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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2 decades of schooling, lifestyle learning, and reading.

Books lovely books.

Traveling to learn.


Acquiring a love of home, family, and learning.

Homeschool Adventure

The book that came by mistake

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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.


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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Celebration of 300 Episodes! We Answer Your Questions

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Celebration of 300 Episodes! We Answer Your Questions.

Celebration of 300 Episodes! We Answer Your Questions

Celebration of 300 Episodes! We Answer Your Questions

Can you believe it? The Homeschool Highschool Podcast is 300 episodes old today!! To celebrate Sabrina, Vicki and Kym got together and took questions from our 7th Sisters in the 7SistersHomeschool Facebook Group (have you joined us there?). So, here’s a celebration episode full of questions and answers!

First off, though, we had to celebrate some of our special traditions. One HSHSP tradition is to come up with meme-like t-shirt ideas. How about these?

  • A syllabus is a tool, not a rule!
  • Pray, first, last and always
  • Online is the same as real life
  • We are in a period of extended overextension (from our friend and 2:1 Conference founder, Cheryl Pitt)
  • Your curriculum…How’s that workin’ out for ya?
  • It’s a sprint, not a marathon…well, a gazillion sprints
  • If speaking my mind is too loud, they make earplugs
  • I’m the ear candy hear (dedicated to Kym)
  • Motherhood is the necessity of invention
  • You can do it!
  • You’re embarrassing yourself with your non-verbals
  • All of life is education
  • A mom’s mind plans her way, but God directs her path

Okay, now, here are the questions we received from our 7th Sisters!

We love questions, btw. If you ever have a question for us, throw it out in the FB group! Or ask it here in the comments.

So, you know there are six of us 7Sisters, right? Sabrina, Vicki, Kym, Marilyn, Allison and Sara. So who’s the 7th Sister? YOU are!

A mom's mind plans her way, but God directs her path

We Answer Your Questions #1: How did the 7Sisters meet?

7Sisters Allison is Sabrina’s older sister.

Allison thinks that Sabrina is a perfect sister! And vice versa.

When Vicki’s family first moved from Florida to Pennsylvania…

They started homeschooling and joined the local homeschool support group: Tri-State Homeschool Network. Vicki loves getting involved so she jumped in on the first Mom’s Meeting that she could. The topic was: The Theology of Toothpaste (for real…there was a chemist and that is what he talked about).

Vicki’s family loved Tri-State’s field trips and meetings. So when they needed to find new officers, she volunteered for the nominating committee. However, NO ONE would accept the nomination! There was no one to be president, so Vicki volunteered to run for president. And since there was no competition, she was quickly in charge of this large organization.

On the other hand, she was able to convince another newbie to take on the vice-president role. That person turned out to be 7Sister Marilyn! They worked together from then on and synched so well that soon they created a homeschool co-op. They have been working together for decades and their children grew up almost like siblings.

Kym met Sabrina when her kids joined Sabrina’s homeschool choir

As we all know, Sabrina is the mom-cool one. She was so cool that Kym’s kids thought she was the BEST! Sabrina soon asked for volunteers to help out with the choir so Kym volunteered. (Funny story, Allison also helped out with the choir so Kym would often see Sabrina and Allison together. However, it was two years before she found out they were sisters!)

Kym actually met Vicki and Marilyn at a How to Get Started Homeschooling conference BEFORE she even thought about homeschooling

A friend had asked her to attend the workshop with her. So Kym, always being up for adventure, went along- although she had no intention of homeschooling at that time. Soon afterwards, her third grader asked her to start homeschooling and that was that!

Vicki and Marilyn met Sara when they started a youth group for homeschool teens

This was back in the earlier days of homeschooling when it was hard to find other homeschooling teens to hang out with. Even at church, homeschooling families were often the only families of that educational kind. So they started the youth group so homeschool high schoolers had someone to hang out with. Sara’s sons attended and made friends with Vicki and Marilyn’s kids.

Sara quickly joined in and was always the quiet volunteer at the youth group. She was especially marvelous at handling money well- down to the penny. That is why she handles the finances for 7Sisters today.

Vicki and Sabrina started a cinematography club for their teens who asked for it

Sara’s sons joined along with their kids to learn to make films!

Soon we were all co-oping together, then a homeschool umbrella school!

As you can see- innovation is our thing. That’s how our official company name is 7Sisters Innovative Homeschool Helps! And we are sisters in Jesus…and in our desire to build things together.

A word of encouragement about starting things:

We 7Sisters have always innovated, not because we were good at things, but because we learned not to be afraid of mistakes. We wanted to model for our kids the process of trying and learning together, a growth mindset. That is why Vicki’s favorite quote is a guide for us:

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. -G.K. Chesterton

We have no pride left because we have been embarrassed so often, but our kids have learned the power of failing forward. They had so many adventures and learned lots!

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. -G.K. Chesterton

We Answer Your Questions #2: What did homeschooling do for our families? What did we get right? What did we get wrong?

That is a big question!

Sabrina: Homeschooling laid an unshakeable foundation that we should learn to learn.

All of her kids learned how to learn. They each learned in different ways. Thus they learned to learn in the ways they liked best. Not only that, but they learned to learn even in situations that were not optimal for them. They also learned to ask for help when they needed it and to find and use resources available to them.

Vicki: Homeschooling developed the ability and right of her kids to know what they are good at and enjoy it.

Also, they learned to develop to ability to do the things they are not good at and do not like.

Not only that, they learned to join, to get involved in community and contribute to it!

Kym: Homeschooling gave her kids the time to explore and develop their passions

Homeschooling gave them time to find out whether their passions would be good choices for careers or simply avocations.

Also, Kym loved the depth of spiritual growth she experienced with her Sisters. They are all different flavors of Christians but they prayed and grew together over the years.

Things we got right:

  • Sara’s Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective! Life changing for our teens!
  • Time for the Arts: Drama, Choirs, dance classes. all kinds of music. Not only classes but integrated into curriculum, field trips and projects.
  • Allowing teens to not do extracurriculars that they do not like.
  • Respecting and giving time for interests and questions… which led to respecting their requests for a philosophy curriculum: Philosophy in Four Questions
  • Field trips!!! (even if it was a dump of a field trip like a visit to the local sewage treatment plant)
  • The relationships our kids created
  • Vicki’s Human Development text in co-op…and ALL the conversations
  • Leveling up credits in meaningful ways for the college-bound teens

Things we got wrong:

  • So many things…good thing we have Jesus! Here are a few:
  • Organization (some of us) and time management
  • Sometimes not allowing the introvert kids enough time for introvert recharging
  • For several of us, math instruction was not our strength (and many of our teens graduated before there were online classes)
  • Feeling guilty about all the things we could not do (such as Vicki needing to be a working mom so not being with her kids as much as she wanted)
  • Sometimes allowing some church or homeschool cultural norms to guide, when we did not agree with certain norms. That taught fear of man to the kids. It took a while for us to begin to stand up to the culture we did not agree with.

We Answer Your Questions #3: What has parenting looked like for that time right after graduation

Vicki shared that she had had the illusion that once her teens graduated from high school, that she would never feel stressed about them again. BOY, was that wrong. She found that one never outgrows caring about the kids- even when they are independent, successful adults.

Kym shared that it was quite a challenge allowing her graduates to be adults- to see them as adults. She grew to appreciate watching them develop new roles and communicate in different ways. It is important to allow them to tell you what you got right and wrong.

Sabrina shared that graduation is rewarding. On the other hand it is humbling because, no matter how well you did there will be holes in the education.

We Answer Your Questions #4: What advice would you give your 7th Sisters?

Sabrina: Homeschooling does not prevent physical or mental health issues. Sometimes around the late teen years, mental health issues will show up. Watch them and make sure resources were available. Be more concerned about health than their success.

Kym: Transition advice for moms: Have an Omega mom event when your youngest graduates. In fact, cherish all the transitions through the homeschooling years.

Vicki: You can do this! You are not going to do GOOD enough…you’re just going to do good enough and that’s good enough. Set goals but understand you cannot make it perfect. So keep rolling your works on God, who is a God of redemption. Thus: trust God and reach out to your homeschool sisters!

Thanks for being our 7th Sisters all these 300 episodes! Join us for more episodes to come! We are glad to have this homeschooling adventure together, Sisters!

Also, thanks to our podcast editor, Seth Tillman! And by the way, did you catch our 100th episode when we celebrated by asking homeschool grads to send us voice memos about what they are doing now.


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Christ in Easter: 10 Days of Family Fun

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #132, Christ in Easter: 10 Days of Family Fun, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Christ in Easter: 10 Days of Family Fun

In “Celebrate Easter: 10 Days of Family Fun,” Episode, #132, Meredith Curtis gives you a 10-day plan for Family Devotions/Fun that will engage all ages and make your Holy Week/Easter celebration meaningful for the whole family. Each day, she has Scripture suggestions, prayer focus, discussion ideas, song/hymn ideas, and fun activities. Easter is more than brand new frilly dresses and baskets packed with goodies. Easter celebrations remind us of the historical day when Jesus died for our sins, paying our penalty, and 3 days later rose from the dead, conquering death forever and setting us free! Use Easter to teach your children about the most important event in history and how it matters to each of them personally.


Show Notes

Holy Week is a traditional celebration of the final week in Jesus’ Life ending with the cross (Good Friday) and the resurrection (Easter Sunday). This is a little different though it Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter fall in sync with tradition Holy Week days, it does not line up with Maundy Thursday so please feel free to adapt this any way you would like to.

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Day 1 Saturday Before Palm Sunday

Jesus is anointed at Bethany (Matthew 26:6-13 or John 12:1-9)

Discuss the place of extravagance in worship. Drive it home with foot rubs.

Prayer focus: thanking God

Worship song suggestion: How Great Thou Art

Family Fun: Decorate for Easter

Day 2 Palm Sunday

Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-13 or John 12:12-19)

Discuss “Hosanna”—a cry of praise that means “Help!” or “Please save me!”. Drive it home with a parade around the yard or neighborhood singing.

Prayer focus: things you need God to help with

Worship song suggestion: All Glory, Laud, & Honor

Family Fun: Watch a movie about the life of Jesus

  • The Chosen (TV series)
  • The Gospel of John
  • Jesus
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • The Miracle Maker

Day 3 Monday

Jesus cleanses the temple (Matthew 21:12-17 or Mark 11:15-19)

Discuss what Jesus was cleaning out—the greed/idoltry. Drive it home by pulling out the refrigerator and cleaning behind it.

Prayer focus: purity

Worship song suggestion: A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Family Fun: Color Easter Eggs together

Day 4 Tuesday

The Plot to Kill Jesus (Matthew 26:3-5 or John 11:45-57)

Discuss the the plot the Jewish leaders were hatching. Drive it home with creating your own plot together. Maybe you can “trick” another family into joining you for dinner.

Prayer focus: pray for freedom from the plots of satan in our world today: sexual immorality, abortion, liberal theology, atheism

Worship song suggestion: Fairest Lord Jesus

Family Fun: have a Treasure Hunt or invite a family over for dinner

Day 5 Wednesday

Passover Feast/Last Supper (Exodus 12:1-36, Matthew 26:17-19 or John 13, I Corinthians 11:23-25)

Discuss how the Passover Feast was fulfilled in Christ. Drive it home with a Christian Seder Meal or family communion.

Prayer focus: greater desire to serve others

Worship song suggestion: Let Us Break Bread Together

Family Fun: Holy Week symbolic eggs

Day 6 Thursday

Garden/Betrayal/Arrest (Matthew 26:36-56 or John 15:1-18:14)

Discuss the focus of Jesus prayer in the Garden (John 17). Drive it home with trying to stay up and pray as late as you can. Who stayed awake the longest?

Prayer focus: bless people who have hurt you in the past

Worship song suggestion: In the Garden

Family Fun: Fill Out a Map of Jerusalem. Label where Jesus spent the last week of His life.

Day 7 Good Friday

Jesus’ Trial, Torture, & Death, Peter’s Denial, Judas’ Suicide (Matthew 26:57-27:50 or John 18:12-19:30)

Discuss what Jesus’ betray, arrest, beating, mocking, agony, and death show us about the holiness of God / His punishment of sin. Drive it home by having devotion time at 3 p.m., the hour He died. Also write past sins on pieces of paper and nail them to a wooden cross.

Prayer focus: forgiveness

Worship song suggestion: The Old Rugged Cross

Family Fun: make & eat Hot Cross Buns (the cross on the top symbolizes the cross of Jesus)

Day 8 Saturday before Easter

Supernatural Events as Jesus Died & Christ’s Burial (Matthew 27:45, 51-66 or John 19:25-42)

Discuss the last 7 phrases of Jesus. Drive it home by talking about what you would want to communicate before you die.

Prayer focus: freedom from sin

Worship song suggestion: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Family Fun: prepare for tomorrow’s celebration

Day 9 Easter Sunday

Resurrection! (Matthew 28:1-15 or John 20:1-18)

Discuss how each person responded on that first Resurrection Sunday. Drive it home with each person taking an empty egg, going outside, and filling it with something to resprent new life.

Prayer focus: thanking God for His Resurrection!

Worship song suggestion: Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Family Fun: Act out the Resurrection

Day 10: Monday after Easter

The Power of the Resurrection (I Corinthians 15:12-28 and 35-58 or Ephesians 1:15-22 and Philippians 3)

Discuss the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Drive it home by reading with a 25 watt bulb and a 100 watt bulb. Power makes a difference.

Prayer focus: more Resurrection power in our lives!

Worship song suggestion: Heaven Came Down

Family Fun: make Candles

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Resources: 1-Credit High School Courses

The high school course, devotional, and Bible studies all talk about family/holiday traditions. 😊

Celebrate Easter Devotions Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis Welcome Inn: The Art of Hospitality in Jesus' Name God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis


The following books give detailed instructions so you can have your own History Parties.

Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Medieval Banquet by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Olympic Games


These are just a few of our many resources that work well for all ages together!

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

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Finish Well Radio, Podcast #061, The Cross Has the Final Word Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #110, Celebrate Easter Week at Home, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #091, Peaceful Family Vacations, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Stress-Free Homeschool Graduation Celebration

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #131, Stress-Free Homeschool Graduation Celebration, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Stress-Free Homeschool Graduation Celebration

In “Stress-Free Homeschool Graduation Celebration,” Episode #131, Meredith Curtis believes you can plan and celebrate a homeschool graduation stress-free if you plan and budget ahead. With simple explanations and examples, Meredith lays out how to plan a graduation celebration for just your family or a small group of teens. She has graduated 5 with stress-free celebrations so she shares her tips and wisdom with you! She also shares money-saving tips for every step in the process of graduation planning.



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Show Notes

First homeschool grad—2 graduations.

You can plan a stress-free graduation.

Choose the How

Talk with your teen. What does he want?

Quiet family celebration vs small group vs state homeschool graduation.

Formal vs. Informal

When to start planning? September/October senior year

Choose the Venue for the Graduation Ceremony

Where will graduation take place?


Money saving tip: Jose’s graduation at a park

Choose the Venue for the Graduation Party

How we do it: Group graduation with reception. Later private party.

What does your teen/family want?

Our graduation this year.

Money saving tip: Rose’s party at Janet’s

Special Senior Year Events

Growing up we had homecoming, Grad Nite, prom, senior skip day

Special events planned by each family graduating


  • BBQ
  • Bonfire at Beach
  • Game Night
  • Junior/Senior Banquet
  • Christian Concert
  • Class T-Shirts
  • Pool Party
  • Movie Night
  • Boat Outing

Money saving tip: Game night at our house

Senior Photos

Love the senior photos of my kids!

Bring change of clothing for nice, casual, and cap-n-gown. If group—do a group photo shoot at least a month before graduation

Shine’s photo shoots for homeschool seniors

Money saving tip: Family member take photo or bartering or coupons for professionals

Make Your Guest List

Who does teen want to be there?

Make guest list together

Notify out-of-towners as early as possible

Graduation Announcement

Nice way to invite guests (2/1)

Mail 2-4 weeks ahead and up to 8 weeks afterward

Use templates at Walgreens®, Sams®, and other photo developing place

Money saving tip: get it ready early and watch for sales

Plan Menu

Food is very important to teenagers and their guests!

Some teens will leave the planning to you, others will want their favorite foods

When we have a group graduation, each family brings hearty appetizers/sandwiches—enough to feed themselves and all their guests. Then we chip in for drinks and cake.

For creative menu planning ideas, read my blog post 8 Unique Graduation Party Menus.

8 Unique Graduation Menus

Money saving tip: plan ahead and watch for sales. Have guests chip in.

Diplomas, Gowns & More

  • Diplomas
  • Covers
  • Gown
  • Tassel
  • Hat

Money saving tip: order early, create a larger order with other homeschooling families

Making it Special

  • Graduation colors
  • Special verse
  • Motto
  • Graduation Program

Money-saving tip: Let a tech-saavy mom make the program—cuts printing costs!

Itinerary for Ceremony

No Rules. Be creative. Make it special for your teen/teens.

Here is our graduation itinerary:

  • Play slideshow of graduates while guests are arriving
  • Processional of graduates
  • Open in prayer
  • Worship (1-2 songs)
  • Short charge to graduates
  • Graduate talent or speech (song, skit, monologue, etc.)
  • Each graduate goes on stage with parents where dad gives charge and presents diploma, and mom moves tassel. Parents pray over teen.
  • Presentation of graduations/throw their caps
  • Recessional

Right Before Graduation

Keep in touch with guests: who is coming?

Facebook event?

Make the food/prepare anything ahead and freeze

Decorate the day before if possible

Fun Decorating Ideas:

  • Graduation theme on cake
  • Graduation stuffed animal
  • Homemade poster
  • Photos of graduate progressing through life
  • Tablecloth and matching tableware in graduation colors
  • Graduation banners/streamers/balloons

Money saving tip: see what you have around the house, borrow from friends, purchase on sale, start a graduation tote with decorations

Graduation Budget

I put money aside each month during my children’s junior year so that I have money for the graduation expenses. There always seem to be more than I plan for!

Here are things you will want to budget for if you include them in your graduation celebration:

  • Graduation Venue Rental
  • Graduation Venue Rental
  • Senior Photos
  • Graduation Announcement
  • Gown
  • Hat
  • Tassel
  • Diploma
  • Diploma Cover
  • Graduation Program
  • Food for Graduation Party
  • Decorations for Graduation Party

I cannot stress enough the need to talk with your teen and plan everything together.

Don’t forget to take lots of photos so you can remember this special day for years to come!


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Our one-credit high school courses use conversational text, living books, hands-on learning, and projects that prepare teens for real life! Enjoy!


Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Class Economics, Finances, and Business Economics, Finances, and Business Answer Key HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis
American Literature & Research British Literature & Writing High School Class Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class Foundations of Western Literature by Meredith Curtis
Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Worldview Understanding the Times by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis

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Happy Birthday Creator-King

Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #103, Happy Birthday Creator-King, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkHappy Birthday Creator-King

In “Happy Birthday Creator-King,” episode #103, Meredith Curtis talks about birthdays and what makes birthdays special for the birthday person, the family, and the guests. How does the birthday person want to celebrate? As we celebrate Jesus, our Creator-King’s birthday, we can plan our Christmas celebration as a birthday where Christ is the center of all our plans, rather than an afterthought. If you can grasp these principles as a family, it will change your Christmas celebrations forever to be more festive and joyous than you could ever imagine.



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Show Notes

Introduction: Our Favorite Birthday Tradition: The Encouragement Game.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 NASB).

What makes a birthday special for the birthday person?

What makes a birthday special for party guests and family?

Christmas is a birthday.

How God the Father prepared for Christmas. Lining up empires, lining up languages, prophetic words, mysteries, angels, a star, birthday party guests,

Genesis to Revelation role of Christ as Creator/Redeemer

God the Father commemorates special events e.g Passover. Commemorate stones crossing Jordan.

When we celebrate His birthday, do we get the Passover meal ready, visit the stones near the Jordan or do we go to the high places?

Is Jesus, the birthday person, the focus of all our preparations or is he on the periphery?

What Jesus likes….

  • Worship
  • Marriage
  • Family
  • The Poor, Needy, those in Jail
  • Celebrations (e.g. in Nehemiah)
  • Prayer
  • The Word
  • Us to Enjoy what He has given us
  • Generosity


Let’s throw a party!

Gifts for Baby Jesus

Time set aside for Worship

Romantic Lights

Family Devotions

Family Memories

Reading His Word

Inviting the Lost to the Birthday Party


Merry Christmas from our families to yours.


Christmas Resources

Christmas Devotions by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with a traveling dinner by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis

Balancing “Perfect” and Family – MBFLP 153


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Don’t blame Pinterest – there has always been a temptation to seek the perfect house, the perfect project, the perfect celebration … and frustration that our very imperfect spouse and children gum up the works. Before there was social media, there were glossy magazines, and before that, critical in-laws and neighbors to keep up with.  While it’s nice to have nice things and impressive events, we shouldn’t ignore that the skills we teach and the memories we make with our family will be a large part of the legacy that remains when children leave home and grandparents pass away! This episode we talk about balancing the desire for perfection with the reality of our family!

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Celebrating 100! – HIRL Episode 100

Free homeschooling podcast about the three things to remember when homeschooling kids.Welcome to the 100th episode of Homeschooling In Real Life! Did you know that most podcasters lose steam and stop at 7 episodes? Not only have we kept going, but we have shows planned that will push us past the century mark! Thanks for joining us as we hit this symbolic landmark in podcasting.

On this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, we took the time to consider everything we’ve said in the previous shows and attempt to share the THREE main things to remember when homeschooling your kids.

You will have to listen in as we discuss these three points, plus celebrate with many of our friends and fellow podcasters who drop by to send in their shout-outs. It’s a big party over here and we are glad you joined us.

1:08 Fluff Time 
6:22 Things to remember – #1
10:20 Things to remember – #2
15:00 Things to remember – #3
18:55 The show is over. What is Coming up next?


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Kendra Twitter

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
All of them

Music clips used on this episode:


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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 for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

MBFLP 104 – Preparing For Christ-Centered Holidays

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As the holiday season comes into view, we’re reminded that Thanksgiving doesn’t make any sense if we don’t focus on the One we’re thanking — even more so, for the annual celebration of His birthday! But all the business and busyness leading up to the celebrations themselves often distract us from the meaning of the holidays. This episode, we’re talking about re-centering our family holidays – and having more fun with them, too!

Original Release: Monday November 9, 2015 – 9:00 pm Eastern

Resources we mentioned:

Pollyanna – a fun way to learn to be grateful

Christ-Centered Thanksgiving – our ebook full of unit studies, recipes, and planning charts
(get it free with a newsletter subscription!)


2:30 – Celebrating holidays is established in the Bible (Exodus 12)
4:55 – Feasting is Biblical, too (Nehemiah 8)
7:25 – Thanksgiving is specifically about thanking God
9:30 – The history of Thanksgiving and why it’s important to talk about
18:09 – How to manage the holidays so you celebrate, remember, and teach, too

Celebrating 50 Episodes – HIRL Episode 51

Free homeschool podcast celebrating 50 Episodes of Homeschooling In Real LifeWhether it’s burnout or lack of content, the average “brand new” podcast will not survive beyond 7 episodes. At Homeschooling In Real Life, we are NOT average. That is why we are celebrating the past 50 episodes of our podcast with you!

You have to join us for this fast paced run down memory lane. We take our listeners on a brief tour through the best of the HomeschoolingIRL podcast. It’s fun, deep, interesting, and we worked very hard to mill out the content that will challenge you to think and bring a smile to your face.

If you want your friends to know why you love the podcast, share this episode with them. You’ll either get them hooked or scare them far, far away from the biggest homeschool whack jobs you know – Fletch and Kendra, of course!

7:00 – Review of Featured Clips
32:00 – Flubs/OutTakes

Show Notes
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Music clips used on this show:
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All We Need Is Love – Dominic Balli
Mrs. Robinson – Pomplamoose
Monkeys Spinning Monkeys and Scheming Weasel (faster version) by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under CC Attribution 3.0.

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