Rank #1: HS 027: Do the work of homeschooling by Brandy Vencel
Is this your first week of homeschooling for the year? It is for me. I always start our new homeschool year the week of my youngest child’s birthday because I really enjoy adding that kind of stress to the first week of school.
Whether the stress in your homeschool week is normal life stuff, like birthdays or long to-do lists, or abnormal life stuff, like surprises and emergencies, the fact remains that homeschooling isn’t always easy. It just isn’t. This is because homeschooling is just like anything else: it’s work, and you have to actually Do It.
Read or listen to the rest at http://afterthoughtsblog.net/2015/08/homeschooling_do_the_work.html
Oct 28 2016
Rank #2: HS 034: How to Homeschool Consistently by Mystie Winckler
Have you ever started off your day by watching a movie, turning on the television, mindlessly clicking around Facebook, or skimming your online news feed?
Does it affect your mood? We’re fooling ourselves if we say it doesn’t.
I know I am tempted – and often give in to the temptation – of checking my email and “catching up” online first thing in the morning. Even if I get up before the kids and take a walk and read my Bible, if I then open up the laptop and lose myself online while the kids are getting up and having their breakfast, it does not help my mindset.
It does not help me get the day rolling. How we begin our days sets the tone for the whole day. What we put first communicates most to our kids and to ourselves, even unconsciously.
Listen or read the rest at http://www.simplyconvivial.com/2016/homeschooling-consistently
Dec 16 2016
Rank #3: HS 032: Easy Tips for Poetry Tea Time by Pam Barnhill
We have been doing poetry tea parties since the kids were really little.
I stumbled on the concept from Charlotte Mason home educators like Julie Bogart and Elizabeth Foss well before my own kids were school-aged and fell in love with the ideas of pulling out the nice linens, finding a book of poems to read, and sharing time together over a treat in the afternoon.
I know from your emails that tea parties are something people find intimidating, but really they don’t have to be. Here are a few of the tips we use to make them doable and easy.
Listen or read the rest at http://edsnapshots.com/how-to-do-poetry-tea-party/
Dec 02 2016
Rank #4: HS 146 Julie Bogart: The Homeschool Experiment
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
Rank #5: HS 124: How to Homeschool and Still Get (Most) Things Done by Pam Barnhill
Be proactive, not reactive. You know you are going to have good days and bad days.
We’ve been talking the past couple of weeks about how we might be the ones sabotaging our homeschools. We also discussed the importance of having our attitudes ordered rightly because someone might be watching.
But what does this look like in the day to day of our home? We have meals to cook, errands, appointments, and a house to clean. And then there are the unexpected problems that come up in our week.
Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/proactive-homeschooling/
Sep 07 2018
Rank #6: HS 112: How Three Lists Can Save Your Homeschool… And Your Sanity by Pam Barnhill
I got an email this morning that almost made me break out into hives.
It was from a popular homeschool planning company that was touting their ready-made homeschool plans. Now having done this homeschool mentor thing for a number of years I know that people really want plans that are already made — after all we sell ready-made Morning Time plans for just those folks (and I use them myself!!).
Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/lists-for-homeschool/
Jun 15 2018
Rank #7: HS 134: Homeschool Hacks for Juggling Multiple Kids by Pam Barnhill
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
Rank #8: HS 003: Loop Scheduling vs Block Scheduling - Which is Right For Your Homeschool? by Pam Barnhill
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
Rank #9: HS 162: Planning by Personality Type with Mystie Winckler
Have you ever wondered how your personality type might impact your approach to homeschool planning?
On today's episode of the podcast we have a fascinating glimpse at how your Meyers-Briggs functions can have an affect on how you plan, what you plan, and how you work a plan. Homeschool personality guru, homeschool grad, and homeschool mom Mystie Winckler joins me for this very revealing conversation.
Jun 04 2019
Rank #10: HS 004: Best Tips for Creating a Homeschool Daily Schedule by Pam Barnhill
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
Rank #11: HS 100: How to Enjoy Homeschooling… (Just Because We Can!) by Sarah Mackenzie
In my earliest days of homeschooling, I had ideas about what our homeschool would actually look like.
You know what I mean… right?
And then we actually started homeschooling. And it just never looked quite like that initial vision.
Listen or read more at https://readaloudrevival.com/jbwc/
Mar 23 2018
Rank #12: HS 154: Remembrance and Grammar with Cindy Rollins
- The idea of anchoring or tethering our children to a cultural heritage.
- What are some Morning Time elements that help to convey this cultural heritage.
- How Cindy handles the aspects of our heritage that are not positive or admirable.
- The connection between language and memory and how language helps form relationships with ideas.
- How technology is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to our efforts to be people who practice Remembering.
Apr 09 2019
Rank #13: HS 115: Don't Fail Your Kids: 10 Life Skills Kids Need Before They Graduate by Dachelle McVey
The oldest just graduated from high school. For the last year, while preparing for him to leave the nest and live on his own, my husband and I began to realize we may have failed him when it came to essential life skills he needed to survive. We spent 17 years educating him, providing for him, making sure he was well-rounded and knew how to play most sports. But, we failed him on some of the simplest of tasks that we took for granted. Don’t fail your kids like we almost failed our son! Here are 10 life skills for teens who will soon have to navigate the world without their parents.
Listen or read more at https://www.hidethechocolate.com/life-skills-for-teens/
Jul 06 2018
Rank #14: HS 040: The Hardest Parts of Homeschooling (That no one likes to talk about) by Alicia Hutchinson
I watched the other moms from the basketball team laugh about a joke I didn’t get. Something about the school counselor or someone who forgot to bring treats for the class party–again. It stings a little, being the outsider. We’re beings created to feel like we belong to a group of people.
I love homeschooling, I’m not saying I want to give that up just to get the joke, but it’s worth noting that there are things people don’t tell you when you start homeschooling–the hard stuff no one wants to mention.
Listen or read more at http://www.aliciahutchinson.com/2016/03/the-hardest-parts-of-homeschooling-that/
Jan 27 2017
Rank #15: HS 098: Our Morning Meeting: 6 Steps to a Low Stress Homeschool by Dachelle McVey
I am not a morning person. My kids are not morning people. Unfortunately, my husband IS a morning person. This became very apparent when we all went on a week-long homeschool field trip. My husband would wake early, run to the gym, and return to the hotel very chipper — and talkative (ugg!).
Listen or read more at https://www.hidethechocolate.com/homeschool-morning-meeting/
Mar 09 2018
Rank #16: HS 035: What Homeschool Moms Really Want for Christmas by Pam Barnhill
It’s that time of year. Time to get ready for Christmas. Homeschool moms are making angel costumes, dusting off the Baby Jesus and setting up the nativity. We are hanging our stockings, stirring up some egg nog, and singing “Joy to the World.” And like everyone else, we are making our Christmas list too. I, myself, have been both a bit naughty and a bit nice this year — after
Homeschool moms are making angel costumes, dusting off the Baby Jesus and setting up the nativity. We are hanging our stockings, stirring up some egg nog, and singing “Joy to the World.” And like everyone else, we are making our Christmas list too. I, myself, have been both a bit naughty and a bit nice this year — after
We are hanging our stockings, stirring up some egg nog, and singing “Joy to the World.” And like everyone else, we are making our Christmas list too. I, myself, have been both a bit naughty and a bit nice this year — after
And like everyone else, we are making our Christmas list too. I, myself, have been both a bit naughty and a bit nice this year — after all I am a homeschool mom in need of grace. But I am making my list anyway with
But I am making my list anyway with hope that St. Nicholas will soon be here. Here are a few things that are on it. I’m thinking they might be on yours as well.
Listen or read the rest at: http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/what-homeschool-moms-really-want-for-christmas/
Dec 23 2016
Rank #17: HS 060: The Hack That Will Simplify Your Homeschool For Good by Pam Barnhill
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
Rank #18: HS 150 Manners in Morning Time: A Conversation with Jamie Erickson
On today's episode of the podcast we are joined by Jamie Erickson from The Unlikely Homeschool to talk about how she uses Morning Time as a forum to teach her kids manners.
In the show we get a glimpse into Jamie's Morning Time including:
- What makes Morning Time a good setting for teaching manners.
- What kinds of topics have she covers in her Morning Time manners lessons.
- What are some of Jamie's favorite resources for teaching manners in Morning Time.
- What fruit she has seen from her efforts to intentionally work on manners with her kids.
Join us as we explore this very practical way to use our Morning Time habit.
Mar 12 2019
Rank #19: HS 002: Why Do You Do What You Do, Homeschool Mom? by Pam Barnhill
Recently I took part in an online conversation with homeschool moms about the value of cursive writing and whether it should be taught in a homeschool. It was a polite, but lively conversation and a number of people weighed in on the topic.
The most surprising things about it, was that instead of relying on their own family goals or the latest research on the subject, so many families were basing their decision to teach cursive or not on the whims of the public school.
"They don't learn it any more in the schools in our town" and "My friend who is a teacher says..." were common refrains That got me to pondering. If pressed, many homeschooling families can succinctly spell out why they homeschool.
Homeschooling is tough; it is likely someone won't be homeschooling long past the first few months of eight-year-old math angst, without that knowledge of purpose and conviction.
In addition, most homeschoolers can explain quite well why they follow a specific homeschooling philosophy. Whether they are Charlotte Mason because they believe in a broad, liberal arts education for even the youngest child, or are Unschoolers because they believe you can't learn anything by coercion, they have thought enough about the philosophy before taking it on to know why they wear the label.
Where I see a lack of forethought on the part of homeschoolers is in thinking about the whys of their day-to-day subjects and schedule. Much thought and deliberation goes into the purchase of curriculum, yet how much thought goes into the idea of why even buy curriculum to do a subject in the first place?
Listen for the rest...
May 24 2016
Rank #20: HS 099: Six Homeschool Morning Time Myths and Why They Are Just Not True by Pam Barnhill
About five years ago the days in our homeschool were simply learning math facts, phonics, and letter formation. Yawn.
Sure we read a picture book or two, but I had a two-year-old who sapped all the energy I used to have for putting together elaborate unit studies. In addition my kids had informed me in no uncertain terms that they wanted nothing to do with making another lapbook thank.you.very.much.
Listen or read more at https://ihomeschoolnetwork.com/homeschool-morning-time-2/
Mar 15 2018