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Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular in North America. We have all heard of it, but most of us don’t know exactly what it entails and we have many questions surrounding it.

In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we speak with Julie Piatt (SriMati). Julie is a plant-based chef, singer, songwriter, yogi, mother of four, and wife. Julie and her husband, Rich Roll, are the coauthor of the family lifestyle book, The Plantpower Way. She helps us answer some of the questions behind homeschooling. Julie has homeschooled four children in many different formats including a hands-off approach. She shares her own perspectives on homeschooling and the benefits and advantages of life experiences. She is currently completing a book about unschooling and we look forward to seeing it published very soon.


In this episode we discuss:

  • What is homeschooling?
  • Different approaches to homeschooling
  • Unschooling
  • Hybrid departments
  • Sir Ken Robinson
  • 6 family model for homeschooling/unschooling
  • Who is homeschooling for?
  • Reasons families choose homeschooling
  • Letting go of our own schooling experiences
  • Learning through life experience
  • Drawbacks of homeschooling
  • Covering the basics
  • Socialization
  • Team sports and other group activities
  • Children being able to follow their interests
  • Creating meaning NOW in the moment to prepare children for a better future
  • Advice for parents wanting to start homeschooling
  • Checking the law in your state


Links to things we mentioned:

Julie Piatt: Website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Fast Facts on Homeschooling – The National Center For Education Statistics

Homeschooling in Canada – Fraser Institute

Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk – Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson

The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt


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3 thoughts on “Homeschooling with Julie Piatt – PTP037”
  1. Avatar Maria

    As a homeschooling mother, I would be very interested to know, having just listened to this podcast, why it is that Julie is sending her two daughters (8,12) to school this year. She sounds so sure of homeschooling being the right thing for her family, yet just months later, she has decided to not just be more structured, but going all the way across the spectrum to sending her two younger children to school.

    • Avatar admin

      Hi Maria,
      Although we cannot answer for Julie, I can tell you what I understand from conversations both on air and off air. This is an extremely unique school that she has an opportunity for her girls to attend. It is not just your average public or private school. I do know that if she felt that her children or the family values were being compromised she would go back to homeschooling. Please remember that this is OUR interpretation of talking with her. I will contact her and see if I can get an answer for you. Thanks for the question and for listening to the show!

    • Avatar admin

      Hi Maria,
      Here is a response from Julie Piatt to your question:

      “Rich and I are in community with MUSE, an environmental school founded by James and Suzy Cameron that feature plant based home grown foods and an open system for supporting children in their process. They urged us to join them as we share many values and life purpose.

      After homeschooling for so many years, my schedule has become busy with the work that Rich and I are doing- books, podcasts, retreats etc. I agreed to try MUSE for one year. So far, the girls are loving it. MUSE is passion based and innovative in their teaching style. They embrace individuality.

      If mandatory vaccinations are imposed -a law recently passed in California subjecting kids to 69 vaccinations, I will bring them home again.

      My older boys, their girlfriends, nephew and friend are all living with us in community. My guess is that in a few years, our homeschool will begin again with the next wave of young children. i haven’t given up or changed my mind about it. I still believe it is a great way to live more connected lives.

      Hope that helps…”

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