We're Maren & Angela
We're Maren and Angela, the creators and hosts of the Homeschool Unrefined podcast. We've been friends for more than 20 years. We've survived a lot of Minnesota winters together, as well as college and grad school, full-time teaching, giving birth within days of each other (twice), and now life as homeschoolers and podcasters.
Hi, I'm Angela. I'm an ISFJ/Enneagram 6/Questioner. If you see me at Target, well... it's probably not me because I like to order everything online so I can hang out at home with my husband and our 3 kids. Self-care is super important to me, so I prioritize it for myself (and everyone else, too). When I'm not using my instant pot and listening to podcasts, I'm an instant pot and podcast evangelist.
Hey, I'm Maren. I'm an ENFP/Enneagram 7/Rebel, so give me all the adventures and all the brainstorming sessions, please. I'm an entrepreneur married to an entrepreneur. We had 4 kids in 4 years (twins!), and now that everyone's out of diapers, I’m pretty sure we can handle anything that comes our way. My preferred homeschool style is best described by the title of my favorite Spotify playlist: Chill.
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More About Homeschool Unrefined
Homeschool Unrefined started when we began to ask each other "What if...?".
What if we could encourage parents to take more off their plates?
What if homeschool could be less about our lesson plans and more about a love of learning?
What if we could get away with doing less school work and spend more time playing, adventuring, and building lifelong relationships with our kids?
What if we could homeschool from our own strengths instead of someone else's?
What if homeschool could be simple, real, and fun?
Those "What if's" have become the ideas and conversations we've been sharing on our podcast every week since 2016.
Along the way, we've interviewed some of our own homeschool role models and had honest, down-to-earth conversations with real-life homeschool parents, too. We've chatted about our favorite books, dealing with doubts, and getting into nature. We've confessed our biggest mistakes and proudly admitted all the things we DON'T do. And we've laughed a whole lot along the way.
So are you ready for a homeschool experience you can enjoy? One with less stress and more fun? Are you ready to think differently about homeschool? Grab a cup of tea, kick your kids out of the comfy chair, pop in your earbuds, and join us!