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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

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Rank #4 in Education for Kids category

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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.

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By EricLevi - Dec 01 2019
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I totally binge listened to these wonderful ladies on a 6 hour drive to Valencia! Thankful for WiFi so I could download even more episodes for the return drive! I finally feel like if I decide that homeschooling is the path for us that I can tackle it with confidence!

LOVE the sisters!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By mamabearof3cubs - Nov 20 2019
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These ladies have helped change our lives. Between this and the Wild +Free podcast, I’ve found the courage and inspiration to homeschool my children. These wonderful ladies make homeschooling seem not so daunting and within the realm of possibility. I’m always laughing throughout the podcast, because they’re having a good time and it’s just fun! Thank you!!! I love this podcast and recommend it to every homeschooling mama I know!!!

iTunes Ratings

348 Ratings
Average Ratings
327
13
3
4
1

Fun and Focused

By EricLevi - Dec 01 2019
Read more
I totally binge listened to these wonderful ladies on a 6 hour drive to Valencia! Thankful for WiFi so I could download even more episodes for the return drive! I finally feel like if I decide that homeschooling is the path for us that I can tackle it with confidence!

LOVE the sisters!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By mamabearof3cubs - Nov 20 2019
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These ladies have helped change our lives. Between this and the Wild +Free podcast, I’ve found the courage and inspiration to homeschool my children. These wonderful ladies make homeschooling seem not so daunting and within the realm of possibility. I’m always laughing throughout the podcast, because they’re having a good time and it’s just fun! Thank you!!! I love this podcast and recommend it to every homeschooling mama I know!!!

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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.

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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Summer Bonus Episode: What we're buying for fall

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The sisters are checking in to let you know what they've been reading, what their kids have been reading, and how fall planning is going. Hint: It's kind of not yet.

Plus, they're sharing a new favorite resource, Epic!, which is like the Netflix of kids books, you guys! They're offering a coupon code to all of you to try it for FREE - so listen for the details, or head to our site to - thehomeschoolsisters.com.

Jul 31 2017

1hr 22mins

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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

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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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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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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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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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Episode 81: Getting Started with Nature Study with Cindy West

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The sisters are so thrilled to welcome Cindy West to this episode.

Cindy is a homeschool mom of three who has loved nature pretty much her whole life, and now creates fantastic products and classes to help parents learn about nature with their kids.

Cindy, Cait and Kara discuss easy ways to add intention to nature walks, how Cindy's own homeschool nature study has developed over the years and what to do about nature journaling if you have a kiddo who really wants their trees to look like trees ... wink. 

This one is for parents new to nature study, those who want to beef-up their outdoor time, and even those who don't think they are "nature" types, i.e., one of the sisters ;)

Oct 22 2019

1hr 8mins

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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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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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Episode 29: Hyggeschooling: The Sisters Get Cozy

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Hygge is everywhere right now - you know why?

It's awesome!

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.

This episode is sponsored by Raddish Kids! Get kids of all ages cooking with a Raddish Kids subscription. The kitchen is definitely the tastiest place to learn, and Raddish helps kids explore math, science, culture, and more. Use the code PODCAST for $15 off a 6- or 12-month membership. Head to Raddish Kids to download a free lesson.

Nov 21 2017

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Episode 58: Hyggeschooling 2: Electric Light Boogaloo

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The sisters are back with Season 6, and they're talking one of their very favorite topics - Hyggeschooling!

Listen as the sisters talk cozy homeschooling, building atmosphere, and adding twinkle lights everywhere! This episode will inspire you to put on your warmest socks, pour everyone some hot chocolate and actually enjoy February.

Then head over to their site, thehomeschoolsisters.com, and download their new Hyggeschooling Toolkit.

Feb 05 2019

1hr 6mins

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Episode 48: The Big, Bad Math Episode with Kate Snow

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Sisters - it's here! The big, bad math episode!

Cait and Kara have been wanting to do a math episode for so long, but they wanted to be sure to talk to an expert who would bring the knowledge, but also put your heart at ease.

So this week, they are interviewing Kate Snow of Kate's Homeschool Math. Kate is a Harvard grad, a teacher, a curriculum creator, the author of 5 books, and she's also a mom who has taught math in her own home, so she knows the unique challenges of homeschool families.

Pour yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee or tea for this one - and keep your ears open at the end - there's an opportunity to ask YOUR biggest math questions!

Oct 02 2018

49mins

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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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Episode 26: Looking Back: What we've learned

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The sisters are hopping in their homeschool time machine today and looking back on what they've learned.

Listen in as Cait and Kara talk about how they got started homeschooling, what they would have done less of and what they would have done more of, and hear how they're applying what they've learned to their homeschools now.

Come reminisce with the girls!

This episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a free book when you go to www.audibletrial.com/sisters

Oct 10 2017

1hr 1min

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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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Episode 70: Quiet Joy: Introverted parenting (and homeschooling) with Jamie Martin

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This sisters are joined this week by long-time friend Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool!

Jamie has written a new book that is THE guide for introverts and for helping extroverts understand introverts better: Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt and Quiet Joy.

Learn about why introversion is a super power, how to make homeschooling work when you need frequent recharge time, and why to put on pants every day! ;)

Apr 30 2019

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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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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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Episode 36: Q&A: Reading Aloud Through Interruptions

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This week the sisters are talking about reading aloud, and what to do when you have a kiddo with a lot of questions! ;)

From audiobooks to note-taking to snacks, Cait and Kara shares some ideas for keeping everyone on track, and enjoying read-aloud time together.

And to get a FREE audiobook, go to audibletrial.com/sisters

Feb 27 2018

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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

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Episode 81: Getting Started with Nature Study with Cindy West

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The sisters are so thrilled to welcome Cindy West to this episode.

Cindy is a homeschool mom of three who has loved nature pretty much her whole life, and now creates fantastic products and classes to help parents learn about nature with their kids.

Cindy, Cait and Kara discuss easy ways to add intention to nature walks, how Cindy's own homeschool nature study has developed over the years and what to do about nature journaling if you have a kiddo who really wants their trees to look like trees ... wink. 

This one is for parents new to nature study, those who want to beef-up their outdoor time, and even those who don't think they are "nature" types, i.e., one of the sisters ;)

Oct 22 2019

1hr 8mins

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Q and A: Choosing a homeschool convention or conference

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Do you need to go to a homeschool conference or convention?

Nope! In fact one of the sisters has never been to one!

But, if you'd like to attend one or the other, this is the episode for you. Cait + Kara break down the differences between conferences and conventions, what to look for a in a conference and how to find one that's a good fit.

Plus, the sisters spill the beans with a major announcement about where they will be speaking TOGETHER this year!

Oct 15 2019

33mins

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Episode 79: Your Math Questions, with Kate Snow

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Kate Snow of Kate's Homeschool Math Help is back! And this time, she's answering listener questions.

Kate - a Harvard grad, full-on smarty and possible math fairy brings her signature mix of calming support and deep math knowledge to this episode. She addresses what to do about math if you're brand new to homeschooling, how to know if your child really "gets" a math concept and more.

This one is especially good for the math-phobic  - so get cozy and let Kate put your anxious soul at ease.

Oct 08 2019

58mins

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Episode 78: Roadschooling, Boatschooling and Beyond

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If you've ever dreamt of hitting the road (or open water!) with your family, this episode if definitely for you.

The sisters are joined by Celeste Orr of Wandering Nation and Togetherness Redefined to talk about the ins and outs of traveling as a homeschooling family.

Cait and Kara are asking your questions - how to homeschool in a tiny space, how to function without going to the library weekly and without a co-op and the BIG one - how do you keep everyone getting along when you are all together 24/7 in an RV!

So bring your wanderlust - even if you don't plan on traveling full-time soon, this episode of full of ideas for your next roadschool vacation plus how to make your time together count.

Oct 01 2019

46mins

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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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Episode 76: You're the boss, not the curriculum

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If you ever feel like you're not measuring up to the curriculum, this is the episode for you.

Cait and Kara talk are breaking down common curriculum worries, and how to make your resources work for you. Remember - you are in charge, and there are so many ways to homeschool - you shouldn't feel bad all the time!

So pour a cup of coffee or tea, and get ready to take charge of your days.

Sep 17 2019

36mins

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Episode 75: Don't Wet Your Plants: The Sisters are back with homeschool traditions

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The sisters are back! And in the first episode of Season 7, they're sharing back-to-school and last-day-of-school traditions. Plus, how do you celebrate when you are a learning all the time family?

Cait + Kara also catch everyone up on their summers, plants and more!

Sep 10 2019

37mins

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Episode 74: Poolside Professional Development III

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It's here sisters - tons of book ideas for you, plus your permission slip to read outside this summer!

Whether you hit the pool, the campground, or the backyard while your kids jump on the trampoline, Cait + Kara are sharing some books they hope to tackle during "summer break."

This is their third Poolside Professional Development Episode. Make sure you check out the first and second installments!

The sisters are going on break for a bit. They'll be back with new episodes in in the fall. Stay Sweet. See You Next Year and Love Ya Like a Sis!

May 28 2019

59mins

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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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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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Episode 71: Morning Time (and a new book!), with Pam Barnhill

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In this episode, the sisters are celebrating a book birthday with friend Pam Barnhill. Her new book Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning with Purpose and Peace is available for sale TODAY!

Get your copy here

The sisters are sharing this replay episode from last year - one of their most popular episodes so far.

Tune in to learn all about Morning Time, plus all about Pam’s book, Better Together

May 07 2019

37mins

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Episode 70: Quiet Joy: Introverted parenting (and homeschooling) with Jamie Martin

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This sisters are joined this week by long-time friend Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool!

Jamie has written a new book that is THE guide for introverts and for helping extroverts understand introverts better: Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt and Quiet Joy.

Learn about why introversion is a super power, how to make homeschooling work when you need frequent recharge time, and why to put on pants every day! ;)

Apr 30 2019

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Episode 69: Q & A: How to squeeze in one-on-one time

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The sisters are chatting one-on-one time this week ... How to get it when you're homeschooling and together ALL THE TIME, why it's valuable and what you can do when this just isn't the season for it.

Cait and Kara share simple ideas for one-on-one time at home or when you just have a few minutes and how to make the most of the time we get together.

Apr 23 2019

39mins

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Episode 68: Meeting Our Kids' Emotional Needs (and beyond)

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In this episode, Cait + Kara address a common question they get from parents - how to meet their children's emotional needs, and how to deal with issues like anxiety and more while homeschooling.

With plenty of candor, the sisters are their own experiences with this issue and how they've navigated rough patches (and beyond) with their own children.

Apr 16 2019

51mins

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Episode 67: Methods and Philosophies (and why you don't need them)

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Today the sisters are chatting about methods and philosophies and why you don't necessarily need to choose one in order to homeschool.

Cait + Kara share their own experiences, and about learning this lesson the hard way - one of them even got booted from a group! (Wait until you hear the reason).

The sisters also talk about finding support if you don't choose a strict method to follow.

Apr 09 2019

48mins

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