resources:

    Websites:IFL ScienceKids Who ThinkBill Nye’s official websiteProject WildProject WetProject Learning TreePhysics Central PhysicsQuestSteve Spangler ScienceScience BobOLogySmithsonian KidsScience Sparks

    Articles:Why Neutral Science isn’t Neutral by Blair Lee10 Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online for FREE!a href="http://www.iflscience.

    • 2 hr 17 min
    Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, Part 5 (Ep #61, 1/10/16)

    Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, Part 5 (Ep #61, 1/10/16)

    (Show recording is at the bottom of the page)

    In this episode, the moms catch you up on what they’ve been up to lately and share three new Day in the Life Interviews including one homeschooling Dad!

    Links in this Episode:

    Math Mammoth.

    Math Mammoth page about algebra 1 Tina mentions 

    Interactive notebook for WWI 


    Noodle Homeschool is now Tina’s Learning Adventures


    http://www.myjoyfilledlife.com/2014/04/24/homeschooling-planning-resources-free-weekly-assignment-printable/ *religious content warning

    Deborah Marcus’ GoodReads Review of Divergent The Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List by Deborah Marcus

    Books in this Episode:


    Together: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1) by Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2), The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson #3), currently reading The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4)

    Maeven (age 15): started The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) by Tui T. Sutherland again

    Tyren (age 10): The Story of the First World War by Paul Dowswell, The Maze of the Beast (Deltora Quest #6) by Emily Rodda, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor, The Valley of the Lost (Deltora #7), Return to Deltora (Deltora #8), The Taken (Foxcraft #1) by Inbali Iserles, a href="http://www.amazon.

    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

Erika in VA ,

Omg-so glad you’re back!!!

When I became interested in homeschooling, your podcast was one of my very first resources for learning more. I started listening not long before your recent break, so I had to go backwards backwards and even listened to a lot of them more than once.

I’ve listened to a few other hs podcasts since, but yours is still my fav. Your podcast is one of the foundations of my hs journey—thank you for that!

Betty1234567810 ,

Still Going Strong

This is a revolutionary podcast that's been providing helpful (& entertaining) information for quite awhile. I'm relatively new to podcasts, so I love how I can binge listen to such a good program.

KeelyandKenna's Mom ,

Amazing Podcast

In today's world, of kids being tutored and coached in all their pursuits, it's refreshing to be reminded that we can teach our own children. I don't homeschool my children but I still find this podcast very useful in incorporating education into activities with my children. Tina and Beckie explain everything from fun ways to teach science through experiments, to reviewing books, to exploring nature with your children. Although not all of the topics are relevant to me they are always interesting and entertaining to listen to. My only complaint is that they don't put out enough episodes.

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