How to plan your homeschool year without losing your mind

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How to plan your homeschool year without losing your mind | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Hey there sisters!

Are you starting to plan your homeschool year? You are not alone!

If you have fall planning on the brain, we wanted to help. Today, we are sharing some of our top episodes for fall planning.

Before we chat about how to plan your homeschool year, we want to be sure you are following us on Instagram!

Many of you already follow The Homeschool Sisters on Instagram, but we wanted to let you know that Cait and Kara also have their own Instagram accounts!

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our brand-new newsletter will help you plan your homeschool year!

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We recorded another mini-sode for you!!

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How to plan your homeschool year without losing your mind | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

How to plan your homeschool year without losing your mind

It’s that time of year again- time to chat planners and schedules and routines and curriculum and extracurriculars.

Today, we are sharing our favorite episodes and resources for getting your homeschool up and running for fall. We hope these resources help you as you plan for the coming months.

And, don’t worry! We are coming back to your favorite earbuds very soon so stay tuned!

How to plan your homeschool year without losing your mind | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

getting started with homeschooling…

Episode 5: You don’t have to do it all: Getting started with homeschooling

In episode 5, Cait and Kara reflect on the early years of homeschooling. They share tips and tricks for those just starting down this path and impart their favorite piece of advice- that you DO NOT have to do it all, especially your first year. Listen as they chat about deschooling, finding your tribe, and how your house will never be the same, but in a really awesome way. Do not worry if this is your first year. Your sisters have got you covered!

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Episode 26: Looking back: What we’ve learned

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 homeschool now.

This episode is brought to you by Audible. Go to audibletrial.com/sisters for a free audiobook. (And please come back and let us know which one you picked!)

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Episode 37- Creating a Morning Time Routine with Pam Barnhill

The sisters are chatting with Morning Time expert Pam Barnhill in this episode!

Have you heard about Morning Time? Have you tried it? Or are you wondering how to start a Morning Time routine in your homeschool?

Tune in to learn all about Morning Time, plus all about Pam’s new book, Better Together

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plan your homeschool year…

Episode 9: Start small: Rhythms and routines

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 is just NOT working? Cait and Kara hash it out in this episode and share their tips and ideas. The biggest one? Start small!

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Episode 33-  Homeschool organization and Olympic fever

Today the sisters are chatting organization! Books and games and art supplies- oh my! How do we keep track of all the things, and what do we do when people keep giving us stuff? (It’s so nice, but we can also drown in great materials!)

PLUS, the sisters have the tiniest case of Olympic Fever! If you do too, and you want to share it with your kids, Cait and Kara have lots of fun resource recommendations!

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Episode 35-  Q&A: The search for the perfect homeschool planner

Is there one perfect homeschool planner? Or do different people need different planners depending on their personality?

And what about having multiple planners, or when your kids need access to your plans?

Today, Cait and Kara are talking planners, bullet journals, daily dockets, using your phone and the many ways to plan.

Listen here | Show notes

How to plan your homeschool year without losing your mind | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

curriculum/resources we love…

Episode 43: Fall haul: Here we haul again

Cait and Kara are talking about transitioning to fall and sharing their 3rd annual Fall Haul, where they chat about what resources and supplies they are loving for the school year ahead.

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Episode 7: Fall haul: Homeschool resources we are loving

The sisters have been getting lots of questions about planning for the fall. In this episode, Cait and Kara share all of the resources that they are excited about using in the upcoming year. And, with five children and an age range of 5-12 between them, you’re not going to want to miss what they have to say!

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Episode 24: Fire Bosses and Walking Tacos: The Sisters Talk Fall

The sisters are back for season 3, and today, they’re chatting how to teach your kids survival without setting your house (or chicken coop) on fire.

They’re also sharing their thoughts about homeschooling this fall, and lots of fun resources including Epic! which is offering a coupon code for readers.

The girls are thrilled to be back for a brand new season- they’ve missed all their virtual sisters out there!!

Listen here | Show notes

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for when you need inspiration…

Episode 10: Awesome adults: how to raise them; how to be one, with Julie Bogart

The sisters are chatting with Julie Bogart! In this episode, we talk “Awesome Adulting” with Brave Writer creator and owner, Julie Bogart. How do we honor our kids’ unique personalities and help them pursue their dreams? How do we hold on to our own dreams in the busyness of homeschooling and parenting? Julie’s here with her signature support for all of us in the trenches, and it’s wonderful. 

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Episode 11: Gameschooling: learning through play

Cait is a game-master, Kara wants to be, but things keep getting in the way… like directions. So in today’s episode, Cait shares amazing ideas for adding more games to your days, for both learning and fun. The sisters talk favorite games old and new, games for certain subjects like science and math, why it’s OK to NOT love a game even if everyone else does, and the many, many lessons kids can learn from growing up playing. So join us as we roll the dice, spin the wheel, and share easy tips for incorporating more games into your homeschool- such a fun way to learn together!

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Episode 6: Just because it’s different, doesn’t mean it’s less: Chatting with Shawna Wingert

In this episode, the sisters chat with one of their most favorite people: Shawna Wingert. Shawna is a writer, speaker, author, and homeschool mom to two amazing boys with special needs. Do you ever feel like your homeschool doesn’t or can’t look like the homeschool next door, or the family at church or co-op, or even all the families on the internet? Shawna joins the sisters to remind you that it’s OK and that just because you have to do things a little differently, that doesn’t mean what you are doing is less.

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Episode 32- Homeschooling gifted and quirky kids with Colleen Kessler

The sisters are joined in this episode by Colleen Kessler- a gifted specialist, educational consultant, author, speaker, and homeschool mom to talk homeschooling gifted and quirky kids.

Do you have a quirky kiddo? A worrier? Or is your child asynchronous? This episode is for you!

Listen here | Show notes

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when you are feeling overwhelmed…

Episode 1: We’re out of bread: homeschool overwhelm

In this first episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss homeschool overwhelm.

As homeschooling moms, it can be a challenge to balance everything! From homeschooling to laundry to dinner to self-care, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and overextended.

But not to worry, we’ve got some ideas! From brain dumps and bullet journaling to Cait’s Year of Nope, your sisters are on your side. (But out of bread, because life.)

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Episode 3: I want a milkshake: When Dad works a lot

In this episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss what it is like when dad works or travels a lot.

It can be stressful to be the only adult on duty, 24/7. Bedtime becomes more challenging, washing machines break, and the last thing you want to think about is dinner.

Cait and Kara have been there, too, and they have some survival strategies to help you through it. From games to fantastic audiobooks to dinner picnics, we’ve got you covered!

Cait and Kara want to send a huge hug to all the single mamas out there who rock solo-parenting day in and day out. If you know a single mama, ask her kids over for a playdate so that she can get lost in a bookstore, savor a silent moment, and enjoy her coffee steaming hot!

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Episode 12: Keep it classy: The sisters’ guide to dealing with homeschool doubters

It’s never easy when someone questions you about something as close to your heart as homeschooling. So in this episode, the sisters address how to handle homeschool doubters. What can you say when you first make the decision to homeschool? Is it worth it to argue? Will arguments even work? And what about the upcoming holidays- exactly what do you say when between bites of green bean casserole, your uncle leans across the table and tells you that you are ruining your kids’ lives? (It happens, sisters- and here’s what you can do.)

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episode 18: Strengths, weaknesses, and homeschooling

Is it normal for your homeschooler to have strengths and weaknesses in certain subjects? How much should you worry about keeping your child at grade level? Is there a way to know what your child “should” be learning?

This week, the homeschool sisters dive into these questions and offer up some thoughts about the “standards,” plus how to keep from worrying all the time.

They chat about kid quirks, dealing with state requirements, grandma doubts and dad concerns. And mostly, they remind you that all kids naturally develop on their own timelines, so don’t fret- you’ve got this!

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Episode 25: Queries and Quandaries: Homeschool Husbands and Tea Habits

In this episode, Cait and Kara take your questions. It’s mostly a homeschool husband themed episode- will homeschooling destroy your marriage? and how much money does this homeschooling business cost anyway? – but there’s also a bit of tea discussion at the end.

So join your sisters as they talk it out and give you their recommendations on everything from favorite tea blends to why date night isn’t always the answer.

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Episode 30-Queries and Quandaries: Deep dives, busy toddlers, and the s-word

In this episode, they’re talking deep-dives- how do you support them- how do you encourage kids to follow interests and passions?

Plus, Cait and Kara chat how to homeschool when you have toddlers in the mix, and just how much should we worry about the “s-word”- socialization?

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Episode 41- Q&A: Our self-care routines

The sisters are chatting self-care in this Q and A episode.

Self-care is SUCH a big topic, so in this episode, Cait and Kara hit on what they try to do each day to keep themselves feeling tip-top. Surprise: they both look forward to books!!

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Do you want a sneak peek into our homeschool days as you plan your homeschool year?

Cait and Kara share daily on their Instagram accounts, so be sure to follow us over there!

And here are some posts about our favorite resources and routines:

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