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The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy: Tag Your Files and Other Lessons Learned

In this extra-long episode, we're talking about what we've learned over the course of our homeschool lives so far, our favorite gaming distraction, and a new generation of comfort books.


Episode 16.5: A Sneak Peek at the Library Chicken Podcast

In this episode, we’re talking about the weird coincidence of giant underwater monsters in our recent fun reading, the joys of the end of the term, and what we’re looking forward to reading over the upcoming holiday break.


Episode 16: Well, That's Another Fine Mess You've Gotten Us Into

We're talking about starting a hybrid homeschool (it's all about the lists), time travel stories, and our current adventures in homeschooling, including dual enrollment and trying to get math credit for homeschool work at a public high school.


Episode 15: Adventures in Middle School

In this episode of the podcast, we're talking all about middle school: what it can be, what it often ends up being, what we regret, what we love, what we'd like to do differently, and why it can feel so darn hard.


Episode 14: More Questions Than Answers

In this episode, we're talking about the big homeschool questions on our minds these days, what's happening our very transitional homeschools, and the delightful Space Opera.


Episode 13.5: She Ain't Got that Swing (Thanks for Noticing)

How do you get your homeschool groove back after a break?


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, 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 11: The Orange Elephant in the Room and Finding a New Normal

In this episode, we’re trying to come to terms with a new normal and nervously peeking out of our political closets, talking about how we homeschool when all we want to do is hide under the covers and/or obsessively check the news (spoiler: sometimes we just don’t), and trying to get back on the book reading wagon with a comfort read classic.


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 8: You Might Have Mentioned That a Little Sooner

In this episode, we’re talking about things we wish someone had told us before we started homeschooling, adventures in the Twitterverse, library chicken victories, starting a liberal arts high school, and Lab Girl by Hope Jahrens.


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 5: I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

In this episode, we’re talking about the dreaded “S” word, socialization, and what it does and doesn’t mean and about how homeschoolers find friends and build social networks, which isn’t the same thing as being socialized, darn it. Also: Star Trek, All the Birds in the Sky, and more.


Episode 4: If Fall Is Approaching, We Must Need School Supplies

In this episode, we’re talking about how we gear up for a new homeschool year (school supplies and denial are involved), the done list versus the to-do list, nerdy movies, getting your AP class approved, Aaron Burr in history and in Gore Vidal’s Burr, and more.


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.


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.

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.


Episode 1: It seemed like a good idea at the time

n our first official episode of the Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, we talk about how we came to be homeschoolers, dish about what's happening in our lives right now (Jane Austen! Men in 18th century shirts! KITTENS!), and discuss the infinitely delightful Mapp and Lucia in our book talk.