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Welcome to GOAT Homeschooling with Erin and Amanda. We've created the podcast we wish WE could've listened to all these years we've been home educating our kids. We will discuss the rights and wrongs of trying to homeschool for the "long haul," in other words, past those first five years ... and what we've learned works and doesn't. It's time to have the conversation with other homeschoolers about getting your kids to the finish line in a strong and excellent way. We've got a lot of great in ...
 
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Wouldn't you love for your homeschool to be built on a foundation that is less stressful and more peaceful so your family can thrive? In today's episode, Erin and Amanda speak with Katie Keene, host of the Her Home and Heart with Katie Keene podcast, and creator of the Home and Heart Method: Creating a Holistic Ecosystem for Homeschooling Families …
 
Are you longing for a peaceful homeschool, wanting to rid your home of the chaos and clatter? Atmosphere has little to do with how you decorate ... and more about creating tranquility that is welcoming to our family and visitors alike. We can foster this kind of "sanctuary living" in an imperfect world by adapting hygge (the Danish quality of cozin…
 
Some of our homeschool students just don't like writing, and it can be a struggle to get them to put words on a page. How can we teach it in a way that helps them to develop their authentic writing voices and still learn and grow in important skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives? Listen today as Erin and Amanda speak with Veldo…
 
It can be so hard to hear, "you're so intense..," even from friends or family! Why are some of us so laser-focused on whatever we put our attention to, whether it's our home, our spouses, our homeschools, or even the outside activities we pursue? And is there anything that can be done to help? On today's episode, Erin and Amanda discuss how they've…
 
Building community in homeschooling can sometimes be hard. While larger cities and suburbs might have co-ops and in-person activities where you can meet like-minded homeschoolers, sometimes there just aren't those resources readily available to you, but it is still so important to "find your tribe." In today's episode, Erin speaks with Christina Ca…
 
In most relationships, there will be conflict, and it's just as true for homeschooling communities. Whether the situation is your child facing relationship issues with other homeschooled kids or irreconciliable differences you might have with another parent at a co-op, it's important to know that other homeschooling families have and do struggle wi…
 
How can we get less busy in this homeschool life? From running kids to activities, keeping the house reasonably orderly and trying to get some schoolwork in the "in between" of life, many homeschool moms are just flat-out exhausted and need to figure out time to recharge and how to get their own needs met. In today's episode, Erin and Amanda speak …
 
As a homeschooling parent, do you sometimes feel pressure to bring in extra income into your family? The reasons might be because of employment changes, the economy being tight or sudden expenses that need to be met. Some families even consider giving up homeschooling and sending their kids back to school so both parents can bring in income to supp…
 
With the events of the last few years impacting "cost of living" items, more families are wanting to re-connect with the sources of their food and live a lifestyle that is more self-sufficient. This "modern day homesteading" doesn't require you to own a big piece of land, or raise your own animals and it works well for many homeschooling families. …
 
How do we teach our tweens math when there are toddlers underfoot, or keep our teens patient when their younger siblings are slowing everything to a crawl? That large age difference between and among our children is called an "age gap" and it can be a real challenge to homeschooling. In today's episode, Erin and Amanda share their experience with a…
 
Far too many parents focus on academics as the most critical part of their homeschool, when what may be the more important activity, especially for children, is the concept of play. Play is defined as a range of intrinsically motivated activities done for pleasure and enjoyment, positively impacting development and growth and important for all ages…
 
When your family is faced with catastrophic disease, life becomes very different, including how you homeschool. Providing around the clock care to her daughter with a rare, nonhereditary genetic mutation meant that Andi Elliott needed to be diligent to track homeschool hours, stay organized with planning and still be attentive to the rest of her fa…
 
The atmosphere of a homeschool is so important to successful learning, and as you get longer into this journey of home education, you find fairly quickly that you as Mama set the tone for the home. Tone can be impacted by any number of spoken words, causing frustration, impatience, kindness, or encouragement even in seasons of happiness or grief. L…
 
Coping with change can be hard for so many people, adults and children alike! The act of passing from one state, stage, place, or subject to another is a form of change called "transitioning" and homeschool families are not exempt from having to cope with it. In today's episode, Erin and Amanda will talk about transition times... whether a literal …
 
Having teenagers as a homeschooling family is a really interesting but much different experience than as a public school family. While jobs, academics, transcripts, even attitudes are common to both groups, homeschooling families often have to find different ways to accomplish these goals without the structure and resources provided by public schoo…
 
Teaching science makes some homeschooling parents nervous; whether it was because they did poorly in their own learning or because they just didn't like it! But it doesn't have to be difficult ... or dull. There are many options and methods for teaching homeschool science. Listen today to this "deep dive" on how Erin and Amanda have taught science …
 
Is your teen unsure where their post-homeschooling path will take them? Are they wondering about college or career plans? Are you concerned they're solid on those important life skills like personal finances, time management, communication and all those "adulting" things we need to know to succeed in life? In today's episode, Erin and Amanda speak …
 
In today's episode, Amanda speaks with fellow long-hauler Cristy Stebelton about her unusual journey to homeschooling and how her philosophy towards educating her daughter has changed over the years. They discuss the importance of encouraging your homeschoolers to become their authentic selves and pursue all their interests and passions, while reco…
 
Feeling pressure for your child to read by a certain age? It may surprise you to know that most children read by the age of 7. Some aren't even interested before then! Regardless, it is not a reflection of your competency as a homeschooler. In today's episode, Erin and Amanda talk about reading readiness and draw from their experiences with their d…
 
Parents of special education students can sometimes be nervous about homeschooling: circumstances at their local school may force them to withdraw their child or, like with the recent COVID crisis, they may just think it is the best option for their family. Regardless of how these families arrive at homeschooling, it may not be as simple as buying …
 
On today's episode, Erin and Amanda speak with Timothy L. Price, editor and illustrator of the new adaptation of Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart. A Christian allegory written 55 years prior to and heavily inspiring Pilgrim’s Progress, it remains virtually unknown to English readers. Listen as Tim introduces us not only to this fasc…
 
Are you looking to escape the burnout that sometimes comes up around this time of the homeschool year? There are things you can do to try to lift yourself and others "out of the doldrums" typical of this season. Hear encouragement and ideas from Erin and Amanda, long haul homeschoolers who have had many a season of needing to just inject some fun a…
 
In this week's episode, Erin and Amanda talk about their favorite ways to use field trips for learning. Also on the docket is storage ... some different ideas on what they use and how to find what works for your family. Be sure to subscribe to GOAT Homeschooling with Erin and Amanda wherever you listen to podcasts, and join us in continuing the con…
 
Parental rights in education has been a hot topic of late, and we at GOAT Homeschooling wanted to have a conversation talking about what parental rights are, where they come from and how we exercise them in this day and age of pandemics and school choice. Listen as our guest, Dani Dent-Breene, regional director for Families for Home Education, the …
 
Ever wish you could take a peek inside a Spring day in the life of a homeschool family? Listen as Erin and Amanda talk about what's going on in their homes in this "Off the Cuff" episode of GOAT Homeschooling. Resources/Links: Geography Bingo Professor Noggins Notgrass Our 50 States Civil Air Patrol America's Founding Fathers Apologia Physical Scie…
 
Are you smack in the middle of homeschool planning or will you keep doing what you always have and start planning in the Fall? Or does your family land somewhere in the middle of these ways to make educational decisions for your next academic year? In today's episode, Erin and Amanda are discussing how their families plan for the next academic year…
 
In today's episode, Erin and Amanda speak with Christina Carpenter, organizer of the Bloom & Blossom conference for homeschooling moms and homeschooling consultant at Authentic Joy in the Journey. They discuss some of the things long-haul homeschoolers can do to invest in their local homeschool communities and some of the important advice Christina…
 
With all the changes COVID brought, and so many families having to school their kids at home, have you found yourself asking what exactly *is* homeschooling and what *isn't*? How is it different from public or private school? Why do we need to know the difference? Listen in as Erin and Amanda define homeschooling, discuss the differences between ho…
 
If you homeschool for any length of time, you’ll talk to other homeschoolers and hear what they're doing and think “Maybe I should do that?” Or, maybe hear from another mom that you're not doing enough, because you “should” use the curriculum or methods that are working so well for their family. It’s easy to compare your homeschool to what others a…
 
In today's episode, Amanda speaks with Lena, a COVID homeschooler who started homeschooling her medically fragile son during COVID. Listen in on her take on how things are going, where things will go, how she can get some encouragement from us and how she can encourage others in this long-term, homeschooling adventure. Be sure to subscribe wherever…
 
Sometimes in this "long-haul" homeschool journey, you just need encouragement to keep going. You know, you're feeling like you're in a slump, or if you've been doing this awhile, you're getting burnt out. There *are* resources out there to help encourage you and GOAT Homeschooling has some terrific recommendations. In this episode, Erin and Amanda …
 
Is your homeschool feeling dull? Are you getting bored with the day-to-day and wish you could shake those doldrums? Most of us experience this, whether you're in your first year or a "long haul homeschooler." Listen as Erin and Amanda discuss homeschool mom burnout ... and how they've found solutions to keep moving forward in their homeschools. Be …
 
Wondering if homeschooling will ever be fun? It can sometimes seem like a struggle to get all the things done and even a bit tempting to complain about the many "hats" we wear as homeschoolers (and will there ever be enough hours in the day?)! In this episode, Erin and Amanda reminisce about all the ways they've enjoyed homeschooling. over the year…
 
Have you ever thought about the benefits and challenges of homeschooling your special needs student? Any child who needs special help or care due to any number of reasons, whether with learning challenges or gifted, having emotional or mental health issues, even with physical challenges can and should be considered a special needs student. These st…
 
Is your son only interested in Minecraft building challenges? Is your daughter binge reading fiction day in and day out? How can you incorporate the passions of your kids into your homeschool and help them to enjoy learning in the process? In today's episode, Erin and Amanda talk about including and encouraging your kids' interests into the day to …
 
Especially in light of all of the health crisis of the last few years, are you now or have you recently had to care for a family member or other adult while trying to homeschool? It might've been while attending to the hospitalization of a parent, or ferrying a spouse to treatment appointments or even, sadly, a death in the family. There's added pr…
 
Cooperatives can be an asset to many homeschool families, for academic classes or enrichment or even elective activities. Erin and Amanda discuss their first exposure to co-ops, some of the benefits and struggles they've endured attending them and their best recommendations for succeeding as member families. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen…
 
Unschooling is not raising "feral children" or a homeschool without rules. It isn't synonymous with being uneducated but a great option for kids with lots of questions (and maybe not so much for those needing more boundaries.) Listen in as Erin and Amanda discuss how unschooling and interest-led learning facilitated smartly can have a terrific role…
 
It's usually a good idea to pause in the middle of your homeschool year and do a check-up on what's working and what's not, and consider if change is necessary. In today's episode, Erin and Amanda talk a little about what they've found to be their biggest struggles this year and where they're seeing progress in their homeschools. Have you considere…
 
Homeschooling for the long haul often means making foundational decisions about what focus your homeschool will take. Inevitably, homeschooling families face the decision to choose a faith-based or secular focus, or sometimes, a balance between the two. In this episode, Erin and Amanda discuss a few of the many similarities and differences between …
 
The longer we homeschool, the more we realize how crucial it is to have a support system and a "tribe" ... those fellow homeschoolers who just "get us" ... that we can spend time with, learn with, do LIFE with. In this episode, Erin and Amanda discuss the importance of having support and a tribe ... and how to find them in the seemingly endless num…
 
Holidays can be hard even for homeschoolers. And no matter how long you've been at this homeschooling journey, figuring out what is going to work for your family and still honor all the differences that caused you to homeschool to begin with can be a challenge. Listen as Erin and Amanda discuss how they've dealt with the busiest season of the year …
 
Welcome to GOAT Homeschooling with Erin and Amanda! We are two veteran homeschoolings having the conversations we aren't hearing elsewhere; in other words, discussing the homeschooling journey when you've been at this for a while and need more than straight curriculum advice! Listen today as we give you our backgrounds and our plans for the podcast…
 
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