HomeschoolIRL

These witty podcasters like to poke sticks at the conventional and with heaps of grace they will confront a few of the sacred cows that Christian homeschoolers like to worship. Fletch and Kendra love the Gospel and will remind their listeners on every episode of the freedom that Christ pours out in generous amounts. Grace Wins!

Special Replay: The Desperate Need To Get It Right

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Free homeschool podcast about the pressure to do things right as a homeschooling mom.

Special Replay Episode:  When we talk about the desperate need to get it right, Fletch is quick to say, “Oh! You mean homeschooling in the age of Pinterest?” On this episode we are talking about how to homeschool when we feel like we just don’t measure up to the other homeschool moms we know.

We are joined in the studio by Kym Smythe, Sabrina Justison and Vicki Tillman, three of the sisters from 7SistersHomeschool.com and The Homeschool Highschool Podcast. We discuss how to handle the competition, comparisons and the desperate need to get it right.

7SistersHomeschool.com has a curriculum bundle of 10 resources including a Career Exploration workbook, tools for writing a personal mission statement, practical instruction for developing interview skills and more. Each piece of the bundle is in .pdf ebook format and downloads instantly to your device after purchase.


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
7SistersHomeschool.com
Homeschool Highschool Podcast

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:
Get It Right – Glee Cast – Purchase it Here


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I Love Homeschooling But I Am Totally Disorganized | Replay

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 I Love Homeschooling But I am TOTALLY Disorganized! Get some tips from Fletch and Kendra on this episode of Homeschooling IRL. #homeschool #organization So you love the idea of homeschooling, but you are totally disorganized?

Is this a deal killer? Should you pack up your kids and send them off to the local school house where they will be kept on track by rigid teaching plans that maintain scope and sequence?

It’s time for us all to get real with one another. Is your lack of organization thwarting your efforts at homeschooling? At the end of the day, the week, the month, are you constantly playing catch-up and putting out the fires caused by disorganization? If so, this is the episode you will want to listen to.

What about the other side of this issue? As a busy productive homeschool parent, have you forgotten along the way that relationships need to come before agendas? Are you such a task-master that you forgot the children God gave you to develop loving relationships with?

Organization in the homeschool can be both a blessing and a curse. On this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, join Fletch and Kendra as they get transparent with their listeners and have a discussion out loud about balancing the need to bring organization into your family and preventing that same organization from destroying relationships.

 

 

Want to get organized, be sure and check out the monthly freebie from Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network: Printable Checklists

 

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Route60

Thank you to this podcast episode sponsor:  Route 60 – The Biblical Highway. In theaters September 18th & 19th only. Please check the website to learn more about this wonderful movie.

 

HomeschoolingIRL Replay Homeschooling, Halloween and Harry Potter

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Homeschooling, Halloween, and Harry Potter

homeschooling halloween harry potterThank you to this podcast episode sponsor:  Route 60 – The Biblical Highway. In theaters September 18th & 19th only. Please check the website to learn more about this wonderful movie.

Homeschooling, Halloween, and Harry Potter? Are we nuts?

Well, yes, but that didn’t stop us from tackling two hot potato topics that homeschoolers traditionally love to argue over. You, too?

In this episode, Fletch and Kendra talk about Halloween and the opportunity to love the places where God has put our families. We discuss fear and the life of the believer, and then Fletch elaborates on a character in the Harry Potter series that taught him a valuable lesson.

We promise if you listen, you won’t turn into a newt. You won’t be made fun of or persuaded to change your mind (unless the Holy Spirit does that), and we won’t send you out into the neighborhood looking for the scariest costume this year.

We just thought we’d put it all out on the table, with a big bowl of candy corn just to make sure we keep it sweet. Join us?

 

Show Notes for Episode #3

 

From Christians and Halloween, Grace to You:

Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).

 

For more information about this podcast or to connect with Fletch and Kendra directly you can follow HomeschoolingIRL on Facebook and Twitter. Fletch blogs regularly on theMangoTimes and is a monthly contributor to the Homeschool Post. Kendra can be found on either of her blogs Preschoolers and Peace or on her author site, KendraFletcher.com.

 

 

Homeschooling The Struggling Learner – HIRL Episode 102 Replay

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Homeschooling the Struggling Learner | HIRL Podcast CTC SponsoredAre you homeschooling a struggling learner? Fletch and Kendra share three practical ideas for you as you consider homeschooling a child who struggles.

Join us for this week’s episode as we answer a listener’s question about how to give struggling learners the time and attention they need.

EPISODE TIMELINE
:50 Fluff – shout out to John Wilkerson 
6:33 Homeschooling the Struggling Learner
23:25 Wrapping it up
25:41 The show is over. Goodbye!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
All of them

Music clips used on this episode:
None


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smartphone. 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 smartphone.
  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.


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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.

Can We Afford To Homeschool? Understanding Homeschool Finances

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Homeschool Finances | Can We Afford to Homeschool? Podcast of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network #HIRL

Making Homeschooling Work on a Tight Budget

In this episode, Fletch and Kendra from the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network are joined by CPA and homeschooling expert Carol Topp to delve into the topic of homeschooling on a limited budget. The conversation covers valuable insights on managing finances while providing a quality homeschooling experience for your children.

Episode Highlights:

Sponsor:  I want to thank Route 60: A Biblical Highway for sponsoring this podcast. Please check out the link here. Route60.movie

1. The Financial Realities of Homeschooling | Understanding Homeschool Finances

– Understanding the concerns of homeschooling parents who are struggling financially.
– Exploring the challenges of affording homeschooling when the budget is already stretched thin.
– Acknowledging the importance of financial stability while pursuing homeschooling goals.

2. Strategies for Homeschooling on a Small Budget | Putting Homeschool Finances to Work

– Carol Topp shares practical tips for making homeschooling work with limited financial resources.
– Exploring cost-effective curriculum options, free educational resources, and library materials.
– Creative ways to engage in extracurricular activities and field trips without breaking the bank.

3. Homeschooling Older Kids | Managing Challenges in Your Homeschool Finances

– Discussing the unique expenses and challenges associated with homeschooling teenagers.
– Exploring part-time job opportunities and microbusiness ideas for teens to contribute to homeschooling expenses.
– Balancing the financial aspect with the flexibility and personalized education homeschooling offers.

4. Aligning Finances with Purpose in Your Homeschool Finances

– Reflecting on the deeper purpose of homeschooling and the values it aligns with.
– Evaluating financial decisions in the context of one’s family goals and values.
– Recognizing the need to prioritize and make thoughtful choices in spending.

5. Resources and Recommendations

– Carol Topp’s “Dollars and Sense” podcast for more financial insights and advice.
– Exploring the “Microbusiness for Teens” concept as a way for teenagers to learn about entrepreneurship and contribute financially.
– Drawing inspiration from financial expert Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University.”

6. Final Thoughts

– Emphasizing the importance of open communication about financial constraints with children.
– Encouraging parents to seek support from homeschooling communities and online networks.
– Reminding listeners that homeschooling’s value goes beyond finances, focusing on the holistic development of children.

Conclusion

In this eye-opening episode, Fletch, Kendra, and guest Carol Topp provide a wealth of practical advice and thoughtful perspectives on navigating homeschooling within a limited budget. By aligning financial decisions with their core values, homeschooling parents can find ways to provide a rich and fulfilling educational experience for their children while maintaining financial stability.

Resources Mentioned

HomeschoolCPA
Dollars and Sense Podcast with Carol Topp
Microbusiness for Teens
Financial Peace University

**Disclaimer:**
The views and opinions expressed in this episode are for informational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. Listeners are encouraged to consult with a qualified financial advisor before making any financial decisions.

 



Replay: Devotions For The Real Family

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

We are talking about Family Devotions for the Real Family on this podcast.

You know REAL family devotions. The families with the toddler hijacking the deep discussion, the teens are daydreaming, and the mom is falling asleep because it’s been a long, long homeschooling day. Can you relate to family worship that looks like this?

Family worship can be trying for most families, and on this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, we talk with a dozen dads about what it looks like in their homes. But we won’t leave you feeling like a failure! We want to encourage you to discover God’s glory with your family in a way that suits you best.

In this episode of “Homeschooling in Real Life,” we delve into the realm of family worship, a journey that can be both rewarding and challenging for most families. We sit down with a diverse group of a dozen dads, each bringing their unique experiences and perspectives to the table. Through candid conversations, we unravel the intricacies of what family worship truly entails within their homes.

The conversations are refreshingly honest, acknowledging the inevitable struggles that arise when striving to establish a consistent practice. Amidst busy schedules, varying ages, and divergent interests, these fathers reveal the hurdles they face and the creative solutions they’ve discovered. It’s an insightful glimpse into the reality of harmonizing spirituality within a family unit.

However, the purpose of this episode isn’t to accentuate shortcomings but to inspire and uplift. Instead of focusing solely on the difficulties, we aim to ignite a sense of possibility. Through these discussions, we highlight that family worship is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Rather, it’s an opportunity for each family to tailor an approach that resonates with their unique dynamics and values.

Ultimately, the episode is a call to embrace the journey of discovering God’s glory alongside your loved ones. It’s a reminder that the path might be winding, and the pace might vary, but the significance lies in the intention and effort. Whether through shared devotionals, musical moments, or simple conversations, there’s an array of avenues to explore. So, as you listen to these stories, may you be empowered to weave a tapestry of family worship that reflects the beauty of your own household.

This episode is sponsored by:


HomeschoolingIRL Replay- Homeschooling With Exchange Students

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Homeschooling exchange students | Homeschooling IRL an episode on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkHomeschooling Exchange Students

Live on location in Paris, France!

One of our very favorite episodes to record, because in this show we record straight from the streets of Paris, France as we interview our former exchange student about life in the home of a large homeschooling family.

This episode brought to you by CTC Math.

Tune in as we talk about homeschooling with exchange students and discuss the benefits and potential challenges for families thinking about opening their homes to international guests.

Show Notes:

La Favorite de Sam – the restaurant where we recorded the interview

Sister Cities International

America’s Worst Photographer 

In this episode, we had the incredible opportunity to interview our former exchange student about life in the home of a large homeschooling family.

🏠🎒 Get ready to dive into the world of homeschooling with exchange students as we explore the benefits and potential challenges of opening your home to international guests.

🌐 Gain insights into:

❤️ Our unique experiences and perspectives exchange students bring to your homeschool environment.
✅ The joys and lessons of fostering cross-cultural connections right from your own home.
✅ Tips and strategies for creating a welcoming and enriching experience for your guest student.

Tune in and let us transport you to the charming streets of Paris as we share stories, experiences, and valuable advice about homeschooling with exchange students. 🗼📚 Don’t miss this heartwarming and enlightening episode!

Listen now or find us on your favorite podcast platform.

#HomeschoolingIRL #ExchangeStudentHomeschooling #CrossCulturalLearning #PodcastEpisodes #UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

 

 

 

Homeschooling Through Hard Times

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Homeschooling in Hard Times, HIRL, on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Homeschooling Through the Storm: Navigating Difficulties with Linda Difino

Hard Time Episode | Introduction:

Welcome back to HomeschoolingIRL, your go-to podcast on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network! In this episode, we tackle a crucial topic that every homeschooling family may encounter at some point – homeschooling when life gets hard. Whether it’s dealing with marital stress, tragedies, health challenges, financial loss, or any combination of these, we understand that these hardships can place unique strains on a homeschooling household.

Episode Highlights:

1. Understanding the Different Hardships:

– Every family faces their share of challenges, and homeschooling families are no exception. Our hosts delve into various hardships that homeschooling parents may encounter, ranging from personal struggles to external factors.

2. Interview with Linda Difino – A Homeschooling Warrior:

– Our special guest, Linda Difino, a homeschooling mom and blogger, shares her inspiring journey of homeschooling through multiple difficult times. Linda candidly discusses how she and her family faced adversity head-on and managed to keep their homeschooling journey on track.

3. Coping Strategies for Homeschooling Families in Hard times

– Amidst the chaos of challenging times, it’s crucial to have effective coping strategies in place. Our hosts and guest offer valuable insights into maintaining a sense of balance, patience, and resilience in the midst of adversities.

4. Finding Support and Community in Hard Times

– Homeschooling can sometimes feel like a solitary journey, especially during tough times. The podcast highlights the importance of building a strong support system and engaging with a supportive homeschooling community to share burdens and gain encouragement.

5. Embracing Flexibility during Hard Times

– One of the key takeaways from this episode is the significance of embracing flexibility in homeschooling. Our experts discuss the need to adjust expectations and curricula during trying times, while still ensuring the educational needs of children are met.

6. Redefining Success in Hard Times

– In challenging circumstances, it becomes essential to redefine success in homeschooling. Our hosts encourage listeners to focus on the growth, resilience, and character development of their children, rather than just academic achievements.

Conclusion:

In this thought-provoking episode, we’ve explored the intricate relationship between homeschooling and life’s hardships. Through the uplifting story of Linda Difino, we see that with determination, adaptability, and a strong support system, homeschooling can endure even the most trying times.

Join us as we navigate the uncharted waters of homeschooling through adversity, and remember, you are not alone. Together, as a community, we can rise above life’s challenges and provide an enriching homeschooling experience for our children.

Tune in now and let’s grow stronger together in this homeschooling journey!

 

 

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  CTCMath.com


 

Replay | The Homeschool Budget – HIRL Episode 97

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Free homeschool podcast about budgeting finances for homeschooling.The Homeschool Budget is part one of a series of three podcast episodes dealing with the topic of financial fear.

Thank you to our sponsor, CTC Math.

With a family of 8 kids, Fletch and Kendra know that homeschooling can get expensive. On this episode, they share tips and tricks they have used over the years to save money and homeschool well within a budget.

Along the way, they talk about homeschooling within and out of the charter school system.


EPISODE TIMELINE
:51 Fluff Time (Hollywood, Head Shots, Whip and Nae Nae)
9:34 Part 1 – Old homeschooler advice for new homeschoolers
20:00 Part 2 – Suggestions to homeschool in budget
35:30 Part 3 – Charter schools
45:50
 Wrapping up the show, What’s Coming up next?


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:

The Wired Homeschool – Homeschooling with Netflix
M.I.T. iTunes University
KHAN Academy
HOOPLA – Free audio/video through the local library
Homeschool Creations
Betty The Surf Dog Twitter Feed – Home of Betty the Surf Dog
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Previous Episodes Mentioned:

Music clips used on this episode:
Watch Me – Buy it on iTunes Here


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smartphone. 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 smartphone.
  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.

BECOME A PATRON AND SUPPORT HomeschoolingIRL

Hey HIRLers! Do you enjoy what we have created on the podcast? Have you ever wondered what you could do to help us continue to make great shows? Just like the great artists of the past, in order to provide great shows, we need patrons to financially support our creative efforts.

Please consider becoming a patron and supporting Homeschooling In Real Life? 

Follow this link and head over to Patreon.com and show your support of our show!
Thank you!

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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

Affording College – HIRL Episode 126

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Affording College | special podcast by HIRL sponsored by CTC mathWhen our students hope to go to college, the perennial question remains: how in the world will they pay for it? We decided to return to the topic of affording college with College Prep Genius Jean Burk because we know she has valuable information to share.

We think you’ll be encouraged and feel equipped as you help your college-bound student get the education they are pursuing!

Affording College EPISODE TIMELINE

1:32 – Fluff : Discussion on tragedy, college visits, real life. 
8:01 – Interview with Jean Burk, Part 1
25:43 – Interview with Jean Burk, Part 2
34:30 – Goodbye! The Show Is Over!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
College Prep Genius

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:
None


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.

ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS:

CTC Math | Homeschoolers can save 50%! Details here.


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.