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Homeschool Talks is an informative podcast about all things homeschooling. We feature exciting interviews with homeschoolers from all walks of life. Each episode is packed with practical tips, inspiring stories, and more.

Episode 23  •  Feb 11, 2019  • 

Pro Football MVP, Homeschooling Dad: An Interview with Shaun Alexander

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.

21:28 min.
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Episode 22  •  Jan 14, 2019  • 

Tips for Teaching and Learning a Foreign Language: An Interview with Karim Morato

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! 

47:41 min.
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Episode 21  •  Dec 17, 2018  • 

Is My Child Ready to Read?: An Interview with Faith Berens

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!

44:21 min.
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Episode 20  •  Nov 26, 2018  • 

Persevering as a Single Parent: An Interview with Rep. Kim Ransom

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.

43:25 min.
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Episode 19  •  Nov 12, 2018  • 

How to Teach Writing—with Confidence!: An Interview with Dr. Crystal Ladwig

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!

51:27 min.
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Homeschool Talks is the successor to HSLDA's now-retired radio program, Homeschool Heartbeat. To browse the Homeschool Heartbeat program archives, click here.

About Homeschool Talks Podcast

Are you a homeschooling parent looking for practical tips on teaching your kids, or simply someone who is interested in learning more about homeschooling?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Homeschool Talks is an informative podcast about all things homeschooling. We feature exciting interviews with homeschoolers from all walks of life, and each episode is packed with down-to-earth guidance, inspiring stories, and more.

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We are always looking for new ideas and feedback, so if you have something to share, please don’t hesitate to let us know by sending an email to info@hslda.org with “Podcast” in the subject line.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife Vickie, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served for three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego. He graduated in 1972 and was admitted to practice law in the state of California shortly thereafter. He is licensed in Virginia, California, and Washington, D.C.

In 1981, Mike’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program that introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. Mike and his wife began homeschooling one year at a time to meet the academic and social needs of their children. After several years, however, it became obvious that God had exposed the Smith family to homeschooling for many other benefits, including spiritual development and family integrity. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled.

When he started with HSLDA, Mike began defending homeschooling in California both in court and before the legislature. In 1987 he came to HSLDA full-time, serving as its vice president until 2001, when he became its president. In addition to serving as President of HSLDA, he also is HSLDA’s lawyer for California, Nevada, and Puerto Rico.

Mike’s favorite part of his job is going to homeschool conferences and meeting those he calls America’s greatest heroes—homeschooling moms.

Diane Kummer

Diane and her husband Tom homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade using a variety of teaching options. Both of their children went on to college and are now well into their careers.

Diane joined the staff of Home School Legal Defense Association in 2005 to help develop HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program. As the HSLDA Consultant Program Administrator and one of HSLDA’s High School Consultants, Diane regularly speaks nationwide at homeschool conferences and presents high school symposiums, sharing from her experiences and her imperfect (but real) homeschooling days! Her practical and encouraging high school seminars provide information that inspires parents to continue teaching their teens at home with confidence.

Diane enjoys writing articles (such as regular columns for HSLDA’s Home School Court Report magazine as well as articles for other publications), brochures on high school topics, and a monthly high school newsletter filled with helpful tips. She reviews new resources and provides personal consultation to HSLDA members.

Diane loves math and taught high school math classes for homeschooled students for many years. She also led a homeschool group of over 200 families, while coordinating classes and activities.

In her free time, Diane enjoys teaching ladies’ Bible studies and being involved in pro-life ministries. Having graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management, she enjoyed a banking career prior to starting a family and beginning her homeschool adventure.