We’re BAAAAACK!! (Ep #65, 11/6/17)

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In this episode, the moms talk about their long absence and share what resources they are using this school year with their children.

Links in this Episode:

MaevedragonCreations.com (Maeven’s website, taken down for until further notice)

Homeschool Moms’ Depression/Anxiety Support

Homeschool Moms with ADD/ADHD

Weepyking (Aaron’s website!)

DeviantArt (Aaron’s art)

YouTube channel (Aaron’s videos)

Red Bubble (Aaron’s products)

I Need Some Space

Fresno Music Academy & Arts

The Animation Course


Forestiere Underground Gardens

Resources we are using:


Homeschool Planet w/Brave Writer Lifestyle Plan

Tyren (7th Grade)

Language Arts: Brave Writer: The Writer’s Jungle (Now retired…replaced by a new product called “Growing Brave Writers), Boomerang, Sequential Spelling online, copywork, journal, blog

Math: Math Mammoth, Splash Math, Speed Game, Right Start Math Games, other math games

Social Studies: Civil War, Crash Course World History, historical fiction & picture books, learn about holidays as they occur, projects, learn about current events as they happen

Geography: Mapping the World by Heart, Amazing Race, puzzles, projects!

Science: Pandia Press Chemistry, Steve Spangler Science Club kits, NOVA, NOVA ScienceNOW, documentaries, nature hikes, Makers Club, projects!

Art: Discovering Great Artists, Great American Artists for Kids , Picturing the Past, projects, art kits, photography/art projects (stop motion, video editing…)

Junipine Morning (Art Subscription Box company owned by Tina & Beckie’s awesome friend 😉 )–no longer exists

Music: drum lessons, playing a variety of music regularly

And field trips and friend time!!

Maeven (11th Grade)

Business: Continue working on website (learn more WordPress), continue working on digital art (learn more Photoshop, use YouTube and Lynda.com, as needed.), continue: Micro Business for Teens curriculum, by Carol Topp

Language Arts: Continue: Help for High School by Brave Writer, copywork, journal, blog

Math: Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance, High School Edition for Homeschool

Social Studies: Civil War, Crash Course World History, historical fiction & picture books, learn about holidays as they occur, projects, learn about current events as they happen

Geography: Mapping the World by Heart, Amazing Race, puzzles, projects, learn about current events as they happen

Science: NOVA, NOVA ScienceNOW, documentaries, nature hikes, Makers Club, projects!

Art: Continue pursuing her art and handcrafts

And field trips and friend time!!

Aaron (10th Grade)

Strongmind Educational Platform

Lesson Plan Ninja

Burt Brock’s Big Ideas

Jack (6th Grade)

Moving Beyond The Page, ages 9-11



Books of the Week:



Pax, by Sara Pennypacker


The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (supposedly currently reading)

Read aloud to both kids

Amelia’s War, by Ann Rinaldi
The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, The Tomb of Shadows (books 1-3, of 7, of Seven Wonders series) by Peter Lerangis
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3), by Philip Pulman
The Secret Keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart (currently reading)


Enslaved by Ducks, Bob Tarte
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
The Time of Fireflies, by Kimberley Griffiths Little
The Peculiar, The Whatnot, by Stefan Bachmann
Island of the Aunts, Eva Ibbotson
Dragonflight, Dragonquest, White Dragon, All the Weyrs of Pern, Dolphins of Pern, The Skies of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsdawn, by Anne McCaffrey



Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Locke and Key by Joe Hill

The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

The Girl with All the Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Casey

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Raising my Rainbow by Lori Duran

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah (LeVar Burton Reads Podcast!)

We Are Legion by Dennis Taylor

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (currently reading)

Links of the Week:


Kristina Kuzmic’s (Truth Bomb Mom) Facebook Page, website, YouTube Channel, Instagram

Biddy Bedtime Stories–sadly, Biddy is now gone 🙁  Hopefully, it is temporary.



The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture

This episode is sponsored by:

Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at www.movingbeyondthepage.com.

Math Mammoth – Publisher of student directed math worktexts that all the Savvy Homeschool Kids use. Learn more at www.mathmammoth.com.

Pandia Press – Publisher of REAL Science Odyssey and History Odyssey. Check out their fantastic Try Before you Buy! Learn more at www.pandiapress.com.

5 Responses

  1. Kristy Risner

    I am so glad you guys are back! I really enjoy your podcast. I have a two year old, but I am planning on homeschooling her. I have to admit I am a little overwhelmed with all the different homeschooling methods, curriculum and just explaining to people why my daughter won’t be attending preschool. I’ve been listening to all your podcast to help me out. Thank you for all your great information!

    • Tina

      So glad we can help! Beckie and I are working on lining up some more interviews to get things going again…stay tuned!

  2. Rebecca

    I discovered your podcast a few months ago and I’ve just finished binging my way through them all. Listening to your podcast was like getting into an amazing new book series. Yes, the resources you provided were fantastic and I’ve switched up many aspects of how I want to homeschool based on various episodes. I enjoyed the topics, the books, the links and the interviews. But my hands down favorite part of the show was the chit chat at the beginning. I feel like through these segments, I was there throughout years of your lives, invested in your struggles and celebrating in your successes. It was like an educational drama, and I’ve never before felt so invested in the lives of complete strangers that weren’t fictional characters in a book series or TV show. Now that I’ve caught completely up, I have that vague lost feeling you get when you’re current on a fantastic book series or show on Netflix. What do I do with these hours that were heretofore spent listening to your show? (My husband is tiring of hearing me complain about how inferior every other podcast I’ve tried in the past week has been.) And I know that even if you started posting with a regularity not seen since your earliest days (weekly!), it still wouldn’t be the same because I can’t really binge on that. So I’m not going to beg you to post more often. (Although please do check in periodically! At this point, you feel like good friends and I want to occasionally hear how you are and what’s new.) I just want to express my sincere appreciation for what you have put out there and shared with the world. You gave me a real (occasionally raw) picture of what it is to be a homeschooling parent. Sharing both the good and the bad has been inspirational. You two matter and what you’ve done matters. Thank you.

    • Tina

      Wow. That is so amazing to read! I feel guilty almost daily for not finding the time to produce episodes regularly again…but my life is still pretty crazy and I need to focus on getting things done that will actually make my family money right now. BUT I don’t plan to give up this podcast, and I know Beckie doesn’t either. I really do want to find a way to produce more regularly again. Probably never will be weekly again. But even if we can just get going monthly again, I think that would be terrific! We do have a schedule of interviews we want to get going, and I just need to get my butt in gear to plan them.

      If you want to see more of what’s going on with me, personally, you can watch my blog http://www.HomeschoolRealm.com and read my Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/HomeschoolRealm I post there pretty regularly. I’ll see if Beckie wants to come share anything she posts on.

      But anyway, thank you so much! It’s comments like this that make me feel like I want to keep going! 🙂

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