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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...


55: Where We Give Ourselves Credit

We're so happy to be back from our break and podcasting again! In this episode, we reflect on how much of the work we do as homeschooling parents is intangible and not easily measured or noticed. We talk all about why it is important to give ourselves credit for all that we're doing. Parents, you are working so hard and deserve all the acknowledgment and praise! We're here to give that to you. Brave Writer Classes Read Aloud Revival 31 Day Challenge Loving This Week Americanah by...


Throwback: Where We Talk Science With Jenny

Happy New Year Everyone! While we are on break, we thought you might enjoy this episode we released almost a year ago. In it, we talk all about making science fun and accessible with our friend, Jenny Schultz. We look forward to coming back with a new episode next week! "Sometimes the best way to teach science is to not answer kids' questions." - Jenny Schultz Today our first guest, Jenny Schultz, is here to talk to us about integrating science into our homeschool days. Jenny shares...


Throwback: Where We Appreciate the Highly Sensitive Person

Merry Christmas Everyone! While we're one break, we thought you might enjoy hearing some throwback episodes. Today we dive in to a topic that is very personal to both of us, the Highly Sensitive Person. We talk about: What is a Highly Sensitive Person? How are adult and children HSPs alike and different? How to find out if you or your child is an HSP. Things HSPs need to do to take care of themselves. What modifications your child who is an HSP may need. The Highly Sensitive...


54: Where We Take a Break

Why is taking a break so important? What do our breaks look like? Listen in and hear all about why we think being proactive about scheduling breaks is crucial, even if it's a break from something you truly enjoy. We also chat about some specific breaks we are taking over the holidays and as always, what we are Loving This Week. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at Over 180,000 titles...


53: Where Homeschool Doesn't Break the Bank with Jessica Sarchett

We are so happy to have Jessica Sarchett on the podcast today. Jessica, her husband and two kids are currently living in and homeschooling from their RV in California. Jessica shares with us all about how she does it and about her passion for homeschooling on a budget. You don't have to spend a lot of money to homeschool and Jessica is proof! She shares tips and many of the free resources she uses in her homeschool. We hope you enjoy this conversation! You can find Jessica on Instagram as...


Throwback: Favorite Christmas Books

We're popping in your feed mid-week to throwback to an episode we recorded last year at this time all about our favorite Christmas books. This is a quick listen we wanted you to have in time for the season. We will put links here in the show notes to all of these books but they're all also in one place in our Amazon Page at We'd love to hear from you. What are your favorite Christmas books? Come find us on social media and let us know. An...


52: Where We De-stress

We all know that stress can have negative effects on our lives, bodies and consequently our homeschools. We want to create a culture where it's normal to take measures to prevent stress and also to take care of ourselves during those inevitable stressful times. In this episode, we talk a lot about what's going on in our lives personally and how we manage stressful seasons. Homeschool Unrefined Bonus Ep #2: Favorite Christmas Books Homeschool Unrefined Ep 50: What We Don't Do: Holiday...


51: What Every Homeschool Parent Deserves {Gift Guide}

If we got to register for gifts upon becoming homeschool parents, these are the things we'd register for. These things have made our lives easier as parents whose days are full parenting, teaching and living life. You don't need to be a homeschool parent to benefit from listening - this is for all parents, grandparents and regular people looking for hacks to help ease stress. All of these items would be great gifts for any parent or child in your life (or yourself, of course!). Today's...


50: What We Don't Do: Holiday Edition

The holidays are coming! And we're here to give you all the permission you need to skip out on the things that drain you. The holiday season should be enjoyed and not tolerated. For that to happen, you literally cannot do all the things. Listen in as we tell you what makes our Don't Do lists and be encouraged to create a Don't Do list of your own. Cee Lo's Magic Moment Michael Buble's Christmas Harry Connick Jr's What a Night! Third Day's Miracle Taylor Swift Holiday...


49: Where Autopilot Saves the Day

Do you need to simplify your days? Or do you need something easy to get you through a stressful day, week or season? Today Maren and Angela talk about the idea of Autopilot and how they use it to lower stress and simplify their days. When you use Autopilot, much learning happens and it's easy on the homeschooling parent and child. There are so many benefits, we wonder why we're not using it more often. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30...


48: Where We Take On Tweens With Vanessa Wright

In today's episode, we bring back Vanessa Wright to chat all about raising tweens! Vanessa is a homeschool mom of 3 (yes, 3) tweens living in North Carolina. Today we chat about tweens, what makes them special and how to try and make your homeschool fit to their needs and abilities. You may remember Vanessa from Episode 31 where she talked about homeschooling through hard times. We're so glad she's back! @wrightathomeschool on Instagram Wright at Homeschool Facebook Page Daily...


47: Where We Throw Ourselves a Surprise Party {With Anniversary Giveaways}

On today's episode, we are celebrating our first podcast anniversary and it's full of surprises! Join us as we reminisce about taking a leap and starting a podcast and chat about what has surprised us this past year in our homeschools. Then, we review our past Loving This Weeks and tell you both what we're still loving and what we've given up on. We end the show with some fun giveaways for you, our listeners! We've loved making this show for you and feel honored that you listen every...


46: Where We Dive Into the Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

In today's episode we chat all about the Four Tendencies framework by Gretchen Rubin. We talk about each of the Four Tendencies - Upholders, Obligers, Questioners and Rebels - and how they tend to show up in people's lives and in our lives specifically. We would love to hear from you! What is your tendency and how does it play a part in your life? The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin Gretchen Rubin's Website Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin - Upholders, Questioners, Obligers,...


45: Where We Fumble Through Conversations About World Events

In a world where something big and scary happens almost daily, talking to your kids about world events can be unsettling, nuanced and a challenge. We invite you in to this conversation where we talk all about what we do, what we don't do and our own questions and fears. 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...


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