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Bonus: July Check-In Excerpt

We thought you'd enjoy this excerpt of our July Check-In. We do a check-in episode every month for our patrons, and we wanted to share a clip with you! To get the full episode dropped right into your podcast app, join us on Patreon at any reward level. Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes like this all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing! Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need...


115: You're Not Lazy (The Give Yourself Credit Episode)

We’ve never met a lazy homeschool child or parent. Because (spoiler) they don’t exist! We’re all juggling academics, extracurriculars, personal and professional projects, social and emotional development, family life and sibling dynamics, household responsibilities, time management, research, decision-making, … Whew, a lot! Join us as we make the case for giving yourself credit for all the work (and real-life learning!) you and your kids are already doing. Share this episode with a friend...


Bonus: The “Talking About Hard Things” Chat

Hi friends! World news can be tough and hard to talk about sometimes. We thought you might enjoy this mini Bonus Episode where we process through having those hard conversations with our kids. Enjoy! Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing! Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by...


114: Homeschool That’s Fun for Everyone, Including YOU

This is the podcast where we keep homeschool simple, real, and fun... and this episode is all about the FUN! Why focus on fun? Because as the Finnish proverb says, "Those things you learn without joy, you will forget easily." Research shows that learning happens best when everyone (including you!) is in a good mood and feels loved. We share some of the ways we're making homeschool fun and how we're prioritizing connection over lessons and to-do lists. Share this episode with a friend and...


Bonus: LTW Extra Excerpt

Hi friends! We hope you enjoy this excerpt of "LTW Extra"--a monthly episode we create for our $8 Patreon supporters. We share more of what we're "Loving This Week" (LTW), including books, podcasts, movies, and shows. Come join the fun on Patreon! Supporters get bonus content like this dropped right into their podcast app regularly. Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing! Call to...


113: Interest-Led Learning IRL

We’re getting real about interest-led learning IN REAL LIFE. What is it? How does it work? Do you have to commit to a whole new homeschooling method? (Hint: You don't.) What's our role? What if our kids' interests are less-than academic or difficult to support? We process through all these questions, talk through how interest-led learning benefits our kids, and work through the challenges we have with it every single day. Share this episode with a friend and let’s keep the conversation...


112: How We Summer {plus our Summer Favorites gift guide}

It’s summer! And homeschool parents are totally ready for a break, but we’re also asking ourselves “Did we do enough?!” We want the freedom of unscheduled days, but we also need some structure and plans. We’re talking about our summer tentpoles, the things we’re using to anchor our days and find that summer sweet spot. To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer! Share this episode with a friend and...


111: Where We Hit the Road

With recent and upcoming trips fresh on our minds, we’re taking this show on the road and talking all about homeschool + travel! How do our kids learn through travel? Do our travel activities have to be “academic” to be educational? What are the non-academic lessons that travel can teach us? We discuss ways to enhance travel’s inherent learning (and relational) experiences—from the planning stages through the return trip and beyond. This is a great episode if you’re thinking about big summer...


110: Where We Get in the F.L.O.W. with guest host Vanessa Wright

Real-life homeschool mom Vanessa Wright is here to guest co-host and get us in the F.L.O.W. She’s developed the F.L.O.W. acronym for helping find homeschool flow, and we’re breaking it down, one letter at a time. This conversation is like a homeschool brainstorming session with a friend—grab a kombucha and listen in! Enjoy an extended chat with Vanessa available exclusively on Patreon. We chat 90s music, our favorite things to buy at Costco, and balancing work and homeschool. Maren also...


109: Where We Introvert with Jamie Martin

Jamie C. Martin, author of “Give Your Child the World” and editor of, joins us to talk about the power of knowing, accepting, and celebrating yourself as an introverted parent. But this message isn’t just for introverts—we’re talking about you, too, extroverts! This is the conversation we wish someone had with us in our early days of parenting and homeschooling, and one we can learn from even now. Get our extended interview available exclusively to patrons at...


108: Personalities Deep Dive—An Introduction

Can knowing more about personalities transform your homeschool? We think so! We discuss the simple yet powerful framework of introvert/extrovert, and we break down the common myths and misunderstandings about both. Respecting this basic dynamic in our homeschool can have big results! We also introduce four personality systems we love and use for self-awareness, personal growth and development, and healthy relationships. Join us as we start this new series about one of our FAVORITE...


107: Where We Think Differently About Homeschool

Most of us want a homeschool experience that's more than just school at home. But it can be overwhelming, even scary, to change our entire mindset about learning and schooling. So we're talking about what it means, why it's important, and how empowering it can be to think differently about homeschool. Plus, we share what we DO do in a typical homeschool day with our own kids, ages 8-14. Listen in and get ready to think differently about homeschool! Other episodes in this series 104:...


106: Where Our Kids Are Differently Wired With Debbie Reber

Chances are we all have a kid who is differently wired, regardless of a diagnosis. Debbie Reber is here to normalize these differences and ease our minds. Debbie answers all our questions we didn’t know who to ask (until we met her). Just hearing Debbie’s experience and wisdom gave us confidence to normalize and own all the learning differences in our own families. We hope this episode has the same effect on you! Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS)...


105: Where We Honor Authenticity

Today, we honor our authentic selves and yours! Do you love to plan? Or are you more fly by the seat of your pants? Do you love to knit? Play games? Read aloud? Adventure? Whatever you do, embrace it! Here we give you ALL the reasons to own your authentic self. We’ll give you a glimpse into what our authentic homeschool looks like for each of us—and we bet it won’t look the same as yours! Ep 104: Where We Marie Kondo Our Homeschool Ep 56: Where We Adventure with Emily Carlson Ep 86:...


104: Where We Marie Kondo Our Homeschool

Sure, you’re Marie Kondo-ing your sock drawer, but what about your homeschool? In this episode, we talk about why we all might want to consider using Marie Kondo’s simplifying technique on our homeschool plans. We also identify what really Sparks Joy for us, and of course, we had to include a few What We Don’t Dos. Because, Marie. Loving This Week Angela: Believed Maren: Quip Toothbrush Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined...


103: Where We Get an Enchanted Education With Julie Bogart

We had another inspiring conversation with Julie Bogart you won’t want to miss! We talk about everything from making the most of your personality to getting older kids excited about learning to keeping the magic going even when we don’t feel like it. Julie even shares her own version of some Homeschool Unrefined signatures: What We Don’t Do and LTW (Loving This Week). Pre-order Julie’s new book, The Brave Learner, now for some bonus content! It’s a must-read for any homeschool parent,...


102: Where We Ease Back In: A Post-Holiday Check-In

We’re back… and easing into homeschool (and podcasting) with lots of patience for ourselves. Transitions can be tricky, and we’re here to go through the good, the bad and the ugly of it all with you. We’ve got lots of podcast news for you, and we’ll share our usually check-in stats: what’s going well, what needs tweaking and how our self-care is going. And don’t forget the LTWs! Episode 35: Where Maren Talks With Her Husband Loving This Week Angela: The Song Poet, Becoming Maren:...


Throwback: Where We Confess Our Biggest Homeschool 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, Unburied,...


Throwback: Where Nature Inspires Us With Greta Eskridge

We are ecstatic to welcome Greta Eskridge (@maandpamodern) to the show! She is the ultimate nature enthusiast, and you will not want to stay inside another minute when you hear her wonder at all things outdoors. Greta gets real, simple, AND fun which is exactly why we knew she was a must-have guest on Homeschool Unrefined. 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...


Throwback: 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...