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New homeschool content from top homeschool bloggers streaming straight to your earbuds every Friday. Includes blog posts from Pam Barnhill, Sarah Mackenzie, Brandy Vencel, Mystie Winckler and more.

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New homeschool content from top homeschool bloggers streaming straight to your earbuds every Friday. Includes blog posts from Pam Barnhill, Sarah Mackenzie, Brandy Vencel, Mystie Winckler and more.

iTunes Ratings

324 Ratings
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Love this podcast!

By stevetheswimmer - May 13 2020
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Wendy Speake is amazing and I have been encouraged by her. I am thankful she is pouring into homeschool moms through this and look forward to listening to her every week! Thanks Wendy!

Loving it!

By Magda_G - Feb 20 2020
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Thanks so much for all this encouragement! Enjoying it so much ❤️

iTunes Ratings

324 Ratings
Average Ratings
290
16
6
7
5

Love this podcast!

By stevetheswimmer - May 13 2020
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Wendy Speake is amazing and I have been encouraged by her. I am thankful she is pouring into homeschool moms through this and look forward to listening to her every week! Thanks Wendy!

Loving it!

By Magda_G - Feb 20 2020
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Thanks so much for all this encouragement! Enjoying it so much ❤️
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The Homeschool Solutions Show with Wendy Speake

Latest release on Jun 02, 2020

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New homeschool content from top homeschool bloggers streaming straight to your earbuds every Friday. Includes blog posts from Pam Barnhill, Sarah Mackenzie, Brandy Vencel, Mystie Winckler and more.

Rank #1: HS 146 Julie Bogart: The Homeschool Experiment

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Today on the show I am joined by homeschool veteran and writing guru Julie Bogart. Part of our veteran's series, Julie has graduated five kids and now helps homeschool families the world over not only with writing skills through her Bravewriter program but also with how to homeschool bravely through her Homeschool Alliance and her new book The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life.

In this conversation we chat about Julie's fond memories of homeschooling, what she did well, her biggest homeschool regrets, and she shares tons of wisdom on how to be true to yourself in your homeschool.

Feb 12 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #2: HS 142: Heather Woodie Morning Time with Teens

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Today we are joined on the podcast by Heather Woodie of Blog She Wrote, mom of four young adults. Heather has been practicing Morning Time in her family for a number of years, and has seen a shift in the practice as she has graduated two kids and is now left home with two more teens to go.   In this episode of the podcast we chat about:
  1. how Heather's Morning Time changed has changed over the years.
  2. why is Morning Time still a valuable practice in the teen years.
  3. what kind of adjustments and challenges a teen-only Morning Time brings.
  4. how Heather's role at Morning Time changed as the kids have gotten older.
  5. and how Heather has been able to use topics from Morning Time as coursework and credits for the purposes of high school transcripts
  6. plus so much more.
  Sit back and enjoy as we dive into Morning Time with the teen set. Find the show notes at https://pambarnhill.com/hs142

Jan 15 2019

46mins

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Rank #3: HS 194: Homeschooling Encouragement with Sally Clarkson

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Jan 14 2020

43mins

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Rank #4: HS 164: Big Family Homeschool Planning by Lynna Sutherland and Heather Tully

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Planning for one or two homeschool kids is challenging enough, but planning for school with six or more? Now that is a Herculean feat. But never fear, we have some mamas on the show today who have been doing that for a number of years.

Lynna Sutherland (mom of 8) and Heather Tully (mom of 10) join me today to discuss the ins and outs of big family homeschool planning -- what's different than regular planning, where to combine, and how to meet the needs of all.the.kids. Enjoy!

Jun 18 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #5: HS #216 — SD Smith — Story-Telling and the Power of Imagination

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I cannot sum up today’s podcast conversation with a simple description. I loved it all and it was sweeping! S.D. Smith talks in quotes. He quotes the master story-tellers who went before Him, but masterfully crafts wonderful words of his own, many of which can stand alone as quotable phrases. The main theme of our conversation was valuing good stories if we want to be good story-tellers — or even good people. 

That said, my very favorite part of this interview was when Sam shared that he often looks out at all of the homeschool moms who come to The Great Homeschool Conventions and thinks, “These are warriors of light!” I may have teared up when he went on to encourage us, “This matters. You are a hero!”

Mar 31 2020

51mins

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Rank #6: HS #228 Julie Kieras Family Hobbies Make the Best Unit Studies

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This conversation may be my favorite one to date! We are diving in and talking about unit studies — but not as something more to add to our already too-full plates. We’re talking about slowing down and taking our time to learn more about the things that we already enjoy as a family. I hope you’ll be as blessed by this conversation as I was!

May 12 2020

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Rank #7: HS 138: Symptoms of a Homeschool Mom

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I saw a photo the other day of a worn out, exhausted mother collapsed onto a chair, hand to forehead. The caption under the picture read “I put my symptoms into Web MD and it turns out I just have kids.”

I couldn’t help but giggle.

I knew exactly how she felt.

Listen or read the rest here: https://rinellafamilyoutdoors.com/2017/07/17/symptoms-of-a-homeschool-mom/

Dec 07 2018

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Rank #8: HS 060: The Hack That Will Simplify Your Homeschool For Good by Pam Barnhill

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Chaos is not my thing. Not that anyone really likes it, but some most folks roll with the punches better than I do.

The kids are yelling. The dog is tracking mud through the kitchen while he yips incessantly at said children. A pot is boiling over on the stove.

And in the midst of this I am supposed to be teaching reading, or math, or the kings and queens of England. I struggle.

Oh, I really do. You too?

Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/homeschool-procedures/

Jun 16 2017

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Rank #9: HS 185 [AUDIOBLOG]: Why We Homeschool (and Why We Don't Explain Ourselves to nosy strangers) by Ashley Fox

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Why do we homeschool? Our story to coming to terms with what is really best for our family – and getting over-explaining it to everyone on the street.

“You’re homeschooling? How lovely. WHY would you want to do that?”

Going against the mainstream opens the door to big questions about big life choices to random strangers at the post office.

Listen or read more at https://thehomeschoolresourceroom.com/2017/12/14/pros-and-cons-of-homeschool/

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #10: HS 109: Four Keys to a Homeschool Plan That Will Actually Work by Pam Barnhill

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Last week I told you all about Laura and how her homeschool plan actually created more stress in her life than it did peace.

It happens. A lot.

This week I am back, as promised, to give you four important keys you can use to create a plan that doesn’t feel like a guess, but instead, a tool to help you homeschool strong for the entire year. This is how to get it done.

Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/four-keys-homeschool-plan/

May 25 2018

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Rank #11: HS 160: The Introverted Homeschool Mom with Jamie Martin

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It is no secret that I am an introvert and introverts have a special place in my heart. There is nothing wrong with extroverts, but getting the world to understand the need for a little quiet and time alone and not take it personally is hard.

It doesn’t mean one is shy (I’m totally not.) or awkward (debatable). But it does fly in the face of our very social world at times — especially when you are a mother and even more so when you are a homeschooling mother. We have chosen to be with our kids all day because we thing that is what is best for them, but we do that knowing the toll it will take on us and knowing we will need to compensate for all that together time. It can totally lead to guilt.

That is why I was so excited when I found out about Jamie Martin’s new book The Introverted Mom. Now there is someone who understands and can offer help. And on today’s podcast, Jamie does just that.

There is something for every mom on this show — introverts and extroverts both. I hope you enjoy.

May 21 2019

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Rank #12: HS 175: Charlotte Mason Homeschooling with Brandy Vencel

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The final interview in the Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Methods is with a super-special friend of mine, Brandy Vencel. I am not (currently) a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, but sitting at the feet of Brandy keeps inching me more and more in that direction I think. I just love chatting with her about Charlotte Mason.

Brandy, who has used Ambleside Online since her oldest was in first grade, is on the Ambleside Online Auxiliary Board. She also provides excellent Charlotte Mason support on her blog Afterthoughts.

Find the show notes for this episode at: https://pambarnhill.com/charlottemason

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #13: HS 134: Homeschool Hacks for Juggling Multiple Kids by Pam Barnhill

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I’m not going to lie. Having multiple people in the room all at once is often the hardest part of homeschooling. Harder than choosing curriculum. Harder than keeping up with the laundry. Harder than teaching math. (I know, right?)

Not only are you dealing with personalities and relationships but also with multiple levels and multiple subjects. And it never fails that everyone seems to need you all the time and all at once.

Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/juggling-multiple-kids/

Nov 16 2018

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Rank #14: HS 004: Best Tips for Creating a Homeschool Daily Schedule by Pam Barnhill

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I wish I could tell you that I have the formula for the perfect homeschool day, but sadly I do not. All I know for sure is that there are no two homeschool days that are exactly alike and whatever you plan, it will often not go exactly as planned.

Yes, having a plan in place is important. If we don’t, the overwhelming nature of the task before us will paralyze us. So here are my best tips for creating a daily schedule that inspires you to get things done.

May 26 2016

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Rank #15: HS 003: Loop Scheduling vs Block Scheduling - Which is Right For Your Homeschool? by Pam Barnhill

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Can I answer this question with a question? (No, not that question -- another one.) What do you want to accomplish with your homeschool schedule? Which scheduling method you use depends on what you are trying to accomplish in your homeschool, because both types of schedules lend themselves well to accomplishing very different goals. Block scheduling is used to organize your homeschool subjects in such a way that you are doing fewer of them at any given time. This allows you to focus deeper on fewer things throughout the day, have less anxiety because you are tracking less at any given time, and go more deeply by spending more time on a subject. Loop scheduling on the other hand is a way for you to reduce the stress in your homeschool that comes from skipping or missing subjects because they are assigned to specific days. Loop scheduling doesn't really allow you to do more or less in your day -- just not be upset by which thing you should do next. Let's take a look at a few examples of both to see how this plays out. Listen to hear the rest...

May 25 2016

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Rank #16: HS 103: Ten Big Fat Homeschool Fears (& How to Conquer Them) from Bookshark

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Ask any veteran homeschool mom whose kids have already graduated from high school, and she will reassure you:

  • She had the same fears you have now.
  • She realizes now how pointless most of those fears were.

What a difference 10-15 years of hindsight makes! But you don't have to wait that long. Let's look right now at ten of the biggest and most common homeschool fears so you can face—and more importantly, conquer—them.

Listen or read more at https://www.bookshark.com/blog/homeschool-fears/

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #17: HS 062: Why Your Homeschool Schedule Isn't Working (And Two Simple Ways to Fix It) by Tonia Lyons

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Homeschooling is hard work. Juggling the daily homeschool schedule with managing the kids, the daily chores, the meal planning, and a few minutes for yourself (most likely hiding in the bathroom with a piece of chocolate) doesn’t leave much time for other pursuits. Part of the problem?

Your homeschool schedule.

Listen or read more at https://happyhomeschoolnest.com/blog/homeschool-schedule-mistakes

Jun 26 2017

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Rank #18: HS 128: Avoiding Overwhelm from the Inside Out by Marla Szwast

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I do not think it necessary to expound on why we want to avoid overwhelm in our homeschools. Overwhelm equals stress, chaos, and uncertainty, none of which complement a healthy lifestyle. Overwhelm can be a rather quiet beast, creeping in gradually until one day you just CAN’T.

I find keeping overwhelm at bay starts with intention. We first need to believe it is important and recognize that it will take life-long effort. In our homeschools, our children are constantly growing and changing, and so we must adapt. Avoiding overwhelm on a practical level may look completely different from one year to the next. The important thing is that you have go-to tools to help you avoid it, and if it hits, pull life back into balance.

Listen or read more at https://www.jumpintogenius.com/avoiding-overwhelm-from-the-inside-out/

Oct 05 2018

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Rank #19: #HS 221 Audioblog - Get Organized in Your Homeschooling Routine

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There is much to be said for simply getting organized in your homeschooling routine, yet it can be a challenge for even the most detail-oriented mom. If you have multiple children, it can be quite a juggling act, making sure to find the perfect balance between curriculum, outdoor time, appointments, and field trips. And that’s not to mention groceries, household chores, cooking dinner, and making sure everyone has something clean to wear.

Apr 09 2020

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Rank #20: HS 193: Troubles in the Homeschool, Wendy Speake

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Jan 07 2020

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Episode #234 — Rhonda Stoppe Homeschooling with No Regrets part 2

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Today is part 2 of our 2-part conversation with Rhonda Stoppe. We’re covering the remaining 4 points from her list of 8 very specific things we can do to make sure we don’t look back on these homeschooling years with regrets. If you missed part-1, please listen to that one first! It’s a gem… and so is Rhonda!

Jun 02 2020

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HS #235: Managing a Large Family Homeschool for the Not So Organized Mom

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When I tell people that I homeschool my 10 children, they nearly always say, "You must be very organized!" I smile and pinch my husband so he doesn't reveal the truth that I'm not a terribly organized person. Even though I have never used a fancy planner to plot out my life out on paper, I have discovered three key secrets to managing my large family homeschool. Maybe they will help you, too!

May 28 2020

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Episode #232 - Homeschooling with No Regrets - Rhonda Stoppe

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Today is part 1 of our 2-part conversation with Rhonda Stoppe. We’re covering eight very specific things we can do to make sure we don’t look back on these homeschooling years with regrets. Today we’re talking about our calling, our motivation, and so much more! 

May 26 2020

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HS #233: Homeschooling on Any Budget Level

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Homeschooling on Any Budget Level

Many families are hesitant to take up homeschooling simply because they view the option as very expensive. It’s true that some people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on homeschooling, but that doesn’t need to be the case for everyone. Just because you are unable to purchase the latest and greatest packaged curriculum along with all the supplements and add-ons doesn’t mean you can’t homeschool.

May 21 2020

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HS #230 — Wendy Speake - Where Do You Turn in Times of Stress?

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We’ve heard it said, “These are unprecedented times”, but stress is nothing new. How are you doing with your stress these days? How is it affecting your home and your homeschool? Today’s short episode challenges listeners to take inventory. Are you taking your stress to social media as the form of escapism? Is your pantry where you hide? Do you turn for comfort in comfort food these days, rather than turning to the great comforter? Or maybe you are self-medicating with a nightly glass of wine.  Today’s we’re turning to God’s Word for our help in times of trouble.

May 19 2020

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HS #231 -Audioblog- Sonlight Helps You Shift from Pandemic Schooling to Homeschooling

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While schools are trying to establish distance learning and redesign their curriculum, many families are beginning to look outside the public school system and turn toward homeschooling.

May 14 2020

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HS #228 Julie Kieras Family Hobbies Make the Best Unit Studies

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This conversation may be my favorite one to date! We are diving in and talking about unit studies — but not as something more to add to our already too-full plates. We’re talking about slowing down and taking our time to learn more about the things that we already enjoy as a family. I hope you’ll be as blessed by this conversation as I was!

May 12 2020

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HS #229: Audioblog - Deschooling is an Important Part of Homeschooling

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It’s my hope that you’ll find some tips here that help you to understand deschooling and all that it can do for you and your child. Yes, I included “you” here, because sometimes, parents need to deschool as much as their children do.

May 07 2020

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Episode #226 — Kristen Welch — Moving Mountains as a Family

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Life is an incredible journey with ups and downs. We soar, struggle, scale and stumble, and often stand at the edge of cliffs, afraid to step into the unknown, unsure of where we will land. But instead of running away, we are called by God to stand firm, muster up what faith we can, and take a step. Because we were made to move mountains.

In today’s podcast interview, Kristen Welch calls us to step out in faith and climb the mountain right in front of us — not because we are good enough or adequate or able, but because God makes a way where there is no way. Of course this applies to our homeschooling dreams, to our families, marriage and raising children. But what else can God called you (and your family) to be part of out in the world today? 

This episode is about all that, and so much more. It’s a joy to have author Kristen Welch with us on the Homeschool Solutions Show. 

May 05 2020

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HS #227 Steve Demme God is For Us

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Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and two special grandchildren. Their fourth son has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Apr 30 2020

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Episode #224 — Jessica Smart — The Memory Making (Homeschool) Mom

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We’re talking today about making memories as a homeschool family. Jessica Smartt is sharing plenty of “easy-button” memory making ideas your family may love. We’re talking about how (and why) to make memories when you feel totally overwhelmed and exhausted as a mom.

Apr 28 2020

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HS #225 Homeschooling Advantages and Disadvantages

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Homeschooling Advantages and Disadvantages

As families embark on a new homeschooling journey, it’s important to know that there are both advantages and disadvantages. Of course, for many families, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, given the result of the process. But we’ll go into a little more detail as we proceed through this article.

Apr 23 2020

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Episode #222 — Kris Camealy — The Art of Surrender

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We’re talking today about the beautiful yet (oh so) hard topic of surrender. Homeschooling, parenting, following Christ all requires great-gobs of surrender, and there’s no one I’d rather talk it through with than Kris Camealy.

Apr 21 2020

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HS 223 - Audioblog The Secret To Surviving Bad Homeschool Days

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If we’re being entirely honest, a bad homeschool day is still better than a good public-school day. And yet, just knowing that really does nothing to help us through the bad day while it’s going on

Apr 16 2020

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HS #220 — Katie M. Reid -- Parenting from a Place of Rest

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Let’s talk about experiencing rest as a Homeschool Mama! We want to exchange our striving for settledness, our sense of panic to a sweet sense of peace. But how do we parent our children from a place of rest? We’re talking about it all today with Katie M. Reid.

Apr 14 2020

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#HS 221 Audioblog - Get Organized in Your Homeschooling Routine

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There is much to be said for simply getting organized in your homeschooling routine, yet it can be a challenge for even the most detail-oriented mom. If you have multiple children, it can be quite a juggling act, making sure to find the perfect balance between curriculum, outdoor time, appointments, and field trips. And that’s not to mention groceries, household chores, cooking dinner, and making sure everyone has something clean to wear.

Apr 09 2020

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HS #218 — Connie Albers -- Homeschooling Teens

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Today we are talking about how parents can create a rich relationship with their children throughout their parenting/homeschool journey. Children are a masterpiece and parents hold the brushes. God is the architect who knows the plans he has for each of his children. Too often parents give up or give in… not realizing that we are the primary influence in our children's lives.

Apr 07 2020

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HS 219 Brandy Gleason- Outdoor Activities You Can Do While Social Distancing

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We’ve all learned a new word in the past few weeks, social distancing. Social distancing is where you stay at least 6 feet away from someone else whom you have not had contact with. This has left us with a new way of day to day life and how we interact and live. I wanted to share some fun things we do outdoors that would allow you to practice social distancing and still get outside. Here are my outdoor activities you can do while practicing social distancing.

Apr 02 2020

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HS #216 — SD Smith — Story-Telling and the Power of Imagination

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I cannot sum up today’s podcast conversation with a simple description. I loved it all and it was sweeping! S.D. Smith talks in quotes. He quotes the master story-tellers who went before Him, but masterfully crafts wonderful words of his own, many of which can stand alone as quotable phrases. The main theme of our conversation was valuing good stories if we want to be good story-tellers — or even good people. 

That said, my very favorite part of this interview was when Sam shared that he often looks out at all of the homeschool moms who come to The Great Homeschool Conventions and thinks, “These are warriors of light!” I may have teared up when he went on to encourage us, “This matters. You are a hero!”

Mar 31 2020

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HS #217 Shawna Wingert

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Hi, My name is Shawna Wingert and I support homeschooling families online at Different By Design Learning. As a former special education teacher and homeschooling mom of two boys with special needs, I find that most of us are just looking for real-life, practical ways to make our homeschool days a little smoother and our relationships a little stronger.

Mar 26 2020

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iTunes Ratings

324 Ratings
Average Ratings
290
16
6
7
5

Love this podcast!

By stevetheswimmer - May 13 2020
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Wendy Speake is amazing and I have been encouraged by her. I am thankful she is pouring into homeschool moms through this and look forward to listening to her every week! Thanks Wendy!

Loving it!

By Magda_G - Feb 20 2020
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Thanks so much for all this encouragement! Enjoying it so much ❤️