Episode 26: Homeschool Planning: Breathing Room and Simplicity

/ / Homeschool Advice, Homeschool Encouragement, Podcast
Homeschool Planning: Breathing Room and Simplicity Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show with photograph of woman and boy

Tune in to Episode 26 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, “Homeschool Planning: Breathing Room and Simplicity.” Heather Vogler from The Old Schoolhouse® interviews homeschool legend Cynthia Simunovich, Director of Branson Academy. Hear Cynthia’s wisdom from decades of homeschooling and supporting other families so they have the best homeschool experience possible.


Connect with God’s Word 

Cynthia encouraged listeners to see how throughout the creation account in Genesis 1, God saw that what He made was good. 

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on today’s topic, enjoy these articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

Spend a minute with your friends from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It’s brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter.

Connect with Branson Academy

In today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, Heather Vogler from The Old Schoolhouse® interviewed Cynthia Simunovich, Director of Branson Academy. Find help with administrative support, transcripts, homeschool coaching, and the Private School Satellite Program on the Branson Academy site. Cynthia also shares curated resources for the general public, pro tips on how to homeschool, schedules, and planners. 

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show “Choose material that meets the needs of a child’s strengths, but also to help build up the foundational areas they need as well.” —Cynthia Simunovich

Connect with HSLDA

Know your state’s homeschool laws. Visit HSLDA’s Homeschool Laws by State.  (Today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show was recorded in January of 2022. Please note that homeschooling laws in some areas may have changed since this episode was recorded.)

Connect with the TOS App

Summer reading is right in your hands with the TOS App from The Old Schoolhouse®. Soak up the latest issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Dig in to ideas for next school year from a decade of back issues with search and share features. Keep smiling with The Homeschool Minute—now available on the TOS App too. Content updated weekly. Discover why the TOS App is better than ever. Grab today at Google Play or the App Store. Sunny days ahead for your homeschool with 

Connect with the National Academic Homeschool Competition (NAHC)

The NAHC is back. Will your homeschooler compete in the second National Academic Homeschool Competition? Save the date—registration for the virtual competition opens August 1, 2023. NAHC T-shirts for the first 100 to register.

Connect with 

Did you know The Old Schoolhouse® offers Christian, self-paced, online homeschooling courses with customizable curriculum? Explore the possibilities for your homeschool with Plus, check out the resources for members of in the “Planning” tab: course information, scope and sequence, custom schedule builder, recordkeeping, free printable calendars, and more

Relax poolside this summer, knowing your 2023–24 curriculum has been secured. Sign up now during the Shark Event to rest assured that you may keep your annual rate at $269.97—every year. Availability of FREE totes is limited—adding a splash of fun to your summer. Get yours today when you become a member! 

Connect All Year Long

The mama of all homeschool planners is here. Capture your wildest ideas for 2023–2024 with the Schoolhouse SmartMama Planner brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®. Customizable for any size family, this planner is unique, and smart—like you.

Connect with Resource Guides 

How do you pick your homeschool products? We’ve collected more than a few items you will not want to pass by. Give this back-to-school resource guide a glance. It’s packed with products that might turn into your family favorites.

Here’s something new: a resource guide filled with recommended authors you may have not yet discovered. Homeschool moms, you’re going to love this guide. 

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

Take a visit to The Canadian Schoolhouse for homeschool resources especially for Canadians. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find: 

Homeschool Influencer Network

Connect with the Homeschool Influencer Network

Calling homeschool content creators and influencers. If you snap high-res shots and can write strong testimonials, apply for the NEW Homeschool Influencer Network from The Old Schoolhouse®. Reel makers needed too. We supply products; you supply creatives. Apply:

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next:  

  • 7/31/23: Episode 27—“Before You Begin: Getting and Staying Organized” hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 8/7/23: Episode 28—“When You Need Help: Where to Find Support” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 
  • 8/14/23: Episode 29—“Bible . . . More Than a School Subject” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse

Questions or comments on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast? We’d love to hear from you at

Recent Show Notes

Episode 63: Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation
How do you respond to questions about socialization? In Episode 63 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation,” Stephanie provides a deeper view into our children’s socialization. Explore aspects of behaviors and customs worth learning, intentional protection, and meaningful outings. It’s not just about getting our kids around other kids to play!
Episode 62: How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired
What happens in your homeschool when mom is sick and tired? Deborah Wuehler shares how she taught independence to her children, created checklists, and put together to-go bags to help her continue the homeschool routine during those times. Tune into Episode 62 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast—“How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired” for practical tips and encouragement from Deborah.
Episode 61: Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?
Listen in as several homeschool state leaders share about the value of homeschool conventions in their states. Should you go to an in-person convention this year? Is online encouragement enough? In Episode 61 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?” Heather chats with Paul and Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse®, Tauna Meyer of OCEANetwork, Anne Miller of HEAV, Kim Blom of Homeschool Iowa, and Rob Prigge of MACHE. These leaders are filled with a wealth of information that you need to hear!
Episode 60: What to Do with the Active, Wiggly Ones
How do we homeschool our active, wiggly ones successfully? In Episode 60 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“What to Do with the Active, Wiggly Ones,” Christine dives into three effective options. Listen now to find out what they are and how to implement them into your daily homeschool routine.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).