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Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #162, Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States

In “Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States,” Episode, #162, Meredith Curtis becomes your tour guide on a road trip through each state in the Deep South starting with Florida and ending in Arkansas. You will visit natural wonders, landmarks, and taste good ole Southern cooking. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your sunscreen—it’s hot in the South! This is the first in our series of USA road trips—traveling is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! Today, I’m your tour guide. Ready for a whirlwind trip through the southern states?

Florida

Everglades, St. Augustine

Pennisula, estuary

Sonny’s, Publix, sugarcane, oranges, sweet corn

Georgia

Savannah

Mouth of a river, Intercoastal Waterway

Waffle House, Chick-Fil-A, peaches, pecans, boiled peanuts

South Carolina

Gullah, Charleston

Barrier islands

Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce

North Carolina

Kitty Hawk-Wright Brothers

Virginia

Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Skyline Drive

5 Guys

West Virginia

New River Gorge Rafting

Southern Cooking

Kentucky

Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Mammoth Cave

Tennessee

Nashville, Smokey Mountains

Alabama

Huntsville

Tuskagee

Mississippi

Gulf Shores National Seashore

Louisiana

New Orleans

Steamboat

Arkansas

Hot Springs

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US Geography Resources

Jr High US Geography

True North Homeschool Academy US Geography Class

 

Travel God's World God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA Cookbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Flags & Seals by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions
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Could Online Learning Benefit Your Home School?

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #161, Could Online learning Benefit Your Home School?, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Could Online learning Benefit Your Home School?

In “Could Online Learning Benefit Your Home School?,” Episode, #161, Meredith Curtis talks about online course. She explains how they work, as well as the pro’s and con’s of online learning for parent, teacher, and student. She shows parents how to stay involved with their children’s learning adventure if it includes online learning. Meredith also shares her experience with online learning as a result of COVID.

 


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Show Notes

Our wonderful homeschool co-op was forced to go online in 2020. My adventure with online learning and where I am today.

Online Courses

Whole year or semester.

Live courses v. Go at Your Own Pace.

Like a co-op with class time and work at home.

Pro’s of Online Courses

Teachers often Teach what they love (great if there are subjects you hate teaching)

Great for working homeschool moms

A unique perspective

Gives Mom a break

Build friendships all over the world

Con’s of Online Courses

Can get disconnected from children and what they are learning

Can forget to make sure they are doing their homework

Can hamper spontaneity

Possible clash of worldviews/morals/ values

Easy to get behind in courses for some students

Everybody learning something different (20th Century)

How Parents Can Stay Involved

Listen in to classes occasionally

Meet weekly to discuss what they are learning and what homework is due the next week

Connect with teacher regularly

Encourage children/teens to work hard and do their best

Teaching at True North

Laura Nolette and I (Meredith Curtis) both teach at True North Homeschool Academy. They have been offering live online classes for over a decade and have collectively been involved in alternative education in the form of private schools, classical academies, yeshivas, co-ops, class days, classical charters, online academies, and more.

True North Homeschool Academy teachers are a group of passionate, qualified, creative educators providing carefully curated Core Courses and Clubs, delivered by utilizing cutting-edge technology, gamification, and solid academic pedagogy. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities of homeschooling.

Here are the classes Laura and I are teaching next year:

Grades K-3 Science Exploration

Grades 4-6 Science Exploration

Elementary Middle Ages Exploration

Jr. High Writing Like a Reporter/Exploring Journalism

Jr. High US Geography

Jr. High 20th Century World History

High School 20th Century World History

High School Photo Shop

High School Computer Illustration

Intro to Computer Science II (1 semester)

Intro to Computer Science (full year)

High School Health

High School English Who Dun It

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A Lifetime of Homeschooling

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #160, A Lifetime Of Homeschooling, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

A Lifetime Of Homeschooling

In “A Lifetime of Homeschooling,” Episode, #160, as Meredith Curtis celebrates her 60th birthday, she realizes what a huge role homeschooling has played in her life. She takes a look back at six decades of Preparation, Homeschooling Adventuring, and Coaching and counts it all joy! It’s been a lifetime of learning! How about you? What stage are you in? How can you get the most out of it and prepare for the next one.

 


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Show Notes

Turning 60 and looking back at a lifetime of homeschooling.

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Preparation

2 decades of schooling, lifestyle learning, and reading.

Books lovely books.

Traveling to learn.

Discussion.

Acquiring a love of home, family, and learning.

Homeschool Adventure

The book that came by mistake

Gregg Harris Conference

Learning with my Kids

7 Rs: Relationships, Reading, Arithmetic, Writing, Rhetoric, Research, and Right Living.

Passing the baton of faith, home, family, lifestyle of learning, and sacrifice.

Coaching

Cheering Others On.

Coming Alongside

Teaching in Homeschool Co-ops and Online

What Stage Are You In?

Preparation? Homeschooling? Coaching?

The overlap

Getting the most and giving the most in each stage.

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Homeschooling Wisdom for Screen Time

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #Finish Well; Teen; Parent; Homeschool; education; family; Christian; Internet; Safety; Web; Site, Homeschooling Wisdeom for Screen Time, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Homeschooling Wisdom for Screen Time

In “Homeschooling Wisdom for Screen Time,” Episode, #159, Meredith Curtis honestly shares how the power of the internet took her by surprise as a parent and as it became more emeshed in our daily lives, she needed wisdom! Meredith talks honestly about the damage she has seen from attention span issues to pornography addictions. She has sound insight that must be transmitted to our children so they can participate in making wise choices and become responsible in their screen time usage as adults.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

When I homeschooled my oldest daughter, the internet wasn’t really a big part of our lives. As I homeschooled down the line, the internet became a bigger and bigger aspect of daily life. Soon it was on our phones and even homeschool assignments at co-op involved the internet.

The internet felt like a big monster that was ready to gobble my children up.

Nowhere to Hide from the Internet

Sneaking TV shows online

Things I didn’t want my children to see

Online games, Online gaming

Research

Hanging Out with Television Characters

Psych, Marvel superheroes

We become like those we hang out with—that includes characters on shows and movies

Proverbs 13: 20 says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

Old TV Shows Worth Watching

Screen Time Impacts Your Attention Span

Limited older more than younger

I wanted the kids to read, draw, paint, create, play music, and play outside. I didn’t want them to waste hours in front of a phone, TV, computer, or tablet.

Never too late.

Created to Be Addictive

Moms on Instagram

Game creators

Old TV Shows Worth Watching

Pornography & Predators

If the internet was a mall with 10,000 stores in it. 9,900 of those stores would be pornographic or sexual in nature. The internet sells sex. It is a haven and stomping ground for sexual predators and sex traffickers.

Sad situations

Researching? Remember Google has a Political Agenda

If anything the last election taught us it’s that Google, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have a political agenda and use it aggressively.

If we want our children to hear both sides of a political or more issue, we need to show them where to look.

Conservative news sites

Creation science sites

Teach Our Children & Teens

  • They need to remember that TV characters they watch often will impact their own character.
  • Screen time will limit their attention span.
  • Social media sites, online games, and almost everything online is designed to be addictive, especially pornography.
  • Predators and sex traffickers prowl online regularly for children, teens, and young adults. They lie about their identity all the time.
  • And, finally, if they are going to research online they need to remember that the search engine Google (and many others) actually have a political agenda that is contrary to the teachings of Scripture.
  • We live in a world where we must use the internet. We can use it safely, but we need to not just protect our children but share these truths and envision them to take part in protecting themselves.

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These resources help your teen grow in virtue and life skills/soft skills

Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

 

Books Guys Love

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #158, Books Guys Love, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Books Guys Love

In “Books Guys Love,” Episode, #158, Meredith Curtis, mother of a son who loves to read now, but didn’t always in those early years, had to search out books for her son to read. She found a treasure trove in authors like Howard Pyle, Paul Hutchens, RM Ballantyne, GA Henty, Sir Walter Scott, and Scott O’Dell. Meredith will share 21 authors that boys will enjoy reading throughout the homeschool years.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

As much as times change, the things that beat in the hearts of little boys and young men stays the same. Let me introduce you to some timeless classics that still captivate the hearts of guys of all ages who still love thrilling adventures and fearless heroes.

What Kind of Books Should You Give Your Children?

Living Books

Classic Books (doesn’t matter age—classics are timeless)

Wholesome Books

Books with Good Role Models

Meet the Authors and Find Out Why Guys Love Their Books

George Sheldon

Felix Sutton

Scott O’Dell

Hugh Lofting

Albert Payson Terhune

William O. Steele

Jim Kjelgaard

Howard Pyle

Paul Hutchens (Sugar Creek Gang series)

Walt Morey

Quentin Reynolds

RM Ballantyne

GA Henty

H Rider Haggard

Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott

Rudyard Kipling

Mark Twain

James Fenimore Cooper

Jules Verne

HG Wells

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Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

 

Resurrection-Powered Homeschooling

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #156, Resurrection-Powered Homeschooling , with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Resurrection-Powered Homeschooling

In “Resurrection-Powered Homeschooling,” Episode, #157, Meredith Curtis honestly shares how to face the everyday stress and struggle of homeschooling with Resurrection-Power available to every Christian. We know it’s ours, but how do we walk in it. Start today!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Why we need power for homeschooling

Jesus’ Resurrection

Appearing to Thomas, Peter, Road to Emmaus

Paul wants to know the power of His Resurrection

“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20-21)

It is a quest!

Paul says, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10)

Wait. Why is Paul mentioning resurrection power and suffering in the same passage?

Wisdom to Know Him Better

Ephesians 1:17-23

God Raised Jesus from the Dead

We died with Christ and are raised with Him?

What does that look like?

Homeschooling Dead to Me; Alive to Christ

Ephesians 1:17-23

Surrender

Receiving

Practical Examples

Remember who you are in Christ!

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These resources help your teen grow in virtue and life skills/soft skills

Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Lovely to Behold Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis A Wise Woman Builds by Meredith Curtis

 

Homeschooling with Hot Flashes & Broken Bones

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #156, Homeschooling with Hot Flashes & Broken Bones, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Homeschooling with Hot Flashes & Broken Bones

In “Homeschooling with Hot Flashes & Broken Bones,” Episode, #156, Meredith Curtis honestly reveals her own aging challenges and how they have impacted her homeschooling. She learned to work around hot flashes and broken bones—and you can too! Prepare to laugh a little, nod in agreement, and feel inspired to stay the course through it all—all while homeschooling effectively.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Breaking bones and trying to play soccer with teens stories.

Menopause

My first hot flash

Osteoporosis/Weakened bones

Grumpiness, Emotions Running High

This Age You Might Start Caring for Aging Parents

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How to Homeschool While Body is Aging

  • Making time for gentle exercise and weights.
  • Nutrition
  • More sleep

How to Homeschool When Recovering from an Injury

  • Find comfortable positions
  • Homeschool in spurts
  • Back hurting, I can lay on my side
  • They read aloud or listen to audios and discuss
  • You can homeschool from bed!

How to Homeschool During Menopause

  • Gentle exercise & weights make symptoms easier
  • More sleep
  • Stay in the Word!
  • Learn to converse with God
  • Tell the children how you are feeling when you are having a bad day and ask them to pray for you
  • Be real! But be godly!

The Joys of Growing Older

  • Time alone
  • Grandchildren
  • Time to create
  • Enjoy now but don’t fear what is to come!

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Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Lovely to Behold Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis A Wise Woman Builds by Meredith Curtis

 

Small Churches Are A Blessing for Homeschooling Families

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #155, Small Churches Are A Blessing for Homeschooling Families, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkSmall Churches Are A Blessing for Homeschooling Families

In “Small Churches are A Blessing for Homeschooling Families,” Episode, #155, Meredith Curtis explains the benefits of small churches to Christian homeschooling families since most Americans go to a small church. These benefits include relationships, age integration, opportunities to serve, and internships/electives.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The average church building holds about 200 people with only about 65 people in attendance.

Since 2000, the average congregation size has gone from 140 to 65 people on a Sunday.

A small church is typically between 25 to 200 people. But, 60% of church goers attend a church with less than 75 members.

Here are five reasons small churches benefit homeschooling families.

Relationships

Lives are Changed in the Context of Relationships

Knowing Your Pastor

True Fellowship

Age Integration

Age Segregation is NOT Biblical

Age Segreation Leads to Self-Centeredness

Age Integration Enriches Us with Relational Skills, Fun, Wisdom, and Empathy

Opportunities to Serve

Room for Everyone

Greeting, Sunday School, Nursery, Sound Team, Powerpoint, Worship Team, Ushering, Hospitality, Hosting Church Events, Planning Church Events, Administration

These Opportunities Cultivate/Develop Life Skills/Soft Skills

These Opportunities Cultivate a Servant’s Heart

Internships

Possibilities: Pastoral Assistant, Administration, Worship Leader Assistant, Leadership

Electives

Sound Technology

Child Development

The Great Commission

Bible Classes

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God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis Real Men 101: Godly Manhood God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ Real Men 103: Leadership

 

Books Girls Love

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #154, Books Girls Love, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkBooks Girls Love

In “Books Girls Love,” Episode, #154, Meredith Curtis, mother of four girls, shares their family’s favorite authors, including beloved authors enjoyed for four generations. She talks about the books they wrote and why girls love them. We’ve all heard of Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. However, have you heard of Milly Howard, Lois Lenski, Elizabeth Yates, Patricia St. John, Kate Seredy, and Martha Finley? Find out why these books have delighted girls of all ages for decades.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

As much as times change, the things that beat in the hearts of little girls and young women stays the same. Let me introduce you to some timeless classics that still captivate the hearts of girls of all ages.

What Kind of Books Should You Give Your Children?

Living Books

Classic Books (doesn’t matter age—classics are timeless)

Wholesome Books

Books with Good Role Models

Meet the Authors and Find Out Why They Captivate Girls’ Hearts

Milly Howard

Lois Lenski

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pamela L. Traveres

Maud Hart Lovelace

Eleanor Porter

Kate Seredy

Kate Douglas Wiggins

Noel Streatfeild

Arleta Richardson

Edith Nesbit

Hilda Van Stockum

Elizabeth Yates

Margaret Sidney

Martha Finley

Louisa May Alcott

Patricia St. John

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Gene Stratton Porter

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Jane Austen

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All our curriculum is built around living books 😊

Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

 

Growing Lifetime Learners Who Become Leaders with Special Guest Kerry Beck

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #153, Growing Lifetime Learners Who Become Leaders with Special Guest Kerry Beck, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkGrowing Lifetime Learners Who Become Leaders with Special Guest Kerry Beck

In “Growing Lifetime Learners Who Become Leaders with Special Guest Kerry Beck,” Episode, #153, host Meredith Curtis interviews Kerry Beck to discover her secrets of raising leaders intentionally starting in the the early years before formal schooling begins. Leadership starts with godly charcter and a genuine thirst for growing and learning. Kerry shows creative ways to use Scripture and tips to make learning enjoyable. From there, teach your children the soft skills needed to influence people around you including time management, money management, genuine love, decision-making, and people skills. Kerry also talks about her upcoming conference, Life Skills Leadership Summit and why her heart beats for parents to take raising leaders seriously.

 


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Show Notes

We are excited to have special guest Kerry Beck with us today. Kerry Beck is a homeschool mom, grandmom, speaker, publisher, curriculum creator. She manages How to Homeschool Your Child, Life Skills Leadership Summit, and Homeschool Super-Heros conference.

Lifetime Learning

Modeling a love of learning

Cultivating a Love of Learning

Explore the role of lifetime learning in leadership.

Overcoming Challenges to Raising Lifetime Learning

Little Ones

Middle School

High School

Preparation for Adulthood in High School

God’s Rules vs. House Rules

Managing Schedule

Choosing Classwork

Life Skills Leadership Summit

Are you overwhelmed as a homeschool mom? Trying to give your kids real life skills and the ability to make wise decisions, but it’s not that easy? Here’s help from 30 expert homeschoolers who want to answer your questions.

Join Kerry and Meredith for Life Skills Leadership Summit during February 21-25, 2022. Besides getting your questions answered, you’ll be encouraged, with tools to confidently finish your school year strong. Get your free Basic Pass HERE.

You’ll get access to 50+ sessions, swag bag valued over $400 and daily, live kick off sessions.