156: When Hobbies Are Your Homeschool 


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When there’s joy, there’s learning! We're talking all about hobbies in our homeschool: the why, the how, and all the ways these seemingly trivial activities and interests can actually unlock deep learning, self-confidence, and lifelong joy for our kids.

As always, you’ll also get an Aha Moment and our LTWs at the end. Plus you can join us on Patreon to hear us talk through this week’s listener question.


-Hobbies are something we do because we want to, and doing something because you want to helps us focus and learn more.

-Hobbies create a sense of success more than we might experience doing things we don't want to do. Hobbies help us to spiral UP!

-Hobbies support mental health and emotional regulation.

-Hobbies give our kids a noncoercive experience of learning. They help us learn to love learning and enjoy the process of hard work.

-Hobbies get us into a flow state. They build our confidence to try new things and explore more.

-Hobbies reduce stress. Making time for hobbies now helps our kids establish the lifelong habit of cultivating hobbies.

-A flexible schedule and routine gives us time to explore hobbies.

-When kids have time for hobbies, they’ll come back to the table refreshed.

-Encourage and support hobbies--even ones we don’t understand and ones that happen on (gasp!) screens.

-Homeschool can be built around hobbies or playing, with academics in between—because hobbies are learning!

-Create excitement about the day by putting hobbies first, followed by hard work.

-Kids are figuring out who they are and how to have a full life when they explore their interests.

-What not to do:

-turn their hobby into an academic thing

-invalidate their screen-based hobbies

-go overboard or get over involved


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Aha Moment

"Get the supplies." -Maren

Listener Question

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Loving This Week (LTW)

Maren: The Warmth of Other Suns

Angela: Minari

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