Why We Homeschool Part 1

Hey guys! We are so thrilled to tell you that we are going back to weekly episodes starting today! That’s right! You can listen to the At Home ladies every single Wednesday. Are you as excited about this as we are?

And now for today’s episode…..
Brianne Buskey leads Part 1 of the discussion on “Why We Home School”. It was a lot of fun to talk about what we love about home schooling. We covered the silly things, like sleeping in and traveling in the off season, to the more serious ones like being able to design our kids’ curriculum (two of us specifically mentioned “being the boss”) and allowing room for things like active learning.
We also discussed some of the harder things that can come up in home schooling, such as how we handle questions about our methods without feeling criticized and without getting defensive.
There’s a lot of good stuff in this episode and we hope you’ll come away feeling encouraged and excited about home schooling.

Stay tuned until the very end of the episode for a bonus few minutes. Its mostly fun because Brianne tries to keep us on track, but it was late and we were not having it. There are lots of giggles. Podcasting is fun!

We hope you enjoy this one guys.

Show Notes:
Brianne : 
Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson– “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” and “Changing Education Paradigms.”
Al Mohler- America’s Parents Served Notice–You are not the “Exclusive Providers” of Sex Information to Your Children

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Visit to Abide Family Center

In this episode of At Home, our own Kristin Rogers and Brianne Buskey share with us about their recent trip to Africa to visit Abide Family Center. Abide is located in Jinja, Uganda, and Kristin and Brianne share with us a little bit of what life is like there. From heart beat raising rides on the taxi motor cycles called boda boda, to the the natural beauty they found there, Kristin and Brianne have such fun stories to tell.  Kristin loved the amazing animals and they both loved the beautiful red dirt that makes up the roads. They fell in love with the beauty of the Uganda countryside.
But that was really a small portion of what really stirred their hearts on this trip.
Kristin and Brianne were deeply moved and impressed by the ministry of Abide. That is to “empower vulnerable families to keep their kids at home and out of orphanages.”  Its a different kind of orphan care.
Kristin and Brianne explain what it looks like at Abide.
They share with us about the women they met who had gone through school and business training at Abide and were now running successful businesses and financially providing for their families. They talk about the staff at Abide, Ugandan women who quickly became friends, much more than just staff members who were giving them a tour of the Abide Center.
As you listen, you’ll be moved by the stories Kristin and Brianne share. You’ll be moved to think outside your own home and family, and to think about families struggling to stay together in their homes in a world so far from your own. This is such an important thing for us to do. To pour into our own families, and then, as we can, to pour into other families as well.
We hope you enjoy this episode of At Home. At first it may seem a little different than our usual episode content, but caring for families is what we’re all about here, so I suppose its not that different after all.
And we hope you’ll be inspired to look at Abide Family Center and the work they are doing in the lives of families. They are doing a good work indeed.

Show Notes:
Abide Family Center 

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Getting to Know Kristin

In this episode of At Home, we get to know Kristin Rogers! This is the last in our interview series with each host of the show. These episodes have been so fun to record, even for us, who know each other already! Your questions have helped us to get to know each other even better. Thank you for being a part of our show!
The questions you asked for Kristin’s interview were great. And they made us love her even more.
Is that even possible!?
Turns out it really is.
Kristin shared with us about her great love of animals, and endured our teasing her a bit about how far she is willing to take that love. Dressing her frog in a tiny hat for pictures? She’s done it.
She also talked about changing her hair color from pink to purple to turquoise, the meaning behind some of her tattoos, and how she’s left the house many a time with a rip in her clothes that Brianne had to repair for her.
Her interview covered other, more serious, topics too. Like the process of adopting her younger daughter, and her struggle with post part depression after the birth of her oldest daughter.
Many of you wanted to know about her nature journaling, so we spend a lot of time on that subject too. We end by talking with Kristin about what it is like to be an Instagram celebrity. True to form, Kristin handles even that with thoughtfulness and humility. Like I said, this interview made us love her even more.
And we know you will too!
Now that we are done with this series, we’d love to know if there are any other series you’d be interested in us doing? Another round of interviews with each host? Maybe focused on how we home school, or something else entirely? Let us know! We love hearing from you.

Show Notes:
To see more about Kristin’s nature journaling, check out her Intagram hashtag: #ibenaturejournaling

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The Music Episode

In this episode of At Home, Jen Dees leads the discussion on music.
Jen came prepared with pages of notes.
As well as plenty of passion, lots of opinions, and a great deal of wisdom on the subject.
Besides discussing things like the benefits of learning an instrument, and at what age kids should begin playing one, we also shared our own musical memories, and debated the benefits of listening to classical music.
Plus we shared some great resources, and Jen read from one of her favorite children’s musical biographies.
This is an episode chock full of so much good stuff!
We know you’ll come away from this episode feeling inspired to add music to your days, because like Greta says, “music makes a happy home.”
Now tell us, what is your favorite music to listen to with your kiddos?

Show Notes:
Jen Dees:
Article — 6 Reasons to Get a Hobby
Books –Opal Wheeler biographies

Greta Eskridge:
Videos–Leonard Bernstein Young People’s Concerts
Quote–by Goethe

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Getting to Know Brianne

In this episode of At Home, we are getting to know Brianne!
This episode was so much fun to record, because Brianne was so uncomfortable. We laughed at her and with her, as she talked about what its like to be the only introvert in a sea of extroverts, and how she takes pride in being our grounder.
Brianne also shared some fun bits about her life–her love of travel, the story of meeting her husband for the first time (its a good one) and how growing up with a sister who she didn’t always get along with has had an impact on how she raises her two girls, paying close attention to nurturing their relationship.
We may call Brianne prickly, but the truth is there is so much to love about her. She has a fantastic, sarcastic sense of humor, an ability to get things done, and done well, because she is detail oriented, and she’s so good at taking care of others.
We love you Brianne and are so glad to get to call you our friend. Even if it has taken some of us 8 years to reach that point in our relationship. You’re the best!

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Favorite Things

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on favorite things. That’s right! We spent an entire episode talking about a whole bunch of our favorite things.
We start by talking about our favorite morning routine, and quickly dissolve into fits of laughter when Jen says she likes to wake up and scrub pots, and Brianne admits that she is stressed out by the term “favorite” because its too much of a commitment.
From there we go on to makeup and beauty products. We also touch on curriculum, cookbooks, and Brianne’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
The episode even includes a quick question round at the end because there was so much we couldn’t get to in the regular episode. We put all the info about our favorite things in the show notes, so you can find the chocolate chip cookie recipe there. And everything else too.
And now, we’re curious. What are some of your favorite things? Will you share one with us? Favorite lipstick? Essential oil? Kids’ snack? Or something else entirely? Please tell us.

Show Notes

They’re Real mascara
Aztec Healing Indian clay
Apple Cider vinegar
Maybeline lip stick
Schmidts deodorant
Teaching Textbooks math curriculum

Jen Dees:
Alma liquid eyeliner
Ambleside online
A Kitchen In France cookbook

Fat and the Moon deoderent
Two Faced mascara
Nars concealer
Sephora Cleansing oil
Botanicals Organic Facial Oil
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
Essenial oils: Citrus Fresh, Balsam Fir, 
Thomas Keller Ad Hoc At Home cookbook
Barefoot Contessa cookbook
The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook
The Smitten Kitchen cookbook
Layered cookbook
Cooks Illustrated cooking website
Back In the Day Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe
Maldon Sea Salt for top of cookies
Settlers of Catan board game

Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
All About Spelling
Read Aloud Revival podcast
Smitten Kitchen cooking website
Greta’s Pinterest board of quotes
Dutch Blitz card game

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The Cleaning Episode

In this episode of At Home, Brianne Buskey leads the discussion on…..cleaning!        We start this episode laughing because Brianne was so excited to talk about cleaning. But as simplistic as this topic sounds, we actually cover a lot of ground with it: parenting, chores, control issues, heart issues, and teaching life long good habits to our kids.
We also share some of the truths about ourselves answering the questions: “are you clean or tidy?” And “are you a collector or a tosser?” Everyone shared their favorite cleaning products, and Brianne even shared a quote about cleaning! (Which made Greta very happy. Because she collects quotes)
Turns out this episode was a lot of fun to record. And we hope that you’ll take something away from it–either a simple cleaning tip, or a nugget of encouragement about keeping a clean house while in the midst of the messes of mothering. Or both!
As always, thanks so much for listening and being a part of At Home!

Show Notes

Jen Dees “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo

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Hobbies and Handicrafts

In this episode of At Home, Jen Dees leads the discussion on “Hobbies and Handicrafts”. This is such a fun topic to talk about together. Like always, we laugh a lot. There is some criticism of macaroni art, and we also admit to a little jealousy for all the free time our kids have to pursue hobbies and handicrafts. Admit it, don’t you sometimes wish you could spend your afternoon learning to bake bread or knitting a cute new scarf?
In this episode we cover everything from “what is a handicraft”, to our annual handicraft fair, and ideas for getting your own kids started with hobbies and handicrafts. Especially helpful is the list of reasons why handicrafts are good for our kiddos to engage in.
We hope you’ll be inspired to get your kids creating or to keep your kids creating. In fact, we’d love to see the hobbies and handicrafts your kids are doing in your home. Please tag your favorite projects  #athomehandcrafts and share them with us! (Jen would especially like to see your best glitter and macaroni art.)

Show Notes: 

Jen Dees:
7 Benefits of Hobbies and Handicrafts

Greta Eskridge:
Instagram shots of the So Cal Charlotte Mason Handcraft fair
More specific info about how the handcraft fair works


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Getting to Know Jen

In this episode of At Home, we’re “getting to know Jen!”
This is the second in our series of interviews with each of the At Home ladies. Jen Dees’interview is up today. And we can’t wait to let you get to know our beloved Jen better.
We went to Instagram to find out what you wanted to know about Jen. Once again you didn’t let us down. Thank you for being so involved in our podcast. We love you guys!
Jen’s interview covers everything from her love of theology, how she manages travel with 4 kids of different ages, teaching her kids how to do chores from a very young age, how she brings music into their home, and where she got the nickname “the Unicorn”.
As usual,Jen leaves us feeling inspired. She’s such a gem. We hope you loved getting to know her a bit more.
Now tell us, what was your favorite part of the interview?

Show Notes:
Holiness of God RC Sproul
Catherine Vo’s The Children’s Story Bible
Daily Paintings by Carol Marine
News in Slow French
Play and Learn French


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Sacrifices of Homeschooling

In this episode of At Home, we are talking about “Sacrifices to Homeschooling”. We know sacrifice is a loaded term, and not everyone views homeschooling as a sacrifice. There are some, in fact, that consider it a privilege. Kristin Rogers leads us so well in this sometimes tricky conversation, and we had a really great time diving into this topic.
We talked about the sacrifices each of us make to homeschool, whether or not we ever feel bitter, and how we feel about the way society at times downplays the importance of our role as stay at home moms and home schooling moms. There are some good nuggets here to be sure.
If you notice our sound quality isn’t the same as usual with this episode, we have to apologize for that. It’s actually a funny story. About half way through the episode we realized that our sound wasn’t fully connected. Brianne’s reaction into the mishap is classic! We decided that we didn’t want to trash the episode, so we just fixed it and went on. The sound is better in the second half, and we hope you’ll give us some grace in the first half.
Please know we truly appreciate all our listeners, home schooling and not. And we hope you mamas on both sides of this issue will get some good food for thought from this episode. As always, thanks for listening!


Show Notes
Kristin Rogers
Tom Woods podcast: Episode 806 “Homeschooling Shouldn’t Intimate You” with Laura Blodgett

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