Let's Talk Homeschool
By Davis Carman
Brought to you by Apologia
Let's Talk HomeschoolDec 04, 2023
#200 Doing Family - Bringing Babies Home (part 10 of 12)
In this episode, we encourage families to "Do Family" by taking the first 6-8 weeks of bringing a newborn home and really focusing on them, even if this means stepping away from "school" for a period of time.
#199 M is for Mama
In this show, Davis interviews Abbie Halberstadt. She is a homeschooling mama of 10 and author of two books: M is for Mama and Hard is Not the Same as Bad.
#197 The Washington Post Writes About the Surge in Homeschooling
A recent Washington Post article reports that homeschooling has been the fastest growing form of education in the last three years growing 50% compared to only 7% for private schools and a 4% decline in the number of public school students.
#196 Homeschooling During the Holidays
We're talking about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. How can you lower the stress level and increase the joy? We offer some practical ideas.
#195 Top 8 Medical Advances
In the year 2000, the British Medical Journal set out to list the top medical advances since 1840. Using Kevin Swanson's book EPOCH as a reference (pp 434-441), I summarize the top 8. You will note that all the scientists, researches, and physicians were Christians. Maybe one of your homeschool children is a budding creation-based scientist who will come up with a medical advancement to help mankind over the course of the next century.
#194 The Science Behind a Solar Eclipse
In this episode, we talk about our trip to San Antonio, TX to witness the annular solar eclipse of Oct. 14, 2023. We also discuss the difference between a TOTAL solar eclipse and an ANNULAR solar eclipse.
#193 Doing Family: Responsibilities (part 9 of 12)
As we continue this series, in this show we talk about ideas for making the most of projects and responsibilities with your kids. Some keys include doing it with them, not worrying about how long it will take to complete, and not being obsessive about the quality of the work. IOW, focus on the relationship building!
#192 Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology - The Human Body
In this show, we talk with Rachael Yunis, co-author of Apologia's advanced biology course - The Human Body.
#191 Homeschool Longevity
How long does a typical homeschool last? One year? Two years? Three? For those that make it for the long-haul, when do they come to that decision? Davis shares ran data from NC to help answer these questions. And he makes some real life application.
#190 Devotional - Historic Route 66
In this short devotional, we encourage listeners to learn the big picture of the Bible (with its 66 books) in the same way you would want to know the context and big picture before you set out on a road trip along historic Route 66.
#189 Words of Wisdom from 26 Years of Homeschooling
In this show, we share a list of 26 words of wisdom (from 26 years of homeschooling) to help you have an awesome homeschool year.
#188 Can I Get an iWitness
In this show, I interview Doug Powell, author of the iWitness series. There are 8 books in this collection of beautifully illustrated, highly visual, and throughly engaging apologetics books.
#187 Top 10 Reasons to Homeschool
We actually have a list with hundreds of good reasons to homeschool. We picked ten of the top ones to share with you in this episode.
#186 Doing Family: Activities (part 8 of 12)
We continue the "Doing Family" series by discussing extra-curricular activities and how to practically, intentionally, and best practice Deuteronomy 6 moments as you "walk along the way."
#185 A Response to Shiny Happy People
#184 Movies and Meaning
In this show, we talk with David Webb, instructor with Apologia's Live Online Classes. We discuss how to be intentional about movie watching.
#183 Doing Family: Traditions (part 7 of 12)
We continue our "Doing Family" series by discussing family traditions - the ones that are started intentionally and the ones that happen naturally.
#182 Devotional - The Only Person Who Can Forgive
This is a short devotional based on Luke 5:21
#181 Radically Intentional Parenting - A "Best of" Show
Some of our most listened to shows are the 13 in this series titled: Radically Intentional Parenting. Those shows were aired a long time ago. So we wanted to bring them back to the top with this repeat of the introduction. Here's all the shows in the series so that you can quickly go back in time and listen to them at your convenience. #31, 34, 36, 38, 45, 46, 48, 50, 55, 58, 60, 64, and 72.
#180 Exploring Creation with Earth Science
In this show, we talk with Rachael Yunis, author of Exploring Creation with Earth Science. Find out why lesson 13 in this course is her favorite.
#179 The Word in Motion
In this episode, I ask Rachael (my wife and author of The Word in Motion) six questions about the Bible curriculum she wrote.
#178 Why Study Science from a Creation Perspective?
Our guest in this show is Sherri Seligson, author of several Apologia courses including Exploring Creation with Marine Biology and General Science, 3rd Edition. The main theme in this episode is WHY to teach science from a creation-based vantage point?
#177 Doing Family - Meal Times (part 6 of 12)
This series is titled "Doing Family." In this episode, we talk about one of the 4 Deuteronomy opportunities to "teach your children diligently." This one is when you sit. And meal times are a wonderful time to experience what we call Deuteronomy 6 moments. There's planning, shopping, cooking, eating, clean up, and all the details associated with each. Oh, and don't forget what should be obvious: No digital devices at the table.
#176 Loving, Learning, Laughing
This is a conference workshop by Rachael Carman titled "Loving, Learning, Laughing" and is presented in its entirety.
#175 Family - Our Best Apologia Ever
In this episode, we share a presentation in its entirety by Davis from 2016 at the CHEA homeschool conference in Pasadena, CA.
#174 Doing Family, Obedience Training (part 5 of 12)
We continue our series titled "Doing Family" with a look at Ephesians 6:1-4, and the importance of getting a handle on teaching our kids to obey. This is very important work for a parent, and you want to get their heart, not just their behavior. We offer some practical tips to do this well and enjoy being in the trenches.
#173 Devotional - The Glory of God Leads Us to Worship
This episode is a short devotional based on 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
#172 Six Ways to Be a Super Hero Parent
In this show, we share six practical ways you can be a super hero parent to your children.
#171 Vicki Dincher - Creator of the Student Notebooks
In this episode, we talk with Vicki Dincher, creator of the Apologia Student Notebooks. She tells us how the idea for the Student Notebooks came to be, the features and benefits of this resource, and some subtle but important differences between the 7th and 8th grade Students Notebooks and the ones for high school students.
#170 Doing Family: Worship Time (part 4 of 12)
In this part of the Doing Family series, we discuss family worship. What is it? Why is it important? How can you do it well? And much more. We believe it's one of the most important things you can include in your family routines.
#169 Homeschool Graduations
In this episode, I present a homeschool graduation speech that I've given a few times. It's titled: Learn, Live, and Defend the Faith.
#168 The Revival Right in Front of You
In February, a revival unexpected started at Asbury College - a small college in a sleepy little town of Kentucky. This is great news, and many people were paying attention and asking what this could mean and how this could influence good change in our culture. It turns out that a revival has been underway right in front of us for 40-50 years. Tune in and find out what we're talking about.
#167 Preschool Science - Exploring Creation Together
In this show, I interview Rachael Yunis, the author of Apologia's new preschool science course. If you have preschool aged children, then you will want to listen and learn about this exciting new curriculum and how to use it in your homeschool.
#166 Homeschool Teachers are AMAZING
This is a presentation by Davis given during Apologia's 2017 Home School Teacher Appreciation Day.
#165 Doing Family: When You Rise Up (part 3 of 12)
We continue our 12-part series called "Doing Family" in this episode. We discuss morning routines and how to get the day started on the right foot by focusing on good and setting a happy and peaceful tone in the home. Oh. And we talk about morning responsibilities.
#164 Five Big Ideas from Charlotte Mason
In this show, we review big ideas about the Charlotte Mason teaching philosophy. We also explain three key differences between Charlotte Mason and traditional classical education.
#163 Exploring Creation with Mathematics
In this show, I talk with Kathryn Gomes, author of the Exploring Creation with Mathematics series for grades 1 to 6.
#162 Doing Family: Weekly Planning Time (part 2 of 12)
This is a 12-part parenting series titled: Doing Family. In this episode, we discuss the value and importance of making sure you schedule a time each week for Mom to get a break and do some planning.
#161 A Vision Realized
We look back at the spring of 2020 when Apologia's vision was realized for two months. And what is our vision? We want to see millions of families all around the world homeschool their kids from birth all the way through high school graduation.
#160 Homeschooling with Amazing Focus and Stunning Confidence
Homeschooling is hard work. And we want you to be able to do this with confidence. Then there's so many things to keep up with: the kids, the house, the family, yourself. In this show, we offer 5 moves to help you homeschool with amazing focus and stunning confidence.
#159 EPOCH - The Rise and Fall of Education in the West
Kevin Swanson is the author of EPOCH - The Rise and Fall of the West. His book looks at the church, culture, law, science, and other areas of civilization during the last 2000 years. In this show we focus on the rise and fall of education providing a concise look at how things have changed through the years when it comes to education.
#158 Doing Family: Introduction (part 1 of 12)
This is the introduction to a new 12-part parenting series titled: Doing Family. We give a quick preview to the 10 topics we'll cover between this introduction and the summary (part 12 of 12).
#157 Don't Bring Public School Home
It's a very real temptation to bring your own public or private school experience home. After all, it's all you know. But homeschooling is meant to be significantly different (and better) than the public or private school options. In this show, we share some practical tips to help show you how to NOT bring the failing system into your homeschool experience.
#156 Devo - The Lord's Prayer
This is a devotional based on Matthew 6:9. Hallowed by Thy Name. How will our daily lives be impacted if we recognize and declare that God is holy? In this short devotional, I offer four possibilities.
#155 The Let's Talk Homeschool Refresh
In this show, Davis & Rachael share some tweaks you will experience with the podcast this year. They also disclose some of the topics and series you can expect to hear throughout the year.
#154 Real Refreshment - The Podcast
In this show, we talk about Rachael's other podcast. It's called Real Refreshment. And there are all kinds of changes and big news announcements to make about the show, its content, how often a new show drops, and the partner we teamed up with to add promotional horsepower.
#153 Goal Setting - Your One Big Thing
In this year's goal setting episode, we discuss your one big thing. This is the one goal or action item that you want to get done this week that will make all the difference in the world. Decide what that one thing is, and for heaven's sake, get it done this week. After all, you said it will make all the difference in the world toward achieving your goals for the year.
#152 Why January is a Great Time to Start Homeschooling
In this episode, we talk about why January is a great time to start homeschooling. We also give some practical ways on how to make a January start work well for you and your children.
#151 Mary Remembers (A Christmas Dramatization)
This is our Christmas gift to you. A dramatization of the Nativity story by Rachael Carman. We also include an original song from the perspective of one of Jesus's siblings titled: This Brother of Mine. We hope you enjoy.
#150 One of the Best Gifts for Your Kids
It's Christmas, which is a gift-giving time of the year. So while people are talking about good gifts to give others, we decided to reveal what we believe is one of the best gifts you can give your kids. See if you can figure it out before we spill the beans.