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Homeschool Your Way

Homeschool Your Way

By BookShark

With the right tools and the right mindset, homeschooling is nothing to be intimidated about! We’ll admit that homeschooling isn’t for everyone. But if you want to homeschool -- or really need to homeschool—you can do it! And best of all, you can do it your own way!

Wouldn’t you love to have experienced homeschoolers, cheering you along with insider secrets? Yes? Then you’ll love this podcast! The hosts know homeschooling is not one-size-fits-all. So in each episode, they’ll bring you the coolest methods and the most fascinating guests to help you find your way—the best way—to homeschool.
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INTEGRATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY INTO YOUR HOMESCHOOL
INTEGRATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY INTO YOUR HOMESCHOOL
Why add Black, Asian, and Native American voices to your homeschool? Our podcast guest for this episode is a specialist in this area. Belinda Bullard has successfully graduated three children through homeschooling with a literature-based approach. Her business, Blessed Heritage Educational Resources, provides multicultural history curriculum featuring the African-American presence and contribution. If you'd like to give your children empathy and the ability to understand history from multiple viewpoints, tune in!   • — •  — •  — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — •  — •  — • TIMESTAMPS 02:25 Teaching is also learning. 06:50 In teaching homeschool history, be willing to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. 09:09 Study primary sources such as the Constitution itself.  14:21 Teach your children about biases in news outlets and how to evaluate internet sources for credibility. 17:51 Aim to use first person voices, namely autobiographies.  25:30 Expose your children to festivals, movies, books, people, etc. that reflect a variety of viewpoints.  31:05 What's the evidence that your children are digesting their history studies? • — •  — •  — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
35:05
November 22, 2022
LEARN PIANO & MUSIC THEORY THROUGH A VIDEO GAME
LEARN PIANO & MUSIC THEORY THROUGH A VIDEO GAME
Music is a mental superfood—truly enjoyable and beneficial for both brain and soul! Music awakens imagination and even boosts math skills. Join host Janna and her guest Dana Dominiak as they talk about Piano Prodigy—a video game that teaches kids both music theory and how to play the piano. About our guest: Both a video game entrepreneur and a professor of Computer Science at Lewis University, Dana Dominiak has extensive experience in both games and education. Dana's companies have created many hit video games for Nintendo and other platforms including Dragonball Z: The Legacy of Goku series for Atari, and My Little Pony and Hello Kitty for Hasbro and Sanrio. Dana holds a PhD in Computer Science in AI from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Mostly, she just really likes to play video games. • — • — • — • — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — • — • — • — • TIMESTAMPS 01:04 How Dana entered the homeschool field. 02:44 The art vs. computer science misconception. 05:53 How Prodigy Factory games boost creativity. 08:12 What's the value of music education? 13:29 Music can be hard to measure. Piano Prodigy provides levels, ribbons, medals, etc. that give a sense of tangible progression. 17:13 Music is one of the multiple intelligences. Listen to this podcast. 18:06 The creativity inherent in math. 21:48 Music wakes up the brain.  24:50 Playing music versus listening to music. • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
33:24
November 14, 2022
HOW TO FOSTER IMAGINATION THROUGH READING & WRITING
HOW TO FOSTER IMAGINATION THROUGH READING & WRITING
Anyone can be imaginative. Our job as homeschool parents is to give our children a toolbox with enough variety of options to foster their creativity. Both reading and writing are key vehicles for imagination!  About our guest: Nancy Jo Wilson is a homeschool mother and science fiction writer. Visit her author website here. She's homeschooled for 20+ years in four different states. If she hasn't personally experienced a homeschool hiccough, she knows someone who has. With her sister Carole Jean Flodin, also a homeschool veteran, she wrote The Generic Literature Guide which helps parents find educational value from any novel.  • — • — • — • — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — • — • — • — • TIMESTAMPS 04:38 The importance of the parent-child relationship. 06:46 Don't stop reading aloud to your kids. 08:36 Why is imagination a valuable goal for your homeschool? 10:34 Nancy's example of when her son was paralyzed with indecision and how she should have handled it. 13:31 Being free as a parent to deviate from your curriculum and be creative. 14:06 How to bring more imagination to a workbook-based curriculum. 16:27 What does imagination mean? 19:04 Nancy Jo's tips for reluctant readers. 22:48 What about graphic novels? 25:16 Realize your kids may not learn the same way you prefer. • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
38:12
November 08, 2022
HOW TO TEACH A JOYOUS MATH THAT SOLVES REAL PROBLEMS
HOW TO TEACH A JOYOUS MATH THAT SOLVES REAL PROBLEMS
Special guest Kathleen Cotter Clayton from RightStart Math believes that homeschool math can be so much fun that you fall off your chair from laughter. In this episode, she helps parents find the beauty, the fun, the giggles—even the joy—of math. Math is not math for math's sake. Math is a tool to solve actual problems. And when kids learn to concentrate steadily on math, they will feel empowered and refreshed! • — • — • — • — • — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — • — • — • — • — •  TIMESTAMPS 01:15 How Kathleen was introduced to joyous math through card games. 03:56 What's wrong with saying, "I'm not good at math." 05:06 Math is like reading — it's everywhere around us, a skill we use almost constantly. 07:17 Playing basketball may not be easy, but it's fun. Math is the same. 09:32 Why moms need to be especially careful about saying they are bad at math. 10:24 RightStart Math is built on fun games. 12:08 Emotional associations with math. 14:15 There are various branches of math. So you may be weak at some and strong in others. 17:08 Practical ways to make math more fun. 20:15 Staying present as a homeschool parent. 21:58 Learning how to concentrate and the benefits it brings. 27:07 Three steps of learning: concentrating, working through it, and then putting it away. 30:37 The practical applications of math. • — • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
36:27
November 01, 2022
HIGH SCHOOL ADVICE FROM A MOM OF 5 HOMESCHOOL GRADUATES
HIGH SCHOOL ADVICE FROM A MOM OF 5 HOMESCHOOL GRADUATES
If you are scared to homeschool high school, fear no more! Special guest Ann Karako of It's Not That Hard to Homeschool has successfully homeschooled five teens through high school graduation. In this episode she shares her insights about dual enrollment, homeschool styles, the family dynamic, gap years, and more. • — • — • — • — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — • — • — • — • TIMESTAMPS 01:07 How Ann's babysitters convinced her to homeschool. 03:34 The inspiration behind It's Not That Hard to Homeschool and how Ann found her niche with homeschooling high school. 07:16 Ann says the family dynamic is far more important than the method of homeschooling.  08:04 Ann defends the "school at home" approach to homeschooling. 11:54 Dual (or concurrent) enrollment for teens. 15:13 Colleges don't expect freshman to come with dual enrollment credits. 17:02 The importance of family discussions if your kids use dual enrollment. 18:56 About the gap year (between high school and college). 22:24 Even question college. Is it a good choice for your teen? 23:33 The teen years often present new parenting and homeschooling challenges you may not have been prepared for. We also realize some of our expectations for our children too lofty or don't fit the child. 26:19 When our teens surprise us, we can either we can be humbled by it or we can double down and start being more authoritarian. 27:08 The case for taking additional higher math. 28:51 Making decisions with/for your teen: When Your Teen Hates Homeschooling High School 34:28 A big fear about homeschooling high school is that your teen will miss out on opportunities.  41:25 There's no need to grade daily work. Let teens sleep in! • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
44:14
October 25, 2022
HOW ETIQUETTE HELPS YOUR KIDS DEMONSTRATE KINDNESS
HOW ETIQUETTE HELPS YOUR KIDS DEMONSTRATE KINDNESS
At its core, etiquette is a set of skills that we use to help others feel valued. Our polite (or rude) behaviors send unspoken messages about what we cherish. If your kids could use help with being more refined or kinder to those around them, this episode with special guest Monica Irvine is for you! Visit Monica's site at The Etiquette Factory and learn about her curriculum that teaches manners. She says that purposeful parenting means creating and recognizing opportunities for our children to practice generosity, compassion, and empathy. That's what etiquette is.  • — • — • — • — • — • — LISTENER COUPON CODE  ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — • — • — • — • — • — TIMESTAMPS 01:14 What is etiquette?  03:27 How Monica entered the homeschool world. 04:35 A homeschool hack: Use documentaries at lunchtime for history lessons. 07:28 What inspired Monica to create a curriculum to teach etiquette. 10:28 Teaching out of correction has a negative connotation. So teach manners as part of your homeschool for better reception. 14:41 Why etiquette is as important as language arts and math. 16:02 The unspoken messages that rude (and polite) behaviors send. 20:42 It's bad etiquette to point out someone else's bad etiquette. 21:46 Monica' motivation for being polite: "I would never want my laziness to cause someone else inconvenience." 23:01 Having great manners will help your children stand out. 24:14 What is honor? Who is an honorable person? What makes a civil society? 31:54 Knowing etiquette can help kids who feel anxiety in social situations. 35:02 The skill of noticing. • — • — • — • — • — • — Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
37:12
October 18, 2022
HOW TO HANDLE MATH MISTAKES
HOW TO HANDLE MATH MISTAKES
Nicole the Math Lady has a unique approach to math mistakes: When errors happen, instead of feeling like a failure, accept mistakes as part of the learning process. Teach your kids not to be perfect math problem solvers but perfect math fixers. Nicole explains how she uses her own bloopers to encourage kids to embrace imperfection and keep trying. • — • — • — • — • — • — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. SHOP SAXON MATH: https://www.bookshark.com/saxon-math VISIT NICOLE'S SITE: https://nicolethemathlady.com/ • — • — • — • — • — • — • TIMESTAMPS 02:18 Many people don't like math because it's perceived as a right/wrong, black/white discipline.  03:26 How to approach mistakes with math or getting the answers wrong. Teach your kids to be a fixer. 06:43 Math is layered. And it can take multiple exposures to fully grasp a concept.  8:23 MATH = mistakes acceptable to help 08:36 An analogy of wedding mishaps. Figure your error curve, how many bloopers you can accept.  11:32 How Nicole used the small mistakes in her teaching videos as an example to her students to embrace imperfection.  14:46 Apologizing to our kids when we make mistakes. 15:30 Why Nicole loves falling on her sword and admitting her errors. 18:00 Letting kids teach the material. 20:50 How "We're not a math family" can limit your kids. 22:16 Your kids have zero idea how their lives will turn out, all the careers they will have.  28:11 Savor the parts of homeschooling you love, and outsource the parts you hate. • — • — • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
30:22
October 11, 2022
MATH IS MORE THAN FORMULAS AND NUMBERS
MATH IS MORE THAN FORMULAS AND NUMBERS
Past math trauma or thinking you're not good at math will impact how you approach math in your homeschool. If math is a weak spot for you, tune into this episode with special guest Nicole Thomas of Nicole the Math Lady. She actually became a homeschooler after she started teaching math online. Nicole encourages us to stop thinking about math solely in terms of numbers, formulas, and processes but to turn it into challenges that actually relate to something you're interested in—like how many more Pringles you could fit into a can. • — • — • — • — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. SHOP SAXON MATH: https://www.bookshark.com/saxon-math • — • — • — • — • TIMESTAMPS 02:56 Nicole started her math teaching business before she became a homeschooler! 08:30 Despite being an educator, homeschooling wasn't an easy transition.  10:37 How Nicole brilliantly outsources homeschool tasks to her son's grandparents—via videocalls. 16:32 Making a triangle of math instruction: the child, the parent, and Nichole.  19:47 While history and language arts can be integrated and can generate an emotional response, math feels separate and a bit cold.  21:08 Nicole gives an example of teaching geometry with a Pringles can.  24:12 Solving real life problems is more important than memorizing formulas. 25:32 Nicole loves math because it's everywhere and it doesn't have to be explained or learned in a mathy way. 26:35 Learning styles research says teach with multiple styles (not necessarily one preferred style). 28:27 Getting help with teaching and grading math in the homeschool setting. 31:56 Corny brain breaks • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
33:11
October 01, 2022
HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE A FEW PHRASES AT A TIME
HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE A FEW PHRASES AT A TIME
What's your goal for second language learning in your homeschool? Do you want your kids to learn about a language or actually be able to communicate with that language? Adelaide Olguin of TalkBox.Mom takes the later approach. Her second language learning kits teach the entire family just a few useful phrases at a time in an immersive, whole-language approach. Instead of getting bogged down in grammar lessons and long lists of vocabulary words, you are using the language from day one.  This episode includes not only tidbits about foreign language learning but also general tips for dealing with homeschool stress, how to promote interest-led learning, and overcoming that internal voice telling you that you're not good enough. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — • — • — • — • — • — • TIMESTAMPS 01:57 Adelaide's entry into homeschooling was fueled by her own experiences at school and how she wanted something different for her three boys. 05:35 Adelaide lets her sons' questions lead their homeschool.  07:08 Homeschooling is a chance to learn (relearn) what you missed/forgot from your own school years. 09:47 Adelaide's son's conversation with an archaeologist. 11:43 What is TalkBox.Mom? 12:11 If you're nervous about teaching a second language, remember that you taught your child their first language.  14:17 Kids naturally extract language based on what they experience around them. 14:53 TalkBox.Mom doesn't start with grammar or vocabulary words. It uses the family dynamic to practice just one or two phrases at a time in a real life context. 17:21 The importance of fluency and how TalkBox.Mom builds it. 21:35 When you know other languages, it makes travel more interesting. 24:12 The typical classroom experience of learning a second language vs. the TalkBox.Mom approach. 26:18 Why Adelaide encourages skipping the grammar and vocabulary lessons and going straight to natural language use. 28:54 You don't need to actually learn the grammar formally to be able to use grammar correctly. 32:40 Get the free TalkBox.Mom starter pack for learning language while playing with a ball. 35:10 How to respond to errors, mispronunciation, etc.  37:48 Adelaide's secret hack for when she gets super stressed about her homeschool outcomes.  41:00 Adelaide's advice for fighting resistance, that internal voice that says, "I don't have time. I'm too late. I'm not good enough." • — • — • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
43:55
September 27, 2022
WHAT IS MASTERY-BASED LEARNING?
WHAT IS MASTERY-BASED LEARNING?
Guest Gretchen Roe from Demme Learning says that math is like death and taxes: you don't get away from either one. She urges parents not to shortchange kids in their math instruction by claim they're just not a math-family.   Learn how a mastery-based curriculum is student-centric, allowing a child to work at the pace they need to fully comprehend the skills (instead of the curriculum determining the length of lessons and how quickly you work through them). Find out why manipulatives are key to learning math and why some kids discard them too soon. Are your math lessons too long? Discover the ideal length of a daily math lesson. The day-to-day math we encounter as adults mostly comes to us in the form of word problems. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 02:55 Gretchen's introduction. 05:44 Mastery-based learning, defined. 07:22 How Math-U-See is unique compared to other math curriculums. 09:07 About manipulatives for teaching math. 13:14 Teaching math to the artistic, non-mathy student. 15:17 Flexibility is a great sign of intelligence. Help your child maintain intellectual flexibility by teaching the higher math that they think they won't ever need. 18:08 Numeracy (mathematical literacy) in daily life. 21:20 The value of mental math when the cash register dies. 24:03 The ideal length of math lessons. (It's probably not 90 minutes!) 25:53 Don't let your own distaste of math color your child's experience.  28:39 Word problems are the math of life! 29:22 Gretchen's advice to a parent who is struggling with homeschooling and considering giving it up. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
31:54
September 20, 2022
HELPING KIDS WITH EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, BILATERAL SKILLS, AND MORE
HELPING KIDS WITH EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, BILATERAL SKILLS, AND MORE
In this second chat with Occupational Therapist Assistant Trish Cauthon, she and Janna delve into the many facets of executive functioning and how to support your child with those skills. Find out what trouble signs to look for in areas such as visual processing, bilateral skills, and fine motor skills. Trish shares simple strategies that can help as you guide your child without frustration through developmental milestones.  • — • — • — • — • — • LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. • — • — • — • — • — •  TIMESTAMPS 02:10 What is executive function? And how can we help kids develop theirs? 03:20 What is self-monitoring? 04:15 What is working memory? 04:52 Time management & the cotton ball trick. 07:55 Obstacles courses help retention. 08:48 What skills are essential for reading and writing and how we can help kids master them. 11:20 The signs that there's a motor issue. 12:26 How too much screentime can cause visual delays.  13:20 How monkey bars relate to learning how to read.  13:48 Bilateral skills. It's never too late to work on these. 18:48 Hand strength, grasp, fine motor skills and how they affect handwriting. 20:30 Simple tricks to assist vision issues that can affect reading. 22:44 What kids may actually mean when they say they're bored.  23:16 How to handle a genuine concern that a child isn't mastering a skill that you think they should have already. • — • — • — • — • — •  Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
27:06
September 13, 2022
HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN HOW TO LEARN
HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN HOW TO LEARN
We invited occupational therapist assistant Trish Cauthon to the show to help you equip your young children for their two primary occupations—playing and learning. The field of occupational therapy encompasses multiple key areas such as: motor skills, sensory processing, emotional social skills, self-regulation, and executive functioning. Learn how long you can expect a child to pay attention to a cognitively challenging task. Get multiple suggestions for making learning more memorable so that it sticks. And find out if your expectations for your child are reasonable or not. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 01:52 What is a COTA and what does occupational therapy provide? 01:07 A simple trick with cotton balls to help kids regulate a sense of time. 05:24 Key skills needed at the preschool level. 07:32 A rule of thumb for how long kids can focus. 09:22 Why early elementary grade children can sometimes get overwhelmed with what seems like a simple project. 12:05 Children don't yet know how to react to mistakes and learn from them. 12:52 Some of our concerns/frustrations with our kids arise from not understanding what's developmentally appropriate for them. 14:51 The tremendous need for variety and breaks. 17:19 Learning how to learn. 18:49 Learning preferences. 19:50 Motor memory. 20:57 The value of asking questions when a child is struggling. 23:38 What hands-on experiences to do for kids. 26:20 Ways to make homeschool lessons more tactile. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
30:14
September 06, 2022
HOW TO USE PHONICS TO TEACH READING
HOW TO USE PHONICS TO TEACH READING
Aimee Eucce is our guest expert, talking about teaching reading with a phonic-focused approach called Play 'n Talk. It's a skills-based program so it works for any age child who needs these skills. Aimee has learning challenges that made reading hard, but this program worked for her as a child, and now she uses it with her own children. Read the full transcript here. Or watch on YouTube here. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 01:07 Aimee was homeschooled as a child in the 80s. They couldn't play outside until after 2 PM out of fear of the truancy officer.  05:08 How to turn any school topic into a play-based learning experience. 06:04 How the Play 'n Talk phonics program helped Aimee learn to read despite her dyslexia, ADHD, and a slight auditory processing delay. 08:39 The history of the Play 'n Talk program. 10:42 How it works: short lessons, audio lessons, a printed book, games that reinforce the phonetic concepts multiple ways. 14:11 How spiral learning is used and how that helps children with learning challenges. 15:35 There are no shoulds in homeschool.  18:06 The signs of reading readiness. 22:22 Approach homeschooling like it's an adventure. 25:35 The rules of decoding. 28:39 The value of a sense of wonder. Loving to learn. • — • — • — • — • — • — • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
32:13
August 30, 2022
MOBILE DEVICE SAFETY FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES
MOBILE DEVICE SAFETY FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES
Before your teen drives solo, you offer driver's education with lots of practice behind the wheel under your caring supervision. Naomi Dahl from Cell Phone Permit makes the case that homeschool parents should do the same for smart phones—give young people the tools they need to use mobile devices in healthy ways so they avoid addiction, cyberbullying, and phishing schemes. With this curriculum based on trust and open communication, parents can help tweens and teens navigate social media and productivity apps wisely. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 01:17 An introduction to Cell Phone Permit, a company created by a homeschool family of 8. 06:30 Have a cell phone curfew each night when everyone turns them off.  09:05 Cell phone use is damaging GenZ's peripheral eyesight and also their social skills. They would rather communicate over the phone than hang out with their friends in person.  09:36 Cell phones and sex trafficking. 13:34 The importance of trust between parents and tweens/teens.  18:24 Vault apps. 24:16 It's never too late to have these discussions with your teens.  25:57 The problem with just saying no to cell phones and social media entirely. 29:47 Understanding how integral social media is in teens' lives. Even when they realize it's destructive, it can be impossible to abandon it totally or block toxic people. 31:23 Establish family time that's not just everyone on their phones—together but alone. 33:34 It used to be that parents wanted kids to turn off the TV and do something as a family. Now we simply want everyone to watch the same TV screen to find some semblance of shared experience (instead of everyone on individual devices). 35:29 Tablet use with babies and toddlers. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
39:16
August 23, 2022
NEED HELP WITH HOMESCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS? TRY LAMP
NEED HELP WITH HOMESCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS? TRY LAMP
LAMP stands for Language Arts Mentor Program, an exciting new option for parents using BookShark who may feel intimidated about instructing their children in writing. Through the online support of writing coach Dave Myers, students get the feedback they need on their compositions so they can grow as proficient writers. Hear Dave's story from public school English teacher to homeschool dad and his thoughts on the superiority of homeschooling. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. QUOTABLES Dave: "...the best students are inquisitive. Right? They just ask question after question, after question. And as a parent or a teacher, that might drive you a little bit crazy. But really that's awesome because that kid's engaged and that's the key to being successful." Dave: "And what happens with language arts is you're dealing with communication and words. And so there's all sorts of different ways that you can communicate the same idea, whether that's spoken or whether that's in writing. And so there's a lot of parents that feel like they want assistance with somebody who's more trained in manipulating language and working with language. And so that's where I came in." TIMESTAMPS 00:57 Dave's journey from public school educator to homeschool dad. 03:05 A main contrast between homeschool and public school: freedom vs. regimentation. 05:22 Sunday night planning for the homeschool week. 06:58 The joy of deviating from the lesson plans! 10:51 An overview of the Language Arts Mentor Program and how Dave is involved in it. 14:39 Dave's introduction to BookShark curriculum and his amazement at all the books kids read in a school year compared to what is covered in public school. 18:17 BookShark's 4-day schedule and the flexibility it provides. 19:44 How having an outside writing mentor can improve your relationship with your child. 22:44 The ways that LAMP helps students grow as writers: sentence structure, different genres, and organization. 27:44 The key to good writing = It's easy for the reader. 30:53 How reading is the foundation of a proficient writer. 33:55 Slowing the pace and giving kids options/autonomy. This strategy helps young writers develop their voice. • • • Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LzREd9mUxhcABHtSsiYhe2Mz9eR34AIRsnM4lPuKPLI/edit
36:31
August 16, 2022
HOW TO HOMESCHOOL IN MICHIGAN WITH BOOKSHARK VIRTUAL
HOW TO HOMESCHOOL IN MICHIGAN WITH BOOKSHARK VIRTUAL
Hear how Michigan Bookshark Virtual works for any family in Michigan and how it might be exactly what you're looking for in your homeschool journey—the perfect blend of print curriculum with online support and accountability. With this program, students are mostly learning via reading, discussing, hands-on experiments, and math manipulatives. Only about 25% of the time are students working on the computer. So this isn't a typical computer-based, highly screen-dependent program. It's a book-based program with a virtual component for assessment, grading, and recordkeeping.  Jen Myers: "...being an educator, one of the things that I looked at was the standards. I went through each grade level, each subject to really comb through that to see, 'Is this meeting grade level?' And when I saw that it covered the standards and benchmarks for Michigan, I thought, 'Well, this could be a great fit for our families who do want the option to learn online.' And so then as we started to use it with our families, I just kept hearing more and more positive feedback on how much they loved the materials, loved the curriculum, loved the supplemental activities, loved having online teachers work with their kids. Here they had been homeschooling and everything was on their shoulders as far as preparing the curriculum, doing the grading. And now, these parents were able to step to a facilitator role where the curriculum is set for them and there's other teachers grading, especially like with the language arts. They loved having someone else grade the papers that their students were writing." Our guests are Jen Myers, Partnership Program Director at Alpena Schools, and Gwyn Domke, the BookShark Coordinator. Find out about your eligibility to receive FREE curriculum through Michigan BookShark Virtual:  Jen Myers myersj@alpenaschools.com Gwyn Domke domkeg@alpenaschools.com Phone: (989) 358-5132 LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 01:14 Jen's introduction 02:10 Gwen's introduction 03:05 Using a standards-based curriculum like BookShark. 04:07 What online teachers an provide via MI BookShark Virtual. 04:47 An overview of MI BookShark Virtual. 06:30 How much of MI BookShark Virtual is screen-based. 07:59 The advantage of leveled (vs. graded) curriculum. 09:50 Why parents find BookShark do doable and flexible. 13:20 Easy to travel! 14:32 Teaching multiple children together with a single program. 15:54 The math options available.  17:35 How MI BookShark Virtual provides accountability.  21:47 The process of getting started. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
28:50
August 09, 2022
THE HOMESCHOOL ADVANTAGE
THE HOMESCHOOL ADVANTAGE
Find out why homeschooling is the education of the future with Bex Buzzie, a public school teacher and homeschooler. Bex's infectious enthusiasm will pump you up about the many advantages homeschooling provides your children.  This episode is the first of season 3 of the Homeschool Your Way podcast. We have a great line-up planned for you this season, so be sure to subscribe.  Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 01:53 Bex talks about her show: Homeschool Advantage podcast. 06:02 How Bex has a foot in both public school and homeschool worlds. 09:56 Bex's homeschool hack is to go one inch wide and ten feet deep with unit studies. 12:18 Bex's mission is to encourage parents that they can homeschool well, even if they work.  13:47 Bex says the exodus of teachers from public schools means there are quality instructors a homeschool parent can hire for their own kids. 17:31 Teaching electives in the homeschool. 20:37 Homeschooling provides room for experimentation. 21:47 How to reframe failure and build resilience in kids. 27:57 Bex's advice for homeschool parents: "What I would say is parents who have been homeschooling, encourage those people who are on the fence to jump off the fence and to jump into homeschooling because their life will never be the same. They're going to go on a journey." LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
33:04
August 02, 2022
THEY ARE SMART!
THEY ARE SMART!
Have you ever wondered if you are smart? Do your children ever ask you if you think they're smart? What is smart anyways? Today's episode explores the theory of multiple intelligences. An IQ test isn't the only way to measure intelligence. My guest, Dana Fohr, discusses the eight ways your kids are smart. You may just be surprised by what you hear.  ★LISTENER COUPON CODE Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. | Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.  QUOTABLE Janna: "[Our children a]re not just another person living in your home that you have to feed and drive around and look after and clean up after. I mean, it does feel that way sometimes in the thick of being at home and homeschooling your children. But when you really get to know them and see what motivates them and as they start to mature and you're like, 'Oh my gosh, you're a really cool person. You're neat.' And it's such a privilege to have the time when I homeschool to be able to do that with my kids." TIMESTAMPS 01:04 Dana's background. 02:09 The value of giving kids autonomy. 04:32 Book referenced: 8 Great Smarts by Dr. Kathy Koch | The 8 intelligences, outlined and defined:  word smart logic smart picture smart music smart body smart nature smart people smart self smart 07:32 How multiple intelligences is different from how IQ is traditionally measured. 08:58 How an understanding of multiple intelligences can impact our homeschool. 13:34 Sometimes you can identify a child's special gifts by looking at what annoys you. A child who's constantly in motion? Could be body smart! 14:36 The difference between correction and criticism. 22:32 Get help from others who can teach your kids from various strengths/smarts. 24:34 How to be smart with your smarts. 25:38 How to help a well-rounded child who doesn't have extreme smarts in one particular area. 27:23 About being the best. 36:25 The need for constant adjustment as a homeschooler. ★ If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
40:35
May 10, 2022
YOU ARE THE RIGHT TEACHER FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD
YOU ARE THE RIGHT TEACHER FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD
Wondering if you can homeschool your special needs child? The answer is probably yes! Hear from Peggy Ployhar, the founder of SPED Homeschool for fresh ways to look at your role as a parent and teacher. Release yourself from the public school model and give your children what they truly need!  Visit SPED Homeschool for more resources. LISTENER COUPON CODE Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.  ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 01:28 Introduction to Peggy Ployhar and why she created SPED Homeschool. 03:40 How the homeschool culture has changed over the last 20 years. 07:16 Why homeschooling is ideal for special needs students. 09:22 What forms the public school model and what actually should be the guiding force.  11:14 How do I know what to focus on when teaching my child? 16:03 Why the love of learning is so critical. 20:00  I'm not seeing progress. Does that mean my child's not learning? 24:00 Parents tend to blame themselves when their children face a learning struggle. 25:25 Is getting a diagnosis valuable? 26:56 How to communicate with your kids to find out how they learn.  35:03 When you homeschool, getting the answer first or fast doesn't matter. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
36:40
May 03, 2022
ALTERNATIVES TO COLLEGE
ALTERNATIVES TO COLLEGE
There are multiple off-ramps for your high school senior. Sure, college is one, but not every child is academically inclined. Special guest Cindy Lajoy shares alternatives to college for your homeschooled teens including trades, apprenticeships, tech-jobs, self-employment, entrepreneurship, and military service. Learn how to tailor your homeschool now for your child's future blue collar occupation.  Connect with Cindy at Blue Collar Homeschool. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. QUOTABLES TIMESTAMPS 01:30 Cindy's introduction and background, including adoption and homeschooling stories. 02:58 Cindy never thought she'd homeschool. Here's why she did though. 06:42 See your children as humans who will continually grow. 07:29 What is Blue Collar Homeschool and its origin. 10:07 The vision of Blue Collar Homeschool: Not homeschooling for Harvard. Or a different kind of homeschool excellence. 12:11 Trades and military service as alternatives to college. 15:11 How Blue Collar Homeschool goes against the typical homeschool grain. 17:44 How tech companies are rethinking the college degree. 18:27 The value of apprenticeships and the high salaries of many trades. 23:58 The average adult has seven careers.  25:03 The entrepreneur (or self-employed) route for homeschoolers. 29:06 Some kids are not academically oriented. They are still smart!  30:30 Cindy's son's experience with learning about film. And another semester renovating a home.  34:51 How to adjust your curriculum to fit your child's future blue collar job. 38:03 Why you'll need a support network when you go the blue collar route. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
42:47
April 26, 2022
HOMESCHOOL DO-OVERS: WHAT YOU'D DO DIFFERENTLY
HOMESCHOOL DO-OVERS: WHAT YOU'D DO DIFFERENTLY
We asked homeschool moms what they would do differently and what advice they'd give their younger selves about teaching at home. They didn't say they would work through more curriculum, drive their kids harder and faster, and be super homeschooler. In fact, their answers may give you the permission you've been needing to relax the pace and the reduce the intensity of your homeschool. Use this food for thought as guideposts for your own homeschool experience. LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 03:35 Nugget of wisdom #1: "Your homeschool does have to look like everyone else's. Go at your kids' pace, foster independence, it's okay to take your time." 12:12 Nugget of wisdom #2: "You don't have to have it all figured out. You're going to change things anyway, right?" 16:09 Nugget of wisdom #3: "Don't be afraid to outsource. You don't have to teach every subject to your kids every day." 21:25 Nugget of wisdom #4: "There are many things I would've done differently. I would've used the curriculum I'm using now and not let cost stop me. I would've done less book work and more practical application."  22:04 Nugget of wisdom #5: "Don't push. Learning will happen if you let it." 22:51 Nugget of wisdom #6: "Stop spending so much time lesson planning; there's a better way." 25:03 Nugget of wisdom #7: "Relax, it's really not worth the stress and anxiety." 27:18 Ximena shares her do-over: not to be so caught up in finishing the curriculum. 28:05 DeeDee would take more of an unschooling (not classical) approach. 29:46 Janna would be more goal-focused when making homeschool decisions. ★Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
32:53
April 19, 2022
DON’T RECREATE PUBLIC SCHOOL AT HOME
DON’T RECREATE PUBLIC SCHOOL AT HOME
If public school is all you know, it's natural to try to recreate that experience at home. But guest Sarah Hercules warns us against falling into that trap. Instead, let your family's needs guide your decisions. Flex to what serves your routines and your well being! You don't have to have desks in a row or start lessons at 8 am each morning. (Of course, you can if you want to!) When you get outside the public school box, you have the freedom to truly savor the learning journey with your children and stop worrying about wearing the parent hat or the teacher hat.  ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. QUOTABLES  Janna: "So think of curriculum like an outline. So as long as you're hitting the main points, you're getting the information that your child needs. If you're super creative, then you can take that creativity and expand your outline to include a lot more activities or different ideas. But if you're bare bones getting through the day, you're working full time, and trying to homeschool your children, just having that outline and knowing that this is what we need to accomplish today, it can be very basic." Sarah: "... there's not a distinction between being a parent and being a teacher because parents teach. That's one of the jobs that we have and that we get to do so, and so if we're mentally separating them, that's because that's what public school does." Sarah: "But I can be really good at finding out information or I can be really good at finding the perfect YouTube video that's going to help my child with that concept. And that makes me a great teacher." TIMESTAMPS 02:25 Sarah shares her transition from a public school believer to a homeschooler.  03:55 How Sarah's attempt to use desks, schedules, worksheets in organized drawers, etc. led to disaster. 05:54 Sarah's epiphany while nursing the baby and reading to the other children on the couch.  07:17 Managing a classroom requires certain structures that you don't need in a homeschool setting. 08:13 Insights from A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille: Public education grinds everyone into sausage. With homeschooling, our kids don't have to be funneled through the same tube. 09:17 How to homeschool six unique children, some with special needs, while combining them for history and science (and life skills like cooking dinner)!  13:44 How long homeschooling actually takes and why the school day at home is so much shorter. 15:30 Sarah outlines a typical day. 22:28 Why you don't need to worry about juggling or switching roles. A parent is a teacher.  24:44 Learning alongside your children takes away a lot of the fear of homeschooling. 26:00 Janna shares how she embraced her role of mom and stopped trying to be a teacher.  27:57 How to learn better discussion skills so that homeschooling becomes more and more natural.  34:04 Examples that you really don't need tests, worksheets, and grades.  SPECIAL SEGMENTS 01:33 Self-care Your Way A snowshoe retreat in the mountains —without snow — that turned into a Netflix binge.   21:46 What We’re Reading The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com.
37:11
April 12, 2022
YOUR TOP HOMESCHOOL QUESTIONS—ANSWERED
YOUR TOP HOMESCHOOL QUESTIONS—ANSWERED
In this episode, DeeDee, Ximena, and Janna field your homeschool questions including socialization, high school transcripts, how to know when you're doing enough, and how to measure progress. It's an uplifting show that will give you the confidence to trust the process as you homeschool your way! LISTENER COUPON CODE ★Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 05:08 Let's get started! 06:01 Q1: How will kids be socialized if they are homeschooled? 11:49 Q2: How do you make a transcript for your high schooler to get into college? 15:42 Get a coupon to use at BOOKSHARK.COM 16:56 DeeDee's reflection on cherishing the moments. 19:51 Q3: How do I know if I'm doing enough? 24:56 The amazing story of the teen who went to college without ever having written an essay in high school.  27:22 Q4: If I am not seeing progress, should I stop homeschooling? 32:37 Janna's goal as a homeschooler is simply not to kill her children's love of learning. ★Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
36:45
April 12, 2022
WHAT A COLLEGE WRITING PROFESSOR REALLY THINKS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS
WHAT A COLLEGE WRITING PROFESSOR REALLY THINKS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS
Dr. Elaine Roberts is a writing professor who shares her perspective on homeschooled students (and much more) in this episode. You'll get her insights on how to teach writing in your homeschool, why going slow is the secret to going fast, and dealing with student frustration over not already understanding what's in the lesson. Find out her suggestions for setting your teens up for success in college. ★★★LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com.  TIMESTAMPS 03:36 Homeschoolers sometimes reach college without ever having written a formal research paper. Granted, other kids lack this experience as well! 04:48 Homeschoolers tend to be more willing to expend effort to fill up their learning gaps. 07:19 Regardless of college major or field of work, everyone needs to be a proficient writer. 09:32 Don't equate writing with grammar. Let writing be integrated into every subject. 13:27 Critical thinking is the bedrock of good writing. 15:48 Why public school classrooms struggle to naturally integrate writing into all the subjects.  17:48 Teachers have less freedom to be cross-curricular than homeschoolers have.  19:49 Being a math-person, a science-person, etc. 23:28 When kids are frustrated by things they don't yet know/understand. 32:25 What Dr. Roberts' English 101 students typically don't know. 33:26 Go slow to go fast. 35:42 How to set your kids up for college success. 37:46 Focus on a broad scope of knowledge. [Reference Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein] 38:51 About entrance exams (SAT, ACT) ★★★ Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
48:23
April 05, 2022
SIBLING CONFLICT AND RELATIONSHIPS
SIBLING CONFLICT AND RELATIONSHIPS
As a mom to eight children, Lynna has lots of practical experience dealing with sibling relationships. In this podcast, she explains how to manage conflicts between brothers and sisters with her acronym SWIM.  Connect with Lynna at: Sibling Relationship Lab Heart Investigations - family book guides for conversations to develop emotional intelligence Single-Session Parent Coaching Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. QUOTABLES Lynna: "My mantra is a good homeschool schedule has a shelf life of about three months and it decreases proportionate to the age of your youngest child. So the younger the little ones are the faster schedule will expire and need to be redone because somebody that was napping isn't napping anymore. And somebody that was wearing diapers is now potty training and that's like a fourth subject that you're teaching." Lynna: "...all the problems that you run into in homeschooling are 5% academic and 95% parenting on steroids." TIMESTAMPS 04:22 Lynna's own homeschool journey 06:45 The advantage of having a large family: You figure things out faster since your survival depends on it! 09:05 Homeschooling is really just intense parenting.  10:24 The origin of the Sibling Relationship Lab.  15:33 The fear of making mistakes as a parent. 18:08 Generic parenting advice only goes so far. Ultimately it comes down to knowing your own children. 19:15 See sibling conflict as an opportunity to teach instead of an interruption to our homeschool!  22:35 Teaching kids to be good siblings to one another means you'll be repeating the same lessons over and over again. 26:15 What difference do these tools make? 30:41 Always start from the foundation of a solid family relationship.  31:30 Not every situation is a learning opportunity. Sometimes you just make executive decisions to get things done. 33:37 Dealing with big emotions. 36:08 Lynna's advice to her younger self. SPECIAL SEGMENTS Hack of the Week 02:02 Create a hair station outside the bathroom. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
42:17
March 29, 2022
REFRESHING YOUR HOMESCHOOL
REFRESHING YOUR HOMESCHOOL
Learn how to avoid burnout by refreshing your homeschool. Keep your kids motivated, keep yourself on track with your homeschool goals, and finish your school year strong as you lead into a delightful (and well-deserved) summer break! ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. QUOTABLES DeeDee: "So sometimes we think it's too late in the year to make a big change of things, but that's not true. As homeschoolers, we have the freedom to change things whenever we want." Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 04:42 Planning versus going with the flow. 07:09 How Ximena totally ditched their curriculum and went an unschooling route when she saw her son losing zest for learning. [Listen to the UNSCHOOLING episode here.] 09:36 Reflecting on what's working and what's a challenge. 11:09 Choosing energizing activities. 12:12 Focus on enjoyment in your homeschool. It may mean adding a unit study, a special project, etc. 21:34 Have a reset day. 29:12 Plan fun outings. 30:35 Look forward to the end of the school year by planning a celebration. SPECIAL SEGMENTS 01:05 Hack of the Week—Reserving books at the public library. 17:50 A system for resolving sibling conflict from The Independent Homeschool by a Dr. Fred Lybrand. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
36:04
March 22, 2022
PRESCHOOL AT HOME WITH BOOKSHARK
PRESCHOOL AT HOME WITH BOOKSHARK
Find out how to do preschool at home from travel blogger Stephanie Taleghani who is using BookShark's Pre-K curriculum. Learn why she says it was a perfect match for her three-year-old and why she's working through it a second time now that her daughter is four years old.   Find Stephanie at Consistently Curious. Find BookShark Pre-K here.  ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 02:59 Stephanie started her travel blog as an outlet during postpartum depression. 04:51 What Stephanie looked for in a curriculum to homeschool her preschooler. 06:49 Stephanie's own reading habits. 08:49 Why Stephanie is working through the entire Pre-K program again! The pros of repeating it. 11:45 Outside feedback Stephanie received about choosing to homeschool.  13:39 How Stephanie makes room for socialization.  19:01 How the Instructor's Guide was Stephanie's lifesaver! 23:27 After working through Pre-K twice, what are Stephanie's next steps? 27:40 Stephanie's opinion of homeschooling preschool in general. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
31:45
March 15, 2022
HOMESCHOOL THE EASY WAY	WITH BOOKSHARK
HOMESCHOOL THE EASY WAY WITH BOOKSHARK
Think homeschooling is an insurmountable task or unbearable burden? In this episode, Janna interviews Sharon, a massage therapist who now homeschools her two children after a theater career. They discuss the lazy (IE easy) way to homeschool — with BookShark! It's simple to use and fully planned, yet still parent-intensive. But it's enjoyable because you're learning by reading great books (only 4 days a week) and discussing them. There's room for rabbit trails of exploration to foster curiosity, too. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 02:04 Sharon's introduction. 04:30 Being with your kids all day. 07:51 Lit-based vs. screen-based learning. 08:59 Easy, but parent-intensive. 10:45 The four-day schedule.  11:43 Discovering how your kids learn. 14:17 Being so-called behind. Letting things go undone; adjusting the curriculum. 16:21 Spiral learning lessens your load. 23:35 Tough concepts are made understandable through literature. 24:44 Sharon's weekly prep. 29:47 Sharon's final advice to a mom/dad on the fence about homeschooling. "Never sell yourself short. You can do more than you think and especially with given the right tools. And I know where you can find those tools and it's with BookShark. It'll all come in one box and it'll be, all the instructions will be inside to the point where they can give you a script to read if you don't know what to say. If you don't know what to say, it'll be right there. And if you do what to say, then just love your kids and you're not going to make a mistake because you've already cared enough to even try." If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
33:46
March 08, 2022
EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM YOUR KIDS
EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM YOUR KIDS
Special guest Aaron Brewster brings his insights about expectational homeschooling — expecting great things from your kids to stimulate amazing results. Your kids don't have to be geniuses or gifted to excel. You simply need to nurture their innate abilities with high expectations.  Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 02:37 Aaron's background with homeschooling.  06:17 How Aaron's mom planted the roots of what he calls expectational learning.  09:32 Socialization for homeschoolers 11:23 The benefits of a multi-generational home. 13:35 The lie that you have to have a degree in education to successfully homeschool your own children. 15:38 How the expectational approach meshes with any other homeschool philosophy: unschooling, Classical, etc. 23:15 What geniuses have in common. 26:33 The problem with lowering expectations and making things easier. 27:20 How to distinguish between high expectations and unrealistic expectations. 29:47 How the modern concept of adolescence has changed expectations of children/teens. 35:57 Mental maturity vs. physical maturity. 43:43 What if kids don't match our high expectations? If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
59:46
March 01, 2022
HOMESCHOOLING WITH HONEST EXPECTATIONS
HOMESCHOOLING WITH HONEST EXPECTATIONS
Any homeschool parent will admit there are days you just can’t get it all done. And there are seasons when you won’t get it all done. What if, instead of trying to push through, you set yourself up for success by scaling back expectations and honing in on the homeschool basics? Could this process expand space for you to thrive in the hard times while still achieving your homeschool goals?  Sabrina Bryant, from The Simple Happy Life, shares her journey of homeschooling through recurring health issues. Learn how keeping perspective and staying organized allow her homeschool to stay on track during life’s unpredictable moments. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. QUOTABLES 35:50 Janna: "Maybe the key to success to getting it all done is really just letting it all go." 38:52 Sabrina: "I feel like I've tried a few different curriculums and I've learned that nothing is going to be perfect for my kid. And not even perfect for my kid every month, every week or every day. You have to flex with it." 47:35 Sabrina: "When you feel overwhelmed, go back to the must dos. What do you need to do to survive, to eat, to stay in your home? But outside of that, everything else can be let go or put down for a moment or longer or not get done at all. And it will be okay. It will be okay." TIMESTAMPS 19:17 Key question: How can I simplify this? 23:00 Maybe you don't need time management. Maybe you're just tired. Maybe you need a break. 23:58 Setting your future self up for success. 30:15 Organization for messy people. 31:53 Macro-organized vs. micro-organized. 32:38 Starting small with organizing. 38:23 Flexibility 44:57 Sabrina's final words of advice for a parent who's feeling overwhelmed. SPECIAL SEGMENTS 01:29 Hack of the Week: Remind yourself who's in charge when you're feeling out of control. 29:04 A Reflection: Consider how far you've come! If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
49:16
February 22, 2022
SOURCES OF STRENGTH FOR YOUR CHILD'S MENTAL HEALTH
SOURCES OF STRENGTH FOR YOUR CHILD'S MENTAL HEALTH
As parents, we set the tone for the mental health dialogue in our homes. Sources of Strength is a framework that gives families the vocabulary and resources to dialogue about anxiety, depression, compulsive thinking, anger, and much more. This wellness model gives kids and parents tools for emotional wholeness, with a focus on hope, help, and strength. Youth advocate Katheryn Willie, the special guest in this episode, outlines  components of the support wheel and explains how parents can guide their children into resilience and confidence. Visit sourcesofstrength.org for additional family resources. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 04:07 Although Sources of Strength was originally created as a suicide prevention program, it doesn't talk about suicide all that much. These tools work for daily ups and downs and are powerful tools for parents to teach children. 06:58 There are eight protective factors or strengths that people can tap into when they're having a tough time, struggling, or feeling stressed out. 07:14 ONE: Family support 08:29 TWO: Positive friends 09:04 THREE: Mentors 09:38 FOUR: Healthy activities 11:17 FIVE: Generosity 12:15 SIX: Spirituality 14:45 SEVEN: Physical health  16:15 EIGHT: Mental health 24:41 How Sources of Strength can help a parent-child relationship. 26:00 Kids want you to ask them how they are doing. 27:44 Our three big emotions: anger, anxiety, and sadness. 28:14 Use the Sources of Strength to make those emotions manageable. 32:37 In a crisis, please call the National Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741741. It's not just a suicide prevention hotline, but is also helpful for anyone who is struggling with addiction, or anxiety, bullying, depression, eating disorders, abuse, family issues, self-harm, or financial challenges.  33:58 Homeschoolers face the same struggles as all other families. It's okay to admit when you need help. SPECIAL SEGMENTS 01:44 Hack of the Week: Get your kids' input! 23:59 Reflection: Reminisce with your kids. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
40:05
February 15, 2022
SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
Whether you aim for second language mastery at the bilingual or biliterate level or whether you simply want to expose your kids to another language, introducing foreign languages into your homeschool is a worthy venture! Learning another language can be a way to foster appreciation for and connection to your own culture (like Ximena's own story), or it can be a way to boost academics overall. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 05:27 Second language learning boosts vocabulary in your mother tongue (in some cases) and can help kids understand grammar in general.  07:06 Second language learning opens new neural pathways. It actually develops your brain! 08:33 You'll naturally learn about other cultures and countries when you start studying a new language. 11:35 Studies have found that students who speak more than one language score higher on standardized college admission exams.  13:20 Being bilingual can open career opportunities. 20:00 Apps and resources for second language learning. 24:15 How Ximena's parents are helping her children practice Spanish over Zoom.  25:17 And how DeeDee's Nana discouraged her second language learning by being too critical of her accent. 26:12 The value of songs for learning another language. 27:16 Find ways to immerse yourself in the second language and practice it in real-life situations. SPECIAL SEGMENTS 1:07 Hack of the Week: Reverse planning for folks who love to check things off 17:47 A Memorable Quote John Holt says, "Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are. Not just in a special learning place." If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
29:23
February 01, 2022
HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HORMONES
HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HORMONES
Hang on for the twists and turns, dips and dives of the roller coaster ride we call homeschooling with hormones! Whose hormones? The kids' or ours? Both! In this episode, DeeDee and Ximena talk about the intersection of puberty for our kids and the typical hormonal fluctuations of moms. When it all gets ramped up, there can be emotional explosions and angry meltdowns. But there's hope for the hassles. Tune in to find out! Note: if talking about hormone changes, menstrual cycles, and puberty makes you uncomfortable, then this might not be the episode for you. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 03:47 Hormones are always part of our life!  05:51 At ages 6-8, kids go through a change called adrenarche which sets the stage for puberty. 07:37 DeeDee taught her kids to remind her that their brains are not fully developed. 09:14 Laziness? Or distracted? 10:25 How menstrual periods affect homeschool moms. Be prepared! 12:51 The changes of perimenopause: brain fog, inability to get organized, weight gain, etc. 14:40 Coming to grips with the maturation of our kids. 21:04 How to be proactive about hormones in your homeschool. 25:44 Pay attention to diet. Consider protein needs, especially. 28:08 Question your use of caffeine, especially that second cup. 29:17 Rest and sleep are essential. 30:44 Incorporate movement and exercise for the entire family! 33:15 Plug into a community that will support you. 33:50 Make sure teens going through puberty have community, too. Related podcasts: ep. 76 SEX EDUCATION FOR HOMESCHOOLERS ep. 29 HOMESCHOOLING TEENS AND TWEENS If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
35:27
January 25, 2022
HOMESCHOOLING WITH A PRESCHOOLER WITH DOWN SYNDROME
HOMESCHOOLING WITH A PRESCHOOLER WITH DOWN SYNDROME
Leilani Garcia is a former classroom teacher and a current special needs mom to four. In this episode, she chats with hosts DeeDee and Ximena about her life of parenting and homeschooling a preschooler with Down Syndrome. They'll cover juggling multiple kids when one child has a ton of therapy appointments, how to teach critical thinking, dealing with insecurities, and finding supportive community.  Connect with Leilani on Instagram or YouTube. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 02:01 Help kids learn to use a planner or daily checklist. 03:51 Leilani shares her background and how she came to be a homeschooler. 07:10 How the older siblings are impacted by having a little sister with special needs. 09:56 Trust your curriculum. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. 12:06 Challenges: insecurity, being shunned, being misunderstood, lacking self-confidence. 13:57 Who is an expert? 16:30 How is homeschooling a preschooler with Down Syndrome unique? 23:59 "Do right, not be right." You want to do what's right, not always trying to prove that you're right in the situation. 25:33 The critical thinking gap. Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking 27:52 So much therapy! How to handle all the appointments. 31:11 Frontloading the details of the day with your kids. 33:16 How community has been critical in Leilani's homeschool journey. 35:30 Leilani's advice to her younger self: stop! If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
39:59
January 18, 2022
HOMESCHOOLING TEENS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
HOMESCHOOLING TEENS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Natalie Vecchione is the special guest on this episode about homeschooling teens with developmental disabilities and how to successfully launch them into adulthood. Natalie's podcast is FASD Hope. Her new book is Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 02:25 Natalie talks about how valuable unit studies are for neuro-divergent students and that they can be just a single day! 06:15 Natalie's personal story about adopting her son and discovering he had fetal alcohol syndrome. 09:21 Natalie's choice to homeschool her children including her daughter who has dyslexia. 12:50 Why it's key to focus on strengths not weaknesses. 15:09 Don't be married to a curriculum. Be willing to adjust it.  16:51 The isolation and loneliness of homeschooling a teen with developmental delays. 21:38 What keeps Natalie going when days are difficult: her 3 whys. 23:54 The analogy of the dirt road. 31:27 Natalie talks about her new book.  33:51 The woodworking apprenticeship her son is doing. 38:45 Be your child's guidance counselor. 40:38 Use your teen's interests to craft a unique homeschooling experience. 48:29 Teaching kids interdependence. 51:06 Natalie's advice to her younger self. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
55:18
January 11, 2022
CHORE SYSTEMS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
CHORE SYSTEMS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
As homeschoolers, your home is in constant use, and it shows! Enlisting your children to take on household chores is a win-win for everyone. Kids gain self-sufficiency in key life skills, the home stays comfortable and presentable, and you aren't bearing the entire brunt of the work! Get inspired to set up chore systems for your home with this episode hosted by DeeDee and Ximena. ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. TIMESTAMPS 01:03 Take advantage of playlists to energize your kids and signal chore time (or other times of day). Use the Chips & Salsa playlists on Spotify. 04:00 Children need to be able to complete tasks independently to develop a sense of self-motivation, purpose and competency. 05:23 Teaching independence can be messy. But it's key! 07:40 Laziness and not wanting to work. 10:37 Chores as an antidote to entitlement. 13:02 Chores are an opportunity to practice delayed gratification. 14:26 Chores foster gratitude. 18:20 Chores are life skills! 19:36 When kids help with chores, it makes your job easier. Plus it provides a sense of family unity. 25:10 Choosing chores that are developmentally appropriate for toddlers to teens. 32:38 Be clear with instructions and modeling of chores. 35:34 Keep your requirements simple and doable.  36:23 Build chores into your routines. 37:07 Using chore carts, Alexa, etc. 39:56 Using reward systems to motivate. If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
43:20
January 05, 2022
SEX EDUCATION FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
SEX EDUCATION FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
This episode is about the dreaded talk that we need to have with our children. Yes, homeschool moms and dads, it's our responsibility to provide sex education. You may be nervous to dialogue about the birds and the bees, but DeeDee and Ximena have some great tips (and some hilarious anecdotes) to equip you. • • • • • • ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. • • • • • • TIMESTAMPS 03:05 Just because you homeschool doesn't mean your kids aren't exposed to sexual content. Thanks to the internet, it's more important than ever that we talk to our kids about sex before they consume harmful imagery or misinformation. 03:58 Two very helpful and age appropriate books for tweens are: The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up You The Care & Keeping of You: the Body Book for Younger Girls Using a book to start the conversation relieves some of the awkwardness.  05:58 The importance of giving kids a SAFE place to talk about sex, puberty, periods, and body changes. Keeping the discussions nonchalant.  09:57 Try to remember what it was like to be a teenager. 10:22 The funny stories! (You will laugh!!) 19:59 The nitty gritty of sex ed. 23:12 You want to be the parent your child can approach when they see or experience something disturbing. 23:41 Lean on community. 25:33 Be aware of the prevalence of sexual content that children ages 8-12 are encountering. 27:32 Ad blockers and other filters are great, but if you're not having the conversations, they are inadequate. 27:55 Don't volunteer too much information. Answer their questions with age-appropriate responses, but don't push beyond what they're asking. • • • • • • If you'd like to share an aha moment, an inspirational quote, a homeschool hack, a book you're loving, or a suggested podcast topic/guest, leave a comment at bookshark.com/podcast. We'd love to feature your reflection on a future episode.
32:05
December 28, 2021
WHY EVERY HOMESCHOOLER NEEDS COMMUNITY
WHY EVERY HOMESCHOOLER NEEDS COMMUNITY
Torrie Oglesby is the special guest in this episode about the importance of community and how to find it or create it. Parenting is hard, and homeschooling only adds to the challenge. Having a network of support is essential to well-being!  Connect with Torrie on: Youtube The Oglesby Ohana | Instagram @torrie_oglesby | Podcast: The Fruitful Vine ★★★ LISTENER COUPON CODE Request your coupon code to use on any purchase at bookshark.com. Thanks to show sponsor BookShark. Request a homeschool curriculum catalog or download samples at bookshark.com. QUOTABLES Ximena: "So if parenting is like growth and refinement for us as people, which it is, then homeschooling is growth and refinement on steroids." Torrie: "...that's another thing that no one really talks about with parenting is, it's like a letting go process. Every day