I‘m something of an audio lecture junkie. I prefer to listen while nursing babies to sleep or tackling housework (especially those big arduous jobs that I’d otherwise dread getting to). Cleaning out the closet almost feels like a break if I’m listening to one of my favorite speakers. I’ve curated a list of podcasts for homeschoolers here on this page.
I’ve heard all of these more than once- a good lecture begs to be revisited, and I always pick up something new the second (or third!) time around. If you are striving to cultivate wisdom and virtue in your home, you will likely find something here to like as well.
All of these lectures are free (or at least they are right now) unless otherwise noted. Web URLs change often, so if any of the links break, please let me know so I can try to fix them. I’ll keep this post updated as I find new audio gems, so please send recommendations my way. Also, check out my own podcast- the Read-Aloud Revival. :)
Notice there is a button on my blog sidebar so that you can get here quickly and easily. Happy listening!
Pudewa is one of the most engaging and entertaining speakers I have ever heard. I like all of his talks, but these are a few of my favorites.
- Nurturing Competent Communicators
- A Conversation with Sarah Mackenzie- Reading Aloud & Teaching from Rest
- Reading Aloud to Older Students – Read Aloud Revival
- Teaching Boys and Other Kids Who Would Rather Be Building Forts All Day
- Mastery Learning & Ability Development
- What Are We Really Doing Here?
- The Four Language Arts ($)
- Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination ($)
Both practical and inspiring, Dr. Perrin manages to take the poetic beauty of classical education and marry it to the practical day-to-day. I had a hard time narrowing down his lectures to just these!
- Scholé: Changing the Way We Think About School– Teaching from Rest audio companion ($)
- On Finishing the Year Strong
- On Leisure in Education (a YouTube video, but I just open it up on my iPod Touch and listen without watching)
- Eight Essential Principles of Classical Pedagogy
- The Lighter Side of Education: How to Relax, Enjoy, Laugh, and Still Be a Parent-Educator
- The Seventh Day and its Implications in Our Teaching
- Recovering the Intellectual Virtues
- Festina Lente: Make Haste Slowly (YouTube)
- Multum Non Multa (again, YouTube)
- Education and Memory: Repetitio Mater Memorariae (ditto)
If you are new to classical education, I wouldn’t recommend starting here. Start with Pudewa and Perrin and then come back to Kern after your brain has had a bit of a warm-up. :) Do come back, though! Kern challenges the listener in ways that other speakers simply don’t- he’s one of my very favorites.
- Assessment that Blesses (Kern really shines in this one)
- Teach from a State of What?! – Teaching from Rest audio companion- $
- Teaching Literature Without Killing the Student or the Book
- Mimetic Teaching and the Cultivation of Virtue
- Teaching from a State of Rest video series (my advice: start with video 3, click your cursor on 28:01 and watch the last 10 minutes of that one first. Then, when you are slack-jawed at the utter fabulousness and inspiration there, begin at the beginning and watch the other parts: one, two, three, four)
If you only listen to one person from my list, listen to Jenny. Her insight will revolutionize the way you think about how you teach what you teach.
- The Liturgical Classroom and Virtue Formation (whatever you do, watch this!)
- Why (and How) Memory Cultivates Virtue
Easy to listen to and incredibly relatable. I love chatting with and listening to Brandy from the Afterthoughts blog.
- Memorization and the Soul ($)
- Bad Days and Weeks: Troubleshooting Difficulties in the Home Schoolroom ($)
- Let’s Get Real- Mothering from Rest – Teaching from Rest Audio Companion ($)
Storyteller extraordinaire, Jim is a big supporter of the homeschooling movement. He’s both helpful and inspiring when he speaks.
One of my favorite homeschooling mentors, Cindy has raised and homeschooled 9 children (8 boys!). She’s a mom who knows.
- The Long Haul: On Morning Time
- If I Knew Then What I Know Now – Teaching from Rest Audio Companion ($)
Whenever I’m tempted to quit homeschooling altogether, I listen to this twelve minute homily. It gives me a boost to keep going.
I loved this lecture! Dr. Meeker has a lot of wisdom to share.
Fr. John Riccardo
Susan Wise Bauer
I find SWB’s lectures to be more inspiring than her written work. If The Well-Trained Mind overwhelms or discourages you, join the club. ;) Then listen to one of SWB’s lectures and realize that she isn’t as rigid as she may seem in print.
- The Well-Trained Mind, an interview with Tsh Oxenreider
- Homeschooling the Real Child ($)
- What is Classical Education?
- The Joy of Classical Education ($)
- Teaching Students to Work Independently ($)
- On Cultivating a Well-Trained Mind, Read-Aloud Revival
- It’s Mostly About Parenting, Homeschool Snapshots with Pam Barnhill
- Engaging Conversations- How to Talk to Your Kids About Books, Read-Aloud Revival
Kendra homeschooled her batch of kids– and is still at it!
A go-to gal for great booklists and relatable advice, I had loads of fun chatting with Heidi for this discussion about her kids’ book club.
- The Art of Choosing Books and Starting a Book Club
- Raising a Reading Family, Homeschool Snapshots with Pam Barnhill
Editor of Simple Homeschool and author of several ebooks for homeschooling moms, Jamie is one of the most inspiring voices online.
Want to dive in to Shakespeare? Yeah, me too. Nobody is better suited to help us do that than Ken Ludwig!
- Read-Aloud Revival– build your family culture around books
- Homeschool Snapshots– peek into the life of the homeschooler next door
- Your Morning Basket– truth, goodness, and beauty for your homeschool day
- Homeschool Solutions Show- the best homeschooling advice from around the web right into your earbuds
- Schole Sisters– Camaraderie for the Classical Homeschooling Mama
- The Arts of Language– IEW’s brand new podcast
- The Mason Jar– A Charlotte Mason podcast hosted by the one and only Cindy Rollins
- A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief– 13 excellent episodes from Julie Bogart of Brave Writer
- Quiddity– from the CiRCE Institute
- Grace Talks– with Edie Wadsworth from Life in Grace
- Catholic Answers– this podcast is responsible for most of my Catholic faith formation
- Father John Riccardo– short and powerful homilies
- Homeschooling IRL– what homeschooling really looks like, Kendra Fletcher’s podcast