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Best Maren Goerss and Angela Sizer podcasts we could find (updated June 2020)
Best Maren Goerss and Angela Sizer podcasts we could find
Updated June 2020
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With so much up in the air, how can we give our summer some stability to help us unwind from this school year and stay open to what the future school year might have for us? If we can do 3 things, and only 3 things, this summer, what should those 3 things be? We focus in on what solutions are going to be both realistic AND beneficial for us this su…
 
Can you believe we've done NINE episodes in this series?! Friends, give yourselves CREDIT for navigating these last couple months of pandemic life. You're so amazing. We are tackling some of YOUR questions in this episode, and our answers might not be what you're expecting! -"How do you fit it all in? Working out, chores, running a whole household,…
 
Anyone else missing adventures and ACTUAL ALONE TIME? Yes, there's a lot we miss during this pandemic. But thankfully, we've also found some surprising things that are getting us through. How about you? What are you missing? What's getting you through? BONUS Episode! Don't miss our bonus episode with Diversity & Inclusion Expert Charnaie Gordon of …
 
Is there any better pandemic distraction than a book chat?! We talked with Diversity & Inclusion Expert Charnaie Gordon from @hereweeread a couple months ago, and we're so happy to finally share this conversation with you. You'll be inspired to read more diverse books AND you'll be equipped with an amazing list of picture books! Get our EXTENDED ch…
 
It feels like we're on a roll with routines and academic progress... but we're also wondering: Where do we go from here? Are we going to take a summer break? Should we be signing up for fall activities? We talk through this and more in our two segments: "State of the Family" (what's going on) and "The Nitty Gritty" (what we're actually doing every …
 
There’s no one right way to handle these days at home. Sometimes it feels great to tackle a project. Sometimes it feels best to just go with the flow. We’re giving you permission to do what you need to do. We also have an honest conversation about self-regulation and screen time and setting boundaries that best support our kids. Listen in as we pro…
 
How can we honor ALL the kinds of learning, even the ones that don't show up on a lesson plan or schedule? How can we make room for more non-traditional learning when our kids have so much on their plates with distance learning and our own homeschool plans? How can we balance the "must-do's" with the "want-to's" and how can we value BOTH kinds of l…
 
The shock of our new reality is wearing off and we’re settling into a marathon pace, which means we’re beginning to find routines that work. But in classic Maren and Angela fashion, our routines are unique to each of us and our personalities! In our “State of the Family” update, we discuss how we’re using screen time for our kids to support our own…
 
We’re back with another conversation covering our two pandemic check-in topics: The State of the Family (what’s going on with everyone at home) and The Nitty Gritty (what we’re ACTUALLY doing for homeschool). We talk about heightened emotions, anxiety, deschooling, struggling to get adequate self-care, and feeling like we’re living in Groundhog Day…
 
We’re gonna be here weekly for a while to process with you through this pandemic because, well, 1) we’re home anyway and 2) we want to laugh, encourage each other, and get real about homeschool. We cover two big topics: “The State of the Family” (what’s going on for each of us) and “The Nitty Gritty” (what we are ACTUALLY doing for homeschool and l…
 
We’re not experts on homeschooling through a pandemic, but we are here to process this new reality with you. Our calendars might be empty, but there’s A LOT happening every day: checking in with family and friends, keeping up with news and information, planning and cooking and cleaning a lot more than normal, managing more (and bigger!) emotions an…
 
We recently posted a quote from Morgan Jenkins that said, “You’re not well read if all you read is white authors.” And we agree! We’re talking about the importance of diverse books with our guest, author and activist Christine Platt. Christine helps us explore the concept of books as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. Plus, she challenges o…
 
Hey friends! We wanted to let you in on something great we have created just for you. Are you trying to find that balance with homeschool, technology, and life? Maybe you’re completely overwhelmed by all the seemingly “educational” apps out there. We’re here for you. We have carefully curated our favorite apps in a special guide with you in mind. T…
 
"Do audiobooks count?" We're here to shout it from the rooftops: YES! Listening to audiobooks, or "ear-reading" as it's also known, is a valuable and legitimate form of reading, with some of its own unique benefits not found with eye-reading. Let's demystify the idea of eye-reading superiority and celebrate all the amazing things about ear-reading …
 
It’s seems like there’s a lot of stigma and shame around screens, especially for us homeschoolers. But should there be? Is all screen time created equal? We’ve embraced what we call “app schooling” for a few years, and now we want to help take away some of the shame around using screens for learning. Apps can take the pressure off us (and our kids!…
 
So, like, what even is deschooling?! The fact is this: We are immersed in a schooled mindset. It's the air we breathe, the water we swim in. Deschooling is a way to reprogram our thinking about learning. We're going to talk through this essential homeschooling tool: What is it? Why bother? What does it actually look like? And what comes next? Highl…
 
Sure, you’re Marie Kondo-ing your sock drawer, but what about your homeschool? In this episode, we talk about why we all might want to consider using Marie Kondo’s simplifying technique on our homeschool plans. We also identify what really Sparks Joy for us, and of course, we had to include a few What We Don’t Dos. Because, Marie. Show Some Love Le…
 
This week we reflect on 21 years of homeschooling with THE homeschool guru and veteran, Pam Barnhill! Pam brings insight and encouragement to our discussion. Ready for some serious truth bombs? Get out a Sharpie and notecard. You’ll want to tape these on your cupboard and be reminded of them everyday. Connect with Pam on her website, here. $20 in 2…
 
Today, we honor our authentic selves and yours! Do you love to plan? Or are you more fly by the seat of your pants? Do you love to knit? Play games? Read aloud? Adventure? Whatever you do, embrace it! Here we give you ALL the reasons to own your authentic self. We’ll give you a glimpse into what our authentic homeschool looks like for each of us—an…
 
One of our favorite Instagram follows is here! Saira Siddiqui (@confessionsofamuslimmom) is a perspective-shifting writer and digital parent educator. If you haven’t met Saira yet, allow us to introduce you. Pull up a chair (and pull out a notepad!)—you’ll want to give this conversation your full attention and catch every bit of Saira's wisdom. Lis…
 
This holiday season, let's all get better at saying, "This is what I want." Don't get stuck with gifts you don't want (we're looking at you, decorative hand towels and clunky desk calendars). Let our Gift Guide inspire you to invest in YOURSELF. You deserve it! Want to give Homeschool Unrefined a (FREE!) gift this holiday season? Use the affiliate …
 
Do you tend to overthink holiday shopping? Us too. But good news: We've done all the hard work for you! We've asked our kids, looked around our houses, and reviewed our Amazon histories to bring you a curated list of gifts our kids have LOVED over the years. Yep, ONE-CLICK SHOPPING. So sit back and enjoy knowing your shopping experience can be a li…
 
What if what saves your homeschool isn’t anything you can order on Amazon or put on a report card? We’re talking about the ways nature and self-care are totally saving the day for us. PLUS we’re sharing a snippet from our class on The Four Tendencies. This is *THE* framework that’s helped make our relationships and homeschool better, day after day.…
 
We’re continuing our fall mini-series on what’s saving our homeschool RIGHT NOW. This week, we’re talking about the e-reader that’s changing reading for one of our kids and the master homeschool plan we can’t homeschool without. PLUS we’re sharing an excerpt from our Enneagram & Homeschool Class! We look at Enneagram numbers 1, 2, and 3, and talk a…
 
About the time you think you’ve got homeschool figured out, it’s time to adapt again. So we’re talking about What’s Saving Our Homeschool RIGHT NOW. Give yourself credit for being adaptable and finding what works for you! We’re also sharing an excerpt from our Personalities + Homeschool classes. This week, we’re talking through the differences betw…
 
It’s back to homeschool season and we’re back with a new series: What’s Saving Our Homeschool Right Now. We’ll share the hacks, apps, and must-haves that are helping us get into the swing of things as we start a new homeschool year. PLUS we’re sharing an excerpt from our BRAND NEW Personalities & Homeschool Class. We break down the introvert/extrov…
 
As the poet once said: "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. But we're just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Shake it off, shake it off!" Every homeschooler will inevitably encounter a homeschool skeptic at some time--be it the Target cashier, your neighbor lady, Aunt Myrtle at Thanksgiving, or a stranger who asks why your kids ar…
 
Our kids are learning all the time, right? So we’re taking a look at the resources we ALREADY have that help support our amazing learners beyond traditional curriculum. From kitchen tools to cozy corners, our homes are outfitted to support and encourage real-life learning. Check out our Non-Traditional Homeschool Resources Guide on Amazon to get li…
 
Hi friends! In this clip from our Patreon feed, we’re chatting about some of our favorite Instagram accounts for humor, food, inspiration, and more! You can get this entire episode (and 30+ more episodes) when you join us on Patreon. Patrons get Check-In and LTW Extra episodes every month, as well as extended interviews with guests like Julie Bogar…
 
Do you need to simplify your days? Or do you need your homeschool to be a little bit (or a lot) easier to get you through a stressful day, week, or season? We've got a homeschool hack for you! Autopilot is our tried-and-true strategy for unlocking lots of learning with minimal involvement from us homeschool parents. There are so many benefits—we wo…
 
If you’ve got more than one kid at home, chances are you’re dealing with sibling tension of some kind in your homeschool. In this quick excerpt, we talk about how we ease some of that sibling tension and what we do to create a non-competitive culture at home. Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes like this all summer long, so make sur…
 
It’s time to get real about our fall plans. We can’t do it all, and we have to be honest about what is really going to give us life this school year. Which means some plans—even good ones!—have to get cut. We’re talking about paring down curriculum, co-ops, and clubs as we head into the school year. Let’s approach homeschool planning with the minds…
 
Hi Friends! Does anyone else have bored kids this summer? We thought you might enjoy this mini excerpt from the archives about how we try to handle boredom. Enjoy! Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing! Call to Action We have a goal of getting to …
 
A lot of homeschooling and parenting is about helping our kids develop skills for their toolboxes. In this episode, we’re talking about one of our favorite tools: self-evaluation. We get into why this skill is so important and how we build self-evaluation into our homeschool—from the planning stages to our daily routines to (gasp!) homeschooling wi…
 
We thought you'd enjoy this excerpt of our July Check-In. We do a check-in episode every month for our patrons, and we wanted to share a clip with you! To get the full episode dropped right into your podcast app, join us on Patreon at any reward level. Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes like this all summer long, so make sure you'r…
 
We’ve never met a lazy homeschool child or parent. Because (spoiler) they don’t exist! We’re all juggling academics, extracurriculars, personal and professional projects, social and emotional development, family life and sibling dynamics, household responsibilities, time management, research, decision-making, … Whew, a lot! Join us as we make the c…
 
Hi friends! World news can be tough and hard to talk about sometimes. We thought you might enjoy this mini Bonus Episode where we process through having those hard conversations with our kids. Enjoy! Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing! Call to …
 
This is the podcast where we keep homeschool simple, real, and fun... and this episode is all about the FUN! Why focus on fun? Because as the Finnish proverb says, "Those things you learn without joy, you will forget easily." Research shows that learning happens best when everyone (including you!) is in a good mood and feels loved. We share some of…
 
We’re getting real about interest-led learning IN REAL LIFE. What is it? How does it work? Do you have to commit to a whole new homeschooling method? (Hint: You don't.) What's our role? What if our kids' interests are less-than academic or difficult to support? We process through all these questions, talk through how interest-led learning benefits …
 
It’s summer! And homeschool parents are totally ready for a break, but we’re also asking ourselves “Did we do enough?!” We want the freedom of unscheduled days, but we also need some structure and plans. We’re talking about our summer tentpoles, the things we’re using to anchor our days and find that summer sweet spot. To kick off summer, we’ve cur…
 
With recent and upcoming trips fresh on our minds, we’re taking this show on the road and talking all about homeschool + travel! How do our kids learn through travel? Do our travel activities have to be “academic” to be educational? What are the non-academic lessons that travel can teach us? We discuss ways to enhance travel’s inherent learning (an…
 
Real-life homeschool mom Vanessa Wright is here to guest co-host and get us in the F.L.O.W. She’s developed the F.L.O.W. acronym for helping find homeschool flow, and we’re breaking it down, one letter at a time. This conversation is like a homeschool brainstorming session with a friend—grab a kombucha and listen in! Enjoy an extended chat with Van…
 
Jamie C. Martin, author of “Give Your Child the World” and editor of SimpleHomeschool.net, joins us to talk about the power of knowing, accepting, and celebrating yourself as an introverted parent. But this message isn’t just for introverts—we’re talking about you, too, extroverts! This is the conversation we wish someone had with us in our early d…
 
Can knowing more about personalities transform your homeschool? We think so! We discuss the simple yet powerful framework of introvert/extrovert, and we break down the common myths and misunderstandings about both. Respecting this basic dynamic in our homeschool can have big results! We also introduce four personality systems we love and use for se…
 
Most of us want a homeschool experience that's more than just school at home. But it can be overwhelming, even scary, to change our entire mindset about learning and schooling. So we're talking about what it means, why it's important, and how empowering it can be to think differently about homeschool. Plus, we share what we DO do in a typical homes…
 
Chances are we all have a kid who is differently wired, regardless of a diagnosis. Debbie Reber is here to normalize these differences and ease our minds. Debbie answers all our questions we didn’t know who to ask (until we met her). Just hearing Debbie’s experience and wisdom gave us confidence to normalize and own all the learning differences in …
 
Today, we honor our authentic selves and yours! Do you love to plan? Or are you more fly by the seat of your pants? Do you love to knit? Play games? Read aloud? Adventure? Whatever you do, embrace it! Here we give you ALL the reasons to own your authentic self. We’ll give you a glimpse into what our authentic homeschool looks like for each of us—an…
 
Sure, you’re Marie Kondo-ing your sock drawer, but what about your homeschool? In this episode, we talk about why we all might want to consider using Marie Kondo’s simplifying technique on our homeschool plans. We also identify what really Sparks Joy for us, and of course, we had to include a few What We Don’t Dos. Because, Marie. Loving This Week …
 
We had another inspiring conversation with Julie Bogart you won’t want to miss! We talk about everything from making the most of your personality to getting older kids excited about learning to keeping the magic going even when we don’t feel like it. Julie even shares her own version of some Homeschool Unrefined signatures: What We Don’t Do and LTW…
 
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