In August, we recorded a round table discussion at our Victoria conference. Listen in as the ladies talk about their highlights from the time away, mother culture, the difficulty in recognising our own strengths and the importance of encouragement. You will love eavesdropping on this conversation. This is our final In Cahoots episode for 2019.
We mention Barb’s instagram @CountryGardenSnippets
Barb recommends the beautiful watercolour book, Beholding and Becoming
Jo exposed the ladies to A Fine Romance by Susan Branch
We also talked about Simply Charlotte Mason as a great resource to start with all things CM.
You can find the Victoria MumHeart conference audio bundle available on our shop.
Marie Viljeon is the brain behind Nature Study Australia and she joins us in this episode to help encourage homeschool families to get outside more. We talked about how she began homeschooling, her family’s favourite resources and what nature study does for kids.
Find Marie on Instagram and her nature guides on her website.
The Facebook group she mentioned can be found here.
Both Corinna and Marie recommend a visit to Sovereign Hill.
Marie listed off a bunch of curirculum that they use, including Apologia Science , Saxon Math , Life of Fred, North Star Geography , Mystery of History.
Simply Charlotte Mason was the website she mentioned that she uses for things like picture study, poetry and hymns.
Marie’s recommendations for nature resources included Steve Parish books and The Wonderland of Nature by Nuri Mass.
Have you ever wondered if combining work, further study and homeschooling can be a successful option? Listen as Jo chats about how her family has made this work for them. In a nutshell – it’s a team effort – as is a lot in her family including studying Latin over the summer, star gazing, bushwalking and keeping their brains active. She also gave some good book recommendations for any homeschooling Mum who needs a boost of encouragement or who is just starting out.
Jo can be found online on her instagram account @grace_and_clarity
Jo mentioned the following books:
Around the Year with the von Trapp Family By Maria von Trapp
Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson is currently out of print but I know the Clarksons are looking forward to it being back in print shortly.
When Children Love to Learn by Elaine Cooper (and other contributors)
Cindy Rollins books are available through the Circe Institute: The general link to their products is here:
Belinda Letchford is one of our Mumheart team members and we got to chat with her about W.A. living, the joys of adult children, some pivotal moments in her homeschool ‘career’ and the best time of day to wake up in the morning (warning: it’s intense).
Lacey spent way too much time talking about Ikea’s OFTAST tableware
Belinda’s family used the Five in the Row curriculum
You can find Belinda’s website here, or connect with her on Facebook or Instagram
If you have ever thought about jumping into homeschooling midway through your child’s education, this episode is for you. Mel Moody is Mum to 6 gorgeous kids & has just begun educating at home after many years in mainstream schooling. We loved hearing how she came to that decision, how it’s going for their family & the realities of jumping into the deep end. Spoiler alert: they didn’t drown!
Mel referenced a few books that they’ve been exploring as a family this year:
A Sunburnt Country (Australian history)
Our Island Story (British history)
Charles and Mary Lamb’s Shakespeare for Children
Know and Tell by Karen Glass is a great exploration of the technique of narration.
Chatting to Alice Burke about her arc of homeschooling from little years up to graduation was like a great big hug. She had so much wisdom to share about how to sustain the lifestyle, and the provision of God for her children. Oh, and there’s some stuff about kids clothes, washing windows and throwing parties too! Housekeeping note: there were a few dropouts of the audio in this episode. We think you’ll manage okay.
You can find Alice’s website here. The Kingscliff 2016 conference audio sessions are available from the Mum heart Shop. Alice spoke twice over that weekend.
We are back for Season 2, and we've set aside some time to talk through where each of our families are at. Lacey's kids have had a monumental curve ball thrown at them, while Corinna and her family are providing the stability portion of this episode! Listen in as we chat about our two wildly different lifestyles right now.
Lacey is reading Emily Wilson's translation of the Odyssey and listen along with the close reads podcast.
Corinna recommended reading Sally and Clay Clarkson's Educating the Wholehearted child. as you assess your next year, and also enjoyed Sarah Clarkson's Book Girl.
Lacey mentioned Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt.
Where do you find support and encouragement for you as a homeschooling Mum? This week we join a Mum Heart support group and chat about why these types of gatherings are beneficial. We discuss why it's important to prioritise your own personal growth and build your support network throughout the intense & busy homeschooling years. These ladies also share discussion topics, ideas and resources they have used in the past.
"It's a safe place to share our honest struggles ... to cheer each other on & share the victories."
"I always leave here encouraged ... and with a reminder of what I am doing and why."
" It nurtures friendships ... there's always laughter and joy."
"We are always better for these evenings, I always go home a nicer person."
Teaching from Rest (occasionally available in Australia through the MumHeart website - keep an eye out or follow us on social media for restock announcements)
Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson
Ann Tattersall has a wealth of experience to offer after 20+ years of homeschooling her eight children. We asked her about keeping fresh, how she doesn’t enjoy reading aloud & some of her favourite family traditions.
Ann recommended a parenting book, Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk. She also recommended The Power of a Praying Parent.
"We were fascinated by talking to Rebecca Anderson this week, as she gave us a little peek into the life of a multicultural family with a single child. You’ll hear all about her bookclub, pick up some information about Chinese culture and why she thinks it’s important for children to struggle with something that challenges them. There are loads of show notes for this episodes, because Rebecca drops book references into all that she does!”
Lacey posted a few pictures from her family holiday on her Instagram page (no shots of the lists though!)
Joshua Gibbs How To Be Unlucky (you can read a sample of it here and Boethius here
The Essential Marcus Aurelius
Augustine’s Confessions and City of God
Corinna loves buying her fabric at The Fabric Store in Brisbane but they have stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide as well.
Rebekah also rattled off some quick fire recommendations:
Plato OvidXenophon’s The Long March (sometimes called the Anabasis)
Julius Caeser’s Gallic War
Rebecca recommends the Circe Institue and Roman Roads Media, with Wes Callahan
Ainsley Smith is a farmer’s wife and mum to three growing boys. She told us all about their rural lifestyle, how mentoring has shaped her family’s decision to homeschool and how she is currently reminding herself of all the things that she does achieve, even when it feels like nothing is happening.
You can find Ainsley on Instagram and her mentor, Belinda as well. Belinda has a blog that makes for great reading that you should check out. She also blogs regularly on the MumHeart website.
Five in a Row is a picture book-driven curriculum that Ainsley began her homeschooling years with.
Ainsley referenced Teaching From Rest, which you can buy in Australia from our MumHeart shop (currently out of stock, so keep an eye out). She also recommended Educating the Wholehearted Child by Sally and Clay Clarkson.
You are going to love listening to Vanessa Curtis, who has so much wisdom to share with us about mothering lots of little people, individualising for learning styles and why we need to scrub the word “should” from our vocab.
Is it possible to homeschool without the roots of home and community? Brooke Pipes is a military wife who has navigated the challenges of homeschooling through decades of regular moving and stretches of single parenting. She’s also familiar with the challenges of mothering children across a broad age range, with a large gap in her children’s ages. We talk to Brooke about starting again, keeping a positive attitude, and how her homeschool graduates were able to achieve recognition for their work for university entrance.
Brooke had been reading Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller
She also mentioned Middlemarch, Lacey’s favourite book.
Alphacrusis College - Diploma of Leadership.
Institute for Excellence in Writing (Brooke mentioned the Elegant Essay which can be found here.
Awe by Paul David Tripp.
Barb Somervaille is the founder of MumHeart Australia and a friend to many homeschool mums. We get to ask her about her 26 years of homeschooling, her highlights, her many hobbies and the way she has been able to make and sustain friendships while mothering 8 wonderful children.
Corinna uses Chatbooks to make her family photo books
Sally Clarkson’s ministry and her book Educating the Wholehearted Child
Find details about our Victoria conference
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Find Barb on Instagram
In our very first episode, we take a chance to ask each other some questions about our history, our families and what homeschooling looks like for us. We also talk about why In Cahoots exists and where we are headed.
Find Lacey on Instagram and her blog
Find Corinna on Instagram
Find Mum Heart: Website, Instagram, Facebook