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Called To Homeschool

Called To Homeschool

By Karyn & Meg
Like every other part of parenting, no homeschool manual exists. But our podcast is the next best thing! Together, let's conquer your fears and help you see that you are the amazing homeschool mom you were called to be. We're your cheerleaders and new best friends, and we can't wait to join your journey. Join us each week as we share our homeschool hacks, sanity tips, and lots of laughs while empowering you to be your best self, even while teaching math. Learn more at
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Episode #97 Detox from Public School
Detox from public school?  This episode dives into what the detox phase is, what it could look like, and how to create your homeschool instead of creating public school at home. See show notes at
February 24, 2021
Episode #96 Why Is That a Problem?
Has your kid ever told you that they hate a certain subject? Or are you worried because they aren't as excited about learning as you would hope they would be? Then you are going to want to listen to today's episode where you will learn four great tips of what to do when you start to feel that it's a problem. See show notes at
February 17, 2021
Episode #95 Tips for Helping Kids with Anxiety
If your kids are struggling with anxiety, this is a great episode to listen to.  Karyn's husband, Rich, a mental health therapist, gives some great advice to help you through this challenge!  See show notes at
February 10, 2021
Episode #94 Force Negates Learning
Did you know that scientist have been able to prove that when you force learning, that it doesn't make it into your long term storage? Not only that, but as you try to force learning, it effects you as well. You are not going to want to miss this episode diving into why to stop forcing learning and what to do instead. See show notes at
February 3, 2021
Episode #93 Connect With Your Kids
February is around the corner and we want to help you connect with your kids on a deeper level. We're giving you fun things you can do throughout  February  to help you. See show notes at
January 27, 2021
Episode #92 This Too Shall Pass
Are you having multiple bad days, and it feels like  those days won't ever end. You are going to want to listen to this episode to hear about some ideas of helping you get through even the hardest of days. See show notes at
January 20, 2021
Episode #91 Educational Subscription Boxes
If you want something a little extra in your homeschool, check out some of the fun educational subscription boxes that Karyn recommends.  It's a great way to change things up in your homeschool and make things a little more fun.  Plus, it takes some of the stress of teaching off of you!  See the show notes for links at
January 13, 2021
Episode #90 Compliment Not Compare
Do you ever get in the comparison trap? Do you worry that your homeschool doesn't look like it should? In this episode we talk about ways  to get out of the comparison trap. See show notes at
January 6, 2021
Episode #89 What Do You Want to Create in the New Year?
Setting goals for the new year? Knowing what you want to create helps you know what path to take. If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter what you do. See  show notes at
December 30, 2020
Episode #88 Educating the Whole Child
Charlotte Mason taught that we should educate the whole child, but how does one do that? Tune in this week to  hear some helpful tips. See show notes at
December 23, 2020
Episode #87 Well-Educated Heart
We are diving into the Well-Educated Heart philosophy. We'll tell you what it is and how to implement it into your family. See show notes at
December 16, 2020
Episode #86 Making Holiday Learning Fun
If you are looking for a great way to make learning fun AND include the holidays, you are going to want to check out today's episode!!  See show notes at
December 9, 2020
Episode #85 #LightYourFamily
We are giving away an awesome  calendar full of ideas  to bring your family  closer this holiday  season.  Tune in to  find out how you can #LightYourFamily.  See show notes at
December 2, 2020
Episode #84 The Covenant Land
This awesome episode brings in special guest Elizabeth Little the creator of Covenant Land. Karyn worked with Elizabeth (and an amazing team of people) to create Covenant Land, a family study guide to teach families about principles of liberty, the Constitution and faith. Plus it is all a non-profit company donating all proceeds to help stop child sex trafficking.  You won't want to miss this! See show notes at
November 25, 2020
Episode #83 Art Curriculum Ideas
Tune in this week to hear some great ideas of different art curriculum ideas. See show notes at
November 18, 2020
Episode #82 Geography Curriculum Ideas
We're headed back to giving curriculum ideas and this week we are diving into geography. Listen in to hear ideas of how to make your geography more exciting. See show notes at
November 11, 2020
Episode #81 How Homeschooling Has Changed Me
Recently Karyn found a journal entry from her first year of homeschooling. She realized how much she has grown and changed and we wanted to share how we have both changed from homeschooling. See show notes at
November 4, 2020
Episode #80 The Family Planner
Your family is your business. a successful business reviews, plans, and works as a team to solve problems. Listen to this episode to learn how to apply those same principles to your family. See show notes at
October 28, 2020
Episode #79 Science Curriculum Ideas
We interviewed some of our favorite Moms to find out what curriculum they have loved and some they haven’t loved with science. See show notes at
October 21, 2020
Episode #78 Math Curriculum Ideas
We interviewed some of our favorite Moms to find out what curriculum they have loved and some they haven’t loved with math. See show notes at
October 14, 2020
Episode #77 Language Arts Curriculum Ideas
We interviewed some of our favorite Moms to find out what curriculum they have loved and some they haven’t loved with Language Arts. See show notes at
October 7, 2020
Episode #76 History Curriculum Ideas
We interviewed some of our favorite Moms to find out what curriculum they have loved and some they haven’t loved with history. See show notes at
September 30, 2020
Episode #75 Curriculum Over the Years
This is a meaty episode. Karyn and Meg share some of their curriculum they have used over the years. They cover History, Language Arts, Science, and Math.  See show notes at
September 23, 2020
Episode #74 Family School
The next few weeks we'll be talking about different options of curriculum. Today's guest, Maren, tells us her experience with an online option from the Family School from American Heritage.  See show notes at
September 16, 2020
Episode #73 Is Your Curriculum All Wrong?
The biggest question we have received this summer is about curriculum. What is the best curriculum? What are the different homeschool styles? Listen to this episode to see if your curriculum is all wrong. See show notes at
September 9, 2020
Episode #72 Teaching Your Children About Liberty
We are excited to have another guest on the podcast today, Connor Boyack, who is a freedom fighter and the author of the Tuttle Twins series. He tells us why he decided to write the Tuttle Twin series, and how you can easily teach your children about government and economics. See show notes at
September 2, 2020
Episode #71 Educating the Mind, the Heart, the Body, and the Soul.
This week we get a taste of Meg's presentation for the conference. She talks about the importance of educating the mind, the heart, the body, and the soul. See show notes at
August 26, 2020
Episode #70 How to Make Your Homeschool More Fun
Karyn is sharing some amazing ideas of how to make your homeschool more fun, and the best part, most of her ideas are free!! See show notes at
August 19, 2020
Episode #69 Parents Who Know- Strategies to Address Porn in Your Family
Are you concerned about your children coming across pornography?  Want some tips to combat it?  This episode will help you through all of your questions!  Today's podcast features Rich Tripp a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with many clients struggling with these issues. He details tips for parents to help their kids avoid or overcome pornography in their lives. See show notes at
August 11, 2020
Episode #68 Standing Up for What You Believe
There is so much chaos going on in the world right now. How do you teach your children to stand up for what they believe? See show notes at
August 5, 2020
Episode #67 Creating Your Homeschool Vision
When you don't know what it is you want, then it doesn't matter what you do. Creating a homeschool vision helps you to know what to keep in your life and what it is that you can throw out. See show notes at
July 29, 2020
Episode #66 Planning Your Homeschool Year
Are you ready to get your homeschool year planned? Then this is the episode for you!! Listen in to hear some great ideas of how to plan your homeschool year. See show notes at
July 22, 2020
Episode #65 An Alternative to College
This week I am interviewing the CEO of Praxis, Cameron Sorsby. Praxis is an alternative to college. It is a year long program that mentors people to be successful in their career. See show notes at
July 15, 2020
Episode #64 What if I Have to Homeschool This Fall?
Traditional schooling may not look the same this fall. Are you one of the Moms who are thinking that they may want to homeschool instead of distance learning or send your kid to school with all the CDC restrictions? If so, this episode is for you. We cover all the basics for the forced homeschooling Mom. See show notes at
July 8, 2020
Episode #63 Ask and Ye Shall Receive
What is it that you need? A lot of times we are struggling or overwhelmed and we forget to ask. You're going to want to listen in to hear some ideas to give you confidence to ask for what you need. See show notes at
July 1, 2020
Episode #62 Should Homeschooling be Banned?
This episode is in response about to the article, The Risk of Homeschooling, written in the Harvard Magazine. To say the least, we couldn't disagree with the article more. Listen in to hear our rebuttal to the article. See show notes at
June 24, 2020
Episode #61 Educational Games
Summer time is a perfect time to break out the games. We love mixing school up with different educational games. Listen to this week's episode to hear some of our favorites! See show notes at
June 17, 2020
Episode #60 Floors and Ceilings
Today we are talking to the amazing Brooke Snow. Brooke is a habits and identity coach. She has an amazing tool called floors and ceilings. Helping you to feel successful while homeschooling, and to create momentum to become better and better. See show notes at
June 10, 2020
Episode #59 Homeschooling Kids with Dyslexia
If you are homeschooling a child with dyslexia and trying to figure it all out, this is the episode for you!  In this episode, Karyn is joined by her friend Paige Anderson who has dyslexia and is raising several of her own kids who also have it.  She shares some amazing tips and advice to help parents out.  See the show notes with resources mentioned at
June 3, 2020
Episode #58 Teaching Your Kids Obedience
How to teach your kids obedience, that is the million dollar question. This episode is perfect for any mom with children. You don't want to miss it. See show notes at
May 27, 2020
Episode #57 Helping Kids Develop a Love of Learning
Do you want to know a trick to make your school day go smoother? Help your kids develop a love of learning. It is a skill that will bless their entire life. See show notes at
May 20, 2020
Episode #56 Homeschool Graduate
This is a special episode with Meg and her oldest son, Ethan. Ethan is graduating this year, and Meg interviewed him to see what his thoughts were of his homeschool experience. See show notes at
May 13, 2020
#55 A Mother's Influence
Sometimes among the dirty diapers and dishes the job of motherhood can feel like an unappreciated task. We want to remind you the power of your influence in your home. You are doing amazing things!! See show notes at
May 6, 2020
#54 Homeschooling Kids With ADHD
Homeschooling with a child with ADHD? Then you need to listen to this episode. We have different opinions of whether to medicate or not, so you'll get to hear both sides, and we hope that this episode will help you make the best decision for your family. See show notes at
April 29, 2020
#53 Homeschooling Through Hard Times
Everyone is going to go through something hard during their homeschool journey. Whether it's a new baby, illness, or pandemic!! Listen in to some ideas of how to keep homeschooling even through hard times. See show notes at
April 22, 2020
#52 Teaching Kids Emotional Health
A lot of us understand the importance of taking care of our physical health, but do we understand how important it is to take care of our emotional health as well? Listen in to this episode to hear how you can teach your kids about their emotional health. See show notes at
April 15, 2020
#51 Simple Science Activities
In this episode Karyn shares some simple science activities kids love! She also explains why science experiments are great for kids and the importance of using multiple senses in learning!   See show notes at
April 8, 2020
#50 The Art of Boredom
When did boredom become a bad thing? In this episode, we share with you the art of being bored. Why boredom is a good thing, how to transition off of so much technology, and what to do when your kids come to you and say, "I'm bored!" See show notes at
April 1, 2020
#49 Spring Learning Ideas
Sometimes it gets tricky to homeschool when it starts to warm up outside. Listen to this episode to find some fun ways to keep doing school with a spring/Easter theme. See show notes at
March 25, 2020
#48 Connecting with Your Kids
Connection is everything.  Having a connection with our kids helps them to feel safe and helps us to homeschool without so many tears. See show notes at
March 18, 2020
#47 When Your Spouse Isn't on Board with Homeschooling
This week we're going over some ideas if your spouse isn't on board with homeschooling. We give ideas to help if your spouse has concerns, and how you can address them.  See show notes at
March 11, 2020
#46 Teaching Your Kids Habits
Teaching your kids great habits is going to help your homeschool run much smoother. We share five habits from Charlotte Mason, and how and why to incorporate it into your school. See show notes at
March 4, 2020
#45 Levels of Liberty
If you are ready to really dive into creating an amazing home, and giving your kids some skills that will bless them throughout the rest of their lives, then Levels of Liberty is for you! It's a system of teaching your kids how to govern themselves, and giving them step by step skills to reach their potential. See show notes at
February 26, 2020
#44 St. Patrick's Learning Ideas
St. Patrick's Day is coming up! In this episode we share some fun ideas of great activities you can do with your kids. See show notes at
February 19, 2020
#43 14 Ways to Say I Love You
This is a special episode about connecting with your spouse. It's so easy in the hustle and bustle of homeschooling to forget about dad. In this episode we're giving you four tips on how to have a happier marriage AND 14 ways to say I love you. See show notes at
February 12, 2020
#42 Extra Curricular Activities
Do you worry that your kids will miss out with extra curricular activities because they're not in the school system? Homeschoolers have tons of opportunities to get out and try different activities. Sometimes it can almost feel overwhelming because there are so many choices. Listen in as we share some ideas, and some help for you as you make the choice of how much extra curricular you want in your life. See show notes at
February 5, 2020
#41 Fun Winter Learning Ideas
Do you get stuck in the winter blues, or need a little extra help with your school during those long, cold months? Listen in as we share some fun ideas to help make your winter a little more fun. See show notes at
January 29, 2020
#40 Consistency Not Perfection
Perfection doesn't exist. Trying to make your homeschool perfect is an easy way to get burned out. Just try to be consistent. Listen in as we give you ideas on how to get over the perfectionist trap, and why consistency will serve you over perfection. See show notes at
January 22, 2020
#39 Homeschool Help
Are you feeling lost with your homeschool? In this episode we share with you Meg's new program, Mama's Members, that is a great resource for all your homeschool needs. See show notes at
January 15, 2020
#38 Battle of the Brains
This is a listeners request to hear about Meg's end of the term Battle of the Brains. We share what it is, why it got started, and what it looks like. See show notes
January 8, 2020
#37 Goal Setting
We're ending the year by preparing you for the next one. This episode is a great resource of a different way to look at goals, and how to make them a lasting change. See show notes at
December 18, 2019
#36 Keeping the Holidays Simple
How in the world do you homeschool all December AND create a magical Christmas? You don't. In this episode, we give you permission to keep the holidays simple, and centered on Christ. See show notes at
December 11, 2019
#35 Books for Teens
In this episode we share some of ours and our teens favorite books. From classics to popular fiction, and some stuff in-between, we cover a bunch of different styles of books that your teen readers will enjoy! See show notes at
December 4, 2019
#34 Books for Tweens
Are you ready to hear another great list of book suggestions for your tween? We each share some of our favorite books that our kids have absolutely loved. See show notes at
November 20, 2019
#33 Books for Young Readers
You asked for it, and so here it is!! The next few episodes are going to cover some of our favorite books for your kids to read. In this episode we share some of our favorite books for kids in Kindergarten through fourth grade. See show notes at
November 13, 2019
#32 No Yell November
Are you ready to join us in the no yelling revolution? Heck yes you are! In this episode we are going to talk to you about why we yell, the downside of yelling, and how you can overcome this habit. As an added bonus you can join the support group on Facebook, just look up #NoYellNovember or send Meg an email to join. See show notes at www.calledtohome.com32
November 6, 2019
#31 Making Math Fun
Does this feel like the impossible goal, making math fun? In this episode we are going to give you some simple tips to help any child find a way to enjoy math. See show notes at
October 30, 2019
#30 Teaching Kids About Money
We have another awesome guest on the show today, Meg's husband, Johnny. He is a financial guru and is sharing some of his wisdom. He shares a couple of simple principles of finances and then we share how we teach them to our kids. See show notes at
October 23, 2019
#29 Morning Devotional
How do we study religion in our homes? In this episode we talk about how we start our day with our morning devotional. How we study scriptures, and ways to help even the youngest of kids understand gospel principles. See show notes at
October 16, 2019
#28 Nature Study
In this episode we cover some simple ways to get outside and observe nature. It doesn't have to be grand or complicated to be successful. See show notes at
October 9, 2019
#27 Minute With Mom
Have you heard Meg talk about Minute With Mom and you've wondered what in the world is that? Well today, all your questions will be answered. Listen in as we talk about many different ways that you can connect with your kids throughout the school day. See show notes at
October 2, 2019
# 26 Do You Need A High School Diploma?
We have recently had several listeners ask us whether you need a High School diploma. We not only answer that question, but we open up a lot more possibilities for your High Schoolers. See show notes at 
September 25, 2019
#25 Teaching Kids About Sex
This episode is a bit different from the normal ones. Karyn interviews a special guest, her husband!  Rich Tripp is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Sex Therapist.  In this episode he walks through teaching kids about sex. This is a difficult subject for many parents to tackle!  In this episode we cover the importance of you teaching your own kids so they learn based on your values. We discuss the messages given in the media vs. what we want our children to understand, miseducation that happens, and what to teach at different ages. Check the show notes for a bunch of book recommendations for parents. Find the show notes at 
September 18, 2019
#24 The Homeschooling Working Mom
We wanted to dedicate a whole episode to the working Mom. More specifically, the mom who works outside of the home. We interview our dear friend Candace, who has a thriving photography business, about juggling homeschool, career, and everything else that Moms do. See show notes at
September 11, 2019
#23 Homeschool Organization
How in the world does one have microscopes, papers, pens, and books lying around the house and stay organized? Do you have to have a school room to keep your sanity? We answer all these questions and more in this great episode of getting organized. See show notes at
September 4, 2019
#22 Faith, Not Fear
Listen in as we discuss why we feel afraid, how it can help us, or hinder us, depending on how we use it. Most Mamas feel some fear with homeschooling; having faith helps navigate through those challenges. See show notes at
August 28, 2019
#21 Reluctant Readers-How to get Your Kids Excited About Reading
What do you do if you have a reluctant reader? In this episode we share some great tips on how to encourage your kids to get excited about reading. See show notes at
August 21, 2019
#20 Homeschooling Through Sickness
What do you do when you or your kids are sick? What about if Mom or kid has a chronic illness? It is possible to homeschool through both of these. In this episode we share Karyn's story of homeschooling through cancer and share ideas of what to do on sick days. See show notes at
August 14, 2019
#19 Homeschooling With a Baby or Toddler
Is it possible to homeschool with a newborn or toddler? We think it is, and we will tell you why and give you some tips on how to make it work in this episode. See show notes
August 7, 2019
#18 First Day of School Traditions
In this episode we share some of our favorite first day of homeschool traditions. It looks a little different each year, but we like to make it special, so they feel excited about starting their homeschool year. See show notes at
July 31, 2019
#17 Mom Support Group
One of the things that has helped both of us on our journey with homeschooling, is our mom support group. In this episode we talk about what a mom support group is, why having one is so important, and how to start your own. See show notes at
July 24, 2019
#16 What I Would Have Done Different
We've learned a lot over the years of homeschooling, and we've made a lot of mistakes. We share with you some of the things that we would have done differently. See show notes at
July 17, 2019
#15 The Importance of Read Aloud
Do you want to know the easiest way to connect with your kids and help them reach their full potential? Read Aloud to them! It's really that simple. In this episode we cover the importance of reading aloud, tips to make it go more smoothly, and we give you some of our favorite books. Find show notes at
July 10, 2019
#14 Homeschool Q & A
This whole episode is answering your amazing questions! We cover some common concerns and give some practical tips of how to be a homeschool boss. To find show notes go to
July 3, 2019
#13 Homeschooling Through High School
Let's get raw and real. Next to socialization, homeschooling through High School usually is the 2nd biggest fear. We get it because we used to have the same fear. Listen in as we share our perspective on High School and why we feel passionate about continuing to homeschool through High School. You can find the show notes at
June 26, 2019
#12 Homeschooling Through Jr. High (Middle School)
In this amazing episode we talk about the hard topics of emotions and some of the challenges that come with teaching Jr. High aged kids. We cover some of our expectations with them and ways to help them contribute to the family. We also cover how we give them a deeper education. See the show notes at
June 19, 2019
#11 Homeschooling The Elementary Years
This episode covers the broad range of Kindergarten to 6th grade. We cover our routines, the skills we try to teach, and the relationships we work on building, so they are prepared for their teenage years. Find the show notes at
June 12, 2019
#10 Homeschooling Preschoolers
Preschoolers are so much fun to teach because they are so excited to learn. On today's episode we will share with you some great tips for teaching preschoolers as well as some great curriculum ideas. You can find the show notes at
June 5, 2019
#9 When Everything Goes Wrong
It's no surprise that sometimes you are going to have a bad day, or even a really bad day. In this episode we give four different tips to help you survive the worst days of homeschooling and empower you to keep going. Find our show notes at
May 29, 2019
#8 Summer Learning
What does school look like during the summer? Listen in to Karyn and Meg as we share our summer schedule and ways to keep learning through those months. Show notes
May 22, 2019
#7 Getting Off the Conveyor Belt
Homeschool doesn't have to look like the school system. It can be whatever you want to create. Learning can happen anywhere or at anytime through experiences or in books. Allowing your kids to learn while following passions is a great way to give them a love of learning instead of worrying about passing a test. Find the show notes at
May 15, 2019
#6 What About Mom?
It's easy to be so involved with parenting and homeschooling that you forget about taking care of mom. In this episode we give permission to make you a priority. You can still have hobbies, have peace amongst the chaos, take a break when needed, and remember to treat yo'self!! If you're running on empty, you won't have enough in your own tank to be the best you could be. See show notes at
May 8, 2019
#5 Keep It Simple
Do you want how to avoid mom burn out? Keep it simple! This short and sweet episode gives you five tips to keep it simple.
May 1, 2019
#4 100 Ways To Homeschool
If you ask 100 different homeschoolers what their day looks like, you would get 100 different answers. In this episode we talk about what a typical homeschool day looks like for each of us. We also go over some of the most common methods of homeschooling.  Find show notes with resources at
April 24, 2019
#3 Are You Smart Enough To Homeschool?
Do you need a college degree to homeschool your children? Listen as we share Karyn's perspective, who has a teaching degree, and from Meg's perspective, who doesn't have a degree. This episode is all about helping you have confidence to teach your own children, no matter what your education background is. Think of all the things you have already taught your kids how to walk, talk, and so on. And what better way to learn than to learn right with your kids? You can do this.
April 17, 2019
#2 Let's Get Socialization Out Of The Way
Join us this week as we talk about the most common fear of homeschooling, socialization. A common question asked is will my kid be socially awkward if they're homeschooled? We've got your answer! We'll also cover the reality of negative socialization common in schools; why it's important to operate out of love instead of fear, so you'll be able to find solutions instead of focusing on the problem, and ways to find opportunities to be with other families. See show notes at
April 9, 2019
#1 You've Decided To Homeschool, Now What?
Have you been called to homeschool? So have we! Listen in as we share our stories of why we started homeschooling all those years ago. In this episode we'll discuss the importance of finding your why. You'll definitely want to remember your why on those less than glamorous days. We also go over the logistics of how to take your kid out of school. Finally, we'll cover the detox or de-school phase and give you four practical tips to feel confident.
March 16, 2019