Friday Favorites: February Edition

In spite of my best intentions and no end of ideas for blogging, I somehow have not managed to blog all month! Can I blame it on the fact that I was babysitting full time until this past week, and then had a sick kiddo to care for? We will go with that… Anyway, I am happy to say that Little Miss and Little J are both taking a nap right now, the laundry is going, and the dishes are clean; so I truly have some time to do a bit of writing! I was thinking last night it would be fun to go with the Friday Favorites theme, and one of my favorite things to do, as I have shared in the past, is listening to podcasts!

The last time I listed podcasts I was enjoying, they were all knitting related. Right now, though, I pretty much only listen to podcasts that have to do with homeschooling, mothering, and self-education. So, without further ado, here are my current top ten (coincidentally, and in no particular order) favorite podcasts….

  
1. Read Aloud Revival with Sarah MacKenzie: if you love reading aloud to your children, or if you wish you did and need some inspiration, this is the podcast for you! Sarah’s bubbly personality is totally infectious, and she always has interesting guests on discussing some aspect of forming a “family culture around books.”

  
2. The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast with Pam Barnhill: This is just one of Pam’s great podcasts. She interviews homeschool moms and gives a “snapshot” of their style of home education, talking about everything from daily routines, special needs kids, and families both small and large. It is just an all around encouraging podcast for us homeschooling mommas!

 

3. Your Morning Basket is Pam’s second podcast, and it is another very encouraging, inspirational listen. In these episodes, Pam and her guests discuss how they use some form of “Morning Time” to bring their families together to share the riches during their homeschool days. She always features a fun, practical downloadable freebie for each episode, too. Who doesn’t love freebies!?

  
4. At Home with Sally, hosted by Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill: Whenever this podcast comes up with a new episode, I cannot wait to sit down with a cuppa and get ready to listen in on Sally and Kristen’s conversation. Anybody who is familiar with Sally’s ministry to moms will know that her heart is to inspire, encourage and challenge women to live fully into their roles as wives, mothers and homemakers in order to disciple those in their spheres of influence. Kristen’s own sweet spirit also comes through on each podcast, and together, their talks remind me what is really important at this stage of my life.

  
5. Schole Sisters with Brandy Vencel, Mystie Winkler and Pam Barnhill: This new podcast hosted mostly by Brandy, with Mystie and Pam cohosting various episodes. The discussion centers on different aspects of fostering “schole” in our lives and homeschools. The concept of schole, as I interpret it anyway, centers around a return to restful learning and an atmosphere that encourages deep thought, wonder, good discussions and focussing on what is truly important. I have enjoyed all their topics so far and look forward to hearing more in the future!

  
6. CiRCE Institute Podcast Network: Speaking of schole, this collection of podcasts from the CiRCE Institute is one way I am  trying to foster a bit of restful learning in my own life. Their are several sub-categories within the podcast network, and the two I listen to without fail are The Mason Jar, hosted by David Kern and Cindy Rollins, and A Perpetual Feast with Andrew Kern and Wes Callihan. On The Mason Jar, Cindy and David discuss classical education using the Charlotte Mason method, often answering listener questions or having a special guest on a specific topic. Cindy’s defence of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy as a classical approach was what really caught my attention to begin looking into CM as an option for our homeschool, something I hope to write about another time. A Perpetual Feast is a totally different sort of podcast, one that both challenges and feeds my intellect. In other words, listening to Kern and Callihan talk about Homer leaves me feeling both dumber and smarter all at the same time. I love it! (But I may be an odd duck, so don’t blame me if you listen and it does nothing for you!)

  
7. The Masterpiece Mom with Amanda Bacon and Anne-Renee Gumley: I just recently started listening to these ladies, but they had me at the first episode I heard! Two Christian wives and moms talking about real life, how to be more grace-filled in the midst of busy, chaotic days…it is definitely what I need right now!

  
8. The Simple Show with Tsh Oxenrider: This is another relatively new podcast for me, but one I have been enjoying so far. Tsh has such a variety or interesting guests discussing a wide range of topics, but every one has an inspiring story to tell, whatever their walk of life. 

  
9. A Delectable Education with Emily Kiser, Liz Cotrill and Nicole Williams: Another podcast I just recently added to my playlist, A Delectable Education is all about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. If you are new to CM and want to know more, this is a good podcast to get your feet wet!

  

10. What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel: New to me and new to the podcast world, What Should I Read Next? will likely be popular with the booklovers out there. I will admit that I am not an avid reader personally, not because I do not want to be, but more because I just have not formed the habit and do not have a wide library at my disposal. But I enjoy listening to people talking about books, and maybe some of their bookish habits will rub off on me in the meantime!

Listening for Inspiration

I don’t quite remember how I got started on this, but a few months back I found the wonderful world of knitting podcasts. Ah! What a veritable rabbit trail of fiber-y goodness and inspiration! I had no idea how many knitters were doing podcasts, of both the audio and video variety. I really enjoy listening to a podcast or two while I am doing housework each day. It makes doing things like dishes and laundry much less tedious. Video podcasts are usually easier for me to pay attention to if I am knitting or crocheting, especially when a certain small boy is sleeping or quietly playing somewhere.

If you haven’t ever listened to a knitting podcast before, you might be asking, what fun could you possibly having listening to somebody talk about their knitting? Well, it is a lot like reading a blog…they talk about lots of things, not just what is on their needles. Life, kids, nature, food, yarn, spinning, and other crafts as well… And a few of my very favorite podcasts are hosted by friends who laugh and talk together, making you feel like you are sitting there and knitting right along with them. Oh, and another perk of getting on the podcast bandwagon? Most of them host giveaways and Knit-Alongs on a regular basis! Those are always great fun to participate in? So, I thought it would be nice to share with you my current podcast lineup, in no particular order, in case you want to check some of them out, too.

Knitting Pipeline
The Knitmore Girls
The Dyer’s Notebook
In a sKnit
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin
Yarniacs
Curious Handmade
Fluffy Fibers
The Savvy Girls
A Playful Day
Commuter Knitter
Down Cellar Studios
Knitting Butterflies
Must Stash Podcast
Ewe University
The Lost Geek

(P.S.–Because I often listen to these while little ears are present, all of them are by necessity pretty clean and free of words I don’t want my child to hear. Still, there may at times be a slightly off color joke or mention of drinking. Just fair warning for those who may be sensitive about those things.)