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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.
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May 11, 2021

Hi Sisters!

As many of you know, Kara has been undergoing some health issues, so we appreciate your patience as we reshare some favorite episodes from the past.

In this episode, Cait and Kara talk about creating a simple summer routine to keep everyone on track.

This is the last episode of season 9, but the sisters are hard at work planning for Season 10 in the Fall.

Have a great summer and LYLAS, 

Cait + Kara

Apr 13, 2021

There is plenty that the sisters don't do. (Especially right now!) Because none of us can do it all.

So in this episode, Cait and Kara are sharing some things they've let go of.

And they want to hear from you too. Head over to the show notes at thehomeschoolsisters.com to share what you don’t do in this season of life!

Mar 9, 2021

The sisters dive into strewing in this episode - what it is, how to do it, where to do it and of course, why.

Cait and Kara also break down what to do if your kids don't respond well to what you strew and how to start simply.

This episode is brought to you by Kara's new ebook, Strewing 101: An Invitation to Play, Learn and Grow, available at her site at karaasanderson.com/shop.

Feb 15, 2021

This week the sisters are chatting gameschooling because - surprise! Cait has a brand new 7 Day Gameschool Kickstart Challenge and brand new gameschooling course.

Cait and Kara will break homeschooling down by subject and show you how to add games to your homeschool every day.

Plus, the Kindred Homeschool Collective has a special event happening right now. Head over to kindredhomeschool.com to learn more. Sale ends 2/17/21.

 

Jan 19, 2021

Cait and Kara are back with Season 10, and back in the swing of things ... ish.

They're talking current curriculum picks, deep dives into birds and cake baking, and how to keep going, whether you are a long-timer or an "emergency schooler."

Listen in as the sisters share a few recent wins, and even more ways to cope through this crazy time.

Dec 8, 2020

The sisters reflect on 2020, and look hopefully toward a better 2021. 

Plus they share the inspiring words of Katrina Kenison, who encourages us to slow down this holiday season.

Nov 24, 2020

The sisters are joined by Tsh Oxenrider, author of the new book Shadow & Light: A Journey Into Advent.

Tsh is a writer, podcaster and the bestselling author of three previous books.

In this episode, Tsh shares her own experience creating advent traditions with her family, and how we can celebrate advent with little ones. 

She also explains how it may be easier and more timely than ever right now to add advent celebration into your home.

Nov 10, 2020

Sisters ... it's episode 100! And today Cait and Kara are joined by homeschool cousin Shawna Wingert from Different By Design Learning.

Shawna flips things around and interviews the sisters - plus she hosts 'The Sisters Show,' - think Newlywed Game meets friendship, meets potato chips.

Thank you so much for 100 episodes of support! It has been a joy to get to share this journey with all of you!

 

Oct 27, 2020

The sisters are joined by Anne Guarnera of Language Learning at Home to talk about the reality of adding a baby to the homeschool mix.

Anne is the mama of 3 boys, and bravely shares what the past year has been like, homeschooling her 6- and 3-year-olds and also being primary caregiver for her mom, while welcoming a new son.

Even if you don't have a brand new baby at home, Anne, Cait and Kara talk about the myth of balance, setting reasonable expectations, social media's impact on us as mothers and more.

Oct 13, 2020

Kate Snow is back!

Kate is a math guru, a Harvard grad, and has been on two previous episodes of the podcast. Her goal is to take the intimidation out of math for parents and kids and to help kids have a positive relationship with math.

This week, Kate chats with Cait and Kara about math for little ones. She shares a bit about her new book, Kindergarten Math with Confidence, as well as how to introduce math to our preschoolers.

 

Sep 29, 2020

The sisters are officially back with Season 9!

In this episode, they catch up, share what they did with their summer vacations - HINT: there are coupon codes! ;)

And of course, Cait and Kara dish about what resources they are excited about using with their kiddos! 

Bring your coffee or tea and jump right back in! 

Sep 22, 2020

In this special episode, the sisters are joined by game creator Jim Moran of Semper Smart Games.

As a former ACT and SAT tutor, Jim saw the common gaps kids have in math, and has created PlaySmartDice™ and the games Election Night! and Blobby's Pizza to help kids learn challenging math in fun ways.

Election Night! is not a political game, but rather an exciting way for families to study geography and math, and learn about the mechanics of the Electoral College.

The sisters thought this bonus episode would be perfect to share this time of year, and listen in to get a coupon code just for Sisters!

 

Sep 8, 2020

One of the most common questions the sisters get is about rhythms and routines.

How to start one? How to resume one after a break?

What about when your rhythm or routine just is NOT working?

Cait and Kara hash it out in this episode and share their tips and ideas. The biggest one? Start small!

Aug 25, 2020

The sisters are hopping in their homeschool time machine today and looking back on what they've learned.

Listen in as Cait and Kara talk about how they got started homeschooling, what they would have done less of and what they would have done more of, and hear how they're applying what they've learned to their homeschools now.

Come reminisce with the girls!

This episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a free book when you go to www.audibletrial.com/sisters

Aug 11, 2020

In this episode, the sisters dive into gameschooling by subject. This is Cait's forté, so Kara does the interviewing, while Cait fills us in on her favorite games for each subject.

The sisters also chat about a few popular games, and how games can make all the difference in your homeschool.

So grab your coffee or tea and listen in - but don't fret, you don't have to write these all down! They'll all be in the show notes at thehomeschoolsisters.com.

Jul 28, 2020

Today the sisters are chatting about methods and philosophies and why you don't necessarily need to choose one in order to homeschool.

Cait + Kara share their own experiences, and about learning this lesson the hard way - one of them even got booted from a group! (Wait until you hear the reason).

The sisters also talk about finding support if you don't choose a strict method to follow.

Jul 14, 2020

If you ever feel like you're not measuring up to the curriculum, this is the episode for you.

Cait and Kara talk are breaking down common curriculum worries, and how to make your resources work for you. Remember - you are in charge, and there are so many ways to homeschool - you shouldn't feel bad all the time!

So pour a cup of coffee or tea, and get ready to take charge of your days.

Jun 30, 2020

The sisters are joined by author Melissa Camara Wilkins today to talk about her fantastic new book, Permission Granted.

Cait, Kara and Melissa are talking why we so often feel like we need permission in the first place, how releasing ourselves from perfection helps release our kids too, and more. 

Melissa's book is available now wherever books are sold, and it's definitely a Sisters favorite!

Jun 23, 2020

In this episode, the sisters are joined by Erin Loechner, founder of the international online homeschool community for little ones, Other Goose.

Erin and the sisters are breaking down simple homeschooling with kids ages 2-7 - how to make it intentional and fun, without making yourself crazy.

Cait, Kara and Erin discuss common early years questions including what to do when your kids don't like your plans for the day, how much "school" we should expect from little kiddos and Erin even shares her strategy for engaging her toddler while working with her 6-year-old.

Jun 16, 2020

Cait and Kara are talking to the author of one of their favorite books - Katrina Kenison.

The sisters and Katrina discuss her book Mitten Strings for God, and how it impacted Cait and Kara as young moms. And they get to find out more about Katrina's philosophy of slowing down, embracing the ordinary and being present with our kids.

This is a new favorite!

Jun 2, 2020

In this very special final episode of the season, the sisters are joined by the author of one of their very favorite shared books, Kim John Payne.

Years ago, Cait + Kara bonded over one of his many books, Simplicity Parenting, and so they are thrilled to welcome him to the show this week.

Kim, Cait and Kara discuss why parents don't need to to be on a constant quest to give their kids more, the gift of boredom and how we can simplify our kids' lives so they can become more who they truly are.

This is a new favorite, sisters!

May 19, 2020

In today's episode, the sisters are diving in to "homeschooling an only" - friend Jessica Waldock's name of teaching one child at home.

The trio discusses unique challenges, how to get alone time,  socialization and co-ops and a few common myths.

This episode isn't just for families homeschooling one child, however, there are plenty of great tips for families of all size, including to be Mom or Dad first.

 

 

May 5, 2020

In today's episode, the sisters are joined by good pal Vanessa Wright - an amazing, dedicated homeschool mama who is also great at making self-care a part of her routine.

The trio chat why we need self-care more than ever when things are hard, and why it is NOT selfish.

They share how to replenish ourselves in small, busy mom-size increments and what to do if you feel like you are running on empty.

Pour yourself a hot coffee or tea, put your feet up for a bit and listen in - you deserve a minute, mama!

Apr 28, 2020

In this week's episode, Cait and Kara are joined by the other half of the Kindred Collective crew - Alicia Hutchinson and Mary Wilson.

The gals are checking in, sharing what's helping each of them cope + a couple of simple things that are keeping them sane (ish).

Plus the gals talk dealing with disappointment, how to end the year this year, and some Kindred news!

Apr 14, 2020

So many of us are feeling stressed about FOOD right now. So in this special bonus episode, the sisters are joined by their friend Samantha Barnes from Raddish Kids.

Samantha is a homeschooling mom and the creator of Raddish - a cooking club and curriculum for kids of all ages.

In this episode the trio is chatting how to get creative with pantry ingredients and dealing with shortages, how to meal plan right now, all the snacking!! and how cooking can bring us together.

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