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Homeschooling IRL

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These witty podcasters like to poke sticks at the conventional and with heaps of grace they will confront a few of the sacred cows that Christian homeschoolers like to worship. Their love for the Gospel will remind their listeners on every episode of the freedom that Christ pours out in generous amounts. Grace Wins!

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These witty podcasters like to poke sticks at the conventional and with heaps of grace they will confront a few of the sacred cows that Christian homeschoolers like to worship. Their love for the Gospel will remind their listeners on every episode of the freedom that Christ pours out in generous amounts. Grace Wins!

iTunes Ratings

213 Ratings
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Great podcast

By ValZoeOli - Mar 07 2019
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Thanks for sharing this podcast. It’s very helpful. We are planning to homeschool our kids and we are clueless where to start. It feels so overwhelming. Listening to your podcast helps us a lot.

An answered prayer!

By Born in CO - Mar 28 2018
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I am about two years into homeschool and started to feel completely burned out last week. I began to think I was crazy for thinking I could “do this.” Then, I stumbled upon the Homeschooling IRL episode about homeschool burnout. Kendra and Fletch’s candor and experience suddenly gave me a second wind. I never write reviews about anything, but I had to go out of my way to say THANK YOU!!! Please keep recording, as long as it’s what the Lord wants for you, because you are blessing other peoples’ lives!

iTunes Ratings

213 Ratings
Average Ratings
197
9
2
4
1

Great podcast

By ValZoeOli - Mar 07 2019
Read more
Thanks for sharing this podcast. It’s very helpful. We are planning to homeschool our kids and we are clueless where to start. It feels so overwhelming. Listening to your podcast helps us a lot.

An answered prayer!

By Born in CO - Mar 28 2018
Read more
I am about two years into homeschool and started to feel completely burned out last week. I began to think I was crazy for thinking I could “do this.” Then, I stumbled upon the Homeschooling IRL episode about homeschool burnout. Kendra and Fletch’s candor and experience suddenly gave me a second wind. I never write reviews about anything, but I had to go out of my way to say THANK YOU!!! Please keep recording, as long as it’s what the Lord wants for you, because you are blessing other peoples’ lives!
Cover image of Homeschooling IRL

Homeschooling IRL

Updated 4 days ago

Read more

These witty podcasters like to poke sticks at the conventional and with heaps of grace they will confront a few of the sacred cows that Christian homeschoolers like to worship. Their love for the Gospel will remind their listeners on every episode of the freedom that Christ pours out in generous amounts. Grace Wins!

Rank #1: Best of HIRL: Homeschooling Multiple Ages

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This week on this replay episode of Homeschooling IRL:  How does a homeschooling parent possibly educate older kids while at the same time juggling preschoolers, toddlers, and babies? Is it even realistic to think we could do a good job while spinning so many homeschool plates?

On this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, Fletch and Kendra talk about how they’ve managed to homeschool 8 kids, how to structure a day so that schooling actually gets done, and how mom can survive and thrive during the demanding years of homeschooling multiple ages.

EPISODE TIMELINE
:50 Fluff – LOST, Father’s Day, Publishing, Summer Vacation
7:25 Homeschooling Multiple Ages, Part 1
18:16 – Homeschooling Multiple Ages, Part 2
33:35 The show is over. Goodbye!

SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
Three Essential Keys to Homeschooling Multiple Ages
Preschoolers and Peace Website

Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
All of them

Music clips used on this episode:
None

SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -TimeforLearning.com

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Apr 03 2019

38mins

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Rank #2: Sex Ed For Parents, Part 1 – HIRL Episode 115

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DISCLAIMER: WE DEAL WITH MATURE TOPICS ON THIS EPISODE; DECIDE IF YOUR LITTLE ONES SHOULD LISTEN ALONG.

On previous episodes we have encouraged you to talk with your kids about sex, but how do you have that conversation if you don’t know how to talk about it as a couple?

How do you have emotional conversations out loud with your spouse? How do you voice dissatisfaction or discouragement with your sex life? What do you do when you are too embarrassed to talk about intimate subjects with each other?

We tackle a troubling question from a listener who wants us to kickstart the conversation about talking to your spouse about sex. Joining us are some of our favorite guests, Barrett and Jenifer Johnson, authors of The Talks. They walk with us through this tricky topic and hopefully we will all find new tools for beginning a conversation about sex with your spouse.

EPISODE TIMELINE
:57 – Fluff : Weddings, Graffiti, Circle by Disney, Olympics, Bahama Homeschooling
9:10 – Sex Ed For Parents Introduction
15:10 – We don’t know how to talk about sex. Are we normal?
31:41 – We need help! Relational help/outside help
42:05 –  The show is over. iTunes Reviews. Letters from listeners. Goodbye!

SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
[affiliate links]

Circle – The Family Router
Intimate Issues – Book mentioned on this episode
Sex and Marriage
– download from INFO for Families
The Talks – Barrett and Jenifer’s book

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
How Do I Talk To My Kids About Sex? – Episode 16
Let’s Talk Sex…Again – Episode 21

Music clips used on this episode:
None

SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS:

Please visit our sponsor: K-12 Education

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.


LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

The post Sex Ed For Parents, Part 1 – HIRL Episode 115 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 15 2016

47mins

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Rank #3: What’s The Deal With Charter Schools – HIRL Episode 123

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So, what’s the deal with charter schools? We received an email from a listener who works in a local charter school that serves homeschooling families, and he has been surprised by the suspicion homeschoolers tend to bring to the table when the conversation turns to charters.

Yes, we’re having that conversation, and we’re having it with a husband and wife who have worked in and homeschooled through the charter school system in California. What are the pros of homeschooling with a charter school? When should you not?

If you think we didn’t cover the reasons why homeschoolers might choose not to go with a charter, hang on. We did! That conversation is in the bonus content, which you can access by subscribing (it’s free).

EPISODE TIMELINE

:50 – Fluff : College Homecoming, Real Life Teaching, Fletch Loves Apples 
6:42 – Intro to What’s The Deal With Charter Schools
10:45 – Interview with Mike/Teresa Corsaut
35:24 – Goodbye and Bonus Content, The Show Is Over

SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
None

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
School Days by Chuck Berry – Buy It Here on ITunes

SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS:

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Use code HIRL


LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

The post What’s The Deal With Charter Schools – HIRL Episode 123 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 17 2016

40mins

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Rank #4: Organizing Your Homeschool – HIRL Episode 61

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As we head into another homeschool year, it is so easy for many of us to get behind before we even get started. If we are not careful, we can get buried in the details and never get our heads above water.

On this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, we dive into the discussion about organizing your homeschool. You know that we are not afraid to talk about potential pitfalls in both the uber-restricted and chaotic homeschool environments. Along the way, we share some of our favorite apps and technology that we have at our fingertips to help us organize our homeschool year.

Give a listen and let us know what works well as you organize your homeschool year.

Timeline
:51– Introduction
8:20 – Homeschool Organization, Part One
22:43 – Homeschool Organization, Part Two

Show Notes

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.

How to Organize Your New Year

Tell Your Time (affiliate link)

Evernote

Cozi

Squarespace Note

FTTT

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

The post Organizing Your Homeschool – HIRL Episode 61 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 27 2015

36mins

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Rank #5: Homeschooling is a Buzzkill Remix – Episode 83

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Wait! This is NOT a rebroadcast of an old episode! Homeschooling is a Buzzkill has been one of our most popular downloads, so we decided to sit down and record a completely new episode. After more than two years of podcasting, it was time to discuss again one of our favorite topics: how homeschooling can be a “buzzkill”.

The first Homeschooling is a Buzzkill was one of our favorite episodes to record, but as we listened to it we both thought the actual recording just stunk. Since then we have new equipment and a few new things to say, so join us again for a brand new fun and lively discussion as we re-record how homeschooling can be a buzzkilll!

EPISODE TIMELINE
1:23 – Introduction/Show

SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
Hope Shifting – by Jim Applegate

Previous Episodes Mentioned:


Music clips used on this episode:

SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS:

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.


Check out these cool HomeschoolingIRL Coffee Tumblers from HIRLer Cyndi Newman

LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

The post Homeschooling is a Buzzkill Remix – Episode 83 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 28 2015

35mins

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Rank #6: Best of HIRL: I Love Homeschooling, But I’ll Tell You Its Flaws

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On this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, Fletch and Kendra discuss what it’s like when your homeschool student abandons your family’s faith and lifestyle.

How can this happen in a Christian home where you have created a sheltered homeschool environment? Christian homeschooling is designed to protect our kids. Shouldn’t our children turn out perfect?

To answer that question, we interview a young man who has done that very thing, but here is the best part: after being raised in a rigid environment which he ultimately rejected, he is still a huge proponent of  home education and thinks his mom is one of the best teachers around!

Homeschooling parents, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! We may challenge you to rethink about how you listen to your kids, how to look for and complement their strengths, but mostly we will remind all of us how important it is to just point them to Jesus.

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

Visit here to learn more.

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Apr 17 2018

55mins

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Rank #7: I Love Homeschooling But I Am Totally Disorganized – HIRL Episode 32

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So you love the idea of homeschooling, but you are totally disorganized? Is this a deal killer? Should you pack up your kids and send them off to the local school house where they will be kept on track by rigid teaching plans that maintain scope and sequence?

It’s time for us all to get real with one another. Is your lack of organization thwarting your efforts at homeschooling? At the end of the day, the week, the month, are you constantly playing catch-up and putting out the fires caused by disorganization? If so, this is the episode you will want to listen to.

What about the other side of this issue? As a busy productive homeschool parent, have you forgotten along the way that relationships need to come before agendas? Are you such a task-master that you forgot the children God gave you to develop loving relationships with?

Organization in the homeschool can be both a blessing and a curse. On this episode of Homeschooing In Real Life, join Fletch and Kendra as they get transparent with their listeners and have the discussion out loud about balancing the need to bring organization into your family and preventing that same organization from destroying relationships.

Episode Timeline
1:49 Introduction to the podcast
3:32 Sponsored by Grapevine Studies
4:56 Studio Discussion Part 1 – Where is the balance in homeschool organization?
14:40 Studio Discussion Part 2 – Organization brings freedom.
18:09 Studio Discussion Part 3 – Advice for homeschooling dads.
28:06 Studio Discussion Part 4 – Organization resources.
30:28 Listener questions/answers

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

The post I Love Homeschooling But I Am Totally Disorganized – HIRL Episode 32 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 08 2014

37mins

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Rank #8: How To Be A Good Sister – HIRL Episode 119

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Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters . . . except when they’re not.

Sister relationships come with their own unique dynamics and drama. On this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, the three Fletcher sisters join Kendra in the studio for a lively chat about what’s difficult about being so close in age, what’s fun about sharing a room, and the best way to encourage each other. Grab your daughters and listen along!

EPISODE TIMELINE
:50 – Fluff : Camping, MightyJoe visits, Avoid Being Hated
6:46 – Sisters in the studio
16:23 – Wrap up and goodbye

SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
Jim Gaffigan – Camping – mentioned in the podcast.

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
None

SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS:

Please visit our sponsor: K-12 Education

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order. Use code HIRL


LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

The post How To Be A Good Sister – HIRL Episode 119 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 19 2016

20mins

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Rank #9: Avoiding Spiritual Abuse – HIRL Episode 154

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Spiritual abuse has been alive and well in the homeschool community for years. From early leaders like Bill Gothard/ATI to the deceptive charm of Doug Phillips and the Vision Forum/Family Integrated Church movement, homeschoolers often fall prey to the abuse of misguided leaders.

Joining Fletch and Kendra for the last full episode of Homeschooling in Real Life is Julie Anne Smith from the Spiritual Sounding Board website to discuss openly how the church and homeschoolers still fall into the trap of spiritual abuse.

This just might be our most important episode ever!

SHOW NOTES:

Julie Anne Smith – Spiritual Sounding Board

Recommended Resources:

None

Get Social With Us:

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
None used

SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS:

Please visit our sponsor Creative QT for 10% off any order through June 2017.
Use code IRL10


Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.
Use code HIRL


Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

The post Avoiding Spiritual Abuse – HIRL Episode 154 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 19 2017

46mins

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Rank #10: Homeschooling With Special Needs – HIRL Episode 49

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Homeschooling your special needs child can be tricky and challenging. It can also be one of the biggest hidden blessings in your family. Are you homeschooling a child who has special needs? Guess what? So are Fletch and Kendra.

Join us on they episode as we get on the phone with Wendy Hilton of Hip Homeschool Moms to discuss the challenging journey and unexpected joys of homeschooling a child with special needs.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
“All Night Long” by Lionel Richie – Purchase Here

The post Homeschooling With Special Needs – HIRL Episode 49 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 27 2015

44mins

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Rank #11: HomeschoolingIRL Episode 4: Homeschooling Will Save Your Kids, Part One

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Homeschooling Will Save Your Kids?

Most of us won’t say outright that we think homeschooling will save your kids, but many of us pack this idea in the back of our minds: if we only do it right, our kids will turn out to be good, godly adults.

Is that true? Can we trust that homeschooling will save your kids?

On this episode, we share our own homeschool journey, where we think we got it right, where we know we got it wrong, and then we’ll bring some levity to the whole show by recommending some things we love and a new segment called “Q and A with K and A.”

 Join us for Homeschooling IRL Episode #4, where we peel back the layers of our own hearts and expose the areas where we may be relying on our own good works to deliver our kids to the finish line.

SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 4 – HOMESCHOOLING WILL SAVE YOUR CHILDREN, PART 1

HIRLers Treasure Chest:

Dollar Shave ClubDollar Shave Club
Listerine Pocket Packs

Q&A With K&A:

Evernote

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

The post HomeschoolingIRL Episode 4: Homeschooling Will Save Your Kids, Part One appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 09 2013

31mins

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Rank #12: Best of HIRL: The Educated Parent

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We home educators spend a lot of time educating our kids. But what about us? Are we taking the time to learn more, discover more, and be curious?

This episode of Homeschooling in Real Life is dedicated to you, the homeschooling parent. We want to see you grow and thrive in your role as parent educator, and to that end we’re talking about the reasons to educate yourself as well as the how-to. Let’s get learning!

SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:

Hoopla – Library digital borrowing

Khan Academy – Free education

Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer

MIT Open Courseware

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:

Episode 91 – Is Me Time Necessary?

Music clips used on this episode:
School Boy Heart by Jimmy Buffett – Buy it here on iTunes

Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Change is in the Air Movie

This story embraces the imperfections that make us human, offers a way to set ourselves free and asks us all to take a good, long look at the wild birds in the sky.

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Oct 15 2018

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Rank #13: HomeschoolingIRL Episode 3: Homeschooling, Halloween and Harry Potter

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Homeschooling, Halloween, and Harry Potter

Homeschooling, Halloween, and Harry Potter? Are we nuts?

Well, yes, but that didn’t stop us from tackling two hot-potato topics that homeschoolers traditionally love to argue over. You, too?

In this episode, Fletch and Kendra talk about Halloween and the opportunity to love the places where God has put our families. We discuss fear and the life of the believer, and then Fletch elaborates about a character in the Harry Potter series that taught him a valuable lesson.

We promise if you listen, you won’t turn into a newt. You won’t be made fun of or persuaded to change your mind (unless the Holy Spirit does that), and we won’t send you out into the neighborhood looking for the scariest costume this year.

We just thought we’d put it all out on the table, with a big bowl of candy corn just to make sure we keep it sweet. Join us?

Show Notes for Episode #3

70 Vintage Halloween Costumes That Were Really Creepy, from Stuff You Should Know

From Christians and Halloween, Grace to You:

Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).

Dolores Umbridge Speech (YouTube clip) from Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

For more information about this podcast or to connect with Fletch and Kendra directly you can follow HomeschoolingIRL  on Facebook and Twitter. Fletch blogs regularly on theMangoTimes and is a monthly contributor to the Homeschool Post. Kendra can be found on either of her blogs Preschoolers and Peace or on her author site, KendraFletcher.com.

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Oct 25 2013

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Rank #14: When Mom Loses Control Of Her Mouth – HIRL Episode 55

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Spicy words? Uncontrolled tongues? What do you do when Mom is the one to lose control of her mouth and damages the ones she loves with sharp words? One of our faithful HIRLers called in asking us to answer these questions, so we dove right in.

Join us as we open up about our own struggles with losing our temper with our kids. What do we do when we lose control of our mouth and unleashes on those around us. This is a transparent episode about a difficult topic we have not conquered in our own home. Join us!

Timeline
1:02 – Introduction
10:24 – Listener Call-In
12:09 – Spicy Words

Show Notes

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.

Music clips used on this show:

“Scheming Weasel” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

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Jun 15 2015

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Rank #15: When Your Homeschool Owns You – HIRL Replay

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When Cindy West reached out to us and asked to talk about something she’s seeing in the homeschool community at large, we jumped at the opportunity. And it’s this: Some homeschoolers feel they must adhere so closely to a particular homeschool philosophy that they have lost all their homeschool joy. Essentially, their homeschools are owning them.

So what’s the remedy? Tune in to “When Your Homeschool Owns You” to find out!

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Recommended Resources:

Cindy West can be found here: Our Journey Westward.

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Dec 19 2017

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Rank #16: Depression and the Homeschooling Mom – HIRL Episode 60

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As homeschooling moms, some subjects are very difficult to talk about, especially if we are feeling pressure to put on a facade that our lives are polished and life at home is picture-perfect. Struggling with depression in the homeschooling community can very quickly lead to shame and loneliness. Let’s face it folks, the pressure to have everything all together can make the struggle that much more difficult and the Christian homeschooling world does not always create a safe environment to be real and transparent.

On this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, we dive into another difficult discussion about depression among homeschooling moms. Joining us is Dr. Melanie Wilson, a Christian psychologist and homeschooling mom of 6. Together we discuss the signs of depression, how to find help for yourself and how you can minister to other struggling moms.

This is another tough topic and another chance for you as a listener to let us have the conversation first. But please, don’t let it stop there, if you are a mom (or dad) struggling with depression, please reach out and let us point you in the direction to find some help for you.

Timeline
2:47– Introduction
11:48 – Interview with Dr. Melanie Wilson, Part One
29:43 – Interview with Dr. Melanie Wilson, Part Two

Show Notes

Our Guest on this episode: Dr. Melanie Wilson, Christian Psychologist.
Melanie has a podcast called The Homeschool Sanity Show.
She also blogs at www.psychowith6.com

Please visit our coffee sponsor: Caroline’s Coffee for 10% off any order.

The Art of Manliness Blog – Leashing the Black Dog – A series about male depression

Music clips used on this show:

“Sound of Silence” Simon and Garfunkel (Buy It Here On iTunes)

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

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Jul 20 2015

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Rank #17: I Love Homeschooling, But I’m Not A Good Teacher – HIRL Episode 33

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So you don’t have a teaching credential and you’ve never been to college. Does this make you unqualified to teach your kids at home? Continuing our series of “I Love Homeschooling But…”, we get real with the idea of feeling inadequate to teach your children and discuss, “I Love Homeschooling, But I’m Not A Good Teacher.”

Join us on this episode as we sit down with two guests: private school principal and homeschool father, Steve Wilkins, who works through the question of homeschool teacher capability with us. What does it mean to be a successful teacher to your kids?  You just might be surprised by his answer.

After listening to Episode 31: I Love Homeschooling But I Hate Teaching Math, we were contacted by HIRLer Paige Hudson from ElementalScience.com about teaching science at home. We asked Paige to join us and share some very practical answers to the questions about feeling inadequate, unprepared, and ill-equipped as a teacher when it comes to the subject of teaching your kids science.

Episode Timeline
2:19 Introduction to the podcast
7:52 Studio Discussion Part 1 – Where is the balance in homeschool organization?
13:50 Interview with Steve Wilkins
28:08 Interview with Paige Hudson
39:41 WrapUp.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

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Dec 22 2014

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Rank #18: 5 Ways To Rock Your Homeschool – HIRL Episode 24

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Need some motivation? Encouragement? Tips? Join us for 5 Ways to Rock Your Homeschool! We originally titled this one “The Practical Episode”,  and that is exactly what we’re talking about. Let’s go back to school with some tips that will hopefully bring you some freedom and joy this year!

After 17 years of homeschooling, we’ve picked up a few ideas that have helped us as we’ve homeschooled our 8 children. We’ll share those ideas with you and encourage you as you kick off the school year. Let’s do this!

Find our complete show notes for this episode on the HomeschoolingIRL website.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

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Aug 18 2014

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Rank #19: Christ in the Chaos – HIRL Episode 34

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Kimm Crandall was the perfect homeschooling mom: she had her curriculum chosen carefully, her children lined up quietly and obediently in the church pew, and her home-ground wheat bread delivered piping hot from her oven.

She was doing everything “right”. Still, God seemed angry with her, and she felt as if nothing she did would make Him happy with her. As she polished up the outside, she was dying slowly on the inside, bound up by her own good works and suffocating under the lack of grace within the homeschooling community she was a part of.

It’s an important and tender interview, peppered with humor and self-effacing realism. But the beautiful truth here is that Kimm boldly and bravely points us back to the Jesus, the only One who redeems every mess, every moment, and every bit of chaos.

Episode Timeline
3:50 Introduction to the podcast
15:06 Studio Discussion Part 1 – When homeschooling turns from blessing to burden
22:20 Interview with Kimm Crandall, Part 1 – From normalcy to chaos
34:38 Interview with Kimm Crandall, Part 2 – Finding Christ in the chaos
48:12 WrapUp.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

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Jan 05 2015

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Rank #20: I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Homeschool Conventions – HIRL Episode 43

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What comes to mind when you think of homeschool conventions? Most people either love them or hate them!

In the span of a few days at a homeschooling convention, you can easily get overwhelmed by the huge vender halls and rows upon rows of curriculum choices. The workshops span topics all over the homeschooling spectrum, not to mention discussions about parenting, marriage and general life.

On this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, Fletch and Kendra are talking homeschool conventions, considering both the pros and cons of attending one. You’ll might find that many of the points made echo with you, and you also might be surprised to discover ways in which you are able to minster or be ministered to at your nearest homeschool convention.

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

“Whiskey on the Mississippi” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Mar 16 2015

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