Homeschooling with a New Baby {Episode 99}

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Homeschooling with a New Baby, With Anne Guarnera {Episode 99} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

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 the 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.

This episode is sponsored by You Are An Artist Chalk Pastel, Home Science Tools, and TeacherFit/StudentFit.

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This episode is sponsored by You Are An Artist Chalk Pastel. Nana says, “There are NO others on air like the Homeschool Sisters! We take their advice and listen intently to the experiences that they have had teaching their very own children, because these girls KNOW homeschooling: yes, the good, bad, and the ugly! Here in the South, it takes us ten minutes to finish a sentence because we speak so slowly, but the Sisters are a rapid-fire of answers for you all! If we could reach out and give them both a big hug, we definitely would…Thank you both, we still call you our honorary Southerners! From our heart to yours, Nana and Tricia.”

At, we are a homeschool family of three generations offering no-fuss video art lessons for all ages. Lessons are taught by Nana (Lucia Hames) and produced by her daughter, Hodgepodgemom (Tricia Hodges) and the Hodgepodge.

Nana started teaching her five grandchildren around the kitchen table a decade ago. Tricia has been homeschooling since 2000.

Maeghan Macdougall says, “Totally unexpectedly, these lessons have become an anchor. I have something they can all do that is brief but focused, fun but productive. They get complete, tangible proof of effort. A little breakfast, a little prayer, a little Nana. Priceless.”

There is a lesson library for preschoolers to advanced masterclasses. Choose from self-paced to special live lessons. Use our curriculum match up guide or art planner – or simply choose what appeals to your artists – and enjoy art in the way YOU learn best!

Rachel Hoffman says, “This is one of the reasons, I, Mom, love chalk pastels. Not a lot of supplies, inexpensive, and not a huge mess to clean up after we are done.” That’s right! All it takes is one, two, three. Chalk pastels, construction paper, and video art lessons. Grab your free set of Getting Started in Chalk Pastel Art lessons and give them a try!

Sarah Mackenzie of Read-Aloud Revival said, “…my kids are quite smitten with Nana and chalk pastels, both! One of my twins asks to do them about 10,000 times a day.” Not yet a member? Join Nana for her I Drew It Then I Knew It series to match the beautiful learning already happening in your home! Over SIX HUNDRED video art lessons for all ages.

Nana invites you to a special celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas with chalk pastels! Gratitude, twinkling lights and all:

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TeacherFit and StudentFit offer a tailored approach to at-home fitness, yoga, and mindfulness for homeschool parents and their students.

TeacherFit’s mission is to impact the health and wellness of educators to allow them to be their best for their students and in turn impact them to their greatest ability. The benefits of high-intensity functional movement are endless, not to mention sometimes you just need to sweat.  TeacherFit online fitness classes feature 5 new classes each week combining bodyweight, dumbbell, and kettlebell movements designed to build muscle, burn fat, and increase metabolic capacity. Every class features a movement demonstration, recommended alternatives, warm-up, and a cool-down stretch.

New this year, StudentFit is brought to you by TeacherFit. StudentFit is a movement to change the way students around the world look at their health and wellness. StudentFit offers 2 mindfulness practices per week, two 30-minute fitness classes per week, and two 15-minute yoga classes per week.

Use the promo code SISTERS for $10 off StudentFit and/or TeacherFit


This episode is sponsored by Home Science Tools. For over 25 years Home Science Tools has enabled homeschool families to experience the wonder and joy of discovering the world through science. Home Science Tools provides tools and resources for hands-on experiences that inspire parents to nurture a love for learning with their children. Specializing in learning kits, Home Science Tools also provides science equipment, supplies, plus an online Learning Center full of relevant content and advice- all designed for homeschools.

This holiday season, HST’s desire is to help families easily and conveniently finish their shopping early so that they can focus on: cultivating intentional moments as a family, creating amazing magical memories, and just enjoying every moment together without the added stress of last-minute prep and planning. Home Science Tools will be having a “12 Days of Science” sale from November 9th – 20th, where certain categories of science gifts will be discounted! All of these details, plus the gift-giving guide, stocking stuffer guide, and more can all be found on their Christmas gifts page.

Home Science Tools deeply values: Discovery, Creating Magical Memories, Inspiring Future Scientists / Heroes, Strengthening Human Connection, Developing Practical / Life Skills, and Building Confidence & Efficiency – we sincerely hope that you experience these things and more with your families this Christmas season. Stay tuned for a live video series happening on our Home Science Tools Facebook page in December! We’ll be featuring different hands-on experiments that families can do during the holidays to create magical memories; giveaways will be involved for those who do the experiments with their kiddos and share a glimpse into their experience on social media! More details to come.

For helpful gift guides, gift discounts, and all things holiday from Home Science Tools, click here. Still savoring this fall season? Find 40 fall science projects to engage and inspire your kids. Use the promo code SISTERS for 10% off sitewide from now through 11/30/2020. 

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