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Writing is a gateway to opportunity. But anyone who has sat down to write the perfect novel, essay, or cover letter knows that writing is not easy. So how can you help your child cultivate this important skill? Hear the answer from homeschooling mom, novelist, and professional writing instructor Cheryl Carter on this week’s Homeschool Talks.

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A great benefit of homeschooling is the ability to both incorporate your family’s cultural heritage into your children’s educational experience, as well as explore other cultures. So last month, to celebrate Black History Month, Mike Smith sat down with Joyce Burges, Founder of National Black Home Educators, to talk about honoring cultural heritage. Hear Joyce share some of the engaging ways she and her children have explored and nurtured their African-American roots—in today’s episode of Homeschool Talks!

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Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to pursue the career you love while educating your children at home? Dr. Kristina Tanner, who is both a college music professor and a homeschooling mother of five, demonstrates that it’s definitely possible. Tune in to this week’s Homeschool Talks to hear Dr. Tanner share her story as well as tips on how to balance homeschooling and an outside career.

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Professional football player and homeschooling parent may not seem like related career paths. Yet Shaun Alexander, former NFL MVP, has passionately pursued both. Today, speaking from his experience as a homeschooling dad, Shaun Alexander talks about ways to get your homeschool student involved in sports and shares what life lessons he learned from his career in the NFL.

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Is learning a foreign language more than checking off a box? Tune into this week’s Homeschool Talks to hear Heather Frommack, Program Manager for HSLDA’s Educational Consultants, chat with Karim Morato, a Spanish instructor with years of experience. If you have ever wondered how to encourage your child to learn a foreign language in your home, then you won’t want to miss this! 

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Teaching your child to read can sometimes feel like an intimidating task. You may wonder, “Is my child ready to read?” “How can I start structuring a tailored curriculum for his or her needs?” “How do I know if my child has a learning disability?” Tune in this week’s Homeschool Talks to hear reading specialist and homeschool mom Faith Berens share her perspective on these questions and more!

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Being a single parent comes with its challenges. But Kim Ransom, state house representative of Colorado’s 44th district, didn’t let that stop her from homeschooling her four children. Kim found the strength to be both a leader of her own home—and later, of her state. This week on Homeschool Talks, Kim shares how regardless of the circumstances, homeschooling is an option for anyone. But how can a single parent balance working full-time and homeschooling? Tune in to hear Kim’s answer to this question and more.

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This week on Homeschool Talks we’re chatting with Dr. Crystal Ladwig—a special education teacher, professor, author, speaker, and homeschool mom—about teaching your kids to write. How can you teach writing with confidence? How can you encourage your child to become a continuously self-educating and self-editing writer? And why is writing so important in the first place? Tune in to hear Crystal answer these questions and more!

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If you’ve been homeschooling more than one child for any amount of time, you’re probably well aware of the challenges that come with teaching multiple children at once. The more children you’re teaching, the harder it is to keep everything on track and make sure every child has what he or she needs. So what’s the solution? Tune in to hear HSLDA Educational Consultant Vicki Bentley share her favorite ideas and strategies for multi-level teaching.

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Many parents dread the three-letter acronym: SAT. It often seems that the College Board’s college entrance test exists only to frustrate students and break parents’ bank accounts with expensive prep courses. But Jean Burk, a homeschooling mom and author of CollegePrep Genius SAT curriculum, discovered that the SAT is not an obstacle, but rather a path to affordable college education. Learn how on this week’s Homeschool Talks.

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