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May 9, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Boat-Schooling

Who else is ready for summer?! In this episode, we explore the exciting world of BOAT SCHOOLING! Mom of 2 Lyndy Atkinson shares about her family's experience living and schooling on the open sea, what they do when they dock in port, and some of their favorite adventures.

May 3, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Picture and Composer Study in a CM education

In doing research about a Charlotte Mason education (as well as following tons of people on IG) the topic of picture and composer study kept coming up, but I had no idea what that practically looked like. Thankfully, CM mom Kerri Cummings shed some light on what this looks like in her home as well as the importance and "why" behind the practice. Pull up a chair to our table and lets have a chat!

April 24, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Waldorf Deep Dive - Part 2

We are back with Part 2 of our Waldorf Deep Dive with Paula Curtrona! Make sure you check out Part 1 for lots of great information and resources.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Children's Book of Heroes

Waldorf 100 Film

April 18, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Waldorf Deep Dive - Part 1

Mom of two Paula Cutrona discusses her experience with multiple different tools and educational philosophies and how she has come to Waldorf. Paula shares so much great insight about Waldorf methodologies with older children as well as the developmental psychology behind the Waldorf principles we've broken it up into two episodes! Make sure you join us next week for Part 2!


Resources mentioned:

Waldorf Essentials

Waldorf Education: Celebrating 100 years

Christopherus Homeschool Resources

Stuff Waldorf Kids Say Parody Video

April 11, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Homeschooling and Bad Days

Every parent out there knows what its like to have a bad day, both personally and with your children. In this episode, we chat with Unschooling mom Audrey Albright about ways she combats challenging days and attitudes during their homeschooling. In an episode of solidarity one parent to another, this is an episode that will help you feel a little less alone in your daily struggles!

April 3, 2019  

Setting the Spark: 20 Questions With Your Hosts!

This was such a fun episode to record! We hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about us, your hosts (Lorien and Destiny) in a fun, impromptu round of 20 questions!

March 27, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Interview with Homeschooling Dad Jack Stewart

 Setting the Spark Husbands Joey and Adam were thrilled to chat with full time homeschooling British dad Jack Stewart. Jack shares his wisdom as a second generation homeschooler raising 3 kids in England  and what it is like to be a father and the full time home educating parent. Follow along with Jack's homeschool adventures on instagram @daddyhomeschools.

March 21, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Science, Math, and Technology according to Charlotte Mason

Homeschooling parents can often be intimated by teaching science and math as their children progress in their schooling. Medical Doctor and homeschooling mom of 3, Kim Mason, shares with us the Charlotte Mason approach to science and math and the practical ways she implements this in her family. Kim also gives insight into the use of technology into today's homeschool and some of the ways she utilizes different technologies to suit her family's Charlotte Mason lifestyle. There's lots of goodness and resources in the episode you don't want to miss!

Resources mentioned:

Salsa Spanish Videos

Tommy Smith's Animals

A Bunch of Wild Flowers for Children

Animal Life in Field and Garden

The Mystery of the Periodic Table

Seterra Geography App (full)

Sabbath Mood Homeschool

For the Children's Sake

March 14, 2019  

Setting the Spark: What About Socialization?

As homeschooling moms, we often get asked, "but what about socialization?!?". In this episode, you will hear from Lorien, Destiny, and Jen about how they answer that (sometimes dreaded) question, as well as their thoughts behind how our culture views socialization. We also discuss the various ways our homeschooled kids get social time and how we prioritize that. One of the most personal episodes yet as we share some of our own experiences with "socialization".

Find us on instagram at @setting.the.spark.podcast and don't forget to enter our IG challenge for a chance to win a monthly prize! Also check out our website at to learn more about your hosts and our panel of moms along with amazing resources and community connections.

Books mentioned:

The Lifegiving Home

The Lifegiving Table


Girls Club


March 8, 2019  

Setting the Spark: World Schooling 102

We couldn't get enough of the globe trotting adventures of world schoolers so we were so excited when another world schooling mom agreed to come on the show! Catherine Olson, mother to four children seven and under, adopts a schooling philosophy that combines unschooling with worldschooling. She and her husband, Gabriel, both struggled with the limiting confines that public education offers. After nearly failing to graduate high school, Catherine discovered the immense possibilities of autonomous learning and went on to earn three bachelor’s degrees in English, Philosophy and Psychology. She operates by Aristotle and Einstein’s philosophy that the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know; and the belief that there is no such thing as a complete education. She has encouraged learning in their family from a very young age, believing that children can’t be prevented from discovery and connecting logic and theory. Worldschooling for Catherine includes taking advantage of every opportunity and absorbing the world with a hands on approach through culture, food, experience, customs and our relationship to all those concepts. With a home base in Utah, their worldschooling journey has taken them through 5 continents, 4 oceans, over 20 countries, countless cities and a myriad of cultures. Follow along with their adventures all over the web at Diapers on a Plane.

Find us on instagram at @setting.the.spark.podcast and don't forget to enter our IG challenge for a chance to win a monthly prize! Also check out our website at to learn more about your hosts and our panel of moms along with amazing resources and community connections.