Raising Readers: Reading Aloud Past the Kinder Years

 Raising Readers: Reading Aloud Past the Kinder Years |Learn how to make your family read-aloud time a fun adventure for everyone, Mom and Dad included! #homeschoolpodcast #podcast #homeschool #readaloud #reading #raisingreaders #familyreading #readingbooks Raising Readers: Reading Aloud Past the Kinder Years

 

Episode #34- On this podcast episode, Crystal talks about the importance of reading to children of all ages and how to make your family read-aloud time a fun adventure for everyone, Mom and Dad included!

Parenting is one of those things that come with a never-ending list of “research suggests you should ______.” Opinions, studies, best practices, and ever-evolving philosophies abound when it comes to how to raise your children successfully and, at the very least, how to avoid messing them up! You don’t have to look far to find the latest unsolicited advice, from never saying no to your children to not letting them eat even one grain of sugar.

Much of the advice, as well-meaning as it may be, is speculative, highly debated, and “trendy.” You can find conflicting evidence everywhere that suggests there isn’t a single universal “truth” in how to best navigate the world of child-rearing outside of the Bible. Yet, aside from this, it is universally agreed that reading with your children is important. Reading with your children is the simplest and most effective way to support your children’s education and raise healthy, well-rounded children.

Raising Readers:

Making Read Alouds an Everyday Part of Your Homeschool

So, how do you incorporate reading out loud into your homeschool routine?

●      Start small. Take it one simple step at a time. Start by picking a book you will enjoy.

●      Don’t expect an hour of attention, even from your older children.

●      Quite hands don’t need to be still hands. Your kids may need to keep their hands busy in order to keep their ears open. Have a sketchbook where for kiddos to draw what you’re reading about. This allows them the freedom to engage with the story and encourages them to build their narration skills as they listen for little details they can add to their picture.

●      Your read-aloud doesn’t have to be “age-appropriate.” Read a book that is above your child’s reading or comprehension level. Reading aloud is a time to expand your child’s capacity for critical thought. It is a time to bring a big world into your living room and engage them in dialogue about possibly “tricky” subjects. Having books that stretch them to pay attention, listen carefully, and consider what they hear carefully is an important lesson for young learners.

So, if I can encourage you today to raise readers, start reading out loud with your kids. Make it a daily part of your homeschool (even if it is the only thing you accomplish on the days that go off the rails). Start with living literature, classic stories that bring the world and the human experience to life. Engage in adventures with your children through stories that challenge and shape us.

“… they risked everything they loved, and maybe even their own lives, for the true magic. It’s our books. Our language, our culture, and our identities are inscribed in every word. As long as we have our books, we cannot be crushed or forgotten. Because of our books, we cannot be erased from our own history.” Words on Fire, Jennifer A. Nielsen

 

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How Homeschool Teens Can Build Future Career Skills, with Wendy Baird Packard

Future Career Skills | Future Career Skills for homeschool teens is a focus of today's podcast with special guest Wendy Baird Packard and your host Crystal Niehoff! | #homeschool podcast #homeschoolmilitarymoms #homeschoolmilitary #homeschool #careerskillsEpisode #33 – On this episode, guest Wendy Baird Packard talks about how military homeschooled teens can start now being intentional about activities that build skills for their future career plans. 

Middle school and high school homeschoolers, and even younger students, can begin being intentional about activities that build skills for their future career plans. Even if your teen has yet to decide what career path they wish to take, many soft skills and life skills are universal for all education levels and job positions. Additionally, Wendy shares specific ways military teens can find skill-building opportunities wherever the military sends their family.

Vital Soft Skills to Develop:

  • Reliable – on time, show up to work
  • Dependable – do the job you are asked to do, do it well
  • Communication – correct, cooperative, communication with team members,
  • managers, and customers
  • Interpersonal skills – how do you build relationships or interact with people at
  • all levels of your job
  • Adaptability – easily dealing with change

Wendy also goes into detail about ways military homeschool teens can be intentional about finding and utilizing activities for skill and resume building, even while still in school, as well as pitfalls to avoid.

 . . . . . .

Wendy met her spouse when he was in the Navy; per her request, he ended his Navy career after eight years. They settled into normal life, had their son, bought a house, and were civilians for nine years. However, her husband never really lost the call of the military, and after a strong sign from God, he reenlisted in the Army. Stationed at Fort Carson, she became very involved in spouse programs mentoring spouses in the expectations of military life, career, and family. She followed a long-time dream and completed her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication. Wendy will begin her master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology this year at the University of Maryland. 

Seeing the difficulty service members and family members who may move often have, Wendy, found her niche in helping service members and spouses to find employment. She jumped in with every move and studied employment every step of the way. Taking a job with the Department of Labor Working with thousands of service members by teaching the mandatory Department of Labor employment readiness classes, then also providing training to staff and service members of the Wounded Warrior Army and Airforce programs, assisting as a subject matter expert for the USO employment office and Hiring Our Heroes Job fair in Hawaii, and volunteering with the Army Community Services employment office. When her family moved again, she became the Military Spouse Liaison for the Workforce Solutions office in San Angelo and the volunteer lead for the Military Spouse Professional Network chapter for Goodfellow Airforce Base.

In May 2022, Wendy launched her own consulting business that assists clients in the art of communication, potentially focusing on career change or development, public speaking, and small business employee retention. She works one-on-one with clients, facilitates group classes, and speaks at events on these topics. Wendy has developed an exceptional understanding of employment from both the job seeker’s perspective and the employer’s. She provides clients with a detailed process in career development and change. She continues to work with businesses to bring awareness to the talent pool of potential employees, military spouses, and family members can be. She loves to recreate resumes and get people on the correct path to a wonderful career despite frequent moves or job changes.

Wendy has been married to her spouse for 21 years and has a 20-year-old son. She can often be found on an adventure with her two fur babies, Rocket and Carl.  

Connect with Wendy:

Resources:

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The New Year is a Great Time to Reset Your Homeschool: with Stepheny Seabolt

This week Crystal Niehoff shares that the turn of a new calendar year being the perfect time to freshen up your homeschool Episode #32- On this episode, Crystal and guest Stepheny Seabolt chat about the turn of a new calendar year being the perfect time to freshen up your homeschool and give it a restart, giving tips on implementing changes and how to handle the dreaded mom guilt.

As we look ahead to a new calendar year, many homeschool moms find themselves feeling the need to do things a little differently in their homeschool. There may be aspects of your homeschool routine and curriculum that are working well. But others, not so much. Or perhaps you’re a bit behind academically from where you would like to be at this point in the school year. You may even be feeling a little burned out.

If you feel that you need to rethink how you homeschool or are altogether burned out, be sure to tune in to this episode as Crystal discusses using the new year as a fresh start or restart for your homeschool with special guest Stepheny Seabolt!

Stepheny Seabolt is the wife of one amazing husband and the mama to three very interesting kiddos, ages 12, 13, and 16. She’s a West Virginia gal through and through, even though she is currently stuck in North Carolina. Stepheny has been homeschooling for ten years now. She went back to school in 2016 and received her associate’s degree in business administration. She also runs a homeschool bookstore from home and works with The Old Schoolhouse to help other parents get started homeschooling. In her free time, she loves to cook from scratch, read, sing, and add to the list of places where she doesn’t have to wear shoes!

Resources:

Interview with Stepheny Seabolt: I Don’t Have to Look Like the Public School

Seabolt’s 2nds Homeschool Curriculum Consignment

SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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New Year’s Resolutions: Homeschool Edition

This week Crystal Niehoff shares there comes a time when you need to re-evaluate what you’re doing while homeschooling. What better time than the beginning of the year?Episode #31- No matter what style of homeschooler you are, there comes a time when you just need to change things up, re-evaluate what you’re doing, and dig in with some new intentionality. What better time to do that than the turn of a new calendar year?

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season draws to a close,homeschool moms begin to turn their attention back to the business of homeschooling, which feels much like a hustle and bustle of its own kind. On this episode, Crystal hopes to help calm some of the chaos with a quick run-down of how to ready yourself to start fresh this new year!

Winding-up the Year

The new year is a great time to do an inventory check and get a read on what life’s been like for the last few months. It’s the perfect time to put to bed what isn’t working for you and really pour into the things that are most important in your children’s education.

First Things First

If you want to start fresh, you need to finish well. As you look ahead to a new calendar year, this is a great take some time to review a few things.

This is the foundation if you will.

As you review your planner, consider how the year is going so far.

  • Is everyone still engaged in the work? Have there been too many tears or tantrums as you pull out the bookwork?
  • What books have captivated your children? What ones have you hated reading out loud?
  • Have you participated in too many or not enough homeschool outings with children who help to shape your kids positively?
  • Have you made enough use of your local resources?
  • How are YOU feeling? Energized? Hopeful? Burnt-out?
  • Have you threatened to send your kids to school more than once?
  • Have you accomplished all that you should have by this point?

In homeschooling, there is no ahead or behind. There is only your own pace. There is really no point to homeschooling a certain way, just because it is “the best” if every day you’re met with tears and resistance. There is no success if you’re recreating school at home and pushing forward despite all signs pointing to FAILURE. That’s why a mid-year review is so important.

Homeschool Resolutions

Now that you have a clear sense of where you’ve been, what’s been working for you and your family, and you can confidently say that “yes, we want to continue this way,” or “no, we need to change this up because the joy is gone,” it’s time to start your New Year’s Resolutions of homeschool.

  • First, resolve not to push forward for the sake of pushing forward.
  • Second, set a plan based on what worked best.
  • Lastly, remind yourself why you chose to homeschool in the first place.

There are so many reasons to homeschool. Remember why you chose to do homeschool. Remind yourself of all the things that you love about this lifestyle. Hold onto the things that set you on fire for teaching your children, and dive in with a renewed passion for those things.

No matter your reason, no matter the schedule you choose to follow in the coming year, no matter the subjects you’ll teach, the field trips you’ll take, or the number of coffees you will have to consume to get you through those difficult days, remember this …

Homeschooling is worth doing, and anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone; tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

 

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Making Space to Homeschool: Interview with Amber Smith

This week Crystal Niehoff shares how you don't need a designated room to have space to homeschoolEpisode #30- As military families, we move around a lot! And as a result, we must determine a new dedicated homeschooling area in each house or apartment we live in every few years. We may even find ourselves readjusting our homeschool area in the same place due to a new baby, growing kiddos, or just trying to freshen up and organize our space. On today’s show, Amber Smith from 200 Fingers and Toes joins Crystal to talk about making space to homeschool!

Homeschooling, and all the curriculum and supplies that go with it, can take up a lot of space in our homes. Many families don’t have an extra room to dedicate to school, and just finding an area for storage is a challenge. Every few years, we may also find ourselves homeschooling in the cramped confines of a hotel room or out of cardboard boxes after a PCS. Whatever the circumstance we find ourselves in, Amber offers tips and advice for creating a workable solution for your current homeschool situation.

Listen in to hear how Amber met the challenges of frequent moves and remodeling a farm while homeschooling a large family, what considerations to factor in when determining your homeschool space needs, and why education doesn’t always have to take place inside our homes!

 Amber Smith and her chef husband of 26 years raised ten wild children in southern Iowa. Her desire to help homeschool parents avoid burnout, build their best life, with strong relationships led her to start blogging at 200 Fingers & Toes. That is where you can find the latest articles, product reviews, new In Due Season Homeschool Podcast episodes.

 A second-generation homeschool grad herself with a public school background, Amber understands the experience of transitioning a family to homeschool living. Amber serves the homeschool community as a freelance writer, reviewing and contributing to popular homeschool blogs and magazines by sharing tips and tools used in their homeschool over the last eighteen years. Wherever she speaks, Amber offers practical examples to equip your homeschool, define your goals, dream bigger and build relationships that are vibrant and active.

Resources:

Homeschooling in Crisis or while Displaced

Tips for Quick Homeschool Set Up for Your 1st Year

Homeschool Space Ideas

 

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Military Families: Include International Holiday Studies in Your Homeschool

This week Crystal Niehoff shares how you can learn about International Holidays In Your HomeschoolingEpisode #29- Some military families may find themselves spending the Christmas season in a community or country than their home of origin. This is an exciting opportunity for homeschoolers to explore how other cultures observe the holidays. But, even if you’re not living overseas, you can still learn how others worldwide celebrate the season as part of your homeschool studies!

As the holiday season quickly gets into full swing, many homeschooling families are considering how they will include holiday lessons into their curriculum. From holiday-themed worksheets to art projects, gratefully, there are so many FUN options! However, for some families, especially military families living abroad, the typical approach to teaching about the holidays can seem lackluster, or miss out on opportunities to understand more about the way the local culture celebrates the season.

One fantastic aspect of being a military family and PCSing to different areas, at home and overseas, is the opportunity to experience other cultures. And, while holiday-themed worksheets bring a sense of festivity, kids don’t always learn why they celebrate a specific holiday or how their celebrations may differ from those of others.

So, listen to this episode for tips on how to incorporate holiday teaching into your homeschool program that will help your children truly learn the meaning of the season while also learning about international celebrations held worldwide.

Sources:

First Thanksgiving (nationalgeographic.com)

8 Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World – HISTORY

Facts about Christmas! – National Geographic Kids (natgeokids.com)

New Year’s Day – Kids | Britannica Kids | Homework Help

Christmas Traditions Around the World Lesson for Kids | Study.com

International Holiday Desserts around the World (delish.com)

5 Ways Americans Can Deliver a Piece of Home to Troops During the Holidays · United Service Organizations (uso.org)

101 Hanukkah activities for kids (care.com)

How to teach kids about the diverse winter holidays – Care.com Resources

 Sponsor:

Upper Iowa University is committed to providing quality, affordable education to service members and their families. Service members, spouses and dependents qualify for tuition savings with their Military Family Grant on undergraduate and graduate degrees.

UIU programs are available online, on campus and at one of their learning centers across the country. Work one-on-one with an advisor to reach your educational goals. Learn more at UIU.EDU/MilitaryHomeSchool

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone, tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast, and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

How to listen:

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Got questions, comments, or have show topic ideas? Contact Crystal via email at militaryhomeschoolpodcast@gmail.com or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Encouragement for Moms Homeschooling through Military Deployment

This week Crystal Niehoff shares some encouragement and inspiration for moms.Episode #28- For the military spouse who is trying to hold the family together on the homefront, deployments are challenging, to say the least. Add homeschooling to the mix, and it can be positively overwhelming. On this episode, Crystal shares encouragement and advice from milspouses who have been there for the mom who is homeschooling while her spouse is deployed.

Homeschooling provides consistency and stability in the midst of military life. Plus, it offers flexibility. Want to travel or relocate temporarily during a deployment? No problem. Your homeschool goes with you wherever you go. Your kids won’t have to change schools, adjust to new teachers, or struggle to make friends with new classmates mid-year.  It also allows your children to be available for those precious moments when dad is able to call or facetime with them, even if it’s after bedtime or during a normal school day. Added bonus- the time spent with your children while your spouse is deployed will bond you all closer together.

But home-educating your kids while solo parenting can be draining and leave you feeling like you’re in survival mode for the nine months or year that your spouse is away.  Listen in to find encouragement and some workable solutions to help you homeschool through the next deployment.

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone; tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

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Teaching Gratitude During the Holiday Season

This week Crystal shares how teaching your kids to have an attitude of gratitude will result in Improved self-esteem, resilience, and empathy.

Episode #27 –  As parents, we love giving our children gifts and seeing their eyes sparkle with delight. But we do our kids a disservice when we fail to teach them the blessing of having a grateful heart. On today’s show, Crystal talks about ways to encourage a grateful heart in your children, not just during the holidays but all year long.

Giving and receiving gifts is a wonderful blessing; however, the Christmas season tends to over-encourage a “gimme” attitude in children, which can lead to a feeling of entitlement rather than gratitude. Teaching your kids to have an attitude of gratitude has many benefits. An article published by The ImagineProject.org lists the following benefits of gratitude: “Greater sense of well-being; improved physical health; improved self-esteem, resilience, and empathy; decreased aggression; increased optimism; improved sleep.”

When we revisit negative thoughts over and over again, we are literally deepening those connective pathways in our brains, making us more prone to think negative thoughts. The same goes for positive, thankful thoughts. We have to be mindful of where we let our minds go; we’re choosing our future thought patterns. This is why it truly is a gift you give your children when you teach them to be thankful and model gratitude in your own life. Material things come and go, but a grateful attitude is a blessing to everyone.

Ways to Teach Gratitude to Children

  1. Don’t overindulge your children – having too much fosters an attitude of UNgratefulness.
  2. Teach them to say thank you as a matter of habit from an early age. 
  3. Teach them to be grateful for each and every gift they receive or kind deed. 
  4. Teach them to count their blessings. Talk about all the things you’re grateful for as a family. 
  5. Encourage your child to write thank-you notes for gifts they receive.
  6. Have your kids earn money of their own to purchase gifts for family members or create gifts, like ornaments or painting pictures. Let your children give to other children at Christmas time through organizations like Angel Tree, Operation Christmas Child, etc. Many military bases host a version of the Angel Tree for military children.  Let your kids help pick out the gifts, wrap them, and maybe even deliver them.
  7. Serve others through volunteering – this takes the emphasis off of ourselves and puts it on others. 
  8. Grateful parents raise grateful kids. Modeling gratefulness in our own words and actions will go a long way to instilling that character quality in our children. 

Gratitude is a valuable life skill that has many amazing benefits. It can help children to develop strong relationships, cope with adversity, and feel happier overall. Make sure to model thankfulness in your own life and encourage gratitude in your children. Not just during the holiday season but all year long!

Resources:

The Imagine Project, INC

Sponsor:

Upper Iowa University is committed to providing quality, affordable education to service members and their families. Service members, spouses and dependents qualify for tuition savings with their Military Family Grant on undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

UIU programs are available online, on campus and at one of their learning centers across the country. Work one-on-one with an advisor to reach your educational goals. Learn more at UIU.EDU/MilitaryHomeSchool

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone, tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast, and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

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Got questions, comments, or have show topic ideas? Contact Crystal via email at militaryhomeschoolpodcast@gmail.com or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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What Military Families Need to Know about Accreditation and Homeschooling

This week Crystal answers the question, "Is an accredited program needed?" and talks about what accreditation is and what it means for homeschooling military families. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastEpisode #26- Many families come to homeschooling from the public school system and believe that an accredited program is needed. But is it really? Today, let’s talk about what accreditation is and what it means for homeschooling military families.

Do you need to have your child enrolled in an accredited educational program?

Generally, the answer is no. No U.S. state requires any homeschooling curriculum, program, or diploma to be accredited. There are some exceptions that exist in the form of homeschoolers that return to public school or utilize an institution-guided program where educational material is provided to the parent by a licensed educator. However, over the past several decades, it has become increasingly easier for homeschool graduates to gain acceptance into colleges and universities, as they have a wide variety of qualifications to evaluate for student admission. Thus, having an accredited diploma is typically no longer required.

What does accreditation mean?

 Accreditation means that an outside accreditation agency reviews a school and then certifies and continues to oversee that the school meets a certain set of standards and expectations. There must be periodic reviews and renewals in order to qualify as accredited. Many times, these programs are more like public school at home rather than actual homeschooling. Additionally, it’s important to note here that only academic institutions can be accredited. Homeschool curricula cannot.

Listen in to this episode as Crystal lists both the pros and cons for you to consider when deciding if an accredited educational program is right for your child.

Resources: 

NCAA Guidelines for Homeschool Students

What Is Accreditation? Should My Homeschool Be Accredited? (thehomeschoolmom.com)

Why You DON’T Need Homeschool Accreditation to Get Into College (howdoihomeschool.com)

Do I Need to Find an Accredited Homeschool Program?

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone, tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast, and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

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Military Homeschool Q&A: How To Start, Home of Record, Overseas

This week, Crystal tackles three questions from military homeschooling families: How do I start homeschooling? Can I use Home of Record to register that we homeschool? Are we able to homeschool when stationed overseas? #podcast #homeschoolpodcastEpisode #25- This week, Crystal tackles the top three questions she receives from military homeschooling families: How do I start homeschooling? Can I use Home of Record to register our homeschool? Are we able to homeschool when stationed overseas?

All three of these frequently asked questions have been answered in more depth on previous podcast episodes. This episode aims to bring all three of these FAQs conveniently together in one place.

Question #1: How do I start homeschooling?

Probably Crystal’s most frequently asked question. Here’s a quick 5-step guide to get you started homeschooling:

  1. Find out the legal requirements for homeschooling in your area.
  2. Research curriculum options.
  3. Devise a flexible homeschool schedule.
  4. Create a support system.
  5. Check out homeschool curriculum fairs and attend a homeschool conference.

Question #2: Can we use Home of Record when declaring (or registering) our homeschool?

The quick answer is, unfortunately, no.

The longer explanation is- You are not able to use Home of Record when registering that you homeschool unless it’s the state where you are actually currently and actively residing. Otherwise, you must use your current address, the locale where you are actually residing for 30 days or more.

 Question #3: Can we homeschool when stationed overseas and how?

Yes, military families may be able to homeschool overseas. However, it’s important to note that the family must be on the sponsor’s orders.

If you and your children are on your sponsor’s orders, and let’s say the sponsor gets orders to Germany. If it’s a country like Germany that has the Status of Forces Agreement, then you can homeschool because the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has no regulation over homeschooling.

Crystal also touches on two additional questions, so be sure to listen in to this week’s show!

Resources:

Episode #9- How to Start Homeschooling Checklist for Military Families

Episode #21- Practical and Legal Aspects of Homeschooling for Military Families

HSLDA Resources for Military Families

If you have a question that Crystal did not address today, you can email your question to MilitaryHomeschoolPodcast@gmail.com. Crystal would love to connect with you!

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone, tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast, and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

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