Homeschool Unrefined

Homeschool Unrefined

Unrefined: 1. not processed to remove impurities or unwanted elements. 2. not elegant or cultured. Grab a coffee (or kombucha) and chat with Maren and Angela. We’re here to encourage, laugh, and get real about homeschool. We want less of what the world is telling us we need to teach, and more of our true selves. We want less hoops to jump through, and more time to cuddle up and read books. Less chains, more freedom. Shorter to-do lists, more free time. Less stress, more inspiration. Less planning, more being. Less fret, more savoring. Let’s do this together!... Show More

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Do you tend to overthink holiday shopping? Us too. But good news: We've done all the hard work for you! We've asked our kids, looked around our houses, and reviewed our Amazon histories to bring you a curated list of gifts our kids have LOVED over the years. Yep, ONE-CLICK SHOPPING. So sit back and enjoy knowing your shopping experience can be a little bit less stressful this year. All of the items mentioned can be found... Read more

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What if what saves your homeschool isn’t anything you can order on Amazon or put on a report card? We’re talking about the ways nature and self-care are totally saving the day for us. PLUS we’re sharing a snippet from our class on The Four Tendencies. This is *THE* framework that’s helped make our relationships and homeschool better, day after day.

 

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We’re continuing our fall mini-series on what’s saving our homeschool RIGHT NOW. This week, we’re talking about the e-reader that’s changing reading for one of our kids and the master homeschool plan we can’t homeschool without. PLUS we’re sharing an excerpt from our Enneagram & Homeschool Class! We look at Enneagram numbers ... Read more

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About the time you think you’ve got homeschool figured out, it’s time to adapt again. So we’re talking about What’s Saving Our Homeschool RIGHT NOW. Give yourself credit for being adaptable and finding what works for you! We’re also sharing an excerpt from our Personalities + Homeschool classes. This week, we’re talking through the differences between ... Read more

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It’s back to homeschool season and we’re back with a new series: What’s Saving Our Homeschool Right Now. We’ll share the hacks, apps, and must-haves that are helping us get into the swing of things as we start a new homeschool year. PLUS we’re sharing an excerpt from our BRAND NEW Personalities & Homeschool Class. We break down the introvert/extrovert ... Read more

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September 13, 2019 10 min

As the poet once said: "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. But we're just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Shake it off, shake it off!" Every homeschooler will inevitably encounter a homeschool skeptic at some time--be it the Target cashier, your neighbor lady, Aunt Myrtle at Thanksgiving, or a stranger who asks why your kids aren't in school on a random Tuesday morning. So we're giving yo... Read more

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Our kids are learning all the time, right? So we’re taking a look at the resources we ALREADY have that help support our amazing learners beyond traditional curriculum. From kitchen tools to cozy corners, our homes are outfitted to support and encourage real-life learning. Check out our Non-Traditional Homeschool Resources Guide Read more

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August 30, 2019 12 min

Hi friends! In this clip from our Patreon feed, we’re chatting about some of our favorite Instagram accounts for humor, food, inspiration, and more! You can get this entire episode (and 30+ more episodes) when you join us on Patreon. Patrons get Check-In and LTW Extra episodes every month, as well as extended interviews with guests like Julie Bogart, Jamie Martin, Debbie Reber, and Candace Cameron Bure!

 

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Do you need to simplify your days? Or do you need your homeschool to be a little bit (or a lot) easier to get you through a stressful day, week, or season? We've got a homeschool hack for you! Autopilot is our tried-and-true strategy for unlocking lots of learning with minimal involvement from us homeschool parents. There are so many benefits—we wonder why we're not using it more often.

 

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If you’ve got more than one kid at home, chances are you’re dealing with sibling tension of some kind in your homeschool. In this quick excerpt, we talk about how we ease some of that sibling tension and what we do to create a non-competitive culture at home.

 

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It’s time to get real about our fall plans. We can’t do it all, and we have to be honest about what is really going to give us life this school year. Which means some plans—even good ones!—have to get cut. We’re talking about paring down curriculum, co-ops, and clubs as we head into the school year. Let’s approach homeschool planning with the mindset: “If it’s not a Heck Yes, it’s a Heck No!”

 

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August 2, 2019 9 min

Hi Friends! Does anyone else have bored kids this summer? We thought you might enjoy this mini excerpt from the archives about how we try to handle boredom. Enjoy!

 

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A lot of homeschooling and parenting is about helping our kids develop skills for their toolboxes. In this episode, we’re talking about one of our favorite tools: self-evaluation. We get into why this skill is so important and how we build self-evaluation into our homeschool—from the planning stages to our daily routines to (gasp!) homeschooling without grades and report cards. Empowering our kids to self-evaluate bolsters their... Read more

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July 19, 2019 15 min

We thought you'd enjoy this excerpt of our July Check-In. We do a check-in episode every month for our patrons, and we wanted to share a clip with you! To get the full episode dropped right into your podcast app, join us on Patreon at any reward level.

 

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We’ve never met a lazy homeschool child or parent. Because (spoiler) they don’t exist! We’re all juggling academics, extracurriculars, personal and professional projects, social and emotional development, family life and sibling dynamics, household responsibilities, time management, research, decision-making, … Whew, a lot! Join us as we make the case for giving yourself credit for all the work (and real-life learning!) you and ... Read more

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Hi friends! World news can be tough and hard to talk about sometimes. We thought you might enjoy this mini Bonus Episode where we process through having those hard conversations with our kids. Enjoy!

 

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This is the podcast where we keep homeschool simple, real, and fun... and this episode is all about the FUN! Why focus on fun? Because as the Finnish proverb says, "Those things you learn without joy, you will forget easily." Research shows that learning happens best when everyone (including you!) is in a good mood and feels loved. We share some of the ways we're making homeschool fun and how we're prioritizing c... Read more

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June 21, 2019 12 min

Hi friends! We hope you enjoy this excerpt of "LTW Extra"--a monthly episode we create for our $8 Patreon supporters. We share more of what we're "Loving This Week" (LTW), including books, podcasts, movies, and shows.

 

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June 17, 2019 50 min

We’re getting real about interest-led learning IN REAL LIFE. What is it? How does it work? Do you have to commit to a whole new homeschooling method? (Hint: You don't.) What's our role? What if our kids' interests are less-than academic or difficult to support? We process through all these questions, talk through how interest-led learning benefits our kids, and work through the challenges we have with it every single... Read more

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It’s summer! And homeschool parents are totally ready for a break, but we’re also asking ourselves “Did we do enough?!” We want the freedom of unscheduled days, but we also need some structure and plans. We’re talking about our summer tentpoles, the things we’re using to anchor our days and find that summer sweet spot.

 

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