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In this week's episode, we chat with Cindy Robinson from The Kid Factory to discuss the importance of talking about and being aware of mental health in our kids from a young age. We discuss statistics and how mental health and illness is affecting the current generation and the importance of talking about these topics from a young age. Cindy explai…
 
We were so delighted to be back with Audrey Albright and catch up on her latest art ventures and hobbies! We discuss how Audrey finds time to nurture her own creativity as well as hobbies her family shares together. Audrey also gives us the exciting details of her new art subscription box which is the perfect asset to any homeschool curriculum. Art…
 
We were so delighted to talk with Sarah Collins, a homeschool mom and Occupational Therapist, about what it looks like to incorporate extra help and OT services in a homeschool day. Sarah works with homeschool parents helping them to trouble shoot issues they’re having on a daily basis as well as with other OTs on how to work with homeschool famili…
 
It was such an honor to talk with Amber Johnston about the importance of recognizing and celebrating heritage. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of having a diverse curricula, what it is like to be a person of color in the homeschool community, how to find (or start!) an inclusive homeschool group, as well as the importance of lear…
 
We are happy to give you the conclusion to our conversation with Jack! Jack shares so much wisdom on parenting, practical tips, homeschooling through a crisis and so much more that we decided to break it up into 2 parts! Make sure to check Jack out on Instagram @daddyhomeschools, his YouTube channel and his Daddyhomeschools podcast.…
 
We were delighted to have single-parent and homeschooling Dad Jack Stewart back on the show! Jack shares so much wisdom on parenting, practical tips, homeschooling through a crisis and so much more that we decided to break it up into 2 parts! Make sure to check Jack out on Instagram @daddyhomeschools, his YouTube channel and his Daddyhomeschools po…
 
As homeschool parents, we often get the comment, "oh I could never do that! I don't have the patience!". In this weeks episode, we discuss the nitty gritty when it comes to what it looks like to have patience as a parent as well as how to help our kids in this area. Like what you're hearing? Make sure you go and leave us a 5 star review! It helps o…
 
We can’t believe we are already at the end of season TWO of this podcast! For our season finale we thought it’d be fun to discuss some common misconceptions people have of homeschooling and give our take on the issues. Continue to follow us on Instagram @setting.the.spark.podcast and make sure to SUBSCRIBE so you’re first to know when we begin seas…
 
Whether you’re an avid poetry reader or feel intimated at the mere mention of the word, this episode is for you! British mama of 4 Leah Boden talks with us about how to make poetry accessible (for you and your kids!), why it’s important to add to your homeschool, and some of her favorite poetry resources for adults and kids alike! We may be biased …
 
*** Content not appropriate for Children*** Greta Eskridge is one of our ultimate mom-heroes, so getting to talk to her was such a privilege. Greta has such a heart for protecting today's children from the evils of pornography and we learned so much from her. In the episode, Greta explains why pornography use is so harmful while empowering us paren…
 
We were thrilled to have unschooling mom Audrey Albright back on the show talking about how different types of technology enhances her homeschool. From apps and websites to video games and podcasts, it’s a great episode! Resources: YouTube Abc mouse PBS kids Teach your monster to read Prodigy Minecraft Earth Rangers Wow in the world Stop motion stu…
 
The Waldock Way has become synonymous in the homeschool community with unit study curriculums like Passport to Adventures" and "Waldock's Wizards and Wands” and we were thrilled to talk to Jessica about all of it! This episode is packed FULL of so much homeschool goodness. From unit studies, morning baskets, and strewing, to educational board games…
 
In this weeks episode, we chat with Bestowing the Brush host Dallas Nachtigall about how she uses painting and art in her homeschool. Dallas shares how she gets her kids involved and how art has truly become a form of mother culture in her Charlotte Mason homeschool. Make sure to check her out on Instagram (@bestowingthebrush), her podcast, and her…
 
Chelsea Lanese is the creative mind behind the Let’s Play School products (find all of there stuff at letsplayschoolblog.com and follow her on Instagram at @letsplayschool). We were so excited to talk with Chelsea all about her homeschool style, inspiration, and motherhood. With her energy and infectious personality, Chelsea inspired us to continue…
 
***Not appropriate for children*** In this week’s episode we talk with homeschooling mom and medical doctor Dr. Kimberly Mason about the latest developments in the Coronavirus epidemic. We discuss the origins of the virus, steps to take now to protect our community, how the virus appears to affect children and pregnant women, as well as how your ho…
 
Mom of three and Charlotte Mason educating Mama Kim Mason sat down with us this week to talk about one of the tenants of a CM education- nature study. Kim shares how nature study differs from simply playing outdoors, as well as how to implement and even create your own nature study curriculum in your homeschool! Resources: The Handbook of Nature St…
 
We were delighted to talk with Mary Prather of Squilt Music and Homegrown Learners! Mary is a homeschooling mom herself who has made adding music to your homeschool enjoyable, fun, and easy! SQUILT MusicHomegrown LearnersChristian Sands (artist)Listen to "Flight of the Bumblebee"Can You Hear It? book and cd…
 
You may remember Christa Thomas from our Importance of the Outdoors episode (if you haven’t listened to it check it out now!). What you may not know is Christa used to teach in both public and private schools. Her sons also attended private and public school for a time. In this episode, Christa shares what it was like for her as a teacher to transi…
 
Waldorf Inspired mama Jen Grant is back sharing all of the cozy and wonderful things her family enjoys about winter. Jen gives some great examples of indoor activities for families as well as winter inspired handicrafts to enrich your homeschool day. Resources Mentioned: Rat a Tat Cat Uno Clue Guess Who Catan Jr. Hedbandz Jr. Lavenders Blue Homesch…
 
In today’s episode we talk with mom of 5 Naomi about how she uses traditions from her childhood with her children today. We also discuss what it’s like working with Spanish speaking homeschoolers and some Spanish resources! Resources from this episode: La Edad De Oro by Jose Marti Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Arco Iris de Poesia De Colores and oth…
 
In Part 2 of our Hero series, we talk with Maria Nelson about the importance of heroes in the lives of children. From stories of fictional heroes or biographies of great men and women in history, we dive into the (sometimes murky) water of learning from those who have gone before us. We also discuss character building books and stories as a part of…
 
In Part 1 of our Hero series, we talk with Maria Nelson about the importance of heroes in the lives of children. From stories of fictional heroes or biographies of great men and women in history, we dive into the (sometimes murky) water of learning from those who have gone before us. We also discuss character building books and stories as a part of…
 
We love homeschooling and marriage so we were so excited when Paula Cutrona came up with the idea to do an episode on how one affects the other. In this episode we discuss so many important topics like practical ways we can use time management to ensure we have energy to put into marriage after a day full of homeschooling, how we communicate to our…
 
While every unschooling family’s schedule will look differently, Audrey walks us through what a typical rhythm and schedule looks like for her family. Audrey also shares her views on subjects such as math and spelling, and how she approaches child led learning in their home. Like what you're hearing? Give us a review! It helps others in the communi…
 
It's so normal to have expectations about things- especially of how your homeschool day is going to look. We get so excited and have so much fun planning that it can often be discouraging when our reality doesn't meet with those visions. In this episode, your co-hosts discuss how their expectations have been met or challenged during the beginning o…
 
There has been a recent influx in information lately about how important it is to get your kids outside more often. In today’s episode, Christa Thomas goes into more specifics as to why this outdoor time is so important for kids developmentally, socially and physically. She discusses the benefits from a scientific perspective and gives great ideas …
 
When you're doing something you love it is often easy to overlook the signs that you're pushing yourself too hard and working in a way that is not sustainable. In this episode, mother of three, Molly, talks with us about her personal experience with burnout. We explore the signs of impending burnout and how to identify them in your life, ways to pr…
 
Are you a parent who is interested in homeschooling but not ready to fully commit? Do you know someone who feels like traditional schooling is better for their child but still wants to implement certain homeschool principles or philosophies? In this episode, we talk with curricula researcher and philosophy lover Lauren Litton about the inspiration …
 
There are lots of parents out there who want to homeschool but feel intimidated by having so many young children at home. Kara Hill is the mom of 3 with one on the way. She's here to share some tips and insight into how she does schools and runs her home with (soon to be) 4 children under 5. Like what you're hearing? Give us a review! It helps othe…
 
Oh how we love good books around here! Maria Nelson, Charlotte Mason mom of 4, is back this week giving us the low down on some of the best in quality literature for all ages! We had such a great time recording and so much good info we decided to break it into 2 parts! If you haven't had a chance to listen to last weeks episode (part 1) make sure t…
 
Oh how we love good books around here! Maria Nelson, Charlotte Mason mom of 4, is back this week giving us the low down on some of the best in quality literature for all ages! We had such a great time recording and so much good info we decided to break it into 2 parts! Make sure to head back next week for part 2! Like what you're hearing? Give us a…
 
As many homeschool parents will attest, homeschooling and parenting go hand in hand and "educator" and "parent" are not two separate roles but often one in the same at any given moment. In this episode we talk with Alisa Wright, Charlotte Mason inspired mom of 3 discusses how Charlotte Mason's philosophies have also influenced her parenting. Enjoyi…
 
There are so many wonderful options available to homeschool parents. Sometimes the sheer amount of good and worthwhile opportunities can feel overwhelming. Have no fear! In today's episode, mom of 2 Paula Cutrona, our resident "Researcher Mom" shares some of her tricks for researching the latest curricula, trends, philosophies, etc. as well as how …
 
We are so excited to be back for Season Two! In this first episode we are talking with Audrey Albright about the importance of slowing down her school days and routine. In choosing to intentionally slow down their schedule, we learn the practical ways this has had an impact on her family. As an unschooler, Audrey also discusses unschool co-ops and …
 
Have you ever felt like you had homeschool encouragement to share with other moms? Our guests this week, Maria and Naomi are two homeschool alumna as well as current homeschooling moms who have a passion to pass on this love of learning at home with the next generation of moms. Hear the details and how to's of conference planning as well as a glimp…
 
In doing research about a Charlotte Mason education (as well as following tons of people on IG) the topic of picture and composer study kept coming up, but I had no idea what that practically looked like. Thankfully, CM mom Kerri Cummings shed some light on what this looks like in her home as well as the importance and "why" behind the practice. Pu…
 
Mom of two Paula Cutrona discusses her experience with multiple different tools and educational philosophies and how she has come to Waldorf. Paula shares so much great insight about Waldorf methodologies with older children as well as the developmental psychology behind the Waldorf principles we've broken it up into two episodes! Make sure you joi…
 
Every parent out there knows what its like to have a bad day, both personally and with your children. In this episode, we chat with Unschooling mom Audrey Albright about ways she combats challenging days and attitudes during their homeschooling. In an episode of solidarity one parent to another, this is an episode that will help you feel a little l…
 
Setting the Spark Husbands Joey and Adam were thrilled to chat with full time homeschooling British dad Jack Stewart. Jack shares his wisdom as a second generation homeschooler raising 3 kids in England and what it is like to be a father and the full time home educating parent. Follow along with Jack's homeschool adventures on instagram @daddyhomes…
 
Homeschooling parents can often be intimated by teaching science and math as their children progress in their schooling. Medical Doctor and homeschooling mom of 3, Kim Mason, shares with us the Charlotte Mason approach to science and math and the practical ways she implements this in her family. Kim also gives insight into the use of technology int…
 
As homeschooling moms, we often get asked, "but what about socialization?!?". In this episode, you will hear from Lorien, Destiny, and Jen about how they answer that (sometimes dreaded) question, as well as their thoughts behind how our culture views socialization. We also discuss the various ways our homeschooled kids get social time and how we pr…
 
We couldn't get enough of the globe trotting adventures of world schoolers so we were so excited when another world schooling mom agreed to come on the show! Catherine Olson, mother to four children seven and under, adopts a schooling philosophy that combines unschooling with worldschooling. She and her husband, Gabriel, both struggled with the lim…
 
Homeschooling doesn’t have to break the bank. Join us as unschooling mom Audrey Albright shares her tips and tricks for homeschooling on a budget. Find us on instagram at @setting.the.spark.podcast and don't forget to enter our IG challenge for a chance to win a monthly prize! Also check out our website at www.settingthespark.com to learn more abou…
 
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