SR 776: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Homeschooling, Linda Lacour Hobar, Part 1

“Every now and then, we’d play role reversal, where I would let one of the older children take a little unit or a subject, and then they had to teach the rest of us.” ~ Linda Lacour Hobar

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Join us for a captivating discussion on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast with host Yvette Hampton and guest Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History. In this episode, Linda shares valuable insights from her 17 years of homeschooling experience, discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of homeschooling. This episode explores the significance of homeschooling at home and incorporating meaningful read-aloud sessions. Discover how to make the most of your homeschooling journey and create lasting memories with your children.

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Discussion Questions:

1. Linda mentioned the importance of having a school name and motto for her homeschool. Have you ever thought about having a unique name and motto for your homeschool? How do you think this might influence the way your homeschool is perceived by your family and community?

2. What are your thoughts on the idea of undated lesson plans? Do you currently use a structured approach with specific dates for your lesson plans, or do you prefer a more flexible, undated approach? How do you think undated lesson plans could impact your homeschool experience?

3. Linda discussed the significance of read-alouds in forming lasting memories for her family. What are some of your favorite read-aloud books or memories from reading together as a family? How have read-alouds enriched your homeschooling journey?

4. The theme of role reversal was mentioned, with Linda allowing her children to teach a unit or subject to the rest of the family. Have you ever tried this approach in your homeschool? If so, what were the benefits and challenges of adopting this method?

5. Linda emphasized the value of incorporating song and music into the homeschool day, such as singing “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made” with her children. Do you integrate music into your homeschool routine? How do you feel it impacts the atmosphere and learning experience in your home?

6. How do you approach setting boundaries and creating a dedicated homeschooling space at home? 

7. Linda touched on the topic of family dynamics, particularly the humorous situation of squabbling over a favorite chair. Can you relate to experiencing similar family dynamics and creating unique solutions to resolve them?

8. How do you balance the formality and informality of homeschooling in your own experience? Have you encountered challenges or successes in achieving the right balance between structure and flexibility in your homeschool?

9. Finally, consider the idea of infusing the homeschool day with prayer and keeping God’s Word central to education. How do you prioritize spiritual and character development in your homeschool? 


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