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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. As of 2022, all seven 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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#132 Top 10 Reasons to Homeschool
This was such a fun episode to record. We love homeschooling, and literally have hundreds of reasons to share why it is the ideal way to raise, train, and educate your kids. In this show, we share a top 10. And let me tell you -- they are really good reasons!
25:49
August 15, 2022
#131 Apologia Live Online Classes with Larry Blythe
In this episode I interview Larry Blythe, the director of Apologia's Live Online Classes since 2009. We discuss why this cutting edge technology works so well and why it is very different from the last-minute online format implemented by many schools during the pandemic.
24:55
August 08, 2022
#130 Who Am I? (part 4 of 8) - The Altar
Apologia publishes a 4-volume series called the What We Believe series. It's a worldview study endorsed by the late Chuck Colson. The second volume in the series is titled, Who Am I? In that text, several stories are included to illustrate the lessons. This podcast is the FOURTH of an 8-part series where you can listen to the story titled: THE ALTAR.
23:01
August 01, 2022
#129 Three Reasons to Expect Another Spike in the Homeschool Population
The homeschool population doubled in the fall of 2020. The main reason can be traced back to the COVID-19 and fears related to the pandemic. In this episode, we offer three reasons why we believe there is good reasons to expect another surge in the number of homeschoolers this fall (2022).
19:43
July 25, 2022
#128 Micro-Schools, an Interview with David Hazel of My Father's World
In this show, I talk with David Hazel of My Father's World. We discuss the state of education in American, homeschools, and micro-schools.
19:58
July 18, 2022
#127 Closing Our Homeschool
On June 2, 2022, I called Rachael into my office, sat her down, and took her hand. Then with tears in our eyes, I clicked "confirm" to officially close our homeschool after 26 years of operation. 
24:21
July 11, 2022
#126 Who Am I? (part 3 of 8) - The Wooden Bird
Apologia publishes a 4-volume series called the What We Believe series. It's a worldview study endorsed by the late Chuck Colson. The second volume in the series is titled, Who Am I? In that text, several stories are included to illustrate the lessons. This podcast is the THIRD of an 8-part series where you can listen to the story titled: THE WOODEN BIRD.
25:06
July 04, 2022
#125 Students Attacking Teachers
In the first 142 days of the 2021-2022 Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school district, there were 290 reports of students attacking staff members. One result is that teachers are leaving the profession in record numbers creating a teacher shortage. Will this be yet another reason parents wake up, realize the water is boiling, take their kids out of the system, and start homeschooling?
17:13
June 27, 2022
#124 Self-Paced Courses with Dan Martin
Apologia publishes a product line of digital Self-Paced courses. In this show, online instructor Dan Martin joins me to explain how these work, what makes them unique, and how a student can get the most out of them.
24:58
June 20, 2022
#123 Be Patient and Smile
Service companies are experiencing a staffing shortage, which means they can't take care of customers as fast as they would like. Unfortunately, many customers are rude and impatient. However, we can smile and treat people well with respect, patience, and a friendly attitude. And this is an opportunity to teach our children the importance of our Christian testimony in the marketplace. We even share a tip we used with our kids called "C-H-C-A." Listen in and we promise to share the secret code.
19:55
June 13, 2022
#122 Who Am I? (part 2 of 8) - The Pocket Knife
Apologia publishes a 4-volume series called the What We Believe series. It's a worldview study endorsed by the late Chuck Colson. The second volume in the series is titled, Who Am I? In that text, several stories are included to illustrate the lessons. This podcast is the SECOND of an 8-part series where you can listen to the story titled: THE POCKET KNIFE.
23:13
June 06, 2022
#121 Devotional - The Holy Spirit
This is a super short devotional (barely 3 minutes long) based on Job 33:4.
03:18
May 30, 2022
#120 Only Two Options
The wide world of education has been changing through the years. Once upon a time, the issues school-age students faced weren't nearly as formidable as they are today. With the aggressive woke, anti-God, anti-life, anti-American agenda in today's public schools, a Christian family simply must take this educational option off the table. That leaves only two options: private Christian schools and homeschooling.
22:15
May 23, 2022
#119 Cancelling Disney+ and Other Woke Subscriptions
With the not-so-secret news that Disney is going full-blown woke, many people have cancelled their Disney+ subscriptions. This is well and good, but we want to challenge these same families to also cancel their woke public school memberships.
20:13
May 16, 2022
#118 Leadership Lessons Learned in the Trenches
When working with people, you should expect that conflict will be inevitable. But combat is optional. So what are some practical tips? I believe that every leader can be more effective by learning and practicing the four leadership lessons presented in this episode.
20:38
May 09, 2022
#117 Who Am I? (part 1 of 8) - Sasha's Choice
Apologia publishes a 4-volume series called the What We Believe series. It's a worldview study endorsed by the late Chuck Colson. The second volume in the series is titled, Who Am I? In that text, several stories are included to illustrate the lessons. This podcast is the FIRST of an 8-part series where you can listen to the story titled: SASHA'S CHOICE.
24:07
May 02, 2022
#116 - You Are a Homeschool Hero
You are a homeschool hero. As a matter of fact, you are “da bomb”! (That’s a good thing.) Your family believes in you. Now it’s time to start believing in yourself. You can to this thing called home education. And it's good for your kids. Now go save the day.
21:24
April 25, 2022
#115 Home School Teacher Appreciation Day
Today is your day: Home School Teacher Appreciation Day. Listen to this presentation that Davis gave in April 2015 titled: Homeschool Teachers Are Da' BOMB. (That's a good thing.)
28:36
April 18, 2022
#114 Exploring Creation with Mathematics
In this episode, I interview Kathryn Gomes, the author of a new elementary level math curricula published by Apologia. It's called: Exploring Creation with Mathematics. It’s been field tested and is designed specifically for homeschooling families. It contains strong science and faith connections, which makes it unique. And the reviews are outstanding.
23:29
April 11, 2022
#113 What is Evil in Culture that We Need to Stop or Resist?
This is #4 in a 4-part series where we are asking questions about culture. In this show, we ask what is bad or evil in culture that we need to stop or resist. No surprise, we look at it from the perspective of our wheelhouse - education...and more specifically...home education.
17:56
April 04, 2022
#112 Are You on a School Waiting List?
A large number of families have opted out of public school, which we believe is good. Many parents made a decision to send their kids to private school. But here’s the deal. Private schools rely on brick-and-mortar buildings to provide classroom space. And this is a limited commodity with a very real cap. In other words, private schools can only accept so many new students before they must stop enrollment. The result is that waiting lists at private schools have skyrocketed. When you decide to homeschool, you won't be on a waiting list.
20:59
March 28, 2022
#111 Homeschooling by Force, Fear, or Faith
Many families start their homeschooling journey with a providential two-by-four over the head. In other words...by force. Then doubts and fears creep in. What does it look like to make a transition such that you are homeschooling by faith? 
21:15
March 21, 2022
#110 The Young Explorer Series by Jeannie Fulbright
Jeannie Fulbright is the author of 7 elementary level science textbooks published by Apologia. In this show, Jeannie answers several questions about the series so that homeschooling parents can help their kids enjoy exploring God's creation.
22:34
March 14, 2022
#109 What's Broken in Culture that We Can Restore?
This is the 3rd in a 4-part series in which we look at questions related to culture. In this episode, we ask what is broken in culture that we can work to restore? IOW, what was good, is now broken and no longer working -- we want it in our life, but something has to change and improve to make things right again, maybe in a whole new paradigm-shifting way? We'll discuss an answer we believe to be true.
17:27
March 07, 2022
#108 The Vaccine Hot Potato
Do you even remember what your opinion on vaccines was prior to COVID? In this show, we take you back to June of 2019 when the New York City school system removed the provision for religious exemption with regard to vaccines. Then we recount the 2020-2021 school year, which was a complete disaster. Schools developed a COVID response plan that included tase masks, social distancing, plastic barriers, and online teaching. All these requirements were totally impractical for the millions of K-12 students still in the system. What do parents want in tough times as well as "normal" times? We attempt to answer this important question.
16:25
February 28, 2022
#107 Eight Who Lived Like They Were Dying, pt. 8 of 8, Jim Elliot
This is the last in an 8-part series on missionary biographies. I think we saved one of th best for last. In this show, you will hear about the life of Jim Elliot who was prepared to give his life for tribal Indians in South America. This is a must-hear message from Pastor Jerry McCaghren.
44:29
February 21, 2022
#106 The Ultimate Homeschool Planner
In this show, Rachael explains how The Ultimate Homeschool Planner works. They are authored by Deb Bell and published by Apologia specifically developed with the homeschool mom in mind. Which of the four color options will you choose?
20:14
February 14, 2022
#105 What's Missing in Culture that We Can Contribute?
This is the second in a four-part series where we are asking what's good, missing, broken, and evil in our culture. In this episode we focus on what is missing in culture that we can creatively contribute. We share three things that we believe are missing. These are things we also believe are possible for Christians and homeschooling families to add or contribute to the culture of our families, churches, and communities.
20:27
February 07, 2022
#104 It's Not Easy to Climb Smooth Mountains
Americans tend to like things to be quick and easy. This certainly applies to meals (think microwaves, cereal, and "instant" oatmeal). What about homeschooling? Does the realization that educating your kids at home will be long and hard strengthen your resolve to stick with it? We certainly want you to persevere because the sacrifices are well worth it.
16:16
January 31, 2022
#103 Eight Who Lived Like They Were Dying, #7 of 8 (Amy Carmichael)
This show is part of a series of missionary biographies presented by Pastor Jerry McCaghren (Rachael's dad). This one is on the life of Amy Carmichael.
33:11
January 24, 2022
#102 What's Good in Culture that We Can Promote?
What's good in culture today that we can promote, protect, and celebrate? This is the first in a series of four related questions that we'll answer.
17:56
January 17, 2022
#101 Devotional - The Cups of Communion
This episode is a short devotional based on Matthew 26:27–28.
06:09
January 10, 2022
#100 Eat the Frog - Goal Setting
When it comes to goal setting, have you ever heard of the concept called "Eat the frog?" In this show, we explain what it means and how it works so that you can accomplish your big goals, projects, and tasks.
17:53
January 03, 2022
#99 Eight Who Lived Like They Were Dying, #6 of 8 - Mary Slessor
This is a series of missionary biographies as presented by Rachael's dad and preacher, Jerry McCaghren. In this show, he shares the life of missionary Mary Slessor.
32:27
December 27, 2021
#98 Advent - The Incarnation
The incarnation may be the biggest mystery of the Christian faith. In this episode, we unpack some thoughts on this topic from author J.I. Packer from his book: Knowing God.
18:51
December 20, 2021
#97 Holiday Baking
It's the Christmas holiday season. And what could be better than to spend time cooking and baking with family. In this show we share some of what happens in our kitchen during this holiday season.
19:40
December 13, 2021
#96 Know. Be. Live. An interview with John Basie, part 2 of 2
IN this show, we continue our conversation with John Basie, the author and general editor of a new book titled: Know. Be. Live.
21:41
December 06, 2021
#95 Know. Be. Live. An Interview with John Basie, part 1 of 2
In this episode, we talk with John Basie, the author and general editor of a new book titled: Know. Be. Live.
18:52
November 29, 2021
#94 A Carman Family Thanksgiving
Our family loves Thanksgiving. We will have 18 at our house for the week. In this show, we share some of our family plans, activities, and traditions for this holiday.
22:04
November 22, 2021
#93 Why Creation-Based Science?
Apologia publishes Creation-based science curriculum. But there are other options based on different worldviews. In this show, we give a brief overview of Materialism, Transcendentalism, and Postmodernism comparing these worldviews to Theism (aka Creationism) making a case that Creation-based science is the best and most reasonable model from which to study the world around us.
20:19
November 15, 2021
#92 Prayer Focus #10 of 10
This is the 10th and final prayer focused podcast for 2021. In this show, we pray that homeschooling can be a way for the Gospel of Christ to be shared, heard, and believed.
16:58
November 08, 2021
#91 Eight Who Lived Like They Were Dying, part 5 of 8 (Hudson Taylor)
This is part 5 in a series of 8 missionary biographies. This episode covers the life of Hudson Taylor.
44:24
November 01, 2021
#90 Book Extras for The Word in Motion curriculum
The curricula we publish at Apologia has the following components: Textbook, Notebooking Journal, Audio Book, Video, and Book Extras. In this show, we want to talk about Book Extras. It is our most popular website, and for good reason. There is a wealth of additional content that adds tremendous value to the learning experience. So let’s talk about what is on the Book Extras website for The Word in Motion OT and NT courses.
21:26
October 25, 2021
#89 Homeschool Rocks
Have you ever seen those rocks in front of public school buildings with a spray-painted message announcing the news of a kid's birthday? That’s all well and good, but we can think of much bigger news to share. We believe that the best news going on in America right now is the homeschooling movement. In other words, "Homeschooling Rocks." And when you think of rocks, do priorities also come to mind? You know, the important things in life. If you don’t already know, let me inform or remind you that homeschooling provides the best answers for the big rocks of life, especially when it comes to the education, socialization, training in righteousness, and overall well-being of your children. IN this show, we share some big rocks that you can prioritize when you homeschool.
19:21
October 18, 2021
#88 Prayer Focus #9 of 10 - The International Homeschool Movement
This is #9 in a 10-part series where we are praying for the homeschool community. In this show, we pray specifically for the international homeschool movement.
15:21
October 11, 2021
#87 Eight Who Lived Like They Were Dying, #4 of 8 - John Paton
The  biography of missionary John Paton. Presented by Pastor Jerry McCaghren. Based on the YWAM series.
38:20
October 04, 2021
#86 Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
On May 23, 2021, Eric Carle passed away after a lifetime of achievements spanning 91 years. He is best known for his illustrated children’s books including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Carle is quoted as saying that he attempted to “…bridge the gap between the home and school...home represents...warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child…I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases, we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown…” Wow. I couldn't agree more. And what a pro homeschool statement.
15:53
September 27, 2021
#85 The Word in Motion - It's Time to Make Your Move
Apologia has launch of a brand new Bible curriculum that they are publishing in partnership with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. Already thousands of copies are in the hands of families as they gear up to start using it this school year. Today we will talk with the author, our very own Rachael Carman. She has plenty to say about this new curriculum and how to make the most of your study of God’s Word.
18:22
September 20, 2021
#84 Prayer Focus #8 of 10
This is number 8 of a 10-part series where we are praying for the homeschool movement. In this show, we are praying for all the families who are just now starting their school year. We pray everyone gets off to a great start.
13:12
September 13, 2021
#83 Devotional - Are You Prepared for the Second Coming?
This is a devotional based on Matthew 24:42 through 25:30 with a reference to 1 Peter 4:7-10.
04:13
September 06, 2021
#82 Eight Who Lived Like They Were Dying, #3 of 8 - George Mueller
In this episode of our missionary series, Pastor Jerry McCaghren presents a short biography of George Mueller.
40:15
August 30, 2021
#81 Gov't Preschools
You may have heard that the current presidential administration is proposing that the government get into the business of providing “free” preschool. Of course, it won’t be free. But I’m getting ahead of myself. In this show, we take a quick look at the pros and cons of the idea.
21:12
August 23, 2021
#80 Mr and Mrs Lastname
I worked in children’s ministries for three decades (the 1990’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s). One of my pet peeves was the trend of introducing the adult leaders as Mr Joseph or Miss Susie. When I was the Commander of AWANA I insisted that all kids address the adult leaders as Mr Smith or Mrs Jones. What do you think? Was this really necessary? Or was I trying to be a fish swimming upstream for no good reason?
16:00
August 16, 2021
#79 Prayer Focus # 7 of 10
This month's prayer focus is for the big decision families will be making to start their own homeschool journey, continue for a second year, or commit for the long-term.
20:06
August 09, 2021
#78 Eight Who Lived Like They were Dying, part 2 of 8 - Adoniram Judson
This is number 2 in an 8 part series about the life of missionaries. This episode is about the life of Adoniram Judson. Jerry McCaghren, a pastor for 50 years, is the presenter. He is Rachael's father and spent time in the mission field to many countries including South Africa and India.
45:00
August 02, 2021
#77 What Will It Take?
Many parents stepped out in faith and joined the homeschool movement in the fall of 2020. It wasn’t part of their plan, but drastic changes in the world forced them to be more intentional than ever about the education of their kids. Maybe you seriously considered the possibility of homeschooling last fall but decided to give conventional schools another chance. As this school year unfolded, you became more frustrated with your school’s response to COVID-19. It could also be that some other irritation was on a slow boil, simmering in the background. Our question to you today is this: What will it take? In this episode, we take a look at the issues at stake.
23:27
July 26, 2021
#76 Prayer Focus #6 of 10
This year—in 2021—we want to invite you to join us in a new prayer initiative. Each month we’re going to focus on one specific prayer for the homeschooling community and the movement we represent collectively. Today we’re going to look at the 6th item on our new list of 10: That homeschool resource providers will be able to supply the increased demand.
19:40
July 19, 2021
#75 Why Study the Bible
Apologia just launched a brand new Bible curriculum titled The Word in Motion. Rachael is the author – pretty cool. And one of our sons is the illustrator – doubly cool. This two-volume study is published in partnership with Walk Thru the Bible. What makes this course different from others? But more importantly, why is Bible study so important in the first place?
17:51
July 12, 2021
#74 COVID Baby Boom or Bust?
When our country locked down in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many jokingly quipped that people will either get fat and lazy, get in the best shape of their lives, or get pregnant. When January 2021 rolled around, the world anxiously awaited the news. Was there about to be a baby boom? Our 3rd grandchild was born late January – a clear and undeniable COVID baby. Sadly, the overall US and world statistics showed a baby bust. Is this good or bad news? What does this say about our culture? What should the homeschooling community think and do about this trend?
22:13
July 05, 2021
#73 Eight Who Lived Like They Were Dying, pt 1 of 8 (William Carey)
This is the first of a new 8-part series on Christian Missionaries. Pastor Jerry McCaghren presents a message about the life of William Carey who served in India.
47:08
June 28, 2021
#72 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 12 of 12
If you’ve been following this 12-part series on Radically Intentional Parenting, you know 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 through 11, we covered church, meal times, discipline, family size, K12 Education, extra-curr. activities, sleepovers, fashion statements, media/screens/internet, and finally dating, courting, and marriage prep. Today in part 12, We wrap it all up with a summary and conclusion. 
20:42
June 21, 2021
#71 Grade Inflation
In December 2020, a story reported that every student in the Durham, North Carolina, public schools would receive an A on their annual end-of-year exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grade inflation is already a widely known fact, but what are the implications? And more directly to our homeschooling audience, what’s the take-away for families that are educating their kids at home?
19:21
June 14, 2021
#70 Prayer Focus # 5 of 10
This year—in 2021—we want to invite you to join us in a new prayer initiative. Each month we’re going to focus on one specific prayer for the homeschooling community and the movement we represent collectively. Today we’re going to look at the 5th item on our new list of 10: That families will be able to say they had awesome homeschool experiences. Better than they ever imagined.
16:31
June 07, 2021
#69 Devotional - Prayer Puzzles
This episode is a devotional based on Jeremiah 33:3.
05:23
May 31, 2021
#68 Homeschool Graduations
This month, on May 19, we celebrated the graduation of our son Joseph. He is the sixth one of our seven kids to graduate from the Carman Family Home School. In this episode, we want to share some of our memories of graduations past, our joys of graduations present, and our hope for graduations to come.
16:42
May 24, 2021
#67 The Word in Motion Bible Curriculum, part 2 of 2
This year Apologia is launching a brand new Bible curriculum titled The Word in Motion. And our very own Rachael Carman is the author. Today, we want to share some details about how it works and what you can expect, and news about how you can find out more and order a copy for your family.
13:14
May 17, 2021
#66 The Word in Motion Bible Curriculum, part 1 of 2
This year Apologia is launching a brand new Bible curriculum titled The Word in Motion. And our very own Rachael Carman is the author. Today, we want to share the history behind the making of this new resource.
26:47
May 10, 2021
#65 Prayer Focus, pt 4 of 10
During the summer of 2020, the team at Apologia prayed every day for the homeschooling movement. At the time there were millions of families who were seriously considering whether or not to jump into the deep end of the pool and start their own homeschooling journey. This year—in 2021—we want to invite you to join us in a new prayer initiative. Each month we’re going to focus on one specific prayer for the homeschooling community and the movement we represent collectively. Today we’re going to look at the 4th item on our new list: That kids will love learning and be able to say “I love homeschool.”
18:57
May 03, 2021
#64 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 11 of 12: Dating, Courting, and Marriage Prep
If you’ve been following this 12-part series on Radically Intentional Parenting, you know 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 through 10, we covered church, meal times, discipline, family size, K12 Education, extra-curr. activities, sleepovers, fashion statements, and media/screens/internet. Today in part 11, we discuss the help you can give your kids in navigating the dating, courting, and marriage prep scene. 
22:41
April 26, 2021
#63 The Power of a Private Parenting Crisis
We listen to the Matt Walsh show. He has a segment where he cancels someone or something. In January he cancelled a mom who recorded her parenting crisis, then posted it for the world to see. We want to add our commentary and elaborate on some of the points he made that we believe are worth reiterating and looking at real close.
16:57
April 19, 2021
#62 Prayer Focus, pt 3 of 10
During the summer of 2020, the team at Apologia prayed every day for the homeschooling movement. At the time there were millions of families who were seriously considering whether or not to jump into the deep end of the pool and start their own homeschooling journey. This year—in 2021—we want to invite you to join us in a new prayer initiative. Each month we’re going to focus on one specific prayer for the homeschooling community and the movement we represent collectively. Today we’re going to look at the 3rd item on our new list: That family relationships and bonds will grow close and strong.
21:09
April 12, 2021
#61 Devotional - Baptized in the Name
A devotional based on Matthew 28:18-20
04:10
March 29, 2021
#60 Radically Intentional Parenting, pt. 10 of 12 - Media & Screens
In this 12-part series on Radically Intentional Parenting, we are 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 through 9, we covered church, meal times, discipline, family size, K12 Education, extra-curr. activities, sleepovers, and fashion statements. Today in part 10, you are most likely at a point when your kid started asking for a smart phone. What is the right age to let your son or daughter have their own? How do you protect them from the inherent dangers? Easy to answer; hard to make happen.
22:04
March 22, 2021
#59 Prayer Focus, pt. 1&2 of 10
During the summer of 2020, the team at Apologia prayed every day for the homeschooling movement. We were focused on four specific prayer requests. This year—in 2021—we want to invite you to join us in a new prayer initiative. Each month we’re going to focus on one specific prayer for the homeschooling community and the movement we represent collectively. Today we’re going to look at the first two of the ten prayers on our list. 
20:32
March 08, 2021
#58 Radically Intentional Parenting (part 9 of 12) - Fashion Statements
In this 12-part series on Radically Intentional Parenting, 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 through 8, we covered church, meal times, discipline, family size, K12 Education, extra-curr. activities, and sleepovers. Today in part 9, you are most likely at a point when your kid started asking about tattoos, ear or body piercings, bikinis, or other fashion statements that make you nervous. Do you feel your grip loosening? Do you let them decide these things on their own? Are their any dangers? We offer two main suggestions.
19:33
February 22, 2021
#57 What School Choice Will Parents Make in 2021?
The homeschool market doubled from 2019 to 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was largely the reason for this significant demographic shift. Will all the newbies be one and done? Will the homeschool population remain flat? Or will there be another surge of new families that decide enough is enough and make the jump to home education? In this episode, we paint four possible scenarios. We even go out on a limb and make a bold prediction. 
24:03
February 08, 2021
#56 - You Can Do This and It's Good for Your Kids
Most reports agree that the homeschool community grew from 3 million to 6 million this last August. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic was largely the catalyst causing families to decide to give homeschooling a try last fall. We want to share two important messages to everyone today. 1) You can do this. And 2) It’s good, really good for your kids.
21:34
January 25, 2021
#55 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 8 of 12, Sleepovers
In this 12-part series on Radically Intentional Parenting, 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 through 7, we covered church, meal times, discipline, family size, K12 Education, and extra-curr. activities. Today in part 8, you are most likely at a point when your kid got their first invitation to a sleepover. Do you let them go? Are these nothing but innocent fun and games? Are their any dangers? Listen and find out what a radically intentional parent can do?
17:47
January 11, 2021
#54 Big Rocks and Goal Setting
Happy New Year. It’s 2021. 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 goal setting with hopes that you will take away some new and practical ideas. We'll look at long-term, medium term, short-term, and now-term strategies.
21:03
January 04, 2021
#53 Mary Remembers - A Christmas Special
Today is December 21st. 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.
28:16
December 21, 2020
#52 Christmas Special
It’s here. We are officially starting the Advent season. As a matter of fact, we’re already in the second week of Advent. 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 often a time of gift giving…and receiving. So how can you help your family, and especially the little ones, focus more on the real reason for the season and not get caught up in all the stuff? In this show, we share some ideas to help.
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December 07, 2020
#51 Thanksgiving Special
It’s Thanksgiving. What do you have planned for this week? We love Thanksgiving, and on this show we share some of our  Thanksgiving family traditions and why this holiday is one of our absolute favorites.
14:58
November 23, 2020
#50 Radically Intentional Parenting (part 7 of 12) - Extracurricular Activities, Including Sports
This is part 7 of a 12-part series on Radically Intentional Parenting. Part 1 was an introduction. Then in parts 2 through 6, we covered church, meal times, discipline, family size, and K12 Education. Now you are most likely at a point when your kids are getting more involved in extra curricular activities. It’s real easy to overcommit. So how do you choose between soccer, tee-ball, ballet, piano, taekwondo, 4-H, math club, chess club, and the myriad of other options. How do you decide what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to? We'll provide some ideas from our experience.
22:49
November 09, 2020
#49 The Routine, Rhythm, and Flow of the Day
You may have heard homeschooling referred to as a lifestyle. That’s great, but maybe right now you’re just trying to figure out how to have structure, order, or some kind of routine to each day. And the kids just aren’t cooperating. So how can you “go with the flow” yet still have a rhythm that you and your kids can enjoy as you spend all this time together and work to educate them at home? Tips and practical advice included in this episode.
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October 26, 2020
#48 Radically Intentional Parenting, part 6 of 12 - K-12 Educational Options
In this 12-part series on Radically Intentional Parenting, we’re talking about issues in a chronological order as much as possible. Part 1 was an introduction. Then in parts 2 through 5, we covered church, meal times, discipline, and family size. Now you are most likely at a point when you need to make decisions about how your kids will be educated. Will you choose public school, private school, or homeschool? What should be considered in this important decision? Is there an ideal? We'll help walk you through some things to consider.
21:58
October 12, 2020
#47 The Tidal Wave of Homeschooling is Here
When the shelter-at-home orders were put in place in March of 2020, millions of families suddenly found themselves in a mandatory trial run of homeschooling. As the weeks turned into months and a new school year approached, a large number of these families decided to stay the course and continue educating their kids at home. Curriculum providers, like Apologia, found themselves struggling to supply the increased demand for resources. Homeschooling was already the most significant educational movement of the last 50 years. Now a coronavirus pandemic ushered in a tidal wave of new homeschooling families. Are you riding the wave or treading water, lost and adrift at sea?
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September 28, 2020
#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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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July 13, 2020
#39 Devo - Hypocrisy v. Integrity
This is a short 6-minute devotional based on Matthew 23:27.
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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?
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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?”
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June 08, 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?
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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.
27:03
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?
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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.
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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
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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 09, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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January 13, 2020
#25 Devotional - Psalm 37
This episode is a devotional based on Psalm 37.
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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.
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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.
04:57
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?
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December 02, 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.
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November 04, 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? 
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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.
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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.
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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.
23:41
September 09, 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.
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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 08, 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.
23:10
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 08, 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.
22:55
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.
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February 14, 2019