Cait and Kara are two moms doing this homeschooling thing right beside you. We might not 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.
If you ever feel like you're not measuring up to the curriculum, this is the episode for you.
Cait and Kara talk are breaking down common curriculum worries, and how to make your resources work for you. Remember - you are in charge, and there are so many ways to homeschool - you shouldn't feel bad all the time!
So pour a cup of coffee or tea, and get ready to take charge of your days.
The sisters are back! And in the first episode of Season 7, they're sharing back-to-school and last-day-of-school traditions. Plus, how do you celebrate when you are a learning all the time family?
Cait + Kara also catch everyone up on their summers, plants and more!
It's here sisters - tons of book ideas for you, plus your permission slip to read outside this summer!
Whether you hit the pool, the campground, or the backyard while your kids jump on the trampoline, Cait + Kara are sharing some books they hope to tackle during "summer break."
The sisters are going on break for a bit. They'll be back with new episodes in in the fall. Stay Sweet. See You Next Year and Love Ya Like a Sis!
The sibling relationship is unique, especially when we're young and all living together in the same home. Add homeschooling to that, and it's really vital to have some sibling strategies.
Cait + Kara have called in sibling expert Lynna Sutherland of Homeschooling Without Training Wheels for this episode. Lynna is a mom to 8 and host of the new podcast Sibling Relationship Lab. She also offers sibling courses, devotionals and more through her site.
In this episode, the sisters are joined by Erin Loechner, founder of the international online homeschool community for little ones, Other Goose.
Erin and the sisters are breaking down simple homeschooling with kids ages 2-7 - how to make it intentional and fun, without making yourself crazy.
Cait, Kara and Erin discuss common early years questions and Erin even shares her strategy for engaging her toddler while working with her 6-year-old.
In this episode, the sisters are celebrating a book birthday with friend Pam Barnhill. Her new book Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning with Purpose and Peace is available for sale TODAY!
Get your copy here.
The sisters are sharing this replay episode from last year - one of their most popular episodes so far.
Tune in to learn all about Morning Time, plus all about Pam’s book, Better Together.
This sisters are joined this week by long-time friend Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool!
Jamie has written a new book that is THE guide for introverts and for helping extroverts understand introverts better: Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt and Quiet Joy.
Learn about why introversion is a super power, how to make homeschooling work when you need frequent recharge time, and why to put on pants every day! ;)
The sisters are chatting one-on-one time this week ... How to get it when you're homeschooling and together ALL THE TIME, why it's valuable and what you can do when this just isn't the season for it.
Cait and Kara share simple ideas for one-on-one time at home or when you just have a few minutes and how to make the most of the time we get together.
In this episode, Cait + Kara address a common question they get from parents - how to meet their children's emotional needs, and how to deal with issues like anxiety and more while homeschooling.
With plenty of candor, the sisters are their own experiences with this issue and how they've navigated rough patches (and beyond) with their own children.
Today the sisters are chatting about methods and philosophies and why you don't necessarily need to choose one in order to homeschool.
Cait + Kara share their own experiences, and about learning this lesson the hard way - one of them even got booted from a group! (Wait until you hear the reason).
The sisters also talk about finding support if you don't choose a strict method to follow.
The sisters have a tiny case of spring fever in this episode which covers rhythms, new routines, seasonal changes in the their homeschools and more. (Specifically Bob Ross and The Tiny Chef.)
Join them for a candid chat about how rhythm isn't like a crockpot, and why quarterly reviews are the routine sweet spot.
Sisters, if you just aren't good at playing, or don't especially love playing, this is the episode for you!
Cait + Kara are talking about what you can do if you can't help but think about laundry and dishes when you wish you could just focus on tiny plastic animals.
And if you just really don't want to play, what you can do instead? The sisters have lots of ideas!
Cait + Kara have your back, friends. Tune in and know you are not alone when it comes to this struggle!
Shawna Wingert joins this sisters in this episode to talk about when your homeschool doesn't look like the one next door, and why just because it's different, doesn't mean it's less.
Shawna has just launched a new venture - Different by Design Learning - which creates customized, strength-based learning plans for nontraditional learners.
Learn more at https://nottheformerthings.com/different-by-design-learning-educational-support-for-nontraditional-learners
The sisters are chatting strewing. What is it? How do you do it?
What if your kids hate what you strew? And do you need to start with a book?
Cait + Kara are tackling your strewing questions and queries, and sharing lots of examples of how they use strewing in their homeschools.
Sisters - so many of you have asked for this one, and Cait + Kara are thrilled to finally be able to share it with you.
In this episode, Anne Guarnera of Language Learning at Home is addressing all your foreign language learning questions - from whether we need to start when our kids are tiny, to whether computer-based programs are a viable option.
You're going to love hearing what she has to say.
Cait + Kara are both unexpected homeschoolers. In fact, it's one of the (many) things that bonded them.
Listen in as they share how they ended up homeschooling their kiddos AFTER initially sending their kids to preschool programs. In fact, one of them even quit homeschooling for a short time and sent a child back to school before giving homeschooling another shot.
Also, hear a bit about the upcoming virtual Kindred Co. Homeschool Conference on March 8!
The sisters are sharing their favorite books that inspired them in the early years of parenting and homeschooling.
They each tried to pick 5 without too much overlap ... and ended up with books that helped them gain confidence and learn about topics like nature, play, child development and more.
Cait + Kara are also sharing about the upcoming Kindred Collective Homeschool Conference - an online event where every mama is welcome. Learn more here: https://www.kindredhomeschool.com
The sisters are back with Season 7, and they're talking one of their very favorite topics - Hyggeschooling!
Listen as the sisters talk cozy homeschooling, building atmosphere, and adding twinkle lights everywhere! This episode will inspire you to put on your warmest socks, pour everyone some hot chocolate and actually enjoy February.
Then head over to their site, thehomeschoolsisters.com, and download their new Hyggeschooling Toolkit.
Subscription boxes are so much fun! And they make great holiday gifts. So in this week's episode Cait + Kara are exploring tons of boxes.
From science, to art, to cooking and beyond, the sisters are giving the details on each box, and many of the companies even offered special codes for listeners - just go to the show notes at thehomeschoolsisters.com and look for Episode 57.
The holidays are here, sisters, and if like us, you're feeling just a *tiny* bit overwhelmed, join us for this replay episode with the fantastic Melissa Camara Wilkins.
Melissa is a mama of 6, a writer, homeschooler and Cait + Kara's very favorite resource for living simply and authentically.
Listen as Melissa shares two questions she asks her family each season to bring joy instead of busyness, and as Melissa, Cait and Kara each share their favorite simple holiday traditions.
It's the sisters' first-ever in person, on the road episode!
Cait + Kara are joined by pals Mary Wilson from Not Before & and Alicia Hutchinson from Learning Well Community and the new podcast Over at Alicia's in FLORIDA!
The four of them talk friendships, meeting on the Internet, meeting again in person, and how Awesome Adulting and blogging brought them together.
This episode is real, pretty much live, and all about making friends as a grown-up! Put on your jammies and join in the fun!
In this episode, the sisters dive into game schooling by subject. This is Cait's forté, so Kara does the interviewing, while Cait fills us in on her favorite games for each subject.
So grab your coffee or tea and listen in - but don't fret, you don't have to write these all down! They'll all be in the show notes at http://thehomeschoolsisters.com/2018/11/09/gameschooling-by-subject/
This week this sisters chat deep dives - how do we know how much to "push," and when to let kids just explore interests? Plus, they share all their favorite Harry Potter resources.
We're not saying that Cait and Kara nerd out for a half-hour, but one of them does actually say that's exactly what they do. ;) Listen in as they suggest books, games, activities and more for your favorite little Potter People!
In this week's episode, the sisters are joined by S.D. and Gina Smith.
The Smiths talk candidly about avoiding interruptions when Dad works from home, respecting homeschooling as a vocation and even ideas for getting Dad on board if he's resistant to the idea of homeschooling.
Plus, Sam shares a little about his newest book in the hugely popular Green Ember series, The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner, available Dec. 3.
The sisters are chatting non-fiction today! From their favorite go-to authors, to the books that have stood the test of time in their homes, they are coming to you with tons of recommendations.
Listen in as Cait + Kara chat biographies to encyclopedias, and how to find non-fiction books your kids will adore.
Challenging seasons are just part of life, but when we homeschool, those seasons can feel extra ... tricky.
This is the episode for you if you've navigating something new, and trying to still keep things on track.
Join Cait and Kara as they chat survival strategies and share simple tips - you've got this, sister!
In this week's episode, Cait and Kara chat about what we can do when our kids are curious about public school or maybe even feeling like they are missing out.
From making time for friends, to helping your kids take ownership of their homeschool experience, the sisters address the question: What do I do when my child keeps asking about public school?
Sisters - it's here! The big, bad math episode!
Cait and Kara have been wanting to do a math episode for so long, but they wanted to be sure to talk to an expert who would bring the knowledge, but also put your heart at ease.
So this week, they are interviewing Kate Snow of Kate's Homeschool Math. Kate is a Harvard grad, a teacher, a curriculum creator, the author of 5 books, and she's also a mom who has taught math in her own home, so she knows the unique challenges of homeschool families.
What do you REALLY need to homeschool? In this week's episode, Cait and Kara break it down. They each share 5-ish absolute favorite things that have made a huge difference in their homeschools.
Let the sisters know your top 5! Got to homeschoolsisters.com and fill them in in the comments!
How do we know how to schedule out our days and months with our kids? And when we have kids of different ages, how much can we teach them together?
This week Cait and Kara talk scheduling, pacing, morning time and more!
One of the questions the sisters get it a lot is "How do you get it all done?" You know - parenting, homeschooling, work, fancy meals, decorating, house projects, and on and on ...
So in this episode, Cait and Kara are pulling back the curtain and sharing all that they don't do. There's a lot! And they want to hear from you too. Head over to the show notes at thehomeschoolsisters.com to share what you don't do in this season of life.
In this week's episode, the sisters talk precocious kids, following (and ignoring) parts of a particular methodology, and what to do when our kids dive deep into a subject. Should we follow them down the rabbit hole? Listen in to hear what Cait and Kara have to say.
The sisters are back for Season 5 of the podcast!
Cait and Kara are talking 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.
This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo and Epic! Head to the show notes to learn more: the homeschoolsisters.com
The sisters are popping into your earbuds for just a couple of minutes to talk about planning, back-to-school and fall.
Head to the round-up post over at thehomeschoolsisters.com to read about everything from overcoming overwhelm, to Morning Time, to the sisters' favorite school resources.
And while you're there, please take just a few seconds to fill out the sisters' blog survey. Thank you so much!
The sisters will see you in a just a few weeks!
Are you ready to pack your pool bags full of books that will keep you reading all summer long?
The sisters are back with their book recommendations for the summer!
Cait and Kara share their "Poolside Professional Development" picks - including homeschooling and parenting books - plus their choices for fiction and non-fiction.
If you'd like to try listening to books via Audible this summer, you can get for first book free by going to audible.trial.com/sisters.
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!!
The sisters are joined by Shawna Wingert, author of Parenting Chaos, a new book about explosive kids.
The trio chat explosive behavior - what causes it, the judgment surrounding it, and how we as parents can best respond to it.
If you have ever felt hopeless or helpless about your child's behavior, this episode is a must-listen.
This week, Cait is interviewing Kara! Listen in as we learn a little about Kara's approach to homeschooling, her favorite books, why she isn't a music person (whaaaaat?) and more!
Also, how is Kara fighting zombies? Tune in and find out!
Kara is interviewing Cait today!
The sisters often get questions about which sister is which - so starting today, they are clearing that up! ;)
Hear Cait's favorites, all about her take on homeschooling and more.
Also, zombies. ;)
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."
This week the sisters are talking about reading aloud, and what to do when you have a kiddo with a lot of questions! ;)
From audiobooks to note-taking to snacks, Cait and Kara shares some ideas for keeping everyone on track, and enjoying read-aloud time together.
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.
It's homeschool convention season!! Are you heading to a convention this year? Or have you always had questions about them?
Are they worth the money? How do you avoid overwhelm? And if you're an introvert, can you attend a convention without crying in the bathroom?
The sisters have invited Dawn Garrett, who has gone to every Cincinnati Great Homeschool Convention since it started to answer your questions and help you navigate the world of "conventioning."
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!
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!
Wahoo! The sisters are back for Season 4!
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?
Hygge is everywhere right now - you know why?
Hygge doesn't have a direct translation into English, but the closest word is probably coziness. So in this episode, the sisters are talking twinkle lights, cocoa, books, games, recipes and other ways to slow down your homeschool and embrace the most hyggeligt time of year.
The sisters are joined by Kortney Garrison from One Deep Drawer, and the trio is chatting personality!
They talk Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, Love Languages, and lots of Gretchen Rubin. But they also break-down WHY learning about personality can be valuable, and how personality, and knowing ourselves better, impacts our homeschools.
There's so much goodness in this episode!
In this episode, the sisters are talking meal planning, shopping, and how to keep our homeschoolers fed with their pal Samantha Barnes!
Samantha is the founder of Raddish Kids, a homeschool mom of two, and a culinary instructor who knows what it's really like to try to get dinner on the table when there's already a volcano on said table.
The trio chat dinnertime stress, why homeschoolers seem to be hungry ALL THE TIME, picky selective eaters and time saving hacks.
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 homeschools now.
Come reminisce with the girls!
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The Sisters are 25!!
Of course. You didn't think they were older, right?
In this new episode, Cait and Kara take your questions. It's mostly a homeschool husband-themed episode - will homeschooling destroying 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 the 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.
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!!
The sisters are checking in to let you know what they've been reading, what their kids have been reading, and how fall planning is going. Hint: It's kind of not yet.
Plus, they're sharing a new favorite resource, Epic!, which is like the Netflix of kids books, you guys! They're offering a coupon code to all of you to try it for FREE - so listen for the details, or head to our site to - thehomeschoolsisters.com.
The sisters are popping in to update a previous episode about solo parenting with what they've learned recently. It turns out that you shouldn't try to quit caffeine and meet big deadlines while you husband is out of town! Listen in as the sisters catch-up, share what they're reading, and talk about how to make solo parenting a little easier. For the show notes to the episode, search for Episode 3 at thehomeschoolsisters.com!
In this episode the girls are talking all things summer, and how to take a structured break. Even if we homeschool year-round, we all need a little breather this summer! But how do we take a summer vacation that doesn't turn into chaos and end with chasing a wet dog off the trampoline? The sisters share their ideas, and what they're doing this summer with their kids - outdoor projects, laid-back learning and even a new idea for handling household chores. And head's up sisters - this is the last episode of Season 2. Cait + Kara will be taking their own "structured break," until early August - but don't worry, they are working on lots of fun episodes for Season 3 and will be bringing you some updated episodes from the first two seasons this summer!
The sisters are chatting books! Yeah! They're sharing fun books, plus books to get you ready for homeschooling *next* year - what Cait calls, "Poolside Professional Development" books. (Doesn't that sound so fancy?!) The gals are going to help load your Amazon cart, or make the librarian look at you a little funny, but you'll also get a ton of ideas for books that take you away from it all, and then get you inspired for next year. Warning: Don't try to keep up with them all while listening - we're linking to all of them in the show notes for this episode - just head to thehomeschoolsisters.com.
Are you a blogger, or working mama? Or are you just curious how the business of blogging works behind the scenes? The sisters are joined this week by one of their very favorite bloggers and owner of the Learning Well Community, Alicia Hutchinson! Listen in as they chat about the myth of "balance," and how Alicia and the sisters tackle homeschooling, work, parenting and homemaking without losing their minds. Plus, learn why you shouldn't blog for money. At least, not at first! If you're a working mama or interested in working from home, this episode is a great place to start!
The sisters are answering your questions in this episode - from dads who distract (often with plans that are more fun!), to testing, to weekly homeschool planning. They also chat about homeschooling kids with special needs and how organizational systems save their bacon. So pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and listen in as Cait and Kara share their ideas. Note: You could also pour yourself a giant bowl of potato chips ... wink!
The sisters get questions about screens all the time! So in this episode, they're phoning a friend - The amazing Mary Wilson from NotBefore7! Mary has a great strategy in her home, and she has found peace with this topic, so you're going to love hearing what she has to say. Cait and Kara chat with Mary about all the most common screen questions they receive: How much is too much? How do you find balance between "learning" screen time and "play" screen time? Is technology a monster? Or manageable? And finally, is homeschooling moving more toward technology? If so, how can we embrace that? There is so much wisdom from Mary in this episode! It's like a deep breath for worried parents!
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!
Cait and Kara have been joking about this episode for months and finally made it happen. Warning: This episode might not be appropriate for tiny children, sensitive spouses, grandparents, pastors ... Also, there is some giggling. Because the sisters are getting REAL about being a woman, and how that can affect homeschooling. From cramps to PMS to whether or not being bloated and angry should earn you a sick day from co-op, the gals hope you'll be able to relate to this episode. And that you don't run away screaming. Because there's 16 other episodes where they don't mention this stuff.
In this episode the sisters are answering YOUR questions! Cait + Kara get such great questions from you all, so they're addressing several of them, from finding your tribe, to keeping homeschooling legal, to chores! They even share some ideas for other podcasts. Also, Cait is caught in a Nor'Easter, so Kara sends her a Saint Bernard with a barrel full of tequila. Snow margaritas! Pop the gals in your ears, and let's have some fun!
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!
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!
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 this week by Melissa Camara Wilkins, mama of 6, 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 shares their favorite EASY traditions. Don't freak out, sisters - you've got this season!
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 you are ruining your kids' lives? (It happens, sisters - and here's what you can do.)
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!
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 just is NOT working. Cait and Kara hash it out in this episode and share their tips and ideas. The biggest one? Start small!
The sisters are chatting exercise in this episode! How do they do it? Where do they do it? (It sure isn't like life before kids, but that's OK). We want to encourage you to exercise where you can and how you can - but don't sweat it - this is a guilt-free podcast! ;)
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!
It's the sisters' first slumber party! Cait and Kara chat with Shawna Wingert - writer, speaker, author and mama to two boys with special needs. Do you ever feel like your homeschool just doesn't or can't look like the homeschool next door, or the family from co-op or church, or even all the families on the internet? Shawna joins the sisters to remind you that that's OK, and that just because you have to do things a little differently, that doesn't mean what you are doing is less.
In this episode Cait and Kara talk the early days of homeschooling, share tips for getting started 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. Don't fret if this is your first year - the sisters have got you covered!
If you have a spouse who travels or works a lot - you aren't alone! The sister do too. In this episode, they talk coping strategies, hard-day plans, and how to make times when you are parenting solo fun instead of stressful.
In this episode, we call upon Cait's expertise as a school psychologist and mom to a "world-class worrier." Cait and Kara address worries, how they affect homeschooling, and what to do when worries become too much. If you have a worrier - this episode is a must-listen!
Summer - it's a time for reading books on the porch and sipping lemonade, right? Um ... maybe not. In this episode, Cait and Kara talk summer survival, and trying to find the sweet spot when it comes to how much to do, and when to pack up your beach ball and just go home. From fireworks and parades to summer book clubs and pool-phobia, the sisters will help you feel better about doing summer your way.
Cait and Kara discuss homeschool overwhelm and why moms often feel pulled in so many directions. Cait gives us the details about her Year of Nope, and the sisters share their favorite tips and tricks for getting back on track when things get bumpy.