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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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.
Celebrate Growth in Your Homeschool, Not Perfection
August 22, 2023 - 62 min
Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Sonya Shafer. Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for over 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Sonya has a special place in her heart for homeschooling parents with special needs children. Her youngest daughter has autism and pervasive developmental delays. Now an adult, her daughter still enjoys their daily homeschool sessions. Sonya shared on how to "Celebrate Growth in Your Homeschool, not Perfection" 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 watch this interview on YouTube, visit: https://youtube.com/live/LmJTdMU7w_U Here are links to Sonya's resources: Website: https://simplycharlottemason.com/ Book, This Anguishing Blessed Journey https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/this-anguishing-blessed-journey/ Free audio download, Lessons from the Valley https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/lessons-from-the-valley/ 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.
BONUS Episode Online Spanish Classes with Elizabeth Kouma
August 17, 2023 - 19 min
Learn about the Online Spanish Classes with Elizabeth Kouma in this short bonus podcast of Empowering Homeschool Conversations. in this bonus podcast interview between Peggy Ployhar, host of Empowering Homeschool Conversation/SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, and Elizabeth Kouma, Owner of Online Spanish Classes with Elizabeth Kouma as they talk about the highlights of these live interactive Spanish classes for anyone ages 4 and up. Using the TPRS method, Spanish is used as a means to facilitate communication as students hear and use Spanish to tell stories. The class is a highly engaging, personalized, and effective way to learn Spanish. ​  The students build their vocabulary using highly-used words to craft stories. Outside of class, I encourage reading via a workbook and novels, both made for Spanish learners with a limited number of unique words. High frequency vocabulary is enriched with Spanish songs.   You'll have the convenience of a Spanish teacher in your own home when it works for you at a great rate.  Learn more about pricing, goals, homework, and more by clicking on one of these links: Group Classes: https://www.elizabethonlinespanish.com/group-classes-and-prices Individual Classes: https://www.elizabethonlinespanish.com/individual-classes-and-prices   Learn more: 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.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.
All In Homeschooling—Persevering to Finish Well
August 15, 2023 - 61 min
Homeschooling a struggling learner is hard, and it takes a lot of perseverance to stay the course, especially through the hard days when you feel like throwing in the towel. If you need some wisdom and practical advice on how to keep homeschooling so you can finish well, then this episode is for you. Annie Yorty joined us on Empowering Homeschool Conversations this week as our special guest. She's a wife, mother, special needs homeschooler, writer, and speaker. Annie shared with us about "All In Homeschooling—Persevering to Finish Well" 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 Annie's resources: From Ignorance to Bliss: God’s Heart Revealed through Down Syndrome: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1649498365/ref Ordinary Moms of Extraordinary Kids podcast: https://rss.com/podcasts/ordinarymoms/ (weekly Bible encouragement for moms of special needs kids) Website: https://annieyorty.com (there’s a free daily journal page and a list of Bible-based prayers for anyone dealing with chronic illness for anyone who signs up there) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieYorty2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annieyorty/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnieYorty Crosswalk: https://www.crosswalk.com/author/annie-yorty/ 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 One Homeschool Mom Transformed Education by Defying the Traditional Education Model
August 8, 2023 - 63 min
Home educating during difficult life circumstances can feel lonely and impossible to navigate. We understand these challenges at SPED Homeschool, that's why we focus one month of our broadcast each year for sharing homeschool veteran stories of hope and encouragement. This week's broadcast features a veteran homeschooler, Kerry Beck and her story on how she transformed education by defying the traditional education model. Our special guest this week on Empowering Homeschool Conversations was Kerry Beck, homeschool veteran, encourager, podcaster, and parent training events host. Kerry shared with us about how she "Transformed Education by Defying the Traditional Education Model" 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 Kerry's resources, use these links: Website: https://howtohomeschoolmychild.com/ Homeschool Super Heroes Event FREE Ticket: https://spedhomeschool--kerrybeck.thrivecart.com/hshw23-basic/ Family Business Resources by Kerry:https://familyebiz.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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