The Smiling Homeschooler Podcast
Episode 196 - Fighting the Fear of Failure and Book Recommendations with Katherine Petgen

Episode 196 - Fighting the Fear of Failure and Book Recommendations with Katherine Petgen

May 18, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! Today, we were joined by Katherine Petgen (Wilson) to talk about fighting the fear of failure and to give some of her favorite book recommendations for kids.

We want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums available and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

Also, thank you to Homeschooling Today magazine for supporting what we do! Subscribe to their incredible magazine at homeschoolingtoday.com.

Have a great week, and keep smiling! 

 

Episode 195 - A Paradigm Shift in Writing - With Kay Chance

Episode 195 - A Paradigm Shift in Writing - With Kay Chance

May 11, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! This week we're joined by the co-executive editor of Homeschooling Today magazine, Kay Chance, to talk about changing the paradigm with writing. She wrote an amazing article in the spring issue of the magazine, talking about how we need to change some of our assumptions when it comes to writing. What she had to share on the podcast is sure to encourage you! 

Before we start we want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums around, and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

Also, we are excited to have Homeschooling Today Magazine as a supporter of the Smiling Homeschooler and would encourage you to subscribe at homeschoolingtoday.com.

 

 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 194 - You Decide What Your Child Has Completed and More Listener Questions

Episode 194 - You Decide What Your Child Has Completed and More Listener Questions

May 4, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! Today we answer some more listener questions. These include what to do for college transcripts, how to make sure a middle child doesn't feel neglected, and more! This is another encouraging episode! 

We also want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums around, and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

Also, we are excited to be supported by the Homeschool Today Magazine. Make sure to subscribe to their amazing and encouraging magazine! 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 193 - Tips for Teaching Spelling - With Debbie Wilson

Episode 193 - Tips for Teaching Spelling - With Debbie Wilson

April 27, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! This week we are replaying an episode from a couple of years ago, where we talked to Debbie Wilson about her thoughts on teaching spelling. She shares her tips, recommendations, and philosophy on this subject, and it was extremely encouraging and helpful. We hope you enjoy this episode!

 
We also want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums around, and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

Also, we are excited to tell you more about our latest partner Homeschool Today Magazine later in the show and we thank them for their support! 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 192 - How Much Should You Push Your Kids? - Listener Questions

Episode 192 - How Much Should You Push Your Kids? - Listener Questions

April 20, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! In this episode, we answer some listener questions. These include how to defeat the lie that you should stop homeschooling because it is hard, and how much should you push your child to overcome weakness?

 
Before we start we want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums around, and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

 

 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 191 - Interviewing Four Future Homeschooling Moms

Episode 191 - Interviewing Four Future Homeschooling Moms

April 13, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler Podcast! This week we are joined by four guests, Rissa Wilson (Ben's Wife), Ali Osborn, Lexi Vida, and Rebekah Franklin. All four of these moms are planning on homeschooling, so we asked them why they want to homeschool, what some of their fears are, and a whole lot more. It was a ton of fun, and what they had to share will be encouraging!  

 

Also thank you to Teaching Textbooks for sponsoring the Smiling Homeschooler! They are an amazing math curriculum, and they help more homeschoolers smile. Go try out their free demo at teachingtextbooks.com. 

 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 190 - Preventing Burnout and Fighting Frustration - With Debbie Wilson

Episode 190 - Preventing Burnout and Fighting Frustration - With Debbie Wilson

April 6, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! Today we are joined by Debbie Wilson! She has some incredible encouragement and wisdom to share today. We talked about what to do when you feel burned out, and how to prevent frustration when your child just isn't getting "it".

Before we start we want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums around, and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 189 - Preparing Your Children for Work

Episode 189 - Preparing Your Children for Work

March 30, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! This week we cover a bunch of different topics including, summer jobs, helping your children find their passion, preparing for different types of jobs, Michigan Homeschool laws, and more! 

We also want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums around, and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 188 - Springtime Homeschooling!

Episode 188 - Springtime Homeschooling!

March 22, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler podcast! Spring is upon us, or at least close, so this week were are talking about homeschooling in spring and what that can look like. 

Before we start we want to thank Teaching Textbooks for all of their support of the Smiling Homeschooler. They are one of the best math curriculums around, and we believe they help more homeschoolers smile. So go check them out at teachingtextbooks.com. 

 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

Episode 187 - Not Every Child Will be a Writer, and that’s Okay!

Episode 187 - Not Every Child Will be a Writer, and that’s Okay!

March 16, 2022

Welcome to the Smiling Homeschooler Podcast! This week Todd is gone, so Ben is joined by his sister Katherine, to talk about writing. Kat has some encouragement and suggestions to share. Writing is many kids' least favorite subject and can cause a lot of discouragement, so hopefully, this episode helps! 

 

Thank you to Teaching Textbooks for sponsoring the Smiling Homeschooler. The entire Wilson family has used their curriculum and loved it. If you would like to try their free demo, head on over to teachingtextbooks.com. 

 

Have a great week and keep smiling! 

 

 

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