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In the context of promoting joy, fun and an environment of love, Bonnie welcomes you! Bonnie is a homeschool mom of seven kids, 32 years in - writer, speaker and cheerleader. Meet her cohosts who bring your questions and theirs to the table: Elizabeth, mom of five, in the thick of glorious family life, and Christina, just starting the homeschool journey with three littles. Join us for some honest discussion about how to make home education cozy. Just like you imagined.
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Send us a Text Message. A short answer to a question submitted on buzzsprout's new "FAN MAIL" function. Support the Show. Contact On Instagram at @make.joy.normal By email at makejoynormal@gmail.com Search podcast episodes by topic Thanks for listening to Make Joy Normal Podcast!Bonnie Landry
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Send us a Text Message. Takeaways from this episode: Passions can be turned into high school courses, such as chess Course titles can reflect the skills and concepts learned, like "applied mathematics through strategy." A high school course typically requires 120-150 hours of work, so what does that look like for their passions? A topical list of p…
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Send us a Text Message. A listener, Caroline, brings her questions to the show, delving into the high school years for the first time with lots of younger siblings. Homeschooling with JOY Support the Show. Contact On Instagram at @make.joy.normal By email at makejoynormal@gmail.com Search podcast episodes by topic Thanks for listening to Make Joy N…
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Send us a Text Message. well, exactly spelling and the brain by Andrew Pudewa Support the Show. Contact On Instagram at @make.joy.normal By email at makejoynormal@gmail.com Search podcast episodes by topic Thanks for listening to Make Joy Normal Podcast!Bonnie Landry
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Send us a Text Message. 1:42 - Conversion and honouring womanhood 4:53 - Welcome and family life 7:42 - Homebirth and home education 11:03 - Sharing birth experiences 20:27 - Motherhood, birth and feminism 29:30 - Sharing our passion, using our gifts 34:06 - All mothers work 37:40 - Surrendering to motherhood 42:50 - Mindful use of social media On …
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Send us a Text Message. Homeschool Connections founders Walter Crawford and Maureen Whittmann join me to discuss the online platform and how it is unique for homeschooling elementary through high school. We also discuss the upcoming online conference *click here for early bird pricing available until April 26, 2024* 2:11 - Welcome Walter and Mauree…
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Send us a Text Message. Such a pleasure to have Julie Bogart join me to discuss her upcoming book and the importance of teaching writing and critical thinking skills in our homeschool. 00:41 - Welcome Julie / Beginnings in teaching writing 4:27 - Becoming critical thinkers 8:35 - Differing opinions in families/communities 17:32 - Teaching children …
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Send us a Text Message. Another repurposed episode from the pre-podcast days... 1:15 - Finding time, creating time 2:10 - Slowing down 9:13 - Using a timer 12:06 - Make mealtimes easier 13:03 - A good day starts the night before 13:50 - Working alongside our children 18:23 - Managing during crisis Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley indentured servant…
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Send us a Text Message. Repurposing a YouTube live from a while back.... At the beginning of covid I did some YouTube live, and thought they’d be worthiwhile sharing. Here’s where I make the bold statement that I can out talk covid 19. And I did. 1:20 - Why simplicity matters 6:31 - Start your day with a list 7:44 - Read to your kids 9:09 - Chaos u…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to our guest, Patrick Brown, homeschool dad and host of the podcast Crown and Crozier. 2:28 - Welcome Patrick, family life and podcast 13:14 - Raising our kids to be politically, economically awake 17:11 - Educating ourselves as parents 21:30 - Great resources available 32:08 - Voting, freedom and virtue 40:39 - Inst…
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Send us a Text Message. Christina and I discuss where to begin if you are new to homeschooling, especially if your child has already been in school. How to establish a routine and create a playful, joyful environment for learning. We also discuss teaching a second language and using curriculum. 2:51 - Facing loneliness in motherhood 7:55 - Where do…
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Send us a Text Message. Homeschooling mom and author Samantha Stephenson joins me to discuss the moral formation of our children and how to discuss sensitive topics with our kids. 3:10 - Welcome Samantha! 6:19 - What is bioethics? 18:15 - How to approach difficult questions 23:19 - Using dignified language with our children 29:14 - Answering questi…
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Send us a Text Message. Well. If it makes your life simpler, let's try that out. 2:10 - Welcome Ashlee! 3:30 - How did you learn about Marquette? 6:18 - What is ecological breastfeeding? 10:06 - NFP, FAM and how Marquette differs from other methods 18:42 - Would you use Marquette postpartum or while breastfeeding? 20:01 - Is it a challenging method…
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Send us a Text Message. 2:07 - What do you make of oral reports? 5:04 - Learning speech arts through coop activities 14:26 - Historical fiction and memorization 30:05 - Playing with dress up clothes Homeschooling, simplified: great books to study Canadian history The Poet's Eye by Arthur Alexander Make Joy Normal Podcast by topic #makejoynormal #ho…
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Send us a Text Message. This is a live talk I did online when covid happened, and I've decided to produce a few of them here, converted into a podcast episode. 3:01 - Relationships first 5:58 - Develop a plan 7:12 - Simplicity in our homes 14:54 - Taking time off homeschooling 16:22 - Ideas for getting help 20:18 - Investing in yourself 25:12 - Cre…
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Send us a Text Message. Homeschooling, simplified: what matters most: securing cooperation without sacrificing kindness #makejoynormal #homeschooling #education #attachment #kindness #relationship #joy Support the Show. Contact On Instagram at @make.joy.normal By email at makejoynormal@gmail.com Search podcast episodes by topic Thanks for listening…
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Send us a Text Message. Such a lovely interview where one of my sweet listeners, Abbey, brings questions about the bittersweet time when fertility is "pending" - the onset of menopause and the challenge of not knowing. 4:05 - Welcome Abbey! 10:24 - Miscarriage and pregnancy after 40 13:53 - Being open to God's will 18:29 - Suffering and grace, the …
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Send us a Text Message. Literature for life: and interview with Joseph Pearce. As always, Joseph Pearce has great insight and wisdom on literature and how we, as busy parents, can pursue educating ourselves alongside our children. 6:31 - The desire to fill the gaps in our own education 16:04 - Creating habits of reading 24:55 - Increasing our knowl…
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Send us a Text Message. Jenna Beaugh and I chat about co-sleeping and attachment. 10:32 - Openness to life and relaxed parenting 14:21 - Co-sleeping and how it changed us 18:35 - Books and resources 24:28 - Until what age should you breastfeed your baby? 29:43 - What about kids who keep wanting to sleep with you? 32:33 - Growing in our faith journe…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we talk about the why of college, intentionality in our choices and the pros and cons of going straight into college after high school. But we also talk about a whole lotta random stuff - including, but not limited to: blending family traditions, the occult, homeschooling during crisis, the value of a hot wa…
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Send us a Text Message. Abel and I chat about homeschooling pros and cons, looking back on our family life and transitioning to post secondary. Shout out to Abel's fans. 2:00 - Graduating high school, transition to University 7:34 - What about essay writing? 11:54 - What were the strengths and weaknesses of your homeschool experience? 15:53 - Self …
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Send us a Text Message. Elizabeth and I take a listener's question and share some of our favourite Christmas storybooks and movies along the way. 00:53 - Enjoying a slow Advent 5:37 - Favourite Christmas storybooks 9:33 - How much homework is too much for a 14 year old? 14:14 - Figuring out what our family needs 16:14 - Creating a family vision 18:…
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Send us a Text Message. My husband and I chat about things that we did over the years to mark Advent and Christmas! 1:45 - Midnight mass 7:54 - Learning about the Sacramentals 15:18 - Blessing of the Christmas tree 16:49 - Advent family procession 19:37 - Jesse Tree tradition 22:46 - Christmas eve celebration meal 25:30 - Feast of St. Nicholas pupp…
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Send us a Text Message. Such a lovely conversation with my dear listener Rebecca! She shares some great ideas for gathering people and growing community. 00:33 - Prayer request 1:11 - Welcome Rebecca, family and vocation 3:13 - Preconception, pregnancy and fertility health 8:04 - Professional development for homeschoolers 16:11 - Format for homesch…
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Send us a Text Message. Jenna Beaugh joins me to discuss family life and culture around the table. We discuss how to encourage our children in a love of cooking, setting the atmosphere around the table and how to increase joy in our homeschooling. 1:01 - Welcome Jenna, family and faith journey 6:30 - How did you start homeschooling? 9:40 - Importan…
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Send us a Text Message. Christina brings a great topic of discussion - can kids be trusted or will they take advantage of our goodness towards them? We discuss productivity, discipline, authority and how to handle kids with controlling or manipulative behaviours. 4:50 - Learning to trust our children 6:46 - Education as a place of building relation…
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Send us a Text Message. Trevor Rothaus, creator of Catholic Stories for Children joins me to discuss a fun and engaging way to teach the Catholic faith to children! 00:29 - Welcome Trevor & faith journey 4:15 - What is Catholic Stories for Children? 6:23 - Video production and animation 9:35 - How can people support you? 14:12 - Mass Guide and Feas…
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Send us a Text Message. Wow, what a profound episode with Dr. Deborah MacNamara who joins me to discuss her new book Nourished: Connection, Food and Caring for Our Kids. We discuss relationship as the foundation to our health, how food and attachment are interconnected and how to create a family culture where food draws us together, is joyful and l…
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Send us a Text Message. Albert and I chat with Fr. Paul Houlis about pilgrimage, holiness, joy and blessings. Catholic Heritage Curricula - Ever Ancient, Ever New 2:11 - Welcome Fr. Paul and opening prayer 11:24 - Pilgrimages and greatest impact of being in the Holy Land 21:03 - What was your most profound experience? 25:46 - Feeling deeply, longin…
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Send us a Text Message. It catches you by surprise. One day, they're all babies and little kids and you're having so much fun with all the schooling and suddenly, someone is 14 or 15! It all seems to get a lot more serious and we find ourselves in a completely new landscape. Thanks to Ashely for her willingness to share her questions and concerns o…
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Send us a Text Message. thanks to our sponsor, Catholic Heritage Curricula 2:11 - Welcome and gearing up for a new school year 5:13 - How do you direct a 14 month old without rewards or consequences? 11:13 - How do we get our kids to do things that they don't want to do? 17:22 - Connect and direct 19:44 - Restricting computer time and video games 2…
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Send us a Text Message. my homeschool workshop in audio and video Back to school free planning pages Lydia's Catholic Saints timeline Blog posts: Planning your year with natural learning Keeping track Gearing up for the school year Getting some mom time Previous episodes: What will you do all day? Developing routine with littles Prepping for next y…
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Send us a Text Message. Thank you Kelly! For more awesome tips on simplifying mom life, find Kelly here https://www.simplehomemom.com/ 1:09 - Welcome Kelly! 2:37 - Strategy #1: Use Go-back Baskets 5:43 - Strategy #2: Use loop planning for low stress chores 11:41 - Strategy #3: Use blitz tidying as needed 17:57 - Strategy #4: Commit to simple daily …
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Send us a Text Message. I have three lovely ladies, Teresa, Leah and Margaret bring their incredible and insightful questions to the podcast. Honestly, I think this is one of the best episodes we've done...these gals are so insightful with wanting to understand such fundamental aspects of home education and family life. Thank you, ladies, you are f…
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Send us a Text Message. Sorry sweeties, no show notes this time!! Support the Show. Contact On Instagram at @make.joy.normal By email at makejoynormal@gmail.com Search podcast episodes by topic Thanks for listening to Make Joy Normal Podcast!Bonnie Landry
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Send us a Text Message. A listener submits a question, and well...I just launch. Catholic Heritage Curricula - Ever Ancient, Ever New 2:32 - What curriculum do you recommend for a preschooler? 5:10 - How natural learning began in our home 11:41 - What I noticed over time 14:44 - Curricula stressors and math example 19:13 - Be the master of the curr…
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Send us a Text Message. 1:42 - Welcome Oceana and about TWU 7:55 - What is the process for the homeschool student? 12:55 - Support, financial aid and campus living 19:00 - Athletic programs at TWU 20:03 - Catholic formation and transfer process 23:25 - Travel study opportunities 25:25 - When can you start your application? 30:29 - Website and socia…
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Send us a Text Message. The final component of "Revolution of Mercy" audio book version. 00:47 - Chapter 7 - Be merciful and just 3:48 - Caring for our children's dignity 5:10 - Forgiveness does not condone behaviour 11:19 - Chapter 8 - The Theology of the Body and dignity in relationships 14:32 - The perfection of charity 17:31 - How we ought to r…
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Send us a Text Message. 00:44 - Carrot and Stick discipline 3:45 - Chapter 5 - Filling our children's tanks 3:57 - Disinterested service 5:29 - Gentle discipleship 7:45 - Controlling our reactions 10:36 - Striving for perfection 13:30 - Chapter 6 - Our tanks need filling too 15:49 - Seeking God in the Sacraments 20:11 - Prayer and fasting Disciplin…
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Send us a Text Message. I continue to read my book "Revolution of Mercy" with commentary along the way. Catholic Heritage Curricula - Ever Ancient, Ever New 2:31 - Chapter 3 - Agitation, discord and grace 5:07 - Living in a state of contradiction 7:28 - Ideals and expectations 8:46 - Living in the moment 9:43 - Strong reactions and supernatural gra…
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Send us a Text Message. I read my book "Revolution of Mercy" with commentary along the way. 00:50 - Understanding the temperament God gave you 2:34 -Forming a receptive heart 4:35 - Walking beside our children in discipleship 9:24 - Chapter 2 - What is a family and why is it so hard? 12:27 - An intimate community of life and love 14:11 - Heroic vir…
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Send us a Text Message. I read my book "Revolution of Mercy" with commentary along the way. 2:11 - Chapter One - Receptivity 3:05 - Love is an act of the will 3:32 - Remembering is the hard part 6:02 - Managing children's behaviour or securing cooperation 7:19 - Rewards and consequences 8:38 - Emotional distance compromises guiding influence 9:16 -…
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Send us a Text Message. Fantastic interview with Joseph Pearce, bringing clarity to the things that matter most. Catholic Heritage Curricula - Ever Ancient, Ever New 5:32 - Welcome Joseph and literary works 8:14 - Why does poetry matter? 14:01 - Developing writing skills, vocabulary and memorization 18:52 - Where do silliness and funny poems fit in…
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Send us a Text Message. We welcome once again Prof. John Paul Meenan to discuss the transcendentals (Truth, Goodness, Unity and Beauty) and how they manifest themselves in our lives. We discuss discernment in the moral life, how God draws us to deeper conversion and a few helpful resources. Catholic Heritage Curricula - Ever Ancient, Ever New 3:58 …
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Send us a Text Message. We fall short.... so many times...but how do we handle the guilt from our shortcomings? Elizabeth and I discuss possible sources of guilt, the importance of healing from our wounds and share some helpful resources. 00:36 - Holy Week and Easter family traditions 2:26 - How do we handle guilt from snapping at our kids? 5:57 - …
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Send us a Text Message. Elizabeth and I take on this question, and then I get two other mothers near and dear to me to weigh in on this topic. Zoe and Rachel share their thoughts on how they make (made) it work with a lotta young ones. 1:54 - Acknowledging the needs of our eldest 6:46 - Opportunities to connect 9:02 - Caring for children with learn…
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Send us a Text Message. Wow, we talk around this idea, culturally what seems to be happening, Zoe's personal experience and reflect on the value of life in the home. And Zoe, lover of beauty and life in the home, has created this lovely Etsy shop for us ❤️. Studio Disegno 00:29 - Welcome Zoe and what lead you to making the transition 2:54 - Appreci…
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Send us a Text Message. Our dear listener Shawn shares the joys of having and raising her only child. We discuss the unique needs of boys, their energy and need for movement, learning to be okay with silence and working side by side. The importance of community and that you don't need to do it all by yourself. 1:25 - Welcome Shawn and the blessings…
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