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The Homeschool Expert Podcast

The Homeschool Expert Podcast

By Homeschool Expert

The Homeschool Expert Podcast is a lively conversation with experts in education to help anyone homeschool. From university deans to curriculum providers to parents teaching at home for decades, there is no subject left untouched, with plenty of laughs and stories along the way. Visit HomeschoolExpert.com for videos, articles, books, and more to help you learn how to homeschool with confidence.
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The Homeschool Awakening
The Homeschool Awakening
How is homeschooling changing in America, and why does that matter to parents from all backgrounds? Join Kirk Cameron and Caleb Price as they talk with Anne about what they discovered while making their upcoming film, The Homeschool Awakening (in theatres June 13-14, 2022). (E:52)
38:17
May 28, 2022
The Story of the World
The Story of the World
How do we make history meaningful to our children? Join Anne as she talks with Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Story of the World and other fundamental works in the learning space about what it means to be part of that story. (E:51)
01:02:17
May 22, 2022
Raising Critical Thinkers
Raising Critical Thinkers
Do we have what it takes to raise our kids to be critical thinkers, and why does that matter?  Join Anne as she talks to Julie Bogart--homeschool legend and founder of The Brave Writer program--about her most recent book, Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent’s Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age. (E:50)
01:10:51
April 13, 2022
The Facts of Homeschooling
The Facts of Homeschooling
Who tracks national data on home education and researches best practices?  Join Anne as she talks with Dr. Brian Ray, President of the NHERI, about where homeschooling has been, where it’s headed, and how we know if it’s working. (E:49)
54:27
March 20, 2022
Newbies (Part 3)
Newbies (Part 3)
What's it like to homeschool the first year? Continuing in this series, Anne talks with Jenn about homeschooling—what worked, what she loved, and how she accidentally started homeschooling in the first place. (E:48)
49:03
March 19, 2022
Talking the News With Our Kids
Talking the News With Our Kids
Is keeping our kids current on the news important? Join Anne as she talks with Jonathan Woods, Nick Eicher, and Rebecca Cochrane of World News Group about how we can thoughtfully discuss current events from any perspective. (E:47)
47:37
February 25, 2022
101, And Counting…
101, And Counting…
What was it like to survive Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and live through nearly all of the 20th Century?  Join Anne as she interviews special guest, Miss Theo, about reaching her 101st  birthday and honoring her memories over those years. (E:46)
31:29
January 29, 2022
Homeschooling And Autism
Homeschooling And Autism
Is it possible to homeschool students with ASD, and is that even a good idea given many Autistic's unique social needs? Join Anne as she talks with Temple Grandin—prominent American scientist and animal behaviorist— about what it was like to grow up autistic, what helped her love learning, and why she thinks homeschooling is a great option.(E:45)
43:03
January 18, 2022
Why History?
Why History?
Why does it matter how we teach history to our children if it’s just a bunch of dates, places, and people they might never personally experience anyway?  Join Anne as she talks with Charlene, Ray, and John Notgrass about what turned history from drudgery, to passion, to one of the most notable family-run curriculum providers in America. (E:44)
01:08:11
October 30, 2021
Talking Politics With Our Kids
Talking Politics With Our Kids
How do we teach our kids about politics when it feels complicated and sometimes polarizing?  Join Anne as she talks with Michael Wear—author, former White House staffer, and founder of Public Square Strategies—about why it's important to talk politics with our kids and how to invite them to join the conversation.  (E:43)
52:45
September 15, 2021
Teaching Brave Writers
Teaching Brave Writers
How do we teach our children to express themselves through writing when we may not feel confident doing it ourselves?  Join Anne as she talks with Julie Bogart, creator of Brave Writer and homeschool mogul, about practical ways parents can equip themselves to teach writing holistically.  It's never too late! (E:42)
01:09:35
August 19, 2021
The Story of Homeschooling
The Story of Homeschooling
How did homeschooling become a parental right? Join Anne as she talks with Mike Smith, President of HSLDA, about how parents earned the freedom to determine the best educational option for their children—and how to protect that freedom (E:41)
42:44
August 12, 2021
Newbies (Part 2)
Newbies (Part 2)
What's it like to homeschool the first year? Continuing in this series, hear from Ashlyn Carter as she talks with Anne about balancing career with homeschool—what worked, what she loved, and why she and her husband decided in favor of their local school. (E:40)
53:57
August 01, 2021
Waldorf at the Kitchen Table
Waldorf at the Kitchen Table
What is the Waldorf Approach and how do you teach it from home?  Join Anne as she talks Jean Miller, founder of The Art of Homeschooling, about holistic hands on learning. (E:39)
55:36
July 09, 2021
Newbies (Part 1)
Newbies (Part 1)
What's it like to homeschool the first year?  Join Anne as she launches a new series by talking with Lindsey Carroll—founder of Driven By Grace—about how she never thought she’d homeschool, and how the first year went. (E:38)
46:47
July 09, 2021
Is Homeschooling Right for Me?
Is Homeschooling Right for Me?
Get practical tools to help you decide for yourself whether or not homeschooling is a good fit with this special episode.  Plus get your promo code for 20% off the video series within the episode. (E:37)
29:11
June 28, 2021
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later (Part 4)
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later (Part 4)
Join Anne as she talks with Samantha Shank—founder of Learn in Color—about how homeschooling made it possible to become an entrepreneur at age 14, and what she is building now. (E:36)
27:48
May 29, 2021
Vision Therapy Changes Lives
Vision Therapy Changes Lives
Join Anne as she talks with Robin Benoit—author of Jillian’s Story: How Vision Therapy Changed My Daughter’s Life—about what we wish we had known years ago about eyesight and learning. (S1: E35)
49:42
April 22, 2021
Hello, Mr. Math!
Hello, Mr. Math!
Join Anne as she talks with Henderson Riley—math teacher in Florida and father of 9—about innovative ways Mr. D Math is meeting the needs of students from all learning backgrounds. (S1:E34)
29:47
March 12, 2021
Real Homeschooled Kids
Real Homeschooled Kids
Join Anne as she talks with a Co-op of homeschoolers (ages 4-11), inviting listeners to hear for themselves the answer to, "What are homeschoolers really like, and are they social?" (S1:E33)
26:34
March 03, 2021
The Incredible Bike Ride
The Incredible Bike Ride
Join Anne as she talks with Melanie Watson about their incredible family bike ride with 4 kids under age 10, 2 bikes, 22 states, and 12 months. This is a story you won’t want to miss. (S1:E32)
50:19
February 18, 2021
Expert Homeschoolers, Part 3
Expert Homeschoolers, Part 3
Join Anne as she talks with Rebecca Ifland—concert pianist and mom of four in Seattle—about how homeschooling has enabled their family to explore music and science in creative ways.   (S1:E31)
45:33
February 10, 2021
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later (Part 3)
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later (Part 3)
Join Anne as she talks with Orion Ifland—homeschooled K to college, now a Senior Engineering Manager at a Fortune 500 company—about the impacts of homeschooling on his career and why he’s homeschooling his four children. (S1:E30)
53:58
February 04, 2021
Parenting Teens Well
Parenting Teens Well
Join Anne as she talks with Connie Albers—author of Parenting Beyond the Rules: Raising Teens with Confidence and Joy—about practical ideas parents can use to reach their teens today. (S1:E29)
54:35
January 28, 2021
Expert Homeschoolers, Part 2
Expert Homeschoolers, Part 2
Join Anne Crossman for the second episode in this series, this time talking with Tara Chandlee— homeschool mom of seven—about how living internationally challenged her views of education as she demystifies teaching multiple ages at home. (S1:E28)
56:54
January 21, 2021
Seasons of Grief
Seasons of Grief
Join Anne as she interviews Anne Bahl—mom of seven, two of whom passed as children—about how to help our families during seasons of grief. (E1:27)
01:01:41
January 14, 2021
Five to Thrive--Meeting Your Core Needs
Five to Thrive--Meeting Your Core Needs
Join Anne as she talks with Dr. Kathy Koch—founder and president of Celebrate Kids and the author of multiple books, including her latest book Five to Thrive: How to Determine If Your Core Needs Are Being Met (and What to Do When They're Not). (S1:E26)
31:03
January 07, 2021
The Tech-Wise Family
The Tech-Wise Family
Join Anne as she talks with Andy Crouch—lauded columnist and author of multiple books, including The Tech-Wise Family—about his perspectives on being screen savvy in this season of COVID. (S1: E25)
51:00
December 17, 2020
Growing Up Homeschooled
Growing Up Homeschooled
Join Anne as she takes YOUR questions about what it was like growing up homeschooled, what she loved, what she changed, and how she grew all this into Homeschool Expert to help parents teach from home.   (S1:E25)
47:19
December 10, 2020
Growing Up Tech Wise
Growing Up Tech Wise
Join Anne as she talks with Amy Crouch—author of the newly released My Tech-Wise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in an Age of Devices—about her perspectives of engaging the world with and beyond technology.   (S1:E23)
48:21
December 10, 2020
Single Parent Homeschooling
Single Parent Homeschooling
Join Anne as she talks with Tiffany Pierce—a single mom homeschooling her son in collaboration with her son’s father in Queens, NY--about why she decided to homeschool before COVID and how she has made it work for herself and her community.  (S1:E22)
01:03:56
November 18, 2020
When Career Meets Homeschooling
When Career Meets Homeschooling
Join Anne as she interviews Judy Sarden—homeschool consultant and former attorney—about balancing the expectations of career and homeschooling, and why she made the switch.  (S1:E21)
54:13
November 12, 2020
The Well-Trained Mind
The Well-Trained Mind
Join Anne as she talks with Susan Wise Bauer—best selling author of multiple books (most notablyThe Well-Trained Mind)—about principles that have shaped homeschooling for two generations.
51:47
November 05, 2020
Simplifying Record Keeping
Simplifying Record Keeping
Join Anne as she talks with Carol Becker—consultant at HSLDA, author of Simplifying Your Record Keeping and Transcript, and former homeschooler—about how a little intentional record keeping will help our students succeed.  (S1:E19)
38:51
October 29, 2020
Innovative Education
Innovative Education
Join Anne as she interviews Victoria Ransom—CEO and co-founder of Prisma—about how she hopes to transform education through an engaging, customizable learning model that is reflective of the 21st Century. (S1:E18)
29:52
October 21, 2020
Nurturing Your Child's Learning Strengths
Nurturing Your Child's Learning Strengths
Join Anne as she talks with Dr. Kathy Koch—founder and president of Celebrate Kids and the author of multiple books, including 8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences—about how and why learning strengths matter. (S1:E17)
37:17
October 15, 2020
Coaching Students Through Stress
Coaching Students Through Stress
Join Anne as she interviews Christian Bringolf—licensed psychotherapist, who works specifically with children and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues—about how to coach our children through seasons of stress. (S1:E15)
58:38
October 08, 2020
Promoting Calm
Promoting Calm
Join Anne as she interviews Casey Ames—CEO and founder of Harkla—about his vision to provide affordable resources to families and their students that promote calm during seasons of stress. (S1:E16)
26:56
October 08, 2020
The University Perspective of Homeschoolers
The University Perspective of Homeschoolers
Join Anne as she talks with Sue Wasiolek—Dean of Students at Duke University for 40 years and now Associate VP of Student Affairs—revealing their recent findings of how directors and deans from notable universities view admissions in light of COVID and remote learning, and what students can do to set themselves apart. 
48:07
October 01, 2020
The Pros and Cons of Public Homeschooling
The Pros and Cons of Public Homeschooling
Join Anne as she interviews Kyle Hickey—a former middle school teacher and Teacher of Record with the state of California, now homeschooling her children—about what it means to homeschool through a charter versus homeschooling privately, and pros and cons of each.
50:44
September 29, 2020
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later (2)
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later (2)
Join Anne as she interviews Ben Patterson—Bay Area executive and investor who was formerly homeschooled as a child alongside his four siblings—about why he has chosen to educate his children at home and how he is involved as a homeschool dad a generation later.
48:08
September 29, 2020
The Science of Making Friends
The Science of Making Friends
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson—the founder and director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic and author of The Science of Making Friends—about coaching our children through positive friendships, especially during the isolation of COVID.
49:56
September 24, 2020
Expanding Our Community (Part 2)
Expanding Our Community (Part 2)
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Lonnie Bang and Cece Phillips—homeschool moms of 5 and 3 kids, respectively—about what it means to each of them as a blended families of color to homeschool their children and how we can expand our community. (1:8)
44:57
September 18, 2020
Expert Homeschoolers
Expert Homeschoolers
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Expert Parent Teacher, Susan from Atlanta--launching the first of many episodes talking with successful Homeschool Parents about how they have taught and raised exceptional children. (1:9)
53:55
September 17, 2020
Finding Great Curriculum
Finding Great Curriculum
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Curriculum Expert Cathy Duffy—the founder of CathyDuffyReviews.com and said by some to be the “Mother of All Curriculum Reviewers.” Cathy has been a curriculum resource to homeschoolers since 1984.
44:19
September 17, 2020
Expanding Our Community: Lonnie Bang and Cece Phillips (Part 2)
Expanding Our Community: Lonnie Bang and Cece Phillips (Part 2)
Join Anne Crossman for this two-part series as she interviews Lonnie Bang and Cece Phillips—homeschool moms of 5 and 3 kids, respectively--about what it means to each of them as blended families of color to homeschool their children, their experiences, and why it is so important that we expand our community.
01:25:10
September 11, 2020
Expanding our Community: Lonnie Bang and CeCe Phillips (Part 1)
Expanding our Community: Lonnie Bang and CeCe Phillips (Part 1)
Join Anne Crossman for this two-part series as she interviews Lonnie Bang and Cece Phillips—homeschool moms of 5 and 3 kids, respectively--about what it means to each of them as blended families of color to homeschool their children, what their experiences have been, and why it is so important that we expand our community.
45:44
September 11, 2020
Special Needs & Homeschooling: Peggy Ployhar
Special Needs & Homeschooling: Peggy Ployhar
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Peggy Ployhar—CEO and founder of SPED Homeschool which supports parents with special learning needs at home-- about how homeschooling is not only possible but helps students with special needs thrive.
35:37
September 03, 2020
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later
Homeschoolers, A Generation Later
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews David Hobbet—formerly homeschooled K-12, attended Duke University and Kellogg Business School, worked at some of the most prestigious companies in the world like McKinsey & Company and KKR, and was the Executive Director of an education non-profit— about what it meant to be homeschooled and his perspectives on education since.
46:16
August 27, 2020
Homeschooling a Child with Autism
Homeschooling a Child with Autism
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Patricia Schetter—author of Homeschooling the Child with Autism and professor at the UC Davis MIND Institute—about practical steps parents of autistic children can take to homeschool well.
44:18
August 19, 2020
Innovative Math: Steve Demme, Founder of Math-U-See
Innovative Math: Steve Demme, Founder of Math-U-See
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Steve Demme—founder of the innovative, multi-sensory math curriculum, Math-U-See and the nonprofit Building Faith Families—about how his program has impacted homeschoolers, traditional classrooms, and special needs students.
44:20
August 12, 2020
The Future of Homeschooling with Primer CEO Ryan Delk
The Future of Homeschooling with Primer CEO Ryan Delk
Join Anne Crossman as she interviews Ryan Delk, a former homeschooler and founder of Primer, about his new startup in San Francisco that is on a mission to build a new learning experience for kids and parents who homeschool, where he plans to take it, and how it will impact the future of homeschooling.
33:35
August 12, 2020
Homechooling teens in a time of COVID with Dr. Deborah Bell
Homechooling teens in a time of COVID with Dr. Deborah Bell
Join your Homeschool Expert, Anne Crossman, as she speaks with Dr. Deborah Bell, CEO of Aim Online Academy and author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens to discuss how to homeschool teenagers during the current COVID crises.   Get more resources and help at homeschoolexpert.com
37:44
August 07, 2020