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Homeschool Unrefined

Sep 21, 2020

We love the flexibility of loose planning. We can be more responsive to the many different needs in our families, the changing seasons, and our own needs for both structure and spontaneity. Listen in as we talk about what loose planning looks like for each of us in our routines, on our bookshelves, and with the curriculum we're using. Our differing personalities shine through: Angela's loose plans are more detailed and organized, and Maren's are more open-ended and adjustable. What does homeschool planning look like for you?


You can find even more  of our favorite recommendations in our $5 App School Guide and $10 Curriculum Guide.




Books we mention can be found in our new store. When you shop with Bookshop, you’re supporting us AND a local independent bookstore of your choice. Woohoo!


Books for Homeschool

Angela’s Books (take a peek on Instagram)


*Books will also be available in our Amazon store as we are able to update it.




Black Parade 

Logic of English eLearning 

Logic of English Lite 

Brave Writer book clubs and classes 

Mr. D Math 

Outschool classes and tutoring 

Saxon Math 


Life of Fred 

Family Math book 

Prodigy Math 


Mel Science 

Monterey Bay Aquarium online classes 

CNN 10 

Daily Language Review 



Also Mentioned

Patreon Squad Facebook Group 

What We Don't Do episodes (here and here


Listener Review

myshell726, 09/11/2020

"I always enjoy listening to this podcast. Maren and Angela are funny, and they have a good balance of casual conversation and topical discussion. I also admire them for speaking out on the need for homeschoolers to become more inclusive. There are a lot of homeschool podcasts, but this is one of my favorites!"

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Loving This Week

Angela: Punching the Air

Maren: Charley Harper puzzle (this one and this one)


More About Homeschool Unrefined

We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.



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