SR 841: Homeschooling Together: A Dad’s Perspective on Community – Brandon Beckley, Part 3

“Healthy socialization is a challenge, but it’s essential for homeschooling success.” ~ Brandon Beckley

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Yvette Hampton sits down with Brandon Beckley, co-founder of Made2Homeschool, for an insightful discussion on the importance of finding and maintaining a supportive homeschool community. Brandon shares tips on positive socialization for homeschooling kids and emphasizes the role of churches and online communities like Made2Homeschool.

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Community not only supports me in my homeschool journey, community got me to

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homeschool. Yeah, right. It was surrounding myself with those

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people where I could absorb what they were doing. I started to understand their world.

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I started to. It started to be less scary. And in the same way someone

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might convert to Christianity, let’s say, because they start spending a lot of time with

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christian friends and they see what they live like, oh, I want some of that.

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Right? Well, I was spending time with a bunch of homeschool people and realized, oh,

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I want some of that. Hey, everyone, this is Yvette Hampton.

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Welcome back to the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast. I’m back again with Brandon

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Beckley, and we’re having a great time. This is so fun. Can I just

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tell you guys, I know you know this, but I’m going to say it again.

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I love podcasting. I love getting to have

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conversations with other homeschool parents and other homeschool

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leaders and speakers and authors and bloggers and all these people who

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make up the homeschooling world, because

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there are people just like me who are just, we’re all

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parents. Some of these parents that I talk to are those who have

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gone before us and they’ve graduated all their kids. Some have little itty bitty kids,

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and they’re still figuring it out. And some of us have been doing it for

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a little while. And wherever you are in your homeschool journey, I

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love being able to talk to people who bring encouragement to me and

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therefore bring encouragement to you. I never, if you’ve listened to

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the podcast for any length of time, you know, I never, ever podcast by myself

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because I’m like, I don’t know what I would say for an hour long conversation

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all by myself. And so I love being able to have conversations with these

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people. And Brandon has been so much fun this week as he’s just been super

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transparent about their homeschool journey and

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parenting and marriage and all the things that God is doing in his life and

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in his family and the things that he’s learned and the things

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that he’s still learning. And so we’re going to keep talking about those things today.

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But before we get into it, I want to say thank you to our sponsor,

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their biblical worldview department where they

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BJUPressHomeschool.com Well, Brandon Beckley, welcome back to the schoolhouse

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talked podcast. And this has been such a fun conversation this week. I want to

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talk about community because this is one thing that I know for you

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as a homeschool dad. Like, you’ve jumped into this world

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of homeschooling. And I love,

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love new homeschoolers because everybody goes into it not really knowing what

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they’re doing. And even if you think you know what you’re doing, you get into

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it. Because usually when you think you know what you’re doing, it’s that you think

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you’re going to bring the schoolroom into your

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home and you’re going to make homeschooling look like the school. And you’re like, I

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got this. I was in school for 13 years. I know what it looks like

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to be in school. And so you try to replicate that and then you very

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quickly realize this is not at all working for my family.

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And so one of the things that is so important for us as homeschoolers is

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we need community. We need each other, just like we do with this

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podcast. We need other people to speak encouragement and

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truth into our lives and into our homeschools so that we can

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homeschool and home educate and disciple our kids with excellence. We’re never going to

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do it perfectly because none of us are perfect, but we do it the best

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that we can. And so I want you to talk about community

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and the importance of having community around us to encourage

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us and equip us for this crazy journey

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of parenting and education that we are on with our

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kids. Well, Yvette, again, thank you

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for all the nice things you said there. But I would say

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community for me matters. You know,

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I legitimately try to look at everything through a biblical lens. Sure. You know, in

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the last episode, I said, well, if you aren’t living with your

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family the way you want to, like if you’re not spending time with your kids,

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the way you want to, um, figure out what that needs to look like. Is

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it right? Are you doing the right thing? And so with community, I’d say the

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same thing. So in the grand scope, I think, you know,

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looking at the example of Jesus for everything is very important. He. He had people

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with him. One, but two, and some who were very close to him, but

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two. That when he resurrected from the

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dead and he spent 40 days with his people

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and he performed miracles and healed people, and the Bible tells us 500,

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500 other people saw him. And then when he went to be at the right

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hand of the father, the very next thing we see,

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they were meeting in one another’s homes, breaking bread together,

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committing themselves to the apostles teaching and the reading of the word. Yeah.

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Community is the very first thing we see the

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church doing. And by church, I just mean the big c, the global body of

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believers. And so in a very

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fundamental substrate, kind of like

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foundational level, we are made, I believe. And I would make a much

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larger scriptural case for this. For community.

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Yeah. Then, therefore,

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as homeschool family, I can give you a whole bunch of logical reasons, and I’ll

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do that. But as a homeschooling family, it’s no different. You need that. All

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right, well, and then if you. There’s that whole trope of, like, if you show

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me your. Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future. Who

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are you surrounding yourself with? Do you have community who will encourage and support you

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along the way? Do you have people

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who will both hold you accountable

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and encourage you when each of those things are

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needed? And I think for so many people, what we found

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when we got. When we were stepping our toes into the homeschool word, I was.

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Well, I was doing some YouTube coaching stuff with some homeschool youtubers, and I’m

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learning about their families and who they are. And I would

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hear these stories from people about how some of them just

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had no community. Yeah, that doesn’t work for me.

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I like people, and I think you’re supposed to be around people. And I think

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that we do need each other. And that’s part of

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why we ended up starting made, Made2Homeschool in the first place. I think that,

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you know, our culture has done this thing. I think

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it was amplified by COVID lockdown stuff

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where we don’t need community. Or if we have community,

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be. It should only be the community that reaffirms what we already

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believe. It should already be the community that makes us. That tells us we are

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okay. The way we are. Yeah. Well that’s not true.

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That’s who we, nobody’s perfect, right? We’re

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not. God loves us the way we are, but he doesn’t want us to stay

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that way. Right. He wants us to sharpen one another. Amen. Iron

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sharpens iron. Right. So like I, we need

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community. I do. And community not only supports me in my homeschool

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journey, community got me to homeschool. Yeah. Right. It

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was surrounding myself with those people where I could absorb what they were doing. I

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started to understand their world. I started to, it started to be less scary.

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And in the same way someone might convert to Christianity, let’s say,

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because they start spending a lot of time with christian friends and they see what

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they live like, oh, I want some of that. Right. Well I was spending time

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with a bunch of homeschool people and realized, oh, I want some of that. I

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want that in my life. And so I think that

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getting there one, but then just maintaining on the

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journey. I remember, you know, when we first started a few months

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ago, all of a sudden I’m like, I don’t know what I do with this,

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but I right away had people I could say, hey, what do you do with

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this? And they’re like, oh yeah, here’s twelve different answers. It’s

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covered. I don’t, there’s not a need that I’m going to have in my

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homeschool journey that I, that won’t be able to be spoken to

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authoritatively by somebody who’s already been there because I have a community around me because

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they’ve Made2Homeschool by and large. So how do you find that community

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for maybe a mom who’s newer to homeschooling and she’s

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like, you know, I live in a small town. I don’t have a lot of

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people around me. How do you find that community? And, and let me ask that

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on, on two levels. One, you’ve got the community that’s necessary for mom,

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sure. But we also need community for our kids as well.

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And that’s important because, you know, it’s, it’s the, the old

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argument. What about socialization? Our kids need

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fellowship. I think that should be the question is what about

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fellowship for mom and dad and kids? We need

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fellowship with one another because we are part of the body of Christ.

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And so how do we provide that community, that

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fellowship for mom and for

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dad and for kids as well? You know, I think a

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helpful thing I’m going to use and kind of reducto ad absurd argument here

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for just the sake of making it easy.

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Being in prison around convicted murderers is a type of

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socialization. It is probably not the socialization we want for our kids. No.

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So maybe let’s. And I’m sure there’s a better word for this, Yvette, you know

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far more homeschool things than I do, but I would say maybe let’s

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say something like fellowship or healthy socialization or

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beneficial socialization. Okay, well, how much of that are they

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getting at a traditional school or a christian school? Not a lot.

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Right. They’re around kids. They’re at the same age all the time. Again, this is

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stuff that I learned over the last couple of years. Right. And I was like,

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oh, yeah, that’s true. They’re around the same kids all the time. So I

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think the question is, like, what socialization do you want your kids to have? And

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then how do you find that? We just moved. Right. So this is very real

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and fresh to us because we moved to an area in north Florida where we

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knew nobody. Well, thank

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God I’ve got community. I really do. And I’d like to have more

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people physically, and I do now, but I didn’t when I got here. Thank

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God I had Made2Homeschool. Right. So part of the impetus behind

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Made2Homeschool is we found whether you’re in a rural area where you might expect no

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community, or in an urban area, people had a really hard time.

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We heard all the time finding community,

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finding other homeschool families they clicked with, who

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shared their worldview. That was a, that was a real struggle. So the maids

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of homeschool is a great answer for that. I do, by the way, believe that

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in person relationships are better. I’m the guy who runs an online platform saying, in

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person’s better. Oh, yeah, it’s better. Yeah. It’s also just a different

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thing. Right. It’s. They’re not, uh,

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replacements for each other, but at least there’s some opportunity. If there’s nobody around

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you who homeschools, you can find people you can see face to face online on

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Made2Homeschool, who will talk to you and help you along your journey. And there’s

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loads of resources. So that’s that check for the kids. It’s a different thing, and

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I think that’s a really important thing. When we moved to this area, we

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were church shopping. Miserable process. Yeah. Oh, yeah.

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Thought we found a church. It turns out they were great, but we just didn’t

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feel settled. And so I actually went to

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Facebook, which I hate. It’s the only thing I’ve posted on Facebook in two

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years, I think. And I found a homeschooling group, and I was like, hey,

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where do y’all hang out? I didn’t get an answer. I did, but,

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like, none of them worked for us. Like, we gotta go over here. And this

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one organization, I think this is me

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being very biased here. If you are a

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Christian who is homeschooling and you’re not part of a church family because

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you’ve had some church hurt, that’s just the thing I hear a lot. I would

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encourage you to consider whether that one time you ate at Taco Bell and

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got food poisoning. And I can say that because if you’ve eaten at Taco Bell,

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you’ve probably had food poisoning. It didn’t make you stop going to

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restaurants entirely, right? I’m

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sorry. People will hurt you. Churches are full of broken people. Find

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one. Yeah, find one with homeschool families. Cause that’s where we found community for

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our kids. All of a sudden, my kids have

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wonderful other kids that they love hanging out with. We’ve been to their house.

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They’ve come over here. We hang out late at the church so they can all

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spend time together. And couple times a week, at least my kids are

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spending quality time with great

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kids. Yeah. And I would call of varying ages, and I

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would call that positive socialization, healthy fellowship,

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and more than they were getting at the school. Yeah, that’s what I was. So

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honestly, I think the church is the answer for that. That’s what I would say.

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And if you’re not a Christian who’s homeschooling, I would also say the church is

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the answer for that. So I agree completely. Let’s

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Today Apologia.com. We

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are back with Brandon, and I agree with what you said before the break.

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Yes, I think the church absolutely is the best place for

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community because it’s. It’s the, you know, it’s family, you know,

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it is the body of Christ coming together

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through homeschooling teaching of the word. Hopefully you’re in a church that is actually

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teaching the word of God. Amen. Worshiping together and

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just doing life together. You know, we. We have been in that same place

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that, that you were in where, man, you moved to a new place and

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you look for a new church, and it is agonizing. Oh, it’s so very,

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very hard because you try to find something that, that

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checks the boxes, but, you know, you’re not going to find the perfect thing. And

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like you said, it’s the same with homeschool community as well. You might not find

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the perfect co op because co ops, just like churches,

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are made of a bunch of sinful people who,

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including yourself, not you, Brandon, but, you know, myself,

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are sinful and selfish, and I want things done my way and not

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someone else’s way. And I could do it better than they can, you know? And

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so we have all the reasons why we can say, oh, yeah, I don’t want

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to be part of this community because they’re not doing it right. And

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I’ve learned even if I did it myself, I still wouldn’t be doing it right.

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So. So you take the best of what you can find and you build

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that community and jump into a community if it’s already in existence.

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So, yeah, thanks so much for that. I want to talk real quick about

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main to homeschool. We’ve. We’ve mentioned that throughout the week, but I want to talk

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a little bit more about what that is. And we had Abby joy

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on the podcast several weeks ago. She was amazing, and I know

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we were connected with her through you. And she’s part of the Made2Homeschool

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mama group. Talk to our audience about what

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Made2Homeschool is because we keep talking about it. I know it’s

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a community. I’m part of it. Talk about what it is. What does it

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offer to homeschool families? And then I want to talk about the conference that you’ve

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got coming up next month. Yeah. All good things to talk about. Thank you, Yvette.

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I think the way that we have been explaining

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Made2Homeschool recently that I think is helpful because it was a little weird. It’s weird.

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one thing. I always want to be community first because

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I was a groups pastor and a connections pastor. And I think community really

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matters. Thus the ability to rattle off acts two. Okay,

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42, but I believe this stuff. I really believe this

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stuff. It’s not just a community. What I. What I would say is it’s an

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online community and resource library for homeschool

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parents. So what that looks like is very much Facebook.

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like it and shit. All the things, right? You can tag each other, you get

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your own profile. Like a Facebook kind of thing. But it’s private. It’s a walled

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garden. There are no trolls. There will not be any trolls. The second a troll

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shows up and starts being a jerk, if they do not behave kindly

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to one another, they will be gone. I’ll get rid of them. It’s. That’s it.

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Uh, and I. Gosh, that sounds harsh. I’m almost a free speech absolutist. But

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we need a place where people can. Can just know that they’re going to go

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get encouragement and practical resources. So the community piece

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is there. There’s different circles, like chat spaces for every different

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topic based on what your subscription is, uh, that you could want

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to talk about in homeschool world. Community curriculum recommendations, all the

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things. Also, there’s two different resource libraries, one full of

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articles and videos that’s available at every tier

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that you can. That all of our team makes. We have a team of over

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20 moms who are either youtubers or bloggers,

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podcasters, Instagram people, and every month,

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all these moms make a new resource for you.

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That’s part of that library. And then there’s also a printables library. Now, actually, most

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things now people are making or printables because there’s high demand and people love them.

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And these are things that you can use, are practical things to take and use

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in your home with your kids. For every grade, every stage,

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every level, special needs, specific things.

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Science and reading. All the things. All the things. There’s stuff, I think

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there’s, I don’t know, 300 something pieces of content

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at this point. And it’s almost every weekday there’s new content being added to the

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library. Also, we have every Monday, a live workshop.

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not all the live stuff. Several times throughout the week, we have live

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hangouts on different subjects. Some of its book clubs,

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some of it’s just, let’s hang out and chat while we clean the

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kitchen. I don’t know. And then some of it is like one of our

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team. We have two abbies. The other, Abby. Abby Stone, she from

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rooted in rest. She does, I think, once or twice a

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month, a late night prayer time. And there’s just a

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moms get together and just pray for each other live.

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It’s almost like you’re being the church of one another. And there’s also.

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have partnered with us to offer special, unique discounts just for our members.

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All the things. It’s all the works. Yeah. I love it so

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much because it’s a place that you can come, you can be comfortable. You’re going

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to be encouraged, but not just that. You’re going to get really good

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biblical encouragement from these moms. I know that every mom that you have

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involved is a believer. If I’m correct,

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you have them sign a statement of faith, right? I do. I

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will. I have that. Yes, I do. They. They, uh. I want to be

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clear. It is open to anybody. So if you’ve got a list, right. I’m not

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talking about the members. I’m talking about those who are actually leading the groups. But

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all the leaders love Jesus. And we have a statement of faith that covers all

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the basics, plus a little bit. Right. And they all have affirmed it. I’ve

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met with them. I know their family makeup and their walk, and they’re good

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folks. Yeah. And I know a small handful of those

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moms who are helping to lead these groups and discussions and all

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the things, and every one of them, I can say without a doubt,

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are women that I trust. You know, I trust that they’re going to give good,

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sound biblical wisdom and advice. And you can’t find that on

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Facebook or on Instagram or on X or anywhere else. Like, you can

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find lots of information, but it’s overwhelming.

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these groups of. Even if they’re a christian homeschool group, right? And someone will

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ask a question and they’ll get, you know, 300 answers,

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and half of the answers they get are just horrible. I’m like, that is

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not biblical at all. Why are you saying that to this mama who’s asked

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desperately in need of an answer to this question? And so this is

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a, I would say a safe place for these moms to go where

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they will get actual good, for the most part, a

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strong biblical wisdom in their homeschooling journey. And

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so I love that it’s a christian community of moms who you

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have vetted, those who are leading it. But anybody can come in and be

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part of the community, and. And it really is a great community.

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I love seeing. I get the emails, and so I. It seems, I don’t know,

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sometimes, like two or three times a day almost. It seems. It’s probably not that

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many, but at least every other day, I’m getting an email

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with, you know, here’s a new workshop, and it’s cool because you can choose what

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workshops you want to participate in, which ones you want to. You can go

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back and view them if you missed them. You know, I’m busy like every other

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mom. And so if you miss a workshop, you can go back and watch it.

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You. You won’t get the life part of it, but you can actually get to

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see that workshop again and get that encouragement that you need. And you have all

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different sorts of, uh, you know, if you’re doing Charlotte Mason or

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classical or unschooling, like they’ve all been covered, and

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so you’ve got moms on your team, your leadership team,

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who specialize in all those different things. One of

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the things we found early on, that’s a great observation, Yvette, was that

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the homeschool world, while very frequently united, and that they all believe they’re the

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best educator for their kids, were horribly divided. And I say

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that to homeschool people. Like, what do you mean? I’m like, well, you’re either

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this educational style, and that’s how you can learn things, or you’re using this curriculum.

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And if you’re an unschooler and you’re a classical educator, you can’t play in the

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same sandbox. I thought it was silly. I don’t like unnecessary

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extra denominations in the church. I don’t like it in homeschool world. Yeah. And we

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just wanted to have a place where all of those people could learn from one

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another, from their experience. And because I don’t actually know

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anybody who’s strictly this exact type of educator. Right. That’s not

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a, everybody’s eclectic. They all are. They don’t all exactly adhere to a

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style. And so we really do want it to be a place for everybody

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who thinks God made them to be the best educator for their

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children to feel like they can be supported, encouraged and

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equipped. Yeah. Yes, absolutely. And it’s beautifully

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laid out. I love going to the website and being able to just look through

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all the different things that you have to offer and it’s easy to find stuff.

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So sometimes you go to websites like that and they’re just a mess and it’s

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chaotic and I’m like, and then I just shut it off because I don’t have

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time for that. So, but it’s, it’s really well laid out, very well organized

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and so I appreciate that. Talk really quickly about this conference. So you’ve got a

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conference coming up, um, next month, the beginning of

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August. Um, it’s coming up which if you guys are watching the video,

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Brandon’s eyes just got really big because he’s realizing how much work he has to

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do. Let me just tell you guys, you have no idea if you’ve

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never done an online conference, how much work it is to do an online

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conference. We’ve done two and at the end of both of them I thought I

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was going to die. It is so much work, but it’s

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so rewarding and so much fun. So talk a little bit about the

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conference, what you’ve got going on with that, who maybe some of your speakers are,

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what topics you’re going to cover, all that stuff. Give us, give us the rundown.

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Yeah, we’re super excited. There are a couple speakers we are still working

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on details on, so I won’t name them

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yet, but there’s going to be so much good stuff, guys.

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We are going to have three days, basically a Thursday,

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Friday, Saturday, the first through 3 August. We’re breaking it into

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chunks. Morning, afternoon, evening for Thursday and Friday because

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your parents and you have kids and they’re going to be needing things and so

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you should like feed them at some point and like have some time with your

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family. So we’ll have breaks in between there that you can just go away or

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you can visit the virtual exhibit hall. Some of our exhibitors and sponsors will have

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virtual booths like Zoom links you can click into and actually have Facetime with

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them and talk to them and learn about them. The speakers Andrew Pudewa is

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going to be there. We’re talking about cultural, actually.

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Culture actually, and raising biblically literate I think

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Christian kids in the midst of our culture. Super excited for that.

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We’re going to be doing an interview with him and then a live Q and

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A as well. And then we’ve got Dawn from the minimal

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mom, who’s going to be talking about organizing in your homeschool, which is super

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great. A whole bunch of folks from our team. We’ve got Pam

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Barnhill, who will be there. We’re going to have Eryn Lynum

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there, Min Wang will be there. We’re

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going to have, I want to say, over 20 different speakers.

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Wow. Across almost 30 sessions, multiple live panels. That’s a

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whole other dozen people. Yeah, it’s going to be a lot. And we’re going to

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be giving a whole bunch of stuff away. If you like free things, then that

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helps. And we’re making it really cheap. Yvette. So the tickets

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at full price will be dollar 57 right now. And until the

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15 July, that’s when they goes away, they will be

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$37. Yeah. So $37 gets you the full thing. You’ll have access

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to all of it during the conference and all the sessions that have already aired,

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you can go back and see during that time. We’ll have an opportunity to purchase

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some long term as well. Is that. Does that give you enough info? Yeah, it

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totally does. It’s going to be great. Online conferences are

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so great. We love in person. As a matter of fact, we just got back

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a couple of days ago from an in person conference in Oklahoma City where

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Andrew Putois was one of the speakers, and, um, Israel Wayne was the

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keynote. It was fantastic. We had a great time with them and loved getting

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to just have that personal interaction with other homeschoolers. As a

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matter of fact, this was the first conference Garrett and I have been to

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in seven years where we have just been attendees.

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We haven’t been recording, filming, um, you

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know, doing some meeting with people, you know,

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speaking. This is just, it was just, we just went and we got to

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sit in on sessions, and it was wonderful. And, and, you know, like I’ve

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said, I’m still home. I’ve got five years left to homeschool my

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youngest, and so I’m still learning. Believe it or not, after seven

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seasons of the schoolhouse rocked podcast, I still need the encouragement. And so it

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was so refreshing to get to go and sit in on those sessions. And so

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if you haven’t had the opportunity, especially to be at a conference live because

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it can be very expensive to travel, get a hotel

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room, you know, the gas, the food, trying to wrangle all the kids, do all

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that stuff. If you’ve not had a chance to do that this summer, or even

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if you have, be part of an online conference, because it will really bring the

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encouragement that you need. And this way you’ve got a great lineup of speakers. And

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so, um, definitely you guys visit this. We will put a

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link in the show notes, but again, you can go to schoolhouse rocked.com

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brave, brave. And get more information

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on this conference. So, uh, Brandon, thank you for what you’re doing to encourage the

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homeschool community. Thanks, Yvette. Yeah, and I will say we just went to the big

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Florida convention. Fpea. Yeah. And we were kind.

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I was a little like, oh, $37 is really cheap for early bird. Like, it’s

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really cheap. Yeah. And it cost

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$38 per day to park at

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the convention. Yeah, I believe it’s park. And so I was like, oh, 37.

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Yeah, cheap. And that makes me feel better. Like, we really

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legitimately, it’s a business, but we want this to feel like a ministry. We

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run it like it’s a ministry because we need help and other people need that.

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We need community. We need encouragement and resourcing. And so we want to

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make things as accessible as possible to as many people as possible to let

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them know it’s possible. Yep. Amen. All right, well, we’ll put

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links to that in the show notes. Again, you could go to schoolhouse rocked.com

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brave to learn more about the conference. It’s coming up August 1 through third,

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and we will have all the information you need in there. So, Brandon,

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thank you again for all that you do. Thank you for the Made2Homeschool community. Again,

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that website is. It’s Made2Homeschool.com, right? Yes, ma’am. All right, we’ll put that

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link in the show notes as well. Made2Homeschool.com. Thank you for sharing your heart with

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us this week. It has been such a joy and a pleasure getting to chat

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with you. We are so grateful for you and your wife and all the work

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that you’re putting into helping homeschool families.

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We need it. We need the encouragement. We need the equipping. And God is good

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to use people like you to help us do that. So well, thank you for

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having me, Yvette. I really enjoyed it. Yeah, absolutely. And thank you guys for listening.

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We love you so much. If there’s anything we can do for you, send us

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an email at Podcast@SchoolhouseRocked.com. let us know. Even

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if you just need prayer and you just need someone just to know that

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someone’s praying for you and your family, shoot us an email and let us know.

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We were happy to do that. Stay tuned to the very end to hear what’s

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coming up next on the podcast, and we will see you back here next week.

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Have a great day. Bye. It.

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I really wanted to encourage parenting and family and

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faith, but I was always a little bit hesitant to share too

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much about homeschooling because I knew that in the general population, it’s a

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small percentage overall, it’s growing a whole lot. But I knew

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that most of my readers probably weren’t homeschooling, and so I was kind of just

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trying to be thoughtful. So I didn’t say a lot. But in that final chapter,

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it was a chapter about how kids spend their days. And I was pretty much

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just saying, listen, zoom out and consider what are your kids doing with

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their time? Because you’re going to look back one day and see that how they

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spent their time was their childhood. And as I did that, I was like, well,

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I’m going to talk a little bit about homeschooling. But as I wrote, one chapter

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led to the next, and pretty soon I had pages about homeschooling that I told

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my husband. I was like, I don’t think I’ve ever really come

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out and said what I really believe. Like, I don’t even know if I’ve been

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honest with myself. And he’s like, what? What? I was like, well, I’ve tried

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to, you know, honor the reader by not saying too much. I was like, but

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homeschooling isn’t just a part of our journey. It’s the main thing. This

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has shaped our family. Next to our kids relationship with Jesus, nothing

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has shaped us more than our homeschool experience.

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