Show 51…Casablanca Anytime: Brooke Benoit
/ February 4, 2011 0 COMMENTS

  Welcome this week to Brooke Benoit, a young woman who began homeschooling herself at the age of 15 and never looked back. She is an artist struggling for spiritual self-perfection in an overwhelmingly beautiful world created by God that both distracts and inspires her. She and her family live in Morocco and homeschool in…

Show 50…The UnschoolerExperiment: Peter Kowalke
/ January 28, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Peter Kowalke is returning to my show this Friday to talk to us about his exciting new venture, Last July we talked about his documentary, “Grown Without Schooling,” where he followed and interviewed ten grown homeschoolers as they explored and openly discussed the lasting influence home education has had on their lives. This time Peter…

Show 49…Jungle Call to Homeschool: Marsha Washburn
/ January 21, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Building tomorrow’s generation is not for the faint hearted. This Friday I am talking to Marcia Washburn who knows that as Christian parents we want to move beyond diapers, daycare and dance class to get a glimpse of what God is planning for our family’s legacy. Marcia took her message to the jungles of Ecuador…

Show 48…Encouraging Young Mums: Judy Wnuk
/ January 14, 2011 0 COMMENTS

  On Friday Judy Wnuk and I will talk about the ever changing needs of the homeschooling family. As a representative for Sonlight Curriculum, Judy travels to homeschool conventions and assists parents who are researching and making their curriculum choices. She is going to talk to us about some of the greatest needs of today’s…

Show 47…What To Be Or Not To Be…: Christie Jenkins
Show 47…What To Be Or Not To Be…: Christie Jenkins
/ January 7, 2011 0 COMMENTS

  Join me this week for the first of a new series of guests especially invited to help homeschoolers plan for their future and choose a career that suits their individual personalities and talents. Why do you need a job? To pay the rent, buy clothes, go to college or to serve? Are you going…

Show 46…Over My Shoulder: More Conversations From 2010
Show 46…Over My Shoulder: More Conversations From 2010
/ December 31, 2010 0 COMMENTS

  This is the last show of 2010 and once again I’m running highlights with live reflections on how the year has unfolded for me, The Sociable Homeschooler. You’ll hear part of my chat with a delightful homeschooler who actually survived and is doing fine in the real world, Laura Lee Ellis; then we’ll relive…

Show 45…A Quick Look Back: Conversations From 2010
/ December 22, 2010 0 COMMENTS

  This Friday I’m running highlights from previous shows with live commentary on how the year has unfolded for The Sociable Homeschooler. You’ll hear my little natter with Mike Donnelly from HSLDA, as he tells us how he helps his wife in the homeschool; we’ll listen in to my conversation with radical unschooling Mum, Lisa…

December 21st, 10 – Jake 32
/ December 21, 2010 0 COMMENTS

We have just heard the devastating news that Jacob’s leukaemia has relapsed and that there is very, very little chance now of a cure.  The three consultants working with him have agreed that any treatment he now will have is simply to temporarily contain the disease for a few months. We will find out what treatment…

December 19th, 10 – Jake 31
/ December 21, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Jake has some very worrying raised glands in neck and adenoids which may be the return of the cancer or may be an over-reaction of his immune system.  He has had a series of biopsies last week and we are now very anxiously awaiting the results. If it is a relapse of the cancer then…

October 21st, 10 – Jake 30
/ December 21, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Just a quick and happy update to say that Jake has been well (apart from his feet) since his last email. This week he is going to play in his first concert and become 21, both of which we feared might be impossible a little while ago. The Barnes household is a relieved one and…

September 24th, 10 – Jake 29
/ December 21, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Dear All, We have had many calls recently requesting another update so here it is! Jacob is really enjoying getting back to playing the piano, with such a lovely new instrument and newly refurbished music room. He is now going up to London once fortnightly for lessons with his Professor at the Academy, Pascal Nemirovski…

Show 44…Pulled Down? Stuck? Unravel with Marla Tabaka
/ December 17, 2010 0 COMMENTS

  I have a fellow host on the show with me this week. Marla Tabaka broadcasts, Million Dollar Mindset, live on Mondays from 2-3pm EST here on Toginet Radio. Marla believes that, with the right mindset, ANYTHING is possible! So you need to tune in and listen to our conversation on Friday and find out…

Show 43…Carschool and Homefires: Diane Flynn Keith
/ December 10, 2010 0 COMMENTS

My guest this week is Diane Flynn Keith who is editor-in-Chief of, a website devoted to kindling a life-long love of learning and empowering parents around the world with the support and resources needed to help their children get a meaningful education at home. Diane writes for magazines, has contributed to books on homeschooling,…

Show 42…Calvert at Anytime: Gretchen Roe
Show 42…Calvert at Anytime: Gretchen Roe
/ December 3, 2010 0 COMMENTS

I’m pleased to be welcoming my friend, Gretchen Roe, back to my show this afternoon. Gretchen is an amazing homeschooling mother of six children ranging in age from early 20’s to 4 years old. She also works for Calvert School as the community liaison and runs a blog on their site. Today we are going…

Show 41…Stress Free Holidays: Sandy Fowler
Show 41…Stress Free Holidays: Sandy Fowler
/ November 23, 2010 1 COMMENTS

This week Sandy Fowler of Heart Filled Holidays will be joining me to talk about her homeschooling experience and especially about her practical approach to living, working, and prospering. Tune in this Friday and discover how to be happy, content and excited no matter what the outer circumstances of your life. Let Sandy teach you…

Show 40…At Home With Dyslexia: Dixie Hacker
Show 40…At Home With Dyslexia: Dixie Hacker
/ November 19, 2010 0 COMMENTS

  My friend, Dixie Hacker, is returning to my show after almost a year and we will be talking about balance in the homeschool. Tune in to learn how she has had to adapt her schedule to meet the needs of one of her twins’ diagnosis of dyslexia. We will be talking about her struggles…

Show 39…Eclectic not Hectic: Janita Pavelka
Show 39…Eclectic not Hectic: Janita Pavelka
/ November 12, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Balancing academics with hands on work and service is the key to successful homeschooling for Janita Pavelka and her family. She has four children and together they have used the Moore Approach which advocates, among other things, delaying formal school learning until the child is between 8-12 years old. How does this work in reality…

Show 38…Hitting the High Seas: Laureen Hudson
/ October 29, 2010 0 COMMENTS

  Join me this week with guest Laureen Hudson, one of the featured homeschoolers on who did an article entitled, Movable Feast: Homeschooling in the World. Laureen and her husband and three children, will set sail on the high seas next year. Their particular lifestyle is enticingly called “cruising” and Laureen will talk to us…

Show 37…Singular Homeschooling: Mike Donnelly
Show 37…Singular Homeschooling: Mike Donnelly
/ October 22, 2010 0 COMMENTS

  Once again Mike Donnelly is going to be joining me from the Home School Legal Defense Association where he serves as staff attorney and director of international relations. We will be talking about topics ranging from parental rights to homeschooling in Europe and India. Mike will tell us about some of the politically volatile issues he is involved…

Show 36…RV on the Road: Larry Farris
/ October 18, 2010 0 COMMENTS

  My Texan talked about his career at Daughts’ college. I reflect on having friends and making do with my brother for company when I was young. I discuss how I created my unique lifestyle and ask how does bullying affect us? How difficult is it to get our homeschoolers into college? What tests do…