Hey, Mama! HOMESCHOOL SHOW
By The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
Hey, Mama! HOMESCHOOL SHOWDec 04, 2023
Episode 45: Homeschooling through the Holidays with Games
Homeschool with ease this holiday season—with games! Tune in while Heather shares:
Specific games to play with young children, teens, and families
Dealing with sibling rivalry
It’s Episode 45 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Homeschooling through the Holidays with Games.” More at HomeschoolShow.com.
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Episode 44: A Holiday Season of Rest
Keep the holiday season merry and bright with restful tips and ideas to keep the education going in December. It’s Episode 44 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“A Holiday Season of Rest,” where Heather chats with special guest and homeschool mom Kristin Stewart about how to slow down during the busy season ahead. Listen and connect at HomeschoolShow.com. Today’s episode is brought to you by Reading Eggs! Want to make learning to read fun for your homeschoolers? Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning online reading curriculum for ages two to thirteen, covering phonics, sight words, comprehension, and more.
A Thanksgiving Unit Study
It’s unit study time! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with Christine Weller of SchoolhouseTeachers.com. In Episode 43 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“A Thanksgiving Unit Study,” not only will you walk away with craft and activity ideas, but you will be challenged and inspired. Quick and easy links to the resources mentioned are found at HomeschoolShow.com.
Does Anyone but Me Care About This Chaos?
Are you buried so deep in your daily responsibilities that you no longer know which way is up or down? In Episode 41 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: Does Anyone but Me Care About This Chaos? Deborah Wuehler shares practical ways to overcome this paralyzing feeling that can sometimes sneak up on homeschool moms. Find the show notes for this episode on HomeschoolShow.com.
What if My Reader Is Delayed?
Worried your child has a reading delay? Help is here. In Episode 42 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“What if My Reader Is Delayed?” Stephanie Morrison outlines practical measures you can take—beginning today. Find more helpful tips on HomeschoolShow.com.
Healthy meals while homeschooling? Yes, please! In Episode 40 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: Meal Planning, Stephanie Morrison and Christine Weller give us a glimpse into their kitchens and the lessons learned within their walls. Come hungry for knowledge, and leave filled with wisdom! Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
When Should You Teach Foreign Language and Why?
Expand your child’s horizons without stepping out of your front door! Introducing a foreign language into your homeschool opens up a new world of opportunity. In Episode 39 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: When Should You Teach Foreign Language and Why? Christine and Stephanie explain how you can get started today. Find the show notes for this episode on HomeschoolShow.com.
Raising Boys; Raising Girls
What unique challenges do you face while raising boys or raising girls? In Episode 38 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: Raising Boys; Raising Girls, boy mom Christine Weller shares valuable insight on this topic with special guest and girl mom Kristin Stewart. Despite the challenges, the benefits outweigh them all. Be inspired by Christine and Kristin’s conversation today! Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
Reaching Your Rebel's Heart
Can a homeschool mama reach the heart of a rebel? In Episode 37 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: Reaching Your Rebel’s Heart, Stephanie Morrison reminds parents that they are not wrestling against flesh and blood. The battle is the Lord’s. Mamas can reach a rebel’s heart not in their own strength but by using God’s Word, prayer, and faith. Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
Is Internet Learning a Good Thing? What Are My Options?
Trying to balance online and offline learning in your homeschool? Online learning options are incredibly valuable when implemented properly, and balance is key. In Episode 36 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: Is Internet Learning a Good Thing? Heather discusses this topic with valuable insight from Cailin Sandvig of Homeschool Plus. Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
Generational Homeschooling / Second Generation Homeschoolers
The seeds you plant today as you homeschool will bear fruit in the next generation. Hear more good news from Deborah Wuehler as she shares wisdom from over thirty years of homeschooling in Episode 35 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: Generational Homeschooling/Second Generation Homeschoolers. Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
What Kind of Homeschooler Am I?
What kind of homeschooling works best? Christine Weller walks listeners through popular styles such as classical, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, relaxed, and eclectic. Learn how to plan based on your goals, styles, strengths, and weaknesses, and apply approaches once you know the direction you want to take with your kids. It’s all in Episode 34 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: What Kind of Homeschooler Am I? Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
When Mamas Cry
Could you use a healthy way to deal with feeling frustrated and overwhelmed? Stephanie Morrison points moms in the right direction in Episode 33 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“When Mamas Cry.” Don’t miss today’s show notes. They’re filled with encouraging resources to keep you homeschooling—even when the tears come. HomeschoolShow.com.
Art and Photography
Why are art and photography important for our families and homeschools? We don’t see the future of our children, but God does. Deborah Wuehler shares how electives like art and photography can impact children’s future careers and ministry. It’s Episode 32 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Listen and connect at HomeschoolShow.com.
Will My Child Always Struggle With Spelling?
“Will My Child Always Struggle with Spelling?” It’s Episode 31 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Homeschool mom Heather Vogler shares ideas and resources you can use to tailor spelling instruction to carefully meet each child’s unique needs. You’ll also hear about connections between reading, writing, and spelling. Plus gain beautiful insight on the topic by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon, author of the beloved Spelling Power curriculum. Find a treasure of possibilities for your homeschool found in the show notes at HomeschoolShow.com.
Should Preschoolers be Homeschooled?
Should Preschoolers be Homeschooled? Christine Weller says, “Yes!” She shares ideas for educational explorations to help you homeschool preschool. Moms of littles, don’t miss out on the quick years with your preschoolers, and don’t miss Episode 30 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
Bible . . . More Than a School Subject
We need the Bible in our homeschools to equip us and our children to navigate the craziness of this world with the heart of Jesus. Be uplifted by Stephanie Morrison’s thoughts on “Bible. . . More Than a School Subject.” It’s Episode 29 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Find show notes for every episode at HomeschoolShow.com.
When You Need Help: Where to Find Support
Feeling alone or overwhelmed in homeschooling or motherhood? Here’s your support! All moms will appreciate Episode 28 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show as Deborah Wuehler points listeners in the right direction in “When You Need Help: Where to Find Support.” Don’t miss the show notes, overflowing with hope and resources, on HomeschoolShow.com.
Before You Begin: Getting and Staying Organized
There's no college degree to prepare you to be a homeschool mom. Are you getting what you need? Heather Vogler focuses on resources especially for parents in Episode 27 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Before You Begin: Getting and Staying Organized.” Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
Homeschool Planning: Breathing Room and Simplicity
Tune in to Episode 26 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, “Homeschool Planning: Breathing Room and Simplicity.” Heather Vogler from The Old Schoolhouse® interviews homeschool legend Cynthia Simunovich, Director of Branson Academy. Hear Cynthia’s wisdom from decades of homeschooling and supporting other families so they have the best homeschool experience possible. The show notes filled with links are waiting for you on HomeschoolShow.com.
Lapbooks, Notebooks, or Unit Studies – Should I Use Them?
“Lapbooks, Notebooks, or Unit Studies—Should I Use Them?” What are their benefits? Are they a good fit for your homeschool and your kids’ learning styles? Find out all about these tools from Christine Weller in Episode 25 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®. See HomeschoolShow.com for show notes.
Preparing for Life After High School
How can you help your homeschooler get ready for adult life? What are the options? When to start? Stephanie Morrison and Barbori Garnet discuss aspects to consider for “Preparing for Life After High School” in Episode 24 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. If you have a teen, tune in! Find the show notes filled with resources on HomeschoolShow.com.
The Freedom of Home Education
Freedom is a beautiful thing. The freedom of homeschooling creates strong families, among many other rewards and benefits. Strong families provide hope for a stronger society. You won’t want to miss Deborah Wuehler’s perspective in Episode 23 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “The Freedom of Home Education.” Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
Creating Adventures for Independence Day
What are your plans for Independence Day? Tap into Deborah Wuehler’s thoughts for creating adventures that will make the entire month of July memorable. She outlines fun unit study ideas full of freedom and patriotic activities. Listen to Episode 22 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Creating Adventures for Independence Day,” then plan your family’s adventures! Find the show notes on HomeschoolShow.com.
Teachable Moments: Interruptions or Appointments?
Here’s an episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show that will shift your perspective when plans are interrupted. Join Christine Weller for Episode 21, “Teachable Moments: Interruptions or Appointments?” It’s an interesting question, and your homeschool will be blessed by Christine’s thought-provoking answer. Find the show notes full of resources just for you, Mama, on HomeschoolShow.com.
How Can We Celebrate the Homeschool Dad?
In this delightful interview with her husband, Stephanie Morrison provides useful ways to honor and encourage the homeschool dad. Don’t miss episode 20 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “How Can We Celebrate the Homeschool Dad?” Honest, entertaining, and memorable. Mamas, this may be just what you need to hear today. Find show notes on https://HomeschoolShow.com.
Teaching Writing – Is It Always a Challenge?
Do you like teaching writing in your homeschool? Even if putting thoughts on paper comes naturally to you, teaching writing can be tricky. Deborah Wuehler, the senior editor of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, shares ideas and tips as she talks rewriting, polishing, moving words around, and more in “Teaching Writing—Is It Always a Challenge?” It is Episode Nineteen of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Find the show notes, filled with resources on today’s topic, at https://HomeschoolShow.com.
Help! I Want My Kids to Be Good Financial Stewards
In Episode 18 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, Christine Weller and Stephanie Morrison come together with ideas and important information on teaching kids how to handle money wisely. Hear tips on incorporating simple conversations and resources that you can use now for teaching little ones to teens how to be good financial stewards. The show notes, available on http://HomeschoolShow.com, for “Help! I Want My Kids to Be Good Financial Stewards” are loaded with excellent resources to equip you.
Living Books and Good Literature – What Are They?
Would you believe that a man who holds several degrees and founded a book business actually hated reading books when he was a child? Dr. Mark Hamby is now ensuring that the excellent, character-building books of yesterday are available for today’s generation through Lamplighter Ministries. Hear his incredible story of salvation and glean from his wisdom regarding home education in Episode 17 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Living Books and Good Literature—What Are They?” You’re going to love this episode! Show notes are available on http://HomeschoolShow.com.
Remembering Why We Homeschool
Is homeschooling the right path? Is it worth all of the time invested? Today’s host, Christine Weller, is a public school employee turned homeschool mom. She leaves no doubt that home is an excellent place to learn. Listen to today's episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Remembering Why We Homeschool” and be reminded that teaching children at home goes way beyond academics. Remember, Mama, you get to teach values and life skills. Every day your children learn priceless lessons about family too. Listen to Episode 16, read the show notes on http://HomeschoolShow.com, then write down your own reasons for homeschooling and remind yourself—you’re on the right path.
Help When Special Needs Are Hard
Could you use a little help when special needs are hard? Whether you are homeschooling a child with autism, dyslexia, or any other challenge—diagnosed or undiagnosed—today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show will fill you with hope and ideas that you can implement right at home. Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse offers five approaches to resilient home education for your unique learner in Episode Fifteen: “Help When Special Needs Are Hard.” Find the show notes filled with helpful resources at https://HomeschoolShow.com.
How Should We Celebrate the Homeschool Mom?
Homeschool moms, there are so many reasons to celebrate you for your service to your families! But is there danger in just focusing on ourselves for one day on Mother’s Day? What if we are not celebrated as moms as we think we should be? We observe Mother’s Day once a year, but Heaven celebrates moms every day when we do the eternal work of making God’s Son known to our children and living a cross-centered life. Hear Deborah Wuehler’s gentle and interesting perspective on the work of a mother in Episode Fourteen of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “How Should We Celebrate the Homeschool Mom?” Be encouraged with resources just for homeschooling moms in the show notes at https://HomeschoolShow.com.
Cursive and Copywork
The best thing we can do is teach our children to copy Jesus and His Word. We can never underestimate the power of the Word of God in our children’s hearts and minds. It is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. In fact, speaking of copying, Jesus had something to say about that. He copied His Father. He only did what He saw His Father doing. John 5:19 says, “So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.’” We would do well to teach our children to copy Jesus. Learn more from Deborah Wuehler, senior editor of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, in Episode Thirteen of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Cursive and Copywork. Find the show notes, overflowing with resources, on https://HomeschoolShow.com.
High School Grads: What Do They Look Like?
Are you planning to homeschool through high school? What happens next? How do you prepare your teen for life as a homeschool grad? Start by listening to Episode twelve of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “High School Grads: What Do They Look Like?” Host Christine Weller of The Old Schoolhouse® presents excellent resources for parents who are considering high school at home as well as options for high school grads. If you have a teen, tune in! Find the show notes, filled with connections, for “High School Grads: What Do They Look Like?” on http://HomeschoolShow.com.
The Socialization Myth Debunked
There’s a reason kids have parents. There’s a reason God created the family. As parents, we should be the main influence in our kids’ lives and guide their interactions to benefit their personalities and potential. As homeschooling parents, that’s exactly what we get to do. Homeschooling provides kids with a social environment and social experience that gives them good habits and prepares them for real life. Stephanie Morrison from The Canadian Schoolhouse has been homeschooling for fifteen years and knows that socialization happens in a variety of ways, including in families. She hosts today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, and you won’t want to miss this one: “The Socialization Myth Debunked.” See the show notes for more resources on this topic at https://HomeschoolShow.com.
What to Do When Mom Is Exhausted
Are you tired, Mama? Tired, not just in your body, but in spirit? Whether it is an exhausting day or a weary season of life, there are practical ways to find balance when mom is tired. Deborah Wuehler has learned much on the topic, having homeschooled for over thirty years. She lovingly points listeners in the right direction as host of today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “What to Do When Mom Is Exhausted.” More resources on this topic are waiting for you at https://HomeschoolShow.com.
Attending Homeschool Conventions: Is It Necessary?
Are you on the fence about attending a homeschool convention? Did you know that you will get to choose workshops on topics important to you? Plus, curriculum authors will be there to answer your questions in the vendor hall. College representatives attend, too, and actively recruit homeschoolers. They will fill you in on early credit or dual enrollment opportunities for your high schooler. You may want to bring Dad and the whole family. Or turn the convention experience into a girls’ weekend and road trip with your friends. You will come away with so much quality information and support that you might just want to make attending homeschool conventions an annual event! Heather Vogler interviews Gena Suarez in Episode Nine of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Attending Homeschool Conventions: Is It Necessary?” Find the show notes full of resources you will appreciate on https://HomeschoolShow.com.
When They Won’t Listen – How to Gain Attention
Frustrated and discouraged because your child won’t listen? Tune in for practical tips that you can use right now to help your child have open ears to hear and an open heart to obey. Be encouraged by Christine Weller of The Canadian Schoolhouse, the host of today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “When They Won’t Listen – How to Gain Attention.” Don’t miss today’s show notes full of resources and encouragement on https://HomeschoolShow.com.
The Importance of Art and Music
Goals, perseverance, problem-solving, relationships, math, confidence, stress relief—did you know these are all areas our children improve with art and music? Stephanie Morrison from The Canadian Schoolhouse shares insight on providing creative outlets in our homeschools in today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “The Importance of Art and Music.” View the show notes and full of resources on this topic at https://HomeschoolShow.com.
Teen Rebels and Prodigals
Have hope! Teenage rebels can be taught to battle the enemy of their souls instead of battling their parents. Find out what you can do—starting today—if raising a rebellious child. Listen to Episode Six of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Teen Rebels and Prodigals.” Deborah Wuehler, a homeschooling mother of eight and the senior editor of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, hosts this episode and draws from her own ten years of parenting a rebellious and dearly loved child. She shares tips that will enable you not just to survive these years but to find purpose in them. Learn how to bring your child closer to your heart and into fellowship with God. Find the show notes for “Teen Rebels and Prodigals” at https://HomeschoolShow.com
STEM and Science Fairs
Why is the sky blue? Discover the answer—and more—with simple science experiments you can use in your homeschool with today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast. Fall in love with science as Heather Vogler and Sheila Chairvolotti of The Old Schoolhouse® walk through simple, yet fascinating experiments, including a chromatography experiment for botany studies. You will learn about incredible resources available for SchoolhouseTeachers.com members, like World Book access. Plus, you will find guidance on selecting a microscope, and you may even be inspired to form your own science co-op. Find the show notes for “STEM and Science Fairs” on https://HomeschoolShow.com.
Surviving Winter Depression
In seasons of discouragement or winter depression, turn to God as the provider of comfort and encouragement. Deborah Wuehler, homeschooling mother of eight and senior editor of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, hosts Episode Four of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Surviving Winter Depression.” The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine publisher Gena Suarez adds a reminder: “Eyes up, Mama.” Find even more encouragement for “Surviving Winter Depression” in the show notes available on https://www.HomeschoolShow.com.
Non-Readers and Non-Writers: What to Do?
Discover fresh ideas for supporting your non-readers and non-writers. Christine Weller of The Canadian Schoolhouse hosts today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show and shares fun ideas for getting your child interested in reading and writing. Find the show notes for “Non-Readers and Non-Writers: What to Do?” on HomeschoolShow.com.
What is a Homeschool Dad’s Role?
Stephanie Morrison, Canada Team Manager from The Old Schoolhouse®, shares thoughts on the unique role fathers may play in home education. Plus, hear wisdom from seasoned homeschool dads speaking at the recent Virtual Family Retreat. Find the show notes at HomeschoolShow.com.
When Math Brings Tears
Deborah Wuehler kicks off the first-ever Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast with Episode #1: “When Math Brings Tears.” You may recognize Deborah from her regular columns as Senior Editor in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Her gentle encouragement comes from homeschooling her own eight unique learners over the past thirty-one years. Gain wisdom for teaching every stage of math with early learners, high schoolers, or anyone in between. Listening to Deborah will help you look at math—and your children—in a beautiful new way.