Military Homeschool Podcast

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Military Homeschool Podcast

Homeschooling among military families is on the rise due to the many advantages and amazing learning opportunities! Still, it also presents some unique challenges. The Military Homeschool Podcast aims to equip and encourage parents by covering topics relevant to military homeschooling families and featuring guest interviews with experienced military homeschoolers and experts in the educational field.

Your host, Crystal Niehoff, is an active-duty Army chaplain’s wife, mother of five, and grandmother to five. In 2000, Crystal and her family began their homeschooling journey, which she now continues with her oldest granddaughter, Lexi.

Previously a child welfare worker with degrees in child development, business administration, and certifications as a birth and bereavement doula and chaplain. For many years, Crystal was the owner and CEO of Army Wife Network (now known as Mission Milspouse) and host of Army Wife Talk Radio. Most notably, she interviewed the former Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Karen Pence; the cast of Magnum P.I.; and ‘The REAL Forest Gump,’ Sammy Lee Davis.

Nowadays, Crystal co-hosts the weekly podcast, History for Christian Teens, along with her husband, Kevin. A great supplement to any history course or as a family devotional. Crystal is also a recurring writer for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Join Crystal each week by listening on your favorite podcast app, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, or right here (just scroll down). Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

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

Military Homeschool Podcast
Military Homeschool Podcast
Crystal Niehoff

The Military Homeschool Podcast aims to equip and encourage parents by covering topics relevant to military homeschooling families and featuring guest interviews with experienced military homeschoolers and experts in the educational field.

Top Podcast Episodes on the Military Homeschool Podcast

Military Homeschool Podcast Episodes:

Homeschool Grades | Replay

Homeschool Grades: How to Assign and Track Your Learner’s Progress   In this episode, Crystal discusses the ins and outs of homeschool grades. And hopefully, by the end of the show, you’ll better understand how to grade your homeschooler and come away with a few tips to keep it all organized. How to Assign and […]

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

Episode #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 […]

5 School Break Boredom Busters That Homeschoolers Will Love

5 School Break Boredom Busters That Homeschoolers Will Love ~ Episode 38 On this episode, Crystal shares a list of five school break boredom busters that homeschool parents and kids will love! Even better- most of these activity ideas will keep your kids learning, but shhh, it’s our secret! We are quickly approaching the time […]

Encouragement for Moms Homeschooling through Military Deployment

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 […]

Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine (Replay)

Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine Episode #41 – In this episode, let’s discuss how to determine the ideal way to plan your homeschool days to ensure success! Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine. When it comes to ensuring a productive homeschool day, having some plan in place allows you and your homeschooled students to […]

Deschooling: What, Why, and How (Replay)

Listen in to learn more about deschooling as a way to reframe and reset the joy of learning for both you and your child.

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 […]

Teaching Gratitude During the Holiday Season | Replay

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 […]

Mother Christmas

Mother Christmas S2, E10 – Mother Christmas Encourages Military Homeschool Moms – Today on the podcast, Crystal chats with Caroline Schafer (aka Mother Christmas), a military spouse and veteran homeschool mom. Mother Christmas encourages parents to nurture a love of reading in their children and reminds moms of the importance of self-care. Caroline Schafer wears […]

Balancing Homeschooling and Housework

Balancing Homeschooling and Housework S2, E9 – Balancing Homeschooling and Housework. This week on the podcast, Crystal shares some sanity-saving secrets that have helped her maintain her composure and strike a balance between homeschooling and housework. Life as a homeschooling mom is a dynamic blend of nurturing young minds and maintaining a harmonious home. It’s […]

Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know

Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know S2, E8 –  Feeling unqualified to teach your kids? Don’t worry, it’s normal! If you’re struggling with a subject you’re not familiar with, check out these helpful tips for teaching subjects you don’t know. Have you ever wondered if you are genuinely qualified to teach your children? Especially when faced […]

Fostering Resilience with Morgan Farr Part Two

Fostering Resilience with Morgan Farr, Part Two S2, E7 – Fostering Resilience with Morgan Farr, Part Two. Listen in as Crystal chats with military wife and homeschool mom Morgan Farr. Crystal and Morgan talk about the hot topic of socialization. Then Morgan shares how she homeschools children with unique needs as she addresses her own […]

Fostering Resilience with Morgan Farr, Part One

Fostering Resilience with Morgan Farr, Part One S2, E6 – Fostering Resilience: Homeschooling, Military Life, and Special Needs Sensitivity- A Conversation with Morgan Farr, Part One. Listen in as Crystal chats with military wife and homeschool mom Morgan Farr. In this two-part series, they discuss homeschooling as it relates to military life, when both mom […]

Quick Healthy Meals For Busy Days

Quick Healthy Meals For Busy Days S2, E5 – On this episode, Crystal discusses the hows and whys of healthy meals that are quick and easy to make for those busy homeschooling days! If you’re interested in learning some tips, and a few recipes, that won’t keep you in the kitchen all night, be sure […]

Veteran Pen Pal Project

Veteran Pen Pal Project S2, E4 – Are you looking for a way to teach letter writing to your kids in a way that is meaningful and blesses others? Crystal chats with Camille Deal, who tells us about an amazing program called the Veteran Pen Pal Project that the whole family can become involved in! […]

Homeschool Advocacy: An Interview with Tiffany Boyd

Homeschool Advocacy: An Interview with Tiffany Boyd S2, E3 – Crystal chats with guest Tiffany Boyd, homeschool advocate and host of the Free YOUR Children radio show. Listen in as Tiffany shares how parents are the best advocates for their children and why we must continue the fight for our homeschool freedoms. Tiffany Boyd was […]

Moving with Kids, Susan Miller Shares Hope and Encouragement

Moving with Kids Susan Miller Shares Hope and Encouragement S2, E2 – Crystal chats with guest Susan Miller from Just Moved Ministry about the impact that moving has on the entire family and how moms and kids can make meaningful connections in a new community. Be ready to be inspired and encouraged! Finding friends and […]

Kick Off Your Homeschool Year Right!

Kick Off Your Homeschool Year Right! S2, E1 – Kick Off Your Homeschool Year Right! It’s that time of the year when kids and families are preparing to go back to homeschooling!  Whether you are a year-round homeschooler or you take the traditional summer off approach, there comes a time in the year when you […]

Replay | Making Space to Homeschool: Interview with Amber Smith

Episode #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 […]

Replay – How to Prepare Your Homeschooled Teen for College

Military Education Services Coordinator, Kelly Robinson, shares tips and insight on preparing homeschool students for college so they can get the most out of their college experience!

Replay | Military Families: How to Choose the Right Curriculum and Homeschool Successfully

On today’s episode, Crystal discusses factors to consider when making your homeschool curriculum decision and how you can successfully homeschool as a military family.

Special Replay- How to Prepare Your Homeschooled Teen for College

Military Education Services Coordinator, Kelly Robinson, shares tips and insight on preparing homeschool students for college so they can get the most out of their college experience!

Replay | Balancing Military Life, Working from Home, and Homeschooling

For this episode of the Military Homeschool Podcast, military spouse, Conli McVey, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss how she juggles military life and working from home while homeschooling.

Replay: 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 […]

Tips for Marriage While Homeschooling

Tips for Marriage While Homeschooling Episode #42 – Marriage tends to be placed on the back burner during the busy homeschool years. But you can balance your relationship with your husband while homeschooling the kids, all while keeping both areas fulfilling, meaningful and happy. Here’s how! How do we handle the challenges life and the […]

Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine

Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine Episode #41 – In this episode, let’s discuss how to determine the ideal way to plan your homeschool days to ensure success! Homeschool Schedule Vs. Routine. When it comes to ensuring a productive homeschool day, having some plan in place allows you and your homeschooled students to […]

Homeschool HQ App

Homeschool HQ App Homeschool HQ App. Episode #40 – Do you ever wish you could find all the homeschool resources you need all in one place? Look no further than the HomeschoolHQ App, created by a military spouse and her husband after they began homeschooling during the Covid pandemic. Homeschool HQ App. According to new […]

Homeschooling a Rebellious Child with Deborah Wuehler

Homeschooling a Rebellious Child with Deborah Wuehler Episode #39 – As homeschool parents, there are days when we struggle to get our children to concentrate on their studies and do their best. However, what if a child fights against us in nearly everything? Is it even possible to homeschool a rebellious child? Special guest Deborah […]

5 School Break Boredom Busters That Homeschoolers Will Love

5 School Break Boredom Busters That Homeschoolers Will Love ~ Episode 38 On this episode, Crystal shares a list of five school break boredom busters that homeschool parents and kids will love! Even better- most of these activity ideas will keep your kids learning, but shhh, it’s our secret! We are quickly approaching the time […]

Finding Your Military Homeschool Tribe

Finding Your Military Homeschool Tribe Episode #37 –  Moving is a fact of life for homeschooling military families. Still, making connections with like-minded homeschoolers can be challenging. This week, Crystal talks about ways to find your homeschool tribe wherever the military sends you and your family. One great aspect of military life is that we […]

History of Homeschooling: Oh, How Far We’ve Come!

History of Homeschooling: Oh, How Far We’ve Come! Episode #36 –  Crystal shares the remarkable journey of homeschooling in the United States from colonial days to modern day, legal to illegal, and back again. You will come away grateful for the homeschool freedoms we enjoy today!  At this point in American history, especially in the […]

Homeschool Grades

Homeschool Grades: How to Assign and Track Your Learner’s Progress   In this episode, Crystal discusses the ins and outs of homeschool grades. And hopefully, by the end of the show, you’ll better understand how to grade your homeschooler and come away with a few tips to keep it all organized. How to Assign and […]

Raising Readers: Reading Aloud Past the Kinder Years

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 […]

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

Episode #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. […]

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

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, […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Homeschool Edition

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 […]

Making Space to Homeschool: Interview with Amber Smith

Episode #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 […]

Military Families: Include International Holiday Studies in Your Homeschool

Episode #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 […]

Encouragement for Moms Homeschooling through Military Deployment

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 […]

Teaching Gratitude During the Holiday Season

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 […]

What Military Families Need to Know about Accreditation and Homeschooling

Episode #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 […]

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

Episode #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 […]

4 (Easy) Tips for Incorporating Health and Fitness Into Your Homeschool Day

Episode #25 –  This week, Crystal shares how busy military families can easily incorporate health and fitness into our homeschool day. While teaching the core subjects, such as Math and English, is pretty straightforward, incorporating other important topics like health and fitness can be more challenging. Adding to the challenge is that military families move […]

How to Integrate Music into Your Homeschool (and Why You Should)

This week, learn about the many benefits of music education and how to incorporate music into your homeschool, even if you’re not musically inclined.

Deschooling: What, Why, and How

Listen in to learn more about deschooling as a way to reframe and reset the joy of learning for both you and your child.

Practical and Legal Aspects of Homeschooling for Military Families

On this episode, we’re talking about the legal and practical aspects of homeschooling for military families with guest Natalie Mack, Military Outreach Coordinator for Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

The Importance of Developing Strong Communication and Leadership Skills in Children

Julie Rambo shares about how Institute for Cultural Communicators help ordinary students become extraordinary leaders.

Homeschooling Children with Unique Needs, Part Two

During this two-part series, homeschool mom and former teacher Felice Gerwitz, who holds a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, talks about homeschooling children with a variety of learning styles and unique needs.

Homeschooling Children with Unique Needs – Part One

Felice Gerwitz, who holds a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, talks about homeschooling children with a variety of learning styles and unique needs.

Episode #17- Non-Profit Founder Discovers Homeschooling Equals Flexibility and Togetherness For Her Busy Family

Listen in to hear how Sabrina Johannes chose curriculum and settled into a homeschool routine, all while running a busy non-profit business and preparing for an overseas PCS to Germany.

Episode #16- How to Prepare Your Homeschooled Teen for College

Military Education Services Coordinator, Kelly Robinson, shares tips and insight on preparing homeschool students for college so they can get the most out of their college experience!

Episode #15- Homeschooling Preschool

On today’s episode, Crystal shares her personal observations and opinions regarding homeschooling preschool.

Episode #14- Author Sarah Doran: Children’s Literature with an Appreciation for Military Life and Culture

Author Sarah Doran is on a quest to put well-written and beautifully illustrated children’s books depicting the military family lifestyle into the hands of military children and the community around them.

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

On this episode, meet Stepheny Seabolt, who explains how her view of homeschooling has changed and how she now chooses and utilizes curriculum with the insights she’s gained through nearly a decade of homeschooling under her belt.

Episode #12- Military Families: How to Choose the Right Curriculum and Homeschool Successfully

On today’s episode, Crystal discusses factors to consider when making your homeschool curriculum decision and how you can successfully homeschool as a military family.

Rachel Hirt: Homeschool Art in the Early Years

On this episode, meet Rachel Hirt, owner of Colorfull, an online art community for kids. She believes that every kiddo is an artist filled with tons of creativity! Rachel wants to help kids develop their artistic talents and discover all the fun possibilities that art offers.

Homeschooling Through Tough Times

When things get complicated, it’s important to remember that homeschooling, AND military life, is a journey- there will be ups and downs. That’s just a given. On this episode, Crystal Niehoff shares some ways she’s learned through personal experience as a military spouse and homeschool mom to deal with tough times as military homeschool families.

How to Start Homeschooling Checklist for Military Families

If you’re a military parent considering homeschooling your child, you’re not alone. But, sometimes, the hardest part of the homeschooling journey is taking the first step. Crystal Niehoff goes over six easy steps to help you get started in the right direction.

Military Family Chooses Homeschool and Public School

Today’s guest, Army chaplain’s wife and mom of seven, Jennie Mucher, talks about their family’s homeschooling journey and the decision to send their oldest son to public school.

Jen McDonald: Veteran Military Spouse Shares Her Homeschooling Story

Episode #7- Jen McDonald: Veteran Military Spouse Shares Her Homeschooling Story  On this episode, meet Jen McDonald, host of Milspouse Matters Podcast, who shares about her homeschooling journey as a military spouse and mom of four. Jen talks about what led them to start homeschooling, how it changed over the years through the transitions of […]

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 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 […]

Self-Care for the Homeschooling Military Spouse

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 […]

Balancing Military Life, Working from Home, and Homeschooling

For this episode of the Military Homeschool Podcast, military spouse, Conli McVey, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss how she juggles military life and working from home while homeschooling.

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 […]

Homeschooling, the Rising Star of Educational Choice for Military Families

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 […]

Introducing the Military Homeschool Podcast!

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 […]

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