Homeschooling Through Hard Times

Hard times! As much as we might like it to be, life is not all ponies, rainbows, and watercolor daisies.

Homeschooling Through Hard Times with Homeschooling IRLOn this episode of HomeschoolingIRL we discuss the issue of homeschooling when life gets hard. Difficulties can look different in every family – marital stress, tragedies, health challenges, financial loss – and we’ll consider how each of these hardships can put unusual stress on a homeschooling family.

What is our response? What should it be? Join us as we interview homeschooling mom and blogger Linda Difino, who shares her story of homeschooling through multiple hard times.

For complete show notes and links to what we discussed on this episode, go to our website: HomeschoolingIRL.com

For the rest of the year, we will be running a “Best of” series of the Homeschooling IRL episodes. Many of these episodes were earlier episodes that you might have missed. Enjoy!

 

 


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Best of Homeschooling IRL: I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Teaching Writing

Free homeschooling podcast about teaching your kids to write.This week on the Best of Homeschooling IRL:  Do you struggle with teaching writing to your homeschool kids? This is the episode for you.

As homeschool parents, some of us were not given great tools for writing in our own education, so when it comes to teaching the subject, we already feel ill-prepared. Others of us are great writers and love to write, but we have no idea how to teach our kids how to take great ideas from their head and put them into words on paper.

We are joined in the studio by Kim Kautzer who developed Write Shop writing program for homeschoolers. During our interview Kim encourages our listeners by providing the basic steps to get over the writing roadblocks you may have in your homeschool. If writing is the “big but” in your homeschool, you need to listen to this episode of HomeschoolingIRL.

EPISODE TIMELINE
:50 Fluff – Hot summers, Push Pins
6:22 Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 1
22:00 – Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 2
31:57 –  The show is over. iTunes Reviews. Goodbye!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:

Write Shop
Write Shop Facebook Group – this is a closed group you will need to join

 

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
Write Myself A Letter by Frank Sinatra- buy it here on iTunes


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

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  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.
Check out this info pack: Raddish One Page

LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.


Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

Best of Homeschooling IRL: Unrealistic Expectations

Free Homeschooling podcast about parenting with unrealistic expectations.

In this Best of Homeschooling IRL episode, Fletch and Kendra chat with Kathy Lee, mom of many and co-author of The Homegrown Preschooler. Kathy is a child development specialist who has homeschooled and raised kids and now speaks all over the country to parents (often with several of her kids in tow!)

We discuss the growing trend of high academic unrealistic expectations at younger ages, play-based preschool, and developing relationships with our young kids and teens that last well into their adulthood.

 

EPISODE TIMELINE
3:10 Fluff – Chocolate Labs and Newsies! 
12:28 Unrealistic Expectations – Part 1 Kathy Lee
30:25 Unrealistic Expectations – Part 2 Kathy Lee
42:23 The show is over. Goodbye!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
The Homegrown Preschooler
KathyHLee.com – personal blog
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
All of them

Music clips used on this episode:
Three Little Birds/Bob Marley – Buy it now on iTunes
Seize the Day/Newsies – Buy it now on iTunes


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.
Check out this info pack: Raddish One Page

LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.


Best of Homeschooling IRL: The Purity Culture with Sheila Gregoire

Free homeschool podcast about the purity movement.This week on the Best of Homeschooling IRL:  Sheila Gregoire is the author of the book, The Good Girl’s Guide To Great Sex. She is also a popular speaker and blogger at To Love Honor and Vacuum.

Sheila joins us in the studio again this week as we discuss the phenomenon that is the “purity culture” and its affect on the Christian homeschooling community.

How do we convey a Biblical view of sex and marriage to our kids without strapping them with the burden and bondage of religious behaviorism? How can we equip them to enter into marriage with a healthy, godly view of sex and what it contributes to a marriage?

Join us for a lively and helpful discussion on the purity culture.

EPISODE TIMELINE

3:32 – Fluff : California Rain and Halloween. 
11:28 – Interview with Sheila Gregoire: The Purity Culture
33:48 – Goodbye! The Show Is Over!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
To Love Honor and Vacuum – our guest for this episode

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
Talking Sex With Sheila Gregoire

Music clips used on this episode:
White Wedding by Billy Idol – Buy It Here on ITunes


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.
Check out this info pack: Raddish One Page

LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.


Best of Homeschooling IRL: What Josh Duggar Forgot

Free homeschool podcast about homeschool leaders who fall and fail to remember the gospel.For the next few weeks, we’re playing a few episodes of Our discussion on this episode comes right out of the current headlines. Homeschool graduate and reality TV star, Josh Duggar, has fallen from the spotlight due to his confessions of struggling with adultery, pornography and a history of molestation.

We jump into to discuss the frequent failures we have seen by men in the homeschooling movement. We talk openly on this episode about what happens when we forget the one thing that tethers us to the truth. If you’ve been following the Josh Duggar story, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss. Join us for an open and honest discussion about living as loved in the light of the gospel.

Timeline
2:34 – Introduction
12:50 – Part One –  Just the Facts!
24:51 – Part Two – We Want A King!
28:40 – Part Three – No Safe Environment!

35:27 – Part Four – Success Stories
47:00 – What Did Josh Duggar Forget?

Show Notes


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson. 
Check out this info pack: Raddish One Page

REPLAY: How to Speak Your Child’s Learning Style

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REPLAY:  How to Speak to Your Child’s Learning Style!

For the next few weeks, Mr. D is replaying some of his earlier podcasts for new listeners.  Here is Podcast #4 — Enjoy!

Discover what kind of learner your child is and how to interact with them based on their unique learning style. Knowing what their style is one thing but knowing how to talk to that learning style is the key to success! Learning styles have been studied from neuroscience-based research.

Listeners will be able to get the Mr. D Math Learning Style Assessment after listening to this session.

Dennis DiNoia created Mr. D Math which is an online curriculum that includes live online classes!

Find out more about Mr. D here!

 

REPLAY: Calculators – To Use or Not To Use!

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For the next few weeks, Mr. D is replaying some of his earlier podcasts for new listeners.  Here is Podcast #5 — Enjoy!

Should you allow your child to use a calculator? If so, when? If so, why? If so, how? Mr. D will take you through the answers to each of the questions above! Discover how calculators can be used as a teaching tool and not a learning crutch.

Dennis DiNoia created Mr. D Math which is an online curriculum that includes live online classes!

Find out more about Mr. D here!

REPLAY: How To Teach Math with Mr. D

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REPLAY:  How To Teach Math!

For the next few weeks, Mr. D is replaying some of his earlier podcasts for new listeners. Here is Podcast #8 – Enjoy!

Teaching is a skill.  Some people are great at math and some people are great teachers.  What happens if you are good at math but want to be a great teacher of math? Mr. D will guide you through 3 key ingredients to being a great math teacher. You will have the confidence to teach and a resource in Mr. D after listening to this podcast.

Find out more about Mr. D
here!

 

 

Replay: How to Think and Talk Math

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REPLAY: How to Think and Talk Math with Mr. D

For the next few weeks, Mr. D is replaying some of his earlier podcasts for new listeners. Here is Podcast #1 — enjoy!

What if math was its own language?  Learn to speak math similar to the way you learn to speak other new languages.   This podcast will give you the basic foundation for how to teach your young person to “Think and Talk Math.” Listeners will be able to receive a common math language that can be used at any grade level.

 

 

 

Dennis DiNoia created Mr. D Math which is an online curriculum that includes live online classes!
Find out more about Mr. D here!

Best Shows Replay: Homeschooling Boys: What’s the Difference?

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show, Homeschooling Boys, is her second top show based on number of listens on the podcast channel.  Enjoy!
Homeschooling Boys: Is it Really Different? The Homeschool Sanity Show

I homeschooled boys and only boys until my fifth child was a girl. I asked my Periscope viewers if homeschooling boys was really different. We had an interesting discussion that you can watch at the end of this post. I decided to determine what differences have actually been demonstrated in research. I can’t wait to share with you what I found and how we can make positive changes in our homeschools.

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Links

subscribe to Psychowith6.com

RaisingRealMen.com

Spring Activities Challenge.

Reference

Reference

boys’ artwork is more likely to depict action than girls’

19% of elementary and middle school teachers are men.

Boys prefer to read comics and humorous books and students of both genders prefer contemporary books and series.

Boys in all-boy Florida classrooms where teachers have been taught how best to teach boys have improved test scores dramatically. Boys in co-ed classrooms scored 37% proficient on the FCAT while boys in single-sex classrooms scored 86% proficient.

how to find books your child will like

Alex Rider

Ranger’s Apprentice

Girls tend to excel with word problems and boys struggle

free funny writing prompts for fall and winter

Unjournaling

Boys in classroom settings tend to think they are better students than they really are

A world-wide study of 2500 teachers’ suggestions for boys quoted in The Atlantic

Science & the Bible

St. Louis Homeschool Expo April 7-9th

Grammar Galaxy

Pick up your copy of The Organized Homeschool Life

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