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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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Dec 2, 2021

For many of us, homeschooling doesn't always look like kids arriving to the table at 7:30 a.m. with huge smiles on their faces, and resistance is actually pretty common.

So in this week's episode, the sisters are chatting about what to do when your kids are resistant, and some of the most common things that cause resistance.

Cait + Kara have both experienced this in their homes, and so they share openly about their struggles and what has worked to keep everyone going. 

 

Nov 25, 2021

This is the final Between the Sisters episode of the season!

Between the Sisters is just for fun - Cait and Kara share a behind the scenes peek at what happens when they are catching up.

Hear about:

- "Later Cheese"

- Why it's time to take Kara's phone away

- Are orthodontists' offices the happiest place on Earth? (or a complete scam? ;) )

- "Can you take a picture of my feet?"

- Running with an angry crayfish

Nov 18, 2021

In this episode, the sisters are breaking down the cost of homeschooling, and how to homeschool affordably.

Both Cait and Kara have experience homeschooling on a budget, so they're sharing their best tips for making homeschooling work without breaking the bank.

Nov 11, 2021

This is a new episode for sisters superfriends where Cait + Kara share a behind the scenes peek at what happens when they push record.

Listen in as they chat:

  • s'mores
  • the Olestra craze in the 90s
  • Big Mac kidnappings
  • powerful genetics
  • turtle kidnappings?
  • "Hide. They're coming for you."
  • rest in peace and get well soon, Beaver

 

Nov 4, 2021

You don't need a flag, a chalkboard or any of the super fancy stuff you see on Instagram to homeschool well.

In this episode, Cait + Kara are breaking down what you actually need to homeschool. It's probably much less than you think!

Listen in as the sisters share what has served them well in their own homes, and what you need to instill a love of learning in your kids.

Oct 21, 2021

This sisters are chatting deets this episode - sharing how they document in their homeschool and how to find out what you need to keep track of.

Cait + Kara also break down planning (and NOT planning - don't worry - it works!) and how that looks for each of them, and they wrap up by talking about how long homeschooling should actually take each day.

Spoiler alert: Probably less time than you think!

 

Oct 14, 2021

Hey sisters!

This is a special bonus for subscribers who want some behind the scenes with the sisters between episodes.

In this first Between the Sisters, Cait + Kara chat:

  • Braces
  • French fries
  • Things they should have bleeped
  • Chipotle/Guacamole grievances
  • Poop rocks
  • Pranks
  • Kara's very special anniversary card

The sisters will be back with a regular episode next week!

Oct 7, 2021

It can be tricky to know what counts when you're homeschooling, and how to count it. 

In this episode, the sisters break down how to figure out what counts, and what you actually need to be doing each year.

Cait and Kara also share resources for making sure your kiddos are staying on track if you think they may return to traditional school, and how it differs if you plan to homeschool long-term.

Sep 21, 2021

The sisters are back with Season 10!

And in this brand new episode, they're breaking down plans for the new podcast season and sharing how they're starting this new homeschool year.

Hear about what's working for the sisters in their homeschools, what changes they've made and how it's all going. They're sharing tons of new recommendations too.

Are you a Cait or a Kara? Try this sisters quiz:

https://thehomeschoolsisters.com

And be sure to check out our sponsor, The Waldock Way. Use the code sisters15 to save in the shop.

 

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.

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