Episodes
If you were forced into homeschooling because of the pandemic this year, you may be considering continuing to homeschool your children. Maybe you’re not comfortable with how your school district is planning to reopen or you’ve decided that this is something you think is a good fit for your family. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool, my wife, Lisa joins me to talk about homeschooling philosophy, curriculum, online resources, and more. We condense 20 years of...
Published 06/19/20
This month’s encore episode is an interview with Kirk Martin from October 2017. Kirk helps parents restore calm in their homes with practical advice for parents of strong-willed children. Find out more about his courses and seminars. If you enjoyed this episode of The Wired Homeschool, consider supporting the podcast by buying me a coffee. The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com...
Published 05/31/20
In this encore episode, we revisit an interview I did with Tony Ceraso from Homeschool Astronomy. This interview was originally recorded at the 2012 Northeast Great Homeschool Convention. If you enjoyed this episode of The Wired Homeschool, consider supporting the podcast by buying me a coffee. The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the...
Published 04/17/20
Published 04/17/20
In this encore episode, we revisit an interview I did with Todd Wilson from Familyman Ministries. This interview was conducted in June of 2012 at the Northeast Great Homeschool Convention. If you enjoyed this episode of The Wired Homeschool, consider supporting the podcast by buying me a coffee. The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com Disclosure of Material Connection:...
Published 04/02/20
In this encore episode, we revisit an interview I did with Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. This interview was conducted in June of 2012 at the Northeast Great Homeschool Convention. If you enjoyed this episode of The Wired Homeschool, consider supporting the podcast by buying me a coffee. The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com Disclosure of...
Published 03/26/20
COVID-19 has led a number of school districts across the United States and the world to close. It's important that we do not panic and show kindness and compassion towards each other during these difficult times.
Published 03/13/20
This is the final episode of The Wired Homeschool. Thank you to everyone who has supported the podcast by listening, advertising, or donating. Your support has been greatly appreciated over the past 9 years! Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. In some cases, I may have been given a free sample of a product to review. I am disclosing...
Published 07/11/19
About Noah Tetzner Noah Tetzner is a homeschool graduate who enjoys sharing his passion for history with the world! He is the host of multiple historical podcasts that feature interviews with some of the world brightest scholars. Recently, he has launched a new podcast called Lessons from a Homeschooler where you can join him in learning about topics such as history, education, and literature from acclaimed speakers across the homeschooling world. Make sure you have a listen to both of...
Published 06/10/19
Our children can learn a lot of things from textbooks and online curriculum but there are some intangible things that cannot be learned through typical schooling. Often, it’s intangible traits or characteristics in our children that determine whether or not the will succeed. This list is by no means exhaustive but it’s a good start when considering what we want to encourage in our children. Grit Determination, or grit, will sometimes differentiate your child from others. In sports and...
Published 04/15/19
Ursula M. Burns became the first black woman to head a Fortune 500 company when she was appointed CEO of Xerox. She also became the first woman to succeed another as head of a Fortune 500 company. Burns led the STEM program of the White House from 2009 to 2016 and is the current chairman and CEO of VEON, the eleventh largest mobile network operator in the world based on subscribers. Burns is also on the board of Uber. Much like we did with the previous “Homeschool Like” series, we’ll take a...
Published 03/30/19
Google recently announced a gaming service that requires no console. They’ve made some big promises about this new product and it looks to be the future of gaming. Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me today to discuss what parents and homeschoolers need to know about Stadia. For more information about Stadia and cloud gaming, check out these links: * Stadia by Google * Stadia: a new way to play * BecauseFamily Article: What Parents Need to Know About Stadia by Google * Vortex –...
Published 03/25/19
Rob Jensen graduated from BYU with a BFA in Industrial Design. After graduating, he moved to Michigan to work for Ford Motor Company where he designed future cars for 7 years. After moving back to Utah and starting a business, Rob began drawing with my kids and realized it would be fun to share their art-time with other families. Art For Kids Hub was born. You will probably hear an unfamiliar voice in this episode because it’s one of the rare episodes where I’m joined by my wife,...
Published 03/01/19
Scratch 3.0 was released in January 2019 and includes a number of great new features including the ability to create and play projects on a tablet. Ryan Swanstrom joins me today to discuss Scratch 3.0 and how homeschoolers can use it to teach their kids how to code, for free! Ryan is a homeschool dad, computer programmer, and data scientist who helps homeschool parents integrate programming and technology into their curriculum with online courses and a weekly/monthly newsletter. He and his...
Published 02/15/19
Educational content is available all over the Internet. As streaming services become more popular, more educational documentaries become available to homeschoolers. Previously, I’ve shared YouTube channels and documentaries on Netflix that are educational. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool, I share 10 documentaries you can find on Hulu right now that you can use for homeschooling. The list reflects my leaning towards science and technology (especially, space) but you can find other...
Published 01/30/19
This year at CES, there were a number of themes amid all the tech that was on display. This is the third year in a row I’ve covered CES from afar and each year things get more and more interesting. Last year, I had reports from people at CES but I was unable to coordinate any interviews or recordings from participants. Instead, I will take a look at three trends I noticed at this year’s event. Voice Assistants Everywhere Voice assistants are showing up everywhere: cars, bathrooms,...
Published 01/15/19
Throughout 2018, there were a number of blog posts and podcasts that readers and listeners found helpful. Some of them were published this year, and some are more popular now than they have been in the past. Here are the top five blog posts and podcasts for 2018. Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018 * 7 Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers * 10 Educational Shows for Homeschooling Tweens and Teens on Netflix * 5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers * A Lesson for Homeschooling Parents:...
Published 12/31/18
Looking for practical ways to teach your kids STEM topics? Today I share some suggestions for teaching your kids about STEM topics through everyday things like visiting the gas pump or watching sports. Briefly, the three examples I give in this podcast are: * At the gas pump – How is fuel made? * Watching sports – How does a pitcher throw a curveball? * In your house – Calculate the volume of various objects. Listen to the episode to hear more. This is a presentation that I’m...
Published 12/15/18
Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me again to discuss safe digital parenting. With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure any gifts you’re giving to your kids are safe and ready to use when they’re unwrapped. Michael and I talk about some of the things you’ll want to do before handing a pocket-computer over to your kids this Christmas. Resources iOS 12’s Screen Time App Changes Everything! The Best Way to Keep Your Kids Safe On Youtube Circle With Disney...
Published 11/30/18
Today I’m talking with Paul Drake. Paul is a homeschool alumnus, software designer, and founder/director of Code Apprentice, a program that provides high school students the skills and guidance they need to get a job in tech after graduation. Paul is also a committed Christian, a passionate sports fan (Go Cubs!) and a classical piano composer. He currently lives and works in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. About Code Apprentice If you’re a high school student or a parent of a high...
Published 11/15/18
About Dave Stotts and Drive Thru History Dave Stotts has spent the last two decades in professional video and media production. His career in documentary production has taken him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and edit films on a wide variety of topics, including history, science, religion, homeland security, and Bible archaeology. In 2004, Dave stepped in front of the camera to host the award-winning television series, Drive Thru History. DTH is a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history...
Published 10/30/18
Due to some technical issues, the podcast is on hold until further notice.
Published 10/17/18
Today I’m speaking with Hannah Ruth Earl of The Moving Picture Institute. Hannah works on MPI’s talent development programs, including recruiting and acquisitions for grants, internships, and masterclasses. She previously worked in independent film production at Bold Films and Rumble Films. Hannah was also homeschooled and has been reaching out to homeschoolers about the free resources MPI has to offer. The Moving Picture Institute is a modern-media production house and talent incubator...
Published 09/30/18
Many kids and parents are fascinated by the night sky but don’t know where to start with nightly observations. With Experience Astronomy homeschool parents and students can learn to navigate the heavens and figure out if that bright light is a planet, star, or just an airplane. About Luke Gilkerson Luke Gilkerson is the creator of Experience Astronomy, a series of online courses for homeschool students of all ages. For the last several years he has taught astronomy at his local homeschool...
Published 08/30/18
Every homeschooler understands that reading is essential. However, sometimes we may not know what our children should be reading. Or, perhaps we know what they should read but we don’t understand the essential themes and ideas of a piece of great literature. At Online Great Books you’ll find a community that will help you understand the classics of the Western world. As parents, it’s important for us to continue learning even as we’re teaching our children and Online Great Books is a...
Published 08/15/18