Episode 27: Before You Begin: Getting and Staying Organized

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There’s no college degree to prepare you to be a homeschool mom. Are you getting what you need? Heather Vogler focuses on resources especially for parents in Episode 27 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Before You Begin: Getting and Staying Organized.” 


Connect with God’s Word 

Read Daniel 3 for the amazing account of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, as discussed in today’s episode.

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on today’s topic, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Today’s host, Heather Vogler, is a frequent contributor to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Enjoy some of her recent articles:

You can search the Digital Magazine Library from The Old Schoolhouse® for even more of Heather’s writing or any homeschool topic. 

You may also enjoy this Homeschool Live interview between today’s host, Heather Vogler, and Deborah Wuehler, senior editor of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show “A lot of us are afraid of what people might think . . . but we’re doing this to please God.” —Heather Vogler

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

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As mentioned in today’s episode, these resources are available for members:

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Connect at the “How to Start Homeschooling with The Old Schoolhouse®” Webinar

Is it time to pull your kids out of public school? Do you feel the tug to keep them home? Making the decision to homeschool is an important decision for your family, but you don’t have to do this alone. Join The Old Schoolhouse® family as we bring you the information and encouragement you need to take those first steps on your homeschooling journey. Get answers to your questions and more by joining us August 8–10, 2023, at 1–3 p.m. ET each day. RSVP here.

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Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

The Canadian Schoolhouse is brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse® and is designed especially for homeschoolers in Canada. It’s a rich site, full of resources. Here are articles for you to enjoy on today’s podcast topic: 

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 Resource Guides 

How do you pick your homeschool products? We’ve collected more than a few items you won’t 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 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:  

  • 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
  • 8/21/23: Episode 30—“Should Preschoolers be Homeschooled?” hosted by Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse

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