I’ve just spent the last eight weeks getting to know the team at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. If you haven’t met them yet, I encourage you to check them out. I didn’t catch every broadcast I hoped to, but that’s one of the great parts—all broadcasts are archived so you can enjoy them whenever you have a chance, even if it means breaking a one-hour presentation into four fifteen-minute segments.
One of the things I love about the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is the variety of programs and live show times. Whether you are new to homeschooling, have a question about co-ops, need help understanding your taxes—or your children—you can find help and encouragement available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
I was especially blessed by Homeschooling In Real Life with Andy and Kendra Fletcher and Making Biblical Family Life Practical with Hal and Melanie Young. Both couples tackled tough issues facing families with honesty, humor, and insight. Andy and Kendra had me laughing out loud as they recounted stories of parenting boys. They touched me with their insight regarding raising daughters to hope in God, not in their plan for what they think their future will look like.
I listened to an especially eye-opening episode of Making Biblical Family Life Practical titled Electronics and Temptation. The dangers facing children today, and the reality of the evil that seeks to prey on them, is sobering. Melanie Young compared the technology children are faced with to the printing press when she said, “It’s like the printing press. The printing press can be used to print Bibles or it can be used to print pornography.”
Both Hal and Melanie agree that teens need to have experience with Internet devices, but that experience needs to be wisely monitored. They compared it to a big city—full of churches, museums, art galleries, and wonderful things. But it is also a place that holds danger and those who will prey on anyone they can. You wouldn’t drop a loved one off in a dangerous neighborhood and expect them to keep themselves safe if they had never been taught how to do that. That is what they want parents to understand—what the dangers are and how to train their children to take care of themselves when they reach adulthood.
I also enjoyed listening to an episode of Homeschooling Co-Op Style hosted by Pat Wesolowski. Pat interviewed the “psycho with 6,” psychologist Dr. Melanie Wilson (who also hosts a show on the network called The Homeschool Sanity Show). They shared their thoughts about the benefits of joining a co-op, explored the different types, and discussed how to avoid or handle some of the common problems that happen in the co-op setting. They made it clear that co-ops are as unique as the families who are a part of them.
Plus I had the chance to enjoy listening to shows on Scripture, the Constitution, and other great topics. I even hung out at a Facebook party and enjoyed a live Mommy Jammies Night with new host LaToya Edwards.
The only thing I think that would make the site even better is a clearer method of communicating how to find all of the great content. I got lost navigating between some of the pages and had a hard time understanding what page I needed to be on and what option to select to hear the podcast live or select to hear the replay. Some of that may have been my fault—I’m very new to the idea of podcasts. But I think it would have helped me to find a page that had a new listener tour of the site explaining where to start, how to find what shows would air live, what shows were available in the archives, and how to view the archives. I also think large buttons that indicated, “Listen Live Here,” or “Replay Here,” or “Find the Archive Here” would help. Sometimes I missed items because I wasn’t sure where I should click when.
I encourage you to check them out. I had a wonderful time listening to the shows and am looking forward to ones that are coming up. You can find the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network on their website as well as on Facebook. You can also find their Vintage Homeschool Moms series on Spreaker. If you haven’t already liked their page on Facebook, please take a moment to do so now and download some encouraging fans-only freebies from Maggie Hogan and Melanie Young all about husbands.
Listen. Enjoy. And prepare to be encouraged!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Homeschool With Proverbs in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.