E83: Home Ed Series: A 21st Century Charlotte Mason Education with Leah Boden

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! In today’s episode we had the honor of having Leah Boden, also known as Modern Miss Mason, join us.  Leah is wife to Dave and mom to four fabulous children. She is a home educator and has been building upon the foundations of the Charlotte Mason philosophy with her children for the past 15 years. She’s a firm believer in peace, freedom and individuality in their homeschool environments and she teaches this over at Modern Miss Mason. Leah is also a coach, writer, speaker and podcaster.
In this episode she speaks on who Charlotte Mason was, what her philosophy on education was, and what the philosophy looks like in a homeschool environment.

So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to Coventry, England and discuss how to integrate the early 20th century Charlotte Mason philosophy into a 21st century home.

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Show Notes

Website: Leah Boden – The Home of Modern Miss Mason
Leah can be found on: Facebook & Instagram @ Modernmissmason
Modern Miss Mason Podcast

Books Mentioned:

Charlotte Mason’s Home Education Series (6 Volumes)
Audio version of Volumes 1-3 can be found on Librivox – LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks

Books by Karen Glass:

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration – https://amzn.to/3e9oZ0S

In Vital Harmony: Charlotte Mason and the Natural Laws of Education – https://amzn.to/3wtilsp

Charlotte Mason program: Home – AmblesideOnline – Charlotte Mason Curriculum

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E82: Home Ed Series: Military Career Options For Your Teen

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we are replaying an episode we felt would be perfect not only as we celebrate our Independence Day, but also to go along with our Home Education Series.
We have found a lot of families are asking about the different options available for their teens after graduation. College is not the only option, nor is it for everyone. So today we talk about a career in the military and some of the requirements to join.  We try to speak generally since all services are different and everyone’s experiences differ.  I’m sure we missed something but we tried to hit on the important areas. If you do have a teen, stay tuned for more episodes later in the series.  We will have guests on to speak about homeschooling highschool as well as transitioning to college for those who chose that path.

So grab a seat by the fire as we discuss what the military path can look like and the benefits it has brought for our family.

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Show Notes

Military Branches with Links – https://www.todaysmilitary.com/about-military/service-branches

JRTOC for Homeschoolers https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/12/19/defense-bill-requires-local-jrotc-programs-to-admit-homeschooled-students/

ROTC (College) – https://www.todaysmilitary.com/education-training/rotc-programs

Service Academies – https://getschooled.com/article/2411-get-to-know-the-five-service-academies/

Mazzaro’s (Stop in if your in St. Petersburg, Fl) – https://www.mazzarosmarket.com/

Ceviche (Also in St. Petersburg, Fl) Amazing food and one of the greatest Spanish guitar players you will hear – https://ceviche.com/

E81: Home Ed Series : Exploring Alternative Education Options with Shannon Falkenstein from The New Schools

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we jump start our Home Education series with Shannon Falkenstein, M. Ed. from The New Schools Podcast. Shannon is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Acton Academy & Montessori in El Salvador, a progressive micro-school innovating education to offer learners skills for the 21st Century.

Shannon is a speaker, facilitator and coach and is the host of The New Schools podcast, which helps families at an inflection point in schooling to explore and choose the best option for their children’s learning journey. She is a freedom-lover, explorer and anthropologist at heart, and has lived and studied all over the world.

So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to El Salvador, to speak with Shannon about opportunities that exist in alternative education!

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Show Notes

The New Schools: Home – The New Schools
Can also find on Instagram.
The New Schools Podcast

Acton Academy El Salvador: Acton Academy & Montessori El Salvador (actonacademyelsalvador.com)

Expats of El Salvador on Facebook

Books Mentinoned:
‘Finding Your Own North Star’ by Martha Beck – https://amzn.to/2TQpwhl

‘Courage To Grow’ by Laura Sandefer – https://amzn.to/3xAu0Hd

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E80: Introducing Diving Into Home Education Series

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today I am introducing a series we have been working hard on and excited to finally launch it. Over the course of the next several months, we will be ‘diving into home ed’. Each week from now until October, we will release an episode that discusses some of the main areas of home education. We will discuss alternative education, different styles and methods of learning, the high school years, transitioning to college, learning in the early years, planning your year, working while home schooling and more!

Our hope is to help new and current homeschooling families prepare for the upcoming school year. We have pulled a team of amazing speakers to join us on the show to discuss these different topics. They each bring with them experience and knowledge to help encourage and inspire each of us on our home education journey.

But come October, we will jump right back into the heart and soul of this podcast on speaking to families that are redesigning their family’s lifestyle, to authors, and to professionals. So if those are the conversations you love, don’t fret as we will return to them at the end of this series.

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E79: One Homeschool Dad’s Theory On Education and Life With Jake Suitter

Hello and welcome back to the campfire!  Today we have homeschooling dad, Jake Suitter join us on the show.  He’s a full-time adventure dad, wildshcooling his 3 active young boys.  Jake was homeschooled himself, he has been a travel guide, built schools in the Alaskan bush, had a successful career in the oil industry, and eventually decided to leave that behind to be at home with his kids.  So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to Denver, Colorado to speak with Jake about how homeschooling, adventures, and life experiences have shaped his philosophy on parenting and education.

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Show Notes

You can find Jake on Instagram @jakeandkids

Books mentioned: 
‘The Read-Aloud Family’ by Sarah Mackenzie – https://amzn.to/3e6AEgQ

Balanced and Barefoot’ by Angela Hanscom – https://amzn.to/3k7rswG

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E78: A Life’s Mission: A Missionary Family Serving and Homeschooling On The Island of Barbados

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have the pleasure of having Brice and Amanda Wurdeman join us for a conversation.  Up until recently,  they were the directors of Windward Islands School of Evangelism in Barbados. They are a homeschool family of 6 and are missionaries who have served in Haiti, the Island of St Vincent, and Barbados over the past 14 years. Life on the islands is all their kids have ever known up until this year as they will be moving back to the states. We love sharing yet another family’s story of what this homeschooling lifestyle can bring. So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to the Island of Barbados and discuss their experience living overseas, serving as a missionary family, and educating their 6 children as they see fit.

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Show Notes

Instagram: @extrafewwurds
Blog: The “Extra” Few Wurds (wurdfam.blogspot.com)

Windward Islands School of Evangelism: WISE – Windward Islands School of Evangelism – Christian Bible College – Barbados | West Indies | Caribbean

E77: Homeschool End of Year Recap: Gather Round, Charlotte Mason, & Summer Plans

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today I have my older sister, Nina, joining me for a conversation as we wrap up another year of learning. Nina lives in Mississippi and homeschools her 3 kids using the Gather Round Curriculum for year-round schooling. I use the Charlotte Mason method as the backbone to our learning and follow a 36 week calendar with more of a relaxed and interest-led approach during the summer.

Today we recap on how our year went, using the curriculum and resources we did. We discuss what worked, what didn’t work, and thoughts on what we might what to change. We also discuss plans for the summer.

So grab a seat by the fire  as we travel to Mississippi to chat with my big sis about all things homeschool!

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Show Notes
Gather ‘Round Homeschool (gatherroundhomeschool.com)

Literature and Math for Nina: Home – The Good and the Beautiful : The Good and the Beautiful (goodandbeautiful.com)

Math for Nina’s 5 year old: Kate’s Homeschool Math Help – Kate Snow – Homeschool Math Help (kateshomeschoolmath.com)

Printer Ink refill Nina uses: https://amzn.to/3k69qux

Notebooking: Jodi Mockabee

Our Charlotte Mason backbone (we follow most but not all of it): Mater Amabilis™ – A Charlotte Mason Style Curriculum for Catholics

Our Spanish Curriculum: Whole Family Homeschool Spanish – Flip Flop Spanish

Brave Writer Curriculum: Brave Writer

Math: Math Lessons for a Living Education (masterbooks.com)

Khan Academy: Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice

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E76: The Anthropology of Childhood Learning with Dr. David Lancy

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have the honor of having Dr. David Lancy join us for a conversation, and it is one filled with many ‘golden nuggets’. David is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology.  He began college teaching at Cuttington College in the interior of Liberia in 1968 and subsequently taught at a Community College and at three universities. 

 Dr. Lancy has authored 5 books and his current research interests center on the anthropology of childhood. He has done fieldwork with children as the focus for extended periods in Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Mormon Utah; for shorter periods in Trinidad (Fullbright Fellow), Sweden (Fullbright Fellow), Uganda, Madagascar, and in urban schools in the U.S. 

We discuss childhood in the indigenous cultures  versus the WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) society. David points out that in the village, youth have great autonomy and learning bouts are self-initiated rather than teacher or caretaker initiated. Learning is woven into the flow of daily life versus being encapsulated in formal lessons.

So grab a seat by the fire  as we travel to Utah to speak to him about the lost art of self education and the anthropology of childhood learning!

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Show Notes:

The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings 2nd Edition – https://amzn.to/2UzQWrE

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E75: Learning Outside The Home & No Fuss Nature Days

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we are busting an episode out of the vault. We’ve had a hectic week and are taking the weekend to enjoy family time and the outdoors with our Scout Troop. There will be a fishing derby, hiking, bottle rocket craft, and tent camping! Even though this episode is a replay, the conversation is a great one. We talk about the different ways you can learn and extend learning outside of the home. One of the main focuses is learning in nature and how you can add nature days to your home education in a simple way.
So grab a seat by the fire as you travel to our home in Ohio and discuss how learning does not just take place in ‘the classroom’.

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Show Notes
1) Cleveland Metroparks – https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/

2) Cleveland Museum of Natural History Homeschool Programs – https://www.cmnh.org/learn/homeschool

3) Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Homeschool Program  – https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo/learn/educational-programs/educational-opportunities/homeschool-programs

4) Cleveland Museum of Art – https://www.clevelandart.org/

5) Handbook of Nature Study by  Anna Botsford Comstock –  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801493846/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=nromeo-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0801493846&linkId=b2e901b24381f35b5a596f7fb7a7389b

6) Exploring Nature with Children – https://raisinglittleshoots.com/buy-exploring-nature-with-children/

E74: An American Homestead / Off Grid Homesteading and Homeschooling in The American Ozarks

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have Zac, the creator of An American Homestead, joining us. Zac is a single father of two boys and an off grid homesteader homeschooling his kids.  An American Homestead is a platform and YouTube channel dedicated to teaching modern homesteading. 
This interview was livestreamed to his audience, or so we thought as there were some technical difficulties, but is available on his YouTube channel. We discuss how his choice to homestead and homeschool were not only about education, but also about celebrating the family unit.
So grab a seat by the fire as we travel deep into the American Ozarks where we discuss homesteading, homeschooling, and how this lifestyle choice is all about the family!

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Show Notes

An American Homestead website: Modern Homesteading With Off Grid Living And Education (anamericanhomestead.com)
YouTube: An American Homestead

Liberty University Online Academy: Liberty University Online Academy

Ivan on Tech: Ivan on Tech Blockchain Academy

If You Want To Change The World, Start Off By Making Your Bed:
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Episode Mentioned:
Episode 54 of our podcast- Homesteading and Homeschooling / Off-Grid Living with Farm To Table Mama
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