The Homeschool Loftcast

The Homeschool Loftcast

A podcast featuring encouragement and down-to-earth, practical advice for homeschooling parents everywhere. Hosted by homeschooling veterans Jenny Tetzner and Tina Hollenbeck.

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November 19, 2021 46 min

As homeschoolers, we have much to be thankful for. In today's episode, Jenny and Tina reflect on some of the many blessings surrounding homeschooling.

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A few weeks ago, Jenny and Tina were joined by many of the Bernhardt children in our episode, ''The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Bernhardts''. Today's episode features two veteran homeschool parents, Bob and Rehna Bernhardt.

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November 5, 2021 46 min

Tune in for a conversation about letting go of the school system and fully embracing home education!

Referenced in Today's Episode: 

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

John Taylor Gatto's Website

The Purpose Of Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

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Tune in for a conversation about homeschooling during the high school years. Filled with practical advice and personal insight—you don't want to miss this episode! 

Referenced in Today's Episode: 

Homeschool "Graduation Requirements"

Transcripts and Diplomas

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A conversation with Mary Pfantz—homeschool mom and overseas missionary. 

Referenced in Today’s Episode: 

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

Wycliffe Bible Translators

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Today, Jenny and Tina are joined by four homeschool graduates—children of the Bernhardt family. Tune in for a conversation about homeschooling and the opportunities it affords graduated adults.

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In this episode, Jenny and Tina chat with Carrie Ebel—founder of a homeschool support group with over 700 members!

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Green Bay Homeschooling Families

Carrie shares her experience homeschooling as a single parent along with other insightful stories. Whether you're a single parent or are looking to get connected with a community of fellow homeschoolers—you won't want to miss today's episode!

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October 1, 2021 40 min

Education starts with parents who are modeling learning. The result is people who are self-directed, passion-driven learners, who know how to think logically and can defend this truth with confidence. Becoming a life-long learner is essential to thriving as part of a homeschool family! I’m joined today on the Homeschool Loftcast by Jenny and Joel Tetzner, my parents! I am a homeschool graduate myself, and more importantly a life-lo...

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Deciding to homeschool your children can often feel like a leap of faith, especially if you have two working parents who run their own businesses! This week we get together with Missy Martens, who, along with her husband Jon, is the co-founder of Copper State Brewing Company, a brewery, restaurant, and coffee shop based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In our conversation, we discuss all the exciting details of how they decided to start th...

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September 17, 2021 45 min

This week on the Homeschool Loftcast we sit down with Vanya Koepke to hear about his experience of being homeschooled and the miraculous ways that God can be seen at work in his life. After living through several devastating traumas as a young child in Russia, and multiple attempts at adoption with foreign families, Vanya was finally adopted by a loving American family. Vanya is a 2011 homeschool graduate and 2015 graduate of the U...

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September 10, 2021 31 min

This week’s episode is all about homeschooling conventions! We hear from Jenny about her recent trip to the Cincinnati homeschool convention and why it was such a positive experience. Jenny shares some of her experiences and explains why the fear of feeling overwhelmed shouldn’t prevent you from visiting a convention. Tuning in you’ll hear about some of the convention's great offerings, like discounts on curriculums and excelle...

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Jenny and Tina are joined by Dan Willilams—a Tae Kwon Do Master Instructor who offers homeschoolers a unique form of Physical Education.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Williams Tae Kwon Do

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August 27, 2021 59 min

In this episode, Jenny, Tina, and Noah (Jenny's homeschool-graduated son) debunk common myths about homeschooling.

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In this episode, Jenny and Tina introduce an invaluable resource for homeschoolers—The Homeschool Resource Roadmap!

The Roadmap, a database providing current and prospective homeschool parents with free info on over 4,900 homeschool-oriented resource providers, is a wonderful tool for at-home learners.

The Homeschool Resource Roadmap Tutorial

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Jenny & Tina are joined by homeschooling veteran Hannah Tuimala who shares her story about homeschooling adoptive children, along with other great ideas, encouragement, and practical advice.

Hannah's Blog

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In this episode, Jenny and Tina are joined by veteran moms Vivian Lawyer and Shelly Shown, who homeschooled many children.

Whether you're homeschooling in a large family or are looking for tips on organization, relationship-building, and educating well, this episode is a must-listen!

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Tina's new book, 8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers: A Guide to Teaching Based on Your Child's Unique Strengths, is now available! 

Tune in for a conversation about the book itself, Tina's journey in writing it, and tips for identifying your child's unique strengths.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Tina's Book

Visit the website for information about Tina's book signing and other upcoming events for homeschoolers in...

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Tune in for a conversation with Noah Tetzner and Jeremy Tate—founder and CEO of the Classic Learning Test (CLT).

CLT is a college entrance exam rooted in classical education. If your kids are college-bound, CLT is a wonderful alternative to the SAT and ACT.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Classic Learning Test (CLT)

Anchored, a CLT Podcast

Jeremy Tate on Twitter

CLT on Twitter

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Many families considering homeschooling are concerned about their ability to afford it. Between buying curriculum and potentially living on one income, the leap into homeschooling can appear as a daunting financial risk.

In today's episode, Jenny and Tina are joined by Joel Tetzner, a financial coach and homeschool dad who shares tips and tricks for affording the ability to homeschool. 

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A conversation with accomplished actress, theater director, and homeschooling mom Molly Wenholz. 

Looking to connect your kids with a homeschooling theater group or start one in your area? Tune in to this episode for advice, ideas, and encouragement!

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