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Homegrown Sonshine with Alberta Stevens

Homegrown Sonshine with Alberta Stevens

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Welcome to Homegrown Sonshine with Alberta Stevens! A life-giving and culturally diverse community for the intentional home-ed parent.

This podcast is a place where we gather to discuss the arts, the practice, the highs, and the lows of cultivating a wholesome and culturally diverse home education culture for you and your entire family.

I can’t wait to embark on this exhilarating adventure with you!
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Summer Schooling Rituals with Amber Johnston

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Art Study Rituals with Rebecca Jemmett
In this episode, I have the privilege and joy of discussing art study rituals with the talented art historian and home Ed mum of three, Rebecca Jemmett of @meet.the.artists.family. Rebecca and I not only her rituals and practices around cultivating the love of art and artist study at home but; as with all my guests, we also delve into her why home educate journey as well as take a sneak look at some of thevhabits and passion that make her such a well balanced home-ed mum. Drawing from her vast wealth of knowledge, personal Home Ed practice and her recently launched series of comprehensive and diverse range of weekly art study resources, Rebecca lays a banquent of tips, insights and practical how-tos to spark the flames of a vibrant and creative art-loving home atmosphere. So, if you’ve ever wondered how art connoisseurs encourage art and creativity in their homes, then this episode is definitely for you! Do grab your favorite drink and notepads, find comfy seat as we serve yet another a delicious feast of artist/art study gems in today's episode. You can find more information and a detailed list of tips from this episode on the corresponding blog here: https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ I would love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/765110780907740 Other ways to connect: • Instagram https://www.instagram.com/homegrown.sonshine/ • Website https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ • Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/homegrownsonsh1 Resources from this episode Rebecca’s current range of four artist study courses can be found at https://www.meettheartistsfamily.co.uk/courses Other art study resources mentioned include: Homegrown Sonshine’s A Liturgy of Love Morning Time Resource -Artist Study Guide- https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/a-liturgy-of-love-alol-2/ Michael Bird’s Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children's History of Art: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/178067614X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_FZKHQYZDVE0K1RBTH882?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 James Mayhew’s Katie Art book series- James Mayhew Katie 10 Books Bundle Collection Set: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/9444468453/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_5VETYPQATNZJGRK87MSE Poem 1: Stealing The Scream: by Monica Youn, Read by Leah Jemmett Backing Track Music: Reveller, Little Night Thoughts, by Dee Van Kay, Courtesy of FMA Poem 2: Ozymandias: by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Read by Kainan Awoonor-Renner Backing Track Music: Laare, by Salam, Senegalese band, Courtesy of FMA Theme music: by Kainan Awoonor-Renner All backing tracks:  Courtesy of FMA
01:01:05
May 5, 2021
Nature Study Rituals with Weronika Ozpolat
In continuation of our series on Home-Ed rituals and practices, I have the privilege of chatting with the phenomenal Home-Ed mom of four Weronika Ozpolat, popularly known as Ronni from @multiculturalmotherhood about her rituals and practices within one of her favourite homeschooling topics: nature study. Ronni talks about how, in the first place, she stumbled upon homeschooling because of personal circumstances and got completely hooked. You don't want to miss her beautiful look at the importance of the outdoor element of homeschooling and how she has seen its effect on her own children. Her tips on incorporating nature study in your homeschooling days will help you get started right away. So get your favorite drink and sit comfortably because the Homegrown Sonshine Podcast is serving a delicious feast of nature study gems in today's episode. I would love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/765110780907740 Other ways to connect: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/homegrown.sonshine/ Website https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/homegrownsonsh1 Resources from this episode Ronni’s Nature courses: A Childhood Wild Get kitted out for wild adventures Exploring the Night Sky http://www.multiculturalmotherhood.com/p/members-area.html?m=1 Nature Resource: Lyn Seddon’s Exploring Nature With Children Curriculum https://raisinglittleshoots.com/buy-exploring-nature-with-children-a-guided-journal/ Poem: Oberon, Midsummer Nights Dream, (act 2, scene 1) Read by Delal Music: Theme music: by Kainan Awoonor-Renner Backing track to poem:  Vivaldi’s Four Seasons track by John Harrison, Robert Turizziani and Wichita State University Chamber Players. Courtesy of FMA
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April 21, 2021
Music Study Rituals with Afia Bayayi
I'm super excited to be discussing the rituals and practices of cultivating the love of music at home with a home-ed mum whose work and passion in this area is a joy to observe. A glamorous serial entrepreneur, ex-secondary school teacher and pastor's wife turned full-time home school mum, Afia Biyayi can be found on @teambayayi on Instagram. In this episode, Afiya recounts her remarkable journey from teacher and mumpreneur to Homeschooling mum of 3 adorable and multi-talented souls - a decision that was triggered by a near-death experience. She also talks about what their homeschooling lifestyle looks like now, and paints a detailed picture of how music study is woven into it. You will not help but be inspired and amazed by the Bayayi family’s extraordinary story. So sit tight and get comfy, because it's going to go down here on this episode. I would love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/765110780907740 Other ways to connect: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/homegrown.sonshine/ Website https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/homegrownsonsh1 Resources from this episode: Team Bayayi YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/teambayayi Books I Am: God's Affirmations For Little Boys https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1732857733/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_DX0AC25MJ07YW8PEJ3ZQ I Am: God's Affirmations For Litlle Girls https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1732857717/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_35VXJSDJYCE0VB8E1HJH Music/Song Che Che Kule: a Ghanaian call and response children’s folk song performed by team Bayayi
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April 7, 2021
Summer Schooling Rituals with Amber Johnston
Welcome back to the Homegrown Sonshine Podcast. In this episode, with great delight and honour, I got to sit with a remarkable woman, an exceptional mum, a great encourager and friend whose work and contribution to the Home-Ed sphere I greatly admire- the radiant Amber O'Neal Johnston, @heritagemom. This week, Amber and I focus on her rituals and practices around Summer Schooling, as part of our series on Home-Ed rituals and practices. Amber talks about the factors that led to her family’s transition into Homeschooling as well as what their first few years of it looked like. She also gives an absolutely entertaining and endearing explanation of the gap she was trying to meet when she set up a summer curriculum for her children, fondly referred to as ‘Black Term’, and how this transitioned into Summer Schooling. Most importantly, Amber takes us on an enchanting journey into her plans for a special summer school project this year as an extension of her new resource “Sweet Tea & Cookies: A Family Celebration of the American South”. Through this journey, she hopes to journey with her children into the Deep South to reclaim stories of redemption and beauty out of America’s difficult mixed heritage. So grab your drinks and get comfy because you're in for some soulful sisterly camaraderie treat with this episode. I would love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/765110780907740 Other ways to connect: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/homegrown.sonshine/ Website https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/homegrownsonsh1 Resources from this episode: Morning Time Resources: A Liturgy of Love https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/a-liturgy-of-love-alol-2/ Amber Johnston’s Heritage Mom Multicultural Lesson Guides: https://heritagemom.com/index.php/heritage-mom-shop/ Amber’s new Resource An Atmosphere of Learning - a digital bundle of Charlotte Mason influenced resources including “Sweet Tea & Cookies: A Family Celebration of the American South”https://heritagemom.com/index.php/downloads/sweet-tea-cookies-heritage-pack/ Thank you! Amber’s article with ideas for celebrating Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry can be found in Ainsley Armett’s new book, Wild + Free Book Club: 28 Activities to Make Books Come Alive, available to pre-order now on Amazon. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/0062998218/ref=cmswrcpapigltfabcF22YG2ZC3V56A84SQRRR Poem Sassafras Tea by Effie Lee Newsome (African American poet from the Harlem Renaissance) - Featured in Sweet Tea & Cookies. Music/Song Sixteen Tons - A folk song (Coal miners’ work song) featured in Sweet Tea & Cookies. Sung by The Johnston Family with an extra surprise solo by 5-year old, Brooks Johnston. Backing track to Sassafras Tea poem – Burning Van, Big Mean Machine, WFMU, Courtesy of Free Music Archive. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Big_Mean_Sound_Machive/Live_on_WFMUs_Transpacific_Sound_Paradise_Sep_19_2015/Burning_Van
52:36
March 24, 2021
Lenten Practices with Clare Carberry
In this episode, as part of our series on Home-Ed rituals and practices, I continue my conversation with my dear friend Clare Carberry, whom you met in the previous episode, about her practices and rituals around the current season of Lent. I have always been big on Easter and Christmas. However, the quiet periods leading up to the festivities when Christians ought to be preparing for a spiritual encounter on special celebrations like Easter was slightly lost on me. This is why it was an absolute delight to get a peek into how Clare’s family engages with and transforms traditional Lenten practices of the Catholic Church into a charming and memorable home-ed rhythm. We discuss a wide range of Lenten practices and rituals that can easily be adopted to usher in warmth and delight into your home school rhythm. Tune in for inspiring and relatable stories, practical tips for prayers, hymns, read-aloud suggestions, fireside treats and as always, a space for thought-provoking topical poetry. I would love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group Other ways to connect: ● Instagram ● Website ● Twitter Resources: Morning Time Resources:  see A Liturgy of Love: A wholesome and culturally diverse Morning Time Curriculum for the Whole Family, inspired by the Charlotte Mason approach, created by Alberta Stevens Books Amon's Adventure: A Family Story for Easter by Arnold Ytreeide Praying in the Presence of our Lord for Children by Fr Antione Thomas Life of St Peter Claver – St Peter Claver was a Jesuit Spanish Priest to African Slaves in the Caribbean during the Transatlantic slave trade. Poem Good Friday,  by Christina Rossetti Music Theme Music- by Kainan Awoonor-Renner Backing track to poem - Bach: Prelude in F minor by Nico de Napoli courtesy Free Music Archive
38:40
March 10, 2021
Home-Ed Rituals and Practices with Clare Carberry
Today, I introduce a new series on home education rituals and practices starting with some of my own rituals. I will be talking to a few of my brilliant Home-Ed friends about their homeschooling rituals and practices in this series. By this I mean, the daily, weekly and seasonal practices and habits that we do religiously, which form the cadence of our unique home education rhythms. To kick us off, I interview my dear friend Clare Carberry, who is a mother of 6, 4 of whom she has home educated over a period of 17 years. Clare, who draws from Charlotte Mason’s approach and a large dose of her Catholic tradition, is a powerhouse of practical wisdom, knowledge, insight with a reservoir of encouragement for the mother’s heart. She starts with recounting her journey to homeschooling with her 3rd son 17 years ago to bring us into her current daily and weekly rhythms of her idyllic West London home education life. Tune in for relatable stories, practical tips and inspiration as well as thought-provoking poetry. I would love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group Other ways to connect: Instagram Website Twitter Resources from this episode: Poems o  Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi o  Mother to Son, Langston Hughes Music o Theme Tune produced by Kainan Awoonor-Renner o Backing track to Vivaldi poem o Backing track to ‘Mother to Son’
49:42
March 3, 2021
Trailer
Welcome to Homegrown Sonshine with Alberta Stevens! A life-giving and culturally diverse community for the intentional home-ed parent. This podcast is a place where we gather to discuss the arts, the practice, the highs, and the lows of cultivating a wholesome and culturally diverse home education culture for you and your entire family. I can’t wait to embark on this exhilarating adventure with you! Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group Other ways to connect: Instagram Website Twitter
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March 3, 2021
8 Tips to Help You Cultivate A Rich Inner Life
In today’s episode, I will be discussing what it means to cultivate our inner lives as parents and why this is important for raising confident, creative, and wholesome children. You've heard the saying ‘You can't pour from an empty cup’ metaphorically or literally speaking. I will be sharing the 8 ways drawn from Mother Culture, Scholé, Mother Nature and Contemplative traditions that have consistently helped me cultivate a rich and peaceful inner life as a parent; in the hope that you can apply them to your life. Tune in for relatable stories, thought-provoking poetry and inspiration. I would love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group Other ways to connect: Instagram Website Twitter Resources from this episode: Poems o  To a Butterfly, William Wordsworth o  To You, Langston Hughes Quotes: See blog post Music o Theme Tune produced by Kainan Awoonor-Renner o Hymn: ‘How Great Thou Art’ sung by Khaima and Khamso Nwosuagu taken from A Liturgy of Love; September Resource o Tonbra Nwosuagu’s new single ‘You Are Holy’: Spotify, iTunes o  Background track to the poems
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March 2, 2021
Intro: The Who, The What and The How
Welcome to Homegrown Sonshine with Alberta Stevens! A life-giving and culturally diverse community for the intentional home-ed parent. This podcast is a place where we gather to discuss the arts, the practice, the highs, and the lows of cultivating a wholesome and culturally diverse home education culture for you and your entire family. In our first ever episode, I lay the foundations on what to expect from the HS Podcast, including what and who it is for. I also discuss how I intend to use stories, poetry, family rituals and all things Charlotte Mason to beguile you into the habit of nurturing your own inner lives as intentional home-ed parents. I can’t wait to embark on this exhilarating adventure with you! Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group Other ways to connect: Instagram Website Twitter Resources from this episode: Poem: Ann Taylor, ‘My Mother’ Quotes: See blog post Music:     - Theme Tune produced by Kainan Awoonor-Renner     - Background track to the poem
18:48
February 22, 2021