Every homeschool mom feels at times as if she’s in perpetual motion with constant demands swirling around her, but for moms with large families, who are homeschooling multiple aged children at once, the demands are multiplied. Our guest on today’s podcast actually did the math once. She said that she figured out if there are two siblings then you have one possible sibling combination, but if you have eight siblings (as she does in her family), then you have more than 60 possible combinations.
For so many homeschool families, math is a big stinkin’ thorn in their side. If that’s your story (it’s sure our story), then take a few minutes to eavesdrop on our chat with a dear friend of ours, who also happens to be the founder of a super popular online math program.
We don’t know about you, but if we’re being totally honest, we have never considered math from a Biblical perspective. Of course we know that God created all things, and clearly that includes math, but to think about from a decidedly Christian perspective was an entirely new concept to us. If you’re in the same boat, today’s guest is going to spark a whole new way of thinking!
Have you ever noticed how many homeschoolers cringe when you talk about math? For so many of us (yup -- this one has been a big struggle for our two families over the years), it’s the one subject that makes us feel inadequate. In fact, in our own families, math is the one subject that has brought our kids to tears.
To kick of the fall, we have been talking about nature study, and today’s podcast is wrapping up the series with a super fun, highly practical episode. We both fully believe in the value of nature study, but truth be told, it’s not the easiest thing for us to incorporate. For one, we’ve got a gaggle of kids between us with a pretty wide age range, and getting them all to move in one general direction outside is like herding cats.
We first became aware of the value of nature study in the homeschool experience through our own study of the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. It was her belief that children should get outside and observe God’s creation every single day!
Earlier this year, we attended the Florida Home Educators Association annual homeschool convention. By the way, if you are anywhere near Florida on Memorial Day weekend (or if you’re in need of a great vacation spot), COME to the FPEA convention! It’s the largest in the nation, and you will be blown away! Our favorite class this year was a hands-on class that showed us how to make four awesome Busy Bags for our littlest people. We are both raising toddlers at the moment, and this class was so helpful. The facilitator for this class was an inspiring homeschool veteran, who has raised a gaggle of kids herself but has also spent 25 years as a Florida homeschool evaluator, working with many families. What we loved most about listening to her speak was how practical she was. Everything she offered was real, hands-on, and fun for kids!
“Everyone needs a mentor,” our good friend said. In this episode of From Cradle to Calling podcast, we are talking to a dear friend and homeschool veteran about how she uses the classics to mentor students.
We can not count how many times smart kids with great grades, even valedictorians, bomb the SAT or the ACT. Why is that?
In today’s podcast, Jean Burk, creator of the award-winning program College Prep Genius is talking to us about how to beat these standardized tests. They are tests of critical thinking, she says. “If you understand the strategies and shortcuts behind the test, you could skip pretty much 75% of the passage and get every answer right.”
What do you do when your homeschooler hits the end of first grade and can’t read, then the end of 2nd grade and still can’t read, then the end of third and fourth and fifth? What do you do when your 11 or 12 year old still can’t read? For many homeschool parents, a struggling reader makes them feel like failures. And the kids feel even worse.
One conversation with Andrew Pudewa is like attending a full convention of A-List speakers. You walk away from the conversation, refreshed, inspired, and challenged. We are deeply honored to have him as our very first guest on From Cradle to Calling podcast. In this episode, he is talking very practically about how to nurture competent communicators.