Extracurricular Activities for Homeschoolers (Ep 14, 8/19/12)

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In this episode the mom’s chat about their new fundraising group, how to talk to family members who may be against homeschooling, creating an all inclusive curriculum,and extracurricular activities for homeschoolers.

Links from this episode:

Fetch Episodes from PBS

Homeschool Fundraising Co-op

Enchanting World of E.D. Baker (Frog Princess books)

History for Music Lovers


Pass the Bean Dip blog post from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Succinct Answers to the question “Why do you homeschool?”

Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcast Episode 11 (Curriculum building)

Tina’s Curriculum building spreadsheet


This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at www.movingbeyondthepage.comBe sure to listen to episode 19 for the new correct coupon code!

10 Responses

  1. Sarah

    I’m so glad you aren’t totally doing away with the chat sessions at the beginning of the episodes. I for one totally enjoy them. It helps me feel like I’m sitting with friends, and I also think that those chats are where it really becomes apparent that homeschooling is a constant work in progress. I think I’ve mentioned before in one of these posts how much I enjoy that you share your real life experiences with homeschooling, since it’s so easy to get caught up in blog posts and photos where everyone else’s homeschooling experiences look like everything always goes perfectly. I look forward to listening to your podcast each week and just wanted to say thank you again for keeping it real. 🙂

  2. Nadine

    This may only be a problem to very few people, but the “Fetch” Series on PBS can only be watched within the US (like so many other TV shows from the US). Bummer!
    I enjoy the chit-chat as well, as mentioned before it makes me feel like I am talking with friends while learning about tons and tons of new resources.
    ~ Nadine

    • Tinamama

      Aw that’s a bummer, Nadine! You might be able to find dvds online somewhere for purchase?

      Thanks for the feedback on the chit-chat! We love hearing that! 🙂

    • Tinamama

      Just thought of something…I’m not sure if it works in reverse or not…but I use the program found here: http://www.tunnelbear.com to be able to watch shows on BBC that wouldn’t normally let non-UK residents watch. It makes it look like your computer is in the UK so I can watch UK shows (I use it for Doctor Who!) …Since it has a US/UK switch…I wonder if someone not in the US could use it to make it work on US sites? Worth a try! You can try it for free!

      • Boedhy

        Hi, we met at BlogHer in August. Perhaps it was fate, because we’ve also taken some heat for A) remvniog our children from the local school district and B) Enrolling our children in a cyber school with a self-paced non-religious curriculum. I teach my children with state certified oversight. I’ve heard it all from you’ve let the government into your house!’ to Your children sit in front of a computer all day!’ It’s rediculous. I’m always looking for new ideas, so I’ll be checking in. We use the Calvert curriculum.

        • Tinamama

          I think you’re mistaking us for someone else since neither Beckie nor I were at that conference. (Although we’d love to go! Someday!) But we’re glad you found us! Now I’m REALLY curious who it was you met at the conference that you thought was us…another homeschool podcaster? There’s not many of us so if you have more info, we’d love to know! 🙂

          And we hope you enjoy our show! We are always open to suggestions and questions…so please let us know if you have any! We’re working on a holiday episode right now, so stay tuned!

  3. Marie

    I’m a little late to the party, but wanted to comment on this episode and bring up another topic. My eldest daughter and I love listening to your podcast together. She’s an information junkie just like me. During episode 14, though, I felt myself getting really anxious and stressed when you spoke about extra curricular activities for homeschoolers. My family is an example of what can go wrong…lol. We are so over-scheduled that I feel like a car service and short order cook. We are very picky about what we participate in, but there are six of us! Plus, my oldest is on the swim team, so she has practice six nights a week. I thought that homeschooling, by definition, would mean that my children would not be over-scheduled like those poor public-schooled kids. It’s a little ironic. We’re not homeschoolers; we’re van-schoolers! I am beyond exhausted but need to support my kids in the pursuit of their passions. I feel like I’m literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. I remember the feelings of worrying that my children would have enough “socialization,” but now I offer my family up as a cautionary tale to encourage fresh homeschoolers to sit on those feelings for a bit and not fret while their kids are young. You could end up like me!

    • Tinamama

      Marie, your comment just made me think of this podcast episode I listened to awhile back: http://goatmilkstuff.com/blog/2012/07/11/restore-margin-to-your-life/
      Its a show I’ve mentioned on our show before, “The Busy Moms Survival Guide” by PJ Jonas…homeschooling mom of 8, and thriving home business owner. She has so many fantastic words of wisdom in each of her shows…this one specifically talks about kids activities, a little after the 30min mark. I highly recommend listening to the entire show…but if you’re not able to, at least listen from about 30min to about 35min. It doesn’t have to be the way that you are describing…PJ really explains it best. 🙂

  4. Veronica

    Still catching up on all the episodes, and still loving it! I will add I enjoy the chit chat, but I’m a talker myself and I listen to you while
    I’m doing the dishes and it has really made the job more interesting! I wanted to add some volunteer ideas. Our homeschool group has a few parents who have organized a few different things for our kids to get out and help in the community. Some go to help fill bags for one of the local food banks, another group participates in Bookends (an organization that collects gently used books to give out to students at local schools) and another mom has arraigned monthly performances at a local Senior Center. ( Kids do little skits, play insturments, sing, etc.)

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