89: Top 10 Things We've Learned in 21 Years of Homeschooling With Pam Barnhill

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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.

 

Loving This Week

Maren: Hello Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

Angela: Beloved Cami

 

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88: Where We Empower Kids To Self-Evaluate

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This week, we dive into the vital skill of self-evaluating.  We hone in on why it’s so good and how we do it (or how we WANT to do it more).  We also think of some good examples of what it looks like when there is successful self-evaluation happening.  As always, we have a fun chat to start out the episode, and we end with our LTWs (Loving This Weeks).

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Doterra Past Tense

Maren: GT's Unity Kombucha

 

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87: Where We Make It Fun

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We are reminding ourselves to take joy in the beginning of the school year!  We’re going to prioritize connection first, not our to-do list.  Learning happens best when everyone’s in a good mood and feels loved.  In this episode we talk all about how important it is to have fun as a family, and we share what we’re doing to make that happen this year.

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Puracy Dish Soap

Maren: Kirkland Signature Chocolate Almond Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

 

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86: Where Nature Inspires Us With Greta Eskridge

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We are ecstatic to welcome Greta Eskridge (@maandpamodern) to the show!  She is the ultimate nature enthusiast, and you will not want to stay inside another minute when you hear her wonder at all things outdoors.  Greta gets real, simple, AND fun which is exactly why we knew she was a must-have guest on Homeschool Unrefined.

 

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How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

Greta on the Read Aloud Revival Podcast Episode 62

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Loving This Week

Maren: Her mug from Caribou  and this mug from Jo's Coffee.

Angela: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

 

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85: Where We Pare Down: Curriculum, Co-ops & Clubs

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In this episode, we get real about our fall plans.  The rubber meets the road with some tough decisions.  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 that seemed great must get cut.  Our favorite (okay, maybe hardest) thing to say for this school year is, “If it’s not a Heck Yes, it’s a No!”

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Eighth Grade

Maren: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

 

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84: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 9-10

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We finish up How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson with an invigorating discussion about getting that technology/nature balance.  It can be tricky!  Have you found a good balance?  If so, please share your wisdom with us!

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How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

Apps Mentioned: Merlin Bird ID, Geocaching, Garden Answers, All Trails, iNaturalist, Mynature animal tracks

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Keyboard CoverLaptop Case

Maren: Alamo Drafthouse

 

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83: Summer Mode: Slow Planning, Library Fees & Book Recs

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We continue in glorious Summer Mode with what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and a self-care check-in.  Get an update on Maren’s pilates efforts and Angela’s reading habits.  We go on too long (if that’s even possible) about some favorite books, and we have a good laugh about Parks and Rec (the actual thing, not the tv show). We also dive into a listener question about curriculum and what we REALLY do.

37: Where We Plan Loosely

70: Where We Are Brave Writers With Julie Bogart

Play Platoon Spider Web Tree Swing

IRIS Terrarium

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Loving This Week

Angela: Joshilyn Jackson

Maren: American Street by Ibi Zoboi (also mentioned: The Late HomecomerLittle CricketEleanor & Park)

 

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82: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 6-8

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In this installment of our Summer Nature Series, we talk through these three very important chapters of How to Raise a Wild Child in which Scott Sampson addresses the phases of childhood and how we can best support kids in each stage of their nature journey.  There are so many ways we can learn from this book as homeschool parents and in life!  Hummingbird Parenting, Family Nature Clubs, and the Power of Dirt are all topics we hit.  Listen now and get inspired!

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How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

Ep 10: Where We Talk Science With Jenny

Ep 56: Where We Adventure With Emily Carlson

 

Loving This Week

Angela: THR Awards Chatter

Maren: Busy Philipps on Instagram

 

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81: Summer Mode: Competitive Kids, Shoe Update & Amazon Weakness

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This Summer Mode schedule is giving us life.  We discuss what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and we have a much needed self-care check-in.  We also dive into a listener question on how we deal with competitive kids.  Do YOU have a question you’d like us to answer this summer?  Post here or send us a DM!

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The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams

Maren:  Steve Madden Odonna Slip Ons

 

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Throwback: Where We Stage an Intervention

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We are looking back to when we needed to stop ourselves from getting super stressed out about every single thing, and refocus on what’s really important.  This is reoccurring issue, so we needed to hear this from ourselves again.  Hope this helps you, too!

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Loving This Week

Angela - Humans of New York: The Series

Maren - Whole Foods

 

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Throwback: What We Don't Do

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In this favorite listener episode we hand out all the permission slips to do less, relax more, so that we can enjoy this time we have so carefully carved out for our families and for ourselves.  We dig into what the purpose is for homeschooling in the first place, so we can make some tough decisions about what NOT to do.

Everlane: The Cotton V T-shirt

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Hello Fresh

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

also mentioned: Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Maren:  Instagram Follows - National Geographic (@natgeo)

National Geographic Travel (@natgeotravel)

Retta Einstein (@unforettable)

 

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80: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 3-5

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Join us for our Summer Book Club: How to Raise a Wild Child.   In this episode, we address how schools are helping/hindering the love of nature, very easy ways to incorporate nature into our everyday lives, and how our frame of mind is a huge factor in helping our kids get on board.  Read along with us this summer, or just listen in for the highlights!  Either way, you’ll get so much out of this book.

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How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

Sparkle Stories

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Seasoning

Maren: The New Primal Beef Thins

 

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79: Summer Mode: The State of Our Cars

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We’re in Summer Mode, and you know what that means.  We dive into our series topics: what’s going well and what needs tweaking.  We want you to be part of our Summer Mode series, too, so we’re answering listener questions!  This week’s question addresses the universal homeschool worry about how much is too much seat work.

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How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Resistbot

Maren: The Daily

 

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78: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 1-2

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We all know getting into nature is good for us.  But do we really know why?  And how do we overcome all the hurdles of actually making it happen?  We are kicking off our summer book club with an inspiring discussion of chapters 1 & 2 of How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson.  Read along throughout the summer, or just listen in to grab the highlights.

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How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

 

Loving This Week

Angela: In the Dark, Season 2

Also mentioned: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Maren: Prana Foundation V-neck Top

 

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77: Summer Mode: Boredom, Rhythm & Reading

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Are you in Summer Mode?  Join us as we kick off this new series with real talk about boredom, rhythm & reading and what that looks like in this season.  In Summer Mode, we’ll discuss what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and we’ll answer a listener question.  As always, we’ll share our LTWs throughout the summer.  Let’s do this summer together!

Next week, we will be chatting about nature and the first few chapters of the book How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson.  We will use this book to guide our nature discussions all summer long.  Please join us but do NOT feel like you need to read the book, unless of course, you're interested.

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Loving This Week

Angela: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman

Maren: Summer Drink: Spindrift, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and Nutpods over ice. H/T @inexactscience on instagram

 

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76: Where We Play! With Christy Thomas

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Christy Thomas is the guru for play, and we are so happy to have her on the podcast. Christy shares with us the power of play and why it is vital to our families. She helps us process through our angst of needing to do all the “important” things first and how we can make play a priority. If you need a little nudge in the right direction, a pass to play, this is it!

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Find Christy Thomas:

Play 4 Life Moms

Instagram @everyday_runner_christy

Play 4 Life Moms on Facebook

 

Loving This Week

Maren: The Goop Podcast

Angela: Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum

 

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75: Where We Q & A

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This week we're getting to some of the homeschool related questions you all sent in.  We talk about things like what our typical days look like, if we ever homeschool into the summer, choosing curricula and more of what we don't do.  

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61: Where We Do a Curriculum Check-In

 

Loving This Week

Angela: Smartest Person In the Room Bias Series

Maren: Dear White People

 

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74: Where We Slide Into Summer

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We are giving ourselves all the permission to wind down as needed (or desired) in this episode!  We process through the angst of ending school, and hope to reach a comfort zone of activities and down time for the summer.  What would you like your summer will look like?  Busy? Nothing on the calendar?  Somewhere in between?

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25: Where We Suggest Simple Summer Projects

 

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A: North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person

M: Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady

 

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73: Where We Learn How To Homeschool

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You’ve decided to homeschool, but now what?  Listen to this episode where we dive into a simple, doable way to get started.  We address different ages, preferences, and needs (including your own).  And we pose some great questions that will help point you in the right direction.  Veteran homeschoolers, this is a great episode to share with a friend and it will help reboot your own homeschool!

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Loving This Week

Maren: Diva Cup

Angela: Shaun King on Instagram

 

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After School Special: Get To Know Us

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Listeners new and old will enjoy getting to know us better in this bonus episode.  Things we cover: where (exactly) we met, our favorite go-to meals, whether or not our husbands are friends and just how many pair of Costco socks we own.  Listen in for all of that and more (including which SNL character Maren used to perform on stage). We hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as we did recording it.

 

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