Special Interview with Felice Gerwitz: New Army Mom and Founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Episode #6- Special Interview with Felice Gerwitz: New Army Mom and Founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkEpisode #6- Special Interview with Felice Gerwitz: New Army Mom and Founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

On this episode, meet Felice Gerwitz, who, along with her husband, Jeff, own Media Angels, Inc., and two podcast networks. Felice has a passion for encouraging moms in their homeschooling journey. Today, she shares advice for homeschooling children with different learning styles and needs while writing, podcasting, publishing, and running multiple home businesses. A long-time homeschooler and entrepreneur, Felice is an inspiration!

Felice and her husband have homeschooled their five children since 1986 and are at the end of our journey. They also have seven grandchildren, which keep them busy and focused on family first! Felice and Jeff are also the proud parents of a son who graduated Spring of ‘22 from the Army ROTC at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Division of Military Science. He is starting his active-duty Army career as an officer in the Infantry.

Additionally, Felice is an author, publisher, and host of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo and podcast for writers. She currently hosts VintageHomeschoolMoms.com weekly and the Ultimate Radio Show – as time permits.

Felice is the creator of the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network and the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, from which this podcast is broadcast. To serve the Christian homeschool community, Felice shares that she began her podcast venture by asking a few friends to join her, and they said, “Yes!” The networks have added many more talented podcasters since then, so there is sure to be something for everyone!

Resources:

Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Christian Podcast Network

Media Angels, INC

Vintage Homeschool Moms Podcast

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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Self-Care for the Homeschooling Military Spouse

Self-care has become a fashionable buzzword. Still, as guest Dr. Sharita Knobloch points out, self-care deserves a key place in the life.Episode #5- Self-Care for the Homeschooling Military Spouse

 Self-care has become a fashionable buzzword in our culture. Still, as guest Dr. Sharita Knobloch points out, self-care deserves a key place in the life of every homeschooling military spouse.

Seasoned Army wife and former homeschool mom, Dr. Sharita Knobloch, joins Crystal Niehoff this week to discuss the importance of self-care for homeschooling military spouses. Self-care is a commonly used phrase nowadays, but what does it really mean in practice? Sharita shares her definition of the term and gives tips for creating a doable self-care routine for whatever phase of homeschooling and military life you’re in. Whether you are the mom of preschoolers or high schoolers, you’ll learn why self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential!

Dr. Sharita Knobloch has been married to her beloved infantryman husband Brandon for over 10 years.  The joys and challenges of this milspouse life ignited her faith on a deep level, so she answered the call to ministry in July 2011.  Sharita holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Animal Science & Industry (Communications Option, Leadership Minor), master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty University, and Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling: Pastoral Counseling, also from Liberty University.

Sharita is a Tiny Human mama of two kiddos, an 8-year-old girl and a 4-year old boy. She is also a smallish-dog-owner, aspiring-runner, writer, speaker, and spiritual leadership coach. Sharita has been volunteering with Army Wife Network for more than seven years and transitioned into the role of Owner and Commander in October 2019. She is overjoyed to serve milspouses and their families in this capacity. In 2020, she was named Armed Forces Insurance Fort Bliss Military Spouse of the Year.

Resources:

Army Wife Network

7 Days Time

Crystal’s homeschooling blogs on AWN

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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Balancing Military Life, Working from Home, and Homeschooling

, Conli McVey, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss how she juggles military life and working from home while homeschooling. Military spouse, Conli McVey, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss how she juggles military life and working from home while homeschooling.

Conli is an Army Chaplain’s wife, serving the Lord alongside her husband, Greg, in his role since 2006. She’s graduated two of her three homeschoolers. Her passions include leading Bible Study and equipping and encouraging women, and her blog “Whatever State I’m In” (whateverstateimin.com). She’s proud to be the MOC (Maintainer of the Calendar) of the McVey household for her often-traveling husband, two young adult daughters, and sixteen-year-old son. After earning a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA, Conli has worked in non-profit ministry development for 25+ years, currently as an at-home copywriter. Conli has been married to Greg for 23 years and considers being his wife and life partner the greatest gig ever!

Back in 2006, when her husband joined the military, Conli was looking for a way to tailor her children’s education and give them consistency through frequent moves. So when a friend mentioned homeschooling, she knew that’s what she was going to do. All the while, Conli has also worked from home. Over the years, she has adapted their homeschooling to meet the needs of her family and accommodate her work schedule. Sharing her insight from years of experience, Conli shares her secrets to getting it all done as a busy work-at-home homeschooling mom of three.

Resources:

Conli’s Blog, Whatever State I’m In

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:

  1. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, or Stitcher
  2. Subscribe on your favorite podcast listening app
  3. Or listen right here (just scroll down)

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.

Please subscribe, follow, and share with all of your military homeschooling friends!

 

Homeschool High School Transcripts

On this episode, Lisa Nehring, Director of True North Homeschool Academy, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss homeschool high school transcripts.Episode #3- Homeschool High School Transcripts

On this episode, Lisa Nehring, Director of True North Homeschool Academy, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss homeschool high school transcripts.

Lisa and her husband, Dr. David Nehring who served in the Air Force, started homeschooling 30 years ago. They started in 1991 and graduated their youngest a year ago this spring. They have five kids ages 19 to 35, and a couple of grandkids who are also homeschooled. Lisa holds an M.A. in Human Development and M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition to homeschooling and her work as Director of True North Homeschool Academy, Lisa has worked as an Admissions Counselor, Administrator, Copywriter, Blogger, Academic Adviser, Teacher, Event Planner, and Program Developer.

Homeschool parents often dread the thought of preparing high school transcripts for their high schooler and feel confused about what should be included. In this episode, Lisa shares her years of experience in creating transcripts for her own children and others, details the different types of transcripts and what should be included, and assures us that homeschool high school transcripts don’t need to be complicated or stressful. We can do it!

So, whether your homeschooled high schooler is on a college track, career track, military track, or trade school track, this episode will help you navigate the ins and outs of preparing a high school transcript.

Closing Thought: Crystal then shares this thought in closing which comes from educator, John Holt, “Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school.”

Resources:

True North Homeschool Academy

Survive Homeschooling Through High School

Considering Military Service

Special Needs Credits and Transcripts

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.

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Homeschooling, the Rising Star of Educational Choice for Military Families

Homeschooling: the Rising Star of Educational Choice for Military Families. We discuss the benefits of home educating your military child.Episode # 2: Homeschooling, the Rising Star of Educational Choice for Military Families

 Homeschooling is the rising star of educational choice for military families for many reasons. But is it right for YOUR family?

Today, we highlight and discuss the benefits of home educating your military child. And, so by understanding the benefits, you can make an informed decision about what is best for your family!

  1. Flexibility

As Crystal’s husband says in the military there are two things you can count on when planning- the Hurry Up and Wait factor and there is no such thing as 100%, the best you can hope for is 99%. Homeschooling provides the flexibility that is vital for military families with our ever-changing, on-the-go lifestyle.

  1. Stability

Academic standards are wildly inconsistent from school district to school district, which may cause children to struggle and fall behind their peers academically when moving to a new school every two to three years. Homeschooling gives military children stability and consistency in their education.

  1. Parental Involvement and Control

You as your child’s parent and teacher can tailor your child’s education to their unique needs, abilities, and interests. You can also design a curriculum that fits your family’s lifestyle and values. You also control the environment in which your child learns, ensuring that it is safe and supportive. Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to work closely with your child and really get to know his or her strengths and weaknesses. Nobody knows what’s best for your child better than you, Mom!

  1. Strengthens Family Connections

This is a benefit for many reasons but Crystal shares her top three, explaining that childhood lasts such a short amount of time and is gone in the blink of an eye. Homeschool gives both parents, siblings, and extended family more time to form those important family bonds.

Resources mentioned:

Blue Star Families MFLS 2021

Homeschool Legal Defense Association

Closing Thought: Our closing thought comes from Dawn Shelton who said, “A teaching degree is to homeschooling as a culinary degree is to grandma’s cooking…it just can’t touch the love, care, and personal standard that only she can stir in.”

Friends, with so many incredible benefits, it’s no wonder homeschooling is the rising star of educational choice for military families!

What other homeschool advantages can YOU think of?

Share with Crystal via email at militaryhomeschoolpodcast@gmail.com or connect with her on Facebook.

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:

  1. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, or Stitcher
  2. Subscribe on your favorite podcast listening app
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Introducing the Military Homeschool Podcast!

Introducing the Military Homeschool Podcast! Listen in to the very first episode to learn about your podcast host, Crystal Niehoff.Episode #1: Introducing the Military Homeschool Podcast!

 

Introducing the Military Homeschool Podcast! Listen in to the very first episode to learn about your podcast host, Crystal Niehoff, herself a homeschooling military spouse, her experience, her family, and their homeschool journey.

Crystal then shares that this podcast combines two subjects that she loves to talk about- military life and homeschooling! Homeschooling can be tough and military life challenging, so the Military Homeschool Podcast is the perfect tool to add to your arsenal as you navigate life as a military homeschooler.

Upcoming shows will include the typical homeschool topics like, how to get started homeschooling, preparing transcripts, time management, avoiding homeschool burnout, and so forth. However, the Military Homeschool Podcast will also address issues unique to military families, too, like, homeschooling and surviving during a PCS or deployment, choosing curriculum to fit your family’s on-the-go lifestyle military lifestyle, finding your tribe at a new duty station, legal considerations, and more!

On top of all that, the Military Homeschool Podcast will feature guest interviews with both experienced military homeschoolers, and expert guests in the fields of law, education, mental health, and others bringing information relevant to military homeschool families.

Closing Thought: Crystal then shares this thought in closing which comes from educator, John Holt, “What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the school, but that it isn’t a school at all.”

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:

  1. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, or Stitcher
  2. Subscribe on your favorite podcast listening app
  3. Or listen right here (just scroll down)

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

Please subscribe, follow, and share with all of your military homeschooling friends!