Everyone can use advice, encouragement, or information from fellow homeschoolers and Christian homeschool experts. However, for many of us, the only opportunities we have to listen to homeschool speakers is either by attending costly homeschool conventions or by finding random podcasts. But recently, I was given the opportunity to review the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, which brings together numerous Christian homeschool speakers, discussing a wide variety of topics, on regularly scheduled shows, all in one place.
The show schedules can all be seen well in advance on the events page HERE. Plus, if you decide to sign up for their newsletters, you can be emailed reminders for upcoming live shows. If you can’t make it to the live show, it’s no problem! You can find the archived shows any time on the individual show pages.
So what kind of shows are there? Honestly, there are SO many choices of shows, depending on your interests, that I couldn’t possibly discuss them all. However, here are a few of the shows that I found most enjoyable:
This is a very interesting show airing every Wednesday, which discusses a number of current issues, and is not just limited to issues concerning homeschoolers. Some topics include parental rights, government control, national budget, health care, and other hot topics. Handouts are included with each show, for following along with the discussion.
One show that I enjoyed from this particular series was the recent interview with Dr. Ron Paul. An advocate of homeschooling, Dr. Paul voiced his opposition to increased government control, especially as it pertains to homeschoolers, and the dangers of common core as a means of said control. Dr. Paul went on to discuss his book, The School Revolution A New Answer for Our Broken Education System, and the creation of his own homeschool curriculum, The Story of Liberty.
The weekly Ultimate Homeschool Radio Show features interviews with various hosts of shows featured on the Homeschool Radio Network. This show is actually an excellent show to start with if you are interested in learning more about any of the current shows, or their hosts. The guests share a bit about themselves, their shows, and their own experiences as homeschooling parents. I enjoyed the opportunity to “meet” different show hosts to help decide which shows might be of interest to me.
This show airs every other week, and is hosted by a light-hearted, fun homeschooling couple, Andy (Fletch) and Kendra Fletcher. This show discusses real-life, every day issues that affect us as homeschoolers. Their overall message is that homeschooling, like life, just isn’t perfect. Stress happens and issues arise, but we need to be sure that “nothing pulls us away from the cross”.
The show that stood out so far for me was the one entitled, Homeschool is a Buzzkill. The hosts talked about how our unrealistic expectations, comparisons to others, and focus on perfection can lead to frustration when those ideals in our heads don’t match our realities. Being more realistic in our goals and allowing God to be in control should be our focus as homeschoolers, not meeting some perfect ideal. Having an often unrealistic ideal of perfectionism, this show really struck a chord.
Making Biblical Family Life Practical, hosted by Hal and Melanie Young, is a weekly discussion on keeping family life Bible-based and Christ-focused. Its focus is about how to go from principle to practice, and discusses parenting, home education, transitioning children into adulthood, and even current political issues.
By far, this is my favorite show. I especially liked the show on Raising Real Men. As a mother of 2 boys, I certainly appreciated their wise words on the Biblical responsibilities of men, and how we can train and guide our young men in the way that they should go through responsibility and consequences. I especially liked their discussion on the normal personality traits of young boys, and how we can channel those “typical boy behaviors” into tools that will help them become strong men and leaders in their adulthood.
This is just a small sampling of the shows I found interesting on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. I would like to encourage all of you to visit the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network at http://ultimateradioshow.com or visit their Facebook Page for more information. There is truly something for everyone there. I hope you are all blessed by the shows you find. I know I certainly have been.