Home About Blog Shop Donate Join / Renew Contact Login

Homeschool Talks - Ideas and inspiration for your homeschool

Fuel for your homeschool.

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 34  •  Mar 16, 2020  • 

Creating Timeless Beauty through Pottery: An Interview with Talia Olmstead

With its many details and steps, pottery-making can be a challenging craft. And yet, homeschool grad and small business owner Talia Olmstead approaches this art with care and quality as she combines function and beauty through her pottery business. Join us on today’s episode of Homeschool Talks: Exploring the Arts as Talia shares tips for creating a workplace that inspires creativity, and her passion for creating timeless beauty by finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

40:18 min.
00:00 40:18

Episode 33  •  Feb 17, 2020  • 

Why Does HSLDA Support H.R. 1434?: An Interview with Jim Mason

Recently, HSLDA has been getting questions about the federal bill, H.R. 1434—The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. What is this bill? How does it affect homeschooling? And why is HSLDA supporting it? Join HSLDA’s Jim Mason and Sandra Kim to answer these questions and more—on today’s episode of Homeschool Talks.

10:16 min.
00:00 10:16

Episode 32  •  Feb 03, 2020  • 

When School Officials Overstep the Law: An Interview with Scott Woodruff

It happens more often than it should. You get a letter requesting the expected homeschooling forms. But wait—what’s this? An added request for an in-person meeting, a birth certificate, a fill-in-the-blank. Unfortunately, districts don’t always follow the law. Why does this happen—and why is it important to push back?

40:03 min.
00:00 40:03

Episode 31  •  Dec 16, 2019  • 

From the Corporate World to Homeschool Life (Part 1): An Interview with Sarah Grinnell

What is it like to transition from 15 years in the corporate world to homeschooling? Well, that’s a great question for new homeschooling mom Sarah Grinnell! Join us on Homeschool Talks as Sarah shares her experience as a first-time homeschooler who is learning the exciting but sometimes crazy dance of homeschool life.

31:32 min.
00:00 31:32

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.
00:00 40:57
1 2 3 4 5  ... 

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.”