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Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.

Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.
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Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.




Episode 74: Poolside Professional Development III

It's here sisters - tons of book ideas for you, plus your permission slip to read outside this summer! Whether you hit the pool, the campground, or the backyard while your kids jump on the trampoline, Cait + Kara are sharing some books they hope to tackle during "summer break." This is their third Poolside Professional Development Episode. Make sure you check out the first and second installments! The sisters are going on break for a bit. They'll be back with new episodes in in the...


Episode 73: Sibling Stuff (because we're together ALL the time)

The sibling relationship is unique, especially when we're young and all living together in the same home. Add homeschooling to that, and it's really vital to have some sibling strategies. Cait + Kara have called in sibling expert Lynna Sutherland of Homeschooling Without Training Wheels for this episode. Lynna is a mom to 8 and host of the new podcast Sibling Relationship Lab. She also offers sibling courses, devotionals and more through her site. Tune in to learn how to see our kids as...


Episode 72: Learning with Little Ones, with Erin Loechner

In this episode, the sisters are joined by Erin Loechner, founder of the international online homeschool community for little ones, Other Goose. Erin and the sisters are breaking down simple homeschooling with kids ages 2-7 - how to make it intentional and fun, without making yourself crazy. Cait, Kara and Erin discuss common early years questions including what to do when your kids don't like your plans for the day, how much "school" we should expect from little kiddos and Erin even...


Episode 71: Morning Time (and a new book!), with Pam Barnhill

In this episode, the sisters are celebrating a book birthday with friend Pam Barnhill. Her new book Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning with Purpose and Peace is available for sale TODAY! Get your copy here. The sisters are sharing this replay episode from last year - one of their most popular episodes so far. Tune in to learn all about Morning Time, plus all about Pam’s book, Better Together.


Episode 70: Quiet Joy: Introverted parenting (and homeschooling) with Jamie Martin

This sisters are joined this week by long-time friend Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool! Jamie has written a new book that is THE guide for introverts and for helping extroverts understand introverts better: Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt and Quiet Joy. Learn about why introversion is a super power, how to make homeschooling work when you need frequent recharge time, and why to put on pants every day! ;)


Episode 69: Q & A: How to squeeze in one-on-one time

The sisters are chatting one-on-one time this week ... How to get it when you're homeschooling and together ALL THE TIME, why it's valuable and what you can do when this just isn't the season for it. Cait and Kara share simple ideas for one-on-one time at home or when you just have a few minutes and how to make the most of the time we get together.


Episode 68: Meeting Our Kids' Emotional Needs (and beyond)

In this episode, Cait + Kara address a common question they get from parents - how to meet their children's emotional needs, and how to deal with issues like anxiety and more while homeschooling. With plenty of candor, the sisters are their own experiences with this issue and how they've navigated rough patches (and beyond) with their own children.


Episode 67: Methods and Philosophies (and why you don't need them)

Today the sisters are chatting about methods and philosophies and why you don't necessarily need to choose one in order to homeschool. Cait + Kara share their own experiences, and about learning this lesson the hard way - one of them even got booted from a group! (Wait until you hear the reason). The sisters also talk about finding support if you don't choose a strict method to follow.


Ep. 66: Q & A: New Rhythms and Spring (Fever)

The sisters have a tiny case of spring fever in this episode which covers rhythms, new routines, seasonal changes in the their homeschools and more. (Specifically Bob Ross and The Tiny Chef.) Join them for a candid chat about how rhythm isn't like a crockpot, and why quarterly reviews are the routine sweet spot.


Episode 65: Q & A: When you aren't good at playing

Sisters, if you just aren't good at playing, or don't especially love playing, this is the episode for you! Cait + Kara are talking about what you can do if you can't help but think about laundry and dishes when you wish you could just focus on tiny plastic animals. And if you just really don't want to play, what you can do instead? The sisters have lots of ideas! Cait + Kara have your back, friends. Tune in and know you are not alone when it comes to this struggle!


Episode 64: Different By Design with Shawna Wingert

Shawna Wingert joins this sisters in this episode to talk about when your homeschool doesn't look like the one next door, and why just because it's different, doesn't mean it's less. Shawna is a special education teacher turned business consultant, and mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs. She's just launched a new venture - Different by Design Learning - which creates customized, strength-based learning plans for nontraditional learners. Learn more at...


Episode 63: Q & A: Strewing 101

The sisters are chatting strewing. What is it? How do you do it? What if your kids hate what you strew? And do you need to start with a book? Cait + Kara are tackling your strewing questions and queries, and sharing lots of examples of how they use strewing in their homeschools.


Episode 62: Foreign Language in Your Homeschool with Anne Guarnera

Sisters - so many of you have asked for this one, and Cait + Kara are thrilled to finally be able to share it with you. In this episode, Anne Guarnera of Language Learning at Home is addressing all your foreign language learning questions - from whether we need to start when our kids are tiny, to whether computer-based programs are a viable option. Anne is a whiz - not only does she have a PhD in Spanish, she's also homeschooling her boys bilingually. You're going to love hearing what she...


Episode 61: Q & A: What Led Us to Homeschooling

Cait + Kara are both unexpected homeschoolers. In fact, it's one of the (many) things that bonded them. Listen in as they share how they ended up homeschooling their kiddos AFTER sending their kids to preschool programs. In fact, one of them even quit homeschooling for a short time and sent a child back to school before giving homeschooling another shot. Also, hear a bit about the upcoming virtual Kindred Co. Homeschool Conference on March 8 - a full-day of inspiration and encouragement...


Episode 60: Q&A: Best Books for the Early Years

The sisters are sharing their favorite books that inspired them in the early years of parenting and homeschooling. They each tried to pick 5 without too much overlap ... and ended up with books that helped them gain confidence and learn about topics like nature, play, child development and more. Make sure you head over to the show notes to share your favorite early years books! Cait + Kara are also sharing about the upcoming Kindred Collective Homeschool Conference - an online event...


Episode 59: Audacious Writing, Homeschooling and Parenting with Julie Bogart

The sisters are joined (once again) by Julie Bogart of Brave Writer! In this episode, Julie shares about her new book, The Brave Learner, which is packed full of from-the-trenches wisdom, experience and so many gems that Cait literally ran out of book darts. Plus, hear all about the upcoming Brave Learner Conference - Cait + Kara will be there with Julie for this celebration of all things The Brave Learner. Whether you are brand new to Brave Writer, or have been a Julie fan for years, you...


Episode 58: Hyggeschooling 2: Electric Light Boogaloo

The sisters are back with Season 6, and they're talking one of their very favorite topics - Hyggeschooling! Listen as the sisters talk cozy homeschooling, building atmosphere, and adding twinkle lights everywhere! This episode will inspire you to put on your warmest socks, pour everyone some hot chocolate and actually enjoy February. Then head over to their site,, and download their new Hyggeschooling Toolkit.


Episode 57: Exploring Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes are so much fun! And they make great holiday gifts. So in this week's episode Cait + Kara are exploring tons of boxes. From science, to art, to cooking and beyond, the sisters are giving the details on each box, and many of the companies even offered special codes for listeners - just go to the show notes at and look for Episode 57. Cait + Kara are also taking a little break - they'll be back in January with Season 6! Have a wonderful holiday...


Episode 56: You Don't Have to Do All the Things, A Special Holiday Episode with Melissa Camara Wilkins

The holidays are here, sisters, and if like us, you're feeling just a *tiny* bit overwhelmed, join us for this replay episode with the fantastic Melissa Camara Wilkins. Melissa is a mama of 6, a writer, homeschooler and Cait + Kara's very favorite resource for living simply and authentically. Listen as Melissa shares two questions she asks her family each season to bring joy instead of busyness, and as Melissa, Cait and Kara each share their favorite simple holiday traditions. Don't freak...


Episode 55: Homeschool Sisters on the Road: Friendship + Awesome Adulting

It's the sisters' first-ever in person, on the road episode! Cait + Kara are joined by pals Mary Wilson from Not Before & and Alicia Hutchinson from Learning Well Community and the new podcast Over at Alicia's in FLORIDA! The four of them talk friendships, meeting on the Internet, meeting again in person, and how Awesome Adulting and blogging brought them together. This episode is real, pretty much live, and all about making friends as a grown-up! Put on your jammies and join in the fun!