Finishing the School Year Well (Podcast 314)

May 16th, 2022

It’s that time of year when the homeschool finish line is in sight! This can bring a multitude of emotions including panic because it may look as though we can’t finish all we set out to do.

Today my friend Sara (a veteran homeschooling mom) and I are going to talk about simple ways to finish the school year well!

The Unhurried Homeschooler

Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart

The Four Hour School Day

Homeschooling Today

(P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)

 

 

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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - Sibling Relationships (Podcast 313)

May 13th, 2022

(Don’t miss the “postscript” after the prayer at the end!)

This is another episode of Simple, Unhurried Word of God. These episodes were created to give you some time to close your eyes and meditate on God’s word. I encourage you to invite your children into this practice as we disciple them in the ways of the Lord. 

 

I try to keep things very simple and unhurried throughout these podcasts so that even young children can understand much of what is shared. In fact, I will be directing this podcast toward the children, but I think it’s important for you to listen in as well because there’s some great wisdom from God’s word that can be so helpful in nurturing sibling relationships between your kids.

The Unhurried Homeschooler

 

Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart

 

The Four Hour School Day

The Simply Unhurried Community

 

Scriptures shared:

1 Thes. 5:12-17

Ephesians 4:25-32

John 15:12

Matthew 7:12

Romans 12:10

Romans 15:1-2

1 Peter 3:8-12

Philippians 2:4

Romans 12:18

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13

(P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)

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Our Family’s Simple Routine (Podcast 312)

May 9th, 2022

As I’ve encouraged you all to simplify and slow down in your family life and homeschooling, many of you have asked what our family’s routine actually looked like.

I have shared this routine off and on in other episodes, but never made it the main topic, so I thought I would do that today.

This routine is also listed on page 54 of The Unhurried Homeschooler, but I'm sharing a couple of extra things today that are not listed in that Sample Schedule.

We used this basic routine throughout our years as a family. Of course, the high schoolers typically had to do an hour or two more of school work after lunch, but they could do it during the "quiet time" that was a normal part of our after-lunch routine.

Resources mentioned:

The Unhurried Homeschooler

Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart

The Four Hour School Day

Homeschooling Today

The Simply Unhurried Community

Managers of Their Homes

(P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)

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Simple, Unhurried Word of God - God; The Good Shepherd

May 6th, 2022

This is another episode in my series that focuses on meditating on God's word! You are invited to take a pause, close your eyes and listen as I read scripture slowly. I would encourage you to use this with your children as well!

Today's focus is God, the Good Shepherd.

There are many scripture passages that talk about God being our shepherd and we being the sheep of his flock and there is much to learn from this example. So listen in as I explain the beauty of this metaphor and then read several passages that will bring life and comfort to your soul!

Resources mentioned:

The Unhurried Homeschooler

Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart

The Four Hour School Day

The Simply Unhurried Community

Scriptures in the podcast (you can use some of these for copy or memorization work as well!)

Psalm 1:2,3

Psalm 23

John 10:1-18

1 Peter 2:25

Psalm 100:3

Micah 5;4

John 10:27

Isaiah 40:11

Ezekiel 34:11-16

John 21:15-17

P.S. Don't forget to check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!

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Let’s Talk a Little Bit More About Writing (Podcast 310)

May 2nd, 2022

After last week’s podcast on writing, I of course thought of a couple more simple ideas I wanted to share along with some resources! 

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

The Simply Unhurried Community

Homeschooling Today

homeschooliowa.org

Brave Writer

Books:

The Unhurried Homeschooler

Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart

The Four Hour School Day

Previous related podcast: Overcoming Writing Struggles Podcast

 

P.S. Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!

 

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Stewarding Our Time and Energy (Podcast 309)

April 29th, 2022

Time is a gift from God and how we spend our time matters. It matters to God and since it matters to Him, it should matter to us.

There are countless podcasts, books, and media on how to manage our time, but does God have any direction for us in this area?

Today I'm digging into some passages of scripture that have brought so much clarity and peace to my heart. My prayer is that you are encouraged as well!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Unhurried Homeschooler

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart

The Four Hour School Day

Scriptures mentioned in this episode:

Matthew 6:24

Job 36:18

Psalm 39:4-7

Psalm 62:10

Proverbs 3:9, 10:2, 13:11, 21:20, 29:3

Ecc. 4:4, 5:3, 5:7

Eph. 2:10

1 Timothy 6:6, 6:9,10, 6:11,12

James 5:3

P.S. Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk About Writing (Podcast 308)

April 25th, 2022

Most homeschooling parents find writing to be one of the more challenging subjects to teach their children.

In our over 26 years of homeschooling, our go-to approach for writing was very simple and straightforward. 

I always encourage moms to listen to their God-given instincts, but I’m also hoping our story will encourage and inspire you somehow!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Unhurried Homeschooler 

Homeschooling Today

Learning Language Arts Through Literature

P.S. Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!

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Soul Weariness (Podcast 307)

April 22nd, 2022

Today I’m talking about “soul weariness”. It’s a term I recently heard being used to describe something I couldn’t describe before, but have felt to the very core of my being. 

Maybe you can relate.

We all have things that can cause “soul weariness”…circumstances, relationships, etc,  but today I want to talk about a remedy for this. 

It’s not a quick fix, but it is powerful.

Be sure to listen to this song at the end of this episode!

https://youtu.be/P1qgyLTH6Xg

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Unhurried Homeschooler

The Four Hour School Day

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry ( I'm listing book this because I said I would. Although the author's work on hurry can be helpful, I would not recommend this author as a solid biblical teacher who rightly handles the word of God)

Simply Unhurried(Community) with Durenda Wilson 

A way of homeschooling. A way of life.

A sneak peek into more about what this community will have to offer.

https://youtu.be/UEbHr2iH-cs

(Projected launch date: May 1)

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Discipling Our Children Using Traditional Methods (Podcast 306)

April 18th, 2022

Newer isn’t always better. I’ve come to appreciate a more traditional approach to worship for many reasons, but I also love using some of the more traditional methods to disciple my kids that lend themselves to the simple, unhurried lifestyle.

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

The Unhurried Homeschooler

The Four Hour School Day

Huggy Hymns

Catechism for Young Children

http://sovgraceto.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Catechism-for-Young-Children.pdf

Children’s Scripture Catechism

https://shearerpca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Childrens-Scripture-Catechism.pdf

A short history of the catechisms and the New City catechism app

https://servantsofgrace.org/short-history-catechisms-review-new-city-catechism/

Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan

One of our elders shares our reasoning behind the way we choose to worship at our little church in the barn:

“One of the reasons that we do music the way that we do at Christ Church (stripped down and understated) is because we want to ditch the spectator mentality that encourages everyone to listen to what is coming through the speakers without contributing to it. 

We want our voices and the voices of our children to fill the barn as an outpouring of praise that our God both richly deserves and requires. We can’t do that if we don’t know the songs! So one of our members created a playlist on Spotify that includes the songs we usually sing. Put it on in the car, play it while you’re fixing dinner, let your kids dance to it, and make up moves to match the words (mine do this constantly!)- get those melody lines and lyrics in the heads and hearts of your family so that when we come together on Sundays WE are singing to Lord, not listening to someone else do it.”

Our church playlist (including many traditional hymns): 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0XPJcXLF0yndvISYL8FhP6?si=2gOIWFCuRP6O2WRh5w3DBA

Related podcast episodes

The Importance of Discipleship https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/d4c4c2ed/the-importance-of-discipleship-with-karen-debeus-podcast-80

Bible and Apologetics: Where Do We Start?

https://www.durendawilson.com/podcast/episode/be116b53/bible-and-apologetics-where-do-we-start-podcast-226

(Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)

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Simple Ways to Sweeten Your Marriage (Podcast 305)

April 14th, 2022

When in the thick of homeschooling and raising kids, it can be easy to forget to keep investing well into our marriages, but one of the best gifts we can give our kids is a strong, healthy marriage!

Today I'm sharing 6 simple ways to sweeten your marriage. It's not rocket science and you are probably doing some or all of these already, even after 32 years of marriage, I know I need reminders!

I hope you enjoy this simple, short podcast and that you find some inspiration and encouragement to keep investing!

Homeschooling Today Magazine

The Four Hour School Day

The Unhurried Homeschooler

(Please check out my latest book, The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life on Amazon, durendawilson.com, or your favorite bookseller!)

 

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