Spring Fever

Looking for a cure for spring fever? Episode #174 tackles this homeschool dilemma right here on Roadschool Moms Radio.  The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida.  This week, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher is on Holly’s back yard swing on one of the first spring days of the year. These veteran homeschool mamas remind that if life learners are restless this time of year, turn them loose! Releasing all that kid-energy outside will surely turn into something educational along the way. Harnessing those experiences is the subject of this podcast.

 Breathe New Life into Your Homeschool

Mary Beth and Holly share how the classes at The Frontier bring spring to families in Central Florida.  A recent visit to the oldest pool in Florida on a backyard roadschool trip with their roadschoolers is also a podcast highlight. The duo share how an impromptu adventure such as this can encourage the whole family to learn something new everyday.

 

Kids ready for a backyard roadschool adventure!

 Turn off the tunnel vision!

(6:00) Tunnel vision is a view to keep out of productive homeschool days. Both women encourage roadschool moms everywhere to fight this phenomenon that affects the mood of your whole household. Instead, let the mood shift naturally with each season change. Spring is a great time to refresh and recharge the attitudes for every member of the family.

(13:00) While nature studies are mentioned on past episodes, this show reveals how to start a nature tote or backpack. This tool brings simplicity to nature study. Mary Beth proposes the idea of creating nature journalling pages for Roadschool Mom listeners. The free printables are part of a series available to email subscribers.

(19:26) There’s no better time to refresh family read-aloud lists. The RSM spring book list is hot off the press from The Gathering Table inside the Learning Lifestyle Revival membership. Use

SPRINGFEVER as the discount code  for $5 of the first month’s membership to see what’s inside.

(21:53) Mary Beth and Holly wrap up this broadcast with talk about gardening, canning and their favorite herbs. “Plant seeds in your family.” Learn a few spring tidbits about protecting birds of prey and have you heard of falconry? Holly shares a Central Florida favorite, ARC.

Searching for the Debary pool at dusk. Whooaa mosquitos!

Wild Oranges

Mary Beth, Holly and their families take a spur of the moment Backyard Roadtrip Adventure to Florida’s first in-ground pool. Check out their video adventure to spur your next family trip either down the road or another state.

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Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 170 podcast replays.  Subscribe on iTunes, rate the show and leave a review. Not sure how to do that? Check out the video – It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Android users follow on Stitcher.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. The Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

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Are You Missing a Piece of the Puzzle?

Are you missing a piece of the puzzle is the question for Episode #173 of Roadschool Moms Radio.  The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida.  This week, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher is alongside her co-host at Kristen Drake’s dining room table. The trio talk about everyday whimsy while the focus quickly becomes how people come into our lives at just the right time. God’s timing is always perfect.

 Be Present

Be present at the moment to be able to see God working in your life.

(3:28) How Kristen and Holly met. Each had prayed for a person in their life for different purposes. God used a mutual friend and a pool party to bring them together.

(10:19) Mary Beth shares how she tries to go it alone and Kristen tells her it is the enemy telling her a lie. “God created us to be relational people”.

(15:00) break

Be a piece of the puzzle

The women talk about how using kind words in everyday situations can be part of the puzzle for others, even complete strangers. Bringing this idea into our homes and marital relationships is even more important. Lead by example.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 170 podcast replays.  Subscribe to us on iTunes, rate the show and leave a review. Not sure how to do that? Check out our video on the 3 easy steps.  Android users can use the Stitcher.com app to listen.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


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Be Still: Being Enough

Being enough is the focus in Episode #171 of Roadschool Moms Radio. This is the last episode of the three-part series for the RSM focus on two words:  Be Still. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida.  This week, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher is alongside her co-host at The Giles Frontier for a little time together to share their thoughts on being enough. The pair examines this sentiment closely, what it means to other mamas, and how to bust up the myth that surrounds it.

Being Enough

Holly shares the solar eclipse story she mentioned on the last episode. Her family was caught in a lightning storm on a boat after the epic solar event. The events that transpired afterward sound like chaos. In the end, she realizes it was a lesson in perspective. While everyone has a different perspective on how we fit into the world, it often leads to the question Am I enough?

(7:30) Mary Beth and Holly converse about the mom-struggle with being enough in today’s culture with social media pressure to always do more. Mary Beth tells us that “you are the example for your children” (good, bad or indifferent.) She reminds to always be mindful of our actions.  Holly shares the idea that moms are told to do it all, but at what price?

Mary Beth uses an example of being a ball field mom quickly morphs into a whole job for moms who really just want to watch their kids play ball. Holly shares a similar story of her experience with soccer.

 The self-sufficient worker may seem to be moving the world but it is the humble, praying worker that moves heaven. David Paulson

Moms Without a Cape

(11:30)Are we being pushed to be self-sufficient supermoms? Mary Beth confesses her issues with priorities. She is a solo mom, not by choice, and juggles work, school, and home life. Admitting she is motivated by finances right now, tears begin to fall as Holly shares her take on what the family dynamics look like from the other side. Mary Beth opens up about being vulnerable to the super mom syndrome and not choosing the right road for her family during times of chaos that lead to stress.

(16:45) The RSM duo talk about words of wisdom from Kristen, the RSM prayer team leader. Further, they share her advice that to ask God to go before you in daily struggles. It may not lead to perfect days but will smooth out the rough edges every time.

Somehow society has taken motherhood and twisted it to be a side note of greater things. Mary Beth tells mothers to take off their cape and let go of the supermom role. Much of this broadcast refers back to a previous show about comparison and how saying NO leads to peace in your home. Are you giving away your best to everyone else but your family?

(24:00) Final thoughts from these veteran homeschool moms including the idea to be present with your time. Do not regret yesterday. Do not compromise today on the plan for more time tomorrow. Holly puts this into perspective with the sudden passing of her cousin, Wesley. She describes the beautiful afternoon they shared a few months ago as they set everything aside for a cousin get-together lunch.

 

being enough

Making time to be present, not multitasking, allows these opportunities to be treasured memories.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Colossians 3:12

(28:00) Mary Beth chats with Rachel, a guest at Pioneer day, about her thoughts on seasons.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 170 podcast replays. Subscribe to us on iTunes, and leave us a review in just three easy steps.  Download the iTunes Podcast app to your device and Android users can find us on the Stitcher app.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


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Be Still: Creating a Home Mindset

Episode #170 of Roadschool Moms Radio explores the challenges and benefits of creating a home mindset. This is the second episode of the three-part series for the RSM focus on two words:  Be Still. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida. She highlights a recent roadschool trip her family took to find the first pool in Florida.  Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from west-central Indiana. The pair recap the last show and chat about the ways their roadschoolers were encouraged over the past week to #bebored. Hit the replay to hear more about this revelation that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.

Creating a Home Mindset

The easiest way to create a home mindset is to make home a priority no matter what your location. Traditions are built on values and experiences. Family and home are wherever you are with each other; therefore, it is easy to adjust your home mindset wherever in the world you are.  Create a home base so that your children have a sense of security and a safe place to form their identity. At home, kiddos will learn life skills and build layers for the foundation that will sustain their life for the years to come.

Holly remembers a time when her boys were younger and being on the go was part of their daily routine. She correlates this time that led to disciplinary issues and exhaustion in her household. Although it was an unpopular decision with some friends and family, she made the decision to step back. Less daily activity and earlier nighttime routines made for a home mindset.

Mary Beth reminds listeners to let the seasons of your life help mold your family and not define them. Build a structure to your day that matches your family values and goals. Setting priorities and investing time wisely throughout the day is crucial to creating a home mindset wherever in the world you are.

Home is Not a Pit Stop

Holly reveals that Morning Time is her favorite time of the homeschool day; even though it doesn’t mean that everyone sits quietly. Instead, her boys are usually whittling a stick or sorting fishing lures while listening to lessons.  She strives daily to make home their center.

The Road Trip Teacher crew is also a big fan of Morning Time. Mary Beth talks about other favorite routines that create the structure in their roadschool week:

These veteran homeschool mamas point out that as your family matures, so does your family foundation. Layers are woven together by blood, sweat, and tears. They are strengthened by good times and bad experiences. A good rule to remember is that together is better.

The final thought from this week’s Roadschool Moms team is to make the home your center, not just a pit stop in the day. Holly advises striving for the home mindset to keep peace and calm in every day. Taking a step back to discuss the real issues at hand leads to better communication and less anxiety for all. 

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.                               I Thessalonians 4:11

A free copywork printable of this verse is available from the Road Trip Teacher for teaching scripture memorization through handwriting. For more encouragement to be still, listen to the next episode of this series that shines a light on Being Enough.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 170 podcast replays. Subscribe to us on iTunes, rate the show and leave a review. Not sure how to do that? Check out our video on the 3 easy steps.  Android users can use the Stitcher.com app to listen.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


 


College Admission and Scholarship Secrets for Homeschoolers with Lee Binz

Lee Binz

Secrets to College Admission and Scholarships with Lee Binz - this podcast is the ultimate guide to homeschooling high school with college as the goal

This interview with Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, should really be titled The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Your Way to College. Lee offers so much valuable information that you’ll want to pin or bookmark this show for later. Be sure to share it with friends! They’ll thank you. Learn:

What a college-prep curriculum looks like

Where you can find help creating a high school transcript

When you need to start the college selection process

Why Lee says her two sons received full tuition scholarships

Lee’s tip for increasing SAT/ACT scores, and much more!

If you are nervous about college prep education, you’ll love this show! If you know someone who isn’t sure they can homeschool high school, I hope you’ll share the show with them.

My favorite quote from the interview is:

Every child deserves a college-prep education.

Want to hear more from Lee? Attend one of her sessions at the St. Louis Homeschool EXPO 2014.

Here are the many invaluable resources mentioned in this podcast:

Scheduling: The Secret to Homeschool Sanity (available on Amazon)

The Home Scholar’s Guide to College Admission and Scholarships

Lee’s Freebies (a list of free resources on TheHomeScholar.com that includes the webinar that will help you create a transcript)

Finding a College You Love ebook

FREE Ebook! Finding a College You Love
By Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, www.TheHomeScholar.com

You have cared, nurtured, loved and protected your child for 18 years. Now comes the hard part! You need to somehow find a college that you love, and that will love your child. Colleges love homeschoolers for their academic preparation, socialization, and specialization. They love us and they want us at their school. Right now, colleges and universities around the country are salivating at the chance of getting their hands on your kids AND your money. Today’s wise parent MUST learn to discern high pressure sales tactics embedded in today’s “big business” universities, smooth-as-silk marketing claims that mix the truth with lies, and moral and ethical lingo which hides a “Christian-in-name-only” reality. One essential strategy for finding a college you love is to VISIT. Plan ahead, and arm yourself with knowledge! You only get one chance to do this right and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Learn to find a college you can love!
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