Last year we decided that we were going to homeschool our children.  It was something that we had thought about for quite a while and we finally made the decision.  About 6 months ago we started the Homeschool Project Podcast to try and build a community for homeschool families and all those that might have interest in starting.  

1) We are so excited to introduce our first podcast interview-The Homeschool Project Podcast. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your podcast.

“Hi! I’m Anita and my husband, Nathan, and I are the hosts to The Homeschool Project Podcast. We are an active duty military family currently stationed in Northeast Ohio.  Nathan and I have been married for 13 years, together for 19, and in the military for 11.  We have 3 children whose ages are 3, 6, and 9.  

Before the military, we lived out in New Mexico in the middle of the national forest, because Nathan’s first job out of college was working for the Department of Game and Fish.  I am a registered nurse and worked up until 3 years ago when we had our 3rd child.

Last year we decided that we were going to homeschool our children.  It was something that we had thought about for quite a while and we finally made the decision.  About 6 months ago we started the Homeschool Project Podcast to try and build a community for homeschool families and all those that might have interest in starting.  

We speak about our trials and tribulations not only in homeschooling but as parents and also as a military family.  We keep it fun because the process is fun and so is being parents.  There’s enough negative stuff out there and we wanted our podcast to be light and a place people could come to get inspired and laugh a little too.” 

2) What inspired you to begin your podcast as a family?

“We started the podcast because we thought we could help other families that were new to homeschooling or thinking about it.  When we started our journey it was from scratch.  Nobody in our family homeschooled nor did we know anyone that did.  We were on our own at first so we thought how great it would be if we could start something where we could all share our ideas and thoughts to make life a little easier and a little more fun.  

We have been doing an episode every week for about 6 months now.  If anything, it has brought us closer as a family and made us realize that we made the right decision. Our hope is to eventually expand on our podcast and connect with the community through videos, newsletters, and services.”

3) You had mentioned to me that you have been collaborating with your sisters. How have they been involved with your project?      

“So I have 3 sisters and we are all separated.  Two live in Florida and one in Mississippi.  They all have so much to offer so we thought it would be cool to have them on the podcast.  They each have something to contribute so it makes it interesting.  One is a high school math teacher, and the other two are about to start homeschooling as well. My older sister has a talent in the kitchen and has begun to create cooking videos for the family.   

When my sisters make a guest appearance, we don’t just talk about homeschooling though.  We speak about all the ridiculous things that parents go through, we talk about life, and once a month we get together just to have a girl’s night.  Its really special that although we are all split up, we get to come together because of the podcast that we started.”

4) Where can we find you on social media, and are there ways to get involved with your podcast?      

“Subscribe to The Homeschool Project Podcast on your favorite Podcast App, follow us on Instagram, and join us on Facebook!

If you have any questions at all or need assistance in getting started in homeschooling please contact us. This is why we created the podcast, to help others! 

Email us at thehomeschoolprojectpodcast@gmail.com, or message us through Instagram.

We are always open for people to join us on an episode that have something to share whether it be their homeschooling experience, career spotlight, or a service they provide that could benefit other parents and families.”

E87: Home Ed Series: A Montessori Homeschool with Aubrey Hargis from Child Of The Redwoods The Homeschool Project Podcast

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today to continue our Home Education Series we have Aubrey Hargis joining us.  Aubrey is a Certified Montessori Educator, Homeschool Mom, Writer, and Parent Coach. Together with her husband David, she founded Child of The Redwoods to provide parents and caregivers a place for high quality, affordable online courses and coaching about homeschooling, Montessori education, and compassionate discipline techniques.Aubrey has a passion to bring Montessori into the mainstream and to eliminate the barriers between you and your child’s education, so you can ensure that the joy of learning stays central to the experience.So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to California and discuss a learner-centric approach to education, and as Maria Montessori says, “follow the child”.If you like what you hear and have enjoyed our show, please show your appreciation by subscribing to our Podcast and leaving us a review on your Podcast App of choice.We would love to hear from you so please email us with any comments or questions you have.Visit us and all of our content, including our blog, at http://www.thehomeschoolprojectpodcast.comAs always, let's Light A Fire They Can't Put OutThank you for listening!Show NotesChild of The Redwoods: Child of the Redwoods | Aubrey HargisHomeschool of The Redwoods Lower Elementary Program: Homeschool of the Redwoods: Lower Elementary (childoftheredwoods.com)Podcast: Child of The RedwoodsInstagram: @ childoftheredwoodsResources Mentioned:Cultivating Dharma: Cultivating Dharma (freemontessori.org)All About Reading: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.net/go.php?id=2109"This is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to All About Reading"Math-U-See: Complete Math Curriculum for Homeschool and Small Group Learning |Math-U-See | Complete K-12 Math Curriculum (mathusee.com)Math Mammoth: Math Mammoth – affordable, quality math worktexts and workbooksRightStart Math: RightStart™ Mathematics by Activities for Learning, Inc. – (rightstartmath.com)Handwriting Without Tears: Learning Without Tears: Handwriting, Keyboarding, Pre-K (lwtears.com)Brave Writer: Brave WriterOngoing Community Support:Wild Learning Curriculum – https://discoverwildlearning.com/?ref=927All About Reading: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.net/go.php?id=2109"We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites."

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