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Let's Talk Homeschool

Let's Talk Homeschool

By Davis Carman
Let’s Talk Homeschool is a podcast hosted by Davis and Rachael Carman. They have been homeschooling their seven kids since 1996. Currently five have graduated from their family homeschool and are in college or have already graduated. IOW, by God's grace, this adventure of a lifetime — called home education — has been very good for their family. They believe if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

*** This podcast is sponsored by Apologia Educational Ministries ***
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#46 Kids, Kids, and More Kids (pt 2 of 2)
This show is part of the Radically Intentional Parenting series. This is part 2 where we talk about things you should consider when it comes to having more kids including giving control back to God.
21:53
September 21, 2020
#45 Kids, Kids, and More Kids (pt 1 of 2)
This is part 5 of a 12 part series titled Radically Intentional Parenting. In this series, we’re talking about issues in a chronological order as much as possible. That is, we’re addresses topics as they most likely come to you. Part 1 was an introduction. Then in parts 2, 3, and 4, we covered church, meal times, and discipline, respectively. By now a couple has one or two kids and is facing that big question about whether to stop having babies or go for one more. Very few are looking at having as many blessings as God would bring into their family, and probably because that is too RADICAL of a thought. In this show we give our testimony about how we ended up with 7 arrows in our quiver.
17:51
September 14, 2020
#44 Devo. - A Brief Theology of Time
This episode is a short devotional about TIME with scripture references from Psalm 90:12, Genesis 1:1, Ephesians 2:10, James 4:14, Psalm 90:9, Proverbs 27:1, and Ephesians 5:15-16.
04:39
August 31, 2020
#43 Three Tips for Rookies
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many new homeschooling families. Are you one of the millions of brand new homeschoolers? If so, then this episode is for you. We present three tips that we wish we knew when we started our own homeschooling journey. We're hoping this helps you get off to a good start in this new school year.
22:04
August 17, 2020
#42 Butterfly Gardens
Our family loves butterflies. We have had a butterfly bush in our yard for 15+ years, and it definite attracts the butterflies. Several years ago, Rachael planted some milkweed, and eventually raised some Monarch butterflies. That was such an exciting project, that we turned a whole section of our front yard into a bonifide butterfly garden complete with milkweed, butterfly bushes, and more. Now every August and September, Rachael leads our family on a wonderful adventure of raising butterflies from eggs to caterpillars to chrysalises to butterflies. It’s a glorious journey from start to finish. And it’s a great way to start each new homeschool year. In this episode, Rachael shares some details so that you can do the same.
19:40
August 10, 2020
#41 COVID-19 Changes Education Forever, pt 2 of 2
COVID-19 has shaken parents and the educational system to their core. The pandemic has proven to be a disruption of epic proportions, interfering with public and private education, health care, government services, businesses large and small, churches, travel, sports, entertainment, international trade, and more. In this 2-part series, we take a closer look at the pandemic’s effects on K-12 education.
25:11
July 27, 2020
#40 COVID-19 Changes Education Forever, pt 1 of 2
COVID-19 has shaken parents and the educational system to their core. The pandemic has proven to be a disruption of epic proportions, interfering with public and private education, health care, government services, businesses large and small, churches, travel, sports, entertainment, international trade, and more. In this 2-part series, we take a closer look at the pandemic’s effects on K-12 education.
21:55
July 13, 2020
#39 Devo - Hypocrisy v. Integrity
This is a short 6-minute devotional based on Matthew 23:27.
06:15
June 29, 2020
#38 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 4 of 12, DISCIPLINE
Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work. It’s so hard that some parents essentially throw in the towel and let it happen to them rather than taking the bull by the horns and being proactive and intentional. It may seem easier, but trust us. You really don’t want to be a random, whatever kind of parent. In this episode, we talk about Discipline. What practical advise would you give to a parent who wants to break their child’s will without breaking their spirit. How can we get to their heart and not just their behavior? What does it look like to be intentional on this matter of discipline?
20:44
June 22, 2020
#37 Feel the Freedom
Homeschooling is often viewed as for the few, a minority, the called. Many homeschooling parents are an independent lot, comfortable with blazing new trails or taking the path less traveled. In the past few months, every family in America (and the world for that matter) have experienced what I call a mandatory trial run of homeschooling. Now everyone can say they did this at least once in their lives. Stories are surfacing reporting anywhere from 22 to 60% of parents plan to continue this fall. Is this because they enjoyed a new found quality of life, improved academic results, or the freedom to call the shots? Rachael, what would you say about the idea of “feeling the freedom?”
21:23
June 8, 2020
#36 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 3 of 12, Meal Times
Welcome to part 3 in a series titles RADICALLY INTENTIONAL PARENTING. Today we want to talk about Family Meal Times. In Deut 6, parents are told to teach their kids to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Then it gives four times to do this teaching. When you rise up, when you lie down, when you walk along the way, and when you sit down. I’m thinking some good “sit down” opportunities are meal times. Why is it important to be intentional about this aspect of family life?
20:20
May 25, 2020
#35 Let's Really Talk Homeschool
In March and April, millions of parents faced a mandatory trial run of homeschooling. Literally every family in America was forced to figure out school-at-home, parent-directed education, and homeschooling in one way or another. I’m sure parents learned quite a bit during this time. Some realized just how hard their kid’s teachers worked. Others discovered how inefficient the brick and mortar education model really is. And still others got to know their kids in a whole new way – maybe even liked having the whole family together all day. We found ourselves listening to many of these families and answering their questions about how to make this an adventure that is positive, good, productive, and exciting. Today, let’s take a close look at homeschooling and dive into some details. In other words, Let’s Really Talk Homeschool.
27:02
May 11, 2020
#34 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 2 of 12, Family Worship
Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work. It’s so hard that some parents essentially throw in the towel and let it happen to them rather than taking the bull by the horns and being proactive and intentional. We’ve all seen the results of this kind of random, que sera, whatever parenting. In this episode, we talk about church, devotions, and family worship. Why is it important to be intentional about this aspect of family life?
14:02
April 27, 2020
#33 High School - Thinking Out of the Box
When you homeschool, your kids may be in 3rd grade math, 4th grade science, and 5th grade writing. The point is, assigning a grade level isn’t that helpful. But what about high school? Should your student automatically graduate when they are 17 or 18 years old? What about taking a Gap Year? And what is this thing called a Super Senior Year? Hear the stories of how each of our kids had a very different high school experience, and you just might start thinking out of the box too.
17:57
April 13, 2020
#32 DEVO - Can You Rejoice During the Coronavirus Crisis?
Here's a timely devotional in light of the coronavirus pandemic and based on Philippians 4:4-13
10:57
March 30, 2020
#31 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 1 of 12 - Introduction
Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work. It’s so hard that some parents essentially throw in the towel and let it happen to them rather than taking the bull by the horns and being proactive and intentional. We’ve all seen the results of this kind of random parenting. But starting a discussion about intentional parenting can be like pressing some hot buttons. So another title for today’s show could be Hot Button Parenting. That’s your heads up. But remember that everything we discuss is meant to help you as parents. We want you to be affirmed, encouraged, challenged, and inspired. So hang on folks. This could be interesting. 
18:52
March 23, 2020
#30 Tribute to Chris Davis
Chris Davis passed away in October 2019. He was very instrumental in our own homeschooling journey in so many ways. In this episode, we share some of the ways that Chris and his ministry (The Elijah Company) shaped the start and continuation of our homeschooling adventure. 
19:13
March 9, 2020
#29 When Should You Expect Kids to Read?
Most kids start school around age 5 or 6 years old. And the first big accomplishment that parents and teachers are tracking is when the student can read. The pressure is on big time from day one. Will their kindergartener or first grader succeed or fail in this area? How will parents react if their little one struggles? What about the child? How much pressure do they end up feeling? We have seven children. We’ve been there. We look forward to setting you free with wisdom, data, experience, and perspective.
20:07
February 24, 2020
#28 Thief of Slaves with Randy McCoy
In this episode, I interview my longtime friend Randy McCoy. He is the author of a novel titled Thief of Slaves. If you or any of your kids are aspiring authors, then be sure to listen to this show.
18:50
February 10, 2020
#27 Goal Setting with Your Kids
January is often a time when people decide to get in shape, finish those projects, read those books, take that class, you know…get ‘er done. IOW, it’s a good time to set goals. Do you sit down with your kids and help them set goals too? It really isn’t that hard, and it can make a big difference in their life…now and down the road. What does this look like? We invite you to listen and learn.
21:18
January 27, 2020
#26 New Year Goal Setting
Happy New Year. It’s 2020. January is a month when people commonly make resolutions and goals for the year. We love engaging in this annual practice. Today, we’d like to share some of the details in our own goal making with hopes that you will take away some new and practical ideas. 
22:41
January 13, 2020
#25 Devotional - Psalm 37
This episode is a devotional based on Psalm 37.
04:29
December 30, 2019
#24 Mary Remembers
Today is December 23rd. Christmas is practically here folks. And we’ve got a special gift for you today. Today’s show includes a dramatization of the Christmas story called Mary Remembers. After the presentation, you can listen to an original song from the perspective of one of Jesus’s siblings called “This Brother of Mine” — written and composed by Anne MacCallum. The show will close with a gospel message.
28:15
December 23, 2019
#23 The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Christmas is often called the most wonderful time of the year. And for good reason. I hope you and your family have been able to slow down some and take in the true and full meaning of the Advent season. In order to help, today’s podcast is a Christmas devotional. Enjoy.
04:56
December 16, 2019
#22 Christmas Special - I Shall Not Want
It’s here. We are officially starting the Advent season. We hope you have plans to enjoy this holiday season, remember and ponder the incarnation of Jesus Christ, and make some good memories with loved ones. Christmas is also a time of gift giving…and receiving. So how can you help your little ones focus more on the real reason for the season and not get caught up in all the commercialization that is brightly displayed in front of them at stores?
17:45
December 2, 2019
#21 Thanksgiving Traditions
It’s Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, this episode is being published a week early in order to make sure you have plenty of time to hear it before Thanksgiving Day. We love Thanksgiving, and today we want to share some of our other Thanksgiving family traditions and why this holiday is one of our absolute favorites.
19:37
November 18, 2019
#20 Thanksgiving Tree
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Some people think of it as a mere speed bump on the way to Christmas. We love Christmas, but we also love Thanksgiving. Today, we want to share one of our favorite Thanksgiving family traditions. We actually start this one November 1st and keep it going every day up to Thanksgiving Day.
19:20
November 4, 2019
#19 Top Mistakes Homeschoolers Make
Homeschooling is hard and scary. You certainly don’t want to mess up your kids worse than they already are and prove to all your critics that you can’t do this. It really is easy to mess up in the frenzy of it all. We want to help you succeed and avoid making these common mistakes, so listen and take note of six top mistakes that homeschooling families often make.
22:04
October 28, 2019
#18 Early Morning Bus Rides
Once upon a time, we envisioned our kids getting on a little yellow school bus and going away for 6-7 luxurious hours each week day.  Yet these buses pick up kids at early morning hours when the sun hasn’t even come up yet. Our society is already sleep deprived, so would you really put your innocent 4, 5, or 6 year old on one of these vehicles at six-something in the morning? What better opportunity does homeschooling provide? 
21:14
October 14, 2019
#17 Devo - Praise Him in the Storm
This show includes a devotional based on Lamentations 2:21-23 and 3:22-23.
06:30
September 30, 2019
#16 Don't Stop at High School, part 2
Why is it that so many families stop homeschooling when their kids get to high school? Is it because they don’t think homeschooling in high school is serious enough? Is it because they want their kids to get a “real” diploma? What’s going on here? How valuable would you rate a homeschool diploma? Davis and Rachael certainly have their answer to this question. This episode is part 2.
22:32
September 23, 2019
#15 Don't Stop at High School, part 1
Why is it that so many families stop homeschooling when their kids get to high school? Is it because they don’t think homeschooling in high school is serious enough? Is it because they want their kids to get a “real” diploma? What’s going on here? We discuss the benefits of continuing to home educate your students all the way to high school graduation. This episode is part 1 of 2.
23:40
September 9, 2019
LTH #014 - Pets in School
Has it ever struck you as odd that pets are not allowed in school? I guess it makes sense in many regards. But what kid wouldn’t love to have their pet sitting on the floor next to their desk while they do their writing assignment or take their math test. What do you think? Should homeschooling families be intentional about letting their family pet be an integral part of their students study time? In this episode, we talk about why we believe pets should be allowed to go to school…at least to homeschool. 
21:00
August 26, 2019
LTH #013 - Benefits of Having the Same Teacher Each Year
Who was your favorite teacher? We all have one. We think it’s a shame that students can’t have their favorite teacher for more than one year. As far as we know, homeschooling is the only way that allows for this benefit. In this show, we talk about why it is so good for your kids to have the same teacher each year. 
22:13
August 12, 2019
LTH #012 - Devotional, Rooted in Christ
This is a short, five-minute devotional based on Ephesians 3:17-18.
05:32
July 29, 2019
LTH #011 - Teacher Strikes
It seems like every year we hear stories of teachers going on strike. It happens in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and many other cities, big and small. People often have strong feelings of support or frustration with teacher strikes. What about homeschool teachers? Do they ever go on strike? In this episode, we discuss the issues related to burnout, wanting to quit, or when a homeschool teacher just needs more of something (appreciation or purpose) to keep going.
24:37
July 22, 2019
LTH #010 - Master Students
In this show, we talk about what it looks like to customize your family homeschool to each individual child. The result could be that your children become masters in their field of study. 
24:58
July 8, 2019
LTH #009 - Love of Learning
In this show, we talk about ways to instill a love of learning in the hearts, minds, and attitudes of your children. After all, wouldn't it be great if your kids actually loved school (and learning) — especially when they are homeschooled?
25:56
June 24, 2019
LTH #008 - Celebrate
This show takes a broad and sweeping look at the idea of celebrating the milestones of homeschooling. Don't miss the big and small moments that  you get to experience together as a family on this adventure of a lifetime that we call home education.
25:28
June 10, 2019
LTH #007 - Inspire
In this episode, we work to inspire you to take full advantage of the opportunity you have to homeschool. Light a fire in the hearts and minds of your children and take your homeschool to the next level, to new heights.
23:09
May 27, 2019
LTH #006 - Challenge
In this show, we assume you are committed to home educating your kids. Now we want to challenge you to take it to the next level and make the most of this amazing opportunity to teach and train your kids at home.
26:33
May 13, 2019
LTH #005.5 - Devotional - Is Life Squeezing You Like a Sponge?
This is a unique episode meant to encourage you. It's a short devotional to fill a week while you wait for the next regularly scheduled show. This devotional is based on John 7:37-38.
06:10
April 29, 2019
LTH #005 - Encourage
In this episode, we encourage homeschooling families to persevere. Please don't quit. At least keep at it for 3 or 4 years. Statistics show that you just might make it if you can get through through those first few tough years of figuring it out.
22:34
April 22, 2019
LTH #004 - Affirm
In this episode, we AFFIRM your decision to homeschool. There will be plenty of people (family, friends, and strangers) who will not support your decision to take this path less traveled. But Davis and Rachael will not be on that list. They firmly support your decision to homeschool.
27:51
April 8, 2019
LTH #003 - Me? Homeschool?, part 2
This is part two (and the conclusion) of the story about how God used a providential two-by-four to get us started in this adventure of home education.
22:54
March 25, 2019
LTH #002 - Me? Homeschool?
This episode is part one of the story about how we got started homeschooling.
21:42
March 14, 2019
LTH #001 - Trailer
In this episode, we talk about what this show is all about.
11:38
February 14, 2019