1. Lee Giles - Homeschooling can be Easy-Peasy!
"I would love to homeschool, but it probably costs a
fortune!" Do you find yourself saying this? Believe it or not,
homeschooling can actually be done for FREE. Yes, you read that
Meet Lee Giles, creator of Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool. Lee came to
develop Easy Peasy out of necessity. As a mom of six and missionary
family, money wasn't always at her disposal. In this podcast, Lee
describes living in ghettos in three different countries. She recalls
times when she did purchase homeschooling curriculum items and would
find herself disappointed and thinking, "I could've made this myself."
And make it she did! Lee houses all of her free homeschooling curriculum
on her site and has enough lessons available for 180 days for every
grade level from Kindergarten to 12th grade. That's right—free
homeschooling curriculum for your entire journey! But is it really
possible for homeschooling to be that easy and still be legit? Lee
answers this question and more in an interview with Rebecca Kochenderfer,
CEO and co-founder of Homeschool.com.
1:38 – What led Lee to create Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool? Find out
how necessity was the predecessor to a popular free homeschool
2:17 – What is a lapbook and how do you make one? Lee describes the
process, benefit, and look of a lapbook.
4:45 – Is it really possible to homeschool for free? Listen as Lee
explains how it IS possible to homeschool for free and tells the secrets
as to how she does it (and how you can, too)
10:42 – Can homeschooling be "easy" and "fun" while still being legit
and legal? You won't wanna miss how Lee explains how she came about
organizing her "easy" school!
2. Rebecca Kochenderfer - How
to Avoid Homeschool Burn Out
Homeschool burnout is a REAL thing. As
a veteran homeschooling mom, Rebecca Kochenderfer knows all too well what
that feeling is like. In this video, she talks about her homeschooling
journey and shares with us tips for avoiding homeschooling burnout. She'll
talk about the method that is most likely to lead to burnout, as well as
what we can do to avoid that burnout.
:25 – Who is Rebecca Kochenderfer, anyway?
:57 – Rebecca's tips for avoiding homeschool burnout. Find out which
homeschooling method has the highest rate of homeschool burnout and why.
2:35 – If not burnout, then what? Learn what DOES work and how you
can avoid homeschool burnout by thinking creatively!
3. Prakash Nair - How to Optimize Your
Did you know that homeschooling is more about the physical
space you provide your kids and less about the curriculum you choose?
Homeschool curriculum is important, of course. But even more important
are the spaces where your children learn. For instance, the school
building – with its brick and mortar structure, desks and classrooms –
actually works against learning. How so? Because the human mind
wasn't designed to sit back in a desk and just be a passive (20th
century) learner. In the 21st century, we're changing things up and we
should be tapping into different homeschooling styles.
But just what are these different homeschooling styles and how do we
make the most of them? In this interview with Prakash Nair, Rebecca
Kochenderfer asks Nair the questions on all our minds: how do we set our
homes up for optimal learning for our children? Nair gives us a sneak
peek into his own home by showing us several pictures of his son
engaging in learning activities (with and without mom or dad). Nair then
goes on to explain his thoughts on having a "schoolroom" in our homes.
The takeaway? Sit back, relax, and say "Everything will be okay!"
1:55 – How your physical environment affects learning – why the
school building works against learning and what research shows our
children need for optimal learning.
4:55 – Learning modalities – What are they, why are they
critical, and how will our children benefit from our learning about
various homeschooling styles?
8:57 – How to set up your home for optimal learning - a sneak
peek into Prakash Nair's home setup (with pics!).
16:00 – Prakash's thoughts on having a classroom in your home -
why a classroom setup in the home may not be the best for homeschooling
4. The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education
Susan Wise Bauer
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
Dr. Stephen Covey
6. Learning Styles: The Key to Confidence & Success
7. Homeschooled Teen Writes Best Seller (author of Eragon) (2004)
8. Calming the Chaos of Clutter in Your Home
9. Is Your Child At (Or Above)
10. Unschooling: How to Work With Your Child's Strengths & Interests