Rank #1: 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."
Rank #2: Episode 1: We're Out of Bread: Homeschool Overwhelm
Cait and Kara discuss homeschool overwhelm and why moms often feel pulled in so many directions. Cait gives us the details about her Year of Nope, and the sisters share their favorite tips and tricks for getting back on track when things get bumpy.
Rank #3: Summer Bonus Episode: What we're buying for fall
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.
Rank #4: Episode 9 - Starting Small: Rhythm and Routines
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!
Rank #5: 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.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: Episode 5: You Don't Have to Do it All: Getting Started with Homeschooling
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!
Rank #9: 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!
Rank #10: Episode 74: Poolside Professional Development III
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."
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!
Rank #11: 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! ;)
Rank #12: 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
Rank #13: 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
Rank #14: Episode 29: Hyggeschooling: The Sisters Get Cozy
Hygge is everywhere right now - you know why?
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.
Rank #15: Episode 26: Looking Back: What we've learned
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!
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Rank #16: 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!
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: Episode 19: Screens - Monsters or Manageable? with Mary Wilson
The sisters get questions about screens all the time! So in this episode, they're phoning a friend - The amazing Mary Wilson from NotBefore7!
Mary has a great strategy in her home, and she has found peace with this topic, so you're going to love hearing what she has to say.
Cait and Kara chat with Mary about all the most common screen questions they receive: How much is too much? How do you find balance between "learning" screen time and "play" screen time? Is technology a monster? Or manageable?
And finally, is homeschooling moving more toward technology? If so, how can we embrace that?
There is so much wisdom from Mary in this episode! It's like a deep breath for worried parents!
Rank #19: Episode 18: Strengths, Weaknesses and Homeschooling
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!
Rank #20: Bonus Episode! Fall Haul: Curriculum Resources We're Loving
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!