Rank #1: HS 146 Julie Bogart: The Homeschool Experiment
Today on the show I am joined by homeschool veteran and writing guru Julie Bogart. Part of our veteran's series, Julie has graduated five kids and now helps homeschool families the world over not only with writing skills through her Bravewriter program but also with how to homeschool bravely through her Homeschool Alliance and her new book The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life.
In this conversation we chat about Julie's fond memories of homeschooling, what she did well, her biggest homeschool regrets, and she shares tons of wisdom on how to be true to yourself in your homeschool.
Rank #2: HS 124: How to Homeschool and Still Get (Most) Things Done by Pam Barnhill
Be proactive, not reactive. You know you are going to have good days and bad days.
We’ve been talking the past couple of weeks about how we might be the ones sabotaging our homeschools. We also discussed the importance of having our attitudes ordered rightly because someone might be watching.
But what does this look like in the day to day of our home? We have meals to cook, errands, appointments, and a house to clean. And then there are the unexpected problems that come up in our week.
Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/proactive-homeschooling/
Rank #3: HS 004: Best Tips for Creating a Homeschool Daily Schedule by Pam Barnhill
I wish I could tell you that I have the formula for the perfect homeschool day, but sadly I do not. All I know for sure is that there are no two homeschool days that are exactly alike and whatever you plan, it will often not go exactly as planned.
Yes, having a plan in place is important. If we don’t, the overwhelming nature of the task before us will paralyze us. So here are my best tips for creating a daily schedule that inspires you to get things done.
Rank #4: HS 073: Secrets about Schedules by Mystie Winckler
Does the word schedule make you break out in hives? Do you picture yourself harried and deflated at the end of a day on a schedule? Maybe for you, like me, that’s a vivid memory, not a theoretical picture.
There’s a lot of visceral reaction against schedules in the homeschool world, and I totally get why. I mean, can I schedule diaper blowouts and my doorbell ringing and the toddler pulling an open bag of powdered sugar onto herself? Where does that go in the schedule?
Listen or read more at https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc034
Rank #5: HS 171: Stories of an Unschooling Family with Sue Elvis
This episode from the archives is from our Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Methods and it was a delight to record three years ago. I loved chatting with my old friend, Sue Elvis who blogs at https://www.storiesofanunschoolingfamily.com/ and has a new book out called Curious Unschoolers.
Sue unschools her large family where they focus on doing their own projects, relationships, and trusting the child.
For more information and the show notes visit https://pambarnhill.com/unschooling.
Rank #6: HS 003: Loop Scheduling vs Block Scheduling - Which is Right For Your Homeschool? by Pam Barnhill
Can I answer this question with a question? (No, not that question -- another one.) What do you want to accomplish with your homeschool schedule? Which scheduling method you use depends on what you are trying to accomplish in your homeschool, because both types of schedules lend themselves well to accomplishing very different goals. Block scheduling is used to organize your homeschool subjects in such a way that you are doing fewer of them at any given time. This allows you to focus deeper on fewer things throughout the day, have less anxiety because you are tracking less at any given time, and go more deeply by spending more time on a subject. Loop scheduling on the other hand is a way for you to reduce the stress in your homeschool that comes from skipping or missing subjects because they are assigned to specific days. Loop scheduling doesn't really allow you to do more or less in your day -- just not be upset by which thing you should do next. Let's take a look at a few examples of both to see how this plays out. Listen to hear the rest...
Rank #7: HS 081: How to Homeschool Preschool and Love It
Homeschooling preschool doesn't have to be complicated. It took me at least one child to figure that out, but once I did we enjoyed our preschool days so much more. Have a listen!
Rank #8: HS 134: Homeschool Hacks for Juggling Multiple Kids by Pam Barnhill
I’m not going to lie. Having multiple people in the room all at once is often the hardest part of homeschooling. Harder than choosing curriculum. Harder than keeping up with the laundry. Harder than teaching math. (I know, right?)
Not only are you dealing with personalities and relationships but also with multiple levels and multiple subjects. And it never fails that everyone seems to need you all the time and all at once.
Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/juggling-multiple-kids/
Rank #9: HS 078: How to Have a Successful Morning Time from the Very First Day by Pam Barnhill
When my family started doing Morning Time my kids were little and it wasn’t quite the homeschool buzz word it is now. There was very little Morning Time pressure in those days — we just liked learning together.
Now, it seems that everywhere you turn people are talking about all the riches they are doing in Morning Time. Which is great — except when it starts to stress people out.
Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/successful-morning-time/
Rank #10: HS 060: The Hack That Will Simplify Your Homeschool For Good by Pam Barnhill
Chaos is not my thing. Not that anyone really likes it, but some most folks roll with the punches better than I do.
The kids are yelling. The dog is tracking mud through the kitchen while he yips incessantly at said children. A pot is boiling over on the stove.
And in the midst of this I am supposed to be teaching reading, or math, or the kings and queens of England. I struggle.
Oh, I really do. You too?
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/homeschool-procedures/
Rank #11: HS 162: Planning by Personality Type with Mystie Winckler
Have you ever wondered how your personality type might impact your approach to homeschool planning?
On today's episode of the podcast we have a fascinating glimpse at how your Meyers-Briggs functions can have an affect on how you plan, what you plan, and how you work a plan. Homeschool personality guru, homeschool grad, and homeschool mom Mystie Winckler joins me for this very revealing conversation.
Rank #12: HS 040: The Hardest Parts of Homeschooling (That no one likes to talk about) by Alicia Hutchinson
I watched the other moms from the basketball team laugh about a joke I didn’t get. Something about the school counselor or someone who forgot to bring treats for the class party–again. It stings a little, being the outsider. We’re beings created to feel like we belong to a group of people.
I love homeschooling, I’m not saying I want to give that up just to get the joke, but it’s worth noting that there are things people don’t tell you when you start homeschooling–the hard stuff no one wants to mention.
Listen or read more at http://www.aliciahutchinson.com/2016/03/the-hardest-parts-of-homeschooling-that/
Rank #13: HS 112: How Three Lists Can Save Your Homeschool… And Your Sanity by Pam Barnhill
I got an email this morning that almost made me break out into hives.
It was from a popular homeschool planning company that was touting their ready-made homeschool plans. Now having done this homeschool mentor thing for a number of years I know that people really want plans that are already made — after all we sell ready-made Morning Time plans for just those folks (and I use them myself!!).
Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/lists-for-homeschool/
Rank #14: HS 083: Motivate Your Kids by Teaching Them to Have a Growth Mindset by Marianne Sunderland
If you’ve been around the Homeschooling With Dyslexia web site or Facebook page for long, you know how I love to learn about learning. Since I learn completely differently than 7 of the 8 kids that I homeschool, you could say it is a bit of a necessity. Good thing I have learned to enjoy it!
Listen or read more at https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/motivate-kids-growth-mindset/
Rank #15: HS 164: Big Family Homeschool Planning by Lynna Sutherland and Heather Tully
Planning for one or two homeschool kids is challenging enough, but planning for school with six or more? Now that is a Herculean feat. But never fear, we have some mamas on the show today who have been doing that for a number of years.
Lynna Sutherland (mom of 8) and Heather Tully (mom of 10) join me today to discuss the ins and outs of big family homeschool planning -- what's different than regular planning, where to combine, and how to meet the needs of all.the.kids. Enjoy!
Rank #16: HS 150 Manners in Morning Time: A Conversation with Jamie Erickson
On today's episode of the podcast we are joined by Jamie Erickson from The Unlikely Homeschool to talk about how she uses Morning Time as a forum to teach her kids manners.
In the show we get a glimpse into Jamie's Morning Time including:
- What makes Morning Time a good setting for teaching manners.
- What kinds of topics have she covers in her Morning Time manners lessons.
- What are some of Jamie's favorite resources for teaching manners in Morning Time.
- What fruit she has seen from her efforts to intentionally work on manners with her kids.
Join us as we explore this very practical way to use our Morning Time habit.
Rank #17: HS 002: Why Do You Do What You Do, Homeschool Mom? by Pam Barnhill
Recently I took part in an online conversation with homeschool moms about the value of cursive writing and whether it should be taught in a homeschool. It was a polite, but lively conversation and a number of people weighed in on the topic.
The most surprising things about it, was that instead of relying on their own family goals or the latest research on the subject, so many families were basing their decision to teach cursive or not on the whims of the public school.
"They don't learn it any more in the schools in our town" and "My friend who is a teacher says..." were common refrains That got me to pondering. If pressed, many homeschooling families can succinctly spell out why they homeschool.
Homeschooling is tough; it is likely someone won't be homeschooling long past the first few months of eight-year-old math angst, without that knowledge of purpose and conviction.
In addition, most homeschoolers can explain quite well why they follow a specific homeschooling philosophy. Whether they are Charlotte Mason because they believe in a broad, liberal arts education for even the youngest child, or are Unschoolers because they believe you can't learn anything by coercion, they have thought enough about the philosophy before taking it on to know why they wear the label.
Where I see a lack of forethought on the part of homeschoolers is in thinking about the whys of their day-to-day subjects and schedule. Much thought and deliberation goes into the purchase of curriculum, yet how much thought goes into the idea of why even buy curriculum to do a subject in the first place?
Listen for the rest...
Rank #18: HS 091: 25 Ways to Rule Your Homeschool by Katrina Oldham
Being a mom is tough work. Being a homeschool mom is crazy tough work! Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned homeschool mom, these 25 practical tips and words of encouragement will keep you trekking along in your homeschooling journey with your chin up!
Listen or read more at http://rulethisroost.com/25-ways-to-rule-your-homeschool/
Rank #19: HS 154: Remembrance and Grammar with Cindy Rollins
- The idea of anchoring or tethering our children to a cultural heritage.
- What are some Morning Time elements that help to convey this cultural heritage.
- How Cindy handles the aspects of our heritage that are not positive or admirable.
- The connection between language and memory and how language helps form relationships with ideas.
- How technology is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to our efforts to be people who practice Remembering.
Rank #20: HS 034: How to Homeschool Consistently by Mystie Winckler
Have you ever started off your day by watching a movie, turning on the television, mindlessly clicking around Facebook, or skimming your online news feed?
Does it affect your mood? We’re fooling ourselves if we say it doesn’t.
I know I am tempted – and often give in to the temptation – of checking my email and “catching up” online first thing in the morning. Even if I get up before the kids and take a walk and read my Bible, if I then open up the laptop and lose myself online while the kids are getting up and having their breakfast, it does not help my mindset.
It does not help me get the day rolling. How we begin our days sets the tone for the whole day. What we put first communicates most to our kids and to ourselves, even unconsciously.
Listen or read the rest at http://www.simplyconvivial.com/2016/homeschooling-consistently