095: The Joys and Challenges of Foreign Languages

By |2023-03-23T23:41:43-04:00March 24th, 2023|

Learning foreign languages can be an immensely enriching experience, exposing you and your student to new perspectives, cultures, and ideas, and can even help you to understand your native language better as well. While foreign language learning can be full of joy, it's not without its challenges. Today, we discuss the joys we've had and the challenges we've faced while teaching foreign languages in our homeschool, as well as all our favorite foreign language resources. And be sure to stay to the end for a special surprise! -- The Happy Homeschooler Podcast is a Transcript Maker Production. It is hosted by Holly Williams Urbach, Melody Gillum, and Jennifer Jones, produced by Matthew Bass, and edited by Norah Williams. Our graphic design is by Pete Soloway and our music is by The Great Pangolin. If you liked this episode, and you’d like to help us grow, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify!

Cheap or Free Homeschooling

By |2023-03-17T13:53:44-04:00March 17th, 2023|General Interest, Homeschool moms|

We're all feeling the pinch of inflation in 2023. Our daily necessities are taking a bigger bite out of our budgets which leaves less money for other categories. For homeschooling families, who generally live on tight budgets anyway, inflation is making many of us wonder how we can homeschool more inexpensively or if we [...]

094: Get Out in Nature!

By |2023-03-10T11:09:07-05:00March 10th, 2023|

Nature is all around us, whether you live in the countryside or in a big city, and it's important to spend time outside. As Charlotte Mason said, "One should not be indoors when one can rightly be out of doors." Getting out into nature can soothe the mind and introduce new interests and ideas for child and parent alike. From sitting outside for lunch to big camping trips to national parks, there's always a way to get out in nature!

Continuing Education for the Home Educator

By |2023-03-03T02:54:09-05:00March 3rd, 2023|Homeschool moms|

Public school teachers are required to participate in continuing professional education to keep their skills sharp and to gain new skills. They go to workshops, training classes, and conventions. Home educators have no such requirements in most cases, but it's no less important for them to develop their own toolbox of teaching skills. To [...]

093: What is The Montessori Method?

By |2023-03-10T11:09:28-05:00February 24th, 2023|

What is the Montessori Method? The Montessori Method is an educational method and philosophy that’s been revolutionizing the way children are taught for over 100 years. Starting from a young age and going all the way up to high school and beyond, the Montessori Method teaches students how to build their independence in ways that reach far beyond the classroom. Today, we’re speaking with Nichole Gant, a head of school at an affiliated Montessori school, all about the Montessori Method, its history, and how homeschoolers can incorporate it into their learning lifestyle. And be sure to stay to the end, when we answer a big question about hybrid homeschooling.

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