80: Help for the New Homeschooler

By |2022-08-11T15:21:35-04:00August 9th, 2022|

New homeschoolers can sometimes become overwhelmed with all the new duties a learning lifestyle entails. Having someone who knows what it's like and how to get off to a good start can be a lifesaver. That's why we're interviewing Mary James today. She's a long-time homeschooler (since 1989!) who founded a support group for new homeschoolers, and those who still feel a little new too. It's called Smoothing the Way and we think you'll love Mary's story of Smoothing's inspiration, founding, and growth. And be sure to stay to the end when we answer a very seasonal big question. - SHOW NOTES: - Visit Transcript Maker and get your 14-day free trial! Like our page and join our group on Facebook! Follow us on Instagram! Smoothing the Way - www.smoothingtheway.com - 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!

079: 5 Questions to Answer Before Starting the School Year

By |2022-07-26T10:29:34-04:00July 26th, 2022|

Whether you're still new, or you're a seasoned homeschooler, there are always important questions to answer before starting the school year. Today, we're asking Who, What, Where, When, and Why. By answering these five questions, you'll be able to focus on building your school year, planning for ups and downs, and understanding your student better. Join us today while we discuss what each of the questions mean to us, share our own plans for the coming school year, and share fun stories from our learning lifestyles. And be sure to stay to the end when we discuss a very useful book Holly received in the mail.  If you have any questions or comments, please email us at happyhomeschoolpod@gmail.com SHOW NOTES: Visit Transcript Maker and get your 14-day free trial! Like our page and join our group on Facebook! Follow us on Instagram! Rainbow Resource Center 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!

078: The Happy Homeschooler Podcast Turns 2!

By |2022-07-12T09:56:22-04:00July 12th, 2022|

The Happy Homeschooler Podcast is turning 2, and we're celebrating the occasion! On today's episode, we're chatting about our histories with the podcast, how it's changed over the years, what we've learned by being part of it, and where we hope to see it go in the future. And as a special 2-year treat, we've got Matt Bass himself-- founder of Transcript Maker and producer of The Happy Homeschooler Podcast-- giving us a peek behind the curtain, discussing his own history with homeschooling, how he created Transcript Maker, and more!  If you have any questions or comments, please email us at happyhomeschoolpod@gmail.com SHOW NOTES: Visit Transcript Maker and get your 14-day free trial! Like our page and join our group on Facebook! Follow us on Instagram! 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!

077: Alternative Homeschooling Styles

By |2022-06-28T10:28:57-04:00June 28th, 2022|

If more traditional homeschooling doesn’t suit your life or your family, these alternative homeschooling styles might just be what you’ve been looking for! On today’s episode, your hosts discuss why one might need to switch up their style of homeschooling, how to recognize when you should, and which alternative homeschooling styles are best for you. And stay to the end when we answer a listener email! SHOW NOTES: Visit Transcript Maker and get your 14-day free trial! Like our page and join our group on Facebook! Follow us on Instagram! Project Based Learning Gameschooling Academy on Facebook Roadschooling Families on Facebook The Case for Training Teachers in Object-Based Learning – Smithsonian Waldorf Essentials Worldschooling Wondrium Curiosity Stream MagellanTV 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!

076: Volunteering

By |2022-06-14T11:10:50-04:00June 14th, 2022|

Volunteering is a regular part of many homeschoolers lives, but if you haven't yet made it a habit, you may be wondering where to start. In today's episode, we discuss volunteering, how to find volunteering opportunities, challenges you may face, and all the rewards that can come from volunteering. And be sure to stay to the end of the episode to hear Holly, Jennifer, and Melody discuss their favorite TV show of all time. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at happyhomeschoolpod@gmail.com SHOW NOTES: Visit Transcript Maker and get your 14-day free trial! Like our page and join our group on Facebook! Follow us on Instagram! 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!

075: Reflecting on the Past School Year

By |2022-05-23T23:35:24-04:00May 24th, 2022|

Reflecting on the past school year is so important as a home educator, but we often find ourselves too busy to think to do it. Even for homeschoolers who school year-round, May is a good time to take a moment, breathe deep, and look back at everything that worked and didn't last year. In today's episode, we discuss our own 2022-2023 school years, our triumphs and challenges, and we look forward to the summer and fall. And stay until the end to hear a very inspiring homeschooling news story. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at happyhomeschoolpod@gmail.com SHOW NOTES: Visit Transcript Maker and get your 14-day free trial! Like our page and join our group on Facebook! Follow us on Instagram! Book Riot - 8 Home Library Apps To Keep Your Book Collection Organized KXAN News - 19-year-old Texan becomes youngest African American to graduate law school in US 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.

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