Homeschool Unrefined

Homeschool Unrefined

Are you ready for a homeschooling experience you can enjoy? One with less stress and more fun? Are you ready to think differently about homeschool? Join Maren and Angela every Monday as we encourage each other, laugh, and get real about homeschool.... Show More

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September 21, 2020 74 min

We love the flexibility of loose planning. We can be more responsive to the many different needs in our families, the changing seasons, and our own needs for both structure and spontaneity. Listen in as we talk about what loose planning looks like for each of us in our routines, on our bookshelves, and with the curriculum we're using. Our differing personalities shine through: Angela's loose plans are more detailed and orga...

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September 14, 2020 56 min

[Cue Ross Geller: PIVOT!] We’re looking back on the Summer of 2020—the pandemic challenges, the cultural complexities, the big changes in our own lives and in our communities—and breaking down what it all means for the Fall of 2020 for us personally and professionally. We talk about what learning looks like in a pandemic and how we are emphasizing a deeper cultural and self awareness in this unique season for ourselves and our kids...

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You're getting a FREE class from our Back to School Summit! Woohoo!

 

In this class, we talk about

-Seeing the value in lots of learning beyond formal academics because kids are learning all the time. 

-Adding in academics slowly and appropriately for each kid. 

-Reframing household responsibilities as a good investment in helping our kids learn not just academic but lifelong skills. 

 

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We have two more sessions a...

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August 3, 2020 5 min

Hi friends!

We're hopping back on the podcast feed to tell you that we'll be back to regular episodes in September, but in the meantime, we've got a new and exciting announcement!

 

Get ready for the Back to School Summit! This summit will be for both new AND experienced homeschoolers to help us all start the year off on the right foot. Join us as we reframe expectations, share real-life solutions, and get set up for a ...

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Hey friends! We've been working hard behind the scenes this summer to create our newest resource for you! 

 

The Unrefined Curriculum Guide is 30 pages of inspiration, encouragement, and resources to build and boost your curriculum library with recommendations you won't dread using.

 

Best of all, it’s just $10! Which means, it’s affordable for you AND it helps support us do what we do here at Homeschool Unrefined—win, win!

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With so much up in the air, how can we give our summer some stability to help us unwind from this school year and stay open to what the future school year might have for us? If we can do 3 things, and only 3 things, this summer, what should those 3 things be? We focus in on what solutions are going to be both realistic AND beneficial for us this summer.

 

Where You'll Find Us This Summer...

We’re taking some time off from recor...

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Can you believe we've done NINE episodes in this series?! Friends, give yourselves CREDIT for navigating these last couple months of pandemic life. You're so amazing. We are tackling some of YOUR questions in this episode, and our answers might not be what you're expecting!

-"How do you fit it all in? Working out, chores, running a whole household, AND having enough time for school work?"

-"What are your men...

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Anyone else missing adventures and ACTUAL ALONE TIME? Yes, there's a lot we miss during this pandemic. But thankfully, we've also found some surprising things that are getting us through. How about you? What are you missing? What's getting you through?

 

BONUS Episode!

Don't miss our bonus episode with Diversity & Inclusion Expert Charnaie Gordon of @hereweeread. You'll be inspired to read more diverse ...

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Is there any better pandemic distraction than a book chat?! We talked with Diversity & Inclusion Expert Charnaie Gordon from @hereweeread a couple months ago, and we're so happy to finally share this conversation with you. You'll be inspired to read more diverse books AND you'll be equipped with an amazing list of picture books!

 

Get our EXTENDED chat with Charnaie when you join our $5 Squad! What does a pictur...

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It feels like we're on a roll with routines and academic progress... but we're also wondering: Where do we go from here? Are we going to take a summer break? Should we be signing up for fall activities? We talk through this and more in our two segments: "State of the Family" (what's going on) and "The Nitty Gritty" (what we're actually doing every day).

 

Highlights from this episode: 

-Are we going ...

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There’s no one right way to handle these days at home. Sometimes it feels great to tackle a project. Sometimes it feels best to just go with the flow. We’re giving you permission to do what you need to do. We also have an honest conversation about self-regulation and screen time and setting boundaries that best support our kids. Listen in as we process where we’re each at this week.

 

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-We all handle th...

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How can we honor ALL the kinds of learning, even the ones that don't show up on a lesson plan or schedule? How can we make room for more non-traditional learning when our kids have so much on their plates with distance learning and our own homeschool plans? How can we balance the "must-do's" with the "want-to's" and how can we value BOTH kinds of learning equally? Listen in as we process setting up healt...

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The shock of our new reality is wearing off and we’re settling into a marathon pace, which means we’re beginning to find routines that work. But in classic Maren and Angela fashion, our routines are unique to each of us and our personalities! In our “State of the Family” update, we discuss how we’re using screen time for our kids to support our own self-care efforts. In our “The Nitty Gritty” update, we dive into the ACTUAL curricu...

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We’re back with another conversation covering our two pandemic check-in topics: The State of the Family (what’s going on with everyone at home) and The Nitty Gritty (what we’re ACTUALLY doing for homeschool). We talk about heightened emotions, anxiety, deschooling, struggling to get adequate self-care, and feeling like we’re living in Groundhog Day. “Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties cause its cold out...

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We’re gonna be here weekly for a while to process with you through this pandemic because, well, 1) we’re home anyway and 2) we want to laugh, encourage each other, and get real about homeschool. We cover two big topics: “The State of the Family” (what’s going on for each of us) and “The Nitty Gritty” (what we are ACTUALLY doing for homeschool and life). Distance learning, homeschooling, working spouses, spouses at home, prioritizin...

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We’re not experts on homeschooling through a pandemic, but we are here to process this new reality with you. Our calendars might be empty, but there’s A LOT happening every day: checking in with family and friends, keeping up with news and information, planning and cooking and cleaning a lot more than normal, managing more (and bigger!) emotions and conflicts… and of course, there’s homeschooling. We talk about how we can support o...

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We recently posted a quote from Morgan Jenkins that said, “You’re not well read if all you read is white authors.” And we agree! We’re talking about the importance of diverse books with our guest, author and activist Christine Platt. Christine helps us explore the concept of books as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. Plus, she challenges our ideas about the kinds of stories we’re choosing when we read diverse books: “It’s ...

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Hey friends! We wanted to let you in on something great we have created just for you. Are you trying to find that balance with homeschool, technology, and life? Maybe you’re completely overwhelmed by all the seemingly “educational” apps out there. We’re here for you.

 

We have carefully curated our favorite apps in a special guide with you in mind. This guide has all our favorites, organized by category, and everything is hyperlink...

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February 24, 2020 55 min

"Do audiobooks count?" We're here to shout it from the rooftops: YES! Listening to audiobooks, or "ear-reading" as it's also known, is a valuable and legitimate form of reading, with some of its own unique benefits not found with eye-reading. Let's demystify the idea of eye-reading superiority and celebrate all the amazing things about ear-reading and audiobooks!

 

We'll each be sharing our Top 10 au...

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February 10, 2020 48 min

It’s seems like there’s a lot of stigma and shame around screens, especially for us homeschoolers. But should there be? Is all screen time created equal? We’ve embraced what we call “app schooling” for a few years, and now we want to help take away some of the shame around using screens for learning. Apps can take the pressure off us (and our kids!) on busy days and around difficult subjects (*cough* math *cough*). We love the vari...

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