HSP 18 Carole Joy Seid: A Message for Moms

Carole Joy Seid knows homeschool moms — sometimes better than they know themselves. She homeschooled her only child and then went on to become a homeschool speaker and consultant.

On this episode of the podcast, she tells us a little about what it was like to be a homeschool pioneer when she was first starting out. She also shares some insight with us on the topic of helping our children work on non-academic areas, like practical life skills and character building, while they’re at home with us.

Finally, she encourages us all to have a little fun with our kids. There is a whole lot of wisdom packed into this little conversation, so sit back and enjoy.

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  • Megan says:

    Loved the show this week! Helpful, inspiring, and real! Now I’m on the Sonlight website filling my cart with books to supplement our year! I’m so grateful for the support I feel when I listen to things like this. I love the idea of searching the library for old, tattered covers too, I’m remembering that next time I’m at a library sale or used book store, ha!

  • Kelly Vega says:

    Love, love, love. Thank you.

  • Megan says:

    What were the three or four books that she recommended on the podcast as must reads? I can’t find that part!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Weren’t they Oxcart Man, Crow Boy and Shadrach? We tried to get links to everything she mentioned above.

  • Megan says:

    I’m loving your podcasts. As a first born homeschooling mom who jokingly calls herself a “fun hater”… how do I get to be fun when I’m not naturally fun? Is there help for me?

  • Heather F. says:

    As a homeschool mom of four boys, I am often skeptical of the advice offered by those homeschooling only children, but I LOVED this podcast. Carole Joy confirmed many of my own thoughts about priorities in homeschooling, and when she listed Ox Cart Man first among must-reads I knew she was a kindred spirit. Pam, I look forward to your podcasts each week. You are doing a great job!

  • Ann-Marie says:

    I so enjoyed the podcast and immediately hopped over to the library website to put the books on hold. I’m so sad that they only had one from the entire list!

  • Amy says:

    I really enjoyed this podcast with Carole Joy Seid. Mrs. Seid’s approach to homeschooling resonated with my heart for homeschooling. I’m very interested in her chronological approach/resources for history. I would like to know if her Homeschool Made Simple dvd provides the approach and book list for following her history plan or how I might gain that information. Thanks so much for your wonderful podcasts.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Amy — Yes, the class does. I own the streamable version and there are videos about choosing books, teaching history using literature, and a downloadable book list.

      • Amy says:

        I ordered the DVD and added streaming yesterday (8/27/15) and wondered how long it took for you to be able to watch the streaming? It isn’t letting me watch the streaming yet and I’m anxious to start watching it. Thanks

        • Pam Barnhill says:

          Amy – I bought it when it was on sale but haven’t had a chance to try and watch it yet. Sorry I can’t be of help.

  • Amy says:

    Is there a discount code for the Homeschool Made Simple dvd for edSnapshots podcast listeners?

  • Samantha says:

    This spoke to my heart and made me cry. It was like she was speaking to all of the things I find hard about my first year of homeschooling. This talk reaffirmed my decision, and also helped me to feel like I am going to do a great job. THANK YOU FOR THIS!! Blessings!

  • Kim says:

    Carole is right on. I think she’s your best interview that I’ve listened to thus far. (Disclaimer: I haven’t listened to all the podcasts, as I only recently discovered you.)

  • Andrea says:

    This was such a wonderful podcast filled with wisdom and sound advice and good resources! I’ve listened to it twice, and I would probably listen to it again.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      I know I need to listen to it again! Especially going into the new school year! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Daksina says:

    I am just working my way through your podcasts and I have loved all of them so far but this one was AMAZING! I listened to it twice and each time I got something new out of it. I love everything Carole said and am going to try and apply it to my homeschooling. Thank you so much for connecting me with someone like her!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      You are so welcome!! It is one of my favorites too (shh don’t tell the other episodes). 😉

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