Home Ed Voices Podcast – A British Home Education Podcast

The Home Ed Voices Podcast is a UK-based Home Education Podcast that profiles the lives of home ed families. It aims to show how amazing and diverse our home education experiences are.

There are so many ways to be a great home educator, and so many interesting and useful resources for you to use. But the big thing is to know that you are not alone, and this podcast intends to show you that, fortnight after fortnight.

Season Episodes:

18/6/2021 (Season 3) Ep 34 Mini Episode: Transitioning Out of Trauma (We now have a shared collective trauma. This is how I see the effects of trauma every day. But how do we heal and move forward from here? Originally by Kate McConaghy)

26/5/2021 (Season 3) Ep 33 – Jay Byrd from BeanLearning.com (what it’s like being a second generation home educator and home education in the UK in the 90’s, project based learning and gentle parenting, and Bean Learning, which offers UK based online video groups and classes for home educated children and home educating adults..)

12/5/2021 (Season 3) Ep 32 – Naomi Fisher, author of Changing Our Minds (How home educated children related to their peers, the long process of deschooling, internal and external motivation, and supporting ADHD and autism in the home educating community.)

17/3/2021 (Season 3) Ep 31 Mini Episode: You Are Smart Enough to Home Educate (There are definite barriers to home education, (needing to work outside the home to pay the bills, especially for single parent families, co-parenting with someone who refuses to support home education etc) but a lack of qualifications is not one of them.)

10/3/2021 (Season 3) Episode 30 Mini Episode: Don’t Over-Plan the Fun Stuff (and What to do Instead) (Over planning things that sound good but you won’t actually do, is a waste of time and makes you feel bad. (Ask me how I know this…) Here’s what I suggest you do instead.)

04/8/2020 (Season 3) Episode 29 Eloise Rickman (@mightymother_) (her new book Extraordinary Parenting, about writing it during lockdown and about how it is a unique source of comfort and support for parents and home educators during this pandemic)

31/3/2020 (Season 3) Episode 28 Lorna (@2devonpixies_home_ed) (lockdown for the coronavirus, but also tuff trays, the pedagogy of ‘give it a go’ and Lorna brings a fantastic book list that will keep you going through these strange days)

11/2/2020 Season 3 Episode 27 pt1 – Day in the Life – Kate (HomeEdVoices.co.uk) (Day in the Life with a 10 year old and nearly 7 year old)

11/2/2020 Season 3 Episode 27 pt2 – Day in the Life – Kate (HomeEdVoices.co.uk) (Day in the Life with a 10 year old and nearly 7 year old)

28/1/2020 Season 3 Episode 26 – Replay of ep3 Daksina (getting our heads around the idea that every education has gaps, and that is ok, fangirling over the calming influence of Julie Bogart, and all things gameschooling )

07/1/2020 Season 3 Episode 25 – Replay of ep 7 – Kate McConaghy (videogames as a gateway to self directed literacy, it all counts, not just the stuff that looks like school, and structure your year to protect your mental health)

Season 2:

3/12/19 SEASON 2 Episode 24 End of Season 2 & Avoiding December Overwhelm (Huge thanks to everyone who came on the show this season, ideas for a calmer December)

12/11/19 SEASON 2 Episode 23 Helen (@Belzibow) (Helen’s lapbooks and picture book units at Branch Out World, how her family tackles GCSEs, and about keeping teens engaged in home ed groups)

29/10/19 SEASON 2 Episode 22 Wendy (@EnjoyMathsHomeEd) (Wendy’s Maths Programme, Enjoy Maths, the positive educational impact of ordinary things, encouraging a lifetime of learning, and the advantages of being a mature university student. )

15/10/19 SEASON 2 Episode 21 – Jimena (@PlayLiveAndLearn) (the tiny rebellion of not applying for a school place, home education alongside being a professional actor, and learning in front of your children.)

01/10/19 SEASON 2 Episode 20 Ashleigh (@Wild.Wood.Childhood) (home educating alongside a sibling in school, home edding foundation and year 1 on a very small budget, and the fear of missing out, and how it can mess with your confidence and cost you money. )

17/09/19 SEASON 2 Episode 19 Sherilyn (@HomeEdHereAndNow) (shifting into a mindset where you don’t feel the need to prove yourself, running a business alongside home education, hands on maths and building community.)

4/09/19 SEASON 2 Episode 18 Becca (@Fiddlesticks.kids) (home educating alongside childminding and running an online business, thinking about the box when organising her week and great boardgame recs for the autumn.)

20/08/19 SEASON 2 Episode 17 Katie (@LearnWhatYouLive) (GCSE and how home edders tackle exams, moving from careers outside the home to home education and the vulnerability of not knowing what you might do after, and audio book recs galore!) 

06/08/19 SEASON 2 Episode 16 Lexi (@Caribbean_home_educator) (home educating older children alongside infant twins, how to event plan when home ed freedom can also mean flakiness, the importance of downtime and rest, and support for home ed parents of black and mixed race children.) 

23/07/19 SEASON 2 Episode 15 Kelly (@theWoodSideStories) (giving yourself grace on the journey from school at home to something more unique to your family, mentors from the wider community, and home educating in rural and more isolated areas of the country. )

09/07/19 SEASON 2 Episode 14 Mell (@life_at_rowan) (home educating as a single parent, our experiences with negative attitudes against home education and what to do about it, how home ed children’s learning and socializing differs when compared to schooled children. )

25/06/19 SEASON 2 Episode 13 – Lyndsay (@rainbows_and_wellies) (home educating an only child, how home edding can provide a safe environment for an autistic child both to learn in a way that suits them, and get the degree of socialisation that feels comfortable to them (in comparison to the ‘coke bottle’ effect.) and finding your groove when you’re unexpectedly home educating, through community and time spent reflected on the things that are working. )

13/06/19 SEASON 2 Episode 12 – Jacqui (@JacquiWakelam) (home educating in partnership with our older children, the importance of deschooling as a home educating parent, and Jacqui tells me the best quote about being a new home edder – I promise it’s going to stick with you… )

28/05/19 SEASON 2 Episode 11 – Ronni (@Multicultural Motherhood) (finding a regular community in a city with a large number of home edding families a lots of activities to go to, teaching other languages as part of your home ed routine, and how parents can support their children’s early language development.)

Season 1:

06/11/18 Episode 10 – Leah Boden (@Modern Miss Mason) (adapting the ideas of Charlotte Mason for the modern era we live in today, how living in the UK means that we get to live amongst living history, and  the importance of prioritizing home education, and balancing our other projects alongside it.)

23/10/18 Episode 9 – Tanya Tucker (@HappyHandley) (how spending all your time together can be really lovely, and how much more there is to know about your children, plus trying to keep a well used house working smoothly )

04/9/18 Episode 8 – Not Back to School Mini Ep (making the most of the changing season, favourite Autumn books, how to gently restart your home education rhythm at the start of a new academic year )

06/8/18 Episode 7 – Kate (videogames as a gateway to self directed literacy, it all counts, not just the stuff that looks like school, and structure your year to protect your mental health)

24/7/18 Episode 6 – Philippa (@ExitSuperMum) (second generation home education and how home education has changed over the last 25 years, how home education allows children to be wholly themselves, and an Astrid Lindgren love fest)

10 Revisions

10/7/18 Episode 5 – Jean part 2 (@TheMessyMum) (how to find great free resources for any subject, talk about how to get the most out of social media as home ed parents, and a ton of great summer reading)

03/7/18 Episode 4 – Jean part 1 (@TheMessyMum) (children who start reading later, defending twaddle for the emergent reader and why you need other home educators on hard days)

19/6/18 Episode 3 – Daksina (@DaksinaBasia) (educational gaps, fangirling over Julie Bogart and Gameschooling)

19/6/18 Episode 2 – Loveth (@floutLookBlog) (pressures from school, prolific kid artists, the first year home educating)

19/6/18 Episode 1 – Katie (@homeEdVoicesPodcast) (your presenter’s home ed journey, and far too many kid’s graphic novels. Oops!)

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