Empowering Homeschool Conversations
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Empowering Homeschool Conversations

Peggy Ployhar
Power up your at home teaching strategies with Empowering Homeschool Conversations! Join Peggy Ployhar, Founder & CEO of SPED Homeschool, as she hosts a special guest each week for a conversation that will empower you to teach successfully at home.

View the upcoming broadcast schedule at https://empoweredhomeschool.com/empowering-homeschool-conversations-schedule

To find more resources to empower your home education, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/
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Homeschooling with AI, Part 2: Future Ready Learning, Nurturing Tomorrow's Tech Talent
April 9, 2024 - 67 min
In an era of constant innovation, ensuring students are prepared for the future has never been more crucial. Join us as we explore how artificial intelligence is reshaping career landscapes and discover strategies for home educating families to ensure their students are well-equipped for these shifts. Whether you're a student, educator, or simply curious about future workforce preparation, this podcast is your guide to understanding how AI is shaping the landscape of tech readiness. Tune in and embark on a journey towards a brighter, more prepared future. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Hannah Williams, homeschool graduate, top-selling author, and founder of d’Skills. Hannah shared with us about how to "Unlock Your Student's Potential with AI" Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Hannah and her resources, use this link: https://www.dskills.io/ To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Homeschooling with AI, Part 1: Unlock Your Student's Potential with AI
April 2, 2024 - 64 min
Are you a homeschooling parent eager to transform the educational journey for students with learning disabilities? In today's episode, we'll delve into a treasure trove of insights, tools, and real-world examples demonstrating how artificial intelligence can be leveraged to personalize education for your learners. From adapting curriculum to optimizing your home environment, join us as we explore the multifaceted ways AI can enhance both teaching and learning experiences.   Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Hannah Williams, homeschool graduate, top-selling author, and founder of d’Skills. Hannah shared with us about how to "Unlock Your Student's Potential with AI"   Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/   To connect with Hannah and her resources, use this link: https://www.dskills.io/   To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/   Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/   Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Nurturing Twice-Exceptional Minds – A Parent's Guide to Effective Teaching Strategies
March 26, 2024 - 61 min
Is your gifted child struggling academically, emotionally, socially? It may be due to the fact that they are gifted with a glitch, which is often called twice-exceptional or 2e. Learn more about this misunderstood struggle and how you as a parent can teach and nurture your student at home who has mixed learning capabilities. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Christy-Faith, homeschool mom, education expert, podcaster, and homeschooling influencer. Christy-Faith shared with us about "Empowering Brilliance: Nurturing Twice-Exceptional Minds – A Parent's Guide to Effective Teaching Strategies" Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Christy-Faith and her resources, use this link: https://christy-faith.com https://www.christy-faiths-list.com/ Thrive Homeschool Community: https://christy-faith.com/pages/thrive Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@christy_faith Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christy_faith_homeschool YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@christy-faith To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Schooling Horizons: Navigating the Decision to Home Educate
March 19, 2024 - 60 min
Are you confused about how to homeschool your child? What laws or regulations you need to follow? What subjects you need to teach? Or, how to plan out day-to-day teaching in your home? Then this interview is for you! Learn how to navigate all of these decisions to create the perfect homeschooling plan for your family. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Stefanie Palazzolo, homeschool mom, consultant, and coach and the creator of My Homeschool Expert. Stephanie shared with us about "Schooling Horizons: Navigating the Decision to Home Educate" Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Stephanie and her resources, use these links: Website: www.myhomeschoolexpert.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myhomeschoolexpert/ Instagram: @myhomeschoolexpert Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/myhomeschoolexp Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/my-home-school-expert-mhse-9222362a4/ To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Sightful Learning: Unveiling the Impact of Vision on Student Success
March 12, 2024 - 58 min
Did you know that even if your student has 20/20 vision that vision issues may be greatly affecting various learning processes? Learn more about vision and what you can do as a parent to help your student learn more efficiently and easily by increasing their visual skills. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Dr. Brenda Montecalvo, wife, mom, speaker, author and vision coach. Dr. Brenda shared with us about "Sightful Learning: Unveiling the Impact of Vision on Student Success" Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Dr. Brenda and her resources, use this link: https://www.brendamontecalvo.com/ To access the free resources mentioned in the show, visit: https://www.brendamontecalvo.com/free-resources/ To learn more about InfantSEE, visit: https://www.infantsee.org/ To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The Intimate Connection Between Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
March 5, 2024 - 60 min
Do you have a student who lacks motivation, can't get their work done, or struggles to make it through the day? More than likely, the issue your student is facing is deeper than a learning challenge. In this week's episode, we dive deep into the intimate connection between learning disabilities and mental health and how to help students change their brains to get victory in both areas. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Shelley Woon, 30-year education veteran and Head of School at Arrowsmith. Shelley shared with us about "The Intimate Connection Between Mental Health and Learning Disabilities" Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Shelley and her resources at Arrowsmith, use this link: Arrowsmith Website https://www.arrowsmith.ca/ More resources, shared document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhdDQtGMgMTJNPbnzDY05O86Pj3v-Jmk/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=112465977698512057086&rtpof=true&sd=true To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Practical Advice for Homeschooling Parents of Special Needs Children
February 27, 2024 - 63 min
Need some practical advice for handling how to teach your special needs student day-to-day, on preparing for transition planning, or on how to juggle all you have on your plate with a less chaotic approach? Our guest this week has some wise advice that has served her well in her many years of parenting and homeschooling to share on this subject that you don't want to miss. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Terrie McKee, wife, mother, special needs parent, homeschooler, writer, speaker, and event organizer. Terrie shared with us about "Nurturing the Heart, Empowering the Soul–Practical Advice for Homeschooling Parents of Special Needs Children" Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Terrie and her resources, use this link: https://www.homeschooling1child.com/ https://www.iajministries.org/ http://www.nearyouraltar.com/ To learn more about the Special Needs Expo that Terrie is organizing in North Carolina in late June 2024, visit: https://iaj-ministries.ticketleap.com/t/SPEDHOMESCHOOL/ To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Reading Resilience: Empowering Parents with Four Strategies to Support Struggling Readers
February 20, 2024 - 47 min
If your student dislikes reading or even the thought of reading, do you have strategies to help them overcome their fears and struggles associated with this critical learning building block? If not, this conversation will equip you and encourage you as you teach your student to love reading and learning to read. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Dr. Emily Levy, Founder & Director of EBL Coaching, author of Strategies for Study Success and Flags and Stars Multisensory Math. Dr. Levy shared with us about "Reading Resilience: Empowering Parents with Four Strategies to Support Struggling Readers" Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Dr Emily Levy and her resources, use this link: Website: https://eblcoaching.com/ To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Science at Home: A Homeschool Parent's to Integrating STEM into Everyday Life
February 13, 2024 - 56 min
Learn how to move science lessons from complicated and boring to applicable and interest-led so your kids won't just learn about science, but will approach life, decisions, and learning with inquisitiveness, leading to a deep understanding of how the world works. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Tina Salmanowitz, a teacher, homeschooling mom, and owner of Little Monster's Universe, science-based homeschooling curriculum for building lifelong science learners. Tina shared with us about "Science at Home: A Homeschool Parent's to Integrating STEM into Everyday Life." Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Tina and her resources, use this link: Website: https://littlemonstersuniverse.com/ Here is other resources Tina shared with us in this broadcast: Citizen Science: iNaturalist - upload photos and report findings online, https://www.inaturalist.org/ SciStarter - https://scistarter.org/ CitizenScience.gov -https://www.citizenscience.gov/# Science Literature: A First Science Storybook series Magic School Bus Series Arbordale Publishing Blogs: Science Shows: https://littlemonstersuniverse.com/educational-entertainment-our-top-tv-picks-for-homeschool-scientists/ Outdoor science activities https://littlemonstersuniverse.com/outdoor-homeschool-science-activities/ To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Inclusive Learning: Empowering Special Needs Families in Homeschool Co-ops
February 6, 2024 - 67 min
Learn insider tips and tricks on how to make a homeschool co-op more inclusive for your student or other students who come to your group. This episode guaranteed to provide you with immediate takeaways you can implement in any homeschool co-op or group learning situation.   Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Dawn Jackson M.Ed has over 30 years of experience in education and is a retired homeschool mom. She is the owner and director of Solimar Academy with credentials in General education, Special Education, and a certified Learning Styles Coach. Dawn shared with us about "Inclusive Learning: Empowering Special Needs Families in Homeschool Co-ops"   Viewers like you funded similar episodes, and other free resources from SPED Homeschool. To learn how you can support the nonprofit work of SPED Homeschool and this broadcast, visit https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ To connect with Dawn and her resources, use this link: Website: https://solimaracademy.com/ To find out more about SPED Homeschool, visit our website at https://spedhomeschool.com/ Check out our most recent articles on SPED Homeschool at https://spedhomeschool.com/articles/ Click here to power up your at home teaching with courses and downloadable hand-selected for you! https://empoweredhomeschool.com/Join our mission to empower homeschool families!: https://spedhomeschool.com/donate/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Meet Your Host
Meet Your Host
Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a physicist turned home educator who left a lucrative career in the medical device industry to teach the struggling learners in her own home.

Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017 after working in the special education homeschooling industry for over a decade and now she and her team empower families across the globe to homeschool students with diverse learning needs.

She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader. Peggy is also a professional aerial silks performer and instructor. In her free time, Peggy enjoys vegan/gluten-free cooking, paddle boarding, hiking and reading. She and her husband Doug live in League City, TX, and after 19 years of homeschooling have now graduated all three of their children from their home school.

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