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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 30  •  Sep 16, 2019  • 

From Professional Ballerina to Business Owner: An Interview with Caitlin Hopwood

Pursuing ballet requires dedication, persistence, and finesse! Not only did Caitlin Hopwood become a professional ballerina as a teenager, but by 21, she was also a business owner of her own boutique. Listen to today’s episode of Homeschool Talks to learn more about the art of ballet and Caitlin’s homeschool experience.

40:57 min.
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Episode 29  •  Aug 26, 2019  • 

Homeschool Grad, Wildlife Photographer: An Interview with Isaac Spotts

What would you do if you saw three moose sparring in a river? If you were Isaac Spotts, you’d jump in the water and start taking award-winning pictures! Join us this week on Homeschool Talks as we hear from Isaac, a talented wildlife photographer and recent homeschool grad, whose photography has not only been recognized by National Geographic editors but also displayed at the Smithsonian Exhibition.

36:28 min.
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Episode 28  •  Aug 05, 2019  • 

The Art of Leatherworking: An Interview with Joseph Philips

One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the ability it gives students to follow their interests. For homeschool graduate and artist Joseph Philips, his passion for leatherworking inspired him to start his own small business where he shares his projects and custom designs with others. Listen to this week’s episode of Homeschool Talks to learn more about the skill of leatherworking and explore the benefits of creating and appreciating art.

40:47 min.
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Episode 27  •  Jul 15, 2019  • 

Vikings, History, and Homeschooling: An Interview with Noah Tetzner

One of the great advantages of homeschooling is the ability it gives students to follow their interests. By launching his own podcast, 17-year-old Noah Tetzner was able to pursue his passion for history—and share it with the world! Hear Noah’s story on this week’s episode of Homeschool Talks.

21:10 min.
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Episode 26  •  Apr 08, 2019  • 

Mastering the Art of Writing: An Interview with Cheryl Carter

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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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.

To get started listening, you can use the player above, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, follow our RSS feed, or subscribe to our email list.

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.

Jeremiah Lorrig

As the Deputy Director of Generation Joshua, Jeremiah travels across the U.S. to teach students about the principles and practice of conservative politics. He has worked with over 100 campaigns over the last decade. He has also worked for Senator Wayne Allard (CO), the National Association of Evangelicals, the Arlington Group, and of course Home School Legal Defense Association.

As one of Generation Joshua’s key strategists, Jeremiah has overseen numerous campaign deployments and coordinates GenJ’s election efforts, which involves thousands of volunteers in scores of competitive races nationwide. He has managed three PACs, and in 2011 and 2012 he represented the Young Republican National Federation in the pro-democracy, International Young Democrat Union.

When he isn’t busy doing all these things, Jeremiah likes to read. He alternates between fiction and non-fiction to maintain a balanced reading schedule. He also travels to cultural and historic sites around the world and collects pieces of history when his budget allows.

Heather Frommack

Heather Frommack is the program manager for the educational consultants at HSLDA. She is a speaker, teacher, writer, and 17-year veteran homeschooling momma, having graduated three of her five children to college and beyond. Heather loves to inspire others through authenticity, relevance, and humor. She is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with postgraduate work in weight management, biblical counseling, and teaching English as a foreign language, and is currently working on a master’s degree in educational psychology with a (long!) view towards her PhD. Her message is also enriched by the school of life, which for her has included world travel to more than 13 countries, designing and remodeling homes (while homeschooling!), and moving 15 times.

Heather and her husband have five creative children ranging from 23 to 9 years old, with the two youngest joyfully adopted from Ethiopia eight years ago. She calls homeschooling all five of her children “the best and most challenging career I’ve ever had.”