You Spoke & We Listened

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It is late and my children are all in bed. Just like you, I often snatch what I call “little pockets of time” to do something that requires all of my brain cells. As a mom, I’m good at multi-tasking, but as my children get older I notice that they require all of my attention. Mom nodding while she types away doesn’t sit well with a teen who is trying to tell me something important. And, I know from experience that these years fly by so quickly. I want to savor this precious time with them!

And, I want to share with you – my friends, that I appreciate you more than you know!

The response to the website launch was overwhelming! I want to thank each of you who stopped by and posted on our blog comments section on the Show Hosts Blog Post. I want you to know that those responses have been printed out and put into a notebook and I’ll be addressing your issues in upcoming shows.

We are listening!

Not just me, but the many show hosts of this network, as well. We are here for you! We listened to your input and many responded to your questions with invitations to join their shows – especially if they are recording things you asked for!

My dream is for you to find the help that you need to your most pressing questions – and if you don’t see what you are looking for —  drop me a line and ask. In fact, this week I am talking about Joyful Homeschooling with my friend Meredith Curtis at noon eastern time on Monday. We will discuss joy robbers and how to cope with the things that rob our joy! Believe me there have been many unjoyful times in my homeschool journey.

Every First Monday of the Month join Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz at noon.

Every First Monday of the Month join Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz at noon.

Being joyful is a state of mind and it is attainable despite your current circumstances. We can rise to overcome, however it takes some specific planning and something I call the JOYFUL secret weapon. Join me on Monday to find out what this is…if you can’t be there live – please come back later in the day to listen to the audio.

I’m going to leave you with a hint… look up!

What ways do you combat depressions– feelings of insecurity or general blah in your homeschool day? Please share your ideas and tips with me … or if you need help in a certain situation, let me know. Post your comments below.

Homeschool LifeStyle

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.


What does homeschooling mean to you? I’m not talking about the method or curriculum. I’m talking about the deeper meaning, the reason you get out of bed in the morning and instead of packing the kids off to a traditional school, gather them around the table for breakfast.

Join your speaker, Felice Gerwitz, a homeschool mom since 1986 who wasn’t sold on the idea until she tried it!

Handouts here – remember to honor copyright.



Show Notes

Speaker 1 (00:02): 

This is a production of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. Welcome to the Vintage Homeschool Mom. Show your host police GWiz as an author, a publisher, and your radio show host. She will encourage, educate, and inspire you with answers to your most pressing questions from homeschool, marriage, parenting, and much more. Felice loves to equip moms to live a Christian life because every moment counts. Be sure to visit her And here’s your host police Go with. 

Welcome to all of you who are listening today. My name is Felice Gerwitz, and I am your host for the Vintage Homeschool Mom Show. I am so excited to be coming to you live from my little studio at home. I am a homeschool mom. I’ve homeschooled since 1986, and I am married to,I call him my best friend Jeffrey. Uwe’ve been married for 34 years this year, and, it has been such a journey and such a blessing, to be married to this amazing man who is very, very encouraging, especially about this radio network. I’m gonna go into a little bit about who I am. For those of you who are listening for the first time. This is our first show in the Vintage Home School moms. But, I am the founder of Media Angels, Incorporated, which is a publishing company, and I publish curriculum, seminars and webinars with Ultimate Homeschool Expo as well as many, classes that we’ve recorded for homeschool students. 

And obviously, my heart is for homeschooling. I started out as an educator and when I married Jeff and we moved to beautiful Southwest, Florida I was planning on, you know, teaching, changing the world through the educational system, and never even considered homeschooling. And so here I am, years later, since 1986, I’ve been homeschooling five children all these years. Two are graduated, obviously, and adults. And then I’m still homeschooling three more. If you want more details about, you know, who I am and some of the things that we’re trying to accomplish here with the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network of which I am the founder please go to the Ultimate Homeschool Radio show there. One of my co-hosts, Meredith Curtis, will be sharing a show with me every month on the first Monday of the month, Meredith and I will co-host a show here at Vintage. 

And she switched the tables on me and interviewed me. So if you go to the Ultimate Homeschool Radio show, you’ll be able to hear the interview and that way I can launch into my talk today because we are going to talk about homeschooling. I consider myself a veteran homeschool mom since I have homeschooled since 1986. And I laughingly like to say I’ve homeschooled since the dinosaurs roamed, the Earth. And my kids say, that sounds dumb, but that’s how I feel. Sometimes.

And then they start saying, Oh, yeah, I was. So, I’ve been at for awhile. My youngest is 13, so I still have a ways to go, and it has been an amazing journey. And because my homeschooling started changing as I progressed, I wanted to share some of that with you. So being the teacher that I am, I want to start with a simple little, what I’m gonna call the unofficial vintage He school Moms test. If you’re listening to this in the archives streaming through our assess feed or iTunes, I wanna welcome you. And all of the handouts are going to be on a a page on our website. So of course, as this is our first show, that page is not up. So currently you know, if you want the handouts you can email and we’ll send you the link. 

And I’m gonna go through them fairly quickly because I want you just to, you know, maybe in your mind, figure out, you know, well, gosh, I don’t know if I consider hunt spilling a lifestyle or if I, you know, it, it basically describes what I do, but not who I am. And, you know, we’re not gonna get into the theological question of, you know, obviously, you know, you are a creature of God if you’re a Christian, and so we’re not gonna get into you while I’m not, you know, lifestyle homeschooling, that’s not who I am. So just bear with me, you know, to take this unofficial vintage home school mom test. So anyway again, for those of you listening, if you go to vintage homeschool, you’ll find information about the handouts there. So let’s start answer yes or no to the following questions, and you can number your papers one through 10, or if you have the handout, you can follow along with me and just put a y for yes or an n for no. 

All right. Number one, do you consider him fulfilling a job? Is it part of what you do each day? You know, yes or no? Number two, do you consider homeschooling a lifestyle? It is a part of the fabric of what your family has become. You are, quote, unquote homeschoolers. Number three, do you homeschool out of need? For example, do you have a child who is special needs are gifted, or you are homeschooling for a specific academic reason? For example, you don’t think the school system is very good. You think you can do better than the home, than the school system, or there is a specific reason that you are homeschooling that is more on an academic you know, surrounds more academic or a need. 

Okay, number four, do you homeschool because of a greater purpose? You homeschool because you want your children to exemplify virtues, whether they’re Christian virtues or character virtues. Good character is important and you wish to raise godly children or you desire family unity, you would consider any one, or all of these the main reason you homeschool. Okay? So number four is yes or no. You are homeschooling for a greater purpose. Number five, if you’re right to homeschool was threatened, you would be very upset, but you would give in realizing there is nothing you can do. 

Number six, if your right to homeschool is threatened, would you resist with every fiber of your being and hunker down for a big fight? Number seven, do you grow weary and become mentally challenged and drained from a daily fight to balance school and household chores? Number eight, Are you working at balance? But realize some days work? You keep that greater goal in front of you because you recognize giving up is not an option. Number nine, do you track every academic and extracurricular subject? For example, grades for academic sports field trips, or if you go on a field trip, you have them write papers. Anything that is related to school is neatly recorded somewhere. Okay, it’s neatly recorded somewhere to be sure your child is not missing out on a well-rounded education. 

And number 10, if your life is an extension of homeschooling, do you track most of your child’s academics and extracurricular subjects as required by your state law? But you acknowledge that much of your child’s learning comes outside the classroom. Okay, So I want you just to tally, you know, your yeses and nos, and then I’m going to give you the answer to my unofficial test since I created the test. I have, you know, a slightly vested interest,, in the scoring here. So I’m going to share that with you at the very end of the broadcast. So just stay with me. Okay. So we are talking about counseling and whether it is a lifestyle or if, if you consider it a job. And I think I came from an educational background, especially when I first started. 

More on the audio.

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