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Episode 12: Pollen! (Also: How We Teach Language Arts)

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Episode 12: Pollen! (Also: How We Teach Language Arts)

In this allergy medicine-fueled episode, we’re talking about how we teach (and don’t teach) language arts in our homeschool, from workbooks to deliberate avoidance, sharing our favorite podcasts that aren’t this one, and talking about that delightful comfort book, 84 Charing Cross Road.

 

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Episode 11: The Orange Elephant in the Room and Finding a New Normal

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In this episode, we’re trying to come to terms with a new normal and nervously peeking out of our political closets, talking about how we homeschool when all we want to do is hide under the covers and/or obsessively check the news (spoiler: sometimes we just don’t), and trying to get back on the book reading wagon with a comfort read classic. (Also: The scoop on the Lost Episode—a.k.a. Episode 10—which Amy promises she really will upload eventually.)

In this episode, we’re trying to come to terms with a new normal and nervously peeking out of our political closets, talking about how we homeschool when all we want to do is hide under the covers and/or obsessively check the news (spoiler: sometimes we just don’t), and trying to get back on the book reading wagon with a comfort read classic. (Also: The scoop on the Lost Episode—a.k.a. Episode 10—which Amy promises she really will upload eventually.)

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Episode 10: The Lost Episode Is the Math Episode, But It’s Not a Metaphor, We Promise

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The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy is a secular homeschool podcast produced by home/school/life magazine

In this episode we’re talking about math, math, and more math, including our favorite homeschool math curriculum options, chatting about British television, British writers, and the historical plight of women married to Percy Shelley, trying to explain the awesomeness of Suzanne’s Bag of Justice, and the puzzling out the problem with Atticus Finch.

 

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Episode 9: When the Going Gets Tough

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Episode 9: When the Going Gets Tough

In this episode, we’re coming out of our pillow forts to talk about how to homeschool through challenging times, our favorite coping mechanisms (including the Library Chicken Book Bender exception), and some of the titles on our comfort reading lists.

 

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Episode 8: You Might Have Mentioned That a Little Sooner

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Episode 8: You Might Have Mentioned That a Little Sooner

In this episode, we’re talking about things we wish someone had told us before we started homeschooling, adventures in the Twitterverse, library chicken victories, starting a liberal arts high school, and Lab Girl by Hope Jahrens.

 

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Episode 7: Making (Up) the Grade

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home/school/life magazine's secular homeschool podcast: episode 7 is all about figuring out to assign grades in your homeschool

In this (slightly all-over-the-place) episode, we’re talking about how to figure grades for transcripts if you’re in a situation where something’s forcing you to figure grades for transcripts, superheroes who like saving the day, Veronica Mars in the afterlife, what’s happening in library chicken, and many, many books.

 

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Episode 6: But Why Do I Have to Do This?

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secular homeschool podcast

In this episode, we’re talking about how to handle it when a kid just plain doesn’t want to do something on your homeschool’s academic to-do list (and, for the billionth time, about how Amy stopped doing math for two years and the world did not explode around her homeschool), what we’re up to on the homefront, and Five Children on the Western Front, Kate Saunders’ tribute to the great E. Nesbit. 

 

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Episode 5: I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

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home | school | life podcast episode 5: all about homeschooling and socialization

In this episode, we’re talking about the dreaded “S” word, socialization, and what it does and doesn’t mean and about how homeschoolers find friends and build social networks, which isn’t the same thing as being socialized, darn it. Also: Star Trek, All the Birds in the Sky, and more.

 

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Suzanne's family's favorite hand-me-down: the unsocialized homeschooler t-shirt!

Suzanne's family's favorite hand-me-down: the unsocialized homeschooler t-shirt!

Episode 4: If Fall Is Approaching, We Must Need School Supplies

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The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, a secular homeschool podcast

In this episode, we’re talking about how we gear up for a new homeschool year (school supplies and denial are involved), the done list versus the to-do list, nerdy movies, getting your AP class approved, Aaron Burr in history and in Gore Vidal’s Burr, and more.

 

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Episode 3: But How Will You Teach Calculus?

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home/school/life's secular homeschool podcast: episode 3

In this episode, we’re answering the weird curriculum questions people always seem to ask homeschoolers and the curriculum questions we ask ourselves, the rules of library chicken, domesticity vs. housework, and the deliciously Victorian dragon society in Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw.

 

UPDATE: 7/18 @ 1:26 P.M. Sound issues have been resolved—if your sound is off, download the new version below, and it should solve the problem.

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Episode 2.5: Homeschool moms don't get sick days

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home/school/life magazine's secular homeschool podcast: The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, episode 2.5

In this in-between episode of the Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, Suzanne gets sick but doesn't actually take the day off—which is kind of how sick days usually work in our homeschools so that's what we're talking about. (As soon as Suzanne's voice returns, we'll be back with Episode 3!)

 

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Episode 2: Summer Homeschooling and Lack Thereof

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The home | school | life podcast: Summer homeschooling and young adult books that maybe you have to actually be a young adult to appreciate fully

In this episode of The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, we're talking about how summer fits into our homeschool lives, the fine line between delightfully snarky and annoyingly snobbish, ridiculous amounts of baby knitting, and Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.

 

Want to read along with us? We're talking about Tooth and Claw in our July 4 episode and Gore Vidal's Burr on July 18.

 

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Episode 1: It seemed like a good idea at the time

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Episode 1: home/school/life magazine's The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy #homeschool

In our first official episode of the Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, we talk about how we came to be homeschoolers, dish about what's happening in our lives right now (Jane Austen! Men in 18th century shirts! KITTENS!), and discuss the infinitely delightful Mapp and Lucia in our book talk.

 

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Plus: Gratuitous kitten on books photo. (Can I just point out that Suzanne also had a deer give birth to twins in her backyard this weekend? So she basically has a kitten AND baby deer right now. In related news: Life isn't fair. :))

A kitten on books. Because that's what you get with the podcast with Suzanne and Amy

 

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Episode 0

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home/school/life magazine's new homeschool podcast

Welcome to The Podcast with Suzanne and Amy, home | school | life's new podcast! In this episode, we're testing out our cool podcasting tools and talking about what you can expect in upcoming episodes. (Spoiler: Books. Lots and lots of books.) Check back Monday for EPISODE 1: At Least It's Better Than the Phantom Menace.

 

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