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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

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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Episode 37: Creating a Morning Time Routine

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."


5 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 47: Q & A: Our Top 5 Homeschool Essentials

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! 


24 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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

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!


19 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 43: Fall Haul 3: Here We Haul Again

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


28 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 45: What We Don't Do

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.


10 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 86: An Invitation to Slow Down with Katrina Kenison

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!


2 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 84: Hyggeschooling: The Sisters Get Cozy

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.

1hr 3mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 40: Parenting Explosive Kids: A Conversation with Shawna Wingert

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.


14 May 2018

Rank #8

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

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

1hr 12mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 42: Poolside Professional Development: Summer 2018

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!


5 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 61: Q & A: What Led Us to Homeschooling

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


26 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 72: Learning with Little Ones, with Erin Loechner

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.

1hr 7mins

14 May 2019

Rank #12

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

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!

1hr 5mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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

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.


21 May 2019

Rank #14

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

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.)

1hr 10mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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

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! ;)


30 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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

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!


2 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 58: Hyggeschooling 2: Electric Light Boogaloo

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.

1hr 6mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 46: Q & A: Scheduling and Pacing

How do we know how to schedule out our days and months with our kids? And when we have kids of different ages, how much can we teach them together? This week Cait and Kara talk scheduling, pacing, morning time and more!


17 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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

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.


9 Apr 2019

Rank #20