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Episode 13: We Think We Can, We Think We Can

In this long, long-awaited episode, we’re dusting off our headphones to talk about how the new homeschool year is going (busy! ACT tests! Not-White-Men History!), what’s keeping us busy, all the television Suzanne is generously watching for us, and the sci-fi novel Ancillary Justice. We’re back!


Episode 12: Pollen! (Also: How We Teach Language Arts)

In this allergy medicine-fueled episode, we’re talking about how we teach (and don’t teach) language arts in our homeschool, from workbooks to deliberate avoidance, sharing our favorite podcasts that aren’t this one, and talking about that delightful comfort book, 84 Charing Cross Road.


Episode 10: The Lost Episode Is the Math Episode, But It’s Not a Metaphor, We Promise

In this episode we’re talking about math, math, and more math, including our favorite homeschool math curriculum options, chatting about British television, British writers, and the historical plight of women married to Percy Shelley, trying to explain the awesomeness of Suzanne’s Bag of Justice, and the puzzling out the problem with Atticus Finch.


Episode 9: When the Going Gets Tough

In this episode, we’re coming out of our pillow forts to talk about how to homeschool through challenging times, our favorite coping mechanisms (including the Library Chicken Book Bender exception), and some of the titles on our comfort reading lists.


Episode 7: Making (Up) the Grade

In this (slightly all-over-the-place) episode, we’re talking about how to figure grades for transcripts if you’re in a situation where something’s forcing you to figure grades for transcripts, superheroes who like saving the day, Veronica Mars in the afterlife, what’s happening in library chicken, and many, many books.


Episode 6: But Why Do I Have to Do This?

In this episode, we’re talking about how to handle it when a kid just plain doesn’t want to do something on your homeschool’s academic to-do list (and, for the billionth time, about how Amy stopped doing math for two years and the world did not explode around her homeschool), what we’re up to on the homefront, and Five Children on the Western Front, Kate Saunders’ tribute to the great E. Nesbit.


Episode 3: But How Will You Teach Calculus?

In this episode, we’re answering the weird curriculum questions people always seem to ask homeschoolers and the curriculum questions we ask ourselves, the rules of library chicken, domesticity vs. housework, and the deliciously Victorian dragon society in Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw. UPDATE: 7/18 @ 1:26 P.M. Sound issues have been resolved—if your sound is off, download the new version below, and it should solve the problem. You can listen to the podcast with the embedded player below, or...


Episode 2.5: Homeschool moms don't get sick days

In this in-between episode of the Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, Suzanne gets sick but doesn't actually take the day off—which is kind of how sick days usually work in our homeschools so that's what we're talking about. (As soon as Suzanne's voice returns, we'll be back with Episode 3!) You can listen to the podcast with the embedded player below, or download the podcast to listen to at your convenience. Of find us on iTunes. (And if you enjoy the podcast, leave us a rating—we appreciate...

Episode 2: Summer Homeschooling and Lack Thereof

In this episode of The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, we're talking about how summer fits into our homeschool lives, the fine line between delightfully snarky and annoyingly snobbish, ridiculous amounts of baby knitting, and Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Want to read along with us? We're talking about Tooth and Claw in our July 4 episode and Gore Vidal's Burr on July 18. You can listen to the podcast with the embedded player below, or download the podcast to listen to at your...