HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast: Support for Homeschooling Parents

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Educational Math Manipulatives Every Homeschooled Student Should Have
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Is your child struggling with math?

In this episode, you'll learn how to make math fun and engaging for your kids with these must-have math manipulatives!

Check out this article for more math info...






Failing Forward with Enthusiasm
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How do you achieve success?  

By failing your way forward.  

While it seems counterintuitive, 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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Homeschooling is Not Public School at Home

Are you frustrated with homeschooling?

This podcast episode is designed to help you succeed at homeschooling your kids by understanding the differences between homeschooling and simply doing "school at home."

Helpful resources...





Being Enthusiastic About Life

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...





An Introduction to Classical Education for Homeschooling Parents

Are you curious about what it means to use a classical education mode for homeschooling?

This podcast episode will provide you with the information you need to understand what it is and whether it's the right choice for your family.


Feeling Overwhelmed? Essentialism for Parents

Are you 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.

This podcast episode was inspired by Greg McKeown's book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

You can get his book at the link below...

Below are other podcast episodes, videos, and articles mentioned in this episode.

Becoming a Minimalist Prioritizing Your Time Create a Vi...

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

How do you help your high school student choose their major?

What if your teenager isn't college bound?

This interview with Beth and Greg Langston, the founders of College Flight Plan, is full of the information you need to help your child decide on a career that aligns with their strengths and values.

If you have teenagers, this episode is for you!

p.s. There's plenty of information that adults can use too!



Traditional Thinking vs Creative Thinking

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:

Dumbing Us Down: Seven Lessons Children Learn in School

Do you want to know what is really being taught in schools?

After teaching in New York City's public schools for over 30 years, and receiving the New York State Teacher of the Year award, here is a glimmer of what the late John Taylor Gatto shared in his book, Dumbing Us Down:  The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.

So much of what we learn in school hinders us, and that's what this episode is about.



Plan Your Feelings to Have a Better Day

Stop letting your emotions control you and take charge of them instead!

This podcast episode walks you through simple steps to help you plan your feelings and have a better day.

Planning your feelings is just one step to having a better day.

Learn more about effective planning here.


Strategies for Teaching Your Child How to Read: Interview with Expert Margaret Craig

Reading is a fundamental skill that builds the foundation for lifelong learning, so it is important to introduce reading early in your child's development.


With the right approach, you can help your young reader gain confidence and become a successful reader.


In this podcast episode, you'll meet Margaret Craig.  She's a retired Title 1 teacher, and Reading Recovery teacher turned author.


Miss Margie has taught hundreds of struggling students how to read and shares practical tips and strategies that parents can use to teach their kids how to read...

Create a Successful Day with These Planning Tips

Want to start your days feeling productive and organized?

A good plan is the first step.

Planning your day can help you focus, prioritize tasks, and increase productivity.

In this podcast episode, you'll learn helpful tips and tricks to make sure you create the most successful days possible.

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Published on March 28, 2022.

We Almost Roadschooled: Lessons for Every Family

In this episode, Jackie shares what she learned as her family prepared to become a roadschooling family.  

The lessons she learned can benefit nearly any family, even those who don't plan to roadschool.


How to Manage Your Time Better: A Guide for Parents

Being productive and making the most of every day can be hard.

To be an effective homeschooling parent, it's crucial that you learn how to plan effectively.

Learn how to manage your time better with these simple steps!

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Discover Roadschooling and Travel with Your Kids

Want to give your kids an educational experience that's out of the ordinary? Look no further than roadschooling!


A combination of homeschooling and travel, roadschooling allows you and your family to explore the world while learning about cultures, geography, science, and more.


Discover how to start homeschooling while traveling with your family.

How to Stop Complaining

Are you tired of complaining and ready to take action?


While it seems that nearly everyone complains, you don't have to join the crowd.


Changing your mindset begins with awareness.  Once you become aware of how often people complain, you won't want to be part of this group.


In this podcast episode, you'll start coming up with ideas about how you can replace complaining with better options.


Share these lessons with your kids and create a happier household.

Understanding Sensory Issues With Clothing

It doesn't feel right! It itches! I don't like it!

Clothing sensory issues can cause your child to struggle with clothing, which can make buying clothes for your child a stressful and taxing experience.

In this episode, you'll learn more about how to manage issues for kids who are picky about their clothes.

Originally published November 26, 2019.

Episode updated September 2021.

Checked for relevancy January 2023.

Taking Care of Business: The Inspiration You Need!

Feel overwhelmed? Need some motivation? 

When you're getting things done, you'll gain momentum and boost your energy too!

Listen to this episode for the inspiration you need to take care of business!

Learn more about how we serve homeschooling families...

Homeschool Your Kids with Confidence Workshop!

In this episode, you'll learn about the 4-day online workshop that is coming up soon!

The host of this podcast, Jackie, will be leading this workshop.

Sign up today!


What is a Traditional School at Home Model of Homeschooling?

If you've ever wondered what it means when someone says a "traditional homeschooling approach," or a "school at home model of homeschooling," then this episode is for you.

Learn more about different methods, styles, and approaches to homeschooling in the article that corresponds with this episode.

Start the Day Like Cici

Cici greets every morning like it's her best friend in the whole wide world.

How do you start your day?

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Explore the Different Styles of Homeschooling to Find the Right Fit for Your Family

Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular, but with the variety of homeschool styles available, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best fit for your family.

In this episode, you’ll learn about different styles of homeschooling. From traditional approaches to unschooling, you’ll find a method that fits your family’s needs.

Discover an abundance of helpful information in the article that goes with this podcast episode.

Self-Care Tips for Homeschool Parents

You've been taking care of your kids, but have you been taking care of yourself?


Get some ideas to nurture yourself and feel rejuvenated.


Watch videos and get more information here...


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How Your Perception of Learning Impacts Homeschooling Your Kids

How do you think children learn?

In this episode, we consider how your experiences of learning influence how you homeschool your kids.

Let's talk about the actual definition of learning.  Then you can decide how you want to guide your child's education.

Click here for more videos and information about learning.

The Importance of Planning

As a homeschooling parent, your ability to create a plan and follow through on it can make a tremendous difference to you and your family.

Listen to this episode to learn more about the importance of planning.

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How to Homeschool Your Kids in the 2023 School Year

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.

Wherever You Are There You Will Be

What happens when you realize that YOU are always there?  

If you've ever been in a place where you don't enjoy being with yourself, then this episode is for you.

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Learn more about how we serve homeschooling families.

Online Educational Quizzes for Homeschoolers

In this episode, we'll introduce you to fun educational quizzes that homeschoolers will love. 

In the article that goes with this episode, you'll find a variety of quizzes, including geography, math, history, science, vocabulary quizzes, and more.

Tune in and check out the link below to learn more.


Creating Opportunity for Your Kids

Did you know that you can create your own opportunities for yourself and your kids?

Learn how changing your language and thoughts can change your life.

Deschooling 101. What it Is, the History, and How to Deschool Your Homeschool Family

What is deschooling?

Are unschooling and deschooling different?

What is Deschooling Society about, and who is Ivan Illich?

This episode is your introduction to the what, when, where, why, and who of deschooling.  

Search this episode, get the links, and more at




Create a Vision for Your Future and Your Family

Are you ready to create a vision for your future and your family?

Take inspiration from this episode and start creating the future that you want.

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Published December 20, 2021

THRIVE: Support for Homeschooling Parents

In this episode, I share a story about why I started homeschooling my kids and about some of the challenges I've had.

Then I help you understand how I am supporting and coaching homeschooling parents in my new online membership.

It's called THRIVE.

I hope that you'll join me because it's precisely what every homeschooling parent needs.  

You can learn more here...

Mental Health Benefits of Getting Outside with Sandi Schwartz

In this episode, we discuss the mental benefits of getting outside with environmental author Sandi Schwartz.

We talk about ideas for bringing the outdoors in and ways that you & your kids can integrate outdoor time into your homeschool day.

Learn more about Sandi and her book, Finding Ecohappiness...



Introverts and Extroverts in Your Family

In this episode, you'll learn a simple way to understand the differences between introverts and extroverts.

This understanding can help both you and your children appreciate the differences between themselves and others.

Strewing 101: Create a Fun Learning Environment for Homeschooling

Strew....what???  What is strewing?  

Discover how you can use this parenting technique to engage your kids AND give yourself a little break.

Learn more about our coaching program for homeschool parents at...




Messing Up and Making Mistakes

What do you make it mean when you mess up or make a mistake?

We all make mistakes, but sometimes we're hard on ourselves.

Listen to this episode for another perspective.

You can learn more about our support program for homeschooling parents here...

Keeping Promises to Yourself

How you treat yourself matters.

Let's talk about keeping promises that you've made to yourself...

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Fun Math Games for Homeschooled Kids

Are your kids struggling with math? Is math leading your children to tears? Maybe it’s time to play some fun math games!

Whether your kids are finding math challenging or you simply want to help them enhance their math skills, there are plenty of fun math games that will keep your children learning.

Connection Before Curriculum: Lessons From Homeschooling My Kids

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.

Dyslexia 101: How to Recognize It & What to Do - Interview with Expert, Allison DeFrees

Have you ever wondered if your child has dyslexia?

Do you need to know the signs of dyslexia?

Maybe you want to know where to find the best resources and tutors.

In this podcast interview, you'll meet Allison DeFrees.  Allison tutors students online using the Orton-Gillingham Method.  

She also offers an online course that helps parents learn how to help their own child learn how to read.

Discover more resources here:


Learn more about our online coaching program for home...