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Discussing the topics that you might not find covered at your local homeschooling convention, veteran homeschooling parents and bloggers, Andy and Kendra Fletcher, use humor and honesty to pull the veil back on Christian homeschooling.

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Real Encouragement – HIRL Episode 134


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:26 +0000
Summary: Well, hello 2017! We’re back with a brand new season of episodes that we hope will inspire, inform, and encourage you as you walk this homeschooling path with your family. And what better way than to start with an episode meant to encourage you rig..


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Rebroadcast – Unrealistic Expectations – HIRL Episode 103


Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:00:10 +0000
Summary: This is our last week of our mid-season break. We enjoyed our hiatus and the time we had away from the microphones (not to mention the fact that they have been packed into our moving supplies. We are finishing up our rebroadcasts of our most downloaded sh..


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Rebroadcast – Multiple Ages – HIRL Episode 108


Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:00:42 +0000
Summary: Happy New Year! We are still enjoying our Christmas/New Year/Season Break hiatus and sharing our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. This week we are sharing the 2nd most downloaded show from 2016. On Episode 108, we talked through the issue of ho..


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Rebroadcast – Beloved Mess – HIRL Episode 109


Published: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:22 +0000
Summary: As we head into the last week of Advent, the team here at HomeschoolingIRL is preparing for Christmas, a wedding, New Years and a massive home move! Whew! During this season break, we are sharing our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. This week we a..


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Rebroadcast – Classroom Teachers – HIRL Episode 130


Published: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:00:29 +0000
Summary: We are two weeks from Christmas and enjoying our season hiatus. We are still sharing our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. This week we are sharing the 4th most downloaded show. On Episode 111, we sat down with one of our favorites, Jolanthe Erb, t..


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Rebroadcast – SexEd For Parents – HIRL Episode 129


Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:51 +0000
Summary: Hey HIRLers! While we are on our season hiatus, we wanted to share our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. We are starting with #5. This week listen in again as we spend time with Barrett and Jenifer Johnson from INFO for Families as we talk about S..


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Family Devotions with Marty Machowski – HIRL Episode 128


Published: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:23 +0000
Summary: It’s the season of Advent, and we have a special gift for you! Join us as we welcome pastor, homeschool father, and family devotions author, Marty Machowski. We talk with Marty about family devotions and why we need to encourage each other as fami..


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The Desperate Need To Get It Right – HIRL Episode 127


Published: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:30 +0000
Summary: When we talk about the desperate need to get it right, Fletch is quick to say, “Oh! You mean homeschooling in the age of Pinterest?” On this episode we are talking about how to homeschool when we feel like we just don’t measure up to the other home..


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Affording College – HIRL Episode 126


Published: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:00:17 +0000
Summary: When our students hope to go to college, the perennial question remains: how in the world will they pay for it? We decided to return to the topic of affording college with College Prep Genius Jean Burk because we know she has valuable information to s..


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The Purity Culture with Sheila Gregoire – HIRL Episode 125


Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:00:22 +0000
Summary: Sheila Gregoire is the author of the book, The Good Girl’s Guide To Great Sex. She is also a popular speaker and blogger at To Love Honor and Vacuum. Sheila joins us in the studio again this week as we discuss the phenomenon that is the “puri..


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Homeless Homeschooling – HIRL Episode 124


Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:00:25 +0000
Summary: Homeless homeschoolers? Sorry for the bait and switch, but this family is anything but homeless! This is a family who decided to take the kids AND the homeschool on the road! Join us and our special guests Megan and Mike Knorpp from KnorppandSouth.com...


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What’s The Deal With Charter Schools – HIRL Episode 123


Published: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:00:07 +0000
Summary: So, what’s the deal with charter schools? We received an email from a listener who works in a local charter school that serves homeschooling families, and he has been surprised by the suspicion homeschoolers tend to bring to the table when the con..


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Loving the Unlovable – HIRL Episode 122


Published: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:53 +0000
Summary: We all have those people in our lives who prove to be a challenge to love: a grumpy toddler, a brooding teen, an irritable spouse, a controlling parent. How do we love them in spite of their unloveliness? What does the gospel tell us about our own unlove..


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Grandparents Who Homeschool – HIRL Episode 121


Published: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:00:20 +0000
Summary: During a recent homeschooling convention where we were speaking, an older gentleman approached the Homeschooling in Real Life booth and asked what we might know about grandparents who homeschool. He was planning to help his daughter homeschool her child..


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The Disappointed Parent – HIRL Episode 120


Published: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:00:59 +0000
Summary: We have big dreams when we begin parenting: how many children we’ll have, what we’ll do together, how our relationship will be when they are adults. It doesn’t take long for us to realize that we’re not in control of who or how our..


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How To Be A Good Sister – HIRL Episode 119


Published: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:00:56 +0000
Summary: Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters . . . except when they’re not. Sister relationships come with their own unique dynamics and drama. On this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, the three Fletcher sisters join Kendra in the s..


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Homeschooling In Hawaii – HIRL Episode 118


Published: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:00:11 +0000
Summary: What would it look like to homeschool under the palm trees and island breezes of Hawaii? Attention HIRLers! We have arrived at the center of Fletch’s dream. Actually, this is not a dream. We do love Hawaii, but this time we have a studio discussion..


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Happy Labor Day HIRLers!


Published: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 14:54:12 +0000
Summary: The Great Fletcher 1970’s Summer is coming to a close, so we are taking a break this week to celebrate Labor Day as a family! Listen in for a quick message and we will be back next week! Fletch and Kenj SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW: Allow th..


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Talking Sex With Sheila Gregoire – HIRL Episode 117


Published: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:00:10 +0000
Summary: DISCLAIMER: WE DEAL WITH MATURE TOPICS ON THIS EPISODE; DECIDE IF YOUR LITTLE ONES SHOULD LISTEN ALONG. In Episode 115, we answered a listener’s email and discussed sex education for parents with Barrett and Jenifer Johnson.  Your emails and comm..


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Back To School – HIRL Episode 116


Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:48 +0000
Summary: Are you starting your school year? We are! Let’s gather around the teacher’s lounge and gear up for another year of teaching our kids at home. Fletch and Kendra are starting their 19th year of homeschooling with a bang and letting you in on t..


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Sex Ed For Parents, Part 1 – HIRL Episode 115


Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:00:25 +0000
Summary: DISCLAIMER: WE DEAL WITH MATURE TOPICS ON THIS EPISODE; DECIDE IF YOUR LITTLE ONES SHOULD LISTEN ALONG. On previous episodes we have encouraged you to talk with your kids about sex, but how do you have that conversation if you don’t know how to tal..


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When Your Kid Discovers Porn – HIRL Episode 114


Published: Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:12 +0000
Summary: DISCLAIMER: WE DEAL WITH MATURE TOPICS ON THIS EPISODE. DECIDE IF YOUR LITTLE ONES SHOULD LISTEN ALONG. What do you do when your kid stumbles upon pornography? Most of us homeschool for a reason, but we assume that the vast majority of us are homeschool..


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I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Teaching Writing – HIRL Episode113


Published: Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:00:03 +0000
Summary: Do you struggle with teaching writing to your homeschool kids? This is the episode for you. As homeschool parents, some of us were not given great tools for writing in our own education, so when it comes to teaching the subject, we already feel ill-prepar..


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I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Teaching Science – HIRL Episode112


Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:00:42 +0000
Summary: Most of us have at least one subject we don’t love to teach, and that’s a tricky thing to reconcile when we’re in charge of all the subjects. So what’s a homeschooler to do when there are core subjects that must be covered but mom..


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Classroom Teachers Who Homeschool – HIRL Episode 111


Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:00:21 +0000
Summary: What happens when classroom teachers decide to homeschool their own children? How do they make the transition from classroom management to managing the personalities around their kitchen table?  If you are a classroom teacher considering homeschooling ..


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Talking With Kids About Tragedy – HIRL Episode 110


Published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:25:27 +0000
Summary: Tragedy. In terms of media and social media, tragedy has become a staple of our daily diet. The world seems to be going crazy and the news is full of stories that are difficult for kids to process and understand. How do we talk to our children about rac..


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Beloved Mess – HIRL Episode 109


Published: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:08:44 +0000
Summary: Tired of trying to make your family seem as if you’ve got it all together? Exhausted by external standards that seem unreachable or even crushing?  The Christian life is not about being less of a mess. It’s about admitting that we need to be sa..


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Quick Announcement – HIRL June 2016


Published: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:00:27 +0000
Summary: Kendra is on the road this week, leaving Fletch home to run the 1970’s summer adventure with a handful of Fletcher kids. In between sugar cereal, grilled cheese and episodes of Scooby Doo, Fletch popped into the HomeschoolingIRL studio to make an e..


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Homeschooling Multiple Ages – HIRL Episode 108


Published: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:00:02 +0000
Summary: How does a homeschooling parent possibly educate older kids while at the same time juggling preschoolers, toddlers, and babies? Is it even realistic to think we could do a good job while spinning so many homeschool plates? On this episode of Homeschooli..


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Give Your Child The World – HIRL Episode 107


Published: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:00:59 +0000
Summary: Is there a way to give our kids a global perspective and a heart for people living very different lives all across the globe? Author and homeschooling mom Jamie Martin not only believes so, she’s written the guide! Give Your Child the World: Raisin..


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Art, Films, Naked Statues and Hitler – HIRL Episode 106


Published: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:00:31 +0000
Summary: Is there a role for art in the curriculum for every homeschool family? What should you do if your strength is not art or art education? We know that art most often reflects the current state of culture, so how do we decided what sort of art to expose our..


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College Admissions and the Helicopter Parent – HIRL Episode 105


Published: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:00:40 +0000
Summary: Have you ever heard that sound? The rhythmic whirring of blades as they chop through the air? That is the sound of a helicopter parent hovering over their homeschooled child getting ready for college. That’s right, we are back at it again with an in..


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Dads Who Homeschool – HIRL Episode 104


Published: Mon, 23 May 2016 12:00:35 +0000
Summary: On this episode of the HomeschoolingIRL podcast, we answer a question from a listener who wants to know about switching roles. What happens when circumstances dictate that mom is the primary breadwinner. What does it look like when dads choose to stay hom..


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Unrealistic Expectations – HIRL Episode 103


Published: Mon, 16 May 2016 12:00:15 +0000
Summary: Join us for this week’s episode as we chat with Kathy Lee, mom of many and co-author of The Homegrown Preschooler. Kathy is a child development specialist who has homeschooled and raised kids and now speaks all over the country to parents (often wit..


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Homeschooling The Struggling Learner – HIRL Episode 102


Published: Mon, 09 May 2016 12:00:42 +0000
Summary: Are you homeschooling a struggling learner? Fletch and Kendra share three practical ideas for you as you consider homeschooling a child who struggles. Join us for this week’s episode as we answer a listener’s question about how to give a stru..


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Homeschooling In Alaska -HIRL Episode 101


Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 12:00:38 +0000
Summary: Have you ever wanted to pack up your kids and take them on the road for a homeschooling adventure? On this episode we interview a family who spent 3 months on the road adventuring in Alaska. Corey and Jessica Hulen and their 4 children drove from their ..


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Celebrating 100! – HIRL Episode 100


Published: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:00:04 +0000
Summary: Welcome to the 100th episode of Homeschooling In Real Life! Did you know that most podcasters lose steam and stop at 7 episodes? Not only have we kept going, but we have shows planned that will push us past the century mark! Thanks for joining us as we h..


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Finances and Hope Shifting – HIRL Episode 99


Published: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:55 +0000
Summary: In this final installment of our three-part series on financial fear, we’re returning to our roots and discussing how hope shifting can factor into our fear when it comes to finances. More regularly described as idolatry, “hope shifting”..


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Affording College – HIRL Episode 98


Published: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:13 +0000
Summary: Part two of our series on financial fear, Affording College hits the topics we’re all nervous about if we have a student who is eyeing a college career: How do we help them pay for four years of schooling? What things can we do to assist with the ap..


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The Homeschool Budget – HIRL Episode 97


Published: Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:00:11 +0000
Summary: The Homeschool Budget is part one of a series of three podcast episodes dealing with the topic of financial fear. With a family of 8 kids, Fletch and Kendra know that homeschooling can get expensive. On this episode, they share tips and tricks they have..


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Extracurricular Overkill – HIRL Episode 96


Published: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:00:22 +0000
Summary: When is enough too much? On this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, Fletch and Kendra answer a letter from a listener who is wondering how to filter extracurricular activities into your homeschool. When should you say yes? When should you say no? We invite goo..


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Traveling With Kids – HIRL Episode 95


Published: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:00:09 +0000
Summary: Join us on this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life as we talk about the ins and outs of traveling with kids. On this episode we are NOT talking about vacation planning. Instead we are talking about giving your family a love for travel, a love for Go..


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When My Convictions Aren’t Your Convictions – HIRL Episode 94


Published: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:00:14 +0000
Summary: Homeschooling. Health food. Small church. Mom stays home. KJV only. Dresses. Youth group. Public school. No TV. Our convictions, or the things we strongly about, can drive so much of our lives and end up being the choices by which we define ourselves. Th..


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Homeschooling For The Short Term – HIRL Episode 93


Published: Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:00:57 +0000
Summary: Are you homeschooling for the short term? Committing to a brief season of educating your children at home? This episode, encouraged by an email we received from a Homeschooling in Real Life listener, is just for you. Don’t let the short title fo..


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Moms and Teen Boys – HIRL Episode 92


Published: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:00:59 +0000
Summary: Moms of teen boys, this episode was made for you! What happens to those boys when they become teenagers and why are they so hard for moms to manage? Fletch and Kendra have raised three teen boys so far and they have lived to tell the tale . . . Fletch po..


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Rebroadcast – Multiple Ages – HIRL Episode 108


Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:00:42 +0000
Summary: Happy New Year! We are still enjoying our Christmas/New Year/Season Break hiatus and sharing our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. This week we are sharing the 2nd most downloaded show from 2016. On Episode 108, we talked through the issue of ho..


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Rebroadcast – Beloved Mess – HIRL Episode 109


Published: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:22 +0000
Summary: As we head into the last week of Advent, the team here at HomeschoolingIRL is preparing for Christmas, a wedding, New Years and a massive home move! Whew! During this season break, we are sharing our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. This week we a..


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Rebroadcast – Classroom Teachers – HIRL Episode 130


Published: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:00:29 +0000
Summary: We are two weeks from Christmas and enjoying our season hiatus. We are still sharing our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. This week we are sharing the 4th most downloaded show. On Episode 111, we sat down with one of our favorites, Jolanthe Erb, t..


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Rebroadcast – SexEd For Parents – HIRL Episode 129


Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:51 +0000
Summary: Hey HIRLers! While we are on our season hiatus, we wanted to share our Top-5 Most Downloaded Shows from 2016. We are starting with #5. This week listen in again as we spend time with Barrett and Jenifer Johnson from INFO for Families as we talk about S..


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Family Devotions with Marty Machowski – HIRL Episode 128


Published: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:23 +0000
Summary: It’s the season of Advent, and we have a special gift for you! Join us as we welcome pastor, homeschool father, and family devotions author, Marty Machowski. We talk with Marty about family devotions and why we need to encourage each other as fami..


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