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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

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Rank #12 in Education for Kids category

Kids & Family
Education for Kids
Parenting
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Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.

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Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.

iTunes Ratings

385 Ratings
Average Ratings
360
15
5
4
1

New Homeschool Parents’ Best Friend

By dog_gone07 - May 06 2020
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Cait and Kara are a bright shining light that eases these parents brains in getting started “with this homeschool thing.” They are so open and honest and all the game schooling resources are right up our alley! Thank you guys for being around!

Love em!

By Moesdaddy - Apr 16 2020
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These gals are such a breath of fresh air. As a homeschooling mom to four under eight, they are full of laughter and knowledge I need! Love em!

iTunes Ratings

385 Ratings
Average Ratings
360
15
5
4
1

New Homeschool Parents’ Best Friend

By dog_gone07 - May 06 2020
Read more
Cait and Kara are a bright shining light that eases these parents brains in getting started “with this homeschool thing.” They are so open and honest and all the game schooling resources are right up our alley! Thank you guys for being around!

Love em!

By Moesdaddy - Apr 16 2020
Read more
These gals are such a breath of fresh air. As a homeschooling mom to four under eight, they are full of laughter and knowledge I need! Love em!
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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

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Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.

Rank #1: Episode 37: Creating a Morning Time Routine

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The sisters are chatting with Morning Time expert Pam Barnhill in this episode!

Have you heard about Morning Time? Have you tried it? Or are you wondering how to start a Morning Time Routine in your homeschool?

Tune in to learn all about Morning Time, plus all about Pam's new book, "Better Together."

Mar 05 2018

32mins

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Rank #2: Episode 5: You Don't Have to Do it All: Getting Started with Homeschooling

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In this episode Cait and Kara talk the early days of homeschooling, share tips for getting started and impart their favorite piece of advice - that you DO NOT have to do it all, especially your first year. Listen as they chat about deschooling, finding your tribe and how your house will never be the same, but in a really awesome way. Don't fret if this is your first year - the sisters have got you covered!

Aug 09 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #3: Episode 47: Q & A: Our Top 5 Homeschool Essentials

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What do you REALLY need to homeschool? In this week's episode, Cait and Kara break it down. They each share 5-ish absolute favorite things that have made a huge difference in their homeschools.

Let the sisters know your top 5! Got to homeschoolsisters.com and fill them in in the comments! 

Sep 24 2018

55mins

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Rank #4: Episode 9 - Starting Small: Rhythm and Routines

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One of the most common questions the sisters get is about rhythms and routines. How to start one? How to resume one after a break? What about when your rhythm or routine just is NOT working. Cait and Kara hash it out in this episode and share their tips and ideas. The biggest one? Start small!

Sep 27 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: Episode 43: Fall Haul 3: Here We Haul Again

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The sisters are back for Season 5 of the podcast!

Cait and Kara are talking transitioning to fall, and sharing their 3rd annual Fall Haul, where they chat about what resources and supplies they are loving for the school year ahead.

This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo and Epic! Head to the show notes to learn more: the homeschoolsisters.com

Aug 28 2018

56mins

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Rank #6: Episode 85: Q & A: Strong-Willed Kids and Wiggly Ones

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In this week's episode, the sisters are answering two listener questions - about strong-willed kids and kiddos who need to move.

Cait and Kara have experience with both (um, wink), so they share what has worked in their own homes, book suggestions and ways to keep your kids learning, even if they need tons of movement.

If you feel like you're clashing with a strong-willed child, or you have one that hops up so often that chasing them counts as cardio, this episode is for you!

Nov 19 2019

31mins

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Rank #7: Episode 45: What We Don't Do

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One of the questions the sisters get it a lot is "How do you get it all done?" You know - parenting, homeschooling, work, fancy meals, decorating, house projects, and on and on ...

So in this episode, Cait and Kara are pulling back the curtain and sharing all that they don't do. There's a lot! And they want to hear from you too. Head over to the show notes at thehomeschoolsisters.com to share what you don't do in this season of life.

Sep 10 2018

1hr

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Rank #8: Episode 84: Hyggeschooling: The Sisters Get Cozy

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The sisters are sharing their favorite cozy tips in this hyggeschooling replay!

Hygge doesn’t have a direct translation into English, but the closest word is probably coziness. So in this episode, the sisters are talking twinkle lights, cocoa, books, games, recipes and other ways to slow down your homeschool and embrace the most hyggeligt time of year.

Nov 12 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #9: Episode 86: An Invitation to Slow Down with Katrina Kenison

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Oh sisters! In this final episode of Season 7, Cait and Kara are talking to the author of one of their favorite books - Katrina Kenison.

The sisters and Katrina discuss her book Mitten Strings for God, and how it impacted Cait and Kara as young moms. And they get to find out more about Katrina's philosophy of slowing down, embracing the ordinary and being present with our kids.

This might be a new favorite, sisters, especially as the holidays approach!

Dec 02 2019

50mins

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Rank #10: Episode 40: Parenting Explosive Kids: A Conversation with Shawna Wingert

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The sisters are joined by Shawna Wingert, author of Parenting Chaos, a new book about explosive kids.

The trio chat explosive behavior - what causes it, the judgment surrounding it, and how we as parents can best respond to it.

If you have ever felt hopeless or helpless about your child's behavior, this episode is a must-listen.

May 14 2018

55mins

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Rank #11: Episode 82: Adding Adventure to Your Homeschool, with Greta Eskridge

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The sisters are joined this week by one of their favorite adventurers, Greta Eskridge!

Cait, Kara and Greta talk adventure, a bit about the myth of balance, and Greta's homeschool challenges as an extrovert and Enneagram 7.

She also shares a peek inside her local adventure club, and why she decided years ago to make weekly outdoor excursions a priority in her homeschool.

Plus, you know that Greta has a book on the way, right?! #happydance

Oct 29 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #12: Episode 42: Poolside Professional Development: Summer 2018

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Are you ready to pack your pool bags full of books that will keep you reading all summer long? 

The sisters are back with their book recommendations for the summer!

Cait and Kara share their "Poolside Professional Development" picks - including homeschooling and parenting books - plus their choices for fiction and non-fiction.

If you'd like to try listening to books via Audible this summer, you can get for first book free by going to audible.trial.com/sisters. The sisters love Audible - it's the perfect way to get in a little learning in the car, or listen to your own books while folding laundry, walking the dog, or doing dishes!

Jun 05 2018

41mins

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Rank #13: Episode 61: Q & A: What Led Us to Homeschooling

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Cait + Kara are both unexpected homeschoolers. In fact, it's one of the (many) things that bonded them.

Listen in as they share how they ended up homeschooling their kiddos AFTER sending their kids to preschool programs. In fact, one of them even quit homeschooling for a short time and sent a child back to school before giving homeschooling another shot.

Also, hear a bit about the upcoming virtual Kindred Co. Homeschool Conference on March 8 - a full-day of inspiration and encouragement from the sisters and their pals Alicia Hutchinson and Mary Wilson. 

There is still time to sign up here: https://www.kindredhomeschool.com

Feb 26 2019

42mins

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Rank #14: Episode 18: Strengths, Weaknesses and Homeschooling

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Is it normal for your homeschooler to have strengths and weaknesses in certain subjects? How much should you worry about keeping your child at grade level? Is there a way to know what your child *should* be learning?

This week, the homeschool sisters dive into these questions and offer up some thoughts about the "standards," plus how to keep from worrying all the time. 

They chat about kid quirks, dealing with state requirements, grandma doubts and dad concerns. And mostly, they remind you that all kids naturally develop on their own timelines, so don't fret - you've got this!

Mar 14 2017

58mins

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Rank #15: Episode 72: Learning with Little Ones, with Erin Loechner

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In this episode, the sisters are joined by Erin Loechner, founder of the international online homeschool community for little ones, Other Goose.

Erin and the sisters are breaking down simple homeschooling with kids ages 2-7 - how to make it intentional and fun, without making yourself crazy.

Cait, Kara and Erin discuss common early years questions including what to do when your kids don't like your plans for the day, how much "school" we should expect from little kiddos and Erin even shares her strategy for engaging her toddler while working with her 6-year-old.

May 14 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: Episode 83: Permission to live and homeschool imperfectly, with Melissa Camara Wilkins

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The sisters are joined by author Melissa Camara Wilkins today to talk about her fantastic new book, Permission Granted.

Cait, Kara and Melissa are talking why we so often feel like we need permission in the first place, how releasing ourselves from perfection helps release our kids too, and more. 

Melissa's book is available now wherever books are sold, and it's definitely a Sisters favorite!

Nov 07 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #17: Episode 73: Sibling Stuff (because we're together ALL the time)

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The sibling relationship is unique, especially when we're young and all living together in the same home.

Add homeschooling to that, and it's really vital to have some sibling strategies.

Cait + Kara have called in sibling expert Lynna Sutherland of Homeschooling Without Training Wheels for this episode. Lynna is a mom to 8 and host of the new podcast Sibling Relationship Lab. She also offers sibling courses, devotionals and more through her site.

Tune in to learn how to see our kids as people, get to the bottom of sibling strife, and raise our kids to want to see each other again every year at Christmas.

May 21 2019

56mins

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Rank #18: Episode 77: Meal Planning, Chores and the Urge to Purge

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The sisters are talking homeschool investments in this week's episode - how they meal plan, Cait's new chore chart and the urge to purge.

Cait + Kara get tons of questions about how they get the day-to-day stuff done, how they get their kids involved, and how they feed people who are hungry ALL THE TIME.

Plus, the sisters are both enthusiastic purgers - find out what drives them to rage clean ;) (Hint: It rhymes with bormones.)

Sep 24 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #19: Episode 19: Screens - Monsters or Manageable? with Mary Wilson

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The sisters get questions about screens all the time! So in this episode, they're phoning a friend - The amazing Mary Wilson from NotBefore7!

Mary has a great strategy in her home, and she has found peace with this topic, so you're going to love hearing what she has to say.

Cait and Kara chat with Mary about all the most common screen questions they receive: How much is too much? How do you find balance between "learning" screen time and "play" screen time? Is technology a monster? Or manageable?

And finally, is homeschooling moving more toward technology? If so, how can we embrace that?

There is so much wisdom from Mary in this episode! It's like a deep breath for worried parents!

Mar 27 2017

58mins

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Rank #20: Bonus Episode! Fall Haul: Curriculum Resources We're Loving

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The sisters have been getting lots of questions about planning for the fall. In this episode, Cait and Kara share all of the resources that they are excited about using in the upcoming year. And, with five children and an age range of 5-12 between them, you’re not going to want to miss what they have to say!

Sep 01 2016

1hr 4mins

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Summer Series: Permission to Live and Homeschool Imperfectly, with Melissa Camara Wilkins

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The sisters are joined by author Melissa Camara Wilkins today to talk about her fantastic new book, Permission Granted.

Cait, Kara and Melissa are talking why we so often feel like we need permission in the first place, how releasing ourselves from perfection helps release our kids too, and more. 

Melissa's book is available now wherever books are sold, and it's definitely a Sisters favorite!

Jun 30 2020

1hr 5mins

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Summer Series: Learning with Little Ones, with Erin Loechner

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In this episode, the sisters are joined by Erin Loechner, founder of the international online homeschool community for little ones, Other Goose.

Erin and the sisters are breaking down simple homeschooling with kids ages 2-7 - how to make it intentional and fun, without making yourself crazy.

Cait, Kara and Erin discuss common early years questions including what to do when your kids don't like your plans for the day, how much "school" we should expect from little kiddos and Erin even shares her strategy for engaging her toddler while working with her 6-year-old.

Jun 23 2020

1hr 7mins

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Summer Series: An Invitation to Slow Down with Katrina Kenison

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Cait and Kara are talking to the author of one of their favorite books - Katrina Kenison.

The sisters and Katrina discuss her book Mitten Strings for God, and how it impacted Cait and Kara as young moms. And they get to find out more about Katrina's philosophy of slowing down, embracing the ordinary and being present with our kids.

This is a new favorite!

Jun 16 2020

50mins

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Episode 96: The Gift of Simplicity, with Kim John Payne

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In this very special final episode of the season, the sisters are joined by the author of one of their very favorite shared books, Kim John Payne.

Years ago, Cait + Kara bonded over one of his many books, Simplicity Parenting, and so they are thrilled to welcome him to the show this week.

Kim, Cait and Kara discuss why parents don't need to to be on a constant quest to give their kids more, the gift of boredom and how we can simplify our kids' lives so they can become more who they truly are.

This is a new favorite, sisters!

Jun 02 2020

59mins

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Episode 95: Homeschooling an Only, with Jessica Waldock

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In today's episode, the sisters are diving in to "homeschooling an only" - friend Jessica Waldock's name of teaching one child at home.

The trio discusses unique challenges, how to get alone time,  socialization and co-ops and a few common myths.

This episode isn't just for families homeschooling one child, however, there are plenty of great tips for families of all size, including to be Mom or Dad first.

May 19 2020

55mins

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Episode 94: Taking care of ourselves through a crisis, Vanessa Wright

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In today's episode, the sisters are joined by good pal Vanessa Wright - an amazing, dedicated homeschool mama who is also great at making self-care a part of her routine.

The trio chat why we need self-care more than ever when things are hard, and why it is NOT selfish.

They share how to replenish ourselves in small, busy mom-size increments and what to do if you feel like you are running on empty.

Pour yourself a hot coffee or tea, put your feet up for a bit and listen in - you deserve a minute, mama!

May 05 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 93: Coping right now (with the Kindred Collective crew)

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In this week's episode, Cait and Kara are joined by the other half of the Kindred Collective crew - Alicia Hutchinson and Mary Wilson.

The gals are checking in, sharing what's helping each of them cope + a couple of simple things that are keeping them sane (ish).

Plus the gals talk dealing with disappointment, how to end the year this year, and some Kindred news!

Apr 28 2020

1hr 12mins

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Bonus: Creative Cooking and Meal Planning

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So many of us are feeling stressed about FOOD right now. So in this special bonus episode, the sisters are joined by their friend Samantha Barnes from Raddish Kids.

Samantha is a homeschooling mom and the creator of Raddish - a cooking club and curriculum for kids of all ages.

In this episode the trio is chatting how to get creative with pantry ingredients and dealing with shortages, how to meal plan right now, all the snacking!! and how cooking can bring us together.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 92: Navigating Anxiety, with Colleen Kessler

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The sisters are joined by Colleen Kessler of Raising Lifelong Learners to talk about navigating anxiety with our kids.

They discuss how to handle media, sleep issues and how to manage your own anxious feelings. Cait, Kara and Colleen also talk about homeschooling through a period of intense anxiety.

Plus, Colleen shares her new anxiety tool kit card deck. Pour yourself a tea or coffee and settle in!

Apr 07 2020

1hr 3mins

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The Power of Stories in Hard Times, with S.D. Smith

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In this special bonus episode, the sisters are joined by storyteller and author of the Green Ember series of books, S.D. Smith.

Sam and the sisters chat how stories can help us through times of uncertainty and if it's OK to read hard stories during difficult seasons.

Plus, Cait, Kara and S.D. talk about his newest book, Ember's End available TODAY!

Mar 31 2020

54mins

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Episode 90: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Outside Appointments and More, with Shawna Wingert

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In this episode, the sisters are joined by their "homeschool cousin" and friend Shawna Wingert to talk dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and how to handle lots of outside appointments for yourself or your kids.

Shawna is a special education teacher turned business consultant, and mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs.

So she is the perfect person to address some recent questions about the "Three Ds" and beyond.

Mar 24 2020

1hr 11mins

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Bonus Social Distancing Episode

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Hey sisters!

We may have to socially distance in person right now, but that just means we need podcasts more than ever, right?

So the sisters hopped on to share this informal episode. They're talking how to homeschool during this uncertain time, how to help parents brand new to educating their kids at home, stress and fear, helping our kids manage worries and more.

Cait and Kara definitely don't have this all figured out, but one thing they know for sure is we're in this together.

Mar 18 2020

55mins

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Episode 89: Adding Music to Your Homeschool

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We've got a brand new episode and some big news today! Mary Prather of SQUILT is joining Cait and Kara to talk about why and how to add music to your homeschool. So many of us don't have a music background, but we want our kids to learn about music and be able to pursue it if it interests them - so tune in to hear what Mary has to say! Plus, Kara's book is available March 10 here!

Mar 09 2020

1hr 3mins

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Episode 88: Incorporating Art Into Your Homeschool

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In this episode, the sisters are joined by two special guests - Tricia Hodges and Nana (Lucia Hames) from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels.

The sisters are asking all your questions, from why it's valuable to include art in your homeschool to what to do if your child gets frustrated.

You'll love hearing from this sweet duo!

Plus, Cait and Kara share the details on the upcoming Kindred Conference - sign up by Feb. 19!

Feb 18 2020

54mins

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Episode 87: Q & A: Copywork and Co-ops

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The sisters are back with Season 8!

Listen in as they catch up - they promise this isn't an eye doctor podcast now - and dive into co-ops and copywork.

Are either necessary? When do you need them and when can you do without?

Cait and Kara are sharing thoughts and their own experience!

Feb 04 2020

43mins

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Episode 86: An Invitation to Slow Down with Katrina Kenison

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Oh sisters! In this final episode of Season 7, Cait and Kara are talking to the author of one of their favorite books - Katrina Kenison.

The sisters and Katrina discuss her book Mitten Strings for God, and how it impacted Cait and Kara as young moms. And they get to find out more about Katrina's philosophy of slowing down, embracing the ordinary and being present with our kids.

This might be a new favorite, sisters, especially as the holidays approach!

Dec 02 2019

50mins

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Episode 85: Q & A: Strong-Willed Kids and Wiggly Ones

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In this week's episode, the sisters are answering two listener questions - about strong-willed kids and kiddos who need to move.

Cait and Kara have experience with both (um, wink), so they share what has worked in their own homes, book suggestions and ways to keep your kids learning, even if they need tons of movement.

If you feel like you're clashing with a strong-willed child, or you have one that hops up so often that chasing them counts as cardio, this episode is for you!

Nov 19 2019

31mins

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Episode 84: Hyggeschooling: The Sisters Get Cozy

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The sisters are sharing their favorite cozy tips in this hyggeschooling replay!

Hygge doesn’t have a direct translation into English, but the closest word is probably coziness. So in this episode, the sisters are talking twinkle lights, cocoa, books, games, recipes and other ways to slow down your homeschool and embrace the most hyggeligt time of year.

Nov 12 2019

1hr 3mins

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Episode 83: Permission to live and homeschool imperfectly, with Melissa Camara Wilkins

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The sisters are joined by author Melissa Camara Wilkins today to talk about her fantastic new book, Permission Granted.

Cait, Kara and Melissa are talking why we so often feel like we need permission in the first place, how releasing ourselves from perfection helps release our kids too, and more. 

Melissa's book is available now wherever books are sold, and it's definitely a Sisters favorite!

Nov 07 2019

1hr 5mins

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Episode 82: Adding Adventure to Your Homeschool, with Greta Eskridge

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The sisters are joined this week by one of their favorite adventurers, Greta Eskridge!

Cait, Kara and Greta talk adventure, a bit about the myth of balance, and Greta's homeschool challenges as an extrovert and Enneagram 7.

She also shares a peek inside her local adventure club, and why she decided years ago to make weekly outdoor excursions a priority in her homeschool.

Plus, you know that Greta has a book on the way, right?! #happydance

Oct 29 2019

1hr 12mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

385 Ratings
Average Ratings
360
15
5
4
1

New Homeschool Parents’ Best Friend

By dog_gone07 - May 06 2020
Read more
Cait and Kara are a bright shining light that eases these parents brains in getting started “with this homeschool thing.” They are so open and honest and all the game schooling resources are right up our alley! Thank you guys for being around!

Love em!

By Moesdaddy - Apr 16 2020
Read more
These gals are such a breath of fresh air. As a homeschooling mom to four under eight, they are full of laughter and knowledge I need! Love em!