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Homeschooling With Purpose: A Conversation with Pam Barnhill


In this episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, Colleen is joined by her good friend, and fellow veteran homeschool mom, Pam Barnhill. Honest and practical, they talk about planning, what gets in the way on a Monday morning, and provide access to resources that will help homeschoolers at any stage. If you homeschool, or are even thinking about homeschooling, this episode is for you!


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Managing A Classroom vs. Teaching Your Own Children

One thing that both Colleen and Pam have in common is classroom experience. Both worked in schools prior to homeschooling their own children. Both had a similar experience in making the transition home.

(You might be surprised to learn that having a background in traditional education is something that Colleen feels was a hindrance in allowing her to let go and homeschool her kiddos with freedom.) 

Both agree that fundamentally, the biggest shift is that when you are teaching in a traditional classroom, education is defined by the school system. One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling, is that it allows for a greater, more expanded definition of education.

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If This Is How A Grown-up Learns, This Is How A Kid Learns.

Pam shares one of the ways her understanding of learning has expanded in her homeschool is acknowledging the reality of how we all learn. She says, “I this is how I learn something…if this is how a grown-up learns, this is how a kids learns too.”

Adult learning almost never requires picking up a textbook. In fact, learning something new as an adult usually involves:

  • Finding a YouTube Video
  • Taking An Online Class
  • Making A Trip To The Library
  • Learning From A Friend

Our children learn in exactly the same ways!

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Homeschool Planning For Real Life

One of the most encouraging parts of this episode, is the practical and honest discussion around homeschool planning. Both Pam and Colleen share a peek inside their homeschool days and discuss how they plan for the unexpected. 

Both employ a kind of “Must-Do List” each day. It is simply a short list of things that absolutely have to get done during the day, every day. Then, the rest of their homeschool plans can be much more flexible and interest-led


Homeschooling With Purpose: Be more confident, less overwhelmed, and ready to tackle any challenges that come your way

These two amazing woman have teamed with Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool, and created a new course for every homeschool mom. 

Brand new? Overwhelmed? Burned out?

This is the course for you!

There are a million ways to make a good homeschool, but zero ways to make a perfect one.

This course provides everything you need to do just that!

Get confident you are on the right path in your homeschool with hand-holding guidance and not an ounce of judgment or guilt. 


RLL Episode 124: Homeschooling With Purpose, A Conversation With Pam Barnhill

More on all of these homeschool topics is in this fabulous new episode. Colleen and Pam share from the heart, and from their years of homeschooling experience. It is like a master-class, all in one podcast episode.


Links and Resources from Today’s Show:


Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter MostThe Big Book of Kids Activities: 500 Projects That Are the Bestest, Funnest EverRaising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent FamilyIntroverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet JoyThe Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System - and How to Fix ItThe Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 (Prima Home Learning Library)





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