Finding Your Homeschool Tribe

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Written by Kara S. Anderson

I recently told Cait about one of my early homeschool mom friend fails.

It was pretty much a disaster that ended in the woman yelling into my voicemail, “I don’t know what I did to offend you!!!”

It’s a little funny now, because she had continually criticized everything in my life including my dog’s manners, but the truth is, I don’t get easily offended.

Instead, I wake up one day suddenly full of pluck: “Wait a minute …” I finally say to myself. “I don’t deserve this b.s.” Continue reading

The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump {S2E15}

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Oh, February. It’s a short month, but for homeschoolers, it can feel like it drags for about 2 years. But don’t worry, mamas- Cait and Kara have you covered.

In this episode, the sisters talk about how February is basically like homeschool PMS, “the husband shuffle,” lazy unit studies, and a ton of fun resources including one that Cait terms “math dessert!” Plus, the gals spill the beans about their MASSIVE February giveaway.

So don’t worry, homeschool mamas- February is notoriously hard, but you’ve got this, sister!

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Back-Pocket Games Will Save Your Bacon this Winter

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

I am a New England girl, born and raised. I absolutely love each of our four seasons. I look forward to each change and the traditions that each season brings with it.

That said, I’m just not happy when I’m cold. And I’m cold a lot. So, winter can be… tricky. And don’t even get me started on February…

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Winter Homeschooling: Letting Go, Making Space, and Getting Cozy {S2E14}

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Winter Homeschooling: Letting Go, Making Space, and Getting Cozy {S2E14}

The sisters are talking winter (homeschool) survival in the first episode of Season 2! Listen in to their intentions for the new year (it has a bad word in it, you guys!), how they are keeping a Christmas Break feeling in their homeschools, and ways to bring hygge, or togetherness and coziness to your everyday.

Feeling overwhelmed already by short, dark days? The sisters are back, baby, and they’ve got some ideas to make winter feel joyful and warm, even when it’s really darn cold outside!

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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast | Season 1 Episode Guide

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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast: Season 1 Episode Guide

The Homeschool Sisters Podcast | Season 1 Episode Guide

Cait and Kara are two homeschooling moms doing this homeschooling thing out right beside you. On this podcast, we talk about real life homeschooling, books, caffeine addiction and surviving and thriving through these wonderful years.

We don’t 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.

So grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s hang out … Do people still say that? Continue reading

What Every Homeschool Mom Really Wants This Holiday Season

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

Kara and I were going to take the month of December off, to do all of the things Melissa suggested, and to work a little bit behind the scenes here at The Homeschool Sisters Podcast.

But, we received a question this week and, after chatting about it, it seemed like the time is NOW to answer it.

Because this is the time of year when we tend to acquire a lot of stuff and, unfortunately, a lot of the stuff isn’t necessarily helpful. And so if this post can help you politely suggest an alternative when your husband/mother/sister-in-law inquires, that’s wonderful! If not, just save it in your back pocket and use it as a wish list. Start small and go from there.

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You Don’t Have to Do All the Things: A special holiday episode with Melissa Camara Wilkins {S1E13}

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You Don’t Have to Do All the Things: A special holiday episode with Melissa Camara Wilkins {S1E13}

The holidays are here and if, like us, you are feeling just a *little* behind, grab a giant cup of coffee or tea and curl up with this episode! The sisters are joined by Melissa Camara Wilkins, mama of six, writer, homeschooler, and the sisters’ favorite resource for living simply and authentically.

Listen as Melissa shares two questions she asks herself and her family each season to bring joy instead of overwhelm, and as Melissa, Cait, and Kara share their favorite EASY traditions.

Don’t freak out sisters- you’ve got this season! Continue reading

Support The Homeschool Sisters

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Did you know that you can support The Homeschool Sisters Podcast via purchases you’re already making?

Many listeners have asked how they can support The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. Well, guess what? You can support us … and doing so is super-simple!

Do you shop online? Click our link first. You won’t pay any extra, but a small percentage goes toward The Homeschool Sisters Podcast to help offset our expenses. Every little bit counts, and we are so grateful for your support! Continue reading

Homeschooling in December without losing your cookies

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Written by Kara S. Anderson

This week, we officially enter a time of year that many people refer to as “the holidays.”

And then they sigh. And then they stuff down a panic attack.

Because “the holidays” in our culture has come to mean a time of busyness and stress – a time when all of our shortfalls feel so obvious and our chance to make memories feels so short.

We all feel like we are doing it wrong, and everyone else is doing it better, and then when you add homeschooling to that … it’s sort of a Christmas miracle that more of us don’t end up passed out under the tree, full of eggnog and self-loathing.

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Keep it Classy: The Sisters’ Guide to Dealing with Homeschool Doubters {S1E12}

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Keep it Classy: The Sisters’ Guide to dealing with homeschool doubters {S1E12}

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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