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Homeschool resources, tips, strategies and tactics to help Catholic Homeschool Moms. Kerry Olvera interviews other Moms who are successfully homeschooling, and balancing their work and family lives.

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  • Katherine of Celtic College Connections: College Bound Homeschoolers
    Tue, Jun 06, 2017

    Katherine is a consultant for all college bound students, but knows very well the needs of the Catholic Homeschool families.Listen in as Katherine discusses how and when to prepare your students for college life, and all the facets that surround that decision.Financial aid, choosing a major, picking a school, and how to prepare for it all over four years of high school.

  • Ginny Kochis: Work at Home Mom and Homeschooling Mother
    Sun, May 28, 2017

    Ginny Kochis: Work at Home Mom and Homeschooling Mother by Kerry Olvera

  • Fatima 100 Years Sts Jacinta and Francisco
    Sun, May 14, 2017

    This is a brief description of the three seers Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia on the 100 year anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

  • 20 Years of Homeschooling with Pam S.
    Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    Pam has been married for 27 years and has 7 children ranging from 24 to 11. So, she has been homeschooling for 20 years now. She has had 6 children to homeschool at a given time. Although she is down to having only 3 children left to homeschool, she still has lots of experience for us to draw from.In this episode, you will also learn:How her family uses morning prayersWhy she recommends daily MassThe benefits of the band and orchestral program in her local communityHow the Homeschool Co-Op supports the home studiesWhy she feels having another person grade papers objectively is importantWays she is preparing her children for collegeHow testing and writing papers has been important for college prepWays she motivates her children that have special learning needsHow the “Sandwich Generation” Pam is in affects her homeschoolingWhat keeps Pam motivated to continue to homeschool for over 20 yearsHow praying the Rosary has changed her familyThe impact that a visit to Rome had on her familyHow the arts have played a role in her children's developmentWay her faith has taught her family to serve othersThe key to the future of her familyHow Pam describes her familyRecommended Reading:Rediscover Jesus - Matthew KellyThe Hidden Power of Kindness - FatherThe End of the Present World

  • Homeschooling Through an 18 Year Age Difference
    Sat, Dec 19, 2015

    Michelle met her husband at college and has been married 27 years. They have 7 children, comprised of 6 boys and 1 girl and they range in age from 24 years old to 6 years old. Her husband wanted a large family and to homeschool the children. Michelle said you can have a large family, but not homeschooled because she was so overwhelmed at the thought of it.Her children started out in Catholic school, and the first communion of her son was the catalyst for changing her heart about homeschool. Also during the same time, she began to meet more homeschool families and she could see a different dynamic within this families. So she took the plunge and began homeschooling when her oldest son was in 3rd grade.In this episode, you will also learn:How Michelle balances having multiple children homeschooled at the same timeWhy she belongs to 2 different Co-opsHow Michelle also manages to work part timeThe lengths she goes through to juggle the schedulesThe biggest challenges Michelle has facedWhat has made her children more independent learnersWhat motivates her family to continue homeschoolingWays that intermittent public school attendance has proved frustrating for her childrenWhat Michelle would change about her homeschooling experienceHow her expectations had to come in line with the reality of homeschoolingThe extra curricular activities Michelle chooses and whyWhat types of family devotions work for Michelle’s familyThe unusual Christmas traditions she has with her familyHow Michelle describes her familyWhy Michelle recommends trying out homeschooling a year at a time

  • 22: Homeschooling for a Season with Kim Tisor
    Fri, Dec 04, 2015

    Kim Tisor is a mother, a morning show host for a local radio program, and she is also a fellow podcaster.Kim has 3 children ranging from 6-11 and she has been married for 17 years.Kim was a convert to Catholicism after being raised as a Southern Baptist.Kim home schooled her children for awhile, and made a year by year decision as to whether they would continue it.Eventually, it came time to make a different choice.Kim is here to share her journey to those decisions for her family.We will also learn:How Kim came to home school her children initiallyHow she balanced homeschooling with her careerWhat caused her to send her children back to traditional school for nowHow the Holy Spirit plays a role in her decision making processA surprising fact about FebruaryHow she went from protestant to CatholicThe role Advent played into her conversionWhat drew her to the Advent traditionsWhy her denomination choice had to be a family decisionThe purpose of her podcast about CatholicismHow she infuses her faith into every area of her family lifeHow the transition to Catholicism affected her children

  • 21: Why Extra-Curricular Activities are Important for Homeschoolers with Mandy
    Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Mandy initially planned on putting all her kids in school and raise them traditionally.After her sister started homeschooling 18 years ago, it made her re-think that decision.Over time, she began to feel that maybe she should homeschool her 7 children.She’s now convinced more than ever, that it’s the right decision for her family.Mandy shares her story and talks about:How homeschooling seems to take place 24/7 at her houseWhy her children take music lessons and dance lessonsThe motivation to take on extracurricular activitiesThe lessons her children have learned from competitive activitiesThe role of family support in her homeschooling decisionsHow pushing her children to continue with activities they weren’t naturally good at has helped them have a breakthroughWays she has turned her children into independent learnersHow an Adoration hour benefits MandyWho her Saint has been for the last several yearsWays a miscarriage has impacted her childrenWays her family focuses on quality of time, rather than monetary goals

  • 20: Homeschool Plans First; Children Later with Polly R.
    Fri, Nov 06, 2015

    Polly and her husband had planned to homeschool their children before they even had children.She has 2 children 3 years apart, and she realized how hard it was to parent 2 small ones, much less homeschool them.So she had her oldest child go to Catholic school for Pre-School.Some changes in the school caused them to make the change the following year.So she began with a 1st grader, and almost Pre-schooler and then she had also had a newborn baby.Polly says they have never looked back once they started!Why Polly thinks a relaxed schedule is perfect for her familyWhat lengths Polly went to in order to keep the curriculum from being rigid and controlling their lives.Ways Polly keeps her finger on maintaining balance in their livesThe difference morning prayers make for her familyPolly sometimes experiments with schedule changes and different plans to see the impact on her familyThe extra-curricular activites her children are involved in to maintain social relationshipsThe Homes school co-op that Polly is a member ofHow Polly supports her faith during homeschooling activitiesWhen they use the St. Michael prayer and how it has become a habitWhat Polly does for self-careWhy Polly is grateful to be homeschoolingHow Polly prepares her children’s hearts for Christmas and having the correct focus

  • 19: Homeschooling Eases Peanut Allergy Risk with Lesa Wackerle
    Wed, Nov 04, 2015

    Lesa Wackerle's been homeschooling for 10 years now.Her children are in 9th and 10th grade.Lesa’s son has a severe peanut allergy, so she found it was easier to keep him home, than to risk having other people feed him.Lea’s children have been homeschooled since preschool and they wouldn’t have it any other way.Listen to this episode to learn:How Lesa’s children became self-directed and dictate their own school scheduleLesa’s fears about not being “enough” for her childrenThe challenges Lesa has facedHow peanut allergies have created an independent and empowere childThe organization that Lesa wishes she had joined soonerExtra curricular activities that keep the kids socialHow Scouting has positively impacted her childrenWays Lesa provides self-care for her soulLesa’ favorite tools for homeschooling.

  • 18: Homeschooling to Heal Family Trauma with "Katherine"
    Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    Welcome to Catholic Homeschool Moms!Today is a very special episode, and we are actually covering a topic that is a first for us.We will call today's guest "Katherine", to protect her privacy and the privacy of her children.Katherine is still married to her husband, but they are estranged and living apart.The situation is tragic for both Katherine and her children, and we certainly want to keep this family in our prayers.IMG_0384Katherine has 4 boys that she is currently raising as a single parent, while living with her parents.Despite Katherine's marriage turning out differently than she had planned, the need to meet her children's emotional needs was what drove the decision for Katherine to homeschool her older children.In this episode you will learn the following:Why Katherine chose homeschooling at this timeHow Katherine achieved the support of her estranged husband for homeschoolingHow Katherine manages homeschooling in less than ideal circumstancesWhat emotional needs Katherine hopes homeschooling is meeting for her childrenThe toll this situation is taking on KatherineThis impact of family support during tough timesWe hope that you will listen to Katherine's story with empathy.We want this episode to support and encourage Katherine in the homeschooling community.There is room here for us all.There is room in the Catholic faith for us all.

  • 17: Homeschooling Someday Saints with Gina
    Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Welcome!My guest today is Gina, who blogs at SomedaySaints.com.Gina’s family does a mixture of homeschooling for her daughters, 4th and 6th grades, and classical charter school for the boys.She and her husband considered homeschooling even before they got married.They began when their oldest was in 1st grade and have continued.They have lived in CA and now live in CO.They have tried other schooling options but have not been satisfied.Gina shares the following about her family:Her girls do most of their schoolwork in the mornings, but usually have some to finish in the afternoons.Because their family is expecting a new baby this fall, Gina began their school year in July so they could have some flexibility in their schedule when the baby is born.She plans to take a couple of weeks off to allow everyone to adjust.Gina’s biggest challenge is trying to homeschool while having a toddler in tow—and soon a newborn to add to the mix!Gina’s advice to other homeschooling moms is to take it year by year.“You don’t have to stick to the same old routine every year.”Her motivation to keep going is the delight she sees in her children when they are learning.Gina takes the attitude of learning from the mistakes she has made.She also discusses their extracurricular activities, their family devotions, and the books she is currently reading.Gina’s self-care routine includes waking up early to have some quiet devotion time before the children awake.It gives a sense of calm and a sense of control over the day.She also enjoys quilting and working out to stay fit.Check out Gina’s blog and find her on Facebook and Instagram!

  • 16:Selling Older Children on Homeschooling Isn't Easy with Kelly the Kitchen Kop
    Wed, Oct 07, 2015

    Kelly the Kitchen Kop is a full time business owner, a mother of 4, a devout Catholic Christian and also home schools her children.Kelly’s business promotes real food and helps equip people with the tools necessary to make good food choices.Kelly is here today to share her wisdom on juggling running her business, with homeschooling her children.Kelly is a Catholic convert, and that guides each decision she makes.In this episode, Kelly talks about:The things going on with her children that caused her to choose home schoolingHow she had to sell the idea of homeschooling to her childrenWhy she wanted to homeschool, even though she lived in one of the best school districtsKelly’s biggest regrets about homeschoolingKelly’s trick for getting work done even though she homeschool the kidsHow to make “no” your default wordRecommended Reading:The Magnifi-KidReal Food for RookiesYou can get in touch with Kelly at:kellythekitchenkop.comkelly@kellythekitchenkop.com

  • 15: Homeschooling as a Component of Lifestyle Design with Rebecca Rodriguez
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Welcome!Today’s guest is Rebecca Rodriguez.Rebecca is a homeschool Mom, a former teacher and she also blogs about her life at Rebecca at 3 Plus Me!Rebecca and her family live in New Mexico.She got into homeschooling by accident, when circumstances just didn’t allow her to put her children in childcare.You can learn the following from this episode:Rebecca’s daily home school scheduleThe most challenging issue facing Rebecca, a mother of 3 children under age 5Why she home schools in the best school district in her stateThe things that motivate RebeccaWhy she doesn’t want her children to grow upHow she plans on helping her kids love learningHer family’s goals for learning the RosaryHer extended family’s reaction to her decision to homeschoolWays Rebecca creates family cultureWhat Rebecca does for self-careRecommended Reading:Raising Boy Readers by Michael Sullivan

  • 14: Un-Schooling is NOT Un-Parenting with Vanessa Vanderhyde
    Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Welcome!My guest today is Vanessa Vanderhyde, who is a homeschooling mom of six children.Her sons are 10, 8, 6, and 4----and she has twin toddler girls!She and her husband were also homeschooled as children, even though there were some gaps in that education.Vanessa and her husband have been married for almost 11 years, and her husband owns and operates two businesses out of their home.Vanessa blogs about her experiences at www.frogsandflutterbyes@blogspot.com.Vanessa speaks openly about her personal experience growing up as a homeschool student.Her education was not very structured, and the gaps became evident when she attended community college.She says that it was many years later that she read some of John Holt’s books and realized that her mom gave her a huge gift in homeschooling her.This relieved some of the bitterness and helped to heal the relationship between her and her mother.In addition, Vanessa shares the following about her experience:She knew all along that she wanted to homeschool her children; she says it was her “lifelong” dream.She knew she was interested in Charlotte Mason and the “un-schooling” theory.At first her attitude was to learn from the mistakes her mother made in homeschooling and “do everything right.”Reading John Holt’s books changed that attitude!Vanessa makes the point that “un-schooling” and “un-parenting” are NOT the same thing.Her motivation to take a more relaxed approach in “un-schooling” her children was the birth of her twin daughters, while her youngest son was a high-needs child.Vanessa tries to focus on ONE particular theme/task for homeschooling.One year it was about doing chores, and one year it was about tackling reading, writing, and arithmetic AFTER the chores were completed.Vanessa embraces extracurricular activities that multiple family members can enjoy.The children participate in Friday co-op, music lessons, tae kwon do, and summer choir.Vanessa also shares her family’s emphasis on faith, books she is currently reading, how afternoon rest time gives her a break each day, and what she does for self-care each month.The ONE word she uses to describe her family is a good one: GROWING, meaning constantly developing and changing.Listen in to hear more of Vanessa’s story!

  • 13: A Decade of Homeschooling with Holly Coolman
    Mon, Sep 07, 2015

    Welcome!My guest today is Holly Coolman, who is a wife, mother, theologian, and recent convert to the Catholic faith.She is beginning to write a book focusing on the reasons behind the Feast Days.Holly has been homeschooling since 2005 when her children were 7, 5, and 3.Holly shares the following about her experience as a Catholic Homeschool Mom:It was a big family move to Boston that prompted the family to homeschool.When they looked at schooling options and considered homeschooling, they intended to try it for a year.The first year went better and easier than expected, so they continued for the next four years.Holly and her husband joined the Anglican church soon after their marriage but noticed that many of the practices and traditions were rooted in Catholicism.They made the gradual move in 2008 to convert to the Catholic faith.Holly makes an intentional effort to focus on the liturgical year and Feast Days.In their daily life, they incorporate the Catholic faith with prayers and Bible reading during their “Morning Meeting,” and read excerpts from a book together and focus on Feast Days at the dinner table.This year, Holly is homeschooling her youngest, while the older two attend Catholic high schools.Her daily schedule includes “Morning Meeting” followed by 2-4 hours of focused work.Afternoons are for enrichment activities, field trips, and homeschool co-op.Holly says that what keeps her going is the feeling that God has called her to do this.If she had to do something differently, she would prioritize self-care and her personal spiritual nourishment.Holly also shares the extracurricular activities and devotions that their family does.Are you curious about the books on her nightstand?Listen as she shares how homeschooling has made a difference in her life.Her advice to other homeschool moms is to form a small support system of other moms.Join me for more from Holly!

  • 12: From Homeschooling to Unschooling with Lu Harvey
    Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Lu Harvey was led to homeschooling by the Holy Spirit.She never intended to be a homeschooler, but after looking at the cost of Parochial school, the decision was made that homeschooling would be the answer.Lu actually read a book about home schooling and felt that it was the best option.Lu has 7 children and began homeschooling when she only had 4 children.Lu was able to share her best tips for maintaining order in her homeschool.Keep a relaxed schedule.Lu has found that it works best if she lets her children get up naturally and then works in their lessons.Summer time contains lots of reading and field trips.Keep learning fun.How can you expect a child to be a life long learner if it isn’t fun?There are so many good curricula and Lu has used school in a box.Don’t be afraid to try different material.What works at 5 might not work at 10, so don’t be afraid to switch it up to do what is best for your child.Why Lu considers herself and on-schoolerIf you have fast readers.Pick books that are part of a series.Don’t worry about all of the other things that go on in your homeschooling life because as long as you are trying to do the right thing and follow God’s will, then it will all work out.One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is that your kids are exposed to all different ages of people.It is extremely rewarding to discover that your children are growing up to be wonderful people.Lu’s biggest tip for other homeschool Moms is to RELAX!Keep it in perspective.If you make a mistake and miss something, you can always go back and pick it up later.Links and Resources:www.simplyenchantedtravel.com - Lu’s travel websiteSeton - http://www.setonhome.orgSaxon - http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/math/homeschool/saxon-math-homeschoolMath U See - http://www.mathusee.comLife of Fred - http://lifeoffredmath.comCatholic Heritage Curriculum - https://www.chcweb.com/catalog/BooksThe Great Divorce - CS LewisHarry PotterPure Style Living - James CummerbatchThe WallSign of the Beaver

  • 11: Homeschooling Becomes A Ministry with Jen Stoddard
    Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Welcome!My Catholic Homeschooling Mom today is Jen Stoddard, who married her high school sweetheart in 2000, and then went on to add five children to her family.Jen loves talking to other moms about homeschooling and even started a ministry for them.She enjoys camping, hiking, reading, all things Lake Michigan, and a good glass of wine.Join us for more!When Jen and her husband began praying about education options for their oldest son, Jen says she really felt like God was asking her to homeschool, mainly to commit to training up her children in the faith.She has kept it up now for seven years and doesn’t regret her decision!Jen shares the following about her life:Her normal daily schedule is as follows: Begin by 9 am with prayer, math, religion, history, lunch, language arts, and a special class.Special classes vary from day to day and include Art, Science, Music, and co-op classes.One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling to Jen is keeping the family together and having all the siblings together.Jen is trying to NOT be too focused on curriculum, but “trusting God that it will be ok.”Jen says one thing she would do differently before embarking on this journey would be to talk to more homeschooling moms and do research about educational philosophies.Jen’s children participate in extracurricular activities such as music lessons, dance, swimming, and lacrosse.The family participates in church activities by praying the rosary every day, doing specific prayers, and studying about the Saints each week.Join me to hear more from Jen, like what books she’s reading right now, what she does for self-care and her advice to other homeschool moms.Mentioned in this episode:Practical Theology by Peter KreeftThe Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah NordhausHomeschool Snapshots podcast by Pam Barnhillwww.edsnapshots.com(Pam Barnhill’s website)

  • 10: Special Medical Needs of Her Children Led Diana Klee to Homeschooling
    Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Welcome!Today’s homeschooling mom is Diana Klee, who has been married for 23 years.Diana has two children who have passed on to heaven,two who have finished homeschooling and has three at home now.Her children range in age from 7-21; she teaches two high school aged boys and her second-grade daughter.Diana’s children have unique medical needs, which are challenging.Diana lives by the motto, “Life is hard, but LOVE is bigger than hard.”It was unique asthma/airway difficulties of her children that prompted the decision to homeschool early on, and a miscarriage that prompted Diana to deeper faith and assurance of heaven.Diana talks about her experiences in the following areas:Diana’s schedule varies from day to day and week to week.The children’s medical needs demand flexibility.When things are going well, Diana prefers to begin the school day with prayers and reading aloud.Later in the morning and afternoon, the children do more independent work.Diana likes to stick to a year-round school schedule when possible but is always open to breaks when the kids need them.The multiple surgeries, appointments, and home health care duties have taught her to trust God in all things, believing He has truly called her to this position.Her foremost desire is to teach her children how to “live” their faith and be part of the solution to the mess of current culture.For self-care, Diana likes to knit, walk, bike, do adorations and prayers, and eat dark chocolate!Listen in as Diana discusses extra-curricular activities, family devotions, and books she’s currently reading.Diana’s two tips for homeschooling moms are: Don’t lose focus on your marriage and Find joy in homeschooling.Read Diana’s blog at www.scenesofthisandthat.wordpress.com.Join us for more!

  • 09: The Best of Both Worlds - Miriam Ashby
    Wed, Aug 05, 2015

    Welcome!My guest today is Miriam Ashby, who is a homeschooling mom of four boys, ranging from 3 years old to 5th grade.She also has another baby due next February!Miriam and her husband both grew up in SW Michigan, but neither were Catholic nor homeschooled.Miriam shares the following about her family’s homeschooling experience:The primary motivation for homeschooling is to maintain the purity and innocence of her children.The Ashby’s desire a strong bond among their children and they are learning little by little to let go as the boys grow older.The family has a “mixed” homeschool experience, as the children go to a Classical Academy two days a week, are home two days a week, and attend a learning co-op on Fridays.Miriam calls it “the best of both worlds.”Miriam’s biggest challenge in homeschooling is to be more spontaneous, and NOT to try to plan everything.She wants to be more open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in their daily activities.The motivation for homeschooling is a simple one: to look into the future and see her sons as strong Christian men of faith and courage---to “be IN the world but not OF it.”Concerning extra-curricular activities, Miriam tries to choose things that are short-term and that all the kids can enjoy together.Currently, those are soccer, baseball, choir, and church activities.Miriam tries to incorporate many prayers and devotions into family life but prioritizes Sunday night “Circle Time” as a mainstay.The family bonds through spontaneous prayer, thankfulness, and the St. Michael Prayer.Miriam also discusses the family’s love of reading, her own love of the outdoors and fresh air, and “Mommy Halftime.”This is the hour of quiet time every afternoon during the school year.Miriam chose the word TEAM to describe her family because that’s exactly what a family should be!You don’t want to miss Miriam’s very special letter she wrote from “May Miriam” to “February Miriam.”It’s her way to give herself a pep talk during those winter doldrums when she questions the wisdom of homeschooling.She takes a beautiful, honest, and poignant look at the wonderful benefits of homeschooling and family and gives herself reasons to not give in to a winter pity party.As with all depressing “winter” moments, we know spring and sunshine are just around the corner!Join us for inspiration and encouragement from Miriam!

  • 08- Reluctant to Homeschool?Cheri Was Too!
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Welcome!Today’s guest is Cheri, who is a homeschooling mom of four children, ages 3-15.Cheri and her husband both converted to the Catholic faith while in their college years, but before they met each other.They live in a rural area outside Grand Rapids, MI.Cheri has a degree in painting and art history and worked in the education department of the Grand Rapids Art Museum before leaving her career eight years ago to begin homeschooling.Her husband is a writer and professor.Cheri shares the following about her homeschooling journey:Like most people, Cheri didn’t “set out” to homeschool.She and her husband explored the school options available to them, and they weren’t thrilled with any option.Cheri and her husband are both products of public education, but they wanted more for their kids.Cheri says their public school education didn’t teach them to think critically but taught them to become “experts in memorization.”Cheri has struggled with feeling inadequate to homeschool, mainly because of the gaps that exist in her education.Cheri takes advantage of a “hybrid” model that allows homeschool students to attend a traditional school for two days weekly but be homeschooled for the other days.This works perfectly for her children and their family.Cheri’s children are involved in various extra-curricular activities, but most are seasonal activities that are not simultaneous.One constant challenge is to plan ahead to keep up with their busy schedules.Cheri has advice to anyone who might be a “reluctant” homeschooling mom like she used to be!Consider a hybrid model that uses either an online instructor or classes at a local school.Of course, the main motivation for anyone to embark on this journey is that we all want the best for our kids and want them to love learning.Join us to hear more from Cheri!

  • Homeschooling for the Sandwich Generation
    Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Welcome!My guest for today’s show is Julie Foley, who is a homeschooling mother of four kids who was born and raised Catholic.Julie has a degree in Elementary Education and taught for three years before becoming a homeschooling mom.She currently homeschools her high school age daughter, has two middle schoolers who participate in a partnership with Sacred Heart Academy, and has a three-year-old at home.The partnership allows the students to attend a school program two days a week and be homeschooled the other days.Julie has taken on added responsibility by having her mother (suffering from Alzheimer’s) live with them.Julie wants you to know the following about her homeschooling journey:Julie’s oldest daughter began in school through her first-grade year.Julie noticed that she wasn’t happy at school, so even with fear and uncertainty, she took on the role of a homeschool mom.Julie graciously views taking care of her mother as her “mission in life.”She uses this as an example to her kids of showing works of mercy and being Christ to her mother.Julie faced a challenge when it came time to educate her son after two girls who were easy students to teach.Listen to how she took on that challenge and has made it work beautifully.Julie advocates taking part in co-ops and homeschool groups for connection and resources.When she was beginning, she never knew this would become so vital.Julie tries to start her day with quiet time and prayer.She feels it helps her be “less harpy” with her kids.Julie uses devotion as an integral part of her children’s education.They pray the rosary, the divine mercy chaplet, attend mass, and use various bedtime devotions to strengthen the family’s faith.Julie also shares with us what she does to relax and take care of herself in the midst of this busy life.She tells us about the great books currently on her nightstand, and the extracurricular activities that her family loves.She sums up her attitude about homeschooling like this:“IT’S ALL WORTH IT!”

  • 06: Homeschooling Year by Year with Annie Tillberg
    Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Today's guest is Annie Tillberg.Annie shares her homeschooling journey as she takes her homeschooling commitment year by year.Annie has a foster child, as well as children of her own that she homeschool, and she also balances homeschooling with her business life.She does it all and shares how with us!

  • Homeschooling Children with Special Needs - Katherine O'Brien shares her story
    Wed, Jul 08, 2015

    In this episode Katherine O'Brien shares how she overcame challenges in her marriage that led to her homeschooling her children.With half of her children having an Asperger's diagnosis, Katherine explains the healing power of homeschooling, even through those tough high school years.

  • 004:Why Does a Former Teacher Decide to Homeschool?Micaela Darr explains.
    Wed, Jul 01, 2015

    Former teacher Micaela Darr decided to leave her public school teaching career and homeschool her children.She also decided to continue when they moved overseas to South Korea.Although not everyone may be called to homeschool their children, it has worked out well for the Darr family.Listen as Micaela shares her story.

  • 003:Homeschooling for Building Relationships With Your Children
    Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The Catholic Homeschool Moms ShowHello, I’m Kerry Overa, host of the Catholic Homeschool Moms. I’m excited to share with you the exciting journeys told through the perspective of homeschooling moms like us. We’ll talk about our Catholic faith, our families, what we’ve done and what we’ve failed to do. Yes, there are obstacles and challenges and how we deal with them are in there too. You can see other women who will inspire you on your homeschooling journey and sign up for emails at http://www.catholichomeschoolmoms.com/. Everyone has a story to tell. Connect with us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/catholichomeschoolmoms?fref=ts and on Twitter, https://twitter.com/catholichsmom, and on Google Plus, https://plus.google.com/112313747003690863301/posts.Today, I’m interviewing Amelia Bentrup. Amelia has a Master Degree in Reproductive Physiology of Dairy Cows, a very interesting field of study. Her and her husband met in graduate school. They’ve been married for 14 years and have 4 children, 14, 10, 7 and 2. They’ve been homeschooling since her oldest turned Kindergarten including homeschooling through several long distance moves. Amelia loves to read, hike, exercise and write. Currently in http://www.onecatholicmama.com/.Amelia will share about the topic of reproductive physiology of dairy cows. Since she loved animals, Amelia thought that she wanted to be a Vet while in undergraduate school. However, after working for a while, she realized that wasn’t for her. Two week after graduating she got married. It was a fun thing to study but she’s glad to not have to be feeling cow ovaries anymore.What led Amelia to homeschooling was, while in college, she did an internship at Plymouth Plantation in a barn over the summer. Her mother was homeschooling her youngest sister who was from Jamaica. Amelia stayed with a family in Plymouth, MA who was a homeschooling family. This was exposure to homeschooling. Within their church, they met a couple of families that were homeschooling so to her, it just seemed like a natural philosophy of parenting, to homeschool her 4 children. When her oldest was pre-school age, she didn’t think she was ready for school so Amelia homeschooled her and then it became natural just to keep doing that from then on.

  • 002: Shannon Wendt Reveals How She Created Her Family Culture
    Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Shannon Wendt comes on the show to share how she manages to balance her business with her family obligations and home schooling 6 children.She also reveals how she intentionally created her family culture.

  • 001: Laura Dominick shares home school resources
    Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Laura Dominick has lots of experience home schooling and she shares her best tips for balancing the needs of learning within your family.

  • 000: Introducing Catholic Homeschool Moms Podcast
    Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Kerry Olvera introduces the podcast and her journey to creating the podcast.She shares how she came to home school her children and what her family does to instill her faith in her children.

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