Gearing up for a new Homeschool Year! (Ep #57, 8/2/15)

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In this episode the moms catch listeners up on their summer and discuss gearing up for the new homeschool year.

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Links in this Episode:

The Great Summer Purge and Clean

Tina’s son Tyren (the boy with the braid) performing Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train” at the end of drumming camp, as mentioned in the show.

Tina’s bookshelf labels Beckie keeps referring to in this and previous episodes.

Savvy Homeschool Moms episode on Homeschooling with Chronic Illness 
Scholastic Warehouse Sales
Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia by Jason Loborik
Tina’s Planning Process blog post
Planned Spontaneity E-Book
Moving Beyond the Page
History Odyssey
All About Reading
All About Spelling



Beckie’s Organized Moving Beyond the Page Units
New Organizer for All About Learning Books
Beckie’s New Organizer for All About Learning Books
Binder System
Beckie’s Binder System














Books in this Episode:

Tyren (age 10) — The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor
Together — finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming, The Story of the World Volume 1: The Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer, The Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages, Silk Umbrellas by Carolyn Marsden, and currently reading Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
Me — The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Pollyana by Eleanor H. Porter, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Peaceful Parents Happy Kids by Laura Markham, currently listening to Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel

Dani (age 12) — Making the Cut (Chloe by Design) by Margaret Gurevich, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, Inkspell by Cornelia Funke, Dork Diaries Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Me — Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye, Redshirts by John Scalzi, I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells, Finders Keepers by Stephen King, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman, Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Garriger.


This episode is sponsored by:

Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at
Math Mammoth – Publisher of student directed math worktexts that all the Savvy Homeschool Kids use. Learn more at
Pandia Press – Publisher of REAL Science Odyssey and History Odyssey. Check out their fantastic Try Before you Buy! Learn more at



2 Responses

  1. A. M.

    Firstly, I adore your show. I recently moved to CA and it’s funny that I had been listening to you since my child was 2 and we lived on the east coast.
    In any case, now we live in CA and I enrolled him in a Charter like you guys and he will be doing enrichment classes.

    I just kind of wanted to vent a little. My whole family keeps asking me when he starts school. I’m like – well, we are already doing “school”. The enrichment classes start in September. And that’s what everyone means: when is he going to a building outside the house. Am I being overly sensitive? Because I’m finding that homeschooling a little 5 year old is a lot of work. I do it gladly and not for money or for recognition. But some acknowledgement that ‘look he can read’ – would be nice. Do you ever get any acknowledgement of what you are doing, or do I need to look into my soul and my child’s eyes to know I’m doing the right thing? It’s a little frustrating that our “school at home” apparently doesn’t count. I think I’ll do an unboxing Facebook picture when we finally get it.

    Ok – I’m done with my rant. Thank you for your podcast and the time you take to educate moms like myself who are new at this. Tina: I’ve been using a lot of your parenting tips and my son likes to “earn” 🙂

    You guys were asking the listeners if we were more like Tina or Becky? I’m 75% Becky and 25% Tina based on the show 😉

    • Tina

      Hi A.M.! So neat to hear from a long-time listener! And that we’ve made such an impression! 🙂

      I hear ya on the frustration. I do think you need to find it in yourself and know that you are doing the right thing, and not look to outside sources. Always.

      And more than that, you NEED to surround yourself with like-minded people…and THEY will give you the external props you are looking for, so that the lack of support from your family won’t hurt quite so much. This is HUGE….especially when you are just starting out. You MUST have a homeschool community around you, no matter how small. This is simply crucial. I hope that you can find homeschoolers in your new community that you can connect with….even if it means you have to travel from time to time to hook up with them. Get out there and find your tribe if you haven’t yet. If you need tips on how to find them, let us know. Google is your friend.

      And in the meantime, find homeschoolers online to bond with. We’re all over the net….and especially on Facebook….come join us on the Savvy Homeschool Moms Facebook group:

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