Yes, Homeschooling Really Does Pay Off: An Interview with Andy McDermott
Do you ever feel discouraged about homeschooling your kids—maybe wondering if it’s even worth it? Then today’s Homeschool Heartbeat program is for you! Here’s actor and homeschooling dad Andy McDermott, with an important and encouraging perspective on homeschooling your kids.
“There [will] be bumps in the road, and you’re going to have a tough day here or there. . . . But I promise you that this will pay off.”—Andy McDermott
Aired: January 23–27, 2017
From Homeschooler to YouTube Star: An Interview with Blimey Cow’s Jordan Taylor
Jordan Taylor is not a typical homeschool graduate. He earns a living making YouTube videos, and his show, Blimey Cow, has hundreds of thousands of followers. Hear how Jordan got started—on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat, with your host Mike Smith.
“Something that you like doing, that you don’t think is very interesting—people will watch if you are really passionate about it.”—Jordan Taylor
Aired: January 16–20, 2017
Homeschooling: Together on the Journey: An Interview with Heather Shirley
Are you considering joining a homeschool co-op or support group? Today’s guest on Homeschool Heartbeat has worked with the homeschool group Classical Conversations for over a decade—and she’s got some great tips for helping you find the best group for your family! “We’re not made to do these things alone, and a community makes a world of difference.”—Heather Shirley
Aired: January 9–13, 2017
Homeschool Grads in Public Office: An Interview with the Root Beer Float Coalition
What do root beer floats, homeschool graduates, and state legislatures have in common? More than you might think! Hear from members of the Root Beer Float Coalition on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat with your host, Mike Farris.“Whether it’s politics or business or being a homeschooling mom or dad—it’s [about] finding these passions in your heart that God has given you, and pursuing those.”—Jenna Haggar
Aired: January 2–6, 2017
Equal Rights for Homeschoolers: An Interview with HSLDA Attorneys
The freedom to homeschool has grown enormously in the past few decades. So why are homeschoolers in some states still facing discrimination today? This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, HSLDA’s attorneys talk about this new discrimination—and what we can do about it.“We have to continually be vigilant in protecting our freedom, because the freedom to homeschool continues through the freedom to be accepted as having been responsibly educated.”—Mike Farris
Aired: December 26–30, 2016
Living Well with the Great Books: An Interview with Fritz Hinrichs
What comes to mind when you think of the “great books”? An out-of-touch professor, or maybe a stuffy academic? Think again! Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, hear online tutor Fritz Hinrichs offer a fresh perspective on the great books.
“[The great books] engage the big questions of human life. Questions of justice. What does it mean to live nobly? How can we live life well?”—Fritz Hinrichs
Aired: December 19–23, 2016
5 Things You Should Know about Parental Rights: An Interview with Mike Farris
Have you ever wondered what the term ‘parental rights’ really means? Then stay tuned to Homeschool Heartbeat, as guest host Joel Grewe and HSLDA chairman Mike Farris discuss five things about parental rights that you won’t want to miss.
“There’s nothing wrong with requiring literacy and self-sufficiency. What’s wrong is requiring this particular path to achieve literacy and self-sufficiency.”—Mike Farris
Aired: December 12–16, 2016
How to Achieve Success in Sports and Life: An Interview with Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Have you ever thought about the fact that humans are so wired to play that we will pay to watch other people do it? This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, sports psychologist Dr. Bill Thierfelder explains why sports and competition are essential to who we are as human beings.
“Play is essential to who we are as human beings. It’s not a timeout, it’s not a distraction—it’s something that we need to embrace and properly direct.”—Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Aired: December 5–9, 2016
When Failure Helps You Grow: An Interview with Jessica Cole
Teaching your kids is a big responsibility—but you don’t have to let the fear of failure keep you from doing it well. Hear guidance from HSLDA blogger Jessica Cole on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“On the hard days, I’m so thankful I can look back at [my parents’] example and see that their patience and perseverance paid off in the end.”—Jessica Cole
Aired: November 28–December 2, 2016
Pro Football and Parental Rights: An Interview with NFL MVP Shaun Alexander
Ever since he retired from pro football, Shaun Alexander has been focusing on the thing he is most passionate about: families. On this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat, hear how the homeschool dad and former NFL MVP is encouraging and helping families be the best they can be.“[We’re] sending out the message that parents, you can raise great children, and . . . you have a right to raise them up in the way that you think is best. We believe in you.”—Shaun Alexander
Aired: November 21–25, 2016
Playing to Your Strengths: An Interview with Rose Focht
It’s easy to assume that the way things have been done is necessarily the way they should be done. But according to HSLDA blog contributor Rose Focht, parenting doesn’t always work that way. Join Rose as she talks with Mike Smith—today on Homeschool Heartbeat.“What I love about homeschooling is the ability to custom-tailor our expectations. Basically the sky’s the limit.”—Rose Focht
Aired: November 14–18, 2016
Living for More Than Just Ourselves: An Interview with Bo Stapler | Homeschool Helpers
Bo Stapler’s brother Jack only lived for 20 months, but he inspired Bo to spend his life helping others. Now Bo, a homeschool grad and physician, is honoring his brother’s legacy by giving his patients the treatment they need and the love they deserve. Hear Bo’s story on Homeschool Heartbeat.
“I think it’s important for homeschooling parents to set an example of serving their neighbors and to involve their children in that.”—Bo Stapler(This interview is part of our Homeschool Helpers series, which highlights homeschool grads and parents across the nation serving their communities as public servants. To read more stories, click here.)
Aired: November 7–11, 2016
Reading Aloud: Just Do It! An Interview with Julie Schnatterly
What are some of your favorite memories from homeschooling? For HSLDA blogger Julie Schnatterly, reading together with her kids is at the top of the list. Discover the benefits of reading aloud on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith.
Aired: October 31–November 4, 2016
A Passion for Justice: 9-1-1 and Dispatch: An Interview with Anna Wilke | Homeschool Helpers
As a 9-1-1 call taker and police dispatcher, Anna Wilke hears about terrible things every day—and she has a hard time explaining them to her friends and family. But that hasn’t stifled this homeschool grad’s passion for helping people. Hear Anna’s story today on Homeschool Heartbeat.
“My goal is to let each one of my guys know that they matter and that I care that they come home and that they come back the next day.”—Anna Wilke(This interview is part of our Homeschool Helpers series, which highlights homeschool grads and parents across the nation serving their communities as public servants. To read more stories, click here.)
Aired: October 24–28, 2016
Tips for Hands-on Science: An Interview with Aurora Lipper
Does your child drag his feet when it’s time for biology or physics? Join rocket scientist Aurora Lipper on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat to learn how you can turn those sluggish steps into eager bounds!“Science isn’t about what we know; it’s about how we handle what we don’t know.”—Aurora Lipper
Aired: October 17–21, 2016
Seeing People, Not Problems: An Interview with Colin Mennega | Homeschool Helpers
As a firefighter, Colin Mennega has had many unique experiences. But for this homeschool dad, the best part of his job isn’t running into burning buildings or even rescuing cats. Hear Colin’s story on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“Serving the public doesn’t even have to be a job—it can also be an attitude or a way of life.”—Colin Mennega(This interview is part of our Homeschool Helpers series, which highlights homeschool grads and parents across the nation serving their communities as public servants. To read more stories, click here.)
Aired: October 10–14, 2016
Helping Deaf Students Succeed: An Interview with Chelsey Cahilly | Homeschool Helpers
For many Deaf students, not even their families know sign language. This can leave them feeling isolated and lonely. But homeschool graduate Chelsey Cahilly is working hard to make a difference in these students’ lives. Find out how on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“When I walked in those doors, and I just saw everyone’s hands flying all around and people were talking but not using sound, that was the moment that I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”—Chelsey Cahilly(This interview is part of our Homeschool Helpers series, which highlights homeschool grads and parents across the nation serving their communities as public servants. To read more stories, click here.)
Aired: October 3–7, 2016
4 Simple Rules for Teaching Money Management: An Interview with Jesse Mecham
Want an easier way to teach your kids about budgeting and finance? Entrepreneur and money guru Jesse Mecham has taken the art of budgeting and boiled down to four simple rules. Find out what they are on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.
“[When] you approach [money] from an idea of abundance instead of restriction, it turns it all on its head. It turns out to be fairly motivating.”—Jesse Mecham
Aired: September 26–30, 2016
Working Memory Is the New IQ: An Interview with Carol Brown
A child can have all the IQ in the world, but if he has poor working memory, he will struggle to learn. What is this mysterious working memory and why is it so important? Find out on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with HSLDA special needs consultant Carol Brown.“When we say ‘equipping minds,’ we’re talking about . . . Equipping the student’s mind to reach the full potential that God has [given them].”—Carol Brown
Aired: September 19–23, 2016
Unlocking the Beauty of Music: An Interview with Dr. Kristina Tanner
You’ve heard that listening to Mozart will increase your child’s brain development. But did you know that studying music can do more than just make you smarter? Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, Dr. Kristina Tanner shares how music energizes her homeschool.
“Music opens up a huge, wide range of experiences—whether it’s listening to music from different cultures or different time periods.”—Dr. Kristina Tanner
Aired: September 12–16, 2016
Is There Life after Homeschooling? An Interview with Gina Smith
If you have grown-up children, then you know that maintaining a healthy relationship with them can be tricky at times. How can you navigate that transition with ease and grace? Our guest Gina Smith has the answer on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.
“I’m intentionally learning how to relate to [my children] as adults, which requires less mothering and more listening and just being there.”—Gina Smith
Aired: September 5–9, 2016
How to Stop Being Busy All the Time: An Interview with Alli Worthington
Do you feel like being busy is just a normal part of your life? It doesn’t have to be! Tune in now to Homeschool Heartbeat as author Alli Worthington joins host Mike Smith to share how she broke the cycle of busyness in her life—and how you can, too.
“Breaking busy is really about breaking the cycles of unnecessary busyness that keep us from living the life that we were created to live.”—Alli Worthington
Aired: August 29–September 2, 2016
The Question Every Teenager Dreads: An Interview with Becky Cooke
Does your student cringe every time they hear the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, host Mike Smith and high school consultant Becky Cooke discuss how you can help your teen answer with confidence.“Volunteer projects, internships, or job shadowing . . . will give teens real-life experience in careers they think they want to pursue.”—Becky Cooke
Aired: August 22–26, 2016
Bring Learning to Life with Hands-on Homeschooling: An Interview with Kris Bales
Is your child tired of dry history textbooks and boring math lessons? Then you won’t want to miss this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat as our guest Kris Bales chats with host Mike Smith about how to make learning come alive for your kids.
“The more senses you can engage, the more the activity becomes cemented in their memory.”—Kris Bales
Aired: August 15–19, 2016
Finding Joy in the Nitty-Gritty: An Interview with Ann Voskamp
Crammed schedules, late dinners, and piles of laundry—has your busy life got you down? Today on Homeschool Heartbeat with acclaimed author Ann Voskamp, discover how practicing thankfulness can help lower your stress.
“We live in a broken world—and for the life of me I can’t get it all right. But Jesus takes all our broken messes and He makes them, by His grace, into a mosaic of grace.”—Ann Voskamp
Aired: August 8–12, 2016
From Self-Doubter to Homeschool Advocate: An Interview with Sam Sorbo
Are you struggling with doubts about homeschooling—maybe wondering whether you’re qualified to teach your kids? Join us on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat as author and speaker Sam Sorbo shares her inspirational journey from self-doubter to homeschool advocate.
“We’re teaching kids to absorb information and answer questions on tests, when what we need to be teaching them is how to learn—so that when they get out into the real world, they can learn anything.”—Sam Sorbo
Aired: August 1–5, 2016
Why Homeschooling Works: An Interview with Dr. Debra Bell
Homeschooling is a diverse category, and there are as many different methods as there are homeschoolers. So what are the key components of a successful homeschool education? To find out, join Dr. Debra Bell on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.
“I believe if we built a school from the ground up, based upon what the research says about how kids learn best, we’d build a home.”—Dr. Debra Bell
Aired: July 25–29, 2016
Homeschool Grad Redefining “Politician”: An Interview with Jennifer Sullivan
No one thought 23-year-old Jennifer Sullivan had much of a chance at getting elected to the Florida House of Representatives. But that didn’t stop this homeschool grad from running for office—and winning. Hear how Jennifer did it on Homeschool Heartbeat.
“Knowing what I believe—and why I believe what I believe—really came to benefit when running for office.”—Jennifer Sullivan
Aired: July 18–22, 2016
5 Reasons to Learn Latin: An Interview with Barbara Beers
If Latin is a dead language, why do so many people want to study it? This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, author Barbara Beers joins host Mike Farris to talk about what makes Latin worth learning.
“Latin students not only have the areas of the sciences, history, literature, and languages opened up for them, but the discipline of translating stimulates such qualities as being observant, accurate, analytic, and even logical.”—Barbara Beers
Aired: July 11–15, 2016
Common Core: Where's It Going? An Interview with Will Estrada
Every day we hear national politicians arguing for or against the Common Core. But what about the people it actually affects? Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, our guest Will Estrada reveals what parents, teachers, and students are saying about the Common Core.“Parents are fighting back to regain control over what their children are being taught, and what their children are learning.” —Will Estrada
Aired: July 4–8, 2016
Broaden Your Student's Horizons: An Interview with Dr. Steven Hake
Would you like to help your student become a real Renaissance man or woman? Then literature professor Steven Hake has some ideas you won’t want to miss. Find out what they are on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“It’s important that sometimes we drop everything and have an adventure. Get outside and sail or kayak. These [activities] are all important—and they’re balanced.” —Steven Hake
Aired: June 27–July 1, 2016
Beyond the Music: An Interview with Violinist Mia Laity
Most musicians only dream of playing in Carnegie Hall. But for violinist Mia Laity, world-class performances are a common occurrence—and she credits homeschooling with giving her the tools to succeed. Stay tuned to hear more about Mia’s life as a professional musician. That’s today on Homeschool Heartbeat.“Homeschooling really encouraged me with being curious and being self-starting, being motivated to analyze information and explore further applications past the textbook lessons.” —Mia Laity
Aired: June 20–24, 2016
Inspire Your Budding Artist: An Interview with Makoto Fujimura
Do you have a budding Rembrandt, a Van Gogh, or even a Picasso in your family? On this edition of Homeschool Heartbeat, host Mike Farris and Makoto Fujimura talk about how parents can encourage students to develop their creative skills.
“Artists have a responsibility to care for culture, and to use things that are true and authentic, that can help people to see through the darkness.” —Makoto Fujimura
Aired: June 13–17, 2016
How to Work and Homeschool: An Interview with Pamela Price
How can you successfully homeschool your kids and work at the same time? Is that even possible? Tune in to this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat as Pamela Price—a blogger, author, and homeschooling mom—offers tips and guidance for working homeschool parents.“If we’re firmly rooted, and we understand what we’re working toward, and we understand what our individual challenges are, we can become much, much more successful.”—Pamela Price
Aired: June 6–10, 2016
A Guide to Raising Superheroes: An Interview with Ryan and Bethany Bomberger
When your child sees his limitations, does he see them as roadblocks—or as signposts pointing to new and unexplored parts of his life’s journey? This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, Ryan and Bethany Bomberger show how to help your children find their purpose and apply it to their lives.“Encourage [your children]—especially when they fail. Because the thing that may be the hardest for them to do may be exactly what they need to do.”—Bethany Bomberger
Aired: May 30–June 3, 2016
Making the Most of Your Summer Break: An Interview with Rachelle Reitz
Did you know that your kids can learn creative writing and science…by playing Minecraft? Tune in to hear more exciting summer activities from HSLDA blogger Rachelle Reitz. That’s today on Homeschool Heartbeat.“We live life so fast that having a real time of reflection is really important.” — Rachelle Reitz
Aired: May 23–27, 2016
The Key to Teaching Current Events: An Interview with Dr. David Aikman
Do you want to teach your children about current events? There’s a crucial step you won’t want to miss. Find out what it is on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with Dr. David Aikman.“[Christians] don’t believe there are truths that will suddenly stab you in the back and take away your faith and so forth. So I think a Christian should have great confidence in proceeding into historical areas where he doesn’t necessarily know very much.” —Dr. David Aikman
Aired: May 16–20, 2016
Spreading the Message of Life: An Interview with Lila Rose
Homeschool grad Lila Rose started the pro-life organization Live Action when she was just 15 years old. Her goal? To reach every heart in America with the message of life. Hear Lila’s story—and her advice for getting involved—on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“I think we all have a role to play in the pro-life movement; it’s up to us to discover what that is.” — Lila Rose
Aired: May 9–13, 2016
Get Inside Your Preschooler's Mind: An Interview with Vicki Bentley
Thinking about homeschooling your preschooler? Guess what: you already are! Join us on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat as HSLDA consultant Vicki Bentley shares some preschool tips and insights you won’t want to miss.“Preschool should just be an expansion of what [parents] are already doing to motivate and teach [their children].”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: May 2–6, 2016
The #1 Qualification for Teaching Your Kids: An Interview with Tanya Smith-Johnson
Are you a young parent thinking about homeschooling? Or maybe you’re already homeschooling, but looking for some practical tips? Don’t miss this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat, as guest Tanya Smith-Johnson explains why you can homeschool.“You don’t have to have a PhD to really be invested in your children’s education.”—Tanya Smith-Johnson
Aired: April 25–29, 2016
Employable You: Creating High School Résumés
A résumé gives your high school student one chance to make a good impression. So how can you help your teen create a dynamic résumé? Host Mike Smith and his guests reveal one crucial strategy on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“A résumé is a portrait of the person applying for the position, but it is also a mirror that reveals the reflection of the ideal candidate.”— Alan Hudson
Aired: April 18–22, 2016
Homeschooling: Open Up a World of Opportunity: An Interview with Ben Uyeda
Have you ever tried making a bucket stool out of concrete? Ben Uyeda has, and his clever design is achieving worldwide recognition. Tune in to hear more from this homeschool grad and entrepreneur on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“I think one of the advantages of homeschooling is that you’re not confined to the traditional ways of thinking.”—Ben Uyeda
Aired: April 11–15, 2016
Parenting with Grace: An Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick
How should we respond when our kids break the rules? On today’s Homeschool Heartbeat, author Elyse Fitzpatrick offers a game plan for dealing with misbehavior in a loving way.“Rules can’t change the heart—only the gospel of grace can do that.”—Elyse Fitzpatrick
Aired: April 4–8, 2016
Building Better Lives for Refugees: An Interview with Chris Woodruff
For refugees living in Thailand, a knock at the door could mean imprisonment for the whole family. Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, hear how homeschool graduate Chris Woodruff’s organization, Life Raft International, equips churches to bring aid to these refugees.“I looked at myself, and I looked at our church, and I saw our brothers in need, and [I thought], ‘We have the world’s goods; we need to help him.’”—Chris Woodruff
Aired: March 28–April 1, 2016
High School Solutions for Struggling Learners
Being realistic about your student’s strengths and weaknesses can be a tremendous asset in homeschooling a struggling learner. But could it cause you to sell your child short? Find out more on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with special needs consultant Faith Berens.“Parents who are homeschooling teens with special learning challenges can absolutely provide a wonderfully enriching high school program, specifically taking into consideration the child’s areas of weakness as well as their strengths.”—Faith Berens
Aired: March 21–25, 2016
God, Golf, and Going the Extra Mile: An Interview with Amy Anderson
Have you ever wondered what the day in the life of a professional golfer looks like? Well you’re in luck! Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, homeschool graduate Amy Anderson offers a glimpse into her life on the LPGA tour.“What I’ve discovered is that athletics is not so much about the skills that you acquire, but it’s really about the person that you become.”—Amy Anderson
Aired: March 14–18, 2016
Foster Families Change Lives: An Interview with Anne Evans
Many foster kids spend much of their childhood feeling forgotten and lonely. How can we help them? For Anne Evans, a homeschool graduate and a foster parent, the answer is simple. Find out more on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat.“For a homeschool mom, oftentimes her whole life revolves around getting this child educated and loved and taught and really being a mom. That kind of dedication is something that I took with me in my attitude as a foster parent.”—Anne Evans
Aired: March 7–11, 2016
Help Your Student Start a Business! An Interview with Carol Topp
Is your homeschool student an aspiring entrepreneur? Well, she can start her own microbusiness—while she’s still a student! Find out more on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat with accountant Carol Topp.“Parents can do a lot to help…as students learn these very important life skills of time management and money management.”—Carol Topp
Aired: February 29–March 4, 2016
Teaching History with Art
How can you give your students a sense of what it was like to live on the frontier when you’re surrounded by suburbia? Tune in as host Mike Farris discusses using art to explore uncharted territory—that’s today on Homeschool Heartbeat.“By visually showing the story of history, the telling of it will be enhanced.”—Mike Farris
Aired: February 22–26, 2016
What Does Ben Carson Think about Homeschooling?
We’ve invited all the 2016 presidential candidates to chat with us about homeschooling and education. Our third guest is Dr. Ben Carson. Join us now for this Homeschool Heartbeat special feature!“What we really need is more local control. The closer education is to home, it seems, the better it is.”—Ben Carson(You can also listen to our interviews with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.)
Aired: February 19–21, 2016
Where Are We Now? The State of Homeschool Laws
Homeschool laws vary greatly by state, and the difference between virtual freedom and heavy regulation can be as simple as a trip across the border. Stay tuned to hear Homeschool Heartbeat host Mike Farris and his guest discuss the best and worst states for homeschooling.“The era we’re in today is the era of improving the homeschooling laws to recognize more and more freedom.”—Jim Mason
Aired: February 15–18, 2016
What Does Ted Cruz Think about Homeschooling?
We’ve invited all the 2016 presidential candidates to chat with us about homeschooling and education. Today’s guest is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Join us now for this Homeschool Heartbeat special feature!“Education is too important, I believe, for it to be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington.”—Ted Cruz(You can also listen to our interviews with Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.)
Aired: February 12–14, 2016
Why Read Classic Literature? An Interview with Dr. Leland Ryken
Is your homeschool student struggling to stay awake through a classic story? Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, Dr. Leland Ryken helps you unlock the beauty—and the fun—of great literature.“When we finish reading a classic, we carry away something permanent.”—Dr. Leland Ryken
Aired: February 8–11, 2016
What Does Marco Rubio Think about Homeschooling?
We’ve invited all the 2016 presidential candidates to offer their thoughts on homeschooling and education. Today’s guest is Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Join us now for this Homeschool Heartbeat special feature!“I think parents need to be the final and ultimate arbiter of what their children learn, where they learn, and how.”—Marco Rubio(You can also listen to our interviews with Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.)
Aired: January 29–31, 2016
Touching Hearts with Music: An Interview with Scott MacIntyre
Homeschool graduate Scott MacIntyre has overcome some of the toughest challenges a man can face. Join this talented musician on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat as he shares what he’s learned throughout his life and career.“Homeschooling really gave me a confidence and allowed me to carry myself in a way that I can convey my message to a wide audience.”—Scott MacIntyre
Aired: February 1–5, 2016
Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome
Recent data suggests that 1 in 150 children has an autism spectrum disorder, such as Asperger’s syndrome. How can you tell whether your child has Asperger’s? Join Dianne Craft on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat to learn more about this common developmental challenge.“Since these children are often very curious, even gifted learners, at home they’re free to explore the topics of interest to them.”—Dianne Craft
Aired: January 25–28, 2016
“You Should Run for Office!” An Interview with the Root Beer Float Coalition
What do root beer floats, homeschool graduates, and state legislatures have in common? More than you might think! Hear from members of the Root Beer Float Coalition on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat with your host, Mike Farris.“So whether it’s politics or business or being a homeschooling mom or dad—it’s [about] finding these passions in your heart that God has given you, and pursuing those.”—Jenna Haggar
Aired: January 18–22, 2016
Heritage in Your Homeschool: Teaching Family History
How do you get in touch with your roots? No, don’t dig up that tree in the backyard—do a little cultural digging instead! On today’s Homeschool Heartbeat, your host Mike Smith suggests hands-on projects for teaching your children about their cultural heritage.“As your children learn about their family heritage, they will gain a new sense of where they fit into the world and the connection they have with history.”—Mike Smith
Aired: January 11–15, 2016
Homeschool graduate Jordan Taylor made waves a few years ago with his YouTube video “Seven Lies about Homeschoolers.” Now, he makes a living filming videos for his YouTube channel, Blimey Cow. Catch a glimpse of Jordan’s unique life on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with your host, Mike Smith.“Something that you like doing, that you don’t think is very interesting—people will watch if you are really passionate about it.”—Jordan Taylor
Aired: January 4–8, 2016
Why Homeschoolers Should Care about Global Governance
Global governance is trying to fix the world’s problems—but it’s creating an even bigger mess, and it could affect your family’s freedom. Find out how on this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat, with host Mike Farris and HSLDA attorney Mike Donnelly.“We want to make sure that Americans make the law for America.”—Mike Farris
Aired: December 28, 2015–January 1, 2016
Day at the Museum: A Winter Guide to Homeschool Field Trips
Has winter weather been keeping your homeschool indoors? Then it might be time for a change of scenery! This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, join host Mike Smith and Smithsonian educator Stevie Engelke as they explore a world of learning at the museum.“I think that it’s much more productive for a child to be able to focus on one exhibition or even one area of a single exhibition: and to really be able to take their time, to take breaks and really explore deeply.”—Stevie Engelke
Aired: December 21–25, 2015
Five Things You Might Not Know about Parental Rights: An Interview with Mike Farris
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘parental rights’ and thought, “But what about the children? Don’t they have rights, too?” Tune in to Homeschool Heartbeat, as guest host Joel Grewe and HSLDA chairman Mike Farris discuss five things about parental rights that you won’t want to miss.“There’s nothing wrong with requiring literacy and self–sufficiency. What’s wrong is requiring this particular path to achieve literacy and self–sufficiency.”—Mike Farris
Aired: December 14–18, 2015
Five Tips for Homeschooling Your Preschooler: An Interview with Vicki Bentley
Has your preschooler ever asked you, “Why is the sky blue?” or “What happened to the dinosaurs?” Join HSLDA consultant Vicki Bentley to learn how you can make the most of these teachable moments. That’s this week on Homeschool Heartbeat.“Take [your children’s] curiosity seriously, because they do.”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: December 7–11, 2015
The freedom to homeschool has grown enormously in the past decades. So why are homeschoolers in some states facing more discrimination today? This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, HSLDA’s attorneys talk about this new discrimination—and what we can do about it.“We have to continually be vigilant in protecting our freedom, because the freedom to homeschool continues through the freedom to be accepted as having been responsibly educated.”—Mike Farris
Aired: November 30–December 4, 2015
Helping Your Dyslexic Learner: An Interview with Faith Berens
Homeschooling provides great opportunities for all students—especially dyslexic ones. Today on Homeschool Heartbeat, HSLDA special needs consultant Faith Berens shares tips on how to use homeschooling to help your dyslexic student reach his or her full potential.“In general, dyslexic people are very bright, creative, or artistic. … So it’s important for parents to recognize their children’s strengths and teach to those strengths.”—Faith Berens
Aired: November 23–27, 2015
How Will the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling Affect You? An Interview with Mike Farris
You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same–sex marriage. But how will that decision affect our country’s schools and education policy—and will it reach homeschoolers, too? Hear the answer on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with HSLDA Vice President Jim Mason and Chairman Mike Farris.“We’re running up against the only thing that the Supreme Court has ever said is an absolute right. And that is the right to believe.”—Mike Farris
Aired: November 16–20, 2015
Get a Job in Space: An Interview with John Palmé
What does it take to become a real–life astronaut? Tune in now as rocket scientist John Palmé shares tips for budding scientists and offers a sneak peek into the international space industry. That’s next on Homeschool Heartbeat.“If there is a certain astronaut or scientist that impresses you or your child, write him a letter, like I did to Buzz Aldrin—and you’ll be surprised at the response you’re likely to get back.”—John Palmé
Aired: November 9–13, 2015
Are you feeling overwhelmed about teaching your kids? Don’t worry—we’re here to help! Tune in to Homeschool Heartbeat to hear encouragement and reassurance from HSLDA blogger Jessica Cole, a homeschooling parent just like you.“On the hard days, I’m so thankful I can look back at [my parents’] example and see that their patience and perseverance paid off in the end.”—Jessica Cole
Aired: November 2–6, 2015
There Is No Frigate like a Book: An Interview with Dr. Leland Ryken
Have you ever sat down with a book and completely lost track of the time? Then you know that books can send your imagination on a grand adventure. Learn how to find out where a book is taking you—on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with Dr. Leland Ryken.“News tells us what happened. Literature tells us what happens.”—Dr. Leland Ryken
Aired: October 26–30, 2015
How can you tailor your homeschool program to work best for your family? Hear advice from HSLDA blog contributor and homeschool mom Rose Focht on today’s Homeschool Heartbeat with your host, Mike Smith.“What I love about homeschooling is the ability to custom–tailor our expectations. Basically the sky’s the limit.”—Rose Focht
Aired: October 19–23, 2015
Life Skills for the College-Bound Teen: An Interview with Diane Kummer
Going to college can involve a lot of changes for your teen. How can you help your student make a smooth transition? This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, HSLDA high school consultant Diane Kummer joins your host, Mike Smith, with advice for helping your teen prepare for college.“Don’t be offended if your teens question or express doubts regarding their spiritual beliefs. Instead, see these comments as God–given opportunities for honest communication.”—Diane Kummer
Aired: October 12–16, 2015
Hands-on Science: An Interview with Aurora Lipper
What science topics should you should be teaching to your child—and in what order? Tune in to Homeschool Heartbeat, as your host Mike Smith discusses science options with Aurora Lipper, a real rocket scientist and an online science teacher.“Science isn’t about what we know; it’s about how we handle what we don’t know.”—Aurora Lipper
Aired: October 5–9, 2015
Organize Your Home, Energize Your Homeschool: An Interview with Vicki Bentley
If you don’t have time to do your dinner dishes, then how are you going to make time to organize your life? Today, Vicki Bentley joins host Mike Smith on Home School Heartbeat with some guidance for moms trying to bring a little more order to their schedule.“Look around and ask yourself, ‘What drives me bonkers here? And what ’s causing that problem? And how can I fix it?’”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: September 28–October 2, 2015
The poet Emily Dickinson once said, “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” Join Mike Smith on today’s Home School Heartbeat, as guest Julie Schnatterly, an HSLDA blogger and a grant administrator for the Home School Foundation, shares some of her family’s adventures from reading aloud.“Like so many moms just getting started, I was worried that I would mess things up. And a good friend told me that I would never do wrong by my kids if I just read with them.”—Julie Schnatterly
Aired: September 21–25, 2015
Fitness for Life: An Interview with Dr. Rodger Sayre
Are you covering all the essential subjects in your homeschool? You may have accounted for reading, writing, and arithmetic—but is running on your list? This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris and his guest Dr. Rodger Sayre take a look at physical fitness in the homeschool program.“Sweating does not have to be a painful experience! All it takes is some imagination and some basic equipment.”—Dr. Rodger Sayre
Aired: September 14–18, 2015
The Beauty of Music: An Interview with Dr. Kristina Tanner
Do you want your kids to study music, but you don’t feel equipped to teach them yourself? Well you’re not alone! Join music professor Dr. Kristina Tanner on this week’s Home School Heartbeat to hear why giving your child a quality music education is not as terrifying as it sounds.“Music opens up a huge, wide range of experiences—whether it’s listening to music from different cultures or different time periods.”—Dr. Kristina Tanner
Aired: September 7–11, 2015
What's in a Story? An Interview with John Erickson
John Erickson always wanted to be a great author. And he ended up writing a great series of books—about a Texas cowdog! To hear how his stories started, and how you can help your children start telling their own stories, stay tuned for today’s Home School Heartbeat.“It’s important to live before you write. It’s not reasonable to expect our kids to be writing good or great novels when they’re 12 years old.”—John Erickson
Aired: August 31–September 4, 2015
How I Live with Disability: An Interview with Krista Horning
Disabilities can cause children to focus on what they can’t do, and can make them feel inadequate. But in her book, Just the Way I Am: God’s Good Design in Disability, Krista Horning shows that being weaker does not mean being less valuable. Find out more on today’s Home School Heartbeat.“Life is not about a pretty face or arms that bend. Life is about being known and loved by God.”—Krista Horning
Aired: August 24–28, 2015
Working from Home: An Interview with Mike Smith
Are you considering a career as a work-at-home parent? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith helps you find the home job or home business that fits your family’s needs.“Parents with a yen for entrepreneurship have taken the risk of launching a home business—and discovered it to be more fulfilling than the 9-to-5 grind ever was.”—Mike Smith
Aired: August 17–21, 2015
Be the Change You Want to See: Stories from Generation Joshua
Have you ever wondered whether getting involved in politics is even worth it? Generation Joshua believes that anyone can make a difference anywhere. This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith speaks with several teens about how Generation Joshua has inspired and equipped them to make a difference.“[Generation Joshua’s] iGovern [camps] taught me so many wonderful lessons regarding the importance of leadership, integrity, and the like, and really taught me how to be courageous before that body of students, to stand up and convey a message.”—Gabe Johnson
Aired: August 10–14, 2015
The Why and How of Learning Styles
Are you looking for a fresh approach to the way you teach your children? Then tune in to today’s Home School Heartbeat, as your host Mike Smith introduces a concept that could re-energize your homeschool.“The point of identifying your child’s learning style is to make learning a joy, not a burdensome list of requirements.”—Mike Smith
Aired: August 3–7, 2015
Teaching with Film: An Interview with Micheal Flaherty
Is your child a budding screenwriter or film director, but you’re just not sure how to encourage his or her dream? Stay tuned, because today on Home School Heartbeat, your host Mike Farris and his guest Micheal Flaherty provide some guidance for kids interested in filmmaking.“Too often when kids graduate from high school or college, they think that [their] time of exploration is over.”—Micheal Flaherty
Aired: July 27–31, 2015
Developing Your Child’s Work Ethic
Do your children try their best, or do they settle for less? With a little diligence now, your children can reap great rewards later in life. Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris shares how homeschool parents can teach their children to strive for excellence.“I am a lazy person by nature, but something happened to me along the way to adulthood that allowed me to overcome my natural tendency toward laziness. That ‘something’ was my father.”—Mike Farris
Aired: July 20–24, 2015
Aspects of Love: An Interview with Dr. Gene Edward Veith
How has our view of love been changed by centuries of storytelling—and what literary romances have been most influential? This week on Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith, Dr. Gene Edward Veith discusses love’s rich heritage in literature.“What I think we can learn from [Dante’s Divine Comedy] is that real love should improve us, should make us better.”—Dr. Gene Edward Veith
Aired: July 13–17, 2015
Build a Top-Notch Curriculum: An Interview with Debra Bell
Homeschooling is a diverse category, and there are as many different methods as there are homeschoolers. Today on Home School Heartbeat, author Debra Bell identifies a few key components of a successful homeschool education.“I believe if we built a school from the ground up, based upon what the research says about how kids learn best, we’d build a home.”—Debra Bell
Aired: July 6–10, 2015
The Joy of Storytelling: An Interview with Rachel Coker
Does your student dream of publishing a novel someday? Then tune in to this week’s Home School Heartbeat, as your host Mike Smith talks with author Rachel Coker—a homeschooler who published her first novel when she was just 16!“It’s a really cool experience to be able to write about life as I know it, in a way that other teens can really relate to and to see themselves in.”—Rachel Coker
Aired: June 29–July 3, 2015
Homeschooler with a Quill Pen: The Story of James Madison
Did you know that James Madison, the fourth president of our country, was home-educated? How did his childhood education prepare him for the tasks ahead? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Smith, catch a glimpse of the impact that James Madison’s life had on the founding of our country.“Madison’s writings helped the New World shake the grip of tyranny and develop a new form of government, which guarantees the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”—Mike Smith
Aired: June 22–26, 2015
A Few Lessons from 30 Years of Homeschooling
Do you ever feel bogged down by the pressure to cover every fact and subject when teaching your kids? How can you get it all done? Find focus on today’s Home School Heartbeat as Mike Farris shares some important lessons he learned from three decades of homeschooling.“Dads, your goal is to ensure that your wife knows from your actions that you are as committed to homeschooling as she is. You accomplish this by taking items off of her to-do list and getting them onto yours.”—Mike Farris
Aired: June 15–19, 2015
Crammed schedules, late dinners, and piles of laundry—has your busy life got you down? This week on Home School Heartbeat, author Ann Voskamp shares her tips on finding joy in the hectic and messy seasons of life.“We live in a broken world—and for the life of me I can’t get it all right. But … Jesus takes all our broken messes and He makes them, by His grace, into a mosaic of grace.”—Ann Voskamp
Aired: June 8–12, 2015
You Can Do Better than Common Core: An Interview with Sandra Stotsky
Would you like some tips and strategies for teaching your child? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Dr. Sandra Stotsky gives her professional assessment of the Common Core’s shortcomings—and shares commonsense advice for giving your child a great education.“Common Core standards in English are for the most part empty skill sets—and in mathematics they have a lot of missing, delayed, or muddled standards[.]”—Sandra Stotsky
Aired: June 1–5, 2015
Inspire Your Budding Artist: An Interview with Artist Makoto Fujimura
Looking for ways to encourage your child’s creative talents? This week on Home School Heartbeat, artist and author Makoto Fujimura helps your budding artist bring beauty, grace, and hope to the world around them.“Artists have a responsibility to care for culture, and to use things that are true and authentic, that can help people to see through the darkness.”—Makoto Fujimura
Aired: May 25–29, 2015
Co-ops for Struggling Learners: An Interview with Faith Berens
Looking for new ways to help your struggling learner? Then a homeschool co-op may be just what you need. This week on Home School Heartbeat, special needs consultant Faith Berens shows how to find and fine-tune a homeschooling co-op to meet your child’s needs.“I would encourage others to not focus on what the student can’t do, but focus on what he or she can do.”—Faith Berens
Aired: May 18–22, 2015
The Humble Beginnings of Honest Abe
Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer, a statesman, and one of our most famous presidents—and he did all that with only one year of formal schooling. This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith shares the best stories from Lincoln’s remarkable educational journey.“Lincoln understood that … knowledge with a purpose can inspire and delight us.”—Mike Smith
Aired: May 11–15, 2015
Broaden Your Student’s Horizons: An Interview with Steven Hake
Would you like to help your student became a real Renaissance man or woman? This week on Home School Heartbeat, literature professor Steven Hake shares how you can get started with good books, fresh ideas, and an adventure in the great outdoors.“It’s important that sometimes we drop everything and have an adventure. Get outside and sail or kayak. These [activities] are all important—and they’re balanced.”—Steven Hake
Aired: May 4–8, 2015
Teaching Math: An Interview with Fred Worth
Math doesn’t have to be annoying. This week on Home School Heartbeat, math professor Fred Worth shows how to help your student confidently master and apply mathematical concepts.“One of the greatest benefits of a good mathematical background is the development of thinking skills.”—Fred Worth
Aired: April 27–May 1, 2015
Nurturing the Soul: An Interview with Ryan and Bethany Bomberger
Ever see a child’s face light up as he discovers what he loves and is good at? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Ryan and Bethany Bomberger share creative ways to inspire your kids to find their amazingness.“Encourage them—especially when they fail. Because the thing that may be the hardest for them to do may be exactly what they need to do.”—Bethany Bomberger
Aired: April 20–24, 2015
Spring Into the Season: An Interview with Mike Smith
Are your kids counting the days till spring? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith shares some great ideas for exploring the wonder of spring—and learning some hands-on science in the process.“Why is spring so often windy? Find the answer—and then take advantage of the wind and go fly a kite!”—Mike Smith
Aired: April 13–17, 2015
Lights, Camera, Action: An Interview with Chad and Aaron Burns
Are you homeschooling a budding movie director? This week on Home School Heartbeat, professional filmmakers Chad and Aaron Burns talk about how they got into this fast-paced industry—and shed some light on why good movies are worth making.
Aired: April 6–10, 2015
You Can Preschool: An Interview with Vicki Bentley
You don’t have to wait until elementary school to start teaching your child. This week on Home School Heartbeat, educational consultant Vicki Bentley helps you design a fun but effective homeschool program for your preschooler.“Preschool should just be an expansion of what [parents] are already doing to motivate and teach [their children].”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: March 30–April 3, 2015
For the Least of These: An Interview with Anne Bradley
How can you teach your children to become compassionate, involved members of their community? This week on Home School Heartbeat, economist Dr. Anne Bradley talks about a great way to start—by learning to help people out of poverty with dignity and respect.“There’s a lot of great stories … where we’ve helped live directly into someone’s life and stay there for the long haul. That’s very different than giving a check to someone and walking away.”—Dr. Anne Bradley
Aired: March 23–27, 2015
Microbusiness for Kids: An Interview with Carol Topp
Looking for new opportunities to help your child grow? This week on Home School Heartbeat, certified accountant Carol Topp shows how your student can learn valuable life skills by starting a microbusiness.“Parents can do a lot to help … as students learn these very important life skills of time management and money management.”—Carol Topp
Aired: March 16–20, 2015
Teaching History Through Art
Break history out of the “most boring subject” stereotype. This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris shares creative ideas for using famous paintings to give your student a fresh perspective on history.“Make history come alive by incorporating artwork into your history lessons.”—Mike Farris
Aired: March 9–13, 2015
Are you anxious about homeschooling your struggling learner in high school? This week on Home School Heartbeat, special needs consultant Faith Berens gives practical tips for offering your student a great high school experience.“Parents who are homeschooling teens with special learning challenges can absolutely provide a wonderfully enriching high school program, specifically taking into consideration the child’s areas of weakness as well as their strengths.”—Faith Berens
Aired: March 2–6, 2015
Homeschool in the Outback: An Interview with Stuart Chapman
Families choose to homeschool all around the world—even as far away as Australia! This week on Home School Heartbeat, Stuart Chapman, the founder of Australia’s largest support organization for homeschoolers, shares stories about homeschool families in the Land Down Under.
Aired: February 23–27, 2015
Give Them Grace: An Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick
Are you trying to raise your kids well, but just winding up frustrated? This week on Home School Heartbeat, author Elyse Fitzpatrick shows what good parenting looks like—even when your children get things wrong.“Rules can’t change the heart—only the gospel of grace can do that.”—Elyse Fitzpatrick
Aired: February 16–20, 2015
Changing People’s Minds: An Interview with Brian Brown
Does talking about controversial topics intimidate you? This week on Home School Heartbeat, professional communication strategist Brian Brown guides you through the fine art of talking (and listening) to others.“You need to understand your audience as people and love them as people, not as projects to be fixed or enemies to be vanquished.”—Brian Brown
Aired: February 9–13, 2015
Meet the Skeptic: An Interview with Bill Foster
Trying to connect with someone who doesn’t share your beliefs? This week on Home School Heartbeat, author Bill Foster helps you find common ground and have meaningful conversations with people who disagree with you.“If we ask questions that dig up the root idea behind the [other person’s] objections, we can steer the conversation in a more meaningful direction.”—Bill Foster
Aired: February 2–6, 2015
Defending the Good: An Interview with Tim Goeglein
When you spend time teaching and raising your kids, you aren’t just preparing them for life—you’re helping to build a healthy society. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Tim Goeglein talks about the future of families, faith, and civil liberties.“I think that for this moment in American history, there is no more important issue than religious liberty and the rights of conscience[.]”—Tim Goeglein
Aired: January 26–30, 2015
Single-Parent Homeschooling: An Interview with Mary Jo Tate
If you are a single parent and want to homeschool, you can do it! Join Mary Jo Tate this week on Home School Heartbeat as she shares tips and encouragement from her life as a single homeschooling mom.“Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need. And don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself! Take the flight attendant’s advice: put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.”—Mary Jo Tate
Aired: January 19–23, 2015
Exploring Great Literature: An Interview with Dr. Leland Ryken
Have you ever wanted to read the classics, but felt too intimidated to start? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Dr. Leland Ryken helps young readers to dive fearlessly into the great stories.“Literature gives us the true, the good, and the beautiful. That’s a good use of leisure time!”—Dr. Leland Ryken
Aired: January 12–16, 2015
Let's Get Started: An Interview with Vicki Bentley
Wondering how to tackle the upcoming school year? This week on Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA Early Years Consultant Vicki Bentley shares tips for creating an organized yet flexible homeschool program.“Be excited about being with your children as they learn, because your enthusiasm can rub off on them.”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: January 5–9, 2015
Surf the Internet Safely: An Interview with Donna Rice Hughes
Are you wondering if your children can surf the internet safely? This week on Home School Heartbeat, internet safety expert Donna Rice Hughes shares advice for creating a safe online environment.“It is key for parents to focus on the positives of the internet while they’re also teaching their children about the dangers and about how to make wise choices online.”—Donna Rice Hughes
Aired: December 29, 2014–January 2, 2015
Journey on the Latin Road: An Interview with Barbara Beers
If Latin is a dead language, why do so many people want to study it? This week on Home School Heartbeat, our guest Barbara Beers talks about what makes Latin worth learning.“Latin students not only have the areas of the sciences, history, literature, and languages opened up for them, but the discipline of translating stimulates such qualities as being observant, accurate, analytic, and even logical.”—Barbara Beers
Aired: December 22–26, 2014
Get a Job in Space: An Interview with John Palme
Is your homeschool student interested in outer space? This week on Home School Heartbeat, rocket scientist and homeschooling dad John Palmé gives us a sneak-peek into the international space industry.”I was lucky. I was able to combine my talents and my passion for space into a career in that field. And I love to go to my job each day.“—John Palmé
Aired: December 15–19, 2014
Going to College for the First Time: An Interview with Diane Kummer
Are you wondering how to prepare your child for college? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Diane Kummer shares some life skills and study habits that will help college students succeed in their new environment.“Use the entire college application process to acquaint your young adults with the skills they’ll need in college, such as interacting with professors or academic advisors.”—Diane Kummer
Aired: December 8–12, 2014
Faith, Work, and Economics: An Interview with Hugh Whelchel
Martin Luther once said that “the work of a milkmaid is just as important to God as the work of a priest.” This week on Home School Heartbeat, our guest Hugh Whelchel talks about why our jobs have value, no matter how humble they may seem.”To have a meaningful life, you’ve got to work. You have to understand the importance of work. But you must not make your work the meaning of your life.“—Hugh Whelchel
Aired: December 1–5, 2014
The Case for Poetry: An Interview with Kathy Weitz
Poetry may be nice to read—but do we really need to spend time studying it? This week on Home School Heartbeat, our guest Kathy Weitz explains why poetry is worth including in your homeschool program.“[J]ust read and enjoy poetry together with your children. Make it part of your everyday life.”—Kathy Weitz
Aired: November 24–28, 2014
Do-It-Yourself Government: An Interview with Governor Bobby Jindal
What leads a person to serve in their community? Join us this week on Home School Heartbeat as our guest, Governor Bobby Jindal, explains how his personal heroes inspired him to get involved in state government.“I think that some point, in all of our lives, we can either just sit there on the couch and criticize and say things should be better, or we can roll up our sleeves and get involved[.]” — Bobby Jindal
Aired: November 17–21, 2014
Rediscovering Joy: An Interview with Sally Clarkson
Is your holiday season looking less like a holiday and more like a speed bump? Then tune in this week to Home School Heartbeat as our guest, Sally Clarkson, shares some ways for you to renew your sense of purpose.“It's a whole life: it's the foods you eat, the traditions you celebrate, it's the way you interact with your children in bed at night, it's the fun, and it's a whole life that God intends for us to enjoy.” — Sally Clarkson
Aired: November 10–14, 2014
Snowboarding at the Olympics: An Interview with Sage Kotsenburg
Can a homeschool student also be a serious athlete? Join us this week on Home School Heartbeat as Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg shares his experiences as a homeschooling snowboarder. “The thing I like about snowboarding is that I can express myself so easily through it — like, once I strap in on my board, nothing else matters, you know?” — Sage Kotsenburg
Aired: November 3–7, 2014
Parlez Vous?: Finding Foreign Language Options
Should your student learn a language? And if so, which one? This week on Home School Heartbeat, hear advice from homeschool moms, grads, and linguists who are fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Telugu, and more!
“[Language] was kind of like a puzzle, and the reward for solving it was . . .the ability to understand the thoughts of people from a foreign culture.” — Ingrid Heidelberger
Aired: October 27–31, 2014
A Journey Into Literature: An Interview with Dr. Leland Ryken
Many people like to read classic literature. But do they really need to know why they enjoy it? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Dr. Leland Ryken explains why it’s important to understand how classic literature works.
“Literature has the ability to transcend our own place because its subject is universal human experience.”—Dr. Leland Ryken
Aired: October 20–24, 2014
The Write Perspective: Interviews with Homeschooling Bloggers
A lot of us have favorite blogs we like to follow. But did you know that some of their authors are also homeschooling parents? This week on Home School Heartbeat, four homeschooling bloggers explains how they tell their stories to a wide-ranging audience.
“I’ve been thrilled by the optimistic feedback! People are curious about who homeschoolers are, and that has fueled my fire to continue to bridge this gap.”—Andrea McKenzie
Aired: October 13–17, 2014
Help for the Dyslexic Learner: An Interview with Faith Berens
Does your homeschool student struggle with reading and writing, even though they are very bright? Then your student may have dyslexia. Today on Home School Heartbeat, Faith Berens explains what dyslexia is—and why it doesn’t have to stop your child from getting a great education.
“In general, dyslexic people are very bright, creative, or artistic. ...So it’s important for parents to recognize their children’s strengths and teach to those strengths[.]”—Faith Berens
Aired: October 6–10, 2014
Shakespeare: An Interview with Deborah Taylor-Hough
To study Shakespeare, or not to study Shakespeare? That is the question! Join us this week on Home School Heartbeat as Deborah Taylor-Hough explains why Shakespeare is worth studying, and how you can make his plays come alive for your family.
“Don’t be afraid of the big bad bard! His work was meant to be enjoyed even without a lot of study.”—Deborah Taylor-Hough
Aired: September 29–October 3, 2014
You Can Make a Difference: An Interview with Joel Grewe
Have you ever wondered how one person can make a difference in their government? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Joel Grewe shares how Generation Joshua and its Student Action Teams are teaching kids how to be civically involved.
“[O]ften we fall under the lie and the falsehood that we believe that one person can’t make a difference.”—Joel Grewe
Aired: September 22–26, 2014
Physical Education at Home: An Interview with Dr. Roger Sayre
For overall excellence, children need sound minds and strong bodies. Dr. Roger Sayre, homeschooling father of 11 and longtime family practitioner, shares how physical education can enhance your home education and the importance of integrating regular exercise into your school day.
“Sweating does not have to be a painful experience. All it takes is some imagination and some basic equipment.”—Dr. Roger Sayre
Aired: September 15–19, 2014
My Costar Is a Dolphin: An Interview with Cozi Zuehlsdorff
If you have a budding actor at your house, what’s the best way to help them develop their skills? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Cozi Zuehlsdorff talks about life in the acting world, and shares some tips for students who want to break into this industry.
“Make projects that you’re passionate about and ... I want to see them, I think you’re going to succeed!”—Cozi Zuehlsdorff
Aired: September 8–12, 2014
Organizing Your Home: An Interview with Vicki Bentley
Are you wondering how you can homeschool, and do the dishes, and get dinner made—all in the same day? Then you’ve come to the right place. This week on Home School Heartbeat, our guest Vicki Bentley shares how you can cut through the chaos and build a balanced daily routine.
“Look around and ask yourself, ’What drives me bonkers here? And what’s causing that problem? And how can I fix it?’”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: September 1–5, 2014
Step Into A Larger World: An Interview with David Aikman
“[Christians] don’t believe there are truths that will suddenly stab you in the back and take away your faith and so forth. So I think a Christian should have great confidence in proceeding into historical areas where he doesn’t necessarily know very much.”—Dr. David Aikman
Aired: August 25–29, 2014
Caring In Place: An Interview with Josh Fotheringham
If you are caring for aging loved ones, you know how much of a commitment that can be. Thankfully, there are resources that can support you. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris and Josh Fotheringham talk about caring for elderly loved ones—and they discuss a new technological tool, Caring In Place, that can help the family caretaker.
“Caring In Place [is] a free technology solution that helps family members learn how to become family caregivers for their aging loved ones.”—Josh Fotheringham
Aired: August 18–22, 2014
The Value of Volunteering
One of the best ways to serve our neighbors is to volunteer. No matter where we are, there is someone we can reach out to and help. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith challenges homeschoolers to seek volunteer opportunities in their communities and to share their talents and skills with others.
“Getting involved in volunteer work is a good way to prevent ourselves from ignoring the needs of others around us.”—Mike Smith
Aired: August 11–15, 2014
Navigating the Common Core Maze: An Interview with Will Estrada
One of the best ways to serve our neighbors is to volunteer. No matter where we are, there is someone we can reach out to and help. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith challenges homeschoolers to seek volunteer opportunities in their communities and to share their talents and skills with others.
“Getting involved in volunteer work is a good way to prevent ourselves from ignoring the needs of others around us.”—Mike Smith
Aired: August 4–8, 2014
Teaching History with Family Heritage
Teaching your family history is a great way to make the past come alive for your children! Join us this week on Home School Heartbeat as host Mike Smith explores some creative ways to weave your family and cultural heritage into your homeschool program.
“As your children learn about their family heritage, they will gain a new sense of where they fit into the world and the connection they have with history.”—Mike Smith
Aired: July 28–August 1, 2014
Homeschooling as a Vocation: An Interview with Gene Edward Veith
What should give substance and purpose to our lives? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Dr. Gene Edward Veith deciphers our calling to live out our vocations—not just through our professions, but through serving and loving our neighbors.
Aired: July 21–25, 2014
Four Principles of Success
Are your kids brain smart and still working on being people smart? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith shares his breakdown of the golden rule through saying please and thank you, being on time, keeping your word, and completing what you start.
“While these principles are pretty simple, they will help your child be successful at work and at college as well.”—Mike Smith
Aired: July 14–18, 2014
Comic Books, Cartoons, and Video Games: An Interview with Doug TenNapel
Hear comics writer, cartoonist, and video game designer Doug TenNapel discuss storytelling and homeschooling on this week’s Home School Heartbeat!
“Be a master of the arts, be a master of writing, be a master of philosophy, and you will naturally become the best storyteller of your generation.”—Doug TenNapel
Aired: July 7–11, 2014
Internet Safety 101: An Interview with Donna Rice Hughes
The internet can be a tremendous tool for learning and communication—but it also comes with its own hidden dangers. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris is joined by Donna Rice Hughes to discuss internet safety and show you how to help your children use the internet safely and responsibly.
“The real key is building a relationship of trust, having an atmosphere of trust around the use of computers and all internet-enabled technologies, and keeping those lines of communication open and honest.”—Donna Rice Hughes
Aired: June 30–July 4, 2014
Helping High Schoolers Find Their Career Paths
Are you wondering how to help your child find their true vocation? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith is joined by one of HSLDA’s high school consultants, Becky Cooke, to share ways for you to help your children discover their own interests and develop those interests into careers.
“Parents and their teens can talk together on possible volunteer projects, internships, or job shadowing to participate in during the high school years. These opportunities will give teens real-life experience in careers they think they want to pursue.”—Becky Cooke
Aired: June 23–27, 2014
Reclaiming Your Sanity This Summer
Summertime is every school kid’s favorite time of the year! This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith shares thoughts on how to reclaim your summer from the frenetic pace of the school year and enjoy it to the fullest with your family!
“An important part of childhood is having the time to think about life, to explore the world at a leisurely pace, and to develop imagination.”—Mike Smith
Aired: June 16–20, 2014
Five Tips for Homeschooling Your Preschooler
Looking for advice on how to juggle teaching your preschooler while also teaching your older children? Or maybe tips for nurturing your preschooler’s pre-writing skills? Tune in to this week’s Home School Heartbeat with guest Vicki Bentley for answers to these questions and more.
Aired: June 9–13, 2014
Draw a Logical Conclusion: An Interview with Doug Geivett
Logic may seem like an outdated or impractical subject to study. But this week on Home School Heartbeat, Biola philosophy professor Doug Geivett joins Mike Smith to explain how logic helps us to move our lives “along the rails of reality” and find true answers to the questions and puzzles we discover in the world around us.
Aired: June 2–6, 2014
Homeschooling a Child with Asperger's Syndrome
NOTE: The diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome has been placed under the autism spectrum disorder category, according to the American Psychiatric Association’s 2013 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This program week is a rerun from a program that originally aired in June 2012. We hope that the information presented is still helpful to our listeners even though the classification of Asperger’s has changed.Do you have a child with Asperger’s Syndrome? Tune in to this week’s Home School Heartbeat to hear host Mike Smith and Dianne Craft explore this topic. They’ll be sharing information and insight about homeschooling children with Asperger’s, as well as how to guide them socially and academically.
“Since these children are often very curious, even gifted learners, at home they’re free to explore the topics of interest to them.”—Dianne Craft
Aired: May 26–30, 2014
Graduation Advice from Mike Farris
To those homeschoolers who are graduating high school this year, our host Mike Farris has a message especially for you! Tune in on Home School Heartbeat to hear him answer some important questions that arise for graduating students, and listen to him share his thoughts about entering this new stage of your journey.
“If you want to do great things, be faithful in the little things.”—Mike Farris
Aired: May 19–23, 2014
AP Classes, PHC Prep, and You
Are you not sure what to expect from the AP courses offered by PHC Preparatory Academy? This week on Home School Heartbeat, our host Mike Smith is joined by Erin Schellhase, program manager at PHC Prep, and two former students as they share about these online classes.
“We get to see our classes become real communities of learners who collaborate together and build one another up.” —Erin Schellhase
Aired: May 12–16, 2014
Supporting Single Homeschool Moms
Are you a homeschooling single mother in need of guidance and assistance? Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for single moms homeschooling their children on their own. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Tracy Klicka MacKillop, director of development at the Home School Foundation, shares about her own journey as a single, homeschooling parent and how the Home School Foundation can help support and aid these families in need.
“Being a homeschooling single parent, a widow myself, I would say feeling alone is one of our greatest challenges.”—Tracy Klicka MacKillop
Aired: May 5–9, 2014
Is your child an auditory, kinesthetic, or visual learner? Discover your child’s learning style! This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith offers some helpful tips on finding appropriate curriculum and teaching methods to best accommodate your child’s homeschool.
“Although your child’s study habits may seem unorthodox, the important thing is that she be aware of how she learns best.”—Mike Smith
Aired: April 28–May 2, 2014
A Working Education: Developing Your Child's Work Ethic
Like most parents, you probably want your children to develop an excellent work ethic and be prepared for success in later life. What are the practical elements of training them? How do you shape your child’s attitude and not just form skills? This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris draws on his personal experience to help you teach your child to work.
“Taking initiative is a skill and an attitude which is much easier to develop as a child than as an adult.”—Mike Farris
Aired: April 21–25, 2014
Generation Joshua: Teen Approved!
Several high schoolers share some of their fantastic Generation Joshua experiences with host Mike Smith on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“[Generation Joshua] taught me so many wonderful lessons regarding the importance of leadership, integrity, and . . . how to be courageous.”—Gabe Johnson
Aired: April 14–18, 2014
Building the Common Core: An Interview with Director Ian Reid
This week on Home School Heartbeat, film director Ian Reid joins host Mike Smith to discuss the importance of Building the Machine, HSLDA’s documentary about the Common Core.
Aired: April 7–11, 2014
Spring into the Season
Warmer weather and longer days may inspire you to do anything but school with your kids! But put that itch for a change in the routine to use, and you can create seasonal unit studies or field trips that will perk up your spring homeschool program and create memorable moments of learning. Mike Smith shares ideas on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“Why is spring so often windy? Find the answer, and then take advantage of the wind and go fly a kite!”—Mike Smith
Aired: March 31–April 4, 2014
Military Families: Homeschooling on the Move
Military homeschooling families can face extra challenges in their educational journey, but homeschooling can also offer you the flexibility to thrive through moves, deployments, and the demands of military life. This week on Home School Heartbeat, three veteran homeschooling military parents offer insights into how they’ve made homeschooling work in their families.
“If I know about a relocation six months in advance, then I plan our school breaks around our moves.”—Crystal Rants
Aired: March 24–28, 2014
Day at the Museum: A Midwinter Guide to Field Trips
The days might still be cold and short, but the best cure for cabin fever is a field trip! This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith and a special guest from the Smithsonian Institute explore lots of options for finding—or creating—a museum field trip for your homeschooled students.
“It is much more productive for a child to be able to focus on one exhibition or even one area of a single exhibition: to really be able to take their time, to take breaks and really explore deeply.”—Stevie Engelke
Aired: March 17–21, 2014
Nurturing a Preschool Skill Set
You want to give your preschooler a great education, but maybe you’re wondering just what that looks like? Join your host Mike Smith and his guest, Vicki Bentley, this week on Home School Heartbeat, as they discuss how you can nurture your child and his preschool skill set.
“Young children benefit from—actually need—lots of physical and creative play.”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: March 10–14, 2014
Five Reasons for HSLDA
Are you considering joining HSLDA, but are uncertain as to what assistance your family will receive and the benefits involved? This week, Mike Smith explains just how HSLDA protects your right to homeschool and provides an abundance of guidance and resources to assist in your homeschooling journey.
“Behind HSLDA is a strongly rooted desire to serve the homeschooling community in whatever way we can.”—Mike Smith
Aired: March 3–7, 2014
This month, we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greatest presidents—Abraham Lincoln. But did you know that Honest Abe had less than one year of formal schooling? Tune in as Mike Smith draws some homeschool lessons from Lincoln’s life, on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
Abraham Lincoln “knew one thing that no schoolmaster taught him: books can unlock the world.”—Mike Smith
Aired: February 24–28, 2014
Published at 16: An Interview with Author Rachel Coker
Homeschooled novelist Rachel Coker was picked up by a major publisher when she was just 16! Hear her story of early success as well as tips for other young novelists on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“For young writers who want to become published authors, keep reading! . . . Write all the time . . . Get feedback . . . and just remember to always keep enjoying yourself.”—Rachel Coker
Aired: February 17–21, 2014
Valentine’s Day can seem like an over-commercialized holiday that does little more than sell greeting cards and candy. This year, make it something more! Dr. Gene Edward Veith, well-known author, literature professor, and provost at Patrick Henry College, joins Mike Smith on
Home School Heartbeat with five stories of love that will fire up your imagination and inspire your students.
Pride and Prejudice shows that “character in the person you love is really the most important thing of all.”—Dr. Gene Edward Veith
Aired: February 10–14, 2014
Homeschool Now! Starting Midyear
Are you—or someone you know—thinking about pulling your student out of public school, but not sure how to get started homeschooling in the middle of a term? This week, an HSLDA attorney and an HSLDA educational consultant join host Mike Smith on Home School Heartbeat with all the information you need to start now!
“You want to have a plan, but hold it loosely and make adjustments along the way.”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: February 3–7, 2014
Teaching Math: An Interview with Dr. Fred Worth
If math is the bane of your homeschooling existence, this week’s program is for you! Math professor Fred Worth discusses why your students might struggle with this difficult subject and how you can improve their performance. A solid foundation in math can prepare your child for life success!
“We want your child to be able to do mathematics, but we’d also like for your child to really understand mathematics.”—Dr. Fred Worth
Aired: January 27–31, 2014
Celebrating Latino Heritage: An Interview with Monica Olivera
Homeschooling is a fantastic way to discover and explore your cultural heritage! This week on Home School Heartbeat, Monica Olivera shares tips for Latino homeschoolers and others for exploring the richness of their heritage through homeschooling!
“It’s really important for Latinos to help their children learn about their own culture, and homeschooling is a great way to do that.”—Monica Olivera
Aired: January 20–24, 2014
Kicked Out of the Maternity Ward: An Interview with Jodi Ferris
Jodi Ferris gave birth in a hospital parking lot and was forced to stay outside as hospital staff took her baby away without explanation. How could this happen? Listen in, on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“They wouldn’t let me see her. And when they took her out of the room, they wouldn’t tell me where they were taking her.”—Jodi Ferris
Aired: January 13–17, 2014
SAT and ACT Test Prep: An Interview with Diane Kummer
This week’s guest shares SAT and ACT test prep advice with Home School Heartbeat’s host Mike Smith.
“On average I recommend a student begin preparing for the college entrance tests about six months prior to actually taking the test.”—Diane Kummer
Aired: January 6–10, 2014
Margin for Moms: An Interview with Carol Barnier
If you’re feeling overworked and overwhelmed, you are not alone! Many homeschool mothers struggle with finding margin in their lives. Find out just what this “margin” is and how you can de-clutter your life as Mike Smith speaks with Carol Barnier on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“We need to remember, we’re not just running a school here, but we’re also supposed to be enjoying being a family.”—Carol Barnier
Aired: December 30, 2013–January 3, 2014
Reach Out from the Heart: HSF Ambassadors
It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . But what about families with heavy financial burdens? Hear how HSF has blessed homeschoolers through the Ambassador program on this week’s Home School Heartbeat. Mike Smith interviews two ladies who have seen the impact of this program in the lives of those in need.
“Our vision is to have a network of state and local volunteers who will be our voice, eyes and ears, hands and feet, in the hurting homeschool community.”—Ricci Black
Aired: December 23–27, 2013
2013 in Review
On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, hosts Mike Farris and Mike Smith give an update on some of 2013’s victories and challenges for homeschoolers.
“We had a very good year in advancing freedom to homeschool and parental rights through the legislatures this year.”—Mike Smith
Aired: December 16–20, 2013
Taken: Germany and the Wunderlich Family
On October 28th, German officials took the Wunderlich children away from their parents for homeschooling. On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA Director of International Relations Mike Donnelly gives an update on the Wunderlich’s situation.
“As the truth comes out about how this family was treated just because they homeschool, . . . I hope that the German public and policymakers will finally see the human rights abuse occurring in their own country.”—Mike Donnelly
Aired: December 9–13, 2013
Bridging the Gap: An Interview with Artist Makoto Fujimura
This week on Home School Heartbeat, guest Makoto Fujimura explains the importance of artists and shares how you can bridge the gap between art and your church, community, and classroom.
“Artists have a responsibility to care for culture and to use things that are true and authentic that can help people to see through the darkness.”—Makoto Fujimura
Aired: December 2–6, 2013
Mike and Vickie Farris have been homeschooling for 30 years. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike shares some significant lessons from their experience. From the common-sense to the surprising, his insights will encourage you and help you to homeschool well over the long haul.
Aired: November 25–29, 2013
A Time for Thanksgiving
Whether your kids are 5 or 15, you can have fun learning more about the history of Thanksgiving with them. On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith shares ways to make the Pilgrim story come alive for your kids, and ways to rediscover what Thanksgiving is really all about.
Teach hospitality by inviting someone to Thanksgiving who might not have a place to go.—Mike Smith
Aired: November 18–22, 2013
College by 12: An Interview with Kip and Mona Lisa Harding
Having your kids start college by age 12 may seem like an impossible goal, and yet, one family did it! Join Mike Smith and his guests, Kip and Mona Lisa Harding, as they share their methods on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“Look at your child . . . and if they seem ready, don’t hold them back.”—Mona Lisa Harding
Aired: November 11–15, 2013
Homeschool Co-ops: Opportunities for Children with Special Needs
Homeschool co–ops provide a safe and exciting opportunity for children with special needs to engage with the world around them! This week on Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens shares how homeschool co–ops can provide encouragement and great opportunities for their families!
“Children with special needs can benefit greatly from participating in [a homeschool co-op].”—Faith Berens
Aired: November 4–8, 2013
Homeschooled Leader: George Washington
The father of our country was a surveyor, general, president—and homeschooler. This week on Home School Heartbeat, find out how George Washington’s home education shaped his career and America’s future.
“America owes its very existence to one of the greatest homeschoolers of all time.”—Mike Smith.
Aired: October 28–November 1, 2013
Five Landmark Homeschool Freedom Cases
For 30 years, HSLDA has helped secure homeschooling freedom for families in all 50 of the United States of America. This week on Home School Heartbeat, hosts Mike Farris and Mike Smith recall five landmark cases that have helped parents exercise liberty to educate their children at home.
Aired: October 21–25, 2013
Breaking the Mold: Making the Transition to Homeschooling
Are you getting ready to transition to homeschooling? Sometimes it can seem like there are a lot of hoops to jump through along the way! Join Mike Smith and his guests as they discuss how you can do make the change smoothly and successfully on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
Aired: October 14–18, 2013
Generation Joshua: 10 Years and Counting
The best way to learn civics is to experience civics firsthand! This week on Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA’s Generation Joshua Director Joel Grewe shares how GenJ gives students a real-time education in the political process at the local and national levels!
“Leadership is supposed to be a benefit to others in a wise and godly way.”—Joel Grewe
Aired: October 7–11, 2013
The Etiquette Advantage
Good manners are essential to your child’s training, helping him succeed in his interactions with others throughout his life. This week on Home School Heartbeat, get some pointers on teaching manners to your children, as Michael Farris talks with author and etiquette expert June Hines Moore.
“Practice rules of etiquette to make a good impression.”—June Hines Moore
Aired: September 30–October 4, 2013
This fall, don’t just start school—start new traditions in your homeschool! On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith offers creative suggestions for taking advantage of seasonal opportunities to make learning more fun for your students in everything from science to art.
“Incorporate new traditions into your homeschooling routine to celebrate the coming of autumn.”—Mike Smith
Aired: September 23–27, 2013
Our Constitution Rocks! An Interview with Juliette Turner
Is it really important for the next generation to understand the U.S. Constitution? Fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner thinks so! This week on Home School Heartbeat, she shares with host Mike Farris why she was inspired to write Our Constitution Rocks!—a book for kids and adults!
“What I tried to with this is to really make my generation realize that every aspect of the Constitution applies to us today.”—Juliette Turner
Aired: September 16–20, 2013
The Common Core
The Common Core State Standards initiative claims to prepare students for college and career, but is its one-size-fits-all approach harmful to a child’s education? This week on Home School Heartbeat, join your host Mike Farris and HSLDA Federal Relations Director Will Estrada as they discuss the issue.
“The Common Core basically nationalizes mediocrity.”—Mike Farris
Aired: September 9–13, 2013
Chivalry at Home and Abroad: An Interview with Zach Hunter
What images does the word “chivalry” bring to your mind? Shining knights on white horses? This week on Home School Heartbeat, author Zach Hunter offers a new look at chivalry as a code of conduct for men and women today!
“Chivalry is really about who we are inside that causes us to live from our character, honor, integrity, and civility.”—Zach Hunter
Aired: September 2–6, 2013
Captured in the French and Indian War! An Interview with Tracy Leininger Craven
What kind of stories make up your family history? Murders? Kidnappings? Years of forced servitude? On today’s Home School Heartbeat, Tracy Leininger Craven tells host Mike Farris how the tales her grandparents told her when she was nine years old spurred her to write a book about the adventures of her ancestors during the French and Indian War!
“Homeschooling definitely helped in that I was really able to focus on creative writing and literature.” — Tracy Leininger Craven
Aired: August 26–30, 2013
Faith, Family, and Being Miss America: An Interview with Teresa Scanlan
Teresa Scanlan never imagined that she could succeed in the pageant world, but in January 2011 17-year-old Teresa was crowned Miss America. What prepared Teresa for this tremendous opportunity? Tune into this week’s Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith to hear that the secret behind the crown was homeschooling!
“Through homeschooling I was used to doing things on my own. I was used to really being responsible for my own education, my own accomplishments, and my own hard work.”—Teresa Scanlan
Aired: August 19–23, 2013
Homeschooling and ADHD: An Interview with Dr. Steven Duvall
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a challenge for any student, whether he is homeschooled or attends a traditional school. But a new study shows that homeschooling can boost an ADHD child’s academic success. Dr. Steven Duvall, director of the School Psychology Training Program at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, shares the results of his study with host Mike Smith on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“Homeschools have some very important advantages that really help to develop the academic skills of students with ADHD.” — Dr. Steven Duvall
Aired: August 12–16, 2013
The Next 10 Years of HSLDA
Over the past 30 years, HSLDA has played a key part in helping the homeschool movement grow and thrive. But what’s next? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA founders Mike Smith and Mike Farris discuss the challenges facing homeschooling and share their vision for the next 10 years.
“The new generation is making homeschooling even better.”—Mike Farris
Aired: August 5–9, 2013
Cultivating Creativity as a Mom
Everyone needs a creative, expressive outlet—even you, Mom! This week on Home School Heartbeat, two homeschool moms tell Mike Smith how they have made their homeschool routine lively and vibrant by pursuing their individual interests.
“Pursuing something you love can give you the time outside your home that will refresh you.”—Mike Smith
Aired: July 29–August 2, 2013
The Chronicles of Narnia, Amazing Grace, and Charlotte’s Web have captivated movie goers across the country. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Micheal Flaherty, the creator of these films and co-founder of Walden Media, explains how film can help make kids excited about learning!
“Too often when kids graduate from high school or college, they think that that time of exploration is over . . . I think that if they stay involved in reading stories and also stay involved in reading the Word, they’ll know the elements that make a great story, and they’ll be well on their way.”—Micheal Flaherty
Aired: July 22–26, 2013
Employable You: Creating High School Resumes
It’s a tough economy for everyone, and that includes high school students looking for part-time or summer jobs. This week on the Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith talks with Becky Cooke and Alan Hudson about ways that you can help your homeschooled teen succeed. Discover practical ways to build a résumé that will provide your high schooler with opportunities to promote his skills and experience!
Aired: July 15–19, 2013
The Art of Hospitality
It’s difficult to travel in a struggling economy, and it’s easy to be lax in practicing hospitality. How do these problems relate? Tune into this week’s Home School Heartbeat to hear Mike Smith and Theresa Bowen talk about A Candle in the Window, a hospitality network that provides an economical way to travel and encourages fellowship! “Consider hospitality . . . to be a little taste of heaven”—Theresa Bowen
Aired: July 8–12, 2013
“Learning doesn’t have to stop with the end of the academic year.”—Mike Smith
What if you and your kids really need a break from homeschooling for the summer—but you don’t want to lose academic ground, either? Is there a way to balance diligence and fun over the summer months? This week, Mike Smith suggests various ways to stay academically engaged without burning out.
Aired: July 1–5, 2013
Start the Song: Homeschool Choirs
Can your child benefit from joining a choir, even if he doesn’t seem to have any outstanding musical ability? On this week’s edition of Home School Heartbeat, join Mike Farris, Dr. Steven McCollum of Patrick Henry College, and two home school moms who started their own choirs to discover how vocal training could be a foundational part of your child’s education!
“Singing in a choir can endow each participant with a healthy vocal technique . . . which is not only useful in choir, but whatever activity or vocation they choose, be it speech and debate, drama, or even as a lawyer.”—Dr. Steven McCollum
Aired: June 24–28, 2013
High School Issues for Struggling Learners
Are you concerned about how to adjust high school homeschooling for your struggling learner? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA Special Needs Consultant Faith Berens addresses practical questions about homeschooling struggling learners and special needs students through high school.
“Parents who are homeschooling teens with special learning challenges can absolutely provide a wonderfully enriching high school program.”—Faith Berens
Aired: June 17–21, 2013
Excited about Getting Started: An Interview with Vicki Bentley
Wondering how to tackle the upcoming school year? Join us this week on Home School Heartbeat as HSLDA Early Years Consultant Vicki Bentley shares what she’s learned about organizing school and motivating kids to go through the year with a smile on their faces!
“Parents, be excited about being with your children as they learn, because your enthusiasm can rub off on them.”—Vicki Bentley
Aired: June 10–14, 2013
Getting to Know You
As a homeschooler, you pour yourself into educating your children. But, at the end of the day, do you really know and understand the kids who you’re teaching? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith shares his tips for ditching the papers and books and getting to know your children on a personal level!
“Just taking a few minutes out of your day to spend time with your son or daughter could mean the world to a child’s love-hungry heart!”—Mike Smith
Aired: June 3–7, 2013
Start naming the most well-known figures in America’s founding, and you’ll probably come up with a list of homeschoolers. Many of our early patriots and statesmen were taught by parents, grandparents, or tutors. This week, Michael Farris shows how one-of-a-kind educations prepared the Founders to play crucial roles in history.
Aired: May 27–31, 2013
When you’re single with children, homeschooling can appear daunting. Single homeschooling mom Mary Jo Tate shares practical tips and advice to make home education a possibility for your family.
“If God has called you to homeschool your children, He will provide the strength, patience, grace, resources, and time to do it. Let your family and your life be a testimony of God’s faithfulness.” — Mary Jo Tate
Aired: May 20–24, 2013
A Lesson in Human Rights: An Interview with Dr. John Warwick Montgomery
How do Christians approach human rights? And where do these rights come from? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, noted apologist and lawyer Dr. John Warwick Montgomery explains why it’s so easy to get human rights wrong and the importance of getting them right—for you, for your children, and for the future of religious liberty.
“When people look at human rights, they [have to] understand that you’ve got to have a higher dimension in order to make sense out of this whole business.” —Dr. John Warwick Montgomery
Aired: May 13–17, 2013
Science Imitating God's Design: An Interview with Ray Comfort
Many scientific advances have been inspired by the divine design present in nature. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Ray Comfort explains how scientific inventions—even Velcro and Olympic swimsuits!—provide evidence that God exists.
“We can see the genius of God’s creative hand.” —Ray Comfort
Aired: May 6–10, 2013
American Patriots: An Interview with Rick Santorum
This week on Home School Heartbeat, Sen. Rick Santorum and host Mike Farris discuss the senator’s new book, American Patriots, which explores how ordinary people became American patriots while encouraging us to follow their examples.
When we throw freedom of religion and faith out of the public square, “we’re throwing out the very soul of America.” —Sen. Rick Santorum
Aired: April 29–May 3, 2013
Homeschooling an Only Child
Will my child still benefit from homeschooling if he or she has no siblings? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith answers this question with an emphatic yes!
“Homeschooling an only child has its own challenges, but they’re not greater than those faced by a larger family—just different. The joy of homeschooling an only child is in following the interest of the child.”—Mary Healy
Aired: April 22–26, 2013
Working from Home
If you’re considering a career as a work–at–home parent, the best place to start is by asking the right questions.
“Parents with a yen for entrepreneurship have taken the risk of launching a home business—and discovered it to be more fulfilling than the 9–to–5 grind ever was.” —Mike Smith
Aired: April 15–19, 2013
The Romeike Case
The German homeschooling Romeike family sought asylum in the United States so they could keep homeschooling. Now the U.S. government is threatening to send them back to Germany, where they will be forced to stop homeschooling. Mike Farris explains how you can help, on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.
“If one nation is allowed to ban homeschooling and persecute people the way the Romeikes are being persecuted, then we are affected as well . . . this is a real call for homeschoolers to stand together.” —Mike Farris
Aired: April 8–12, 2013
Studying the Essentials with PHC Prep
Host Mike Smith and PHC Prep master teachers discuss why studying AP courses in literature, physics, history, calculus, and U.S. government can be valuable for any homeschooler, this week on Home School Heartbeat.
“When we study literature, we are learning more about what it means to be a human being.” —Dr. Steve Hake
Aired: April 1–5, 2013
Architecture in the Christian Home: An Interview with Daniel Lee
According to architect Daniel Lee, architecture affects a lot more than we usually realize in our daily lives!“Architecture is a powerful medium of artistic expression that influences how we think about the world and our place in it.” — Daniel Lee
Aired: March 25–29, 2013
This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris shares that not only can we use art to learn about beauty, but we can also use it to learn history in a dynamic way!
“By visually showing the story of history, the telling of it will be enhanced.” — Mike Farris
Aired: March 18–22, 2013
Homeschool Burnout: An Interview with Diana Waring
This week on Home School Heartbeat, author Diana Waring offers her discoveries to help keep your homeschool vibrant and joyful.
“Homeschool mom, my proactive prescription is to allow yourself and your kids much more lightheartedness, creativity, and delight in your homeschooling day.” —Diana Waring
Aired: March 11–15, 2013
Understanding the UN CRPD: An Interview with Rick Santorum
Senator Rick Santorum and host Mike Farris both stand against the UN CRPD this week on Home School Heartbeat.
“To shift the power of what’s in the best interests of your child to the state and away from the parent is a fundamental erosion of parental rights in this country.” —Senator Rick Santorum
Aired: March 4–8, 2013
“There is no language in the world that affects English as much as Latin. We’re over 60 percent Latin-based in our vocabulary, and we learn as we study it that that vocabulary comprises our most sophisticated English words: those of our sciences, medicine, law, even our technology.”
What can a dead language do for your child? According to Barbara Beers, author of The Latin Road to English Grammar, more than you might think! Join Mike Farris on this week’s edition of Home School Heartbeat to learn how Latin can impact your child’s academic and spiritual understanding.
Aired: February 25–March 1, 2013
Preparing to Send Your Child to College for the First Time: An Interview with Diane Kummer
“Let your teens make those phone calls to admissions officers to set up interviews. Have them request letters of recommendation from instructors. Give them more and more responsibility to interact with administrative staff, such as financial aid officers. This will build their confidence in solving problems on their own.”
There’s more to preparing your child for college than just the transcript and admissions process! This week on Home School Heartbeat, high school coordinator Diane Kummer joins Mike Smith to discuss the non-academic aspects of preparing your children to begin their college years.
Aired: February 18–22, 2013
Romance for the Busy Homeschool Mom: An Interview with Heidi St. John
“‘That Girl’ is inside of each mom. I think that she’s the girl most moms want to be, but they lose sight of her as the pressures of homeschooling and life come. And certainly she’s the girl my husband prefers to the harried homeschool mom I can sometimes be.”
This week on Home School Heartbeat, Heidi St. John joins Mike Smith to talk about recovering “That Girl”—the girl your husband married. She reminds busy moms that your marriage is more important than curriculum, cleaning, or cooking, and offers encouragement to draw you close to your husband again.
Aired: February 11–15, 2013
Homeschooling in Japan: An Interview with Hiro Inaba
“There is favor toward homeschoolers in Japan, not only from the business society but also from senators, congressmen, professionals, both, actually, media people and so forth.”
Hiro Inaba, president of the Church and Home Education Association of Japan, joins Mike Smith this week on Home School Heartbeat to share about Japanese homeschooling.
Aired: February 4–8, 2013
Assessing Your Struggling Learner
“Assessment is simply measuring success and finding out if we’re on target. So [assessments] can be helpful to us as parent-teachers to track progress over time, reveal strengths and weaknesses in our children. They can also help to reveal if we need to adjust our teaching, or modify our curricula.”
HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens joins host Mike Farris on Home School Heartbeat this week to discuss why regular assessments can be an asset as you teach your struggling learner! She explains different methods of assessment, accommodating your student in test-taking, and how to use testing to track progress.
Aired: January 28–February 1, 2013
Life and Liberty for All: An Interview with Alveda King
“A truly non-violent society is going to love our fellow man. And when we love people, we will never stand up for anything that is going to injure them. And those are the things that my father, Reverend A.D. King, believed, my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and my grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr.”
“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Civil Rights movement of the’60s sought to win African Americans the fundamental freedoms of all American citizens. Is that battle over? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talks with Mike Farris about her family’s legacy and the next battle to be fought.
Aired: January 21–25, 2013
“Poetry is the chosen form for a lot of the foundational literature of Western civilization: certainly the Bible. . . . Homer, and Virgil, and Milton, and many other great literary works were all written in poetic form. . . . Even our own Founding Fathers . . . quote the great and noble poetry of the past.”
Did you know that many of the Founding Fathers were familiar with the classics of poetry? On this week’s edition of Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith speaks with Kathy Weitz about cultivating a love for the good, the true, and the beautiful through the study of poetry.
Aired: January 14–18, 2013
Introduction to Policy Debate: An Interview with Christy Shipe
“Debate teaches so many useful skills like logic, speaking skills, how to analyze the important issues, how to make decisions, and Christians can use these skills to study the Bible and know why you believe what you believe, to share the gospel, defend your faith, make wise decisions, and be prepared to speak in almost any situation.”
Is your student interested in formal debate? This edition of Home School Heartbeat, with host Mike Farris and guest Christy Shipe, shares resources that can help encourage that interest.
Aired: January 7–11, 2013
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