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February 11, 2020
Hey, homeschoolers! This month with the Trust Project we are discussing how to trust God with a loved one's salvation. I think it's especially challenging with our own kids. We'll dive into this topic in a moment, but first I want to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year. Next month, I will be speaking and exhibiting in Ft. Worth, Greenville, South Carolina, and St. Louis. I'm excited to share strategies for homeschooling the strong-willed and dawdling child, managing sibling rivalry, and restoring your sanity in the midst of homeschool overwhelm. I'll have special pricing at my booth on The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner, A Year of Living Productively, and Grammar Galaxy. My favorite part of speaking is getting to meet you in person. Please come say hello! You can get more information by going to greathomeschoolconventions.com. Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast Next, I want to thank my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science. It's hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry. Topics covered include: - when to take which middle and high school science classes - What you haven't been told about the ACT and SAT - What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters - How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students - The keys to studying science - The unusual benefit of daily graphing - Your science teaching questions answered - 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them - And much more Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms... including the science story of meeting his wife. Search for "Homeschool Moms Science Podcast" on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast Trust Salvation Resources Read the blog post Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. I will be back next month with the next topic in the Trust Project, trusting God with the world we live in. And oh, does that require trust lately, right? Have a happy homeschool week.
January 28, 2020
Hey, homeschoolers! Did you notice the new intro? I thought it was time for a change as we begin a new year and a new decade. As I also prayed about topics to share on the podcast this year, I asked myself what I see as the biggest need of the homeschooling moms I talk with. One subject immediately came to mind: anxiety. I have done a show on helping your anxious homeschooled child. And I believe that the entire Trust Project series addresses anxiety in moms. But I want to share more on this topic personally, professionally, and Scripturally. Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast Before we dive in, I want to thank my sponsor: the Homeschool Moms Science podcast. This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science. It's hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry. Topics covered include: - when to take which middle and high school science classes - What you haven't been told about the ACT and SAT - What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters - How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students - The keys to studying science - The unusual benefit of daily graphing - Your science teaching questions answered - 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them - And much more Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms... including the science story of meeting his wife. Search for "Homeschool Moms Science Podcast" on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast Resources for Anxious Homeschool Moms Read the blog post If you have a mild problem with anxiety, I recommend listening to How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. I highly recommend the audiobook version. I also recommend The Anxiety & Worry Workbook by Clark & Beck. These books will help you to think differently, thereby reducing your anxiety. Christian biographies by the Benges Join me next week for another installment of the Trust Project. We'll discuss how to trust God for our loved one's salvation. Have a happy homeschool week!
January 21, 2020
Hey, homeschoolers! After graduating three of my kids and seeing two more of them employed, I now believe that the financial education I gave my kids was even more important then I originally thought. The Bible devotes so much time to discussing money and possessions and with good reason. Our relationship with money can make or break us. That's why I wanted to talk about teaching finance to kids in this episode. Have you reviewed my books? Before we dive in, I have a favor to ask of you. If you have purchased and enjoyed any of my books, I would love to have you take a moment to submit a review. Amazon reviews are a major factor in whether or not people make a purchase. I know I rely on them. Thank you so much for taking the time to help other homeschoolers benefit from the resources I've created. First, click the link for the book you've purchased. Then click on the number of ratings link (1). This will open rating details with the option for you to write your own review below (2). Grammar Galaxy Nebula Grammar Galaxy Protostar Grammar Galaxy Yellow Star Grammar Galaxy Red Star The Organized Homeschool Life A Year of Living Productively Sponsor for Homeschool Sanity I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, the homeschool science moms podcast. This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science. It's hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry. Topics covered include: - when to take which middle and high school science classes - What you haven't been told about the ACT and SAT - What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters - How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students - The keys to studying science - The unusual benefit of daily graphing - Your science teaching questions answered - 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them - And much more Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms... including the science story of Greg meeting his wife. Search for "Homeschool Moms Science Podcast" on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast How to Teach Kids About Money Now for the topic of teaching kids about money. My guest today is Cynthia L Simmons. Cynthia and her husband have five grown children and reside in Atlanta. A Bible teacher, certified writing and media coach, and former homeschool mom,
January 14, 2020
Hey, homeshoolers! I hope your year is off to a good start. Mine is because I am trusting God more. This is our Trust Project episode and today we're going to talk about sin. What a fun topic, right? But it's huge. Maybe you trust God with your health and your kids, but it's hard to believe that He has overcome sin in your life. If you struggle with that, know that I'm right there with you. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/trustsin" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] Podcast Sponsor Before we dive in, I want to thank our sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science podcast. This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science. It's hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry. Topics covered include: - when to take which middle and high school science classes - What you haven't been told about the ACT and SAT - What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters - How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students - The keys to studying science - The unusual benefit of daily graphing - Your science teaching questions answered - 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them - And much more Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms... including the science story of meeting his wife. Search for "Homeschool Moms Science Podcast" on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast How to Trust God to Overcome Sin Resources Read the blog post I am praying for you as you seek to trust the Lord with the sin you haven't been able to overcome in yuor own strength. Do you struggle to trust God in this area? Comment and let me know. Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. Join me next week as my guest and I discuss teaching kids about money. Have a happy homeschool week!
January 7, 2020
Hey, homeschoolers! It's a new year and time for a renewed focus on our priorities as homeschooling moms. God has taught me a lot about managing my time this year. One thing I've learned is that I don't have to look for the productivity holy grail. It's normal for me to search for a new tool, a new schedule, and even a new book to read to inspire me. Newness almost always inspires action! [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/productive202" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] The only problem with looking for the new is the expense of buying books, courses, or planners. If you're like me with shiny object syndrome--you're often on to the next thing to improve your productivity--I have good news! The Ultimate Productivity Bundle has all the productivity inspiration you need all year long, including my book, A Year of Living Productively. For just $47, you'll have access to 72 other eBooks, eCourses, and printables on conquering your to-do list, reaching your goals, and freeing up more time. That's 97% off! But hurry! While you can take your time working through these amazing resources this year, the bundle is only available through January 9th. To see what's included, check it out here. Now on to the productivity tips you can use this year. My guest today is Amy Michaels. Amy is a teacher turned homeschooler and coach, who has been on the podcast before. I really like her planning and prioritizing strategies and I know you will too. We discussed: * how to determine your priorities as a busy homeschool mom * how can we maintain margin in our lives? * how can business moms in particular keep family life in focus? Productivity Tips Resources A Year of Living Productively Listen to my previous podcast with Amy here Strategic Year Plan ConsistentBusinessMoms.com Have a happy homeschool week!
December 27, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Soon, we'll be in a new year. It's that time when many of us think of goals like getting organized. You know you're unlikely to organize everything in a year, so what are the most important areas for homeschoolers to focus on? My answer may surprise you. Organize Your Homeschool Life All Year Before we jump in, I want to offer you the digital version of my book, the Organized Homeschool Life for just $7! This year, you can organize more than just the most important areas of your homeschooling life. You'll be given 15-minute missions that will help you in curriculum planning, preparing for seasons and holidays, and special areas like organizing a business or hobby. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/organizemost" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] The Most Important Areas to Organize This Year - Resources Read the blog post Change Your Life Bible Routines with FLYLady Organized Homeschool LIVE Have a happy homeschool week and a very happy new year! Hope to see you inside the boot camp.
December 10, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Last week I asked homeschoolers on Facebook how organized they felt they were on a scale of 1 to 10. Some moms told me that they were feeling good about their Christmas preparation. But other moms told me that they weren't organized at all. In fact, a few felt completely overwhelmed and relatively hopeless about their ability to create a peaceful Christmas celebration. That response spurred me into action for two reasons. First I have a heart for homeschooling moms who struggle with organization because I've been there. One of the callings on my life is to help homeschooling moms get organized enough to do all the things God has called them to do. I wanted to help out of that passion. But the second reason I was spurred into action is because I am feeling a bit overwhelmed myself. As I drew upon the strategies I know from experience will help me overcome the overwhelm, I knew I wanted to share the process. So this episode is all about getting organized for Christmas. I'm calling it an organized Christmas boot camp because I expect you to take action and not just hear what I'm saying. I know you know where I'm coming from on that. I've been as guilty as anyone of just listening to podcasts without actually doing anything differently. I've created a boot camp workbook for you. You can download it at HomeschoolSanity.com/Christmasbootcamp Organized Homeschool LIVE First, I want to tell you about a boot camp coming this January. It's for homeschooling moms who crave peace and order in their homes. Imagine completing challenges that set you up for success this year and getting them done in just one day! It's called Organized Homeschool LIVE and it's unlike any other organizing resource out there. Rather than a book or course that you may or may not get to, Organized Homeschool LIVE is a scheduled online workshop. We'll get our homes and lives organized together on January 3rd. And unlike most resources, this boot camp isn't just for you. I don't expect you to find time away from your kids to do the challenges. You'll be doing them together! To learn more, go to psychowith6.com/organized-homeschool-live. Purchase your ticket now at a substantial savings! You'll receive the Organized Homeschool Life ebook and digital planner AND you'll get private group coaching with me. We'll tackle the issues that steal your homeschool sanity before the boot camp starts. I hope to see you there. Sponsor Now I'd like to thank our sponsor for this episode, the Overcomer movie. I loved this movie and so did my family. It's now available on DVD. Listen to this. Organized Homeschool Boot Camp It's time now to get our work boots on and get this Christmas organized. Are you with me? Great! This is a four-day boot camp. So you have my permission to listen to one challenge at a time and take action. Challenge #1 The first challenge is the trusting God challenge. Yes, every month I do an episode as part of the Trust Project. In fact, if you haven't listened to the episode I did last week on trusting God for our success, I won't mind if you pause this podcast to listen to it. I've already heard from a number of you that that podcast really spoke to you. We are going to apply the same Trust project principles that we've been using for other areas to getting organized for Christmas.
December 3, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! It's time for another installment of the Trust Project. This month we will focus on trusting God with our success--success in our homeschools, parenting, work, business, ministry, and more. I'm excited about this focus. But before we jump in, I want to share two things with you. First, I want to give you a sneak peek at something I'm working on to help you have success in living the Organized Homeschool Life. I've written the book that gives you 15-minute missions to organize your life all year. Some moms take the book and enjoy success with it alone. Others wonder how to fit even 15-minute missions into their days. That's why I created the Organized Homeschool Life planner. You take a few minutes to plan every important thing into your day--your time with God, your dinner, your relationship focus, your priority tasks, and even a reward for a day well spent. But there are some moms who tell me they want me to come home with them and their book and planner and help them get organized. I really wish I could because I know if we worked together to implement a few simple organizing strategies, your life would be transformed. You'd be living the organized homeschool life this year! I'm working on a way for us to work together to make that happen. I'm so excited about it because it incorporates everything I know about life change and being a busy homeschool mom. I'm calling it Organized Homeschool LIVE. If you want more details as soon as they're available, join the waitlist. [button link="https://funtolearnbooks.activehosted.com/f/39" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Join the waitlist[/button] Sponsor The second thing I'd like to share with you is news from our sponsor, the Star Movie. The Star Is Coming Back To Theaters for a Limited Time! Experience The Star again December 7 and 8 in select theaters! Back by popular demand, you and your family can celebrate the true meaning behind the season. Be sure to check out all of the great resources for your family to use this holiday season! There are discussion guides, along with tons of FREE downloadable activities! Don’t wait, get your tickets today! Find a theater near you at thestarmovie-tickets.com Resources for this episode Read the blog post Grammar Galaxy Have a happy homeschool week! What area is hardest to trust God for success with? Let me know in the comments.
November 26, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I am so excited about today's topic. I believe story is the most powerful way to teach, so of course, I believe in using story to teach our kids the faith. The Bible and Jesus Himself used story to teach, but today we'll talk about another way story can inspire our children with my guests Janet and Geoff Benge, authors of the Christian Heroes and Heroes of History series, published by Youth With a Mission. Special Offer Before we get to the interview, I want to share a time-sensitive offer with you. Grammar Galaxy, the curriculum that uses story to teach all language arts concepts, is 20% off now through Cyber Monday with code THANKS. Go to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com/shop and enter the code for the biggest savings of the year. My deepest desire is for kids to love reading and writing the way that I and Janet and Geoff Benge do. So many homeschool parents tell me that Grammar Galaxy has motivated their kids to read and write. They even tell me grammar is their child's favorite subject!   Sponsor Now I'd like to thank our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness. How to Use Story to Grow Kids' Faith with Janet and Geoff Benge Before I introduce Janet and Geoff Benge, I have to tell you how I met Janet. I attended the 2 to 1 Conference in October. This is a conference for Christian homeschool content creators. The first activity was an ice breaker in which we were randomly paired with someone. We were to ask a few questions of our partner so we could introduce her to the group. Janet told me she was with Benge Books. I asked her what kind of books she wrote and she said Christian and History Heroes. I said, "Oh, like the ones YWAM publishes?" She said, "Yes, those are the books." I looked at her nametag again and understood why her name seemed so familiar. I promptly burst into tears and hugged her. I told her that her books had changed my life and my children's lives for eternity. I asked her if she would do me the honor of appearing on the podcast and the following interview is the result. Janet and Geoff Benge have written together for 33 years. They learned the craft of writing from another husband and wife writing team, John and Elizabeth Sherrill, authors of The Cross and the Switchblade, The Hiding Place, God Smuggler, and many other classic Christian books. Their mission in writing is to entertain, inform, and inspire their readers. Their own lives are a testimony to the power of God. Janet is dyslexic yet is the author of more than 300 books. I know you will love these two as I do. The Geoffs and I discussed: * their personal faith stories * how they came to write Christian and History Heroes biographies * how their research of heroes affects them personally * their favorite heroes of the faith * how we can reach kids of various ages and faith stages through story Resources for growing your kids faith through story George Muller biography Adoniram Judson biography John Williams biography
November 19, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I'm commonly asked how to homeschool and work or run a business too. That's our topic for this week. I invited industrial psychologist, Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson to join me. I think you will really appreciate her excellent tips. More on that in a moment! Join our community First, I would love to have you join us in The Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Each day we are sharing the organizing missions we're completing. I shared a before photo of my messy vanity in the group this morning, and guess what? I have yet to organize it. I will feel bad if I don't take a few minutes to get it done. We inspire one another to make organizing a daily habit rather than an event.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you there. Our sponsor Now I'd like to thank our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness. How to Work or Run a Business and Homeschool Too My guest today is Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson. After earning her doctorate in industrial / organizational psychology, Dr. Jackson spent 15 years conducting job design, competency modeling, and organization design as well as designing selection, performance management, and leader development programs for Fortune 500 companies, the US Military, and non-profit organizations. Despite her corporate experience, her first job was in her family’s business printing t-shirts. In addition to consulting, Dr. Jackson serves as a lecturer at Texas A&M University and serves on the board of directors for a local food pantry in her community. She recently published two books, a novel, Strong. Brave. Powerful. highlighting the impact and recovery of domestic abuse and a non-fiction, Family Business, which is a Christian-based approach to applying talent management principles to entrepreneurship and running a family. In her free time, she enjoys speaking to women, teaching Bible studies, playing flute in her church orchestra, and chasing after her two boys who are 4 and 2 years old. Dr. Jackson and I discussed: * how to juggle the various roles homeschool moms have * how to deal with mom guilt when working * how to create a positive family culture while working or running a business Find Dr. Jackson at CherylLeJewell.com and ThePsychoMom.com. Does the idea of dedicated time for work and family appeal to you? Let me know in the comments. Conclusion Thanks again to my sponsor, A Beautiful Day Movie. Join me next week as I interview Janet and Geoff Benge, authors of Christian and History's Heroes bioraphies from Youth With a Mission about using story to grow our kids' faith. Have a happy homeschool week!
November 12, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! It's time for another edition of the Trust Project. This month we will discuss how we can trust God with our pets and possessions. This may seem like a more minor issue than some others we've addressed in this project. But I know from experience that it can be a challenge. Sponsor Before we begin, I want to give a shout out to our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness. Resources for Trusting God with Pets and Possessions Read the blog post Trust Project Trusting God with Friendships Thanks again to our sponsor. A Beautiful Day is available in theatres November 22nd and afterward on digital. Visit ABeautifulDay.movie for more information. Join me next week for how to make business work for a homeschool family. Have a happy homeschool week! Thank you to our Sponsor - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie! Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. Click here to watch the trailer and find a theatre near you!
October 29, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Are you someone who never does today what you can put off until tomorrow? Or do you have a student who's a procrastinator? If so, you'll love this episode! I interview Barb Raveling, retired homeschool mom and author of the new book, Freedom From Procrastination. Podcast Sponsor Before we go to the interview, I want to tell you about A Year of Living Productively, the sponsor for this episode. I tested more than 80 different approaches to improve my productivity. It took me years, but it doesn't have to take you that long to create a productivity approach that works for you. You can try a free sample just for homeschool moms here. End Procrastination in Your Homeschool In the podcast, I asked Barb: * What are the negative effects of a habit of putting things off? * How has procrastination affected you personally? * What does the Bible have to say about it? (Check out her website for procrastination Bible verses) * What are some strategies we can teach our kids for overcoming procrastination? (You'll love these!) http://www.homeschoolsanity.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/End-Procrastination-IG-video.mp4 I previously interviewed Barb about truth journaling and overeating as homeschooling moms. Be sure to listen to those episodes too. Barb's book Freedom From Procrastination is not directed to teens, but I think it would be very comfortable for a teen to work through it. I've been doing the Bible study and so far I love it! I'll see you next time for another installment of the Trust Project. Have a happy homeschool week!
October 22, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Music is such an important and gratifying part of home education. You may have heard my interviews with Joseph Hoffman about piano and Gena Mayo about easy ways of including music in your homeschool. Today, I'm delighted to share my interview with Inga Hope, founder of Gentle Guitar online school and the creator of Music Ed digital magazine about why you should consider having your child learn guitar. She shares the pros and cons of the various approaches to learning the guitar and I know you'll love her. Ask Dr. Mel Q&A I want to invite you to view my first Ask Dr. Mel Q&A video this month. It's about Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I get many questions about ODD and I wanted to provide a quick answer in this video. While you watch, I would love to have you subscribe to my channel. Now on to my interview with Inga. http://www.homeschoolsanity.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Guitar-Sample-Video-Complete.mp4 How & Why to Teach Guitar in Your Homeschool Inga had interesting answers to these questions: * Why is it important to teach music in your homeschool? * Why is the guitar a good instrument to have your student learn? * What are the options for learning guitar and their pros and cons? Book a free trial lesson here Follow Inga on Facebook and Instagram. Do you know how to play guitar? Have you had a student learn to play? Comment and let me know. Have a happy homeschool week!
October 8, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! It's time for another edition of The Trust Project. This month we're talking about how to trust God with our friendships. Whether it's having enough friends for ourselves and our kids, a problem in a friendship, or concern for a friend's health or salvation, God can be trusted with it all. Let's connect Before we dive into that, I encourage you to join me in The Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Women are using the 5-minute missions for accountability and it's exciting! Podcast sponsor This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Organized Homeschool Life. Focus on what's most important and achieve homeschool sanity 15 minutes at a time. How to Trust God with Friendships Resources Read the blog post Trusting God with Parents Join me next week as we discuss how and why to teach guitar in your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!
September 24, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Remember health class in school? Honestly, I don't. But I do know I haven't been excited about the health curriculum I've used with my high schoolers until now. We'll talk more about how to teach health in a minute. Let's Connect But first I would love to have you subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I am going to restart my video series called Ask Dr. Mel. I get a number of questions and I'll be providing short, usable answers on YouTube. Meanwhile, if you have a question you'd like me to answer, email me at psychowith6@gmail.com or message me at the Psychowith6 page on Facebook. How to Teach Health in Your Homeschool Now for this week's topic: how to teach health in your homeschool. My guest today is Vicki Tillman. I've chatted with Vicki before. Vicki is a speaker, curriculum developer, counselor and life/career coach. A homeschooling mom for 20-plus years, all five of Vicki’s children graduated from homeschool high school and have completed various degrees at college and graduate levels. You can learn more about Vicki at 7SistersHomeschool and at the Homeschool High School Podcast page. She is a lovely lady and I know you'll enjoy our chat. Join me next week as we talk about trusting God with friends. Have a happy homeschool week!
September 17, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Entrepreneurship is like a continuation of homeschooling. Our kids can continue to enjoy freedom in doing what they love to do. That's what I'm talking about in this week's episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. But first, I would love to have you tell someone about this podcast. There are sharing buttons no matter which platform you're listening on. I share favorite podcasts and episodes all the time. The more of us who are seeking homeschool sanity, the better! How & Why to Teach Homeschool Entrepreneurship Now on to today's topic: how and why to teach your kids to be entrepreneurs. My guests today are Billy Smith and Mark Baker of ChristianHomeschoolEntrepreurship.com. Billy is a homeschooling father of six. He has successfully built and sold more than 20 businesses worth $100,000 or more. Mark is a homeschooling father of seven. He has a master's degree in International Business Management, who also an adjunct professor, business cofounder, and inventor. I know you'll be inspired by these two dads! To find out more about the course Billy and Mark teach, go to ChristianHomeschoolEntrepreneurship.com. Join me next week for how to teach health in your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!
September 10, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I can't believe it's already September, but it is indeed. It's time for another installment of the Trust Project. Each month, we are seeking to trust God with another area of our lives. This month, we seek to trust Him with our parents. More on that in a moment. But first, I would love to have you follow me on Instagram.  I share a variety of inspirational, educational, and organizational posts and I love chatting with other women there. If you follow me, be sure to comment or message me that you listen to me here on the podcast. I just want you to know something about that. I am not a celebrity. I am a mom who records herself in her closet. I am still surprised when someone tells me they listen to my podcast. It is an honor and a privilege to speak with you each week. I don't take it lightly. I pray that the Lord would use my words to be a blessing to you. Podcast Sponsor This episode is sponsored by The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner. Keeping God at the center of your homeschool life is easier with the book that begins with a daily devotion challenge. Your daily planning page begins with thanksgiving, a reminder to read and understand God's Word for you, and a place for you to respond to God in prayer. Learn more and try a free complete sample here. Trusting God with Our Parents Before we chat about trusting God with our parents, how did trusting God with finances go? I definitely had some money challenges this month and the Trust Project helped a lot. I also had a preview of challenges that are coming up and it wasn't fun. But I still believe that focusing on trusting God is the most important focus I can have right now. If finances are still hard, keep working at it! Trusting God with Our Parents Resources Read the blog post Trusting God with Our Health and Safety Trusting God with Our Spouse or Single Parenting Trusting God with Our Kids Conclusion We can have peace and even joy where our parents are concerned when we believe the truth, remember God's faithfulness, understand the wisdom He has already given us, pray for them, and thank God for all He's done in our parents' lives and in ours. Join me next week when we will talk about teaching kids entrepreneurship. Have a happy homeschool week!
August 27, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! I frequently hear this worry from homeschoolers I talk with at the great homeschool conventions: I don't know if I'm doing enough. In a time when homeschoolers have an abundance of curriculum options for teaching their children and an abundance of philosophies of education to consider, it's no wonder that many homeschoolers are concerned that they are doing too little. I'll address this concern with ways to know if you're doing enough in just a moment. Join our community But first I would love to invite you to join to join Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook. This is the perfect group for new homeschoolers who have all sorts of worries like these. It's also a fantastic place to build friendships no matter where you are in your homeschooling journey.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you there. Podcast sponsor I would like to thank my sponsor for this episode: 7 Sisters Homeschool Resources for Knowing You're Doing Enough in Your Homeschool Read the blog post HSLDA HSLDA state laws Homeschooling Through High School Raising Arrows time for lessons Podcast interview with Karla Marie Williams Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Handwriting Without Tears Astronomy Art course I recommend Curriculum Paralysis episode How to teach vocabulary Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook Thanks again to 7 Sisters Homeschool for sponsoring the podcast.  Join me next time when we discuss how to trust God with our parents. Have a happy homeschool week!
August 20, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! At the time of this recording, many new homeschoolers are starting this amazing journey. Some of you homeschooling moms are giving up a career, a business, or are putting your education aside to teach your children at home. In this episode, I want to talk with you about how homeschooling can be a fulfilling career. I have the experience to say that it can be. But first I would like to recommend my book A Year of Living Productively. Whatever your educational or occupational background, A Year of Living Productively can help you get more of your important work done. I share my experience using more than 80 different approaches to productivity, so you will have a shortcut in determining your own best productivity formula. Podcast Sponsor I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie. Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com. Homeschool Fulfillment Resources Read the blog post Why I Wasted My Education to Homeschool My books and curriculum Interview with Gena Mayo of Music in Our Homeschool Music in Our Homeschool courses Interview with Beth Napoli Tech in Your Homeschool Facebook group Online Unit Studies Thanks again to the Overcomer Movie for sponsoring  this episode. Join me next time as we discuss how to know if you're doing enough as a homeschool mom. Have a happy homeschool week!
August 13, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! If your students doesn't enjoy some aspects of language arts, whether that is reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, or writing, there is a good chance you have succumbed to the age old approach of drill. Drilling means that we repeat the same exercises over and over in an effort to help our students master a subject. Unfortunately drilling is responsible for killing many students' enthusiasm for language arts. I will explain how we can help our kids learn language arts without dangerous drilling in the podcast. But first I would love to invite you to join my Grammar Galaxy email list. Every month I will send your student a calendar of fun and quick language arts exercises to complete. Your student will do short reading, short vocabulary exercises, will play fun grammar games, and will use some fun writing prompts. Much of the calendar is seasonal and is it is a great thing to add to your morning basket time. I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie. Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com. Teaching Language Arts Resources Read the blog post Mastery Teaching Captain Underpants Calvin & Hobbes Help your child choose books Grammar Galaxy Nebula Cartoon vocabulary books Vocabulary games Spelling games Grammar Galaxy Flashcards and Fun packs Easy ways to improve your child's vocabulary All About Spelling Free grammar games Language arts board games
August 6, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! This month we will be focusing the trust project on our finances. This is a difficult area for many of us to trust God with, but it can bring a great deal of peace when we put our faith in Him for our provision. If your husband struggles to trust God with your finances, this would be an excellent challenge to invite him to join you in. We will dive in in a moment, but first I would like to invite you to join me in the Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Each day we have a 5-minute mission that will help you to get organized and to have the accountability you crave. Whether you have the Organized Homeschool Life book or not, you will enjoy that extra support. Homeschool Sanity Show Sponsor I want to think my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie. Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com. Trusting God with Our Finances Resources Read the blog post Trust Project - get the printables here Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Matthew 14 Crown Financial George Muller biography Join me next week when we discuss how to avoid drill and kill in teaching language arts. Have a happy homeschool week! Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
July 30, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Are you dealing with complaining when it's time to start school, or time to do chores, or time to do anything your kids don't like to do? If so, you will want to listen to this episode of the homeschool sanity show. I have six ideas for you that will result in a complaint-free homeschool. Subscribe to the podcast Before we dive in, I would love to have you subscribe to the podcast. You'll get links to new episodes, but I also provide a weekly sanity saver newsletter and a monthly fun homeschool sharing calendar. Simply go to Psychowith6.com/subscribe. I would love to connect with you.. Podcast sponsor I want to think my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? Click here to learn more! Complaint Resources Read the blog post Contentment Bible Study from NotConsumed Memlok Scripture memory How to overcome parental anger How to deal with dawdlers Complaint or compliment box Complaint-free week challenge Thanks again to the Overcomer Movie for sponsoring the podcast. Have a happy homeschool week!
July 26, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! Are you having trouble motivating your kids? If so, you may be making one of six key motivational mistakes that many parents make. That's what we'll be discussing in this episode of the homeschool Sanity Show. Grammar Galaxy: The Curriculum Designed to Motivate But first, I want to recommend to you the the elementary language arts curriculum designed to motivate students. I used my training as a psychologist and my experience teaching language arts to my own and my friends' kids to create the curriculum I always wanted. To see if Grammar Galaxy is going to motivate your kids like it has thousands of other students, go to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com. I'm thrilled that Grammar Galaxy was recently given a Reader Favorite Award by readers of Practical Homeschooling Magazine. Podcast Sponsor: Bridgeway Academy I would like to think my sponsor for this podcast Bridgeway Academy. Bridgeway was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education and the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K-12 students and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools have made Bridgeway their trusted education partner. We are passionate about providing individualized educational solutions. With an accredited homeschool program, we ensure that our students’ hard work is recognized, that they have access to coveted scholarships and that their future is wide open. Bridgeway is committed to the highest level of service, support, and academics, which is why we have worked hard to obtain accreditation through AdvancEd, NCA CASI, and The National Association of Private Schools. Bridgeway’s programs are designed to empower students to learn how and when is best for them. We weave flexibility into every area of our programs, including scheduling, teaching, learning, and course selection. So, whether families are seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special needs who needs more, or are nurturing an elite athlete with a highly-demanding schedule, Bridgeway has designed flexible, customized homeschool programs that put families’ needs first. We offer a-la-carte course and kits including all-inclusive curriculum kits, Live Online Classes and self- paced courses. We also offer a wide variety of our “Total Care” packages through our academy. Each Total Care Package is tailored to how a child learns best and includes everything the family needs for their best year. All curriculum, all grades and records, with the support of an academic advisor each step of the way. Motivational Parenting Mistakes Resources Blog post Random iPhone app Allowance apps Have a happy home school week!
July 23, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Do you have a child who seems like a troublemaker in your home and homeschool? If you do, you'll want to listen to this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. I hear from many parents who have a child who antagonizes siblings, rebels against them, or otherwise makes life difficult. I have six strategies for turning your troublemaker into a terrific child. But first, I encourage you to join me in the Homeschool Sanity Circle. Whenever you have a difficult parenting situation or questions about homeschooling, I feel confident that a loving homeschool mom with will offer trusted advice and encouragement there in the group. Sponsor I would like to think our sponsor for this episode: the movie Overcomer. Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?  Watch the movie trailer here. Troublemaking Child Resources Read the blog post Parenting Mistakes Many Parents Make Motivational Mistakes Many Parents Make Biography of George Mueller Augustine the Farmer's Boy of Tagaste Thanks again to the Overcomer movie for sponsoring this episode.  Join me next week as we talk about how to close the complaint desk in your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!
July 16, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! I frequently hear from homeschooling parents about  a dawdling student who takes all of their time because he or she won't finish schoolwork. I'm going to give you my response to this problem in just a minute. Grammar Galaxy is Perfect for Dawdlers But first I would love to have you try Grammar Galaxy. The lessons are short and so much fun that you are unlikely to have a dawdler. In the  early levels, you may have to sit and do the work with your child for 10 to 15 minutes, three days a week, but that is certainly not too much to ask to teach language arts in a motivating way. Podcast Sponsor I would like to think my sponsor for this episode: Bridgeway Academy. I would like to think my sponsor for this podcast Bridgeway Academy. Bridgeway Academy, established in 1989, is a leader in homeschool education. With products ranging from individual classes, to full year curriculum, to a private accredited academy, Bridgeway has everything you need for homeschool success. Bridgeway revolutionized the homeschool experience by introducing personalized, customized programs and packages that fit your student’s learning and personality styles. For 30 years, they've been supporting families and organizations through homeschooling, helping craft the experience that fits your unique needs and goals. They've learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. As a Bridgeway family, you get the advantages of that knowledge without the bumps and bruises they gained along the way. Bridgeway Academy, your trusted partner for Kindergarten through 12th grade homeschool education. Visit them at HomeschoolAcademy.com. Resources for Homeschool Dawdlers Read the blog post Motivational Mistakes Many Parents Make Quarterly Motivational Planner Homeschool Sanity Circle Have a happy homeschool week!
July 2, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! This week we are back to the Trust Project. I hope you are benefitting from this project as much as I am. This month our focus is on trusting God with our marriage or with single parenting. The Organized Homeschool Life Planner Before we dive in, if you're a homeschool parent, I invite you to pick up your copy of The Organized Homeschool Life Planner. The print copy begins this month and goes through December. The digital version is good for all year. Every day you'll have the opportunity to record what God has to say to you, what your response is, and what your relationship focus is. This is perfect for making sure you're keeping your relationship with individual children and your husband strong. And especially for you single parents, it has a space for planning a reward for yourself every day. Sponsor I want to thank 7 Sisters Homeschool for sponsoring the podcast. I just recommended 7 Sisters literature studies to a friend with a high school student. I've used their studies and love them. Listen to Sabrina explain what 7 Sisters is all about. Trusting God with Marriage / Single Parenting Resources Blog Post My Weakness for His Strength, Volume 2 by Michael Wells  Trust Project printables Trusting God with Kids Have a happy homeschool week!
June 11, 2019
If you have been engaged in the Trust Project with me, you'll love this month's focus: kids. I made a mistake and said that marriage was our focus for June and it's not. That will be our focus for July. I am so thankful for the grace you give me for all of my foibles. Trust God with Your Kids Resources Read the blog post Great Homeschool Conventions Trust Project Printables Share in the comments what you'll do differently as you trust God with your kids.
June 4, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I met Scott Moening at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinatti and am I ever glad! I learned about his company's forensic science curriculum that I will be using with my 8th grader and two high schoolers next year. My kids are excited about learning what I'm calling CSI science. If you have middle or high schoolers, you can use code HOMESCHOOLSANITY (no spaces) for 10% off and free shipping at CrosscuttingConcepts.com. Stay tuned for my interview with Scott in just a moment. But first, I'd like to thank my sponsor, Book Shark. Podcast Sponsor BookShark homeschool curriculum is literature-based, 4-day, and faith-neutral. Amber Reed Davis, a busy homeschool mom, says,  "We can't say enough good stuff about BookShark. We're doing Levels 3 and 5 this year. My kids are hooked. Through the amazing books, we've traveled to fascinating places and learned so much! And we're only on week 13!  Who knew a middle schooler would ask if we could still do school on our 5th day because he wanted to find out what happens next in the books we're reading? Also, I've been amazed at how much I've learned through reading along with them. Oh, and the 4-day schedule is perfect. We use our 5th day to catch up or just for fun field trips, experiments, and messy art projects." Amber is right! BookShark’s fully planned, 4-day homeschool curriculum flexes to match your busy lifestyle. The detailed Instructor’s Guides lay everything out so clearly that you are prepared to teach in mere minutes each day—open your guide, gather your resources (which are all included in your package), and go! Curriculum for ages 4-16 is available in All-Subject Packages or by individual academic areas: Reading with History, Language Arts, Science, and Math. WithBookShark’s literature-rich programs, your children will read (or have read to them) 35-50 engaging books each year! Visit BookShark to browse curriculum, download samples, or request a catalog. CSI Science Resources My review of Crosscutting Concepts Small Class Kit Small Class Kit PLUS FACES software Crosscutting Concepts on Facebook Instagram Twitter Conclusion Come visit Scott and me at the Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, California on June 13th. Join me next week for the Trust Project when we will talk about trusting God with our marriage or with single parenting. Have a happy homeschool week!
May 21, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! Does your child have a good vocabulary? If you aren't confident of that, you'll want to listen to this episode where I will explain why our children's vocabularies are vitally important. I'll also give you some simple strategies for improving their vocabulary. That's next. But first I'd like to thank my sponsor, BookShark. Podcast Sponsor BookShark homeschool curriculum is literature-based, 4-day, and faith-neutral. Amber Reed Davis, a busy homeschool mom, says,  "We can't say enough good stuff about BookShark. We're doing Levels 3 and 5 this year. My kids are hooked. Through the amazing books, we've traveled to fascinating places and learned so much! And we're only on week 13!  Who knew a middle schooler would ask if we could still do school on our 5th day because he wanted to find out what happens next in the books we're reading? Also, I've been amazed at how much I've learned through reading along with them. Oh, and the 4-day schedule is perfect. We use our 5th day to catch up or just for fun field trips, experiments, and messy art projects." Amber is right! BookShark’s fully planned, 4-day homeschool curriculum flexes to match your busy lifestyle. The detailed Instructor’s Guides lay everything out so clearly that you are prepared to teach in mere minutes each day—open your guide, gather your resources (which are all included in your package), and go! Curriculum for ages 4-16 is available in All-Subject Packages or by individual academic areas: Reading with History, Language Arts, Science, and Math. WithBookShark’s literature-rich programs, your children will read (or have read to them) 35-50 engaging books each year! Visit BookShark to browse curriculum, download samples, or request a catalog. Resources for Teaching Vocabulary Read the blog post The Ultimate Guide to Free Vocabulary Games The Ultimate Guide to Language Arts Board Games Vocabulary.com Alexa Word-of-the-Day Flash Briefing Great Homeschool Conventions  Grammar Galaxy samples English from the Roots Up and SAT cartoons Do you have another unassailable (that means foolproof) way of beefing up your child's vocabulary? Comment on the show notes and let me know. I will be back next week with how to make grammar fun. Have a happy homeschool week!
May 16, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Do you have concerns about your kids' screen time? If so, you're like me and many homeschooling parents who have been forced to deal with a new digital reality. We'll dive into the topic of developing a sane approach to homeschool screen time in just a moment. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/screentime" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] Sponsor But first, I'd like to thank our sponsor for this episode: Time4Learning. Time 4 Learning curriculum gives students the independence they crave, as they progress at their own pace. The multimedia lessons feel more like games, making it perfect for teaching new concepts. Students are safe in a secure, ad free, online learning environment. Learn how you can use your child's love for screens in their education at Time4Learning, that's the number 4, .com. A Sane Approach to Homeschool Screen Time My guest today has joined us on the podcast before. She is Beth Napoli, homeschooling mom and creator of TechieHomeschoolMom.com and Online Unit Studies. I love Beth's perspective on homeschool screen time and I think you will too. We chatted about: * The advantages of screen time * Parental concerns about screen time * Beth's own challenges with screen time * Beth's advice for parents who feel their kids are abusing screen time * Beth's recommendation for parents of young kids with respect to screen time Homeschool Screen Time Resources Digital Projects Techin' Your Homeschool Facebook Group Techie Homeschool Mom Join Me Next Week Listen next time for my interview with Jamie Erickson, author of the new book Homeschool Bravely. Thanks again to our sponsor, Time4Learning. Have a happy homeschool week! What approach to homeschool screen time do you use? Comment and let me know.
May 14, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! This week I want to talk about mastery curriculum--what it is and why I think you should include it in your homeschool. But first, I'd like to thank my sponsor for this episode: BookShark. Podcast Sponsor BookShark homeschool curriculum is literature-based, 4-day, and faith-neutral. Amber Reed Davis, a busy homeschool mom, says,  "We can't say enough good stuff about BookShark. We're doing Levels 3 and 5 this year. My kids are hooked. Through the amazing books, we've traveled to fascinating places and learned so much! And we're only on week 13!  Who knew a middle schooler would ask if we could still do school on our 5th day because he wanted to find out what happens next in the books we're reading? Also, I've been amazed at how much I've learned through reading along with them. Oh, and the 4-day schedule is perfect. We use our 5th day to catch up or just for fun field trips, experiments, and messy art projects." Amber is right! BookShark’s fully planned, 4-day homeschool curriculum flexes to match your busy lifestyle. The detailed Instructor’s Guides lay everything out so clearly that you are prepared to teach in mere minutes each day—open your guide, gather your resources (which are all included in your package), and go! Curriculum for ages 4-16 is available in All-Subject Packages or by individual academic areas: Reading with History, Language Arts, Science, and Math. WithBookShark’s literature-rich programs, your children will read (or have read to them) 35-50 engaging books each year! Visit BookShark to browse curriculum, download samples, or request a catalog. Resources for Mastery Curriculum in Your Homeschool Read the blog post Grammar Galaxy samples Podcast with J. K. Mergens on teaching math Use code SANITY5 Help with Handwriting Speed Classical Conversations at Home Chalk Pastels we love Hoffman Piano Curriculum Knife Course for Kids In my experience, kids not only learn more with mastery curriculum, but also enjoy it more. When kids love what they're learning, dopamine will aid retention of the material. I hope you will seriously consider including mastery curriculum in your homeschool this year. Thanks again to BookShark for sponsoring The Homeschool Sanity Show. Do you already use mastery curriculum in your homeschool? Comment below to share. Next time we'll discuss easy ways to expand your child's vocabulary. Have a happy homeschool week!
April 30, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I am replacing today's originally scheduled topic with one I think is of the utmost importance. Today I want to share with you about what I believe is the biggest and best project of my life and how you can join me. I recently finished the audiobook The Miracle Equation by Hal Elrod. In the book, Hal encourages us to choose a big goal that is in line with our values. He also encourages us to choose a goal that will make us better people -- the kind of people who are able to accomplish our other goals. I was walking my neighborhood as I listened to his book. I considered a number of goals, including writing more books and getting into better shape. But the truth is, I've already accomplished similar goals. And those goals don't necessarily line up with my highest value, which is my faith in God. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/truthproject" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] Resources for The Trust Project: Health & Safety The podcast in blog post form A Year of Living Productively The Organized Homeschool Life. I've shared what a rough year this has been for me already Truth Journaling So will you join me? If so, you can download your free Trust Project Printables at Homeschool Sanity. All the areas of focus, Scriptures, Bible readings and journaling responses are included.  When you opt to receive them, you'll be added to a special Trust Project list, where you will receive only Trust Project updates. So if you have a Christian friend or family member who wants to join us, who is not a homeschooling parent, they can without getting unrelated email. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie Jehovah Rapha by Mary J. Nelson He Is With You by Mandisa Miracles from Heaven. I would love to have your recommendations as well. Comment below so others can see them. Throughout this month, keep meditating on Proverbs 3:7-8. Read other Bible accounts of God's healing and protection. Keep truth journaling, remembering God's faithfulness, believing and obeying the wisdom He's already given you, and praying and thanking Him. Thank you for joining me in trusting God with health and safety. God bless your week! Pin the image below to encourage others to trust God.
April 16, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! For years I wrestled with whether or not I should pursue the dreams I have apart from homeschooling and parenting. I know that's a struggle for many of my listeners too. That's why I wanted Karla Marie Williams, author of the new book Mom-Spiration to join me for the podcast. Sponsor Before I share our interview with you, I want to introduce you to the sponsor of today's episode: 7 Sisters Homeschool. I use and love 7 Sisters Homeschool curriculum in my own homeschool and the authors have become personal friends who encouraged me to live the dream of creating my own curriculum. Is It Time for Your Dream, Mom? In the podcast, Karla Marie and I disussed: * How to determine which season of life we are in with respect to mothering * What keeps us from pursuing our dreams * Why it's important to pursue our dreams sooner rather than later * First steps to pursuing our dreams Resources for Pursuing Your Dreams Mom-Spiration Homeschool Gone Wild: A Fresh Look at Unschooling ISpeak4KidsGlobal.com UnschoolingtheSensational6 on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram What are your dreams apart from homeschooling and parenting? Let me know in the comments. Join me next time for a discussion of mastery curriculum and why you should use it in your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!
April 9, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I had a different topic scheduled for this week, but then one of those unexpected crises hit my family. I was driving home from the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina, when my husband called. The right side of his body had suddenly gone numb. He was exhibiting at a librarian's conference at the time. We didn't know it then, but my fit, healthy husband had had a stroke. We were shocked to say the least, and it's safe to say we are still coming to terms with a new reality: medical testing, daily meds, and questions about the future. We are enormously grateful to God, however, that the stroke was small and did not result in disability. This episode is not about strokes or even stress, which we have also had an abundance of. It's about teaching our kids to help those who are hurting. How to Teach Kids to Comfort Others When my husband's stroke was diagnosed, I immediately texted my two kids in college. I got no response until the next day when one of them texted an unrelated question. I was shocked again. I told them so. One of them said he hadn't known what to say. The other had been very busy and wasn't feeling well. I was disappointed in how they responded, but I was also mad at myself. I hadn't taught my kids how to help those who are hurting. As a result, they responded the way so many adults do. I immediately talked with my younger kids about how to respond. I realized that I wanted to encourage you to have these same conversations with your kids. How to Help Others Reference I contributed to the book The Art of Helping by Lauren Littauer Briggs. It's an excellent resource with helpful responses for a variety of hurting people. I encourage you to get a copy to keep as a reference. In the book, you'll find a variety of unhelpful responses too. The contributors like me remember these unhelpful responses very clearly because of the emotions surrounding our loss or trial. If we or our kids fail to provide loving support of family and friends when they're hurting, they're unlikely to forget. These situations are vital opportunities for us to share the love of Christ. That's why I believe we must teach our kids how to help. The Most Common Reason We Don't Help My son's honest reason for not responding to the news that his dad had had a stroke is the most common reason we don't help hurting people: We don't know what to say. We're afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. We're afraid of making people cry, of making the pain worse. And certainly we can say or do the wrong things, but not providing loving support is the worst thing we can do. I told my younger kids that if anything like this happens in the future, a response is required--preferably a phone call and not a text, and certainly not a heart on a social media post with no comment. Depending on the closeness of the relationship, a visit, call, card, or message is appropriate. We had a friend of my husband's say he didn't want to bother him with a call. I reassured him that it would be welcomed. If you aren't sure what level of support is okay, ask. What You Should Say When You Don't Know What to Say What should you say if you don't know what to say? Start with, "I'm so sorry for your loss; I'm sorry this happened; I'm sorry for what you're going through." Adding, "I love you" and "I'm praying for you" are never wrong to say, even if you're supporting someone who is not a Christian. If you're seeing someone in person, a hug, rubbing a shoulder, and sympathetic tears are powerful ways of caring for someone in crisis. Busyness: Another Common Reason We Don't Help Let's talk about my other son's reason for not res...
April 2, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! Are you worried that you're not doing this homeschooling thing right? If that's you, and I know that's the case for many of my listeners, you'll love my guest's perspective on this topic in just a bit. Sponsor But first, I'd like to thank our sponsor for this episode: Time4Learning. Time 4 Learning curriculum supports the homeschool parent with access to resources such as printable lesson plans, homeschool teaching tools, detailed reporting, activity scheduling and parental support through an online Parent Forum. To learn more, go to Time4Learning.com. How to Homeschool Bravely Now for this week's topic: how to homeschool bravely. My guest today is Jamie Erickson. Jamie is a Christian homeschooling mother of five, a fellow podcaster, and blogger behind The Unlikely Homeschool. Today we're discussing her new book, Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence. I know you'll love her encouragement. Jamie and I discussed: * why so many homeschool moms quit after the first year * moms who don't feel "called" to homeschool * how to handle homeschool naysayers * tips for homeschool overwhelm Find Jamie at TheUnlikelyHomeschool.com, HomeschoolBravely.com, on Facebook, and Instagram. Join me next week for a discussion of how to teach kids to help hurting people. Thanks again to Time4Learning for sponsoring the podcast. Have a happy homeschool week! What keeps you from homeschooling bravely? Let me know in the comments. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -TimeforLearning.com
March 19, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! This is an unusual episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show because my guest and I are going to be speaking primarily to homeschool high school students. If you have a high schooler or even better, a soon-to-be high schooler, have them join you in listening! But first, I would love to have you subscribe to Psychowith6.com.  What you will receive when you subscribe is the Sanity Saturday newsletter, in which I share one sanity saver for your life. Typically that sanity saver is related to what's going on in my life. My hope is that you will be able to relate. You'll also get a link to show notes in your inbox every Tuesday. If you're already subscribed on iTunes or Stitcher, the email will remind you to listen to the episodes that most interest you. After today's interview, I learned that my guest and I will both be at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. If you're going to be there too, I hope you'll stop by my Grammar Galaxy Books both. I would love to meet you! Now for this week's topic: how to make the most of the homeschool high school years. My guest is homeschooled high schooler, Noah Tetzer. You're going to be so impressed with him as I was. I asked Noah about: * the biggest advantages of being homeschooled * what he would do differently if he was starting high school today * what he thinks high schoolers' primary goals should be, and more Homeschool High School Resources History of Vikings.com Lessons from a Homeschooler Join me next time when my guest Beth Napoli and I will discuss a sane approach to homeschool screen time. Have a happy homeschool week!
March 12, 2019
Hey homeschoolers! The homeschooling parents I talk with are most likely to get panicky when the middle and high school years aren't far off. My discussion today will put your minds at ease. Let's Connect But first, I would love to have you follow me on Instagram at Psychowith6. I have recently begun sharing inspirational content there--inspiration for your faith, getting organized, your parenting, and of course, homeschooling. I am also enjoying having real conversations with you there. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/helptransition" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] How to Help Your Child Transition to Middle or High School with Sherri Seligson Today's guest is Sherri Seligson. I was so excited to talk with her as I'm a fan. Sherri is a 21-year veteran homeschool mom of four children, a degreed marine biologist, researcher, wife, and Christian. Before being promoted to motherhood, Sherri worked as a marine biologist at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, Marine Biology and Internships for High School Credit, instructional video courses for Apologia’s science curricula, and companion curricula for feature films including Dolphin Tale and War Horse. An international conference and retreat speaker, Sherri uses transparency, truth, and humor, to encourage moms on their homeschool journey and to teach families and students the importance and excitement of studying God’s creation. Sherri and I discussed: * what's different about the middle and high school years * how we can help our students adjust and grow into these new seasons * how to get past the anxiety that often accompanies these changes Resources for Helping Your Student Transition to Middle or High School Apologia General Science Curriculum Apologia Marine Biology Curriculum Internship for High School Teaching to Your Child's Talent Podcast How You Can Homeschool High School Lessons Learned from Homeschooling High School How to Keep Homeschooled High Schoolers Happy The Homeschool High School Podcast Connect with Sherri Seligson SherriSeligson.com Facebook Instagram Conclusion I hope Sherri gave you confidence about helping your kids make the transition to middle and high school. I am an affiliate for Apologia's materials because I use and love them! Join me and my guest next week as we discuss how your high school student can make the most of the high school years. Have a happy homeschool week!
March 5, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I am so excited about this episode. We aren't going to talk parenting or academics. We're going to talk about you. You are so important to your homeschool. You may think I'm going to talk about you getting enough sleep, the right nutrition, and exercise--and all those things are important. But today my guest and I are going to talk about the importance of fashion for homeschool moms. I discovered the power of looking pretty to give me energy, improve my mood, and make me a better teacher and mom, all as a result of my guest's influence. I'll introduce her in a bit, but first I would love to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions in Fort Worth and Greenville, South Carolina. Register at GreatHomeschoolConventions.com and then stop to say hi at the Grammar Galaxy Books booth. Or join me in one of my sessions! I can't wait to meet you. Fashion for Homeschool Moms I was so looking forward to interviewing Alison Lumbatis. She is a wife, mom of three, and founder of Get Your Pretty On. She's a jeans and tee kind of girl who loves spending time with her family and exploring the best places to eat in Dallas, TX. She is an accidental minimalist when it comes to fashion and style, mixing her tried and true closet staples with a few seasonal trends. Alison's goal is to help all women feel pretty by being the go-to resource for inclusive style inspiration and beauty advice. I know you will love her like I do! Alison and I discussed: * Alison's time as a homeschooling mom * the benefits of wearing something pretty * what influenced Alison to care more about what she was wearing * women's objections to putting a pretty wardrobe together * Alison's encouragment to women who are wary of wardrobe building I am an affiliate for Get Your Pretty On. I can't stop talking about it to my friends and family.  You will love getting dressed for homeschool success! The spring wardrobe list and outfit calendar is available for purchase March 8th to the 22nd, 2019. Resources for Homeschool Mom Fashion from This Episode Read the blog post Free closet staples shopping list SAHM Casual Wardrobe Basics GYPO - Facebook, Instagram Next Time on the Homeschool Sanity Show Join me next week as author Sherri Seligson and I discuss how to help our homeschoolers transition to middle and high school. Have a happy homeschool week!
February 5, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I've done a lot of reading on unschooling and I've experimented with it in the afternoons with my kids over the years. But I was forced to take a fresh look at unschooling when I read the book, Homeschool Gone Wild. I invited the author, Karla Marie Williams, to be a guest on the podcast and I posed some challenging questions to her. Whether you're all about unschooling or think it's not for you, I know you'll enjoy my interview with this fascinating homeschool mama. But first, I'd love to invite you to join our Homeschool Sanity Facebook group. I am enjoying your answers to the daily discussion questions. I am happy to give my answers to your burning questions along with allowing the rest of the group to respond, and I consider it a privilege to pray for your requests. I'd like to thank our sponsor, the Christian Standard Bible. Listen for more about this fresh version of God's Word. Homeschool Gone Wild: A Fresh Look at Unschooling Karla Marie Williams is a speaker, writer, and global child advocate. As the founder of iSpeak4KidsGlobal, her work has touched multple countries and cultures. She is a homeschool conference speaker and a mentor to parents through social media - Unschooling the Senational Six. Karla is a wife of 21 years and a mom of si inspired learners. She and her family reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Karla responded brilliantly to several criticisms of unschooling, including that it's: * not parenting * not for college-bound students * allowing kids to play video games  all day * for do-nothing homeschoolers You may be interested in my episode on alternatives to video games here.  Find the episode on interest-led learning here. Karla's book Homeschool Gone Wild is excellent. Follow her on Instagram. How were you inspired by this episode? Comment below. Have a happy homeschool week!
January 29, 2019
Hey, homeschoolers! I always want this podcast to serve you in your homeschooling. One area that I haven't devoted as much attention to is special needs. I want to change that. In today's episode, we'll hear from Colleen Kessler about homeschooling a child with sensory processing disorder. If you have a child with SPD or suspect you might, I hope the interview is helpful to you. I would love to hear about other topics you'd like me to do shows on going forward. I've gotten quite a number of questions about testing, so I'll be devoting an episode to that. If you have an idea, drop me a line at psychowith6 at gmail dot com or message me on Facebook at the Psychowith6 page. These ideas also help me know what to speak about as part of the Great Homeschool Conventions. This year I'll be speaking in Ft. Worth, Texas; Greenville, South Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Ontario, California; and Jacksonville, Florida. I like recording these podcasts, but I LOVE chatting with you face-to-face. Register for the Great Homeschool Convention at Greathomeschoolconventions.com and make plans to attend my sessions and to chat with me at the Grammar Galaxy Books booth. Sponsor I'd like to thank our network sponsor, the Christian Standard Bible for making this podcast possible. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor - Christian Standard Bible The Christian Standard Bible captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising clarity. An optimal blend of accuracy and readability, this translation helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is for everyone—for readers young and old, new and seasoned. It’s a Bible pastors can preach from and a Bible you can share with your neighbor hearing God’s Word for the very first time.
December 11, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! In the last episode, I gave three reasons we don't follow through with our plans and goals. You'll want to listen to that episode first if you haven't already. I had a mom tell me she hoped I could help her get past those three obstacles. I hope I can too. I want to share how I believe you can follow through with your plans and goals this year. Before we dive in, I want to say this. I believe that God is the source of our strength and success. I know He deserves all the credit for the changes in my life. My degree in psychology, my natural abilities, and the dozens of books I've read have all failed to change me in terms of getting organized, helping me lose weight, homeschooling my kids, improving my patience, or writing books. In fact, most of the time those qualifications have gotten in the way of my success. It's only been when I have confessed to God that I can't and don't know how and need Him to take over that anything lasting and worthwhile has occurred. What I want to share with you today is wisdom that I believe the Lord gave me as I sought Him over and over again for help getting past my procrastination, disorganization, and addictions to get more done. But always take anything I suggest to you to the Lord yourself and ask Him to give you discernment for whether it is right for you in this season of your life. With that important disclaimer out of the way, let's talk about how we can overcome three important obstacles to following through this year. Resources for following through on your plans and goals 12 Week Year planning my homeschooling by the quarter Grammar Galaxy Great Homeschool Convention The Organized Homeschool Life Planner. Today I'm launching my book, A Year of Living Productively. [button link="https://grammargalaxybooks.com/product/a-year-of-living-productively-digital/" type="big" newwindow="yes"] Buy the PDF for just $7.50![/button] The advantage of the digital PDF version is click-and-go access to the strategies you're most interested in. And during the launch from now through December 16th, you'll save 25% off the PDF list price. Get the book for just $7.50, or bundle the book and the digital Organized Homeschool Life Planner for just $22.50. If you haven't gotten your copy of The Organized Homeschool Life book, you can add it to the bundle and pay just $30 for all three resources. [button link="https://amzn.to/2L7Oikb" type="big" newwindow="yes"] Buy on Amazon[/button] If you'd like the Kindle or print version, A Year of Living Productively is also available on Amazon. If you know a productivity junkie, someone who struggles with procrastion like I did, or anyone who wants to follow through and achieve their goal,
December 4, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! Are you great at making plans for the new school year but you never seem to do what you've planned? Or are you great at setting goals for the new year that you struggle to achieve? If that's you, I'm going to put my psychologist hat on and explain why your follow-through fails. That's what's on tap for this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. There's no time to waste. It's a busy time of year, so let's jump right in. Listen to learn the three main reasons you aren't following through. The first one was a surprise to me! Resources for Following Through Read the blog post How to Keep the Happy Planning Going Curriculum Paralysis The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner Grammar Galaxy Visit Homeschool Sanity to get a sample of A Year of Living Productively What's your biggest struggle with follow through? Comment and let me know.
November 27, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! It's the holidays as I'm recording and there's nothing like the holidays to make your kids' character clear. If you'd like to see a little more love, gratitude, and diligence in them, you'll love this week's episode on training character into your kids. But first, I invite you to subscribe to Psychowith6. You'll receive the resources mentioned in these episodes right in your inbox each week. Simply go to psychowith6.com/subscribe and enter your email address. I can't wait to connect with you. I also can't wait to introduce you to my guest this week. She is Kathie Morrissey. Kathie is wife to Alan, mother of eight children, and homeschooling mom of 31 years. She and her husband have been married for 37 years and their kids are grown. They have 10 precious grandkids, one of whom Kathie helps care for in the mornings. Though Kathie's homeschooling days are behind her, she stays busy running The Character Corner, traveling to conferences, and sharing encouragement. When she's not working, you may find her playing the piano, reading a good book, or eating chocolate. I know you'll enjoy hearing what this veteran homeschool mom has to say about training character into your kids. Training Character Into Your Children In this episode, Kathie shares: * why training character into our children is so important * how kids learn character * ideas for teaching character intentionally * encouragement for moms who feel their kids' character isn't where it should be * her favorite ways to train her kids' character Resources mentioned in this episode Better Late Than Early by Ray and Dorothy Moore Free character charts and lessons from The Character Corner The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ The Character Corner Follow the Character Corner on Facebook Have a happy homeschool week!
November 20, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! In this episode, we’ll chat about having fun in the kitchen with our kids. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around the kitchen. How about you? I want to make the same kinds of memories with my kids. My guest today is Samantha Barnes. She has years of experience as a middle school teacher and is on a mission to improve children’s learning experiences through the life skill of cooking. As a culinary kids educator for more than a decade, Samantha has helped more than 75,000 kids find confidence in the kitchen and learn the joy of cooking. Samantha has introduced Raddish into thousands of households, homeschools, and cooperative schools with its highly detailed and informative curriculum that helps parents and educators take the reign as educators in the kitchen so kids can take charge. Samantha and her culinary programs have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TODAY, Sunset Magazine, NPR and many more. Sam served as safety consultant and recipe contributor on the Fox hit show, MasterChef Junior, and her culinary summer camps received the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award for Best Camp in Los Angeles. Sam travels the country and speaks at homeschool and education conferences about the power of teaching through cooking. To see the unboxing of a Raddish kit, watch the video below. RaddishKids.com Raddish on Facebook Raddish on Instagram Whether you try Raddish or not, I hope you’ll spend some fun time in the kitchen with your kids making memories. Have a happy homeschool week! Pin this image so you remember this as a gift idea.
November 13, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! This week we are discussing habits of the organized homeschool mom. If organization doesn't come naturally to you as it doesn’t for me, I think you'll enjoy this episode. First, if you haven't listened to the last two episodes I did on planning, you’ll want listen to them first. Organizing didn't come naturally to me. I've had to learn it the hard way. But today I feel like I'm organized enough to do everything God has called me to do as a homeschooling mom. If you'd like to take a shorter journey to organization than I took, this article is for you. These are the habits of an organized homeschool mom. Resources for Habits of the Organized Homeschool Mom Read the blog post Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners How to Keep Happy Planning Going Diona Navarro website, Instagram, Etsy shop using an app for prayer time Where once it was challenging to find curriculum that worked well in a homeschool setting, now we’re tearing our hair out trying to decide what to buy and what to use once we buy it. I attended a kindergarten graduation with my second son and was wowed by the kindergartners who performed musically for the ceremony. These children seemed so advanced. My son sat at the graduation, clearly not paying attention to the ceremony at all. It's so ridiculous now, but I thought he and I were lacking something. That son ironically grew up to be an advanced student and a part of our church’s worship band. I didn't begin pressing him to do more after that kindergarten graduation, but I could have. I could have let fear about not measuring up add to the burden of homeschooling instead of the joy of it. I asked Diona to talk about The Organized Homeschool Life, which is a plan for helping us to be the organized homeschool moms God has called us to be. Listen to what she said on the podcast. The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner will help you to create the habits of an organized homeschool mom. First, every day your planner will direct you to spend time with the Lord. Rather than having long lined pages to complete that aren’t realistic for busy moms like us, you’ll have a few lines on which to write your gratitude to God, the word you heard from God, and your response to Him in prayer. Even if all you do is just complete that part of your daily plan, you'll feel connected to the Lord. The next habit The Organized Homeschool Life helps you develop is routines. Each day you'll create a basic schedule for your day. You'll be guided in the process of creating a routine with a helpful printable. Once you’ve created a workable routine, creating a loose schedule of specific tasks for the ...
November 8, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! Today we are talking about how to keep happy planning going. If you're like me and you have begun using numerous planners only to leave them languishing on the shelf, you're going to love this episode. If you haven't listened to my last episode called Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners, you'll want to listen to that first.  Once you listen, come back and check in with my guest Diona Navarro. Want to read the blog post instead? Check it out here. My favorite tip is to choose the planner based on the way you work. Which of these tips will help you keep up your planning habit? Comment and let me know. Pin this post to listen later
November 6, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! I am so excited about this episode. Today were going to be talking about why happy homeschool moms are planners. If you've never been a planner or if you have been a planner and you've lost your planning mojo, you're going to love this episode. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/happyplanners" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] Before I launch into the topic though, I would love to have you join us in the Organized Homeschool Life Facebook group. There you have the opportunity to be reminded to complete your monthly calendars and other planning tasks. Find a free Christmas bucket list planner in the group when you join. Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners I wasn't always a planner. In fact I have lived through many embarrassing and discouraging moments because of my lack of planning. The peace and joy I have in planning today is something I want to share with you. To do that, I have invited Diana Navarro, the blogger behind AllDayEverydayMom.com to chat planning for my next three episodes. Diana is a planner and a happy homeschool mom. You're going to love her. She had me more excited about being a homeschool mom than I have been in a long time. Want to read the blog post instead? Find it here. Are you a planner? Does it make you happy? Comment and let me know how. Pin the post below so you can listen later.
October 30, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! It's amazing but true. In podcasting for four of the last five years, I've recorded more than 150 shows. What's funny is that I've done enough that I can't remember them all. I was going to do an episode on guilt, but found I'd already done it. To solve that problem, I organized all of my episodes so I could search them easily. Doing that made me realize you might like this information. You might not have been listening from the beginning, or you might want to listen to a favorite episode again. So today I'm going to share the top 40 episodes with you and how you can easily find an episode on the topic you're interested in. Sponsor But first I want to thank my sponsor, 7 Sisters Homeschool. Check out the episode I did with 7 Sisters on homeschooling high school as well as my brand new review of their movies as literature curriculum called Cinema Studies. Spoiler alert: I LOVE IT. Homeschool Sanity Show Top 40 Now for this week's topic: the Homeschool Sanity Show top 40. I wish I was Casey Kasem right now. If you don't know who he is because you're too young, don't tell me. That's too depressing. He did a weekly top 40 radio show. I'm not going to give you the shows in order, thouh. Instead, I'm going to share them by category. The shows I have recorded here fall into three broad categories: organization and sanity; parenting and marriage; and curriculum and general homeschooling. The organization and sanity category makes up 50% of the shows I've done with the other two categories making up 25% each. Let's start with the top 20 shows in organization and sanity category. Top Organization and Sanity Shows Several of my most popular episodes included guest interviews. The top two episodes are interviews I did with my famous friend, the FLYLady. Early on for the Homeschool Sanity Show, the FLYLady shared about the power of routines and in 2016 we chatted about homeschool FLYing. I need to have her back, don't I? If you need to break free from the chaos of disorganization, I know you'll love those episodes. The episode I did with Julie Bogart on keeping your homeschool commitment was also very popular. I loved hearing her homeschool story that allowed her kids to move in and out of homeschooling as needed. She is an encourager you'll love. If you've ever been interested in starting a blog, you'll want to listen to the episode I did early on with Jimmie Lanley. She makes the path for getting started simple but realistic. Last year I did a series of podcasts where I interviewed new homeschoolers. The episodes where we chatted about routines, scheduling, and having goals and devotional time made the top of the list. Scheduling has been a hot topic in general. Early in the show's archives, I interviewed the owners of A Plan in Place. That was a popular show as was Secrets of Scheduling Success. When it comes to organization, the more I've referenced stress,
October 16, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! This week I am creating a podcast based on a very popular guest post I wrote for LikeMindedMusings.com. Specifically, how to help your tween daughter handle her emotions. I'm looking forward to sharing some tips with you if you have a tween daughter, who also seems to have emotions, if you know what I mean. But first, I wanted to share two things with you. I am going to be speaking at five Great Homeschool Conventions this year. I am so excited to meet you. I'll be in Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, California, and Florida. Make sure you get registered at GreatHomeschoolConventions.com so we can chat! The second thing I wanted to share is that I have begun answering reader questions on my YouTube channel. If you have a  question you'd like me to answer, email me at Psychowith6@gmail.com or message me on social media. I won't share your name or identifying details, but I can share the information with others who have the same question. Sponsor I want to thank the sponsor for this episode, Change in the Air. Change in the Air is a new film releasing Oct 19th that you won’t want to miss! A peaceful community is forever changed when a mysterious young woman moves in. As the quirky locals embrace her, their lives soon improve. But, they can’t help notice that their strange new neighbor has a secret…Change in the Air will release in select theaters, and digitally on Oct 19th. Go to ChangeInTheAirMovie.net to see if the film is playing near you, or purchase or rent it the day it comes out! Change in the Air - in theaters and digitally on Oct 19th. Resources for Managing Tween Girls' Emotions How You Are Changing by Jane Graver There are apps like this Period Tracker Listen to Homeschooling Through Hormones Have a happy homeschool week! Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor - Change is in the Air Movie This story embraces the imperfections that make us human, offers a way to set ourselves free and asks us all to take a good, long look at the wild birds in the sky. Watch the trailer here!
October 9, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! This week I'll chat with a special guest about leaving homeschool legalism. You may think that doesn't apply to you. I know at one time I didn't think it applied to me. But just last week I learned that I had left an unedited portion of the podcast in the audio. I didn't do well with knowing I'd made that mistake. It's been corrected now and it wasn't much of a scandal (sorry to disappoint), but the way we react to making mistakes or to our kids' mistakes is a good barometer for legalism. More in a moment. Sponsor But first I want to thank the sponsor for this episode, Change in the Air. Change in the Air is a new film releasing Oct 19th that you won’t want to miss! A peaceful community is forever changed when a mysterious young woman moves in. As the quirky locals embrace her, their lives soon improve. But, they can’t help notice that their strange new neighbor has a secret…Change in the Air will release in select theaters, and digitally on Oct 19th. Go to ChangeInTheAirMovie.net to see if the film is playing near you, or purchase or rent it the day it comes out! Change in the Air - in theaters and digitally on Oct 19th. Leaving Homeschool Legalism Resources Blog post with my story Leaving Legalism by Kendra Fletcher Kendra's Facebook page Leaving Legalism Facebook group Homeschooling in Real Life podcast Conclusion Have you ever fallen for the trap of legalism in your homeschool? Comment and let me know. Have a happy homeschool week! Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor - Change is in the Air Movie This story embraces the imperfections that make us human, offers a way to set ourselves free and asks us all to take a good, long look at the wild birds in the sky. Watch the trailer here!
September 25, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Are you homeschooling a smart or talented kid? Or would you like to be? My guest today is going to help us with strategies for challenging our kids to reach their potential. But first I would love to have you subscribe to my sanity savers newsletter. I share tips that have saved my homeschool and life sanity and may save yours too. You'll also get updates with links to this podcast automatically. Go to Psychowith6.com/subscribe. Sponsor My thanks to Kiwi Co for sponsoring this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Listen to how Kiwi Crates can benefit your smart kids. Then order your free kit at kiwico.com/homeschool and pay shipping only. Resources for Homeschooling Smart Kids Blog Post Nature Walks podcast Sane Approach to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling podcast Homeschooling Gifted Kids book Our Journey Westward Our Journey Westward on Facebook Our Journey Westward on Instagram Discover and develop your child's talent podcast Digital alternatives to traditional student projects podcast What gifts do you see in your kids? Comment and let us know! Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate! KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, art, and math -- accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits. Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)
September 18, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! If you listened to last week's podcast about getting things done in your homeschool, you'll understand my focus on prayer this week. I recommend you listen to it first. We tend to think of homeschooling as something we do that requires God's blessing, when the truth is we cannot do it without Him. This week I will share a powerful prayer for you to pray over your homeschool. I believe prayer can change us and our homeschools when nothing else can because God responds to our prayers. We'll start talking about prayer in a moment, but first I would love to have you join us in the homeschool sanity Facebook group. We have interesting discussions every day. It's the perfect place for us to share our prayer requests as well. Look for the daily prayer graphic and we can be praying for one another and celebrating God's answers to prayer. Sponsor Thank you to this week's sponsor, KiwiCo, the maker of Kiwi learning crates for kids. Try it for free! Just pay shipping. Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate! KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, art, and math -- accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits. Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping) Prayer Podcast Resources Read the blog post Listen to Get Things Done Listen to Proverbs 31 Woman Part 1 Listen to Proverbs 31 Woman Part 2 What part of the Lord's Prayer means the most to you now? Comment and let me know. God bless your homeschool week!
September 11, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Do you regularly find yourself at the end of the school day with nothing to show for it? Do you feel like you aren't getting anything done? If that's you, you're in good company. I regularly hear from homeschoolers just like you and I can't wait to share the solution I give them. But first I want to invite you to join us in our Facebook group, The Organized Homeschool Life. This is where you can find the inspiration, support, and help you need to stay organized in your homeschooling all year long. Moms are sharing that they have been able to declutter, get dinner on the table, and even make the beginning of the school year special as a result of The Organized Homeschool Life. It's free! Sponsor The sponsor for this week's podcast is Time 4 Learning. Listen to how Time 4 Learning could save your homeschool sanity. Then go to time4learning.com to learn more. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Time 4 Learning Time4Learning provides the tools and resources students need to build skills and confidence in the core subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling or whatever your current situation, Time4Learning is a flexible, online curriculum that can be tailored to your child’s individual needs. The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs. Click Here to Visit Time 4 Learning! Resources to get things done in your homeschool Read the blog post [Read Why You're Not a Homeschool Failure]     Download your routines at HomeschoolSanity.com Conclusion If you believe you are incapable of getting things done in your own strength, if you create a routine for yourself and your family, and you establish and enforce boundaries, you can find that you are getting more done than you ever dreamed. That's been my experience! Which of these reasons is the main reason you aren't getting things done in your homeschool?
September 4, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Today on the podcast I want to address the fear so many of us have that we’re not qualified. I want to tell you my story that began long before I began homeschooling or even had children and how I came to feel qualified. But first, I want to invite you to join me at Psychowith6 on Facebook most Tuesday afternoons at 4E/3C/2M/1P for reviews and giveaways. I have been blessed with many materials from authors and homeschool publishers and I want to give them to families who want them. You’ll also get an inside look at resources that can enrich your homeschool. Besides that, if you join me live, I can enjoy chatting with you and getting to know you better. Of course, you can watch and enter the giveaways after the live video too. Under the Following tab, you can choose to see Psychowith6 first in your newsfeed so you’re less likely to miss me. Sponsor I want to thank Time 4 Learning for sponsoring this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Episode Resources Read the blog post Notgrass History Mystery of History Grammar Galaxy Today's Action Step Today’s Action Step is to start doing something you don’t feel qualified to do. You’ll feel qualified the more action you take. Thanks again to Time 4 Learning for sponsoring the podcast. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Time 4 Learning Time4Learning provides the tools and resources students need to build skills and confidence in the core subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling or whatever your current situation, Time4Learning is a flexible, online curriculum that can be tailored to your child’s individual needs. The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs. Click Here to Visit Time 4 Learning! Have a happy homeschool week!
August 21, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Whether you’re back to homeschool or not, today’s six parenting traps that I’ll describe can help you to have a more successful homeschool year. Before I get into them, I want to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I am going to be sharing videos there two to three times a month once again. Now I’d like to thank my sponsor for this episode, Hebrew for Homeschooolers. Listen to the podcast as Ana Willis explains why this class will be a blessing to your homeschool. Resources for Avoiding Parenting Traps Have a New Kid by Friday If you struggle with anger in your parenting, listen to the podcasts I did on this topic. [An Easy Free Chore Checklist That Works] We have had time limits and schedules. listen to the podcast episode I did on that topic. how I failed to check my kids’ math homework Listen to the episode I did with my husband on a healthy homeschooling marriage. Which of these parenting traps has been an issue in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.
August 14, 2018
Do you have kids who are motivated at the beginning of the year, only to become reluctant learners as the year goes on? If so, you’ll want to listen in for how to motivate homeschool students. But first, I would love to have you like my Facebook page, Psychowith6. I’ll be broadcasting there most Tuesday afternoons at 4 E, 3C, 2M, 1P. I’ll have spontaneous giveaways for my live viewers too. SPONSOR Thanks so much to my sponsor for this episode, Hebrew for Homeschoolers. If you want to learn a foreign language in a way that’s fun for kids, you’ll want to listen in. In this episode, you'll learn: * how to discover motivators for your child. * how to make sure the reward you choose continues to work as a motivator * how to deliver rewards effectively * how to troubleshoot motivation problems Episode Resources Read the blog post [Read 6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write and How to Fix It] Random app Which of these three keys has been the most challenging for you in motivating your student? Comment below. Pin me!
August 7, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! Are you still in the process of choosing homeschool curriculum? It’s a challenge, right? That’s why I asked my guest today to help us. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first I’d love to connect with you on Instagram.  If you’re obviously a homeschooler, I’ll follow back. I love seeing what’s happening in your world. Sponsor I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, Teach a Child to Read. As you may know, I write Grammar Galaxy, an elementary language arts curriculum. The most common question I get about it is when can my child start? Grammar Galaxy is for beginning readers. If your child is still learning to read, you’ll want to check out the website, the Facebook page, the Facebook group, and the Instagram account for Teach a Child to Read. The Right Curriculum Resources How to Choose the Right Homeschool Curriculum best homeschool science, language arts, and math curriculum free kids' rating sheet for reviewing homeschool curriculum from ThriveHomeschooling.com. Save 10% on the book with code SANITY Have a happy homeschool week!
July 24, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! I hate to be the bearer of bad news for those of you who don't homeschool year round. But yes, back to school is right around the corner. I have wise advice for making back to school the best it can be, whether you are a new or veteran homeschooler. This episode we will discuss six mistakes that veteran homeschoolers don't make when it comes to back-to-school. Sponsor - Truth Seekers Mystery Series But first I would like to thank our sponsor-- Truth Seekers Mysteries-- for sponsoring the podcast. Let’s face it, Christian kids are leaving their faith in droves despite all our best efforts. Until now! With the Truth Seekers Mystery Series, your children will become engrossed in a wonderful story that teaches about justice and how to defend their beliefs. Now you can spark your child’s interest in God's wonderful Creation without even trying! Using a “novel” approach your children will race through hundreds of pages of heart-pounding mystery, suspense, and edge-of-your-seat adventure! There are three novels and study guides in the series. Visit the TruthSeekersMysterySeries.com. Back-to-Homeschool Resources Read the blog post I have guides that well help you choose the best science, language arts, and math curriculum for your family. 120 more ideas for Back to Homeschool from ASLRochelle.com. Print Recipe var plantoeatRef='psychowith6'; Six-Can Chicken Tortilla Soup Source: allrecipes.com Course: Main Course Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 15 min Total Time: 20 min Serves: 6 Scale Update Ingredients 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn drained 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth 1 (10 ounce) can chunk chicken 1 (15 ounce) can black beans 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers drained 1 bag tortilla chips 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese 1 container light sour cream Directions * Open the cans of corn, chicken broth, chunk chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilies. Pour everything into a large saucepan or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is heated through. Amount Per Serving (6) * Calories: 214 * Protein: 17.2g * Sugar: 2.7g * Carbohydrate: 27.2g * Fat: 4.9g * Cholesterol: 32mg * Sodium: 1482mg * Fiber: 6.7g Powered by
July 10, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! Are you facing a transition this year? Do you have a new baby, a child who will start formal schooling for the first time, a new middle schooler, highschooler, or college student? Have you moved or has someone in your home had a job change? Whatever the change you're facing, transitions can be challenging. In this episode we'll talk about how to make transitions as smooth as possible. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/transitions" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] Sponsor But first I'd like to think our sponsor for this podcast, Truth Seeker Mysteries. Let’s face it, Christian kids are leaving their faith in droves despite all our best efforts. Until now! With the Truth Seekers Mystery Series, your children will become engrossed in a wonderful story that teaches about justice and how to defend their beliefs. Now you can spark your child’s interest in God's wonderful creation without even trying! Using a “novel” approach your children will race through hundreds of pages of heart-pounding mystery, suspense, and edge-of-your-seat adventure! There are three novels and study guides in the series. Visit TruthSeekersMysterySeries.com. Resources for Homeschool Transitions Read the blog post Why You're Not Failing as a Homeschool Mom The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner Virtual Vendor CodeforTeens.com What transitions are you facing this year? Comment and let me know. Have a happy homeschool week!
June 26, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! What is apologetics and why should you teach it in your homeschool? My guest this week, Dr. Georgia Purdom of Answers in Genesis, will explain why it's vital that apologetics is a part of our kids' Christian education. Sponsor But first I want to thank our sponsor for this podcast, The Well Planned Gal. She has various planners for every homeschool need. A planner is not a planner unless it is a Well Planned Day planner! The Well Planned gal, Rebecca Farris, is a homeschool mom who has a gift and she shares her talents with us in her planner series. A few of the amazing planners available are: The Well Planned Day, Student planners, and even the high school 4-year planner. Her newest planner is the Well Planned Prayer Planner with an all-in-one planner and organizer. Organize your day with a focus on placing God first. Journaling 101, as well as scripture verses, permeate this beautiful book. Take it everywhere and you will have all the information you need at your fingertips. Best of all it becomes a keepsake and wonderful guide for making prayer a priority. This journal is truly life-changing. Visit wellplanedgal.com for more. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor - Well Planned Gal Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles! Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine. Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal Homeschool Apologetics Now for this week's topic. I got to talk with Dr. Georgia Purdom about why teaching apologetics is so important in our homeschools. Dr. Georgia Purdom earned her PhD in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University.  After teaching as a college biology professor for 6 years, she joined Answers in Genesis in 2006 where she serves as the Ministry Content Administrator in addition to being a speaker, writer, and researcher. She also directs AiG’s annual women’s conference, Answers for Women, bringing relevant apologetics teaching to women. Dr. Purdom and her husband Chris have been married for 21 years and have a 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Georgia enjoys homeschooling her daughter and serving in children’s ministry in her local church. Apologetics Resources Blog post Dr. Purdom's Facebook page Ken Ham's Facebook page Answers for Kids book set Answers for Kids Bible curriculum Answers Books for Teens Four-Year Apologetics Curriculum Apologetics Courses
June 19, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! I just helped my son choose general education courses he is interested in taking in college and guess what one of the options was? Astronomy! I had a fascinating conversation about studying astronomy throughout the homeschool years with Luke Gilkerson. You will want to listen in to hear more. Our Sponsor But first I want to thank our sponsor, The Well Planned gal. She has various planners for every homeschool need. A planner is not a planner unless it is a Well Planned Day planner! The Well Planned gal, Rebecca Farris, is a homeschool mom who has a gift and she shares her talents with us in her planner series. A few of the amazing planners available are: The Well Planned Day, Student planners, and even the high school 4-year planner. Her newest planner is the Well Planned Prayer Planner with an all-in-one planner and organizer. Organize your day with a focus on placing God first. Journaling 101, as well as scripture verses, permeate this beautiful book. Take it everywhere and you will have all the information you need at your fingertips. Best of all it becomes a keepsake and wonderful guide for making prayer a priority. This journal is truly life-changing. Visit wellplannedgal.com for more. Now for this week's topic: astronomy in your homeschool. Why should you teach it and how can you, especially if you seem to have everything working against you, study this science? My guest Luke Gilkerson and I dive into that in this episode. Luke Gilkerson and his wife Trisha are authors of multiple homeschooling and parenting books. They blog together at Intoxicated On Life. During his undergraduate program, Mr. Gilkerson worked in the university Astronomy department as a stargaze instructor. For the last several years he has taught astronomy at his local homeschool co-op and has now also enjoyed teaching over 1,000 students all over the world about the sky! You can learn more about his astronomy courses at ExperienceAstronomy.com. Listen in to hear: * why we should study astronomy * whether we can study astronomy without a telescope * the best way to study astronomy with younger kids and teens * how to study astronomy if you live in a well-lit area * how Christian parents can navigate the tricky connections between astronomy and astrology, mythology, and the Old Earth philosophy * why Luke created Experience Astronomy That's all for this episode. Join me next time for an interview with Dr. Georgia Purdom of Answers in Genesis. Have a happy homeschool week! Have you tried teaching astronomy in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor - Well Planned Gal Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles! Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.
June 12, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Were you worried that I had disappeared? I enjoyed an extended vacation that has made a huge difference in how I feel. Normally, I am exhausted at the beginning of summer and I don't want to do anything. But this year, after two consecutive weeks off, I feel great. I highly recommend taking a real break from all the work and teaching you do, so you can be refreshed too. This week we'll discuss five more worries that can keep us from homeschooling with joy. Be sure to listen to part 1. Sponsor But first, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, The Well Planned Gal, Rebecca Farris. She has various planners for every homeschool need. A planner is not a planner unless it is a Well Planned Day planner! The Well Planned gal, Rebecca Farris, is a homeschool mom who has a gift and she shares her talents with us in her planner series. A few of the amazing planners available are: The Well Planned Day, Student planners and even the high school 4-year planner. The newest planner is the Well Planned Prayer Planner with an all-in-one planner and organizer. Organize your day with a focus on placing God first. Journaling 101, as well as scripture verses, permeate this beautiful book. Take it everywhere and you will have all the information you need at your fingertips. Best of all it becomes a keepsake and wonderful guide for making prayer a priority. This journal is truly life-changing. Visit thewellplanedgal.com for more! I'll also be giving you an inside look at her high school planner on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/psychowith6. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor - Well Planned Gal Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles! Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her  popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.   Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling Links & Resources Blog post [READ WHAT IF MY KIDS WON'T LISTEN TO ME?] #1 Question parents ask me What if my child wants to go to school? the unexpected positive results from my son going to school interviewed my son for the podcast Homeschooling can be very inexpensive podcast episode on handling homeschool haters HSLDA Help for Anxious Homeschoolers Virtual Vendor: NorthwestRockandFossil.com Which of these five worries has been the biggest problem for you...
May 9, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! Do you worry about homeschooling? If so, you're normal. You're welcome and thank you for joining me for this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Just kidding. It is normal to worry, but I'm going to help you stop, so you can get on with the business of homeschooling. For this episode, we will discuss five common worries. If you're still worrying, you can join me for part 2 of the topic. But first, I want to tell you about the Build Your Bundle Sale. This annual digital homeschooling resource sale is a popular one with my listeners. You can save up to 95% on curriculum, homeschooling helps, parenting resources and more.  My own ebook, The Organized Homeschool Life is a part of Homeschool Helps Bundle #2. It is partnered with 7 other ebooks and 5 courses that complement the organizing help to be found in my book, including a lesson and student planner. It's just $19, which is a steal! I have also put the digital Organized Homeschool Life Planner on sale this week only. So now you can not only have a plan for organizing your homeschooling life, but all the tools you need to finally make it happen. But wait! There's more. Last year, Grammar Galaxy was a part of the Build Your Bundle sale. The second volume, Protostar, is not included in the bundle sale this year, but the digital version of Protostar is now priced 20% less this week only. If you are not a digital curriculum and resource buyer but you're curious about the many benefits of using digital, listen to this episode. If worrying is keeping you from homeschooling, I have help for you! We will put five common worries to rest so you can stop worrying and start homeschooling. Homeschooling Worry Resources Read the blog post [LIsten to How to Be a Patient Homeschool Mom] [Read Anger Lies Christian Parents Believe] FLYLady [Listen to the Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady] [Listen to Homeschool FLYing] The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner [Read Why I Wasted My Education] [Read Homeschooling is the Most Fulfilling Career] [Read Scheduling Secrets] [Read Curriculum Paralysis] [Listen to Gaps in Your Homeschooling]   [Read What to Do When Phonics Doesn't Work] Conclusion
May 2, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Welcome to this bonus broadcast of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Today, I'm going to share what a homeschool portfolio is and how it can be used to save your sanity. [button link="http://ultimateradioshow.com/portfolio" type="big" color="orange" newwindow="yes"] Listen to the podcast[/button] First, what is a homeschool portfolio? A homeschool portfolio, in short, is a record of what your child is learning. It might be a digital or print record, often kept in a binder.   Homeschool Portfolio Resources states' homeschool requirements First, choose a portfolio. This portfolio from Not Consumed is a great choice. Or print this free pack from Talking Mom 2 Mom. Conclusion The process of keeping a homeschool portfolio can be a rewarding one for you and your child, whether you are required to keep one or not.  Choose a method to build your portfolio and get started using it today.
April 17, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! This week I'm going to answer your questions about college-prep homeschooling or what you need to do in high school to prepare your student for college. Before we dive in, I want to mention The Great Homeschool Convention. I am just home from Cincinnati, where I was able to meet some of you. It is a thrill to meet you and hear what I'm sharing that makes a difference in your homeschooling life. Without your feedback I can feel like I'm talking to the clothes in my closet where I record. I am happy to share mistakes I've made so you don't have to make them and successes I've had so you can share them. I heard from you that the thoroughbred analogy I used was helpful. If you don't know what I'm talking about, listen to How to Happy and Homeschool Too. If you are able to attend the great homeschool convention in St. Louis in July, I would love to meet you in person. I'd like to thank our sponsor for this episode, FamilyLife's first feature film, LIKE ARROWS. It explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting. LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit LIKEARROWSMOVIE.COM. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com. I am frequently asked about college-prep homeschooling. When some moms consider the high school years as preparation for college, they freak out. I get it. I was worried about high school too. But I shouldn't have been. This May I will graduate my third high school student and will have my first college graduate. I don't have all the answers, but my perspective has changed and I want to share my experiences that should calm your fears. College-Prep Homeschooling Resources [Listen to Secrets to College Admission with Lee Binz] HSLDA.org Apologia [Read Teaching Pratical Skills in Your Homeschool] Pennsylvania Homeschoolers College Prep Plus See Homeschool Sanity for ACT prep booksMagoosh [Listen to Lessons Learned from Homeschooling High School] Conclusion Homeschooling high school can be a rewarding time in your relationship with your teen. While preparing your child for college can create anxiety, we can learn how to choose courses, prepare our kids for college entrance exams, and earn scholarship money. We can also trust God to help our kids do what is required to fulfill the plan He has for them. College-prep homeschooling has been much easier than I thought it would be. I hope I've reassured you! Do you have any questions about college-prep homeschooling that I haven't answered? Comment below.
April 3, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! This week I am going to save your sanity by sharing with you the best language arts curriculum for every grade level. One of the most time-consuming tasks for homeschooling parents is researching curriculum. I’m not only going to tell you what I think are the best choices, but I'm also going to give you access to a free document with all the information in table format. I think you're going to love it! Before we dive in, I want to thank our sponsor for this episode of the homeschool sanity show, the Miracle Season Movie. The movie is based on a true story and I am a sucker for those. Learn more at MiracleSeason.movie. Why choosing the best language arts curriculum matters Right away I want to issue a disclaimer. I am only sharing the language arts curricula that teaches more than one subject. I will not be discussing curricula that strictly teaches literature, writing, spelling, or grammar. In the future I may do reviews of these curricula as well. For today, if a curriculum teaches more than one subject and I believe it is one of the best currently available, I am including it in my list. You may have a curriculum you love that does teach more than one subject that hasn't made my list. I would love to hear about it in the comments. The list I've created will be a huge help in making a decision this year, especially if you are looking for a complete language arts curriculum and not a standalone subject. Click the list image below to claim your copy at HomeschoolSanity.com. Grammar Galaxy I will begin with what I consider to be the best language arts complete curriculum for elementary students. Am I being completely objective in recommending Grammar Galaxy as one of the best options? No. I have had too much positive feedback from Grammar Galaxy families to remain objective. I hear over and over that reluctant readers and writers are now doing both and loving it! I have heard too many times that children beg to do Grammar Galaxy where other grammar and English curriculum left them groaning. I am excited about the launch of the third volume of Grammar Galaxy which teaches literature concepts, vocabulary and spelling strategies, grammar, and composition and speaking to fourth graders and up or those who have completed the Protostar level or its equivalent. The stories and including students in the story as guardians of Grammar Galaxy who have missions and not workbooks to complete seems to be the awesome sauce. As this podcast is being released, Yellow Star and any bundles it is a part of is 20% off with no coupon code required. Go to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com/shop to save before midnight April 8, 2018. This is the best price through the fall of 2018. Grammar Galaxy currently has levels available for beginning readers or first-graders through fourth-graders but complete levels are planned for fifth and sixth graders with individual subject books planned for junior high. I already have students in junior high using and loving Volumes 1 and 2, however. [Listen to 6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write and How to Fix It] Great Homeschool Conventions in Cincinnati and St. Louis this year. how to decide which curriculum to use HomeschoolScopes group on Facebook Blessings on your research and decision making on language arts curricula!
March 27, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Does your child resist writing? Run away from writing prompts? I have six reasons your child hates to write and how to fix it in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. But first I would love to have you follow GrammarGalaxyBooks on Instagram. I share grammar graphics that can help you and your child develop good grammar and I give you an inside peek at the writing life. It's pretty glamorous! It's not, but it's fun to share photos and connect with you there. I want to thank The Miracle Season movie for sponsoring the show. As the mother of a volleyball player, I can't wait to see it. View the trailer at MiracleSeason.Movie. Kids Writing Resources You can download the handwriting and spring writing prompts I mention in the Homeschool Sanity show notes page. Dragon Dictation app for the iPhone, [Check out the Better Editor Game] Grammar Galaxy [Listen to Help for Anxious Homeschoolers]   If you want students who love to write, increase their handwriting speed or input, structure the assignment so it's easy and quick to complete, encourage rather than correct, give fun assignments, relax about writing, and give your child a motivating reason to write. If you do these things, you may not be raising the next Longfellow, but you can have a child who enjoys writing. And that is half the battle. Which of these approaches will you try first? Let me know in the comments. Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!   We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, The Miracle Season! Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girl's volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school's star player Caroline "Line" Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship. Visit here to learn more.
March 13, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! This week our topic is how to be happy and homeschool too. Wait a minute. Are you wondering if I'm suggesting that happiness and homeschooling are mutually exclusive? Yep. That's exactly what I'm suggesting. I'm thankful my friends Andy and Kendra Fletcher were the first to be honest about it, saying that homeschooling can be a buzz kill. Before we dig in, I want to thank our sponsor for this episode, the movie Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies.  I also want to invite you to meet me at a Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati in April or St. Louis in July. If you want to stalk me at both conferences, go ahead! I'll be speaking about motivating your students, managing parental anger, and managing frustration in your child. Find my booth by looking for Fun to Learn Books. Register for the conference today by going to greathomeschoolconventions.com. This is the time where most podcasters make a shameless plug for a product they're selling. My plug isn't shameless at all. In fact I think it's shameFULL if you don't already own The Organized Homeschool Life Planner. My planner was designed to create happiness. Each day the planner directs us to spend time with the Lord. We thank Him for the blessings we have (which is proven to create happiness, by the way). We read the word He has for us and write it down so we can remember it. We can then write any worries we have as a prayer. I use this space for truth journaling. I hear from so many of you who struggle to make time for the Lord. I love that The Organized Homeschool Life Planner makes it easy! Learn more by going to Psychowith6.com/TOHL planner. Time for a word from our sponsor. The animated feature, ‘ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES,’ blooms on big screens nationwide for a two-day family-friendly adventure. Take an amazing journey to an enchanted world that holds a secret…where hope is in a song! In select cinemas nationwide March 24th and 26th only. Tickets are on sale now at fathomevents.com.  If you missed the live event, purchase a copy for your home library on Blue Ray, Digital or DVD.  Visit IceDragonMovie.com for free resources for the kids. Homeschool Happiness Resources the episode I did on depression for Homeschooling in Real Life [Read how I still fit scrapbooking into my busy life] A recent study demonstrated that three vigorous ten-minute walks were more effective than a longer walking session at a moderate pace. Christian Zumba   [Listen to how to homeschool through hormones]     Which of these happiness tips are you going to practice today? Tell us in the Homeschool Sanity Facebook Group. Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!   The animated feature, ‘ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES,
February 27, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! I want to thank AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation for their sponsorship of this podcast. The Star is now available on Blue-ray, DVD and Digital - this is a great movie for the entire family. This week I am excited to talk with you about teaching sign language in our homeschools. I was inspired by my guest and I know you will be too. First, I would love to have you subscribe to Psychowith6. Every week following the release of a new podcast episode, I share six sanity savers with you plus some time-limited opportunities just for my friends. Sign up at psychowith6.com/subscribe. Now, from the studio that brought you Miracles From Heaven & Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself. AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation's The Star arrives for the first time on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on February 20th with special bonus content features like… Star-aoke where you can sing along with Bo and Friends, Lyric Videos from: Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, Kelsea Ballerina and Kirk Franklin! Visit the website for more resources for you and your family at TheStarMovie.com. Also be sure to engage with our special "Faith All Year Round" children's sermons study from DeVon Franklin - discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. Get your copy at TheStarMovie.com today! Sign Language Teaching Resources Rochelle's YouTube channel Rochelee's website, ASL Rochelle, filled with fun and challenging ASL resources and lessons. See Homeschool Sanity for books mentioned in the podcast The Learn ASL in 31 Days course is available on the front page of ASLRochelle.com. I also offer vocabulary videos with categories like ocean, holidays, and grammar. I have other free courses like one on finger spelling. For students who want to learn more, I offer a fluency and vocabulary course, a practice, retention, and memory course, and a grammar course. My courses can take a student to a level-three college equivalent in sign language. I offer a four-week summer camp in ASL and Facebook groups, where I give monthly challenges and offer feedback to students.   Have you taught signing to your kids? Have a happy homeschool week!
February 20, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! I want to thank AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation for their sponsorship of this podcast. The Star is now available on Blue-ray, DVD and Digital - this is a great movie for the entire family. For this episode I got to catch up with our new homeschoolers. What was intended to be a topic on curriculum choices became a discussion of interest-led learning. I know you'll be inspired by what we shared. But first, I want to invite you to join me on the Facebook page live to ask questions on Tuesdays at 4E/3C/2M/1P. I will be sharing sanity savers for your homeschool, family, and life that you won't want to miss. If you catch me live, we can ask questions and I can get to know you better. We have so much fun! You can catch the replay for the shows on the Facebook page at Facebook.com/psychowith6 or on my YouTube channel at YouTube.com/Psychowith6. Now, from the studio that brought you Miracles From Heaven & Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself. AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation's The Star arrives for the first time on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on February 20th with special bonus content features like… Star-aoke where you can sing along with Bo and Friends, Lyric Videos from: Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, Kelsea Ballerina and Kirk Franklin! Visit the website for more resources for you and your family at TheStarMovie.com. Also be sure to engage with our special "Faith All Year Round" children's sermons study from DeVon Franklin - discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. Get your copy at TheStarMovie.com today! I heard from Joleen, Jeanette, and Mai Lyn via email. I asked them about their parenting approach since we last spoke and what curriculum they are using. Listen to the podcast for their updates. Homeschool Resources Mentioned in the Podcast See Homeschool Sanity for more resources from this episode All About Reading Reading Eggs Teach Your Monster to Read Dinosaur meme Have a happy homeschool week!
January 30, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! This is an unusual podcast episode for me. I normally don't address current events or controversial issues. But news of the torture, captivity, and severe abuse and neglect of the Turpin's homeschooled children is prompting me to speak out. I don't have answers for how to prevent every case of child abuse, unfortunately. But I do have information that I think must inform our discussion about the issue and even prompt our action. We will get to that in just a few minutes, but for now I would love for you to review this podcast. On your iPhone, go to The Homeschool Sanity Show in your podcast app, scroll down to the bottom, and you'll be able to rate the show and comment. Here's how to rate the podcast when you aren't using an iPhone. Thank you in advance for reviewing the podcast and making it more likely for other homeschoolers like you to find homeschool sanity. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is using Instagram to find homeschooling books and curriculum that will bless your homeschool. Did you know you can get great curriculum reviews on Instagram? I frequently get book recommendations from the images and I love watching the live stories. You can comment with any questions you have for the Instagrammer. If you would like to follow me at Psychowith6 or GrammarGalaxyBooks, I would love to follow you back. But I would also love for you to follow HomeschoolScopes. For the month of February we will have a #realhomeschooling Instagram challenge that could not only give you great book tips, but inspiration for your homeschooling life. We would love to have you participate. To see a list of the challenges you can check out the show notes for this episode at homeschoolsanity.com/childabuse. Or just follow HomeschoolScopes on Instagram to find the image with all of the challenges listed. References from This Episode the torture, captivity, and severe abuse and neglect of the Turpin's homeschooled children An estimated 3% of school-age children are being homeschooled in the United States for a total of about two million students the L.A. Times, ResponsibleHomeschooling.org They admit that they have no statistically signifcant data that suggests homeschooling families abuse children at higher rates than non-homeschooling families. one of the Turpins' daughters attending school in the third grade The LA Times further reports that none of the children had seen a doctor in four years 30 states reported that 8.5% of child abuse fatalities occurred in families who had received family services. Here is an example of one such child.
January 16, 2018
Hey, homeschoolers! Have you had a hard time teaching foreign language in your homeschool like I have? I studied German but wanted my kids to learn Spanish. It's been a challenge for me to say the least. That's why I was excited to meet Anne Guarnera. She has a PhD in Spanish and is also the homeschooling mother of two boys. She has the author of the website Language Learning at Home and seeks to help homeschooling families teach foreign language and actually enjoy it. We'll learn from her in just a minute, but first I would love to invite you to join us at The Organized Homeschool Life Facebook page. We'll get to know each other by sharing our weekly goals, our focus for the day, and even what we're planning for dinner. I'll share tips there for getting your homeschool life organized whether you own the planning system or not. Join us at Facebook.com/groups/organizedhs. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to pare down the information you want to share with your kids to the essentials. Then you can add it to your homeschool schedule in short segments. Here's an example. If you don't have time to do a complete music course, use Music in Our Homeschool's 100 Classical Pieces Mini Course. Gena was my guest on this podcast before. I'll link to our interview on including music in your homeschool in the show notes. Play and discuss one classical music selection from the course every day that you're home or do one a week and you'll greatly enhance your child's music education in a short time. The mini course is just $5 through the end of January 2018. Learn more at Psychowith6.com/100Classical. Foreign Language Resources Mentioned in This Episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show Duolingo and Mango Languages Anne gives other ideas for motivating your students at Language Learning at Home. Language Learning at Home Facebook group Connect with Anne on Twitter @LangsatHome. Read the blog post What challenges have you had in teaching foreign language in your homeschool?
January 11, 2018
Hey, Homeschoolers! This is a special episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Getting organized is one of the most popular goals for the new year. Organization is a popular topic at homeschool conferences too. I've met many of you in many sessions. I suspect that no matter how great my intentions, many of the homeschoolers who have heard me speak or own my book, The Organized Homeschool Life, still aren't organized. For this episode, I'd like to talk about why. I'm also planning on chatting with you about getting organized on Facebook Live on beginning January 11th at 4E/3C/2M/1P at Facebook.com/psychowith6. I'll also be giving away copies of an exciting new organizing tool I'll be telling you more about in a few minutes. But now let's jump right into our topic. Getting organized is one of the most popular goals for the new year. I've met many wannabe organized homeschoolers at conferences. Yet I suspect that no matter how great my intentions, many of the homeschoolers who have heard me speak or own my book, The Organized Homeschool Life, still aren't organized. I'd like to discuss six reasons I think that's the case. https://psychowith6.com/6-reasons-homeschool-still-not-organized/" type="big" color="orange"] Read the blog post[/button] Links for this episode Read the blog post my article on mini habits why the most important area of your homeschool life to organize is your time homeschooling without striving FLYLady the Organized Homeschool Life Planner The Organized Homeschool Life Facebook group. The planner I've created addresses the major reasons homeschool moms struggle to get organized. It comes in two formats for your preference -- a full-year, undated, digital planner or a two-book, undated, printed, spiral-bound planner set. The digital version has daily, weekly, and monthly pages that can be edited on your computer and kept there or printed out. It's the most economical by far because you can use it year after year. If you'd like to print some or all of the 8.5x11 pages, you can. The print version comes in a January to June version and a July to December version. Print orders will be shipped free in the US and when ordered direct, include stickers designed exclusively for The Organized Homeschool Life planner. At the time of this podcast, for a very limited time, take advantage of discounted launch pricing that also includes discounts on the book, The Organized Homeschool Life. To learn more and finally get your homeschool life organized, grab your copy today! You'll be able to download sample pages in the product notes or join me on Facebook Live for an inside look and coaching on how to organize your time and your homeschool life. Have a happy homeschool week!
January 2, 2018
Hey homeschoolers! Happy new year! As I speak, we have entered a new year. It's the perfect time to consider making changes to our homeschools and our lives. I want to talk with you about how changing your habits can change your homeschool. But first I want to talk with you about an important change I am making to this podcast. As most of you know, I am still homeschooling four children, a high school senior down to a sixth grader. I have two kids in college who require a surprising amount of my time, considering that they are adults out of the house. I am the author of Grammar Galaxy language arts curriculum. I spend a considerable amount of time managing the business side of Grammar Galaxy as well as writing new volumes. Speaking of new volumes, I have been asked when people can expect volume 3 to be published. I have had to push back the release date several times and I am now comfortable with a release date of the end of February. If you want to be sure to take advantage of launch pricing that will be available at that time, be sure to subscribe to the Grammar Galaxy newsletter, which includes monthly mission calendars by going to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com/subscribe. I also write a weekly newsletter, sharing sanity savers I have recently come across. Going forward, I will share these sanity savers on my blog, without the time-sensitive resources and discount codes. To subscribe to the weekly sanity saver newsletter and get all the goods, go to Psychowith6.com/subscribe. In addition to these homeschooling and business activities, I am an avid tennis player, scrapbooker, and a church volunteer. On top of all of that, my husband and I have a very active social life. So given all of these time demands, I am sure you will not be surprised when I say that I'm going to make a change to my podcasting schedule. For the time being I will be podcasting every other week. There will be some exceptions when I want to share some time-sensitive information with you, but cutting back on my broadcasting schedule will give me more time to devote to creating new content. In future broadcasts, I will give you details on what I'm creating that will be a huge sanity saver. I'll even let you know how you can be a part of creating it! Links for this episode Mini Habits the Move app DuoLingo app the Magoosh app Productive Read the blog post Conclusion I'm excited to get my kids started on mini habits of musical practice, foreign language practice, and ACT study. I would love to hear what mini habits you choose and how it's going for you. You can change your homeschool one mini habit at a time!
December 26, 2017
Hoping for a saner homeschool year? I have six suggestions for you. While simple, they're very powerful for creating the peace and joy you long for. Want to read this article as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER Links Subscribe Anki the mistake of giving up on our routines this time of year The 5 Am Miracle by Jeff Sanders Pam Barnhill’s Morning Basket Guide Konos How to Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman Supernanny Nanny 911 an episode I did with Reb Bradley an episode of this podcast on teaching children to do chores well Plan to Eat Tastefully Simple The Once and For All Meal Plan. two free planners Trello Techie Homeschool Mom The Organized Homeschool Life Which of these sanity steps will you take first? Let's talk about it at Homeschool Sanity on Facebook.
December 19, 2017
Special Series Replays while Melanie is on Christmas Break: He never fails to groan when you announce it's time for school. It takes her forever to finish her work. Or worse yet, you get outright rebellion. What to do? Rebecca Spooner of Hip Hoomeschooling Blog.com shares her tips as a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mother of five on this episode of the podcast. Listen on iTunes Links HomeschoolScopes.TV 7 Sisters Homeschool Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child on Hip Homeschooling Blog Rebecca on Periscope, Facebook, and Pinterest Next Week How to Hold on to Faith While Homeschooling with Kendra Fletcher of Homeschooling in Real Life Have a happy homeschool week!
December 12, 2017
Special Holiday Series Replays while Melanie is on Christmas Break:  Are you already beginning to experience stress this season? The busyness can get to us. But we can make things better by avoiding the six mistakes I'll discuss in this episode. [box] Want to read this episode as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER[/box] Mistake #1: Not Planning A Homeschool Break What we typically do is get busy with other things this time of year. There is more shopping and cooking and even chatting going on. After all, it’s Christmas! Somehow in the midst of all the extra activity, we end up not doing school. But it isn’t a planned break. We just sleep in, do some Christmas shopping, or watch Christmas movies instead of homeschooling. We aren’t doing a Christmas unit study. That’s different. We find ourselves falling into a Christmas break. The result is we feel guilty. We really wanted to get a lot done before Christmas. But we didn’t. And we don’t feel refreshed like we should from a planned break. Instead of falling into a Christmas break this year, decide whether you really are going to do a Christmas unit study. Plan what to do. If you don’t have time to plan, try the Christmas Traditions or Christmas Around the World online unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom. They’re done for you. If you don’t want to do a Christmas unit study, plan when you are going to take a break and for how long. If you feel behind on your regular studies, decide what you want to accomplish before Christmas. Make a realistic list for yourself and your children. Give your children the option of finishing early if they finish their work early or you finish your family work early. This is the process I used to create the most motivating homeschool planner ever. Continue reading here. Links Homeschool Sanity Facebook Page try the Christmas Traditions or Christmas Around the World online unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom the most motivating homeschool planner ever 6 Short Workouts You Can Do at Home The Organized Homeschool Life Have a happy homeschool week!
December 5, 2017
Hey, homeschoolers! I don't know anyone who wants to have a crazy Christmas--the kind that leads to exhaustion, sickness, and dread of the new year. Instead, every homeschooler I know wants to have a meaningful, peaceful, and joyful Christmas. Of course, we can't control every part of our Christmas holiday. But I believe there are things we can do to make a saner Christmas more likely. We'll chat about that in just a minute. But first, I'd like to thank our sponsor for this episode, Kiwi Company. Have you ever been stuck on how to bring your lessons to life?  My kids have enjoyed Kiwi's monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun. Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, art, and math -- accessible and they are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits. Kiwi Crate was founded by engineer and mom of three, Sandra Oh Lin. She created these kits out of her deep desire to raise kids with the creative confidence needed to become the next generation of problem-solvers and critical thinkers.  I couldn’t agree more with their mission and am excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, visit www.kiwico.com/homeschool to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping). These kits make amazing gifts! Join me on Facebook on December 5th at 4E/3C/2M/1P for an inside look at one of the crates that my son can't wait to get his hands on. Links Read the blog post Christmas in the White House an online study from Techie Homeschool Mom declutter your home in a weekend The Organized Homeschool Life give them away or arrange to sell them- homeschool used curriculum Do some research of other curriculum you would like to use next year. Reverse Charades links on HomeschoolSanity.com White Elephant Game [READ GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH GIFT IDEAS] Here are some resources for your devotional time. 12 ways children can give this Christmas. Which of these tips will help you the most? Let me know in the comments. Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate! KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun!
November 28, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! Do you ever feel guilty as a homeschooling mom? I know I do. Whether it's feeling like I haven't done the things I should do or feeling like I've done some things I shouldn't, guilt seems to be a constant companion. However, I have been able to get past more of my guilt in recent years than I did at the beginning of my homeschooling journey. If you would like some tips for getting past guilt, listen in. Before we get to this week's topic, though, I'd like to thank our sponsor, Kiwi Company. Have you ever been stuck on how to bring your lessons to life?  My kids have enjoyed Kiwi's monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun. Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, art, and math -- accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits. Kiwi Crate was founded by engineer and mom of three, Sandra Oh Lin. She created these kits out of her deep desire to raise kids with the creative confidence needed to become the next generation of problem-solvers and critical thinkers.  I couldn’t agree more with their mission and am excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, visit www.kiwico.com/homeschool to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping). These kits make amazing gifts! Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to study the biblical calendar with your kids. If you haven't listened to the interview I did with Ana Willis on encouraging gratitude in our kids, you'll want to. Ana was discussing how the feast of Tabernacles prepares us for the feast we will enjoy with Jesus one day. That got me thinking about how important the feasts and biblical timeline are to my children's faith. I know next to nothing about the biblical calendar, so I invited Dianna Wiebe of Grapevine Studies to talk with me about them on my Facebook page. Join us live on November 28, 2017 at 4E/3C/2M/1P. To purchase a biblical calendar for your wall from grapevine studies, go to Psychowith6.com/Biblecalendar. For a limited time use code PSYCHO6 to take 20% off your purchases at Grapevine studies. Links HomeschoolScopes.tv When Strivings Cease Hobbies that renew us Read the blog post Have a happy homeschool week! Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate! KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, art, and math -- accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits. Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer,
November 21, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! Do you have trouble trusting God with your homeschool? It's a common problem. After all, in this economy, we wonder if our kids will have a good job waiting for them when they've completed their education. But trusting God is essential to having a happy homeschool. We will talk about how we can trust Him more in a moment. But first I would like to thank our sponsor for this podcast, Sony pictures, Sony Animation and Affirm Films. Their sponsorship makes it possible for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network to provide free audio programs like this one. Be sure to check out the other homeschooling podcasts here at Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.com. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to spend some time tutoring your kids. If your students are young, you're already doing this. But once your students can read and do work independently, we can lose touch with our students' strategies for completing work and their skills. Schedule time occasionally to do your students' work together. You can uncover any efficient strategies your student is using and it will also be a great time to connect on an emotional level. You can praise your students for their knowledge and offer suggestions for alternate ways of approaching work. You can also use this time to check work and go over what's expected of them in the coming week. Now this message from Sony pictures. Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas - Coming in Theaters November 17th! Visit
November 14, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! Today we are going to discuss how to encourage mental toughness in our children. It's an important topic that I will get to in a few minutes. But first I want to thank our sponsor for this episode – Sony pictures -- Sony Pictures Animation and Affirm Films. Their sponsorship makes it possible for the ultimate homeschool Radio network to provide free audio programs like this one. Keep listening to hear more from them in a moment. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to use funny typos. This week someone shared a hilarious typo in a book about Beethoven. If you would like to have your child read it to discover the typo, check out the photo below. Humor is a powerful way to teach anything and grammar is no exception. Always be on the lookout for funny spelling, grammar, and writing mistakes that you can use to teach your kids. If you find some good ones I would love to have you share them on the grammar galaxy books Facebook page. Links [LISTEN TO HELP FOR ANXIOUS HOMESCHOOLERS] [HOW TO RENEW YOUR MIND THROUGH TRUTH JOURNALING] [BLACK-AND-WHITE THINKING IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL] YWAM biographies Read the blog post More biographies How do you encourage mental toughness in your kids? Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas - Coming in Theaters November 17th! Visit
November 7, 2017
How can we cultivate gratitude in our homeschools? Guest Ana Willis of They Call Me Blessed is joining me this week to share some great ideas. But first, I’d like to thank Sony Pictures – Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films for sponsoring this week’s podcast. You’ll hear more from them in a bit. If you have early elementary students, I think they would enjoy my monthly Grammar Galaxy calendars. The daily missions keep language arts skills strong and are perfect to use during morning time.. You’ll receive seasonal reading assignments, information about children’s authors who were born that month, writing prompts, and online game links for teaching spelling, vocabulary, and grammar – all free! To subscribe, click here. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to plan unit studies over the holidays. Doing special studies of Thanksgiving and Christmas has been one of my children’s and my favorite parts of homeschooling. By this time of year, we are needing to shift gears, have fun, and make some memories. The Konos units we have done are fabulous, but there are so many options today. Here is a list of more free Thanksgiving unit studies Silverdale Press White House Christmas Unit Study {affiliate link} Free Christmas Unit Studies Now this message from Sony pictures. This week’s topic is developing gratitude in our children’s hearts. I asked my friend Ana Willis to join me and give us some tips. Links They Call Me Blessed blog Feast of Tabernacles for Christians Thanksgiving Jar Printables Thanksgiving Bible journaling printables They Call Me Blessed on Facebook Blessed Homeschool Moms and Blessed Bible Journaling on Facebook How to Raise Grateful Kids Read the Blog Post Have a happy homeschool week!
October 31, 2017
Have you been trying to be a Proverbs 31 Homeschooling mom as I described in previous episodes? If you have, you'll want to listen to this episode in which I'll share what I've learned about the problem of striving and how to find a place in your homeschool where strivings cease. But first, I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures --Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films. Their sponsorship helps make it possible for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network to provide free audios for our listeners. The Teaching Tip of the Week Share with your children what God has been teaching you during your Bible time. There was a time when I realized I was writing and speaking about truths God had revealed to me in His Word with other Christian women, but was not sharing with my own children. No curriculum or even Bible story book is more important than teaching our kids these things. When we teach this way, we show our children that our time in the Word is important to us. We model that faith isn't just a school subject. It's life. Second, we show our children that we struggle. I'm so thankful my children have few and mild struggles in their young lives. But one day the struggle will be real. They need to know how we cope with trials by example. Finally, there is no more powerful way to share our mother's heart with our children than to share what God is teaching us. Our children see our love for God, our love for them, and our desire to follow Christ. If you find it challenging to find time in the Word, pray for wisdom for this. Perhaps you can listen to the Bible as you walk. Your husband may offer to give you time or to read with you. The amount of Scripture we read is not the priority; it's that we are seeking God. Links Read the blog post Sidetracked in the Wilderness and My Weakness for His Strength and So You're Not Wonder Woman How can I pray for you? Comment and let me know. Have a happy homeschool week! Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas - Coming in Theaters November 17th! Visit
October 24, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures --Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films. I had time to catch up with our new homeschoolers and talk about one of the most important factors for our homeschooling success – our parenting approach. Specifically, what do you tend to revert to when you are tired and stressed? You’ll want to listen to the podcast for our chat! But first, I would love to have you follow my Facebook page, Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity. I have been seeking to create a community there with discussion questions, photos, videos, and other content that will entertain you, affirm you, and help you stay sane in this wonderful homeschool world. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to reevaluate your parenting approach as your child hits a new developmental level. We are often so busy with the day to day that we forget to take a larger view. We may be requiring our tween to hold our hand to cross the street, failing to consider the responsibilities our teen is ready for, or neglecting our child’s physical needs. My teen boys have complained loudly about not having enough to eat, for example. I kept making the same amount of food I’d made when they were younger. Take stock of your child’s needs by having a discussion with your child and spouse. What are some things they love about your family, homeschooling, and their free time? What are some things they think could be improved? If you have a tween daughter, you’ll want to join me on Facebook for my interview with Lee Felix, creator of the Girls Created to Shine ecourse. We’ll talk about girls’ special needs at this stage of their lives and how you can encourage them to seek a personal relationship with Jesus. New Homeschoolers Jeanette shared her response via email: I feel a bit behind on our curriculum. We decided to evacuate during hurricane Irma. The same week our curriculum was supposed to arrive in the mail. I kinda feel like im trying to establish a routine every week. I feel like I'm right in the middle [on parenting approach] but lean more to passive. But one day Ii will be passive and the next I'll be more authoritarian, which is probably my problem. Some behaviors for the passive parent in me is the kids fighting or not cleaning. And the authoritarian parent in me comes out when my children are not listening or naps and bedtime. Links All About Reading HomeschoolScopes.tv Parenting Episode with Reb Bradley How to Have a New Kid by Friday Parenting with Love and Logic Have a happy homeschool week! Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas - Coming in Theaters November 17th! Visit
October 17, 2017
Hey, homeschoolers! I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures --Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films.  We are thankful to our sponsors for allowing you the listener to enjoy the benefits of free programming. Welcome back for part 2 of how to be a Proverbs 31 homeschool mom. If you missed last week's episode, you'll definitely want to listen to it first. I hope you claimed your printable Bible study that goes along with this episode. There is another printable ready for you this week too. Before we complete our study, though, I want to recommend the book, The Organized Homeschool Life. With ideas for getting organized 15 minutes at a time, the book can help you become the Proverbs 31 homeschool mom you aspire to be. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to take regular breaks to get organized and back on track. Every month, plan to take a day to file, plan, and make your school space neat again. You can have your kids watch educational videos, play games, play outside, or even better, have a play date at a friend's house. You can return the favor and give your friend a break day. Set a timer for each task and you'll accomplish so much more. If you make your break day the same day of the month (like the first Friday), it will be more likely to happen for you. The key is to take this time without guilt. You need a day to recollect yourself. It's better to take a regular, planned day than to take one because you're stressed. These spur-of-the-moment days aren't nearly as productive as those that are planned. Put your break day on the calendar now. Again, we are thankful to our sponsor! In their new movie you will…see the birth of Jesus through a whole new set of eyes. In Sony Pictures Animation and AFFIRM Film’s THE STAR, Bo the donkey and his animal friends become unlikely heroes in the first Christmas. Featuring an uplifting soundtrack, THE STAR will give families a fresh and fun look at the Christmas story. The Star - The Story of the first Christmas will be in theatres on November 17th… be sure to visit the movie trailer so you can see if it is a good fit for your family. Links my guest post on The Musings of Mum. work that was marked complete in the student planner wasn't actually done the sacrifice I have made to homeschool them those who don't believe in homeschooling Read the blog post Conclusion To conclude our study, I believe that we are Proverbs 31 homeschooling moms if we believe we are. Begin each day considering what you did the day before that is consistent with your identity as this godly woman. Consider how you will earnestly take on your work as a Proverbs 31 homeschooling mom today. Know that we can do nothing apart from Him. But in His strength, we can be more than we ever imagined. Which of these characteristics of a Proverbs 31 homeschool mom are you already making progress on? Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas - Coming in Theaters November 17th! Visit
October 10, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! What does God expect of me as a homeschooling mom? This is a question I've asked myself many times. Like me, you're probably familiar with the woman described in Proverbs 31. So many times I have heard that she is an unrealistic ideal that I shouldn't even try to emulate. But is that really true? That’s the topic I want to discuss with you this week. But first I would love to have you review this podcast on iTunes. If you’re a subscriber and have an iPhone, go to the podcasts app, click Library, click on The Homeschool Sanity Show and scroll down. It’s easy to leave a review that way. Your reviews help other homeschoolers find me. Thanks so much for listening and taking the time to review the podcast. It means a lot to me. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to give our girls appropriate role models. We don't want to suggest that our girls can't be strong, intelligent women who can change the world. But neither do we want to suggest that they are designed to be just like men. The provocatively dressed, ninja warrior women in today's films just won't do as role models. I love using biographies of strong Christian women to inspire my daughter. Amy Sullivan has written a series of books called Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World. Join me on Facebook on Tuesday, October 10 at 4E/3C/2M/1P for an inside look at these beautiful picture books for girls and a chance to win them and the cutest gutsy girls wristband to go with them. Links Claim your free Bible study printable Read the blog post Join me next week for part two! Have a happy homeschool week. Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor! We'd like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas - Coming in Theaters November 17th! Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.
October 3, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! What if you could turn your homeschool around with a simple change in thinking? You can! In this episode I will explain what black-and-white thinking is and how to change it to create a more positive, productive homeschool. But first I would love to have to invite you to join me for an interview with Dr. Carl Werner on Facebook Live. I have interviewed Carl on how we can be confident in teaching creation, but if you have questions on how to defend your faith in creation, join me. We will also be giving away some of his amazing materials. You can find us at Facebook.com/Psychowith6. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to ask local homeschoolers for advice. I talk with many newer homeschoolers who are not only uncertain about whether they're doing enough, but don't have local homeschooling friends. If your support group has a forum or Facebook group, be brave and admit that you'd like some confirmation that you're doing okay and to meet some other homeschoolers. A veteran homeschooler may be willing to meet you to talk about what you're doing. Most likely, other newer homeschoolers will follow your lead and will say they, too, would like support. In our HomeschoolScopes.tv Facebook group, we have been sharing how we have met our homeschooling friends. Watch the videos for ideas and to become convinced that homeschooling isnt something to do alone. Read the blog post Find the happy in your homeschool week!
September 26, 2017
Read the blog post Hey homeschoolers! I'm going to be real with you this week. The past month has been very stressful for me. I can definitely give you explanations for that stress that are not my responsibility. When you experience stress, I'm sure you can give me similar explanations. But I would like to focus on the causes of stress that we can manage. Before we dive in, however, I would love to invite you to follow the grammar galaxy books Facebook page. I will be sharing inspirational, funny, and helpful posts to aid you in teaching your child language arts, whether you choose to use Grammar galaxy curriculum or not. You can find the page at Facebook.com/GrammarGalaxyBooks. Leave me a note there to say that you heard about the page on this podcast. I would love to chat with you. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to use easy ways of incorporating art into your homeschool. If you're not an art-loving mom and honestly I am not, you can still painlessly incorporate art into your homeschool. I want my children to have an appreciation for art I didn't have. I love learning along with my kids. Masterpiece Society Art Appreciation has been developed with the busy mom in mind – no prep time or other materials necessary, just open it and go! There are photographs of each painting, lessons, kid-friendly video links, art templates, and notebooking pages in one packet. I want to give you the opportunity to see this curriculum during a Facebook Live on Tuesday, September 26th at 4E/3C/2M/1P at Facebook.com/Psychowith6. You'll have a chance to win it, too. Catch the replay in the show notes at HomeschoolSanity.com/stressed. For a limited time, take advantage of discount pricing by going to Psychowith6.com/easyart and use code SANITY. LINKS [LISTEN TO HOW TO BE A PATIENT HOMESCHOOL MOM] [LISTEN TO HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY] Kisses from Katie Which of these six causes of stress has been the biggest problem for you? Comment and let me know.
September 19, 2017
Hey homeschoolers!   I'd like to thank our network sponsor Raddish, a cooking club and curriculum perfect for homeschooling families. Teach weekly thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a six or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com /homeschool to learn more and download a free lesson.    Read the Blog Post I was glad to hear that you found last week's episode on conflict resolution skills helpful. If you haven't listened to part one of this topic, I suggest you listen to it first. We covered the B in the acronym BLT for breathe. Don't worry! That will make sense to you when you listen to the episode. Before we dive into the meaning of the L and the T in the acronym, I want to invite you to become a part of HomeschoolScopes. You've heard me mention our Facebook group at HomeschoolScopes.TV. The members there have dubbed themselves "no drama homeschool mamas." Time after time, this group of women has noted the lack of drama in our group and they are thankful for it. But we now have two more ways for you to interact with our community. The first is a Facebook page. You can find our Facebook page at Facebook.com/homeschoolscopes. You can also find us on Instagram.com at homeschoolscopes. Members of the group will be sharing information and inspiration from their homeschools on these social media platforms. We would love to have you like and follow us.  Teaching Tip of the Week  The teaching tip of the week is to have your education shipped to you. There is something exciting for kids, perhaps even especially so in this digital age, about getting mail. There are a number of kits that can enhance your child's education. Raddish is definitely one of those. Every month a different cooking kit arrives on your doorstep. If you would like to get an inside look at what a Raddish kit looks like and potentially win a kit, join me on Facebook on Tuesday, September 19th at 4E/3C/2M/1P. Links How to Stop the Pain by Dr. James Richards part one of this series the power of story to teach Grammar Galaxy  Click to request your free lesson that teaches conflict resolution skills Conclusion I know I haven't equipped you to resolve every conflict your kids will have, but I hope I have started you on the journey. Keep learning and keep teaching.  Which of these approaches will you teach first? Let me know in the comments.
September 12, 2017
Read the blog post Hey homeschoolers! I would like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish - a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.  I spoke on the topic of conflict resolution skills you must teach your child at two Great Homeschool Conventions this year. I was pleasantly surprised by how popular the talk was. I want to share with you much of what I taught in the sessions because I believe this information is so important. Before we get to that, however, I want to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. While I am not currently producing videos specifically for YouTube, I am adding my Facebook live videos to the channel.  Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to use traditional textbooks if you or your child benefits from using them. Students who have just come home from a traditional classroom or who will be returning to a traditional classroom are great candidates for using textbooks. But that's not all! Some students and teachers just feel more comfortable using traditional textbooks. Many teachers feel they are more thorough and they can reduce teacher prep time. Join me Tuesday September 12th at 4E/3C/2M/1P on Facebook for a review and giveaway of BJU Press's math textbooks. Specifically, I will be giving away sixth-grade math and Algebra 2. I hope to see you there!  Links Florence Littauer's Personality Plus typology try this PDF version of the personality questionnaire
September 5, 2017
Read the blog post Hey, homeschoolers! This week I'm talking with some of our new homeschoolers about schedules -- another key to homeschooling success. Before we do, I want to thank my sponsor, Apologia. Apologia's materials have been a blessing to me and my children for years. They're more than just science. They're apologetics, planners, and even language arts curriculum providers. Visit them at Apologia.com and join me for a brand new product release and giveaway on Tuesday, September 5th at 4E/3C/2M/1P at Facebook.com/Psychowith6 or catch the replay in the show notes. Only two of our new homeschoolers were able to join me to chat this month. Why? Because life happens, especially at this busy time of year. I did connect with Jolene via email and she had this to say about her assignments of focusing on goals and devotions this month: I haven't started [homeschooling] yet. Public school starts [the day after Labor Day] and I plan to start then... I'm pretty confident  I can do this for the first month or so; it's the consistency that I'm nervous about. That's where my goal comes in.  I am praying for a good start so it'll be easier to develop good habits.   As far as devotions go, I have still not been consistent, but instead of getting down on myself, I have decided that I'm going to "just do it." This means that if I start thinking " I should be reading my Bible more," I [will] just pull my Bible out and start reading right then and there!  I love Jolene's strategy. Listen to the podcast to hear from Courtney and Mai Lyn. Thank you so much to these ladies for taking time out of their busy schedules to chat with me. To follow along with their homework, track your routine this month and begin to make small changes. Don't be discouraged when the routine or schedule isn't perfect. It never will be! Thanks again to this episode's sponsor, Apologia -- not just a Christian homeschool resource provider, but our homeschool friends. Visit them at Apologia.com. Have a happy homeschool week!
August 29, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! I am teaching two middle schoolers this year. It's hard to believe! These are fun years, but they are also challenging for many homeschoolers -- especially those who will be teaching middle school for the first time. In today's episode I want to talk about six important suggestions to keep in mind when homeschooling middle school students. Read the blog post But first I would love to have you join our supportive homeschooling community called homeschoolscopes.tv. This is a Facebook group for homeschooling mothers who enjoy creating or just watching live videos. The video format allows us to get to know one another and form real friendships. Simply ask to join and if you're a homeschooling mama, you'lll be approved. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to organize your digital life. Our mothers and grandmothers never had to organize thousands of digital files, including recipes, photos, paperwork, and curriculum. I did a podcast episode on how to organize your digital curriculum, but there is so much more that goes into organizing your digital life, like staying on top of email and being able to find the information you need when you need it. Although I do have a challenge on this topic in the book The Organized Homeschool Life, Bath Napoli has created a digital organizing course that will help you address all of your organizing needs. You can learn more about the course by going to Psychowith6.com/OrganizedDigital. We need to learn digital organizing skills for ourselves and so we can teach our children.   Links Apologia makes student planners that I enjoy using.  Free Homeschool Planning Forms Trello Mr. D math courses a previous podcast episode The Everything Guide to Study Skills   the Middle School Student's Guide to Ruling the World video game alternatives. excellent, free curriculum for teaching social skills.  homeschooling through hormones. TrueU is an excellent video series from Focus on the Family help our kids discover what their talents are Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has a list of hands-on activities to do with your middle schooler Which of these suggestions are you most interested in implementing with your middle schooler? Comment and let me know. Have a happy homeschool week!
August 22, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! I’m happy to be with you this week, talking about a topic that causes many of us anxiety: gaps in our children’s education. We worry that if we fail to teach them something, they will struggle in college, work, or even if they later return to a traditional school. Read the blog post I’m excited to address this topic today, but first I would love to have you subscribe to Psychowith6. I have so much fun sharing six sanity savers with you every week in my newsletter. It allows me to chat about how I’m finding sanity in my homeschooling life and to let you know about exclusive deals from me and my friends. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is to teach multiple subjects using one curriculum. I did this from the very beginning of my homeschooling. I used Five in a Row and then Konos, a unit study curriculum. There are many curricula that allow you to incorporate more than one subject and this saves you time. It’s also a natural way to learn. When we learn about things in our daily life, we naturally incorporate multiple subjects and learning styles. This makes multi-subject learning a great way to not only save time, but to appeal to all of our students. One such curriculum that I have used in my homeschool is Notgrass History. I have used their American History curriculum in both high school and middle school. This year I am using From Adam to Us to teach ancient history, literature, Bible and more. I will be chatting with Charlene Notgrass on Facebook Live about a comprehensive approach to teaching history on August 22nd at 4E/3C/2M/1P. You will have the opportunity to see inside this amazing curriculum and even a chance to win From Adam to Us. What About Gaps in Your Homeschool? Now for this week’s topic. I am joined by Charlene Notgrass. Charlene is a Christian and a veteran homeschooling mom. Charlene received a bachelor's in urban planning from Middle Tennessee State University. She oversees curriculum development at Notgrass History and is a lead curriculum author. Charlene is the wife of the most wonderful man in the world. I’ve had the privilege of meeting her husband and he is a great guy. She has always loved being a mother and now relishes the role of mother-in-law and grandmother. She is proud of her grandma name, "Little." She enjoys working with children, especially in her annual role as assistant director for their daughter Mary Evelyn's historical dramas performed by homeschooled children. Charlene loves to encourage homeschooling mothers, whether speaking at homeschool conferences, counseling mothers individually, or through her blog, Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers. Charlene enjoys reading, quilting, drawing, sewing, improving their old house, and spending time with Ray, her husband since 1974, and their growing family. This episode is such an encouragement. Please share it with your homeschooling friends! Links Mentioned in the Podcast Notgrass History Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers
August 15, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! This week I had a reader question about curriculum that I just had to respond to with a podcast episode. It was essentially this. I have so many curriculum options. How do I choose which to use this year? We're going to chat about that in just a bit!   Read the blog post  If you are interested in a fun language arts curriculum for your elementary students, I would love to have you follow me on Facebook in the grammar guardians group or on Instagram at Grammar Galaxy Books. I occasionally share language arts helps on both platforms and guardians share their mission progress. It's so much fun and can be motivating to your kids. I choose a guardian of the month from those who share in the group, who tag Grammar Galaxy Books, or who use the hashtag #grammargalaxy. I send them exclusive motivational stickers, writing instruments, and bookmarks. Teaching Tip of the Week Watch a video review to make decisions on curriculum. When I started using Periscope two years ago, I found the video reviews on the platform so helpful. If I watched live, I could not only see inside the books or online program, but I could ask questions of experienced users. Since then, I have been doing my own curriculum reviews on Facebook Live at my Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity Facebook page. I would love to have you join me each week for these reviews and other tips you can use regardless of the curriculum you're using. You can also search for video reviews on YouTube. If you have a question that hasn't been asked, comment and you'll get the information you need to make a decision. This week (August 15th at 4 E/3C/2M/1P) I will be reviewing Grammar Galaxy live on the Free Homeschooling 101 Facebook page. You'll have the chance to ask questions and to win a copy for free! The review will be added to YouTube and I am happy to answer your questions after the live video is over. Links About Curriculum Paralysis If your main struggle is curriculum addiction, you'll want to listen to the podcast I did on the topic I also did an episode on the questions you should ask when choosing curriculum. Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher Classical Conversations Grammar Galaxy Loop Scheduling workshop Wall Schedule link Kids Cook Real Food course music appreciation course Have a happy homeschool week!
August 8, 2017
Hey, homeschoolers! I had the best birthday thanks to many of you. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know. This week I had the chance to catch up with our new homeschoolers. It was a fun conversation. The topic of the month is achieving goals with help. Read the blog post Before we get to our interview, I want to invite you to join the HomeschoolScopes.TV community. Whether you're a new or experienced homeschooler, I know you'll love the friendship and support there. Click to join and you'll be approved. Teaching Tip of the Week Prepare your young learner with an excellent phonics and handwriting program. This is the foundation for all future language arts learning, including Grammar Galaxy, my elementary language arts curriculum. Misty Leasy of Year Round Homeschooling has created a two-year phonics and handwriting curriculum that fills that need. It's fun and comes with free activities via email that correspond to the letters and sounds you're learning. Join me and Misty on Facebook on August 8th at 4E/3C/2M/1P or catch the replay to learn how to prepare young learners for reading and writing. Goals and Devotions Challenges I got to catch up with Mai Lynn, Courtney, Erica, and Jolene this week about chores and meal planning. Jeannette caught up with me via email. Chores went pretty well. Instead of going ahead and doing it because it was bothering me, I assigned jobs and they accomplished a lot most days. lol I didnt really get a hold of laundry yet. Meal planning did get a little better. knowing what I was going to make made dinner less stressful. I started cutting things and freezing it to prepare for meals. Some goals are to relax more and remember they are still young. We will focus on reading and character. My faith goes up and down daily. One day I'm sure God will provide and I remind myself of all He's done so far. Then other days I see no way and I wonder how it will all happen. But this journey so far definitely has given me more faith-filled days. Links The Organized Homeschool Life Instant Pot Sidetracked Home Executives Last month's homework
August 1, 2017
Hey homeschoolers! I am excited to be back with you after my month long vacation. I especially had a wonderful time meeting many of you at the great homeschool convention in St. Louis. This week I am addressing a topic that I desperately need help with. That is, how to be a consistent homeschooler. As we consider the new homeschooling year, our thoughts inevitably turn to the days that follow those exciting back-to-school days. I'm going to share with you the tips that I'll be using to stay consistent this year. Before we dive into that topic, however, I want to invite you to join me on the Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity Facebook page on Friday, August 4 at 4 Eastern, 3 Central, 2 Mountain and 1 Pacific. I will be giving away five copies of The Organized Homeschool Life, the book that can not only help you be consistent but organize every aspect of your homeschool life in just 15 minutes a day. If you can't join me live for the flash giveaway, you can purchase the book for 50% off in honor of my 50th birthday, August 4th only. Read the blog post Claim your Homeschool Fun Jar printables In thinking about consistency, I realized that it is highly related to personality. Those of you who have heard me speak about personality know that my typology of choice is that developed by Florence Littauer, author of Personality Plus. There are four basic personalities which can create combinations. But today I'm only going to review the four main personalities, so  I can share tailor-made tips for helping you to become more consistent. The solution to inconsistency for the popular sanguine personality lies in planning for a variety of fun activities throughout the school year. To keep things exciting, you could even create a jar of fun ideas for your homeschool and choose one randomly. I created one for my family and you can steal it when you subscribe. Add your own ideas, too! Click the image below to find the link to download your copy. Alternatively, you could ask your children to take turns planning fun days. Just do something to keep the homeschooling process exciting. One of the best solutions for remaining consistent as a homeschooling mom who needs to have some control is to get regular feedback on what you're accomplishing. I did an interview with Deborah Bell about her Ultimate Homeschool Planner and how to plan your homeschool year that you will appreciate. Another way to feel that you are more in control is to take a leadership position. The Perfect Melancholy personality needs to adopt a new definition of consistency. The other thing you can do as a Perfect Melancholy homeschooler is to communicate your needs to your family. The Peaceful Phlegmatic homeschooler can be consistent this homeschool year by keeping the homeschooling routine and curriculum easy. What are some ways to make homeschooling easy? Listen to the podcast episode I did on how to homeschool in less time for ideas.  If you need some recommendations for curriculum that is an alternative to what you have been using, please join our homeschooling support group-- HomeschoolScopes.tv on Facebook. In that group you can ask any questions you have about curriculum and  get an array of very helpful answers.
July 25, 2017
This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!    Listen to this interview with Rebecca Spooner about Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child. He never fails to groan when you announce it's time for school. It takes her forever to finish her work. Or worse yet, you get outright rebellion. What to do? Rebecca Spooner of Hip Hoomeschooling Blog.com shares her tips as a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mother of five on this episode of the podcast. Listen on iTunes Links HomeschoolScopes.TV 7 Sisters Homeschool Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child on Hip Homeschooling Blog Rebecca on Periscope, Facebook, and Pinterest
July 18, 2017
This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show is #4 in her top shows, an interview with Julie Bogart about maintaining your homeschool commitment. What gets in the way of motivation to homeschool? This is what Julie Bogart and I discuss on this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. You'll want to take notes so the next time you're dreaming of a yellow school bus, you can review them and keep your homeschool commitment. Listen on ITUNES LINKS A Gracious Space BraveWriter.com BraveSchoolers on Facebook CoachJulieBogart.com Have a happy homeschool week!
July 11, 2017
This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we're replaying some of her best shows!  This show, Homeschooling Boys, is her second top show based on number of listens on the podcast channel.  Enjoy! I homeschooled boys and only boys until my fifth child was a girl. I asked my Periscope viewers if homeschooling boys was really different. We had an interesting discussion that you can watch at the end of this post. I decided to determine what differences have actually been demonstrated in research. I can't wait to share with you what I found and how we can make positive changes in our homeschools. LISTEN ON ITUNES Links subscribe to Psychowith6.com RaisingRealMen.com Spring Activities Challenge. Reference Reference boys' artwork is more likely to depict action than girls' 19% of elementary and middle school teachers are men. Boys prefer to read comics and humorous books and students of both genders prefer contemporary books and series. Boys in all-boy Florida classrooms where teachers have been taught how best to teach boys have improved test scores dramatically. Boys in co-ed classrooms scored 37% proficient on the FCAT while boys in single-sex classrooms scored 86% proficient. how to find books your child will like Alex Rider Ranger's Apprentice Girls tend to excel with word problems and boys struggle free funny writing prompts for fall and winter Unjournaling Boys in classroom settings tend to think they are better students than they really are
July 4, 2017
How to get organized with the FLYLady While Melanie is on vacation this month, we have a few of her best episodes scheduled! Do you want to learn how to get organized with the FLYLady? I am so excited about this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show and if you have struggled to get organized like I did when I started homeschooling 16 years ago, I think you will love my interview with Marla Cilley, the FLYLady. Even though I've been FLYing for years, I found myself incredibly motivated to make this year an even more orderly one after chatting with her. If you share my enthusiasm for homeschool organization, I think you'll love my new book, The Organized Homeschool Life. It will help you organize your entire homeschool life 15-minutes at a time.   Links Sink Reflections Body Clutter FlyLady & Friends podcast Amy Kuddy TED Talk Simply Homeschooling with Tami Fox Homeschool Teacher Control Joural Little Hands to Heaven Preschool curriculum (15 minutes at a time) FLYLady Events page The Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady Have a happy homeschool week!
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