The

How to Homeschool

Podcast

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Episode 0  About this Podcast

 

Enjoy this quick introduction to  The How to Homeschool Podcast.  Listen to us every Wednesday wherever you go for your podcasts.  Be sure to leave us a review and let us know what you'd like to hear us cover in the podcast!

Episode 1  How to Homeschol, Part 1

 

Let's get down to it - you want to homeschool but you have no idea where to start.  I've got you covered in this first episode in my How to Homeschool series.

 

In this episode you'll learn 3 of the first things you'll want to consider when you're thinking about homeschooling: finding out your state homeschool laws, figuring out how to set up your homeschool and choosing your curriculum.

 

I also bust the myth that you can't work if you homeschool!

 

Finally, you'll discover the top challenge that all homeschoolers grapple with and how to over come it.

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

 

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Episode 2   How to Homeschool, Part 2

 

In this part two of my 3 part How to Homeschool series, we dive into how you should define your homeschooling goal sand how to use assessments to best provide the level of course work that your child needs.

 

If you are on the fence about homeschooling because you think you lack the patience - think again! I'll share with you the key strategy you'll need to get past your concern about having enough patience.  Here I'll share a secret: its OK if you're not perfect.

 

One of the awesome things about homeschooling is that you don't have to be beholden to anyone else's schedule.  Every family is uniqe and your homeschooling schedule should be based on your family's needs.  

 

If you've listened to episode 1, you'll be ready to ready to put together your schedule with tips from this second episode.

 

A key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

Judy Sarden Website

 

YouTube

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

Episode 3   How to Homeschool, Part 3

 

The final episode in my 3 part How to Homeschool series covers the big question - how do you socialize homeschooled kids?  This is probably the most asked, and the most irritating, inquiry that a homeschooling parent receives!  In fact, this very question may be what's keeping you from homeschooling. Stay tuned to learn why socialization is not a problem . . if you are intentional.

 

We also discuss the mysterious "deschooling" that is recommended for kids who are pulled out of school, especially when a child is pulled out suddenly during the school year.  We'll discuss what it is, how to do it and how long to deschool for you and your child.

 

And lastly, we'll talk about how to incorporate learning into every day life.

 

If you are considering homeschooling but need help getting organized and running, reach out to me here! I offer homeschool coaching to get you started on a successful homeschooling journey. 

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

 

YouTube

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

Episode 4   You Don't have to be Pinterest Mom to Homeschool

 

Who doesn't love scrolling through Pinterest, looking at all the beautiful homeschool rooms, the intricate crafts and the endless possibilities of how glorious your homeschool environment could be?

 

But then you put your phone down and look at your dining room table, strewn with books, loose papers, random legos and other disorganized, non-beautiful signs of your attempts to home educate your children.

 

You may even look in the kitchen and find dishes piled up because, after all, everyone has been at home all day, the kids have been doing their school work and you've been busy doing your own thing. 

 

Sometimes we can feel like we are doing something terribly wrong when our homeschool doesn't look like the rooms on Pinterest. Or like the one our very creative and crafty neighbor down the street has put together.

 

This episode will help you to relax and feel confident in your homeschooling efforts even if everything isn't perfect. Even if your homeschool set up looks nothing like what can be found on Pinterest. Or in your neighbor's house.

 

So clear a spot on your sofa, put your feet up on the coffee table (or the laundry basket containing last week's clean laundry), get your favorite hot drink and unwind while you listen to this episode.

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

 

YouTube

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

Episode 5   You Don't Need a Teaching Degree to Homeschool Your Kids

 

Are you thinking of homeschooling but you don’t think you’re qualified to do it?

 

Or are you concerned that you’re going to miss teaching your kid that one thing that is going to ruin their education?

 

Maybe you really want to homeschool but those close to you aren’t being supportive.

 

Believe or not, these are things that veteran homeschooling parents deal with all the time.  No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling, doubt and worry will creep in.

 

In this episode, I talk with Mary Jo Dean, Co-Founder of Great Homeschool Conventions, and veteran homeschooling mom of 3 adult children. 

 

Whether you are new to homeschooling or have been homeschooling for years, Mary Jo’s words of wisdom and encouragement will both inspire and motivate you to follow your heart and continue on your homeschooling journey.

 

We cover a lot of ground in this one, including:

  • What led Mary Jo to homeschool her children
  • How a homeschooling parent’s level of education has no impact on the outcome of the kid’s education
  • Why you don’t have to “know everything” to homeschool and when to outsource
  • How using the library can help you save money in your homeschool
  • Why it’s important to build relationships with your local school community
  • Dealing with naysayers
  • The benefits of attending a homeschool convention
  • Socialization, introverted children and letting kids be kids
  • Details of attending the Great Homeschool Conventions

Most importantly, Mary Jo shares how she overcame the feelings of inadequacy that every homeschooling parent grapples with.

 

This is an episode that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to forward to your friends and family that are thinking about homeschooling or who are questioning your decision to homeschool. I guarantee they’ll learn something!

 

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

YouTube

Twitter

Instagram

Episode 6   Homeschool Spanish Academy with Founder and CEO, Ron Fortin

 

Do you want your kids to learn a second language? Do your high schoolers need to take two years of a second language for college admissions? Are you traveling to a Spanish speaking country and would like to be able to communicate with the locals?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place!

 

My kids are in their second year with Homeschool Spanish Academy so I thought I would review it for you and give you tons of information to help you learn more about the program. 

 

In this episode, I interview Homeschool Spanish Academy CEO and Founder, Ron Fortin.  Ron shares his fascinating journey to creating Homeschool Spanish Academy and then we jump into:

 

[8:00] Details about the Homeschool Spanish Academy program

 

[16:00] Teacher certification, school accreditation and high school credit that is accepted by colleges and universities

 

[22:00] How the program also accommodates non-homeschooling families, adults and businesses

[25:00] How homeschooling co-ops can use the Homeschool Spanish Academy program

 

[27:00] Individual and family lessons

 

[29:00] Whether your kids take Spanish instead of Latin

 

. . . .and more!

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

YouTube

Twitter

Instagram

 

Homeschool Spanish Academy Links:

 

Link to free class: https://try.spanish.academy/how-it-works/

Link to homepage: https://www.spanish.academy

Episode 7   Should You Use Book Lists in your Homeschool?

 

In an effort to ensure that their kids are covering all the necessary academic material, homeschoolers will often turn to book lists.  You know, that list of “great books” that all kids should read.

Some homeschoolers cling religiously to their book lists.  While others eschew book lists and choose a different route.

Which approach is the right one?

In this episode, I talk about why I don’t use booklists, the benefits of using a book list, why finding diverse literature is important for all children and considerations for finding a book list.

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

 

YouTube

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

Episode 8   How to Start a Homeschooling Group

 

Building community is one of the most important things you can do as a homeschooling family. When I speak at homeschooling conventions, I invariably am asked how to start a homeschool group for various reasons. In this episode, I talk to Amber O’Neil Johnston, founder of Heritage Homeschoolers in Atlanta, GA about how she started her group.

 

Amber is a homeschooling mom of 4 and business owner, who found herself in need of something that didn’t exist – a black homeschooling group in her county.  Thinking she would find success if she could find 5 or so other families in her area, Amber’s group grew to over 90 families in only 2 years.  An example of how there are always people out there for us to build community with, we just need to position ourselves to find them.

 

During this interview, Amber shares what led her to homeschool, how she discovered her need for a new homeschooling group (she was already, and continues to be, a member of several other homeschooling groups) and she details exactly how she started her homeschool group.

 

4:30  About Amber and her life in corporate america

 

6:00  How Amber grew her business organically

 

8:00  What led Amber to homeschool her children

 

10:00 How she overcame the fear that she wasn’t capable of homeschooling her children

 

15:00 What led her to start her homeschool group (a must-hear for moms of African American children!)

 

18:00 Why community is important

 

22:00 Starting the Community

 

29:00 Homeschool communities and African American boys

 

32:30 Mechanics of how she started her homeschool group (exactly what she did and her thought process)

 

39:30 Recommendations for getting started

 

44:00 What to do if you can’t find a group you need

 

Links from the Episode:

www.homeschool-life.com

www.cafephysique.com

www.heritagehomeschoolers.org

www.heritagemom.com

 

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

YouTube

Twitter

Instagram

Episode 9   Improving Your Child's Behavior and Executive Functioning

 

Your child can’t stay on task. Your son is impulsive. Your daughter has poor short-term memory.  You have a child who has been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ODD or any number of the alphabet cocktails that kids are being labeled with today.  As a parent, all you want are answers.  You just want to know how you can help your child.

 

Today’s episode explores taking a neurodevelopmental approach to tackling the symptoms that can lead to many of these diagnoses.  Dr. Jan Bedell, a neurodevelopmental expert and founder of Little Giant Steps, discusses how we can help most children improve in their information acquisition and storage, which will directly impact their ability to stay on task, keep and follow checklists, improve reading and math skills and more.

 

Be sure to make the time to listen to this eye-opening episode!

 

3:15 What is executive functioning?

6:00 Labeling children vs dealing with symptoms

12:00 How to help kids stay on task

20:00 Examples of things you can do today to help with auditory processing

23:00 Why infants need tactile stimulation

25:30 Examples of things you can do today to help with short term memory storage

30:00  How Improving executive functioning can help improve test scores

33:30 Working with learning styles

35:00 How building new neural pathways helps the brain function better

38:00 Programs that could help develop executive functioning

43:00 Why movement and tactile experience is so important for infants and young children

47:00 Free Resources

49:30 There is help for older children and adults

52:30 Labels

 

Links Discussed

www.littlegiantsteps.com

 

YouTube @braincoachtips

 

Free Auditory Processing Test Kits: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/auditory-processing

 

Free Math Facts Proficiency Recommendations: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/math-proficiency

 

Visual Circle Math: https://www.brainsprints.com/math-proficiency/

 

To get a free consultation: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/our-services

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

YouTube

Twitter

Instagram

Episode 10   Homeschool Meltdowns and How to Handle Them

 

As much as we all love the idea of homeschooling, the reality is that we all have "those days."  You know, those days when the kids won't do anything you ask them to do, your house is a mess, nothing is going your way, nothing is getting done and you really just want to curl up in a ball and cry.

 

In this episode, I share with you my own experience with a meltdown day and I give you 3 strategies to use in order to get through it when you have those days.

 

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

Judy Sarden Website

YouTube

Twitter

Instagram

Episode 11   Homeschooling the Littles: Ages 3 through 6

 

Trying to figure out what to do with your littles?  In this episode, Jennifer Howell-Stephens, Ph.D turned homeschooling mom of 5 year old twins, shares her experience with homeschooling her little ones.  Jennifer is also a homesteader and founder of Sweet Peas 'n Carrots Homestead and a homeschooling Forest School that helps expose African American children to the beauty and wonder of nature and science. 

 

This episode is chock full of great information for moms trying to figure out how to homeschool very young children while keeping the joy and curiosity of early childhood intact.

 

3:00 How Jennifer overcame her husband's objections to homeschooling

8:30 What Jennifer did with her 3 year olds

14:00 The importance of playing outside

22:00 What Jennifer did with her 4 year olds

31:00 About Jennifer's Forest School

37:00 Jennifer's Homesteading Classes at The Little Learning Farm

38:30 What Jennifer is doing with her 5 year olds

47:00 Scheduling the school day and week

57:00 Jennifer's plans for her 6 years olds

 

Discussed in this episode:

https://www.instagram.com/sweetpeasncarrotshomestead

https://www.Squiltmusic.com

 

Join my Facebook group, https://facebook.com/groups/howtostarthomeschooling, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

You can follow me here:

https://instagram.com/judysardenspeaker

https://youtube.com/judysarden

 

Episode 12   Homeschooling the Struggling Reader with Kristen Eckenwiler

 

Kristen Eckenwiler talks to us about all things reading in this episode. She shares what is developmentally appropriate, best teaching practices and how to figure out whether your child is a reluctant reader versus a struggling reader.

 Highlights from this episode:

 12:00 On you can’t teach your kids everything

14:00 What’s really important to teach

16:30 When is reading developmentally appropriate

27:00 Required reading vs leisure reading

33:30 Thoughts on the AR Reading system and assessing your child’s reading level

44:00 How to know when your child needs help

 Mentioned Links:

https://www.thestrugglingreader.com

https://www.highnoonbooks.com

 For free homeschooling downloads, visit my website at https://www.judysarden.com/homeschool

 

Join my Facebook group, https://facebook.com/groups/howtostarthomeschooling, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

You can follow me here:

https://instagram.com/judysardenspeaker

https://youtube.com/judysarden

 

Episode 13   Helping Your Child Acquire Math Facts Using the Rapid Recall System, with Dr. Jan Bedell

 

Math facts! The bane of many child’s (and parent’s) existence!  Dr. Jan Bedell, Neuro Developmentalist, discusses her Rapid Recall System and a very different way of helping both neuro-typical and neuro-diverse children acquire math facts.

 

Links Discussed

 

www.littlegiantsteps.com

 

YouTube @braincoachtips

 

Free Auditory Processing Test Kits: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/auditory-processing

 

Free Math Facts Proficiency Recommendations: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/math-proficiency

 

Visual Circle Math: https://www.brainsprints.com/math-proficiency/

 

To get a free consultation: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/our-services

 

 

For free homeschooling audio downloads, visit my website at https://www.judysarden.com/homeschool

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Join my Facebook group, https://facebook.com/groups/howtostarthomeschooling, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

You can follow me here:

https://instagram.com/judysardenspeaker

https://youtube.com/judysarden

 

Episode 14   How to Provide Your Child with a World Class Education

 

Educating your child should be about more than just academics that require a 7.5 hour school day and hours of homework, all in the name of being called "rigorous." Education should be about helping your child discover and pursue her passions and build a life for herself.

 

Wouldn't it be great if you could facilitate your child's education in a way that helps him to truly mold who he is and who he wants to be, without wasting time on busy work and tasks that simply will have no impact on his future?

And what if you could give this to your children and on a world class scale while instilling in them a real passion for learning?

 

Does such a  thing even exist?

 

Yes, it does and its called homeschooling.

 

Let's explore the possibilities.  

 

Links Mentioned in this episode:

 

https://judysarden.com/grouphomeschoolcoaching

 

Email me here: sardenquestions at gmail.com to discuss our exclusive one-on-one Concierge Level Homeschool Coaching program.

 

One of the key benefits of homeschoooling is the ability to teach your child to think critically.  You can truly help your child to move toward critical thinking versus memorizing just to pass a test. Grab my audio download, Teaching Your Child to Think to learn how to raise your child's analytical skills.

 

Join my Facebook group, How to Homeschool, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

For videos and articles on homeschooling and education, follow me here:

 

https://judysarden.com/homeschool

https://youtube.com/judysarden

Twitter @ sadenjudy

Instagram and Facebook @judysardenspeaker

 

 

Episode 15   Interview with Chris Lane, Homeschooling Dad and Business Owner

 

So many people have asked for a dad's perspective on homeschooling and I am super excited to bring you this interview!  Meet Chris Lane.  He homeschools his kindergartener, is caring for his 18 month old and runs a successful fitness business.

 

You'll love hearing his perspective on juggling it all and especially the meal plans that he and his wife offer to help busy families shop for, prepare and pack nutritious meals for their kids on the go. 

 

You can find Chris at his company website here:

 

www.takeoffperformance.com 

 

If you are interested in working with Chris on meal plans for your kids, you can go here:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HomeschoolMealPlan

 

For free homeschooling audio downloads, visit my website at

 

https://www.judysarden.com/homeschool

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Join my Facebook group, https://facebook.com/groups/howtostarthomeschooling, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

You can follow me here:

https://instagram.com/judysardenspeaker

https://youtube.com/judysarden

 

 

Episode 16   College Admissions, Scholarships and Homeschooling High Schoolers

 

Are you homeschooling high school? Are you nervous about the prospect of homeschooling high school? Are you concerned about whether your homeschooled child will find it difficult getting into college, much less receive scholarships?

 

If any of these questions are looming in your mind, this is an absolutely must-listen episode!  Joining me is Pam Andrews, founder of The Scholarship Shark.  Pam brings her years of expertise in college admissions and winning scholarships for her clients.  Even better, Pam is a homeschooling mom of 4.  Pam’s oldest child, who was homeschooled throughout his K-12 education, was accepted to all 8 colleges to which he applied and was awarded over $700K in scholarships.  That is not a typo, by the way.

 

Highlights for this episode are:

 

9:00   High school and transcript prep

 

14:00 Course planning for dual enrollment

 

16:00 Coming up with grades and a transcript

 

21:30 What’s most important

 

26:30 Volunteer work

 

28:00  Colleges are looking for “Intellectual Curiosity”

 

31:00  Hacking college credits

 

35:30  What colleges say about homeschoolers

 

36:30  Learn more about The Scholarship Shark and how Pam can help your child

 

40:00  Lessons learned

 

Links Mentioned in This Episode

http://www.mooc.org

https://www.edX.org

https://www.ocw.mit.edu

https://www.online.stanford.edu/courses

https://oyc.yale.edu

https://online-learning.harvard.edu

https://www.hslda.org/content/highschool/academics.asp

 

For free homeschooling audio downloads, visit my website at https://www.judysarden.com/homeschool

Learn how to provide your child with a world class education: https://www.judysarden.com/worldclasseducationlivenar 

Join my Facebook group, https://facebook.com/groups/howtostarthomeschooling, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

You can follow me here:

https://instagram.com/judysardenspeaker

https://youtube.com/judysarden

 

 

 

Episode 17   Interview with Teresia Matthews, Entrepreneur and Homeschooling Mom

 

This interview with Teresia Matthews has something for everyone.  Are you a homeschooling mom who wants to work from home? Are you a single homeschooling mom, wondering how to make it work? Are you trying to figure out how to get your hustle on so that you can stay home with you kids? Well, Teresia has done it all.

 

I am bringing this interview to you from my business coaching practice because it is so timely and relevant to so many homeschooling families who are trying to make it work financially.

 

Follow along on Teresia's journey as a recently divorced stay at home mom, then as a homeschooling mom and now as a married mom of two. For over 20 years Teresia has found a way to work for herself so that she can stay at home with her kids and pursue her vision of motherhood.

 

Teresia's New Company:

 https://sumsweet.com

 

For free homeschooling audio downloads, visit my website at https://www.judysarden.com/homeschool

Learn how to provide your child with a world class education: https://www.judysarden.com/worldclasseducationlivenar 

Join my Facebook group, https://facebook.com/groups/howtostarthomeschooling, to see videos, ask questions and join the conversation real time.

 

You can follow me here:

https://instagram.com/judysardenspeaker

https://youtube.com/judysarden

 

 

 

Episode 18   Recharging and Getting Over the Fear of Homeschooling

 

Are you thinking about homeschooling but have questions like: What if I don't know everything to teach my child? Or What if I can't give my child everything she needs? Or Do I have to quit my job? I address these questions and others in this episode.

 

Maybe you are currently homeschooling and are going through that winter slump that we all experience. What about burn out or that nagging suspicion that you are not doing enough?  I talk about these, too, and give you strategies on how to push through it.

 

Want to talk about it some more?  Join the Facebook Group How to Homeschool (https://facebook.com/groups/howtostarthomeschooling) to ask questions live, start a conversation and build a community.

 

You can also find resources on my website: https://www.judysarden.com/homeschool

 

You can follow me here:

https://instagram.com/judysardenspeaker

https://youtube.com/judysarden

 

 

 

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