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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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Ep 12 - Living books and morning time rituals with Liz Yeboah
Happy New Year! Welcome to Episode 12, our final episode in the series of Rituals and Practices within Home Education. It has been a fascinating year of learning, laughing, growing and building a culturally diverse community of home edders together. In this final episode, I will be speaking to my dear sister-friend on this home-ed journey, Liz Yeboah on how she cultivates the love of learning through living books and morning time within her beautiful family. Based in Milton Keynes, Liz Yeboah, a British home educator of Ghanaian heritage, spends her days enchanting her 5 children, ages 23 to 8, to love learning through her passion for God, her penchant for living books and travel adventures as well as her commitment to using her own spice to spread an atmosphere of love through life-giving family rituals. This show is packed with delights and insights to captivate the entire family. Be prepared to encounter a beautiful picture of black christian marriage in motion. You may be inspired by Liz’s her heart for motherhood, and its eternal purpose in soul making for Christ. Friends, you will also be enthralled by the list of books that make Yeboah’s cannot-leave-home-without-book-list not to mention the treasure trove of books for the home-ed mama’s heart. I hope you will also hear and be affected by the synergy and camaraderie between this incredibly wise and radiant lady and I. This episode is truly the perfect listen to reset your year after a week or two of out of sync festivities. Enjoy and please don’t forget to me know thoughts on this as well other episodes in this series. Your feedback is important to us: If this episode inspires, challenges or encourages you, please spare a moment to let us know, either by: - [ ] Leaving us a voice message on anchor at https://anchor.fm/homegrownsonshine/message - [ ] Sending us an email at info@homegrownsonshine.co.uk - [ ] Connecting with us online: •  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com homegrown.sonshine/ •  Website - https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ •  Twitter - https://mobile.twitter.com/homegrownsonsh1 Resources mentioned in this episode Books for the educator * Read aloud revival, Sarah Mckenzie * Mere motherhood, Cindy Rollins * Honey for a child’s heart, Gladys Hunt * A year of poetry tea time - Christine Owens Read aloud books for the whole family * 1. Aesops Fables * 2. Chew on this, Eric Schlosser * 3. Uncle Eric Book Series, Richard Maybury * 4. Rich Dad poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki Poems * Clouds, Christina Rossetti read by Boaz Yeboah * Spaghetti, Shel Silverstein read by Ellie Yeboah * Sonnets are full of love, Christina Rossetti read by yours truly, Alberta Stevens Background Music to poems * Clouds, Blessed, Ketsa Soul, Courtesy of Free Music Archive * Spaghetti, Fine Day, Ketsa Soul, Courtesy of Free Music Archive Podcast Intro/Outro theme music: by Kainan Awoonor-Renner
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January 03, 2022
EP11: On Philothea-the practice of loving and delighting in God, with Jack Stewart
After another necessary break, we are delighted to bring you this timely, advent-apt episode on cultivating the practice of loving and delighting in God, as part of our podcast series on the rituals and rhythms in home education. In this thought provoking yet heartwarming episode, I have the pleasure of sitting with my amazing and super bright friend, Jack Stewart from @DaddyHomeschools. Jack is a the dudeiest of dads. A cool millennial, singer/songwriter and theology graduate, who also happens to be a single father home educating his 3 beautiful children the UK. In this episode, Jack shares eloquently how he uses Psalm 111.2 and Psalm 127.5 to create a daily liturgy that frames the context of his home Ed philosophy. Before philosophising on the joy and practice of putting Christ at the centre of his home education life, Jack and I go deep as we exchange notes on the challenges of being single, Christian home educating parents. We discuss how his faith helped him to find the courage to heal by being fully present for his children, in spite of the curveball of an unexpected separation. Thrown in the mix for good measure, are deeply moving audio clips of Jack leading his children in worship in their daily liturgy. If there was ever an episode that beckoned you to stop, pause and let your own soul draw breathe, this is the one. ☕️ 🍰 🕯 Sit tight, as we plan to bring you one more episode before the year closes! For now, Merry Christmas and Happy listening! Feedback: If this episode inspires, challenges or encourages you, please spare a moment to let us know, either by: - [ ] Leaving us a voice message on anchor at https://anchor.fm/homegrownsonshine/message - [ ] Sending us an email at info@homegrownsonshine.co.uk - [ ] Connecting with us online: •  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com homegrown.sonshine/ •  Website - https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ •  Twitter - https://mobile.twitter.com/homegrownsonsh1 Resources mentioned in this episode * Psalm 111.2 * Psalm 127.5 * Jotham’s Journey; A story book of Advent, Arnold Ytreeide * John Milton’s Poems * I am the seed that grew, Fiona Waters (National Trust) Music * You are my song - original music written and performed by Jack Stewart * Morning Liturgy - by Jack Stewart and his children with backing track by Robert Farmer, September, in The Shepherd’s Calendar,-courtesy of FMA Podcast Intro/Outro theme music: by Kainan Awoonor-Renner
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December 21, 2021
EP 10-Bird Study in the City with Erika Alicea
After a short hiatus over the summer, we are excited to bring you another lively and informative episode (E10), from our rituals and practices in home education series. In this episode, I sit with the charming and vivacious Erika Alicea, from Charlotte Mason City Living, to discuss her rituals in cultivating the habit of bird study in the city. Erika, who lives with her husband and daughter in New York City, is an ex-public school teacher now turned a full time home educator and a co-pastor alongside her husband, of a local church in the Bronx. In addition, Blogger, resource creator and podcaster on the Charlotte Mason For All Podcast and co founder of Art of colour, Erika is well known for her passion for the inclusion of multicultural heritage learning within CM education. Those of us who lives in the city know what struggle there can be in finding time to slow down enough to notice anything beyond our smartphones and busy schedules. It’s an open secret that if we really want to enjoy nature and find rest, we have just have to get away from the city, right? Well, Erika thinks not. Join us in this riveting conversation as she describes her beautiful, slow habit of looking up to find feathered friends in the city with her daughter throughout their home school journey. The episode also includes other engaging and relevant topics on transitioning into home schooling from traditional school and finding her unique style within the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Whether you are a CM home-edder or not or you live in the city or have a an only child, it’s arguably impossible to listen to this episode without feeling inspired or charmed by Erika’s authenticity, her love for God, her creativity and the humble way in which she talks about her parenting struggles and triumphs. EPISODE BLOG to follow with reflections and a detailed list of tips from this episode: https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ FEEDBACK Do let us know what you make of the episode or the series as a whole. - [ ] Leave us a voice message on anchor at https://anchor.fm/homegrownsonshine/message - [ ] Send us an email at info@homegrownsonshine.co.uk - [ ] Join the discussion via our Facebook group: A Liturgy Of Love Morning Time Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/765110780907740 - [ ] Connect with us online: •  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/homegrown.sonshine/ •  Website - https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ RESOURCES *A Liturgy of Love* A Culturally Diverse Morning Time Resource- https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/a-liturgy-of-love-alol-2/ *Resources from Erika Alicea* 1. Feathered Friends of the City- an Urban Bird Guide- https://charlottemasoncityliving.com/product/feathered-friends-of-the-city-an-urban-bird-study/ 2. Transitioning from Traditional School to Homeschool - https://charlottemasoncityliving.com/deschooling-10-tips-on-transitioning-from-traditional-school-to-homeschool/ 3. Website for multicultural resources: https://charlottemasoncityliving.com Other Nature Study Resources mentioned: 1. The Burgess Bird Book for Children: Thorton Burgess 2. The Burgess Bird Book for Children: Julia Rothman 3. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady: Edith Holden POETRY READINGS *The Sparrow - written and read by Isabel Alicea Erika’s daughter - found in the Feather Friends of the City - Urban bird guide. *The Woodpecker - Elizabeth Maddox Robert’s read by Isabel Alicea. MUSIC Backing Track to Poems- Ranz des Vaches, by Giochino Rossini, performed by Kevin Macleod -courtesy of FMA Podcast Intro/Outro theme music: by Kainan Awoonor-Renner
01:08:47
September 14, 2021
Mother Nurture Rituals: practices to inspire life-giving motherhood with Min J Hwang
Unlike previous episodes this season, where our focus has been on the practices and rituals that form an idyllic Home Ed experience for children’, this episode focuses on us: mothers and parents. How do we nurture ourselves as a life-giving parents throughout our home school journey? This is the critical question that my ever-so poised and very wise friend, Min J Hwang and I unpack in this episode. Min, a Christian Home Ed mum of 4 based in New York, is much respected for her in-depth knowledge of Charlotte Mason's methods, coupled with her passion for helping Home-Ed mums chart their own life-giving, gospel based motherhood journeys. Drawing from Charlotte Mason’s call for mothers to take time to play, rest and partner with the Holy Spirit in educating their children, Min offers us a beautiful, gospel-anchored, daily rhythm that glistens with balance and peace. Our conversation covers a wide variety of topics including: Mother Culture vs Mother nurture Parental authority Discipline and accountability The way of the will and habit formation Min’s rituals for nurturing a life-giving Motherhood Lastly, interwoven throughout this episode is Min’s heartwarming personal story into motherhood, home schooling, mission work and women’s ministry. Whether you are a Christian or not, a home-edder or not, it’s arguably impossible to listen to this episode without feeling inspired or convicted by this amazing woman’s devotion in her service to mothers, families and women, in general. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ You can find more information and a detailed list of tips from this episode and my previous blog on similar theme (Episode 3) on the corresponding blog here: https://homegrownsonshine.co.uk/blog/ As always, 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 Min Blog, resources and habit forming aids: https://minjunghwang.com LifeGiving Motherhood Membership Wait List: https://minjunghwang.com/membership/ Reading 1: Psalm 23 read by Min Hwang’s daughter. Backing Track: 'Cherry Blossom' by John Bartmann courtesy of FMA Intro/outro theme music: by Kainan Awoonor-Renner
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June 22, 2021
Countryside Literary Life Rituals with Molly Ashton
This week, I have the honour of sitting with my dear friend, Molly Ashton; Christian home-ed mum of four, author, blogger and podcaster; as we unpack the rituals and practices that make up her lifegiving, Charlotte-Masonesque, country-living home education life. With over 18 years home education experience under her belt with two young adult children now in higher education, Molly is an exemplary veteran home edder, whose relaxed, spiritual and literary based education style is both a beacon and breath of fresh air to new and old home-edders alike. In this episode, we discuss Molly’s journey to home education for both her birth and adopted children. We explore the challenges around managing the schedules of multiple aged children, as well as meeting the demands of a child with additional needs. We then unpack why Sally Clarkson plays an important role in Molly's home school journey whilst holding a large space for the Ashton family's list of must read -read aloud books. If you find yourself in the trenches of parenting in the wobbles, be it due to having a new baby like me, or you have just started your adoption journey; or perhaps you may be struggling with balancing the needs of multiple-aged children; maybe you have a child with a learning or neuro-diverse need, or perhaps you are coping with a family crisis;  whatever your wobble may be, be assured that there will be something of comfort or hope in this episode for you. So, why not grab yourself a warm drink, get comfy and let Molly and I take you on a charming conversation about homeschooling through every season in the English countryside. 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 Molly Ashton’s Resources from this episode Book: The Kite's Tale: A Story of Adoption:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kites-Tale-Story-Adoption/dp/152899101X  Blog: https://motheringthroughtheseasons.com Podcast: https://mendedteacups.wordpress.com Poem 1: The End, AA Milne, read by O Ashton Backing Track Music: Bach: Prelude in F minor by Nico de Napoli courtesy Free Music Archive Poem 2: Lady Smock,  by Ms Ashton Vivaldi’s Four Seasons track by John Harrison, Robert Turizziani and Wichita State University Chamber Players. Courtesy of FMA Theme music: by Kainan Awoonor-Renner
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May 19, 2021
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
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May 05, 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 07, 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
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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
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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’
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March 03, 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 03, 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 02, 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
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February 22, 2021