Homeschool Talks: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Homeschool show

Homeschool Talks: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Homeschool

Summary: Homeschool Talks is an informative podcast about all things homeschooling. We feature exciting interviews with homeschoolers from all walks of life as well as leaders and influencers in the homeschool movement. Each episode is packed with practical tips, inspiring stories, and more.

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 Balancing Work and Homeschooling: An Interview with Dr. Kristina Tanner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:32

Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to pursue the career you love while educating your children at home? Dr. Kristina Tanner, who is both a college music professor and a homeschooling mother of five, demonstrates that it’s definitely possible. Tune in to this week’s Homeschool Talks to hear Dr. Tanner share her story as well as tips on how to balance homeschooling and an outside career.

 Pro Football MVP, Homeschooling Dad: An Interview with Shaun Alexander | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:28

Professional football player and homeschooling parent may not seem like related career paths. Yet Shaun Alexander, former NFL MVP, has passionately pursued both. Today, speaking from his experience as a homeschooling dad, Shaun Alexander talks about ways to get your homeschool student involved in sports and shares what life lessons he learned from his career in the NFL.

 Tips for Teaching and Learning a Foreign Language: An Interview with Karim Morato | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:41

Is learning a foreign language more than checking off a box? Tune into this week’s Homeschool Talks to hear Heather Frommack, Program Manager for HSLDA’s Educational Consultants, chat with Karim Morato, a Spanish instructor with years of experience. If you have ever wondered how to encourage your child to learn a foreign language in your home, then you won’t want to miss this! 

 Is My Child Ready to Read?: An Interview with Faith Berens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:21

Teaching your child to read can sometimes feel like an intimidating task. You may wonder, “Is my child ready to read?” “How can I start structuring a tailored curriculum for his or her needs?” “How do I know if my child has a learning disability?” Tune in this week’s Homeschool Talks to hear reading specialist and homeschool mom Faith Berens share her perspective on these questions and more!

 Persevering as a Single Parent: An Interview with Rep. Kim Ransom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:25

Being a single parent comes with its challenges. But Kim Ransom, state house representative of Colorado’s 44th district, didn’t let that stop her from homeschooling her four children. How can a single parent balance working full-time and homeschooling? Tune in to hear Kim’s answer to this question and more.

 How to Teach Writing—with Confidence!: An Interview with Dr. Crystal Ladwig | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:27

This week on Homeschool Talks we’re chatting with Dr. Crystal Ladwig—a special education teacher, professor, author, speaker, and homeschool mom—about teaching your kids to write. How can you teach writing with confidence? How can you encourage your child to become a continuously self-educating and self-editing writer? And why is writing so important in the first place? Tune in to hear Crystal answer these questions and more!

 How Can a Homeschool Mom Teach Everyone: An Interview with Vicki Bentley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:49

If you’ve been homeschooling more than one child for any amount of time, you’re probably well aware of the challenges that come with teaching multiple children at once. The more children you’re teaching, the harder it is to keep everything on track and make sure every child has what he or she needs. So what’s the solution? Tune in to hear HSLDA Educational Consultant Vicki Bentley share her favorite ideas and strategies for multi-level teaching.

 How Homeschoolers Can Conquer the SAT: An Interview with Jean Burk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:48

Many parents dread the three-letter acronym: SAT. It often seems that the College Board’s college entrance test exists only to frustrate students and break parents’ bank accounts with expensive prep courses. But Jean Burk, a homeschooling mom and author of CollegePrep Genius SAT curriculum, discovered that the SAT is not an obstacle, but rather a path to affordable college education. Learn how on this week’s Homeschool Talks.

 Homeschooling and the Future of Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Matt Johnson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:52

When it comes to preparing your kids for the future, often your student’s intended career path will determine what skills she should focus on developing. But what if there was a skill that transcends all careers—one that helps kids succeed at whatever they end up doing? Listen now to hear homeschool grad and entrepreneur Matt Johnson explain what he thinks is the #1 most important skill, regardless of career choice—and why homeschooling is one of the best ways for kids to develop that skill.

 How to Customize Your Child’s Curriculum: An Interview with Peggy Ployhar | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:31

Are you wanting to customize your child’s curriculum to fit her needs, but aren’t sure how to do it—or even where to start? In this week’s episode of Homeschool Talks, homeschool veteran and special education expert Peggy Ployhar shares all her best tips for customizing curriculum and giving your child a truly individualized education.

 The College Admissions Process from a Homeschool Perspective: An Interview with Carol Becker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:14:05

If you’re homeschooling a high schooler, chances are, college is on the radar for your teen. But applying to colleges and figuring out which one is right for your teen can be a tricky process, especially for homeschoolers. Tune in as HSLDA’s high school consultants help guide you through the process, pointing out the most important things to know along the way.

 Homeschooling an Outside-the-Box Child: An Interview with Nathan Clarkson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:40

As parents, we are often afraid to embrace our children for who they are, focusing instead on who the world thinks they should be. Today we want to encourage you by sharing the story of Nathan Clarkson, a young man who has been seen as “different” for practically his whole life. If you are homeschooling a child with a learning disability or mental health struggle, or you want to know more about what it’s like to face these challenges, this is a message you need to hear.

 “Just Go Play Outside”: An Interview with Angela Hanscom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:17

Telling kids to go play outside is often an attempt to release their extraneous energy, or to give Mom or Dad a much-needed rest. But did you know that playing outside also has significant mental and physical benefits for children? Today, Diane Kummer is chatting with a pediatric occupational therapist who says that unstructured outdoor play time isn’t just an outlet for childhood dynamism—it’s actually vital for a child’s physical and mental development.

 State Senator, Homeschooling Mom: An Interview with Patricia Rucker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:15

It’s easy to talk about the importance of serving your community, but most of the time it takes more than just words to make a difference. Today we want to introduce you to someone who talks the talk and walks the walk. Not only does she homeschool all 5 of her children—two of whom have special needs—but she also serves as a state senator and regularly volunteers in various service projects in her community. We hope you’ll find her story as inspiring and encouraging as we have.

 Learning through Stories: An Interview with Andrew Peterson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:34

We all love a good story. But have you ever wondered why that is? What is it that makes stories so compelling? Why do we learn so well through them? And how can you, as a homeschooling parent, harness the power of stories to help your children learn and develop? Hear the answer to these questions and more from musician, author, and homeschooling dad Andrew Peterson—this week on Homeschool Talks.


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