Life as a Lifeschooler

Danielle Papageorgiou

On the Life as a Lifeschooler podcast, Danielle Papageorgiou will seek to explore this definition in all its aspects, and to bring exposure to the educational value of the simple things we do every day with our children. In this podcast, she will interview other lifeschoolers, as well as popular homeschool leaders to discuss the idea of lifeschooling and what it looks like in various family situations. Some of her favorite guests are the “homeschool pioneers” who educated their children quite differently than according to the traditional model…wisdom that has been largely forgotten in today’s homeschool culture.

Danielle has been homeschooling, or “lifeschooling,” for 14 years and started the biennial Lifeschooling Conference in 2016. She has a passion for helping other homeschoolers learn how to homeschool in a way that does not compete with family life, but actually enhances it and draws out each child’s unique gifts.

All Episodes

Enjoy one of my favorite interviews on this rerun of “Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling – Dr. Jill Butryn.” How much self-sacrifice would you be willing to practice? Would you give up a six-figure career in medicine to be “just a mom”? My friend Dr. Jill Butryn did just that. She went from a practicing MD to […] The post Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling – Dr. Jill Butryn appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 2019

1 hr 5 min

I often say that lifeschooling is about freedom. But how do you achieve that freedom in homeschooling? Here are five tips that will help you find freedom to homeschool in a way that fits with everyday life and brings peace. These tips will help you find the heart of lifeschooling and what that can look […] The post 5 Lifeschooling Tips to Freedom in Your Homeschool! appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2019

31 min 16 sec

On this episode of Life as a Lifeschooler, Danielle wraps up her interview with David Cook, a former MK who was homeschooled and now works in the Christian film industry. David grew up on the mission field in Spain. A homeschool graduate, in 2001 he started working in media, both radio and television in Spain. […] The post Missions, Movies, and Lifeschooling (Part 2) – David Cook appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2019

29 min 19 sec

It’s easy to slip into the thinking that if we just homeschool, all will turn out fine. Our children will grow up to love God; they will be well-educated and spiritually mature, always following the Lord and living godly lives. Wrong. A quick search of the internet will prove this is simply not the case. […] The post How to Raise Children Who Love God appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2019

38 min 35 sec

I always love sitting down and having a good chat with my son, Konur. I feel blessed that we connect so easily on so many topics and this boy is wise beyond his years! On this episode, I wanted to talk with him about his lifeschooling journey in general, and then specifically talk about what […] The post Lifeschooling and Books – Konur Papageorgiou appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2019

52 min 10 sec

Have you ever wondered why we don’t take the Bible more seriously when it comes to the topic of blessing our children and what it might look like on a practical level? What a fun talk I had about this topic with Pat Fenner, author of Blessing the Next Generation, on this week’s episode!  Pat […] The post Blessing the Next Generation – Pat Fenner appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2019

38 min 35 sec

For this episode, I enjoyed talking with Julie Polanco about lifeschooling and how beautifully it has fit with her unique family situation of dealing not only with multiple food allergies, but also special needs! Julie Polanco loves Jesus and leads worship for the women’s ministry at her local church. But, her job is a 16+-year […] The post Special Needs and Lifeschooling – Julie Polanco appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2019

46 min 15 sec

We hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day:  For this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Durenda Wilson, author of The Unhurried Homeschooler, a mercifully short book on homeschooling, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. I just love Durenda’s heart for unhurried […] The post Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Unhurried Homeschooling with Durenda Wilson appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2019

59 min 44 sec

We hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day: What makes homeschool co-ops good? And what makes them bad or downright ugly? Are there certain things that we should look for when we try to find a co-op? On this episode, veteran homeschooler Christi Deason […] The post Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Co-ops: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2019

51 min 26 sec

We hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day:  On this episode, I talk to one of my new favorite pioneer homeschoolers, Karen Campbell, about relationship homeschooling! Interestingly, I went to college with Karen’s daughter, Mollie, but didn’t know her very well and had no […] The post Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling with Karen Campbell appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2019

1 hr 6 min

We hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day:  What a joy to chat again with my friend, Ana Willis! Ana calls herself an “unhurried homeschooler,” giving a nod to one of her (and my) homeschool mentors, Durenda Wislon. (Both Durenda and Ana will be […] The post Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Unhurried Homeschooling with Ana Willis appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2019

51 min 56 sec

On this episode, I talk with Jamie Erickson about her book, Homeschool Bravely, and how moms can learn to overcome their fear in homeschooling, trusting that God will complete a good work in their children. Jamie Erickson taught elementary school before becoming a mother. When her first child turned five she made the decision to […] The post Homeschool Bravely – Jamie Erickson appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2019

45 min 17 sec

What a joy to chat again with my friend, Ana Willis! Ana calls herself an “unhurried homeschooler,” giving a nod to one of her (and my) homeschool mentors, Durenda Wislon. (Both Durenda and Ana will be speaking at this year’s Lifeschooling Conference!) Ana is the unhurried homeschool mom of 3, wife, health coach, social media […] The post Unhurried Homeschooling – Ana Willis appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2019

51 min 56 sec

Do you follow a segmented schedule, complete with time slots, or more of a routine in your homeschool? Or perhaps you relate to Christi’s description of a “rhythm”! On this episode, Christi Deason joins us once again, this time to discuss scheduling. While scheduling is definitely not natural for either of us, Christi talks about […] The post Schedule or Routine? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2019

1 hr 5 min

On this episode, I talk to one of my new favorite pioneer homeschoolers, Karen Campbell, about relationship homeschooling! Interestingly, I went to college with Karen’s daughter, Mollie, but didn’t know her very well and had no idea she had even been homeschooled. After connecting with Mollie on Instagram recently, I saw a few of her […] The post The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling – Karen Campbell appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2019

1 hr 6 min

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.   Christi Deason joins the show again, this time to chat about the importance of prioritizing relationships in the homeschool. We talk about the two priority […] The post Prioritizing Relationships in Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2019

44 min 37 sec

What makes homeschool co-ops good? And what makes them bad or downright ugly? Are there certain things that we should look for when we try to find a co-op? On this episode, veteran homeschooler Christi Deason and I tackle the issue of homeschool co-ops and try to answer these questions. When Christi was homeschooling her children, […] The post Co-ops: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2019

51 min 26 sec

On the last episode, Favorite Homeschooling Books – Philosophy, we look a look at some of my favorite homeschooling books related to educational philosophy. If you missed it, be sure to go back and have a listen! It is important to form our own beliefs about education and develop/refine a philosophy. Now I want to […] The post Favorite Homeschooling Books – How Tos appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 2019

30 min 28 sec

There’s just something about winter that lends itself to reading. It’s that time of year for comfort food, a favorite hot drink, and curling up by a fire with a good book. There are even cultural traditions centered around reading during the winter months. In Iceland, they celebrate something called Jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood.” […] The post Favorite Homeschooling Books – Philosophy appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 2019

36 min 37 sec

(There is a bit of an echo in this recording. Apologies!) In part 2 of my interview with Lorina Harris, we focus more on what their own homeschool looks like. We start with a discussion of the importance of art with regard to academics. Studies have shown that involvement in the arts actually boosts test […] The post Lifeschooling and The Arts (Part 2) – Lorina Harris appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 2018

25 min 29 sec

Episode 23 Lorina Harris is married to her husband, Cornelis, and they have two children that they have homeschooled for 18 years. Originally from Queens New York, Lorina has had the pleasure of being raised seeing great art in the museums and galleries, of NYC. Lorina started and completed her baseline year at the University […] The post Lifeschooling and The Arts (Part 1) – Lorina Harris appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 2018

25 min 30 sec

On this episode of Life as a Lifeschooler, Danielle talks to David Cook, a former MK who was homeschooled and now works on many of the Christian film sets. David grew up on the mission field in Spain. A homeschool graduate, in 2001 he started working in media, both radio and television in Spain. In […] The post Missions, Movies, and Lifeschooling (Part 1) – David Cook appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2018

23 min 12 sec

One of the most inspiring and impactful ways to help educate our children is through mentorship. On this episode of Life as a Lifeschooler, I had the opportunity to talk with Craig and Deana Thompson, who have helped each of their children through an intense and amazing mentorship program that Craig designed for them. Craig and […] The post Mentorship and Lifeschooling – Craig and Deana Thompson appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2018

54 min 16 sec

Garritt and Yvette Hampton talk about their unconventional lifestyle homeschooling on the road while filming a documentary called Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution. How do they homeschool in a tiny travel trailer while traveling all over the country? Find out in this episode of “Life as a Lifeschooler.” Garritt and Yvette Hampton, along with their two […] The post Schoolhouse Rocked! Lifeschooling on the Road with the Hamptons appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2018

44 min 9 sec

Today we are talking to Michelle Miller Howard, author of TruthQuest History. For over 20 years, Michelle has been a librarian, home-education consultant, author, columnist, and speaker, specializing in top-quality living books, educational vision, and history instruction.  It began in 1985, when she pioneered, funded, and acquired a library of such rare children’s literature, which […] The post Living Books and Lifeschooling – Michelle Miller Howard appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2018

1 hr 5 min

Recently I had the lovely opportunity to combine our kids’ movie planning meeting along with a podcast recording session with my dear friend and cancer survivor, Barbara McCoskey! What fun lifeschooling as we all worked together on our projects (and the little kids played in the pool as we watched from the window)! Barbara and […] The post Cancer and Lifeschooling – Barbara McCoskey appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

45 min 7 sec

At the recent International Christian Film Festival in Orlando, FL, I sat down with actor and model Sam Sorbo, whose book on homeschooling, They’re YOUR Kids: An inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate, has had a positive influence in encouraging moms that not only can they homeschool, but that it is, in fact, the best option when […] The post The Best Option: Homeschooling – Sam Sorbo appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

59 min 41 sec

Israel Wayne, regular conference speaker and author of numerous books, joins me on the show to discuss lifeschooling and the homeschooling movement in general. Having been involved in the movement since its inception, Israel has a unique perspective that is always enlightening. His personal stories will be an encouragement to other parents, as even veterans […] The post The Homeschooling Movement and Lifeschooling – Israel Wayne appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

57 min 53 sec

Have you ever felt sick and miserable, but still had to push through a homeschool day? What about every single day? Tricia Soderstrom (AboundingInHopeWithLyme.com) shared with me how she and her children survived homeschooling for many years with chronic illness (Lyme disease). Once again, we talk about the faith element in homeschooling and how when […] The post Chronic Illness and Homeschooling – Tricia Soderstrom appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

47 min 16 sec

For this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Durenda Wilson, author of The Unhurried Homeschooler, a mercifully short book on homeschooling, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. I just love Durenda’s heart for unhurried homeschooling and her passion for helping moms learn to trust fully in the Lord with their children’s education. I know […] The post Unhurried Homeschooling – Durenda Wilson appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

59 min 44 sec

On today’s show, I will share with you my journey seeking God’s leading through fasting and prayer, and why I believe it is such an important spiritual discipline for Christians to develop. I am no spiritual giant by any means! But God has taught me much through fasting and prayer, and I started 2018 with […] The post Seeking God’s Leading through Fasting and Prayer appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

1 hr 1 min

How much self-sacrifice would you be willing to practice? Would you give up a six-figure career in medicine to be “just a mom”? My friend Dr. Jill Butryn did just that. She went from a practicing MD to a present mom. Listen to one of our most popular episodes, this inspiring interview about how the […] The post Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling – Dr. Jill Butryn appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

1 hr 4 min

On this episode, I had the privilege to talk to my new friend Tina Hollenbeck, the researcher behind The Homeschool Resource Roadmap, about her journey from public school teacher to home educator. Tina’s experience shows that even those on the tighter end of the scale when it comes to schedules and routines can successfully lifeschool their […] The post From Public School Teacher to Lifeschooler – Tina Hollenbeck appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

34 min 45 sec

Chris Davis without a doubt has had the biggest influence on my own homeschooling. God providentially led me to his blog years ago and I have never forgotten his analogy of the acorn in this blog post. It is what set me off in a different direction, with the necessary confidence to go against the grain […] The post Raising our Children in Light of their Gifts – Chris Davis appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

36 min 48 sec

I won’t even try to pretend that Konur and Elleina are not my favorite guests so far! A mom has a right to such bias! 🙂 What a fun interview talking with my kids about pursuing gifts and how God has allowed them to do this in lifeschooling. How we carry out the lifeschooling vision […] The post Pursuing Gifts Through Lifeschooling – Konur and Elleina Papageorgiou appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

43 min 45 sec

I was privileged to talk to friend and author Christina Brown about her homeschooling journey and why she created Alphabet Smash, a wonderful resource for preschoolers that focuses on one letter at a time and brings in multiple activities from various subject areas to teach the child about that letter and it’s sound. Christina is heavily involved […] The post Alphabet Smash and Lifeschooling – Christina Brown appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

39 min 21 sec

Kevin Swanson of Generations.org talks with me about the principles of an excellent education and particularly the aspect of life integration, which is central to the lifeschooling philosophy. We also discuss what should be the core curriculum of every homeschool: The book of Proverbs. Kevin Swanson runs the Generations ministry in Elizabeth, Colorado. He was homeschooled by […] The post The Principles of an Excellent Education – Kevin Swanson appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

34 min 11 sec

Some children are better suited for a path in entrepreneurship that does not necessarily require a college degree. On today’s show, Rhea Perry (speaker at our 2016 and 2017 Lifeschooling Conferences) shares the wisdom she applied in homeschooling her son, who became a millionaire entrepreneur by early adulthood and brought his father home from corporate America. […] The post Entrepreneurship and Homeschooling – Rhea Perry appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

40 min 22 sec

Today we’re joined by Dr. Mary Hood who shares with us about the history of homeschooling, as well as her thoughts on college. Mary Hood, Ph.D., along with her husband, Roy, homeschooled their five children all the way from kindergarten through college entrance. All of them are now adults, and have made a successful transition […] The post College and the History of Homeschooling – Dr. Mary Hood appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

53 min 19 sec

For this week’s podcast, Christi and I had the privilege of interviewing the Benham brothers, David and Jason Benham, former pro-baseball players and almost-stars on the cancelled HGTV show, “Flip it Forward,” as well as the authors of two books, Whatever the Cost and Living Among Lions…and of course, homeschooling dads, as well! We talked […] The post Character Training in Lifeschooling – David and Jason Benham appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

25 min 10 sec

Danielle Papageorgiou and Christi Deason discuss the homeschooling philosophy of lifeschooling and share some real life experiences of what that has looked like in their individual families. Lifeschooling is the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents, primarily through real life experiences that happen in the context of your family’s unique situations and […] The post The Philosophy of Lifeschooling appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 2017

26 min 16 sec