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Episode 061. Interest Led Learning, Homeschooling an Only Child, Gameschooling & More with Jessica Waldock

Episode 061

Have you ever heard of gameschooling? Strewing? Relaxed homeschooling? If so, you’ll know how magical these elements of home education can be. If not, you’re in for a treat! Jessica Waldock is here with us today to offer us tips and insight on all the things.

Whether the homeschooling an only caught your eye or it was the interest led learning or the word gameschooling, this episode is for you! It’s not just for parents of only children…you’ll see that very quickly.

Jessica is an incredible resource! Her website is fun, informative, and interesting. Her approach to home education is inspired. But she doesn’t just stop at creating an incredible education for her daughter, but then takes the time to put it all together for us

Jessica’s Bio: Jessica Waldock is a writer, photographer, and homeschool mom of one living in sunny Florida. She founded The Waldock Way as a way to give back to the homeschool community that she loves so much. At The Waldock Way Jessica shares tips, tricks, inspiration, and unique resources that help ignite a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime. She inspires families to engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle where relationships come first and interested led learning prevails. Jessica also has a fabulous collection of unit studies on her website and shares generously on her YouTube channel.

In this episode, Jessica and I talk about:

  • When we homeschool and start new grades and why September 1st
  • Curriculum Jessica offers (such cool stuff!)
  • Gameschooling
  • Relaxed homeschool—what that means and how we can get there
  • (and how long it honestly takes to get more relaxed in our homeschools)
  • Interest led learning
  • How her daughter’s interest led her to create curricula
  • The art of strewing
  • Our goals of relationship over academics and connection over curriculum
  • Long term relationship goals
  • Homeschooling an only child…differences, similarities, tips, stigmas, etc.
  • Socialization (yes, again…hahaha)
  • Common concerns of others when it comes to only children…
  • Only child parent perspective
  • Tips for parents homeschooling an only
  • Honoring the individual and each person’s needs in a family (no matter the size!)
  • Podcasts for kids
  • Car schooling, Game schooling, Bath schooling, Night schooling…unique ways to get school done
  • Poor sportsmanship during gameschooling
  • Creating her own homeschool curriculum
  • And all the amazing resources Jessica generously puts together for us!

Interest Mentions from this episode:

  • Games: Outfoxed, Dragonwood, Quirkel, Hand & Foot, Phase 10, Euchre, Canasta, Five Crowns (for kids and adults), and Set
  • Life of Fred Math
  • Facebook group: Morning Baskets and More
  • Kid Podcast: Brains On, What If World, But Why?, Big Life Kids
  • Jessica’s Podcasts for Learning

Jessica Waldock links: Website, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

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