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July 26, 2022

GOAT #30: Transitions and Connections

Coping with change can be hard for so many people, adults and children alike! The act of passing from one state, stage, place, or subject to another is a form of change called "transitioning" and homeschool families are not e...

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July 19, 2022

GOAT #29: Teens

Having teenagers as a homeschooling family is a really interesting but much different experience than as a public school family. While jobs, academics, transcripts, even attitudes are common to both groups, homeschooling fam...

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July 5, 2022

GOAT #28: Science Deep Dive

Teaching science makes some homeschooling parents nervous; whether it was because they did poorly in their own learning or because they just didn't like it! But it doesn't have to be difficult ... or dull. There are many op...

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June 21, 2022

GOAT #26: Journey to Homeschooling with Cristy Stebelton

In today's episode, Amanda speaks with fellow long-hauler Cristy Stebelton about her unusual journey to homeschooling and how her philosophy towards educating her daughter has changed over the years. They discuss the importan...

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June 7, 2022

GOAT #25: Reading Readiness

Feeling pressure for your child to read by a certain age? It may surprise you to know that most children read by the age of 7. Some aren't even interested before then! Regardless, it is not a reflection of your …

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May 31, 2022

GOAT #24: Special Education with Regina Clausell

Parents of special education students can sometimes be nervous about homeschooling: circumstances at their local school may force them to withdraw their child or, like with the recent COVID crisis, they may just think it is t...

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May 17, 2022

GOAT #22: Encouragement for Homeschool Burnout

Are you looking to escape the burnout that sometimes comes up around this time of the homeschool year? There are things you can do to try to lift yourself and others "out of the doldrums" typical of this season. Hear …

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May 10, 2022

GOAT #21: Field Trips and Storage Talk

In this week's episdoe, Erin and Amanda talk about their favorite ways to use field trips for learning. Also on the docket is storage ... some different ideas on what they use and how to find what works for your …

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May 3, 2022

GOAT #20: Parental Rights and Homeschooling

Parental rights in education has been a hot topic of late, and we at GOAT Homeschooling wanted to have a conversation talking about what parental rights are, where they come from and how we exercise them in this day and …

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April 26, 2022

GOAT #19: Off the Cuff, Spring 2022

Ever wish you could take a peek inside a Spring day in the life of a homeschool family? Listen as Erin and Amanda talk about what's going on in their homes in this "Off the Cuff" episode of GOAT Homeschooling. …

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April 5, 2022

GOAT #18: Planning for Next Year

Are you smack in the middle of homeschool planning or will you keep doing what you always have and start planning in the Fall? Or does your family land somewhere in the middle of these ways to make educational decisions …

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March 29, 2022

GOAT #17: Homeschooling with Bloom & Blossom

In today's episode, Erin and Amanda speak with Christina Carpenter, organizer of the Bloom & Blossom conference for homeschooling moms and homeschooling consultant at Authentic Joy in the Journey. They discuss some of the thi...

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March 22, 2022

GOAT #16: Homeschooling Defined

With all the changes COVID brought, and so many families having to school their kids at home, have you found yourself asking what exactly *is* homeschooling and what *isn't*? How is it different from public or private school?...

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March 8, 2022

GOAT #14: COVID Homeschooling with Lena

In today's episode, Amanda speaks with Lena, a COVID homeschooler who started homeschooling her medically fragile son during COVID. Listen in on her take on how things are going, where things will go, how she can get some enc...

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March 1, 2022

GOAT #13: Homeschooling Resources for Encouragement and More

Sometimes in this "long-haul" homeschool journey, you just need encouragement to keep going. You know, you're feeling like you're in a slump, or if you've been doing this awhile, you're getting burnt out. There *are* resourc...

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Jan. 25, 2022

GOAT #9: Finding Passions in Homeschooling

Is your son only interested in Minecraft building challenges? Is your daughter binge reading fiction day in and day out? How can you incorporate the passions of your kids into your homeschool and help them to enjoy learning i...

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Jan. 18, 2022

GOAT #8: Caregiving and Homeschooling

Especially in light of all of the health crisis of the last few years, are you now or have you recently had to care for a family member or other adult while trying to homeschool? It might've been while attending …

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Jan. 4, 2022

GOAT #7: Homeschool Cooperatives... the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Cooperatives can be an asset to many homeschool families, for academic classes or enrichment or even elective activities. Erin and Amanda discuss their first exposure to co-ops, some of the benefits and struggles they've endu...

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Dec. 28, 2021

GOAT #6: Unschooling (it's not a bad word!)

Unschooling is not raising "feral children" or a homeschool without rules. It isn't synonymous with being uneducated but a great option for kids with lots of questions (and maybe not so much for those needing more boundaries....

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Dec. 21, 2021

GOAT #5: Midyear Homeschool Review

It's usually a good idea to pause in the middle of your homeschool year and do a check-up on what's working and what's not, and consider if change is necessary. In today's episode, Erin and Amanda talk a little about …

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Dec. 7, 2021

GOAT #4: Christian and Secular Homeschooling

Homeschooling for the long haul often means making foundational decisions about what focus your homeschool will take. Inevitably, homeschooling families face the decision to choose a faith-based or secular focus, or sometime...

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Nov. 30, 2021

GOAT #3: Finding Your Support and Tribe in Homeschooling

The longer we homeschool, the more we realize how crucial it is to have a support system and a "tribe" ... those fellow homeschoolers who just "get us" ... that we can spend time with, learn with, do LIFE with. …

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Nov. 30, 2021

GOAT #2: Holidays and Homeschooling

Holidays can be hard even for homeschoolers. And no matter how long you've been at this homeschooling journey, figuring out what is going to work for your family and still honor all the differences that caused you to homescho...

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Nov. 29, 2021

GOAT #1: Welcome to GOAT Homeschooling with Erin and Amanda

Welcome to GOAT Homeschooling with Erin and Amanda! We are two veteran homeschoolings having the conversations we aren't hearing elsewhere; in other words, discussing the homeschooling journey when you've been at this for a w...

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Nov. 16, 2021

GOAT Homeschooling with Erin and Amanda (Trailer)

Trailer for GOAT Homeschooling with Erin and Amanda, a podcast for the "long haul" homeschoolers (5 or more years!)

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