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Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids
65 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
S5E100: 100th Episode!
That's right! This is Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids 100th episode. For the special milestone episode we decided to do an Ask Me Anything where my daughter did the asking and I did the answering. Listeners sent in questions through social media that we answered on the show. What did they ask? What Are Your Homeschool Fears? How Do You Unschool High School? Have You Learned To Respect Your Kids and Listen To Their Boundaries? What Have Your Kids Taught You About The Best Way To Raise Them? Have You Made Any Big Mistakes That You Wish You Let Others Know About and Maybe Learn From? Favourite Family Activity Unschooling 3 Year Olds How Do You Have The Confidence To Unschool In So Many School Focused Messages Of Our Culture? How Do You See The End Of Homeschooling Your Own Kids? If You Could Have Started Your Homeschooling Journey Differently, What Would You Have Done Differently and Why? What Do Your Children Think Is The Coolest/Best Thing About Being Unschooled? What's It Like Raising Teens In The Iphone Age? There were so many wonderful, deep questions. They had me really stop to reflect and think. At some points it would start a new discussion with my daughter that would take us in other directions. No, we didn't include those segments in the episode since there were a few private details that we want to keep close. But the answers to the questions were real and vulnerable. Enjoy the 100th Episode Celebration! If you have any more questions that are burning for an answer, you can contact me HERE. If you would like to hear my personal episodes, answering questions or telling stories about our experiences, check out my episode on Deschooling or The Homeschool Journey~Your Questions Answered I hope you like this old picture~ I thought a picture from the beginning of our journey is a fitting one for now ;) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
69 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
S5E98: Unschooling To Adulthood with Sue Patterson
Sue Patterson is a homeschooling coach and founder of Unschooling Mom2Mom. She helps parents find creative ways to approach learning and reconnect with their children, when their current educational option isn’t working. Sue has been active in the homeschooling community for twenty-five years and is happy to share practical suggestions of how to make unschooling work. Her own three unschooled children are now all young adults with successful careers, degrees and families. Sue offers a variety of coaching packages, printable guides, ebooks and courses at www.SuePatterson.com. Her book, Homeschooled Teens : 75 Young People Speak about their Lives without School is available at Amazon.If you’re looking for more information about unschooling, her website is a curated site with unschooling writers from around the world. www.UnschoolingMom2Mom.com When I have had questions about unschooling, Sue Patterson is someone that I have turned to. She is an unschooling veteran that understands the doubts, the fears, the worries and most importantly, the joy that unschooling to adulthood brings. In This Episode In this episode interview I wanted Sue to share a little more about her family's journey into unschooling, including how they got there and why they chose to continue. Sue not only shares their story but she also shares the points in the journey that are important for any of us to hear. Her lack of confidence when they first started and what tested her beliefs Unschooling and learning to read Knowing what she knows now, what things she would change The deschooling process How her children learned Finding Resources Prioritizing connection and communication Unschooling to adulthood Resources You can find Sue's numerous resources for unschooling on her website, www.SuePatterson.com. For more information about unschooling, go to www.UnschoolingMom2Mom.com Sue now offers a podcast as well. Unschooling Mom2Mom podcast Her book: Homeschooled Teens : 75 Young People Speak about their Lives without School The Unschooling Handbook~ Mary Griffith If you enjoyed this episode from an Unschooling parent of grown Unschoolers, check out my interview with Pam Laricchia. Pam unschooled her children through to adulthood. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
55 minutes | May 19, 2021
S5E97: Money and Financial Literacy with Matt Matheson
If we value raising independent thinkers and self directed learners, wouldn't we also want to support financial independence? For those of us that choose this home educating path, we often choose to "opt-out" of not just school. Often our choice to leave the education system causes us to start re-thinking other mainstream ideas as well. One of these mainstream assumptions is our idea and values around money. What are your thoughts and feelings around money? How money is used? What is it's purpose and does it align with your family purpose? What does it take to be financially literate? How can we build a financially literate family? In this episode I am joined by Matt Matheson of the Family Money School to talk about money and financial literacy. Matt Matheson and Family Money School In addition to being the husband of an amazing wife and dad to three awesome munchkins, Matt Matheson is a teacher and school administrator with 15 years of classroom experience. He's also a personal finance writer and blogger who’s been featured in publications like the Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and Reader's Digest. His passion is teaching, specifically helping kids learn how to handle money wisely. Since he had his own kids, he’s been working hard to pass on his money values to them. It’s his love of teaching and desire to equip parents in raising money rock stars that lead him to develop Family Money School, a site designed to help parents raise money-savvy kids. Matt did not always consider himself to be financially literate. He grew up with certain beliefs around money that did not always serve him well. It wasn't until he and his wife came to a crossroads on their financial future that he decided to truly understand his relationship with money In this Episode In this episode Matt and I talk about why he feels that financial literacy and raising money-savvy kids are essential. We explore ; Money myths Debt- is it really a necessary fact of life? Why you don't need to be an expert to teach something The 5 Pillars of building financial independence The "Bacon" principle Matt also understands that financial literacy is not something that a large amount of parents actively understand. But even without understanding it for themselves, they want their children to understand it better. He says that parents do not have to be money experts to talk to their kids about money. I know many parents that often feel overwhelmed with finances and do not want their children to repeat the same pattern. They often feel they need to know everything before beginning to teach their kids about money. That or they just have no idea where to start. If you are a parent that is feeling this way, Matt has offered to support our listeners in two ways. A free PDF that you can download through this link~ https://www.familymoneyschool.com/honey-im-homeschooling-freebie 2. A webinar for my listeners that goes further into depth on the 5 Pillars of Money and how to teach these foundational money principles. This way any parent can have clarity in raising children who thrive with money! If you are interested in the webinar, you can join through this link~ https://www.familymoneyschool.com/honey-im-homeschooling-webinar Resources If you would like to reach out to Matt or The Family Money School check out these links; Website: https://www.familymoneyschool.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/familymoneyschool Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamMoneySchool Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/FamMoneySchool/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/familymoneyschool/ Dave Ramsey Francis Bacon If you enjoyed this episode, you may also want to listen to my episode with John Lanza~How To Raise Money Smart Kids Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
63 minutes | May 11, 2021
S5E96: Growing Up Unschooled with Liana Francisco
Growing Up Unschooled Unschooling- "The freedom for anyone, young and old to choose why, what, when, how and from whom to learn things." It is learner directed, learner centred. Unschooling may sound like a nice idea, but are you wondering if it is realistic in practice? Can a young child or teen learn that way? Don't they need the structure of school to get a job or go to University? What is it like growing up unschooled? Liana Francisco~ Growing Up Unschooled My guest on this episode, Liana Francisco, grew up unschooled. Liana, now an unschooling mom herself, is a serial entrepreneur and coach who helps other moms make plant-based eating easy with a system. Continuing the unschooling trend, Liana’s path has been unconventional. Liana earned a BA in classical singing and a Master of Public Administration. She spent 12+ years as a government consultant and management executive. After becoming deeply ill with Lyme Disease, Liana changed her life trajectory and started on a path to help others live intentionally. She had an amazing journey as a vegan deli owner and now runs a wholesale vegan food business, coaches moms to make plant-based eating easy, and just launched a YouTube channel to share how she hacks homemaking for more freedom AND an organized family. Liana lives in Olympia, WA with her husband and teenage sweetheart, Jonathan, and their four year old son. In This Episode In this episode Liana and I discuss what it was like growing up unschooled. We talk about why her family chose the path, why it looked different for each child in the family and the transition into adulthood. And we cover a lot of those questions that many have about unschoolers: What about math? Learning Time management Going to University? Finding a career What would she do differently now that she's an unschooling mom herself? Liana shares with such genuine, gentle insight. Her perspective is invaluable to any parent, new or old to unschooling and homeschool. Resources Want to learn more about Liana and what she does? Here's where you can find her; YouTube Website~ https://www.lianafrancisco.com/ Liana and I host a room on the Clubhouse app every Saturday morning at 8am Mountain Time in my club, Honey! I'm Homeschooling. We have discussions on unschooling, homeschooling, living and learning all from the foundation of connection and relationships. Join us here If you would like to learn more about unschooling, you'll enjoy my episode with Pam Laricchia and Gina Riley Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
72 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
S5E95: Unschooling and Bitcoin with Daniel Prince
Recently I have been hearing more stories about people in the Bitcoin network becoming interested in unschooling. Or possibly the stories are of unschoolers becoming interested in Bitcoin..... In either case, why the interest? What do Unschooling and Bitcoin have in common? Unschooling and Bitcoin As my family has been learning and diving into the world of Bitcoin over the last few years, I see the link between many of the values that both the Unschooling world and the Bitcoin world hold. I think the common threads in both worlds are; decentralization, autonomy and freedom. As one recent article phrased it, "Bitcoin provides power to the users and unschooling provides power to the students." I couldn't agree more and that is why I felt it was a good time to share this connection on the podcast. Daniel Prince~Unschooling Dad, Digital Nomad and Bitcoin Daniel Prince is an unschooling dad to 4, an author and podcaster. His book, Choose Life: The Tools, Tricks and Hacks of Long Term Family Travellers, Worldschoolers and Digital Nomads is a recommended read if you are a parent looking to leave the rat race and worldschool. His podcast, Once BITten! shares real life stories of how Bitcoin has changed and shaped individuals and families lives forever. In this episode Daniel Prince joins me to talk about his personal experience in the world of Unschooling and Bitcoin and why both have become a road to freedom for himself and for his family. What we explored in this episode "The job I was in was sucking the life and soul out of me"~ Daniel's story of leaving the rat race and 'Choosing Life' for himself and his family Unschooling and the mind shift we need to embrace it The separation of education from state How they have found ways to support each of their children's learning choices Doing what society expects of you and not questioning - and what that gets you Why community is key What is school? How the top down structure of the education system reflects the top down structure of the monetary system A little history on the Gold Standard, the change to the US Dollar in the 40's and how that has shaped the federal reserve, inflation and our world economy Bitcoin- inventing a medium of exchange that can be tracked and fixed The social (and economic) implications of Bitcoin The question to ask- What is money? Why unschooling and bitcoin? For me, the unschooling journey hasn't just been about questioning the education system and my previous beliefs on learning and school. It has caused me to look at the other institutions within our society and framework. It's about disruption. Freedom. Autonomy. Disruptor [noun] – a person or thing that prevents something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/disruptor Resources Want to get in contact with Daniel or learn more? Twitter- @princey1976 Princes Off The Grid Podcast- Once BITten Tim Ferris- The 4 Hour Work Week Do Schools Kill Creativity? Sir Ken Robinson Khan Academy Squeebles- Math Galileo XP- Online Self Directed Global School John Taylor Gatto John Holt Bitcoin Resources~ WTF Happened In 1971 Why Buy Bitcoin- Andy Edstrom The Bitcoin Standard~Saifedean Ammous Bitcoin Money- Bitcoin Rabbi (Kids Book) Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids Disclosure: When I recommend a product that I believe will add value, it may contain an affiliate link, and when you click the link and decide to make a purchase through that link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. If you do, Thank you for your support. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
62 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
S5E94: Unschooling Teens with Karla Marie Williams
Karla Marie Williams is a speaker, writer, global child advocate and unschooling mom to 6 kids. Yes, that's right, 6 kids, who are almost all at or in their teen years. Karla Marie is also the President of Be Bold Publishing. I welcomed her on the show to celebrate the release of her new book, Teens Unleashed. Teens Unleashed offers real life, hands on experience and practical tips to help you support your unschooling teens. In this Episode In this episode Karla Marie and I not only discuss her wonderful new book, but we also talk about their journey into unschooling, the transition process from the early years to the teen/young adult years and we break down the big theme of TRUST. That's right, the big T word that is the foundation of this exciting learning journey. Karla Marie shares why Trust is foundational, what has helped her to trust the process and the tools that implements for support. There is so much value in this episode for parents! If you are working through the deschooling process, if you are looking to start trusting yourself, your child and the learning process more, this episode is for you. That is whether you are the parent of a teen or not. For those that are unschooling teens or are considering unschooling your teen, here are a few other specifics that we covered; Grieving the early years (when they have grown past the early years and how the learning days shift and change) The gift of seeing who they are Strewing Focused Learning Exposure Ignites Fires (Why our job as parents to unschooled teens becomes 'exposure' for their purpose, passion and direction) What they need and where they are going What are colleges looking for? Learning is in the doing The illusion of mastery Not allowing fear to get in the way I would love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Did it inspire you? Would you like further discussion on any specific themes we brought up? You can message me on my Contact Page or DM me via Instagram of FB. Resources Website https://www.karlamariewilliams.com/ Book- Teens Unleashed Karla and The Sensational Six If you would like to hear a little more about Karla Marie's story of how they came to unschooling, check out my first interview with her here. Ways To Support The Show Patreon: Your support helps make the show production possible. https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids Leave a Review: Leave a review on itunes. Go To Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids on the Apple Podcasts. Click on Ratings and Reviews on the top heading to the right of my podcast logo. Click on the starts to rate and then click on the REVIEW button to write a review. At times I will recommend a product or resource that has added value to myself or our family. At times the links I give may contain an affiliate link and when you click to make a purchase from there, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Register for our Monthly Q and A- This April the topic focus is Achieving Literacy. Go to this link. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
58 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
S5E93: Unschooling School with Heather MacTaggart
Disruptor [noun] - a person or thing that prevents something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/disruptor Yes, this month we are talking about disruption. I think it is a fitting theme for this past year, don't you? There is a lot of disruption happening all around us and it is not necessarily bad. Change comes from disruption and change can be good. I have often wondered when we talk about change in the education system where we need disruption to be. From the inside or out? In this episode I sat down with education disruptor, Heather MacTaggart to talk about how she sees disruption happening within the system. She says, "If now isn’t the time to redesign an education model built for the industrial age, when will it be?" Unschooling School Heather’s obsession is helping to create an education system that actually makes sense for kids, all kids!She is a social entrepreneur, an educator, and a problem solver. She founded Classroom Connections in 1997 because she was worried about the education system and the kids in it. Since then, Classroom Connections has evolved from a grass-roots resource hub for schools to an award-winning producer of innovative education/training materials that are in use across Canada and around the world. Heather is a firm believer in self directed learning and trust. Currently Heather is working on Unschooling School. The premise is this- Not all kids can attend these enlightened (alternative) schools. We already pay for public education. Not all parents are able to unschool at home. So what if we made space for change within schools by choosing not to comply with the age-segregated, curriculum-driven, testing, grading, and homework-laden structures? What if we insisted that our children be allowed to choose what they want to do at school? What if we let them know that there are lots of different avenues to gain acceptance into College or University or start careers? What if we revealed to them that marks on a transcript are only one of many options? In This Episode In this episode Heather joins me to talk about these possibilities, what Unschooling school means and why she is disrupting education. We explore; The importance of learning things we are interested in Allowing kids to be in charge of their learning Brave parents are disruptors What would it look like to unschool school? The two factors that are paramount in both parents and kids to Unschool school What would society look like if we had consent in our learning and education? The Free Learner program and support for families that are interested in Unschooling School Resources Unschooling School Facebook Classroom Connections Change It Up Peter Gray Sudbury Valley School FHREE.org If you would like to listen to episodes featuring people and places mentioned in this episode, check out my interview with Peter Gray and my interview with Daniel Greenberg of Sudbury Valley School. Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekidsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
67 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
S5E93: Kohila Sivas- Math Codes
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65 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
S5E92: Yolanda Coles Jones Part 2
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69 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
S5E91: Empowering Families with Yolonda Coles Jones
Yolonda Coles Jones, also known as "The Bringer of Calm" and the "Teacher of Thrive", is a Healing, Wellness & Empowerment-Centered Coach and Education Consultant who specializes in coming alongside households--families and individuals--as well as teachers and school systems to support them in deepening into conscious connection with themselves and with those around them. From that place she guides and supports in building confidence, developing clarity, realizing calm and implementing strategies for success. Her trademarked Empowered People formula utilizes a powerfully effective combination of mindful breathing & meditation, conscious communication, somatic (body) awareness, boundary awareness, forgiveness, gratitude, joy and deep self-care all as authentic-to-you and accessible ongoing practices. The scope of her work covers parenting relationships, parent-child/teacher-child dynamics, self-awareness, marriage and long-term partnerships, infidelity, home-based education and self-actualization. Yolonda's Journey Into Life and Learning Yolonda has always been a helper and learner. Supporting people has been her constant path. Yolonda's 4 children have never attended school as of yet. Self directed education is a mainstay for their family. Their goal is to give their kids space to explore and be who they are. Empowering Families- In This Episode In this episode Yolonda shares her journey into being who she is. We also examine what their family life looks like as self-directed learners. Our exploration goes into; Life skills and what that looks like for each child Learning together Having a teenager- Yolonda reminds us to ask the important question as parents- "How much of this is about me and how much of this is about her"? Living into her children's interests Bearing witness to emotions and how to be present with sensitive and highly feeling individuals What Yolonda thought homeschool had to look like Learning how children learn Letting life became the lessons. Changing the ways we see how children learn The partnership of motherhood Support of community and deep self care This is one of my favourite quotes from Yolonda- "Home is the base for education and education happens everywhere. If the script is not working, you can through it out...We can take what relates, what's relevant, what gets us to our goals, what lights this child up, what lights us all up together and we can also learn in our living." This interview with Yolonda is extremely empowering for the parent that may be facing doubts or challenges and for veteran homeschooling parents that just need a few reminders to pause, get back to our why and surrender into re-imagining. Resources If you would like to connect with Yolonda and learn more about the work she does supporting families you can find her: https://www.yolondajonescreative.com/ Yolonda Coles Jones Instagram Empowered Families Life As We Design It- Yolonda's Book Yolonda mentioned Outschool as a platform that her children use. Find out more about Outschool here. I first learned of Yolonda through Fare of The Free Child Podcast. I also had the opportunity to interview Akilah S Richards, creator and host of Fare Of The Free Child http://imhomeschooling.com/educational-freedom-akilah-richards Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
65 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
S5E90: Unschooling with Dr Gina Riley
Gina Riley, Ph.D. is an educational psychologist, Clinical Professor, and Program Leader of the Adolescent Special Education Program at CUNY – Hunter College. Dr. Riley has over fifteen years experience working with teens diagnosed with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioural disorders. She is also a seasoned academic, with years of teaching, research, and supervisory experience within the fields of special education, psychology, school psychology, and mental health counseling. In addition, Dr. Riley has extensive experience in online education and distance learning at the college/university level. She is known internationally for her work in the fields of homeschooling, unschooling, and self-directed learning. Her book Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2020. Dr. Riley has one son, who she unschooled. I was first introduced to the work of Dr. Gina Riley quite a few years ago through a study that both she and Dr. Peter Gray did on the challenges and benefits of unschooling. Little did I realize at the time that Dr. Riley was an unschooling parent herself. An unschooling parent, researching unschooling and alternative learning, that also worked in secondary education as a teacher to teachers. (You can see why I was excited that she accepted an invitation to the show.) I knew that the information Gina has to share as a researcher, professor and parent is more important than ever. Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond The Classroom In this episode Dr. Riley begins with sharing her own personal experience as a parent choosing to unschool over 20 years ago. We talk about why she made the decision, the fears she had to overcome and how that decision actually prepared her well for the world we find ourselves in today. In the academic arena, there is not a lot of work on unschooling. I think this is also why some have a hard time believing that unschooling is a valid way to learn and live life. Everyone always wants to reference the research and if there is not a lot of research to be found, people begin to doubt. This is one reason why Dr. Riley's new book, Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom, is important. It is the first academic book published on Unschooling and self directed learning. Gina says that she wrote this book for "the 24 year old Gina (the single mom choosing this unfamiliar path) so that she could give it to her mom, who is also an educator, and say -here's the research." "The Kids Are Going To Be Fine" I also took the chance to ask Dr. Riley a few questions that I often hear from parents interested in unschooling but that are uncertain because it looks so different from school. How will they learn without school or if I don't teach them? How will they learn math or to read? What opportunities will be open to unschoolers when they become adults? Dr. Riley answered all of these but it was one statement that said it all for me. "It's not so much how do we do this, it's more, let's trust ourselves in doing this." She said, "The kids are going to be fine. Unschoolers know how to learn." We ended the episode talking about a question that for many are wondering because of the shift in our current world, whether they are in traditional education or not. That is, What is the future of education? I hope that you get a chance to tune in to the episode to hear what Dr. Riley has to say. Resources Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom published by Palgrave Macmillan The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Education (published paper by Dr. Gina Riley and Dr. Peter Gray) Alliance For Self Directed Education Learning By Living Podcast- Gina Riley and Kevin Currie-Knight High Tech High Self Determination Theory- Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci Rethinking Learning To Read: The Challenge From Children Educated At Home: Harriet D. A. Pattison If you enjoyed this episode, you'll also want to listen to my interview with Dr. Peter Gray http://imhomeschooling.com/free-to-learn-peter-gray/ Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
90 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
S5E89: Learning Math with Monica Robertson
Monica Robertson is a retired teacher, math educator, grandmother and former homeschool parent. She is also my mother-in-law! I asked Monica to come on the show as a special guest to talk about her experience homeschooling, learning math and the power of looking at the world through a math lens. Math always seems to be a topic that seems to give quite a few parents feelings of angst. I often hear questions like; I am not good at math, so how will I be able to teach it to my kids if I homeschool? How do unschoolers learn math? Can kids learn math without the drills, worksheets and curriculum? Can math actually be interesting? I also see many parents that love the idea of self directed education until it comes to learning math. Somewhere we learn this idea that math is the subject that must be drilled, memorized and come with a little bit of torture, unless you happen to be a math genius. If you have beliefs similar to this, have you ever reflected on why you think that is true? Is it valid? In This Episode In this episode my mother-in-law and I talk about her experience homeschooling my husband and her views on learning. We also dive deeper into the idea of looking at the world through a math lens and why this practice is the key. We explore; Deschooling and why it's an important part of homeschooling How can we learn to look at the world through a math lens when we are uncertain in our own understanding of math The difference between a good mathematician and memorizing math facts Measuring, Spatial Awareness, Subitizing and LEGO's Encouraging Risk Taking (and what this has to do with learning math) Persistence How do we introduce math in a joy driven way? Worksheets, drills and speed- is it really a true measure of a strong mathematician? Creating math anxiety Seeing math and mathematical concepts in the tools, toys and play we may already have in our homes I would love to hear your thoughts on this episode. How do you feel about stepping away from the worksheets and drills and encouraging a math conversation? What ways are you starting to see the world through a math lens? Or do you disagree? If you would like to explore more, here are the additional resources that we mentioned on the episode. Resources If you would like to contact Monica you can reach her via email~ firstname.lastname@example.org John Holt- https://www.johnholtgws.com/homeschooling-unschooling-resources How Children Learn (John Holt) Learning All The Time (John Holt) Teach Your Own John Holt Book of Homeschooling Jo Boaler- her math website can be found here- https://www.youcubed.org/ James Tanton- Math Educator James Tanton- Exploding Dots Peter Liledahl- Simon Fraser University Math Educator (resources page) Alicia Burdess- Math resources Teaching Through Problems Worth Solving - Alicia Stone Burdess Teaching Through Problems Worth Solving Version 3- Alicia Stone Burdess Interview with Former teacher turned unschooling parent- Leah McDermott http://imhomeschooling.com/natural-learning-leah-mcdermott/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
67 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
S5E88: Unschooling & STEM
Judy Arnall is an adult educator, certified in brain and child development, and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. Judy is the bestselling author of 5 books on non-punitive parenting and unschooling and has unschooled 5 adult children. 3 have graduated university, 1 is presently attending and 1 is a Masters student. Unschooling, Math and STEM careers We are talking about math in homeschooling and unschooling this month, a topic that comes up often in homeschooling and unschooling discussions. How can homeschooling support a love of math? Do unschoolers learn math? How will my kids learn math if I'm not confident in math myself? Will my kids get enough math knowledge from home? Judy addresses many of these fears through her own experience of raising unschoolers that found careers in the STEM field and learned math to very high levels. In This Episode In this episode Judy talks about her family's journey unschooling to adulthood. Having raised 5 kids, all unschooled, Judy truly has the gift of hindsight. We explored unschooling and STEM, how the non-traditional path supported her children's STEM careers and; Putting our doubts to bed The power of observation and the gift of hindsight "Walk and Talk"- engaging in meaty conversations with our kids Will kids learn multiplication tables if we don't teach them? Video Games and raising gamers Brain development and what happens in the adolescent years Self Regulation Math through play No worksheets until at least 13 Careers in STEM How her children faired from no school to their first high school math class How her unschoolers adjusted to University Judy's recommendations for supporting math in the younger years Supporting unschooling teens Why trust is fundamental Resources Unschooling to University Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Book- Unschooling To University If you are interested in hearing more about unschooling and STEM from a grown unschooler you'll this episode~http://imhomeschooling.com/why-self-directed-learning-is-important/. You'll also love this episode with Monica Truong, self directed learning advocate~http://imhomeschooling.com/why-self-directed-learning-is-important/ Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Deschooling Deschooling is a process of letting go of the singular beliefs we have attached with learning and kids. Beliefs that learning has to be done in a certain way, within certain times, within a certain kind of environment. Deschooling means possibilities. It’s a time to deconstruct the expectations, concerns, worries, beliefs around school, learning, and education. In This Episode In this episode I talk about what deschooling is and why it is important. I also share ways that we can embrace deschooling more in our homeschooling life. I take the time to to explore the meaning of the words learning, education and school. Better understanding these words and how we use them (or misuse them) can influence our daily learning life. This past year has brought a huge change in learning, schooling and education. I think many of us knew a shift was already happening but COVID certainly sped things up. The homeschooling community exploded in numbers and the shift to online learning has been extraordinary. Now more than ever, parents are beginning to better understand the choices they have when it comes to learning, education and schooling. Why We Try To Replicate School At Home That being said, a large amount of homeschooling this year looks a lot like trying to make the home into the classroom or school. That has brought frustration on the part of some parents. Why? The home is not the school classroom and as much as we try to replicate school at home, we cannot. Many parents deciding to try homeschooling for the first time have done so in a time of massive change. Trying to control change as much as possible is a natural human process. Our survival mechanism kicks in during times of stress and our pre-programmed routines take over. So when we start out on the homeschool journey and face life change, we try to do what is safe. That means safe replicating what we know, which in this case is the pattern and structure of education in school. Deschooling can help us to take a step back and slow down, giving us time to better understand our children, ourselves and how the learning process works. Then instead of trying to copy and put in place what may not work in our home, we can have a fresh slate to create and reinvent a space that better supports each individual's learning process. References and Resources https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/education-philosophy/ Britannica on Education~ https://www.britannica.com/topic/education What is Learning? Queens University, Canada~ https://www.queensu.ca/teachingandlearning/modules/students/04_what_is_learning.html School Free by Wendy Priesnitz How Children Learn, John Holt If you would like to hear more about deschooling, listen to my episode with Unschooling mom, author and business owner, Pam Laricchia~ http://imhomeschooling.com/hihtk-005-exploring-unschooling/ Or to my interview with Jo Watt, former teacher turned Unschooling mom and blogger ~ http://imhomeschooling.com/deschool-the-adult-mind/ Disclosure: When I recommend a product that I believe will add value, it may contain an affiliate link, and when you click the link and decide to make a purchase through that link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. If you do, Thank you for your support. Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
63 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Why Learning Is Happening Everywhere: Jenn Sutherland
Jenn Sutherland and Beyond School I am joined by Jenn Sutherland, worldschooling mom, entrepreneur and CEO of Beyond School. In addition to homeschooling her own four children, from birth to university entrance while traveling the world, full time, for over a decade, Jenn has a degree in education and over 20 years experience in helping families build world class educations for their children outside the four walls of a classroom. Now the CEO of Beyond School, she's focused on building a school of the future for families of the future and creating a third path in education, acknowledging that learning is happening everywhere. What You'll Find In This Episode In this episode Jenn and I explore the meaning of why learning is not an occurrence that happens only in school, within a certain timeframe of life. We talk about why and how learning is happening everywhere and learning is happening always. And why it is up to us as parents to shift our perspective on how and where learning can happen and let go of the fact that we have to control and measure every form of learning. This conversation included; Living A Life Of Adventure & Worldschooling Living a life of adventure and worldschooling- How her family went from a year of travel in 2008 to a life of travel and why it was the best decision they ever made The crash of 2008 and losing it all while on the road- How tragedy can be a catalyst to step back and re-evaluate what you really want out of life Travel full time? What Jenn and her husband did to be able to travel full time and recreate their careers. Learning & Homeschooling Learning and homeschooling-Does having credentials make you a better homeschooler or is it a liability? Prioritizing needs, wants and dreams. What is the difference between needs and wants? Who do you want to be in 1 year, 5 years? How do we make that happen for you? The most valuable things to teach in homeschooling "Everything I thought I knew about education from a classroom perspective had almost no bearing on getting the job done at home."-What Jenn had to learn to let go of in homeschooling Deschooling- unlearning and then re-learning Shifts in in beliefs and perspectives The Joy Of Teens The shift in our view of teens that needs to happen in our world Teenagers- why we need to start saying YES to their dreams Trust, failure and raising capable children to become capable adults School Of The Future- Beyond School The ways that COVID has shifted education and perspectives in education School of the future, Third Path education- why Beyond School began Child centred, learner centred and unique to each individual How Beyond School is cradle to grave learning over a lifetime, supporting young kids to adults "Homeschooling is not about teaching your children from a top down management perspective. It's about Celebrating the fact that learning is happening everywhere, learning is happening always and we are in it together. Everybody at a different stage." Jenn Sutherland If you enjoyed this episode and would like to hear more about alternatives to traditional school, I suggest you also check out these episodes: A Case For Self Directed Teens: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School? with Blake Boles Self Directed Learning- Blake Boles Village Home Learning Community- with Lori Walker Alternatives To School- SHINE Together Holistic Learning Center- with Mandy Spiczka Resources Mentioned In This Episode Beyond School website- beyondschool.co The Teenage Liberation Handbook- Grace Llewellyn Not Back To School Camp Disclosure: When I recommend a product that I believe have will add value, it may contain an affiliate link, and when you click the link and decide to make a purchase through that link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support. Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
83 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Homeschooling Your Differently Wired Child with Colleen Kessler
Homeschooling Your Differently Wired Child "Adapt and let go of the stuff that doesn't bring you joy and bring your kids a love of learning. Switch it to make it fun and make learning the goal, not the product the goal" Divergent thinker? Twice Exceptional? Gifted? Dyslexic? Differently wired kids? Are you homeschooling your differently wired child? Feeling overwhelmed, beaten down and just not sure what to do? This episode is filled with guidance and inspiration from a mom that has been raising and homeschooling her own four uniquely wired children. Collen Kessler~Raising Lifelong Learners Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, writer, educator, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. The author of more than a dozen books for parents, teachers, and children, Colleen is an award-winning educator, educational coach and consultant, with a B.S. in elementary education and a M.Ed. in gifted studies. She is the founder of the popular podcast and website, Raising Lifelong Learners and has launched a vibrant new community for quirky families called The Learner's Lab, full of creative lessons, problem solving activities, critical and divergent thinking games, and the social-emotional support differently-wired children and teens need most. Her newest book, Raising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent Family will be released this December by Ulysses Press. What you will find in this episode From the classroom to home- Why homeschooling her differently wired kids was not originally in Colleen's plan The difference between teaching in a classroom and homeschooling How their family's homeschool has evolved over the years The pervasive myth of being gifted What is the difference between a high achiever and a gifted person? What to spend your homeschool budget on The unique tools that Colleen uses to support the flourisher writer in her daughter Helping your differently wired child thrive Cherishing the intrinsic desire to learn, resiliency and emotional intelligence Colleen offers so many golden nuggets of wisdom in this episode; from building resiliency, raising our kids to be who they are and not who we want them to be, to what a typical day looks like in their household. Let me know if you have any lingering questions that you would like answered after this interview. Resources The Learner's Lab | A Raising Lifelong Learner's Community https://raisinglifelonglearners.com/the-learners-lab/ Colleen's new book- Raising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent Family Masterclass Amazon Echo Disclosure: When I recommend a product that I believe have will add value, it may contain an affiliate link, and when you click the link and decide to make a purchase through that link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support. Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids Other Episodes you may enjoy: Listen to a Rad Educator trying to make a difference within the system~ http://imhomeschooling.com/kate-weber-rad-educator/ Akilah S. Richards of Fare of The Free Child Podcast talks about their journey into unschooling their gifted daughters, social justice and self liberation work. http://imhomeschooling.com/educational-freedom-akilah-richards/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
82 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
The Homeschool Journey- Your Questions Answered
Welcome! In this episode I am talking about the Homeschool Journey and addressing questions from listeners. Homeschooling and Unschooling Questions Dealing with homeschool overwhelm? What you can do and why the solution sometimes means doing less, not more. What happens when the homeschool honeymoon is over? The importance of going back to your "WHY" and matching learning with purpose. I share questions and prompts that help you to start exploring your beliefs around learning and why this is important in building a strong home learning foundation. How can we support our kids interests and passions? Getting to know our child's interests How we can start to gather resources to support them Ways that we can document their learning (even when it doesn't look like school style learning) How do I know my child is learning? Should I give them tests in homeschooling? Why academics are only a small part of learning. Soft Skills The advantage of being in communication and conversation with your child Examples from our homeschooling life- how I know my kids are learning Applying and practicing knowledge-when learning is relevant and meaningful How do I apply resources to different age groups? Ways to support reading around the home Recognizing when basic needs must be met The importance of space and downtime How we find learning resources out of the everyday things in our home The Home Education Road Trip I find that more often than not, our immediate response to solving a problem is finding a person or a checklist that will just tell me what to do. But here's the thing. Homeschooling, just like every family that does it, is unique to each of us. We come from different backgrounds, communities, environments and different perspectives. A 1-10 checklist is not a guarantee to solve all of our problems. That is why in this episode I relate our home educating journey to the family road trip. We could be Unschooling, Classical homeschooling, Waldorf homeschool..it all applies to our individual situations. Each of us will be taking different transportation, will want to make different stops and may need longer or shorter breaks depending on where we are going, who we are and what we want to see and experience. I would love to know if this analogy - the road trip of home education- resonated with you. Send me a message or reach out on social media to let me know. Homeschool Journey Resources and Special Mentions in this Episode Happy and Healthy Kids Summit Homeschooling Global Summit Rural Mental Health Project Poetry Tea Time Masterclass Ted Talk- Jane McGonigal Gaming Can Make A Better World Outschool Classes Who Was Books... Deep Work- Cal Newport Free To Learn- Peter Gray My interview with Dr. Peter Gray Want to help support the podcast? https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekidsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
70 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Homeschooling Styles: Montessori with Jeanne Marie Paynel
Homeschool With Montessori In this episode I learn about homeschool with the Montessori method. Jeanne Marie talks about how she embraced Montessori and the reasons why it aligns with her heart and beliefs on learning, living and parenting. She offers essential tools to help parents follow our intuition, trust ourselves and trust our children. Parenting Mentor and Montessori Educator Jeanne-Marie Paynel, M.Ed, is a Parenting Mentor and Home Consultant dedicated to helping parents let go of the overwhelm so they can enjoy raising self-sufficient and resilient children with ease. Host of The Art of Parenting podcast and Founder of Your Parenting Mentor (formerly Voila Montessori) Jeanne Marie guides expectant parents, caregivers and parents of young children on how to better prepare their homes and themselves for their children to thrive during the first years of life. She believes that a supportive and peaceful atmosphere at home will allow every child to grow up as an independent, confident and capable learner. She combines her three passions: Montessori, Conscious Parenting and Positive Discipline. Her mission is to help parents appreciate the true importance of their role - not as servants or teachers, but as supporters and guides of their children's natural development. In This Episode In this episode we delve into the importance of trust in learning. Trust in our children and what they want to learn and trust in ourselves. Jeanne Marie explains how this is a fundamental part of Montessori and homeschooling. We discuss; Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method The start of the first Montessori school in 1907- The Children's House Understanding human development and why that is a foundational piece of Montessori What sets Montessori apart from traditional school A prepared environment for our children- supporting the curiosity to learn Mixed Ages, freedom of movement, freedom within limits and following the child The differences between Montessori and other child led methods The 4 Planes of a Child's Development in Montessori Montessori in Homeschooling Mindful Parenting and ways we can practice being more present Jeanne Marie's thoughts on Screen time and the influence on children's development My biggest takeaway from my interview with Jeanne Marie is that whether we are using the Montessori method at a school or in homeschooling, the foundation always remains the same. The key values in the Montessori method are actually the same key values in self directed learning. That is trust in your children, be their advocate in curiosity and support life long learning. Resources Book~The Secret of Childhood- Maria Montessori Website: http://www.voilamontessori.com Podcast The Art of Parenting: https://voilamontessori.com/the-art-of-parenting-podcast/ Instagram: @jeannemariepaynel FaceBook: Jeanne-Marie – Voila Montessori YouTube: Voila Montessori The Art of Parenting Podcast Episode- What is Montessori? Montessori Homeschool Summit We have featured Montessori, Worldschooling, homeschooling, Charlotte Mason and Classical education as well as my main theme of self directed education and unschooling. What are some other homeschool methods out there that you would like to hear more about? Support the show through Patreon~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids. Patrons will receive a special bonus from Jeanne Marie on the 4 planes of development.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
69 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Homeschooling To The Ivy Leagues
Homeschooling To The Ivy Leagues Carline Crevecoeur was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1963. When she was five, Carline's parents immigrated to the United States with her and her five siblings, settling down in a two-story house in Brooklyn, New York. Carline attended St. John’s University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985, majoring in Chemistry. She went on to pursue her dream ofbecoming an OB/GYN, obtaining a medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School.After an unforeseeable series of events, she eventually retired from medicine to homeschool her five (now college-aged) children. She is the author of the upcoming book Pressure Makes Diamonds, in which she describes her memorable homeschooling journey. Today, she lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania with her husband Michael. I am sure you will enjoy this conversation with Carline as much as I did. Carline brings great experience and gives careful thought to everything that she shares with me. Yes, all five of her children attended Ivy League Universities but their goal was not homeschooling to the ivy leagues. Carline's goal was (and still is) family, to honour each of her children's unique needs and interests and enrich their life. Carline talks about pressure, but not pressure on her kids to succeed. It's the pressure the we put on ourselves as parents, on our kids, on each other. But it's surviving these pressures, that we come out a stronger person. "They kids tell you what they want to learn. What they love. You just have to listen." What You'll Hear In This Episode For the beginning homeschoolers- Carline's advice and tips. I love how what Carline recommends is practical and doable for each of us. Reach out to others, visualize how homeschooling can be a fun reality and decide to do it. We talk about embracing the attitude Homeschooling within a regulated state- How she worked through the requirements and standardized testing of her state What homeschooling opened her eyes to- What she learned about her kids once they started homeschooling Supporting her children's talents and choosing their own individual path- how she did this for each of her 5 child Homeschooling to the ivy leagues (university) and how each of her kids entered the Ivy Leagues The best moments and the difficult moments of homeschooling, including homeschooling through illness What impacts our current world will have on our society and education What life lessons that homeschooling has taught her Resources Find and connect with Carline: Website-https://www.carlinecrevecoeur.com/ Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/crevey22/ Twitter- https://twitter.com/medicrev Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/carline.crevecoeur Quiz Bowl If you would like to hear more about parents that homeschooled to the Ivy Leagues, check out my interview with Milva McDonald.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
73 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Homeschooling Styles: Charlotte Mason with Leah Boden
Charlotte Mason with Leah Boden Leah is a long-time student and practitioner of the Charlotte Mason method of education and is passionate about helping parents find their freedom within the philosophy. Leah and her husband Dave have 4 homeschooled children. She writes, speaks and podcasts using the Charlotte Mason philosophy as a springboard into her lessons on childhood, motherhood and education. Leah delights in coaching and leading others in this refreshing way of life. She is a speaker and writer for the international Wild + Free homeschooling community and creator of Modern Miss Mason. In This Episode I invited Leah to join me on this episode because I knew she would be a wonderful person to talk about the method and philosophy of Charlotte Mason. After 14 years Leah still carries the passion and enthusiasm that she had from the beginning. In this episode we discussed; Charlotte Mason- The prolific writer, educator and her vision and impact. Strategically planning the year- How Leah does this and what she has learned over the years. Creating rhythms of rest and pause. What their day looks like-morning rhythms and atmosphere The foundations of the Charlotte Mason philosophy- 1. Children are born persons. They are born whole. Our role as parents is to support this. 2. Education is the science of relations. Relationships are what matter. How we view children, how we view education and how all of that comes together is the foundation of the philosophy. The power and joy of using "Living Books" Finding your freedom within the philosophy Charlotte Mason and religion- can all backgrounds and beliefs follow the method? Is there a lack of cultural diversity in the method? The secret to longevity in homeschooling Homeschooling in the UK At the end of the episode I asked Leah to talk a little about life and requirements for homeschoolers in the UK. I have listeners from all over the world, including the UK and some are exploring homeschooling for the first time. Is there freedom or is it regulated? What if your child wants to attend college or university in the UK? Even though Leah and I practice different philosophies, our belief in children and learning remains the same; trust, joy in learning and relationships. We both agree that we are learning alongside our kids and our role as home educators is in supporting the beauty and passion of childhood. Charlotte Mason Resources Leah Boden Charlotte Mason Philosophy- Modern Miss Mason Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/leahvboden/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/modernmissmason/ Charlotte Mason Home Education Series The Parents Review Archive Living Books Referenced RJ Unstead- History of the English Speaking World Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare For Children- E. Nesbit Charles and Mary Lamb- Tales From Shakespeare Aesops Fables Charlottes Web If you want to learn more about different home educating styles check out these interviews on Classical Education- http://imhomeschooling.com/homeschooling-styles-classical-education/ Unschooling- http://imhomeschooling.com/hihtk-005-exploring-unschooling/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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