Alternative Homeschool Needs

Homeschooing is hard work!

If you don’t know that already, then you have not even considered trying it. Just the idea of trying to teach your children should exhaust you… but don’t let that discourage you. Have you heard the saying that the best things require the best efforts? (probably not, because I just made it up)! 🙂

Even though I just made it up, it is true. I am not, however, the first person to coin a phrase like that. Lots of others have said it differently–and more eloquently–than I just did. Well, I think there is nothing more deserving of our very best efforts than our children. That is why my wife and I started this homeschool ideas podcast. I am really excited about some of the projects that are sitting in queue right now. There are a few projects that I need to clear off my plate–like the 250 page biography that I am supposed to have to the publisher by January 30—YIKES!!!!


Ep. 56 Alternative Homeschool Needs

I am so grateful for the emails that I get with questions about homeschool. One of the most recent emails really helped me see that I might not be as helpful as I hope I am on this podcast. I realized that my limited experiences are keeping me from seeing the needs of other homeschool parents that are in different situations. Jamie helped me consider the different needs of homeschool parents that work outside of the home but still want to give their children the very best educational opportunities that they can in life.

Well, in this episode, I share a couple of homeschooling ideas for parents in that situation. Take a listen and let me know how I did.

What do you need as a homeschool parent?

In my effort to offer you the BEST HOMESCHOOL PODCAST anywhere, help me know what your concerns are. We are holding a little drawing on October 17 for Susan Wise Bauer’s book, A Well Trained Mind.

To enter your name in the drawing, please send me some suggestions for the podcast or the website. Let me know how I can best help you as you take your homeschool journey. Is it curriculum needs that frustrate you? Maybe you just need some more motivating interviews (I have not done those for a while). Would you like to hear curriculum creators or users on the podcast? Is there a specific class or subject that you would like to see offered through the website?

Whatever your request, each one you send in will get your name in the drawing. Submit ten ideas, you get ten opportunities to win the book.

You can submit ideas through the following methods:

my email:

post on Facebook at

tweet me at

or, the easiest way is to just leave a comment below.



  1. THANK YOU for this episode! (and the rest of them of course too!) These are great tips for our family as we embark on our crazy homeschooling and full time working journey.. I know it will not be easy, but that isn’t stopping us! I will continue to listen to your podcast for continued motivation and ideas. My husband and I have even started listening to episodes our commute home together as a way to “recharge” and leave the stresses of work behind and change our focus back to our kids.
    You have done so many great episodes, it is hard to come up with anything that you have missed! I have really enjoyed your book reviews and I also the interviews with veteran homeschoolers. I like to hear specifically what they are doing as far as overall organization of their “work area” at home, how they keep track of their lessons, calendars used, curriculum favorites for their children, etc. Also, I’d like to hear different perspectives on homeschooling while going through a charter homeschool, homeschooling independently, and un-schooling.. just to hear what other families are doing and what they feel are the pros/cons of being connected to a charter school. Those may be questions better discovered on my own in time, but as a novice homeschooler, they are first and foremost in my mind. I would love to be entered into the drawing for The Well Trained Mind! I keep checking it out from the library, but I’d love to have my own copy!
    Thank you again for doing this podcast, you are making a difference and helping motivate many families 🙂

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      Thank you for listening. I will get some more interviews with how parents arrange work areas and their schedule. Keep listening for those and send me any more suggestions or questions that would be helpful in your homeschool experience.

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