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Homeschool Unrefined

Mar 30, 2020

We’re gonna be here weekly for a while to process with you through this pandemic because, well, 1) we’re home anyway and 2) we want to laugh, encourage each other, and get real about homeschool. We cover two big topics: “The State of the Family” (what’s going on for each of us) and “The Nitty Gritty” (what we are ACTUALLY doing for homeschool and life). Distance learning, homeschooling, working spouses, spouses at home, prioritizing mental health for ourselves and our families, navigating all the new resources, figuring out routines... We’re talking about ALL. OF. IT.


Highlights from this episode

-How much info do we share with our kids? Some kids are helped by having information; others are helped by being shielded from it. Give yourself credit for navigating all of this. 


-How do we balance a flexible routine with free time? How do we adapt when we're feeling out of balance? We need something in place to anchor us, but we also need open-ended time.


-Are you dealing with FOMO from all the amazing new online resources that are available?! Give yourself permission to NOT have to take advantage of everything. You can skip some amazing good things. It’s ok. 


-Easy things are hard right now. Hard things are harder right now. Give yourself grace for not doing all the things all the time.


-Being told what to do all day is hard. Our kids need choice and freedom to explore their own interests for their own wellbeing. 


-Our kids are doing their best under these circumstances, too. Remember, just because our kids can do something once (e.g. bake cookies, clean up their mess, etc.) doesn’t mean they can then always do it after that without support. 


-The priority is everyone’s mental health. How can we build our days to make sure everyone’s mental health is elevated?




Melinda Mae by Shel Silverstein 

Mo Willems Lunch Doodles

App School Guide

Cursive Writing Wizard App

Math Wrap Ups

Brave Writer


FREE Homeschool High 5 Guide

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App School Guide

Meet your new favorite homeschool resource! Our BRAND NEW App School Guide has all our favorite apps--organized by category and hyperlinked. It’s easy to use and includes a key to let you know which apps are free and which ones aren’t. Plus, you’ll get lots of listener recommendations, too. Best of all, it’s just $5! And this month, patrons get for free! (But hurry! This offer ends 3/31!) We’ve seen how much incredible learning happens when our kids get connected to the right apps, and we can’t wait for you to experience it, too!


$5 Squad on Patreon: One Level. All the Rewards

We've simplified our Patreon reward levels. Join for just $5 a month! Plus, if you join this month, you get our App Guide for free! (Offer ends 3/31)


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Angela & Maren: Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Also mentioned: Love is Blind on Netflix


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