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Homeschool Together Podcast

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A working mom and a stay at home dad help you navigate the complex and dynamic world of secular homeschooling with a focus on early learners and gameschooling.
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In this Short Bite we take a moment to talk about Gameschool Summer taking place through The Gameschool Co-Op. It will be a summer full of games, games, and more games. The Co-Op has tons of free resources to make your summer gaming great! So dust off those board and card games, find a few new ones, and have a blast with the kiddos. www.gameschoolcoop.com/summer FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes www.gameschoolcoop.com/summer Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together The Gameschool Co-Op: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/homeschooltogether
Summer is here! On today’s show we discuss what summer means to us as year round homeschoolers and discuss some great ideas to keep learning fun and interesting during this time of year! Year round homeschooling Keep the core drop the rest (just math and reading) Embrace unit studies Gameschooling (thursday’s episode) Homeschool R&D Destination Learning If you’re returning to public school, private school, or a full-time co-op, you can always homeschool during the summer. It’s always available. Edu-parenting FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke What We're Into Imaginary play with animals from our research study (anaconda, etc.) Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/homeschooltogether
Are you ready for a challenge? Laser Maze by Thinkfun is a terrific one player logic game. The perfect combination of laser, mirrors, splitters, and targets is necessary to achieve victory in 60 levels of play. Ages: 6+ Players: 1 Playtime: 15 min Skills: logic, trial and error FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Laser Maze - https://amzn.to/2SSBR3s Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
On today’s Family Movie Night episode we’re discussing the new Netflix movie The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Produced by Lord and Miller this movie has the snappy dialogue and excellent jokes we’ve come to associate with them. It also has emotional weight and a good message about the importance of family. Check out our full review of this new family friendly flick! Rating: PG Runtime: 1 hr 54 min Availability: Netflix The Mitchells vs. the Machines Trailer: https://youtu.be/_ak5dFt8Ar0 The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak https://amzn.to/2RCNU4V FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke What We're Into Xmas Music...why oh...WHY!!!!...I mean WHAM! - https://youtu.be/E8gmARGvPlI Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Three numbers is a big moment. We say Thank You :) Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Many games contain some sort of hidden math, which is a terrific way to teach math concepts, but what about those times when your student needs to write and solve equations? Sum Swamp from Learning Resources is a great way for kids to visualize basic addition and subtraction equations with two numbered dice, an operator die, and cute characters moving through the colorful board. Ages: 5+ Players: 2-4 Playtime: 15 min Skills: addition and subtraction up to 6 FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Sum Swamp - https://amzn.to/3ykvwhF Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
After more than a year of isolation schooling during the pandemic, our area is now opening up with classes, meetups, and activities. On today’s show, we take a look back at the previous year and talk about what we lost, what we gained, and what we’ll take forward from this time. Losses Gains Preparing to Go Forward FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke What We're Into Go out and thank the creators that you like. Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Uncle Sam’s states are unsettled. They’re bored with their current locations and need a change of pace. What ensues is a madcap adventure where every state finds that there’s really no place like home. Based on the popular Scrambled States of America book, Gamewright has created a fantastic card game that teaches US Geography in an exciting and accessible way for kids and adults! Ages: 6+ Players: 2-4 Playtime: 15 min Skills: geography knowledge FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Scrambled States of America - https://amzn.to/3tYY1Oo Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
In today's podcast, we had the pleasure to speak with Valerie Castle of My Homeschool Castle. Valerie is a busy mom of a blended family and a special needs daughter. It was a fantastic conversation that showcased the various challenges and joys of homeschooling. Valerie's experience helps us understand that homeschooling can adapt and fit the needs of many diverse families. And as Valerie says, "We as parents understand our children's needs best." Valerie's Website - http://www.ourhomeschoolcastle.com/ Valerie's Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/OurHomeschoolCastle Valerie's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ourhomeschoolcastle/ FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Dravet Syndrome - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dravet_syndrome Dravet Foundation - https://www.dravetfoundation.org/ Build Your Library - https://buildyourlibrary.com/ Curiosity Stream - https://curiositystream.com/ Homeschool Legal Defense Association - https://hslda.org/ Slow and Steady Get Me Ready Child Deveopment Book (Free from Dept of Ed) - https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED332802.pdf Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
On today's Short Bite we continue with our series on first games! These are games that can be played as young as 2 and help to develop fine motor skills, color recognition, memory, cooperation, counting, and logic. Today we'll be discussing a matching and dexterity game, Wig Out by Gamewright! Our Kindergartner loves this game and it could easily be played with a very young learner (with the speed aspect removed) to practice recognizing patterns and matching. Ages: 2-7 Players: 2-6 Playtime: 10 min or less Skills: memory, dexterity FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Wig Out - https://amzn.to/3bCwhc6 Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
We are halfway through the Right Start Math Level 0 curriculum. We wanted to share our opinion on how the curriculum is going, the wins, the losses, and tweaks we made along the way. Catch up on our updated review from episode 19. Curriculum Series Part 7: RightStart Math https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/19 FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes RightStart Math - https://store.rightstartmath.com/home-school/ What Are We Into Vaccinated Grandparents Mildred In Disguise (with Diamonds) - https://www.amazon.com/Mildred-Disguise-Diamonds-Unchained-Book-ebook/dp/B06XXL53BJ Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Art education can play a critical role in a child's development, but teaching art as parents (especially if you don't feel you have artistic talent yourself) can often be daunting. Today we review the Outside the Box Creation art subscription box Interview with Beth Herrild from Outside the Box Creation about how we should approach art with our kids and the importance of art in our homeschool. https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/91 FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Outside the Box Creation - www.outsidetheboxcreation.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/outsidetheboxcreation/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SoMuchMorethanArt Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
We are halfway through the All About Reading Level 0 curriculum. We wanted to share our opinion on how the curriculum is going, the wins, the losses, and tweaks we made along the way. Catch up on our updated review from episode 17. Curriculum Series Part 6: All About Reading https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/17 FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes All About Reading: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-reading/ All About Reading Review Box: https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/050474/All-About-Reading-Review-Box.html? Bob books - https://amzn.to/32y9Qzi Usborne first reader library - https://amzn.to/2QGhi69 Word Families Fluency Strips - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Families-Fluency-Strips-1697452?st=9e259638a53f699343b1dac773606c1a Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hs_together Gameschool COOP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameschoolcoop/ Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Today on the podcast we're discussing the terrific one player logic game Gravity Maze by ThinkFun. The game is a great workout for your child's 3D visualization skills. You can check out this episode as an audio only podcast or see us discuss and display the game on YouTube! Watch the radiant Jennifer Aniston and grizzled goldminer of Gameschooling on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Vi4VFJkP_LY FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Gravity Maze - https://amzn.to/2QVeAwV Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Art education can play a critical role in a child's development, but teaching art as parents (especially if you don't feel you have artistic talent yourself) can often be daunting. Today we talk with Beth Herrild, the creator of Outside the Box Creation art subscription boxes, about why art education is so important, how we should approach art with our children, how open-ended art provides an opportunity for creative problem solving that doesn't exit with prescribed projects or crafts, how to engage our children in art, and what essential tools you should have in your art box. Please join us for this terrific interview! Blog posts by Beth: https://outsidetheboxcreation.com/should-you-do-art-or-crafts-with-your-kids/ https://outsidetheboxcreation.com/what-basic-supplies-should-i-get-if-i-want-to-do-art-with-my-kids/ FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Outside the Box Creation - www.outsidetheboxcreation.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/outsidetheboxcreation/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SoMuchMorethanArt Air Dry Clay (paper clay) - https://amzn.to/3dxtJNZ Model Magic - https://amzn.to/2QEXYt0 Faber Castel (Gelatos, creamy pastel) - https://amzn.to/3sv7exb Willow Charcoal - https://amzn.to/32uUEUc Water Soluable Oils - https://amzn.to/2ROiZSR Mod Podge - https://amzn.to/3ss6gSs Peerliss Watercolors - https://amzn.to/3dzFCTz Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Today we're talking about our country study of Canada using Build Your Library and Torchlight curriculums. We discuss what we loved, what we adapted, and our favorite books and activities from this country study. Build Your Library - https://buildyourlibrary.com/ Torchlight - https://torchlightcurriculum.com/torchlight/ The books we discuss The Very Very Far North - https://amzn.to/3ab0mi2 Our detailed review of The Very Very Far North - https://youtu.be/-hi-C27DyYo Bear Goes Sugaring - https://amzn.to/3mxwwcU Carson Crosses Canada - https://amzn.to/31VaeIv Children Just Like Me - https://amzn.to/3tkAZlx Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! - https://amzn.to/3a68jVZ Children Just Like Me: A School Like Mine - https://amzn.to/3wXnLO3 If you want to learn more about how we are combining these two curriculums, we discuss it in depth on this podcast episode: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/16 We also have a great Trello planning video for this combo: https://youtu.be/FHCEzymPSek FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Homeschooling has it’s daily ups and downs, but every so often we just don’t get back up again as we normally would. We seem to lose momentum and focus. We’re in a collective funk. The kids are arguing, lessons are no longer exciting, and you wonder if your homeschool is broken for good. But, with a bit of introspection and some creative ideas, this too shall pass! Today we’ll be sharing some suggestions to re-invigorate your homeschool and avoid burnout in the future! Why does burnout occur? 15 Ideas to combat burnout FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Whale Buckle Toy - https://amzn.to/3tup0SH Sensory Pillow Toy - https://amzn.to/3wY3RT3 Slightly better version of Matt's song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj7LRuusFqo ...and the one from the blooper reel at the end - https://youtu.be/OPf0YbXqDm0 Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
As gameschoolers we use games to have fun and teach along the way. Math in particular is well served by games. Addition or subtraction are easily found, but multiplication? Not so much. Some games feature small multipliers, but multiplication up to 12x12 is much more rare. On today’s Short Bite we’re diving into Mathery, a quick and fun Sequence-like game that’s perfect for kids struggling with multiplication. With variable difficulty and multiple modes of play, this game has lots to offer. Ages: 7+ Players: 1-4 Playtime: 20 min Skills: multiplication, cooperation FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Mathery Multiply - https://wellsianco.com/products/mathery%E2%84%A2-multiply-educational-board-game-learn-multiplication-practice-multiplication-facts-up-to-12 Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Today, we’re continuing our series of interviews with first year homeschooling parents to discuss what went well, what didn’t, and what surprised them about this new journey in their family’s life. We sit down with Angie Burns, a full-time working mother to 2nd and 5th grade daughters. After finishing the last school year on Zoom, they decided to take the plunge and homeschool this year during the pandemic. We talk about juggling work and school, finding your groove, and being creative in arriving at schooling solutions that are right for your family. FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Acellus Academy - https://www.acellusacademy.com/ Home Science Tools - https://www.homesciencetools.com/ Outschool - https://outschool.com/ Udemy - https://www.udemy.com/ Washington Homeschoolers Organization - https://washhomeschool.org/ Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
Continuing our Gameschooling After Dark series, this week we're talking about Sagrada, a gorgeous dice drafting game from Floodgate Games. With each turn you add dice to create your unique stained glass masterpiece! Ages: 10+ Players: 1-4 (5-6 player expansion available) Playtime: 30 to 45 min Skills: probabilities, logical and critical decision making FREE Resource Guide Download our FREE North American Resources List to enhance your global studies with your learners! https://rebrand.ly/fstke Show Notes Sagrada - https://amzn.to/3d6tAQ1 Sagrada Familia - https://sagradafamilia.org/en/ Antoni Gaudi - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoni_Gaud%C3%AD Dice trays -https://amzn.to/39kTUoi Connect with us Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/homeschooltogetherpodcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/homeschooltogetherpodcast Website: https://homeschooltogether.fireside.fm/ Email: homeschooltogetherpodcast@gmail.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LHBAmkwPj6N6OUnSmDZZQ
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