HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast: Mindset, Education, & Community for Moms & Dads

40 Episodes

By: HomeSchool ThinkTank with Jackie!

Do you want to know how to homeschool your kids? Are you looking for more joy in homeschooling? You've come to the right place. Join families from more than 80 countries around the world to learn more about homeschooling, parenting, education, and mindset. Our Monday episodes are all about your mindset and on Wednesday's you'll learn more about homeschooling and parenting. Click the follow button so that you will never miss a future episode. Visit Keep reading for more info! Jackie is the founder of HomeSchool ThinkTank and is the mom of one homeschool graduate and is still...

Determination |Ep. #193 Mindset Mondays 37
Yesterday at 11:30 AM

What are you determined to do?

Listen to this episode and feel inspired to get moving!

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Interview with Homeschooling Mom and Entrepreneur: Alyssa Wolff from Your Unbusy Life |Ep. #192
Last Wednesday at 11:30 AM

Alyssa was homeschooled from birth through high school and is now a homeschooling mom of five. She’s also the founder of Your Unbusy Life.   She specializes in helping moms simplify their lives and destress.

Learn more about Alyssa and get the downloadable checklist here.

Free Life Coaching for Homeschool Parents |Ep. #191

Do you feel overwhelmed, indecisive, or in need of a little help?

In this episode, Jackie shares how you can sign up for free life coaching sessions.  

These sessions are part of Jackie's training program to become a certified life coach through the world renowned Life Coach School.

Connection Before Curriculum: Lessons from Homeschooling My Kids |Ep. #190

Are you struggling with homeschooling?

In this episode, Jackie shares her struggles as a homeschooling mom and how she learned the importance of placing connection with your children above curriculum.

Podcast. Video. Blog.

Originally Published February 16, 2021 as Episode #83.

Believing in Yourself |Ep. #189 Mindset Mondays 35

Have you ever struggled with believing in yourself?

Do you want others to believe in you?

Whether you're uncertain about homeschooling or your feeling challenged in another area of your life, you'll find this episode helpful.


Interview with Cathy Duffy: The Queen of Homeschool Curriculum |#188

Cathy Duffy is the queen of homeschooling curriculum and the author of multiple books.

In our interview with Cathy Duffy, you'll get to know the woman behind the website.

During our conversation, we talk about the broader topics of homeschooling, public school, the role of government in education, and parenting.

Watch the video and discover more resources that were mentioned in this interview...

This Interview was recorded on January 20, 2022 and released on June 1, 2022.

Decluttering: Why to Declutter and How to Get Started |#187 Mindset Mondays 34

Do you have difficulty parting with things? 

Have you been wanting to declutter?

In this episode you'll learn why people keep things they don't really need and how to start decluttering more effectively.

Learn more at:

Homeschool Lesson Planning: How to Plan Curriculum for the Year |Ep. #186

Have you wondered how to schedule an entire year's worth of homeschool curriculum lessons?

In this episode, you'll learn three different ways that you can plan a year's worth of lessons.

Learn more about homeschool schedules, routines, and planning here:

Taking Action |Ep. #185 Mindset Mondays 33

If you want to have "good luck," there's only one way it will find you.  

You have to take action to get the results you want.

Get the book mentioned in this episode here...

Museum Pass that can Get You and Your Kids Into Thousands of Museums |Ep. #184

In this episode you'll learn how you can save money and get into thousands of museums around the world with one museum pass.


Get the information here...

Doubting Yourself and Overcoming Self Doubt |Ep. #183 Mindset Mondays 32

Have you ever experienced self doubt?

Maybe there's something you want to do, but you find reasons that you shouldn't do it.  

Tune in for this week's podcast episode about overcoming self-doubt.

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How to Homeschool Your Kids in the 2022-2023 School Year |Ep. #182

This episode is your step-by-step guide to getting started with homeschooling your children.

In the link below, you'll discover an abundance of information that will be useful as you begin homeschooling your child.

To get helpful homeschooling and parenting tips, sign up here.

Failing Forward with Enthusiasm toward Success |Ep. #181 Mindset Mondays 31

How do you achieve success?  

By failing your way forward.  

While it seems counter intuitive, repeated failures can add up to success.  

Listen to this podcast episode to learn how failing your way forward can lead you or your kids toward success.

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Concept Based Learning for Homeschoolers |Ep. #180

Do you need to supplement your child's curriculum?

Maybe you're an unschooling family who doesn't want to use curriculum, but you do want to have a game plan to make sure you help your child cover the concepts they need to understand.

In this episode, we'll help you understand how a concept based learning approach can help you guide your child's education.

Learn more about concept based education here...

Being Enthusiastic About Life |Ep. #179 Mindset Mondays 30

Having enthusiasm is important.

Feeling excited about life is something that the soul yearns for. do you create enthusiasm when you're feeling blah?

That's what we're talking about in this podcast episode.

Get the book mentioned in this episode here...



Fun Handwriting Practice for Kids & Homeschool Students |Ep. #178

Help your kids learn to draw, print, and write in cursive with these fun practice ideas.

In the article that goes with this episode, you'll discover videos about curriculum, how to hold a pencil, and many more resources.

You'll also find information about all of the handwriting manipulatives that are mentioned within this episode.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Essentialism for Parents |Ep. #177 Mindset Mondays 29

Have you ever felt like you're doing too much?

Do you frequently feel overwhelmed?

If so, then this podcast episode is for you.  

We'll help you understand what essentialism is about and why you might want to explore it.

You can watch a video and get the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown here...

Other podcast episodes, videos, and articles mentioned in this episode.

Becoming a Minimalist Prioritizing Your Time Create a Vision for Your Life

Books About Education, Homeschooling, Parenting, and More |Ep. #176

In this episode, we're announcing our new book section on the HomeSchool ThinkTank website.

Listen to this episode to learn more about the types of books that we're sharing and why we're sharing these books with you.

p.s. Many are available as an audiobook, in print, and as an ebook too.

Find a great book today!

Frustration and Success |Ep. #175 Mindset Mondays 28

If you have goals that you're trying to achieve, then you're going to have times that feel overwhelming and frustrating.

Learn about some of the characteristics you need to overcome frustration and reach your goals.

Why Is Writing Important for Kids? |Ep. #174

In a world where children are picking up cell phones before pencils, the skill of handwriting is no longer deemed important by many people.

In this episode, you'll discover interesting information about the importance writing.

This isn't just for homeschooling parents, it's for all parents!

Traditional Thinking vs Creative Thinking |Ep. #173 Mindset Mondays 27

Have you been feeling stuck?

If so, it's time to challenge yourself by THINKING CREATIVELY & THINKING BIG.

Seize the OPPORTUNITY of homeschooling and help your children learn to think BIG, think CREATIVELY, & THINK.

Get the book recommended in this episode here:

Spelling Curriculum, Games, & Activities for Homeschooled Kids |Ep. #172

Are you looking for fun spelling games, activities, and curriculum that will enhance your children's education?

Watch videos and discover more resources in this blog post:

Published on April 13, 2022 as episode 171.

Focusing on Your Priorities - Sometimes You Need to Come First |Ep. #171 Mindset Mondays 26

Where do you fall in your list of priorities?

Sometimes you need to take care of yourself first.

If you need a break, it's okay to take care of you.


Homeschooled Graduate and Scholarship Winner - Interview with Nasiyah Isra-Ul |Ep. #170

As a homeschooled high school student, Nasiyah Isra-Ul applied for a $10,000 scholarship to start her own business and won!

Listen to this fascinating interview with 19 year old founder of the non-profit, Canary Academy Online.

Nasiyah was homeschooled from birth through high school. Now she's taking her experiences to help other homeschooling families personalize their children's education while saving money along the way.

Nasiyah is truly a shining example of a homeschooled graduate who is succeeding in the world.

Learn more about how Nasiyah is serving homeschooling families:<...

How to Create Feelings That Help You Achieve Your Goals |Ep. #169 Mindset Mondays 25

In this episode, you'll learn how you can create the feelings you need to have to achieve your goals.

When you know how to create the feelings you want to have each day, then you will be better equipped to guide your family toward the homeschool lifestyle you envision.


Math Manipulatives Every Homeschool Family Should Have |Ep. #168

Is your child struggling with math?

Make math fun and understandable with these basic math manipulatives.

Blog. Podcast. Video. Resources.

Published March 23, 2022 as episode 168.

Plan Your Next Day - Get More Out of Each Day |Ep. #167 Mindset Mondays 24

Do you want to get more out of your days?

Tune in for this quick tip to help you be a more productive homeschooling parent.

More information and related articles, videos, and podcast episodes.

Episode 167 published on March 28, 2022.

Fun Math Game for Homeschoolers & Families - Tenzi |Ep. #166

Are you looking for a game that's fun for the entire family?

Do you want your kids to work on math skills in a fun way?

Listen to this episode and we'll share one of the most versatile dice games on the market.

It's so much fun that your kids won't even realize they're doing math!

Add this fun game to your homeschool curriculum - just don't call it curriculum!

Published on December 14, 2020 as episode #74.  Updated and published again on March 23, 2020 as episode #166.

Prioritizing Your Time - A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents |Ep. #165 Mindset Mondays 23

Do you ever feel like you need a little help getting it all done? 

One way to help yourself is to prioritize your time.  

That's what today's episode is all about.

Get more related information and podcast episodes...

Episode 165 was published on March 21, 2022.

Previously published dates:

January 28, 2020 as episode 27

October 27, 2020 as episode 67.


Which Type of Homeschool Family Are You? |Ep. #164

Which type of homeschool family are you?

In general, there are four types of homeschooling families.  

Do you relate with Perfect Patty, Relaxed Rhonda, or...

*Note:  The ideas presented in this episode were first shared in episode #54 on August 25, 2020.  However, the concepts have been updated and this is a completely new podcast episode.

Giving Yourself Space |Self-Care for Homeschooling Moms & Dads |Ep. #163 Mindset Mondays 22

In this episode of the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast, we're talking about the importance of giving yourself space.  

Be sure to check out this article about self care and look for recommended books near the bottom of the blog post.

Autism & Nutrition with Karen Thomas |Ep. #162

Do you know someone whose child has autism?

In this fascinating interview with podcast host of Naturally Recovering Autism, Karen Thomas, you'll learn how our environment and foods are impacting children with autism.  

Get Karen's book, join her program, and learn more:

This updated episode was originally released on March 10, 2020 as Episode #33. 

Updated on March 3, 2022. 


Giving Up What You Are to Become What You Want to Be |Ep. #161 Mindset Monday 21

Have you felt fear about doing something that you want to do?  

Maybe you've even felt apprehensive about choosing to homeschool your kids.

In order to become who you want to be, you'll have to give up some of who you are.

"I must be willing to give up what I am to become what I will be."

-Albert Einstein

College Preparation and Career Readiness: Help Your Teenager Find Their Purpose: Interview with Beth and Greg Langston |Ep. #160

How do you help your high school student find their purpose?  

Should they go to college or straight into a career?

This interview with Beth and Greg Langston, the founders of College Flight Plan, is full of information that you can start putting into action today.

If you have teenagers, you don't want to miss this episode.  p.s. There's plenty of information that adults can use too!

Playing In the Rain with Dad |Ep. #159 Mindset Monday 20

Do you play with your kids?

Play is how we connect with our children and create fond memories.

This is a story you'll remember.

Relationships & Marriage with Author, Ron Price |Ep. #158

Ron Price has been counseling couples for over 20 years.  

He is the author of the Play Nice In Your Sandbox series.  

The tips and strategies he shares in this interview can help you with ANY relationship.  

Learn more @

Plan Your Feelings |#157 Mindset Monday 19

Have you ever thought about planning your feelings?

You're probably thinking, "What!  Who does that?!?!"

This episode is a game changer.  Listen to discover how this can transform your life.

What Is Unschooling? |Ep. #156

You've heard of unschooling, but you have questions.

How do you unschool your kids?  Is it even legal?

In this podcast episode, you'll learn all about unschooling, the origins, and how you can do it too.

Persistence Gets Results |Ep. #155 Mindset Monday 18

Are you persistent?

Do you keep going even when things aren't easy.

Keep taking steps forward and get the results you're looking for.

Homeschool Types, Styles, and Methods: An Overview |Ep. #154

Did you know there are many types, styles, methods, and approaches to homeschooling?

In this episode you'll get an overview of the many ways that parents homeschool their kids.

Whether you're just getting started with homeschooling or you've been homeschooling your kids for a while, you'll likely learn something new that you want to explore.