Empowering Homeschool Conversations
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Empowering Homeschool Conversations

Peggy Ployhar

Welcome to Empowering Homeschool Conversations, your authority in navigating the world of homeschooling diverse learners. 

Featuring Peggy Ployhar from SPED Homeschool, Annie Yorty from AnnieYorty.com, Leilani Melendez from Living with Eve, Stephanie Buckwalter from ELARP Learning, and Dawn Jackson from Dawn Jackson Educational Consulting & Tutoring.

With over 75 years of combined homeschooling expertise, experiences, and perspectives, this group is eager to share their wealth of wisdom to empower your homeschooling journey.

So, grab your favorite mug, settle in and get ready for insightful discussions, valuable insights, and practical tips as these experts and their guests dive into the hottest topics in homeschooling. Whether you're a seasoned homeschooler, just considering this path, or anywhere in between you don't want to miss a minute of these enlightening conversations that will empower your child to thrive in their homeschool environment.

Join us to give your homeschool the power boost it needs to successfully educate the unique learners in your home.

Have a homeschooling question for our panel? Or want to view our upcoming broadcast schedule? Go to this page, scroll down to the show images and click on the upcoming episode you’d like to submit a question for: https://empoweredhomeschool.com/empowering-homeschool-conversations-schedule 

Links to Us:

https://spedhomeschool.com/

https://annieyorty.com/

https://www.youtube.com/@LivingWithEve

https://elarplearning.com/

https://solimaracademy.com/

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Executive Functioning Behavioral Intervention Strategies for Parents
October 24, 2023 - 63 min
Does your child struggle with meltdowns, starting tasks, keeping things organized, or remembering where they put something? Then this conversation has what you need to build strategies specific to the needs of your child that will get to the root of these issues and build personalized executive functioning skills to improve behavior and learning.   Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Karen Haggard M. Ed, Barton certified literacy consulting specialist and owner of Literacy Consulting Specialties. Karen shared with us about "Executive Functioning Behavioral Intervention Strategies for Parents"   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, visithttps://spedhomeschool.com/donate/   To connect with Karen and the resources she shared, use these links: Main Website Link for Literacy Consulting Specialties: http://www.literacyconsultingspecialties.com/ The Pathway to Success Executive Function Resources https://www.thepathway2success.com/executive-functioning-skills/ Boys Town Press Executive Function series…. https://www.boystownpress.org/storybook-series/executive-function-book-series/ Equipping Minds: https://equippingminds.com/ Other resources recommended by Karen: Smart But Scattered, by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare - https://a.co/d/eOyXqjZ Understood (online resource for learning and thinking differences)- https://www.understood.org/ Seth Perler (so many resources on Seth’s site) - https://sethperler.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.
Tips for Making Math Concepts Easier to Learn
October 17, 2023 - 59 min
Are you looking for ways to make teaching math easier on you and learning math easier for your student? Then this conversation is for you as we go beyond simple how-to methods to tips that address the underlying issues that make math difficult not only to teach but understand. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Dennis DiNoia M.A.Ed., founder of Mr. D Math and author, who holds an M.A. in Education from the University of South Florida and has been a Florida State Certified Secondary Mathematics Teacher since 1988. Dennis shared with us about "Tips for Making Math Concepts Easier to Learn" 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 Dennis and his resources, use these links: Website: https://mrdmath.com/ Book: Teach: Creating Independently Responsible Learners TEACH: Creating Independently Responsible Learners: DiNoia, Dennis: 9798440986244: Amazon.com: Books 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.
How to Put Your Child in Charge of Learning
October 10, 2023 - 70 min
Do you think you like your child to be more independent but you are unsure of how to get there? This conversation will walk you through 4 steps that are required for any student to develop learning independence with examples of how to tackle each one. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Leroy Smith, Founder & CEO of Realized Solutions. Leroy shared with us on how to "How to Put Your Child in Charge of Learning" 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 Leroy, visit: https://www.realizedcurriculumsolutions.com/ To access the PDF that covers the 4 main points discussed in this conversation, use this link to find it in Google Docs: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cz9X543q65PGBbmdfXj6FrM8YSFYwDml/view?usp=sharing To access the SMART Goals worksheet that Leroy shared, visit:https://drive.google.com/file/d/10vtjayE-4fjs4jV7jPgw70kbGKQ58riE/view?usp=sharing 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.
Optimize Experiential and Child-Directed Learning Opportunities
October 3, 2023 - 60 min
Are you looking for ways to stretch your family's learning boundaries, find new ways to challenge your children to think for themselves, or take advantage of the many freedoms that home education allows you to take in your teaching approach? Then this is the conversation for you! Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Rekha Magon, Co-Founder & Head of Student Experience at Boundless Life. Rekha shared with us on how to "Optimize Experiential and Child-Directed Learning Opportunities"   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, visithttps://spedhomeschool.com/donate/   To connect with Rekha Magon and her resources, visit: https://www.boundless.life/   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.
3 Things that Boost At-Home Learning
September 26, 2023 - 63 min
Simple and effective ways to change your home teaching strategies that will help your unique learner are what we talked about this week on broadcast. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations will be Sarah Collins, OT, and founder of Homeschool OT. Sarah will share with us about "3 Things that Boost At-Home Learning" 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 Sarah and her resources, visit: https://www.homeschoolot.com/parents 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 Best New Show for Children: Hearing Jesus for Kids
September 22, 2023 - 1 min
The LifeAudio Podcast Network is thrilled to announce that Hearing Jesus for Kids is now available on all podcasting apps!  Sometimes people think that the Bible is just for adults, but God actually wants kids to know about Him and encourages parents to raise faithful families. So, on Hearing Jesus for Kids, your children are going to be able to learn all about God’s big story and how he shows Himself to us through the Bible. Host & Children's Pastor Rachael Groll is excited to help your kids learn what the stories in the Bible mean so that they can learn how to live out their faith in everyday life! SUBSCRIBE TO HEARING JESUS FOR KIDS:  Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3sCuEXf   Spotify: https://sptfy.com/OSgW  SUBSCRIBE TO HEARING JESUS:  Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3PN8gDG  Spotify: https://sptfy.com/OYAR  Rachael Groll's Website: https://shehears.org 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.
Purpose-Driven Homeschool Instruction
September 19, 2023 - 63 min
Have your student's struggles taken over the trajectory of your at-home learning to where you are more frustrated than motivated in helping your child learn? Change is possible and much easier than you would think. In this episode, we talk about the one thing that is leading to most of your frustration and how you can homeschool effectively without its influence.  Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Lindsay Leiviska, MAT, SNAM, ADHD Homeschool mom, blogger and author. Lindsay shared with us about "Purpose-Driven Homeschool Instruction"  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 Lindsay and her resources, visit: https://www.aheartforallstudents.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.
Set Your Struggling Student Up for Learning Success
September 12, 2023 - 61 min
Are you wondering what you can do to help your struggling student learn better at home? In this episode we talked about things you can do to pre-plan for successful homeschooling lessons, how best to start off your homeschooling year, ways you can create memories and traditions while encouraging your student as a person and as a learner, how to set goals and work towards them, and how to focus on the things that you will be thankful you focused on as you continue homeschooling and progress each year in training up your child for whatever is next for them after their home education years. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Dawn Spence, homeschool mom, SPED Homeschool Teaching Manager, and retired special education professional. Dawn shared with on "Set Your Struggling Student Up for Learning 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 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/ And to read articles written on the SPED Homeschool website by Dawn Spence, use this link:https://spedhomeschool.com/?s=dawn+spence 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 Secret to Finding Calm in Homeschool Chaos
September 5, 2023 - 61 min
Does home educating your children seem to steal your joy and you aren't sure there is any way to homeschool without sacrificing calm and peace in your life? Well, help is here and you CAN find peace and calm. You just have to know where to look. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Kristen LaValley, R.N., homeschool mom, Health & Wellness Coach, and Owner of Revive and Thrive Coaching for Moms. Kristen shared with us "The Secret to Finding Calm in Homeschool Chaos" 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/ Here are links to Kristien's website:https://frugalhealthyhome.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.
Back to Homeschool Q&A with Peggy Ployhar
August 29, 2023 - 61 min
This week Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, retired homeschool mom of 19 years, your host at Empowering Homeschool Conversations, and expert home educating diverse learners answers community submitted questions on how to home educate a student with diverse learning needs. This episode covers the following topics: -How to encourage the love of learning in a child who doesn't want to learn -How to help disorganized children get more organized -Scheduling that works for both you and your child -Addressing priorities in the home and homeschool so your student is on the same page -Teaching time management -Preschool learning for students with special needs -Resources for teaching Executive Functioning -Homeschool IEPs and best practices -State homeschool laws -How to homeschool a high school student 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 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/ And subscribe to our podcast and YouTube channel so you are always getting new encouragement and resources to empower your homeschooling journey Podcast: https://www.lifeaudio.com/empowering-homeschool-conversations/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/spedhomeschoolJoin 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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