YMB #77 Awaking Wonder: A Conversation with Sally Clarkson

On today's episode of the podcast I welcome Sally Clarkson, author and homeschool mom, to chat about her soon-to-be-released book Awaking Wonder. Education does not have to be difficult or stifling. Find out how homeschool families can create delightful learning based on good books and beautiful experiences.  Links and resources from today's show: SPONSOR: Your Morning Basket Plus Educating the Wholehearted Child Awaking Wonder The Ministry of Womanhood The Lifegiving Home The Lifegiving Table Poetic Knowledge  Educating the Wholehearted Child Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child's Heart to...

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YMB #76 Homeschooling Kindergarten: A Conversation with Rebecca Zipp

YMB #76 Homeschooling Kindergarten: A Conversation with Rebecca Zipp

Nothing strikes fear in the homeschool mom more than starting kindergarten with that first child. I remember wondering how I was ever really going to make this work. (Pssst -- it has!) I am joined on the podcast today by Rebecca Zipp, a homeschooling mom who has put much thought into a gentle kindergarten. We have a message for the new homeschooling moms out there. It is going to be ok. Of course we also spend quite a bit of time talking about how Morning Time fits into the homeschool kindergarten (hint: they are a match made in heaven), how much time you should spend doing kindergarten,...

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Help students succeed with Mr. D Math

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One of the best things about my job and all the years I've spent in the homeschool community has to be the access I have to truly excellent programs. Without dropping any names, I often am able to discuss curricula with the actual creators of the programs and get insider information on just what makes a product so good. One of the programs that has consistently come up over the years is Mr. D Math. Friends, colleagues, and educators have all been raving about Mr. D. While I trust and respect my friend's opinions, I couldn't understand how people were getting so excited over a math...

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YMB #75 Teaching History through Story: A Conversation with Rea Berg

Rea Berg loves books and stories. She has become quite the collector of them through the years as she homeschooled her six children and then later went on to found Beautiful Feet Books. On today's show Rea joins me to chat about how we can use literature to teach history from story. We will be chatting about some of the challenges homeschool families face in the teaching of history, why stories and living books make an effective approach to history study, and how to pivot from using textbooks to using living books instead -- even in middle and high school. Enjoy!Links and resources from...

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Finding Time for Morning Time

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I was recently asked, “How can I possibly fit Morning Time into my jam-packed day? It takes us all day to just do the basics with my kids. We don’t have time to add anything else.” That could absolutely be true. However, I’ve found that work, like slime, expands to fit the time available. So if you have a wide swath of hours to fill and no reason for urgency and all the seeming drudgery of the basics, it will fill those hours. In my experience - and I realize this is anecdotal - the days we do Morning Time are the days our other studies go better. I think it's a combination of two things:...

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Elemental Biology for the Grammar Stage Review

kids and animal pelts science class

As homeschool moms already know, flexibility is an incredibly important skill to hone. We love our planners and our outlines (and our laminating machines!), and routine is the beating heart of a healthy homeschool day. But whether you're facing a world pandemic or trying to teach a subject across a smattering of varied ages, flexibility is a workhorse in our toolbox. As you know about me, when I make plans, schedules, outlines, or even just a grocery list, I like to stick to them. I stay focused and determined and I always see things through, so when a worldwide pandemic threatened to...

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How three lists can save your homeschool… and your sanity

I got an email this morning that almost made me break out into hives. It was from a popular homeschool planning company that was touting their ready-made homeschool plans. Now having done this homeschool mentor thing for a number of years I know that people really want plans that are already made -- after all we sell ready-made Morning Time plans for just those folks (and I use them myself!!). What made these plans so cringe-worthy was not the quality -- in fact, I am positive that they are excellent plans -- but instead the grid. These plans were all laid out on a weekly grid. So on Day...

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Organize Your Homeschool Room with this Handy Guide

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I wrote earlier that Pam’s The Homeschool Organization Challenge book makes my inner organizer happy. I’m a big organization geek and usually love to read anything about putting life into more of an order, but this handy guide from Pam is even fabulous for those readers whose ranking of organizing joy is pretty much right up there with a root canal on their list of things to do. She starts with such little steps – it’s all just so totally doable – and in 28 days or less, you’ll have a tidy, functional homeschooling space (whatever that looks like for you) that will breathe life into the...

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How a homeschool mom can worry less and do more

How homeschool moms can worry less and do more my brain

Most days I feel like my brain is a sieve. Can anyone else relate? It is full, absolutely full to the brim, and I am hustling like crazy to plug all the little holes and keep everything from running out of it. Remember to pay the bills. Remember to make the dental appointment (I have a referral for my son to get a tooth pulled. It is dated 2-5-18 and that appointment is still not made.) Remember to give the dogs their heartworm medication. Switch the laundry before it sours. Stir the chili before it burns. Read to the kids before they grow up and leave forever. *sniff* Read more or listen...

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It’s time for the checklist homeschool moms to stop apologizing

Checklist homeschool moms stop apologizing Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

My kids piled out of the mini-van and chatted happily, heading in the door of the donut shop. It was hot -- almost 100 degrees on this mid-July day. But it was the first day of school and that means donuts. This was not some spontaneous decision made in the moment, but instead, a planned (and beloved) tradition that makes the first day of school something we anticipate instead of dread. We always start school on Wednesday. We always start with just a handful of subjects. We always start with a tidy schoolroom. And we always get donuts. Why? Because we like it that way and also because mom...

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