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May 21, 2019

It is no secret that I am an introvert and introverts have a special place in my heart. There is nothing wrong with extroverts, but getting the world to understand the need for a little quiet and time alone and not take it personally is hard.

It doesn’t mean one is shy (I’m totally not.) or awkward (debatable). But it does fly in the face of our very social world at times — especially when you are a mother and even more so when you are a homeschooling mother. We have chosen to be with our kids all day because we thing that is what is best for them, but we do that knowing the toll it will take on us and knowing we will need to compensate for all that together time. It can totally lead to guilt.

That is why I was so excited when I found out about Jamie Martin’s new book The Introverted Mom. Now there is someone who understands and can offer help. And on today’s podcast, Jamie does just that.

There is something for every mom on this show — introverts and extroverts both. I hope you enjoy.

May 14, 2019

We live in a society where being busy is considered normal. If you aren’t running to piano practice, baseball games, school awards ceremonies and every other possible extra-curricular activity every week, you aren’t doing enough for your kids. Every mom feels the invisible pressure to preform and possible out-preform their neighbor.

Listen or read more at https://thezooicallhome.com/extra-curricular-activities/

May 7, 2019

We are so excited to announce the release of the brand new Plan Your Year with this special conversation about homeschool planning.

Dawn Garrett joins me today as we chat what's new about the book, what homeschool planning looks like for different people, common misconceptions about planning and being "boxed in" by a plan, and so much more. This conversation digs deep into how freeing (yes! I said that) planning can be. Don't miss it!

Apr 30, 2019

If you're reading this, you are probably in the midst of teaching one of your little ones to read OR you have that endeavor looming ahead of you in the near future... amiright? The singular biggest fear of every single homeschool mom I've ever spoken to is failing to teach her child to read well... and especially failing to teach them "on time".

Listen or read more at https://www.lifeabundantlyblog.com/lifeabundantlyblog/2018/6/20/when-you-child-cant-read-by-age-6

Apr 23, 2019
Sonya Shafer is the encouraging voice and curriculum writer behind Simply Charlotte Mason. Along with her friend Karen and their families, Sonya has been teaching about Charlotte's methods for years, helping families to bring them into the 21st century.
 
A popular speaker on CM topics, I was excited to get to sit down in this episode and talk to Sonya more about homeschooling in general -- how her family started this journey, Sonya's journey into homeschooling her special needs daughter, and even how they began a ministry and a business that would grow to help thousands of homeschoolers everywhere. I know you will love this one.
Apr 16, 2019

Can I tell you something that's hard to admit? I've spent a lot of time in the past year being a miserable homeschool mom. Countless hours of training have gone into perfecting my craft. I'm excellent at complaining about parenting struggles, whining through hard days, and generally being difficult to be around.

After our most challenging homeschooling year yet, I have it down. Here's how you can be a miserable homeschool mom too!

Listen or read more at https://www.adriennebolton.com/blog/2017/01/miserable-homeschool-mom.html

Apr 9, 2019
Cindy Rollins, mom of nine and "Mama of Morning Time" (so-named by me!), is back on the podcast this week to chat about Stratford Caldecott's Beauty in the Word -- specifically the portion on grammar, or what Caldecott calls "remembering." Join us as we chat about anamnesis, what it is and how it is alike and different what we already associate with memory. Listen for:
  1. The idea of anchoring or tethering our children to a cultural heritage.
  2. What are some Morning Time elements that help to convey this cultural heritage.
  3. How Cindy handles the aspects of our heritage that are not positive or admirable.
  4. The connection between language and memory and how language helps form relationships with ideas.
  5. How technology is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to our efforts to be people who practice Remembering.
Apr 2, 2019

Is your husband against homeschooling? I know what you’re going through. Wanting to homeschool, but not being able to. I’ve been where you are and can help.

Dear Mom,

I see you. Wanting to homeschool, but your spouse is against it.

I see you. Counting down the days until Christmas break. Yearning to have your kids home with you each day.

Listen or read more at https://www.findingjoyinthejourney.net/spouse-is-against-homeschooling/

Mar 26, 2019

Today we have another installment in our veteran's series on the Homeschool Solutions show. Ann Karako, mom of five, joins us to talk about her experiences homeschooling high school with five kids, graduating four of them, and living to teach others that they can do it too.

On today's show we chat:

  • What Ann's kids have to say about their homeschool experience.
  • The things Ann worried about when she first started homeschooling and what she would tell her younger self.
  • Ann's biggest homeschooling mistake and how she would fix it.
  • How Ann is transitioning to life after homeschool now that she is just about ready to graduate her youngest.
  • Ann's best pro tips on homeschooling the high school years -- and she has a ton of them!

This is an episode you won't want to miss.

Mar 19, 2019

Your little one knows many letter sounds and it’s time for the magic of putting them together and reading their first words. Use these top 10 tips for teaching short vowel sounds to start your child’s reading adventure!

Listen or read more at https://pk1homeschoolfun.com/tips-for-teaching-the-short-vowel-sounds-to-beginning-readers/

Mar 12, 2019

On today's episode of the podcast we are joined by Jamie Erickson from The Unlikely Homeschool to talk about how she uses Morning Time as a forum to teach her kids manners.

In the show we get a glimpse into Jamie's Morning Time including:

  • What makes Morning Time a good setting for teaching manners.
  • What kinds of topics have she covers in her Morning Time manners lessons.
  • What are some of Jamie's favorite resources for teaching manners in Morning Time.
  • What fruit she has seen from her efforts to intentionally work on manners with her kids.
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Join us as we explore this very practical way to use our Morning Time habit.

Mar 5, 2019

It’s the question that haunts many homeschooling parents – how do I know that I’m doing it right? I’m responsible for the education of my children and there’s no-one and nothing to tell me WHAT to do and WHEN to do it and HOW to do it and argh! It’s enough to cause a meltdown.

To extend the question, without strict curriculum, and standards, and lots of other children to compare to and rank with, how on earth do we homeschoolers know that we’re doing a good job? How do we know this is all going to work out OK in the end?

Listen or read more at https://fearlesshomeschool.com/homeschooling-doing-it-right/

Feb 26, 2019
Today I am joined by Homeschool Solutions Community Manager and fellow convention fan Dawn Garrett to talk all about the homeschool convention. Dawn and I are both long-time attendees of Great Homeschool Conventions and are looking forward to meeting many of you there this year.
 
In this episode Dawn and I dish:
  1. Why go to a homeschool convention at all.
  2. Our favorite panel or talk from a convention and how to decide which speakers to see.
  3. How to avoid “overload” and work the vendor hall like a pro.
  4. The pros and cons of going with family or friends.
  5. How to stick to your budget and the one tool you should not forget to take to the convention.
  6. How going to conventions have helped us in our homeschooling and why we wouldn't miss going each year.
 
If you haven't given a convention a thought this episode might get your inspired to check on out.
Feb 19, 2019

Have you seen the video where someone is trying to line up a litter of cute, cuddly kittens? If you haven’t, let me spoil it for you: it doesn’t work very well! As you can imagine, it’s a full thirty seconds of constant redirection, repositioning, and mayhem. To everyone watching, it’s hilarious, but to the poor person trying to herd those kittens, it was exhausting.

This image hits close to home for homeschool moms of multiples. Some days, homeschooling multiple children is very much like herding cats. As soon as you get one seated, another pops up and wanders off, and the day is similar to the old whack-a-mole game.

Can you relate? Listen or read more at https://www.sonlight.com/blog/multiple-children-homeschool.html

Feb 12, 2019

Today on the show I am joined by homeschool veteran and writing guru Julie Bogart. Part of our veteran's series, Julie has graduated five kids and now helps homeschool families the world over not only with writing skills through her Bravewriter program but also with how to homeschool bravely through her Homeschool Alliance and her new book The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life.

In this conversation we chat about Julie's fond memories of homeschooling, what she did well, her biggest homeschool regrets, and she shares tons of wisdom on how to be true to yourself in your homeschool.

Feb 5, 2019

I’ve noticed that my attitudes get passed along to my children with pretty much zero effort on my part. When I am happy, things mostly flow along happily. When I worry, their worry amps up. When I am frantic, so are they. When I am calm … well, there’s always an exception to prove the rule.

Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/how-to-homeschool-with-confidence/

Jan 29, 2019
Today we welcome Christopher and Christine Perrin to the podcast to chat about prayer in your homeschool, Morning Time, and personal time. It is a fascinating conversation. Join us as we discuss:
  • How prayer can be both a personal discipline and a corporate practice
  • What are the best ways to teach and model practice of prayer.
  • Tips for modeling something when we are just learning it ourselves.D
  • Different types of prayer and the value of each.
  • Tips for praying the Scriptures.
  • And recommendations of prayers and more to read for moms.
 
This was a helpful and fascinating conversation I think you will enjoy!
Jan 22, 2019

We've all been there. You're tired. The kids are bickering. Again. If only they would just stop fighting. If only they could just quit all the arguing. If you had a magic word, you'd say it, right?

(Hey, magic words might be better than the other kids of words you're tempted to say when the children are fighting!)

Listen or read more at https://hswotrainingwheels.com/children-stop-fighting/

Jan 15, 2019
Today we are joined on the podcast by Heather Woodie of Blog She Wrote, mom of four young adults. Heather has been practicing Morning Time in her family for a number of years, and has seen a shift in the practice as she has graduated two kids and is now left home with two more teens to go.
 
In this episode of the podcast we chat about:
  1. how Heather's Morning Time changed has changed over the years.
  2. why is Morning Time still a valuable practice in the teen years.
  3. what kind of adjustments and challenges a teen-only Morning Time brings.
  4. how Heather's role at Morning Time changed as the kids have gotten older.
  5. and how Heather has been able to use topics from Morning Time as coursework and credits for the purposes of high school transcripts
  6. plus so much more.
 
Sit back and enjoy as we dive into Morning Time with the teen set. Find the show notes at https://pambarnhill.com/hs142
Jan 8, 2019

Welcome to the NEW Homeschool Solutions Show. In this episode of the podcast I chat about the changes to the show. Instead of just being an audio blog, the show will now alternate between audio blog and interview formats. I am super-excited about the changes and hope you are too.

You can find the webpage for the podcast at pambarnhill.com/solutions.

Dec 28, 2018

I wrote last week about how your quiet time could be sabotaging your homeschool morning. This is so true for moms in particular seasons of life — especially when you are still waking multiple times each night or you have small children still.

But what about the mom whose kids are pretty much school age. Why might moms of older kids still be struggling with getting mornings off to a good start? I have a few theories that might explain what is standing in your way.

Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/enemy-of-best-morning/

Dec 21, 2018

It was dark and rainy outside. I slowly peeled back the covers and eased away from the warm little body bedside me and into the cold. If I woke him, all bets were off.

I fumbled around in the dark for my glasses and slippers as I eased quietly from the room to make a cup of coffee. I was lucky. I had groggily slapped the alarm right as it began to beep and my early-morning visitor snoozed on unaware today.

Listen or read more at https://pambarnhill.com/how-your-morning-quiet-time-is-sabotaging-your-day/

Dec 7, 2018

I saw a photo the other day of a worn out, exhausted mother collapsed onto a chair, hand to forehead. The caption under the picture read “I put my symptoms into Web MD and it turns out I just have kids.”

I couldn’t help but giggle.

I knew exactly how she felt.

Listen or read the rest here: https://rinellafamilyoutdoors.com/2017/07/17/symptoms-of-a-homeschool-mom/

Dec 7, 2018

Everyone wants a perfect holiday. The candlelit dinner with the gorgeous turkey and delicious pumpkin pie dessert; the immaculately wrapped presents with bows that were made by a bowdabra;  the family memories of adorably dressed children with matching holiday outfits; they are all part of the Norman Rockwell painting version of Christmas you aspire to create each year.

Christmas is the holiday of holidays. Between the presents, the food, the crazy relatives – it can be super stressful to try to make Christmas perfect. How do you manage your visiting family and enjoy the most stressful holiday of the year?

Listen or read more at https://www.hidethechocolate.com/perfect-christmas-with-visiting-family/

 

Nov 30, 2018

I am often asked a lot of things when out and about with my family. Are all those kids yours? Do you know what causes that? You Homeschool, Aren’t you tired all the time? Not only are they all mine and yes we are very aware of how it happens, we like having a big family and I love being at home and educating them.

Choosing to homeschool for my husband and I, was one of the easiest decisions we have made for our children. Both of our parents started out with similar foundations and choose homeschooling in a time where it was not as common or idealistic as it is today.

Listen or read more at http://ourhalfdozenadventures.com/2018/05/12/my-reflections-as-a-homeschooled-daughter/

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