When I first heard about podcasts I wasn’t impressed and didn’t think it would last; boy was I wrong. According to Podcast Insights, 51% of the United States population has listened to a podcast. 49% listen to podcasts at home, and 22% listen to them in the car.
For me, it would be closer to 90% at home. I find that listening to podcasts while I’m tidying up, yardening, or cleaning our rat cage (this takes a while) drastically helps to alleviate the boredom and redeem the time.
As podcasts becoming even more popular and widespread, it gets harder to find the right podcast to listen to.
We previously published a blog post which lists 15 favorite podcasts from our readers. In this blog post, we are compiling a list of homeschool podcasts. If we are missing a podcast, please post a link in the comments section to that we can keep this blog post up-to-date.
Sally Clarkson shares her beliefs, advice, and stories in order to connect with other Christian mothers. Sally hopes to give mothers the inspiration and resources to cultivate a home with God’s love by giving her listeners inspiration and encouragement in each episode, varying from developing growth in: discipleship, motherhood, education, home, and leadership.
“Author and speaker Heidi St. John brings encouraging, relevant, Biblical truth to women.”
“Our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom.”
“Join us as we cultivate grace into the principles and practices of homeschool and motherhood. Homeschool experts and mentors will be here to share encouragement, tackle questions about homeschooling methods, learning styles, and to help you cultivate a home culture filled with grace. Right here — every Tuesday.”
Cultivating the Lovely is hosted by MacKenzie Koppa, a single mom of four. “This space is all about realness, encouragement, humor and, hopefully, a little bit of inspiration thrown in along the way!”
This podcast is ideal for any parent who is seeking knowledge in the Charlotte Mason method of education. Through A Delectable Education, you can join in on the weekly conversations between three moms who’ve studied the approach and have practiced the principles in their home. The episodes provide information, support, and encouragement in a fun, laid-back way.
The Home Education Podcast is part of the homeschooling journey of a family in England. Their goal is to help other homeschoolers by answering questions that they had when they were first learning about it.
The Homemaking Foundations Podcast provides listeners with practical tips and Biblical encouragement.
“Cait and Kara are two homeschooling moms doing this homeschooling thing out right beside you. On this podcast, we talk about real life homeschooling, books, caffeine addiction and surviving and thriving through these wonderful years.”
This podcast is perfect for parents who are looking for homeschool support. Find out what other parents are working on, worrying over, and learning about. Connect with the stories and lessons from other homeschool families miles away. Different categories, ranging from Talking Preschool to Cultivating Young Entrepreneurs.
Pam Barnhill hosts The Homeschool Solutions Show every Friday to “Bring you the best homeschool content on the web.”
“Homeschool Talks is an informative podcast about all things homeschooling. We feature exciting interviews with homeschoolers from all walks of life. Each episode is packed with practical tips, inspiring stories, and more.”
“Are you ready for a homeschooling experience you can enjoy? One with less stress and more fun? Are you ready to think differently about homeschool? Join Maren and Angela every Monday as we encourage each other, laugh, and get real about homeschool.”
Get motivated and encouraged with Sarah Mackenzie’s Read-Aloud Revival. This podcast equips you with the resources you need to build a family culture around reading. Parents, homeschoolers, and instructors are inspired through interviews to make reading aloud a focal point of family life.
“Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners — children who know that they can find the answers to anything they’re curious about? This is the podcast about all of that and more! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and listen to how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination.”
Savvy Homeschool Moms Postcast is a homeschool podcast that features peeks into actual homeschool experiences and answers questions that they get about homeschooling.
Scholé Sisters [skoh-lay] exists to help mothers in their homeschooling journey, both for their families and for themselves. “We’re friends who believe that teaching is the art of being imitated and who desire to bring scholé into our homes. Each of us draws on the classical tradition in different ways; our practices look different, but our commitment to the principles is the same.”
This podcast give parents the option to listen to their weekly blog. Each week, author and speaker Sonya Shafer gives encouragement and teaching tips to help parents homeschool with the Charlotte Mason Method.
“Every week a new audio blog post will publish on Mondays – no seasons, no themes, just another 10ish minute short but meaty focus session to help you keep your head in the game as a homeschool mom who is juggling many plates while wearing many hats.”
“The podcast that encourages and inspires you to find simple ways to bring more joy into your day. Whether you are looking for a little encouragement in your faith, family, home, homeschooling (if you do) — or just life — then this is the podcast for you!”
The Wired Homeschool is a podcast produced by homeschooling dad John Wilkerson that is focused on technology advice for homeschooling families.
With new episodes airing every other Tuesday, all of your morning time questions are answered in Your Morning Basket. Listen to moms discuss everything from choosing the right book for your child, to figuring out the best time to introduce Shakespeare into the lesson plan, to how to get your child to sit still. Chances are if you’ve thought it, they’ve discussed it.
Did we miss a podcast? Please provide a link below in the comments and we will take a look.
Happy Pi Day, everyone! At Math-U-See, we love math and we love to celebrate, so a math holiday like Pi Day is perfect! Two years ago we even had a pi(e) contest at the Demme Learning home office. Here’s the pie that Steve Demme brought in that day. 🙂
Some aren’t that fond of π, like our own Isaac Demme (although he does love piE, to be clear). Read his thoughts on the matter in this blog post.
What is Pi Day?
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th because 3, 1, 4 are the first three digits of the mathematical term π: 3.14.
People celebrate Pi Day in several ways, ranging from doing mathematical activities to making a delicious dessert for the family to enjoy. We’d love to know how you celebrate Pi Day! Let us know in the comments.
Our friend Bethany shared this helpful video from PBS that explains it:
Pi Day Roundup
Here are some fun Pi Day references posted about Pi Day that we’ve seen so far on the Internet in 2018:
— Sandra Boynton (@SandyBoynton) March 14, 2018
The largest human pi symbol consists of 589 students and teachers from Carl-Friedrich-Gauss Grammar School in Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg, Germany, on 14 March 2014 #PiDay pic.twitter.com/g0VZGeRXMq
— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) March 14, 2018
Decimal Street® is a fun way that Math-U-See teaches the concept of place value in a visual way with manipulatives.
A poster of Decimal Street® is included with all of the Math-U-See Integer Block Kits, and many of our customers have created their own versions. Instructions on how to make your own are included in the Primer, Alpha, and Beta levels of Math-U-See; Decimal Street® is intended to be used with the Math-U-See integer blocks.
We love seeing what our creative customers come up with, and wanted to share some of our favorite creations that we found below. Cars seems to be a favorite theme; what other themes and stories can you come up with? It works best when you can adapt it to your child’s interests. You could have a story about people riding bikes, borrowing cooking supplies from a neighbor, or finding a friend to play with.
If you do get creative with your own version, post it on social media with the hashtag #DecimalStreet and tag us so that we can see it.
Decimal Street® Creations
Source: I Choose Joy.
Source: Life on Courtney Lane.
Source: My Home School 101.
Decimal Street® Story
We recently wrote a story about three little pigs that might sound a little familiar for an article in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
Take better holiday photos on your smartphone or DSLR this year with these quick tips.
Whether you’re using a smartphone, a DSLR, or a point-and-shoot to take your photos, these tips should apply to any photographer.
1. Shoot Moments and Poses
Some of the best photos are taken when the subject isn’t expecting it. Look for moments that you can capture, like someone opening a gift, rather than just taking photos of your family posing and smiling for the camera. Not only will you get more variety in your photos, but they will look more natural.
2. Get Down to the Kid’s Eye Level
When you’re taking pictures of kids, try to get down to their eye level. You will look silly and suffer a little discomfort, but the results will be more personal and dynamic.
3. Photograph Items
The holidays are full of nostalgia. When you’re taking photos, don’t forget to take some time to capture the dinner table before (and after) you eat, the candles by the window, or something that has a specific memory for you.
4. Charge Batteries and Prepare Memory Cards Beforehand
I can’t stress this one enough; I’ve missed capturing so many moments because my camera’s battery died or I ran out of room on my memory card. The evening before an event is a great time to make sure that your camera equipment is ready for action.
5. Know When to Put the Camera Down
The holidays are a great time to take photos with your family, but don’t let this take away from the overall experience.
The Pokémon GO mobile game is being played by millions, and parents need to know the benefits and risks. Read this short guide to learn more.
What is Pokémon GO?
Pokémon GO is a popular mobile game that was created by Niantic and released in July, 2016. It’s based on the popular Pokémon franchise that covers trading cards, video games, television shows, and more (few made it out of the 1990s without some exposure to it). The latest game takes a more personal approach by utilizing the camera on your smartphone and a game map that puts you in the Pokémon world. It’s called augmented reality, and it’s a feature that you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the near future.
In Pokémon GO, you are a Pokémon trainer who walks around catching Pokémon by flicking a Poké Ball at the creatures and adding them to your virtual collection. You can find items to improve your game, hatch eggs to get more Pokémon, and battle other trainers on opposing teams. If you would like to learn more about how to play the game, this blog post is really helpful.
Our family has been playing the game for the last few weeks and have enjoyed it quite a bit; we’ve gone on more walks, explored new places, and met lots of people along the way.
The Benefits of Pokémon GO
There are several benefits associated with playing Pokémon GO:
If you don’t get up and walk around, you won’t go far in the game. Since I started playing Pokémon GO, I’ve walked over 20 miles. I’ve been wanting to go on more walks, and this has been a great motivator for me.
So many people are playing Pokémon GO, making it really easy to meet your neighbors and make new friends; it appeals to different age groups, and the competition isn’t as prominent as it is in other games. You can’t interact with the players in the game, which encourages players to do this in person.
This is a great way to get out of the house with your family, and it’s cheap! You can go on a walk, pack a picnic, or go on a play date with another family.
One of the things that I like most about the game is that it encourages me to explore more; I’ve gone to several parks in the area, and have walked around parts of my neighborhood that I normally wouldn’t go to.
Poké Stops are locations in the game where you can collect items that will help you in the game. They’re often located at historical markers, so you can learn a little history while playing the game. You can also take your students on field trips where there are a lot of Poké Stops.
What Parents Should Know About Pokémon GO
While Pokémon GO is a fun, beneficial game, it also comes with potential risks.
While the game is free, you can make in-app purchases. For kids who have the password to your account, or for a compulsive spender, this could be problematic.
As I mentioned before, one of the benefits of the game is that you can meet people; but it can also be a risk. It’s helpful to set clear guidelines with your family on how to interact with strangers: when they should be playing the game, where they should go, and whether or not they can play it alone.
The game is on your phone, so the possibility of being distracted is high. This can be a mild issue for tripping or walking into things, and dangerous when you’re walking down a road or by a cliff. When the game loads, this warning appears: “Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”
This one ties into distractions as well. It’s super easy to walk onto private property while playing the game, so game players should keep this in mind so that they aren’t an annoyance to property owners.
Like most video games, you can become obsessed with Pokémon GO. If your children are showing signs that they’re addicted to the game, have a talk with them about how to balance it with the rest of their life.
I was the valedictorian in my class and voted most likely to succeed…I was also a homeschooler. My parents homeschooled me and my three brothers, and from what I’ve experienced and learned over the years, homeschooling is not easy. It takes a lot of commitment, patience, and laughter.
I read this quote recently, and I think it’s a great motto to live by:
“Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.” – Author Unknown
Over the years I’ve heard a LOT of jokes about homeschooling and thought that it would be fun to share of them with you. Keep in mind that everyone’s homeschooling journey is different. Some of these jokes are spot on, some aren’t true for you, and some apply to homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike.
You Might Be a Homeschooler If…
…you’ve ever graded your own test.
…your report card was ever written on a napkin.
…you’ve ever read the dictionary or encyclopedia in your free time.
…you know what Vancouver B.C., V6B 4G3 is the address to.
…you’ve ever constructed your own catapult.
…birthdays are school holidays.
…you finish your homework early so you can play in the snow.
…you’ve ever done your homework in pajamas or a costume.
…you heard the Weird Al parody version of a song before you heard the original.
…you stop to read historical markers on trips and count it towards your history credit.
…you ever wore your coonskin cap to the grocery store and didn’t think it was weird.
…you’ve ever stepped on math manipulatives.
…you have your library barcode memorized.
…school lunches are actually really good.
…you’ve ever gotten an educational toy or textbook as a present.
If you thought that these were funny, share them with your friends and let us know what you think. 🙂
Do you have your own joke to share? Post it to social media with the hashtag #YMBAH so that we can read it.
You don’t realize how small your office building is until you invite all the local homeschool families you know, and lots of helpful education experts. That’s when you assign someone to refill the coffee, another person to refill paper towels, and another person to carry folding stools anywhere the crowd gathers.
On January 28th of this year, we at Demme Learning filled our office and warehouse space with friends from the tri-state area to talk about what school choice meant to them, and to say to all you parents, “you know what’s best for your child! Don’t settle for a poor education!”
If you missed out on the #TrustParents Rally on that cold morning, you can find the speakers’ talks below.
Ethan Demme (Demme Learning) encourages educators of all stripes to teach students how to make a living, and how to live.
Dan Beasley (HLSDA) explains the legal supports available for homeschoolers.
Brandon Detweiler (Veritas Press) tells how his parents struck out on their own to fill in a gap in education.
Ben Kafferlin (Kafferlin Strategies) explains how innovative legislation can free parents to make the best choices for their students.
Keith and Courtney Dunlap
Keith and Courtney Dunlap (CHALC) encourage parents to look beyond themselves for support in homeschooling. They also share a story about their own experiences as educators.
Ginger Wayde (CHAP) shares a Christian perspective on supporting homeschooling.
The #TrustParents Rally was just the beginning of the day, though! Some of the same speakers participated in panel discussions, along with some new faces. Together they took audience questions, told stories, and shared candidly about their educational journeys.
The panel discussions made for a more personal and encouraging time for the parents and educators in the room. But the best parts of the day were those one-on-one conversations at the booths and at tables. While their kids hunted all over the building for Math-U-See blocks to complete a scavenger hunt, parents and other educators held cups of coffee discussing how to teach multiple grades at once, how to teach students with special needs, how to make their voices heard in legislation, and everything else people need to discuss when they’re looking for new ways to do things.
KinderTown recently published an article for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine about using apps and technology in the family from her perspective as a parent, educator, and curator of quality educational apps.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
We are the first generation to parent children in the technology-reliant world. Growing up, we saw technology and the internet evolve, and we learned about it as it became part of our world.
I wake up to an alarm on my iPhone. I use a timer to be sure I don’t burn the eggs for breakfast, and I check my weather app to choose my clothes. I check my email to see if there are messages I could respond to before the kids wake up and I look up the directions to my son’s doctor’s appointment. And somewhere in between I’ve probably checked Facebook.
It’s only 9:15 and I’ve clicked, swiped, and scrolled through more media (and its accompanying advertisements) than my parents would have encountered in a week at my age. Although technology has become an integral part of my life, navigating this space with my children can be tricky.
We’ve got some exciting news to share, and you’re part of it!
KinderTown is launching a brand new product called Power Packs. Each pack is aligned to the KinderTown Learning Map and is designed to support parents in connecting the learning that happens on the iPad with educational experiences for the home. In addition, in each pack we also recommend websites and resources where parents can find more information. Our mission at KinderTown has always been to help parents be their child’s best teacher by providing them with tools to succeed. Power Packs are one more step in that direction.
“How should I organize our schoolroom?” is a question asked by first-time homeschoolers and veterans alike, and changes from year to year. One of the first things my parents purchased when they started homeschooling was a set of school desks & chairs from a local yard sale.
There are several ways to organize your (home)schoolroom. I collected tips from our social media followers, email newsletter, and the I asked the COAH Community.
Schoolroom Organization Tips
I really like the “workbox” organization concept. Meaning that we use a set of drawers to keep our daily work in. Each drawer contains 2 subjects, and I can easily pull out the items needed for that day. Then when my kiddos get into the school room, they just need to go through their drawers and can easily see what they need to complete each day. – erica
I have a set of square plastic containers with hinged, snap lids. Each weekend, I fill each day’s box with work for both of my kids. At this point they are too young to manage it by themselves, but I anticipate continuing with the method as they age. – LinseyWilliams
Don’t be afraid to use your dining room table, or wherever the center of family life is for lessons. Having a tucked away learning center will stay as just that…tucked away. For us, it helped to accomplish our daily lessons. – Julie J.
My children are 13, 10 and 7 and they all have their own [12×12] cubes. They have 1 for their books, 1 for my teacher books, and 1 for their backpacks (we belong to a co-op). It make it easy for them to find their work (and put it back where it belongs). – Terri W.
I find that it helps to have a way to store things like pencils/erasers/crayons/colored pencils/pencil sharpeners and other necessary items within easy reach of my students. I now have five kids and each has a pencil box with basic supplies. The pencil boxes are each a different color. Each student is assigned a color (mechanical pencils match the box, as do rulers and compasses…notebooks and backpacks). I always know who left out the supplies. Each child has a drawer with the name of the child on the front where they put their pencil boxes and extra supplies that do not fit. They each have a large bin for notebooks and non-shared school books, too. The bins are labeled with the child’s name and are placed on shelves that even the youngest child can reach.
Math-U-See has its own shelf too! The blocks are stored within reach and the extra workbooks are stacked and ready for the students who finish a book. – Cheryl C.
Lots of bookcases! Also plenty of binders and dividers for printable downloads! – Kim G.
A plastic bin with a handle on top for each child to keep their own curriculum they are currently working with daily… also handy for travel! It teaches responsibility for own materials, too. – Yvonne C.
It is important to keep daily used stationery close at hand and properly organized. Having to look for any of those can waste a tremendous amount of time.
A kid-sized plastic table and chairs.
I keep puzzles and boardgames in one cupboard and have another cupboard for stationery and textbooks, organized according to subject and grade. – Elsabé Pienaar
Individual planners. I have found that each of my kiddos use that as the daily guide. – Jennifer E.
My advice is that you don’t need a “school room”. We schooled at our kitchen table with a bookshelf nearby, and a small rolling cart to contain all the “stuff”. Ours had three shelves, with books/binders on the bottom, pencils and utensils on the top, and thinner notebooks in the middle. It was easy to pull out whatever we needed and to clean it up at the end of “table time”. Our Math-U-See blocks are in a basket on the nearby bookshelf with the work books on the rolling cart. – Fontaine P.