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74: Where We Slide Into Summer

We are giving ourselves all the permission to wind down as needed (or desired) in this episode! We process through the angst of ending school, and hope to reach a comfort zone of activities and down time for the summer. What would you like your summer will look like? Busy? Nothing on the calendar? Somewhere in between? We created a Patreon Page and we'd love to have your support! In return, we're recording new podcast episodes we're calling Homeschool Unrefined: Off the Record. Please go...


73: Where We Learn How To Homeschool

You’ve decided to homeschool, but now what? Listen to this episode where we dive into a simple, doable way to get started. We address different ages, preferences, and needs (including your own). And we pose some great questions that will help point you in the right direction. Veteran homeschoolers, this is a great episode to share with a friend and it will help reboot your own homeschool! We created a Patreon Page and we'd love to have your support! In return, we're recording new podcast...


After School Special: Get To Know Us

Listeners new and old will enjoy getting to know us better in this bonus episode. Things we cover: where (exactly) we met, our favorite go-to meals, whether or not our husbands are friends and just how many pair of Costco socks we own. Listen in for all of that and more (including which SNL character Maren used to perform on stage). We hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as we did recording it. Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined...


72: Where Simple Homeschool Is Our Jam with Jamie Martin

If you’ve been around the homeschool community for any length of time, you probably know Jamie Martin and her work as the editor at For many years, Jamie and her team of writers have been encouraging parents in keeping homeschool less complex and more joyful. We loved talking with Jamie about personalities, essentialism, Thomas Jefferson Education and what simple homeschool means to her. We hope you leave this conversation feeling inspired. A Thomas Jefferson...


71: Where You're Considering Homeschool

Thinking about homeschooling, but worried that because you’re not a superhero, maybe it’s not for you? We’re here for you! We’ll hash out those, “I want to homeschool, but I could never...” moments. We’ll calm your nerves. We won’t coax you into homeschool, but we will encourage some healthy ways to cope with the things that might be setting you back. And we’ll reflect on the ways homeschool has been even better than we imagined. Don’t miss this episode, veteran homeschoolers! You’ll want...


70: Where We Are Brave Writers With Julie Bogart

We are so excited to share this episode with you. Julie is a trailblazer in the homeschool world. She gives us all permission to make learning fun, interesting, and something we could do forever (not that we needed permission, but sometimes we think we need permission)! While she focuses on writing, her philosophy is all-encompassing, and her spark is catchy. Listen to this episode if you need that last boost to get you through the end of the school year. Then follow Julie on Instagram and...


69: Where Our Kids Fight

Does that fact that your kids fight feel helpless sometimes? Us too. There is no shame in that. Join us as we process through the ups and downs of fighting. The reasons fighting could happen, why it might not be the worst thing in the world, and how we deal with fighting in our own homes. This episode calmed our own nerves about this inevitable topic, we hope it does the same for you! Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at...


68: Where We Don't Make Meaning For Our Kids With Amanda Ginn

We can’t get enough of Amanda Ginn’s perspective on children and how they learn. Amanda reminds us we are not in control of everything, and she also points out how natural and right and scary and freeing it is. Join us for an invigorating conversation about trusting our children. Get ready for a ton of “aha” moments! Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue John Holt's Books Free to Learn by Peter Gray Amanda on Instagram @aswearegoing Loving This Week Angela: Instagram follows: Melissa...


67: Where We Have All the Feels About Screens

Feeling torn about how screens play a part in your family? Us too! In this episode we share all our feelings on the topic. No judgments here, just an honest conversation about the push and pull of our technology-infused culture and how we’re handling it today. Loving This Week Maren: Athleta Angela: Brook Modern Solid Wood Dining Chair Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on...


66: Where Angela and Her Teen Talk Books and Homeschooling

Have you ever wondered what teens think of homeschooling? Today you're in for a treat. Angela's daughter is on the podcast and she reveals her thoughts - what she likes and dislikes about school, parents and siblings. She also gives us a bunch of great teen book, podcast and toy recommendations. This would be an excellent episode to share with your homeschooled kids. Head over to Instagram where we are giving away a copy of A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel! Giveaway closes on Friday...


65: Where We Confess Our Biggest Homeschooling Mistake

It's time to confess! In this episode Angela and Maren divulge the one thing they wish they could do over. As usual, they do this with lots of grace. Listen in to hear what they are working to change on their journey. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player. Our audible listens: Mary Poppins; Sing,...


64: Where We Need a Reset

Sometimes, we need to start over with a clean slate. In this episode, Maren and Angela chat about what a reset is, when we need one, and how it helps us gain perspective. Feeling the need for a reset? Listen in on this helpful conversation! Loving This Week Angela: Kite Hill Cream Cheese Maren: Black Panther Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook and Instagram Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram:...


63: Where We Are Students of Our Children With Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui, Part 2

Listen in on part two of our conversation with Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui as we dive deeper. Krista talks more about how really knowing our children helps them know and love themselves. You do not want to miss out on all her priceless wisdom and perspective. If you have not listened to Part 1 of this interview, you can do so at this link. The Writer's Jungle A Brave Writer Podcast: 55 Things I Did Not Do As a Homeschooler Where to find Krista: A Life In Progress A Life In Progress...


62: Where We Are Students of Our Children With Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui, Part 1

Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui is a blogger and Joyful Living Educator. She continuously shares words of wisdom on living a full, purposeful life, and homeschooled her own children for 15 years. In this episode, Krista specifically talks with us about how to be a student of your child. She had so much goodness to share with us, we decided to split up our conversations into two episodes. We didn’t want you to miss any of these rich morsels of insight. Krista's blog, A Life In...


61: Where We Do a Curriculum Check-In

It’s February and we decided a little curriculum check-in was in order. We’ve made some major and minor tweaks since the start of the year and we thought we’d chat about all of that together. We start off talking about our general philosophy on curriculum and what we mean when we mention it. Then we spill the beans on exactly what we’re using (or not using) for each subject for each of our kids. This episode got a little lengthy but we know it’s a topic that interests many homeschoolers....


60: What We're Reading {With Some Listener Reads Too}

We love books, and this is a jam-packed episode of our favorite latest reads. We include books we’re reading on our own, what we’re reading aloud, and what our kids are reading. Plus, we’ll hear from some listeners about some of their latest books! You can find links to all the books we mention below OR, just visit our Amazon Shop at Read Alouds Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson (part of the Seeds of America Trilogy) Chains by Laurie Halse...


59: Where We Address Anxiety In Children With Rachel Larson

Rachel Larson is a counselor and homeschool mom who owns her own practice. She gives us insight into the mystery of anxiety and shows us how we can best support our favorite people through it. This episode is for all of us, whether we have a slight bend toward anxiety or an official diagnosis. We'd love if you joined our closed Facebook group, Unrefined Homeschoolers. We are going to be ramping things up in there and we'd love to have you join...


58: Where We Don't Live Up To Our Ideal Homeschool

This episode is all about those pesky high expectations we place on ourselves and how we're inevitably not living up to them. Most homeschool parents are not exempt, including the two of us. We talk about how and why we aren't living up to our ideal, why this is damaging and what we can do combat it. We'd love if you joined our closed Facebook group, Unrefined Homeschoolers. We are going to be ramping things up in there and we'd love to have you join us! Ep 42: Where We Change Things...


57: Where We Speak In Love Languages

Do you want to learn how to speak your child's language? Do you want to make homeschool easier by developing stronger connections with your kids? The 5 Love Languages are a fun way to get to know your kids better. On this week's episode, Maren and Angela talk about how knowing these things about our kids and ourselves helps us to navigate our children's hearts. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages website Loving This Week Angela: Taylor Swift's Album...


56: Where We Adventure With Emily Carlson

You are all going to love this episode! Today we chat with Emily Carlson, a homeschooling mother of three and an avid adventurer. Emily not only shares with us her love of adventuring, she advocates for a new vision of motherhood where our kids get to witness us do the thing that makes us come alive. This episode is packed with encouragement and inspiration to make that happen. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at...


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