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81 Ratings
Average Ratings
64
12
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4

Great Content

By H-H-Mom - Jan 19 2019
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Inspiring, informative and super helpful practical advice.

Great resource!

By Backwoods chick - Oct 21 2017
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I love listening to this podcast as I prepare to homeschool
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Rank #1: The Best Language Arts Curriculum For Every Grade Level

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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]

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Blessings on your research and decision making on language arts curricula! Which options are you leaning toward for next school year?

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.

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Apr 03 2018

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Rank #2: Habits of the Organized Homeschool Mom

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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 day will be easy and gratifying.

The third habit The Organized Homeschool Life helps us develop is decluttering. You’ll be challenged to declutter after Christmas, to declutter bedrooms, clothing, used curriculum, and the places in your home that tend to collect clutter. In the Organized Homeschool Life Facebook group, you’ll receive prompts to remind you to keep up your decluttering habit.

The Organized Homeschool Life also helps you have realistic expectations. Each challenge is made up of four steps that take just 15 minutes each. You’ll be amazed by how much you can do in such a short period of time. The Organized Homeschool Life Planner includes space for your organizing task of the day, so you’re reminded to stay on track with these missions or other organizing tasks you need to do.

In studying my own productivity for a year, I found that on average I completed just six tasks a day, aside from my routine tasks. That’s why there is space for just six tasks on your daily planning page. It feels amazing to complete your task list for the day and not feel like a failure because you haven’t done all 30 of the items on your overly long list.

Finally, The Organized Homeschool Life is a plan. You can develop your own plan for organizing your homeschool life or you can save yourself time and use or tweak mine. The Organized Homeschool Life gives you a starting point. Each week, the four steps of the challenge for the week are outlined for you in a very short read in the book. The weekly planning page in the planner lists the steps for the week, allowing you to plan when to do them. The planner is organized into months and weeks but isn’t dated, so you can start organizing your homeschool life at any time.

I want homeschooling moms have the peace and joy that I have in planning an organized homeschool life. That is why from now through November 17th, 2018, you can gift yourself both the book and planner at launch pricing. Whether you prefer digital books and planners or you love having a printed book and beautifully spiral-bound planner to use, you’ll find both here.

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Not sure you can keep up the organizing habit? Be sure to check out How to Keep the Happy Planning Going. You can also give The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner a try with the Christmas Planning challenge. You’ll receive sample pages that will tell you if the The Organized Homeschool Life is for you before the sale is over. Click the image at Homeschool Sanity to sign up for it.

Which of these habits has been the biggest struggle for you? Comment and let me know.

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Nov 13 2018

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Rank #3: 6 Back-to-Homeschool Mistakes Veteran Homeschoolers Don’t Make

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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.

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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

  1. 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

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If you’d like to make cooking a part of your homeschooling this year, consider the excellent Kids Cook Real Foods curriculum.

a previous episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show on organizing, FLYLady gave us wise advice for cleaning up after every subject. Conclusion

If you avoid these six back-to-school mistakes, you are well on your way having a peaceful and blessed back to homeschool. Have your curriculum, school space, special back-to-school surprise, meal plan, reasonable goals, and maintenance plans ready. That is my prayer for you.

Which of these mistakes have you made?

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Jul 24 2018

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Rank #4: A Mr. Rogers Approach to Homeschooling

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Hey, homeschoolers!

I watched the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, about Mr. Rogers and his relationship with a journalist who was sent to interview him. The movie was the sponsor of this podcast. It is rated PG and is a drama that is not fast-paced. For that reason, I think young children would be bored. However, I highly recommend it for you as a homeschooler. It is available for streaming now and I would love for you to watch it to get the most out of this podcast episode.

Sponsor

Speaking of sponsors, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: FabuLingua.

Helping your child learn a second language, especially when you don’t speak it, can seem intimidating!

The vocabulary lists, the grammar drills… there’s a better way. The magic of children’s stories makes it fun and easy for your child to learn a second language like Spanish.

The most important factor in learning a new language is how much ‘input’ of that new language gets absorbed. It doesn’t have to be perfectly understood – just comprehensible.

That’s where FabuLingua comes in. Their app provides a huge amount of written and spoken ‘comprehensible input’ through beautiful, interactive children’s stories.

FabuLingua was created for families who are seeking a convenient, effective tool to support their language learning goals – in a fun and effortless way. FabuLingua kids don’t ask to ‘learn’ with the app – they ask to ‘play’ with it!

Their mission is to make it fun and accessible to children, so that learning another language is something they are excited to do!

New stories are released each month and you can explore your first story free. Look for FabuLingua on the App Store or Google Play Store. That’s F-A-B-U-L-I-N-G-U-A. FabuLingua – magical stories that teach kids Spanish.

A Mr. Rogers Approach to Homeschooling Resources

Read the blog post

Writing curriculum for kids

Art curriculum for kids

Overcoming anger for parents

Conflict management

Fighting with My Family

Conclusion

Thanks again to our sponsor, FabuLingua. Join me next time as I answer the question “Is self-care a snare?”

Have a happy homeschool week!

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Mar 17 2020

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Rank #5: How to Homeschool Bravely with Jamie Erickson

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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

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Apr 02 2019

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Rank #6: How To End Procrastination In Your Homeschool

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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!)

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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!

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Oct 29 2019

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Rank #7: How to Choose the Best Curriculum for Your Family

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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!

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Aug 07 2018

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Rank #8: How To Deal With A Homeschool Dawdler

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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!

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Jul 16 2019

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Rank #9: How To Close The Complaint Desk In Your Homeschool

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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!

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Jul 30 2019

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Rank #10: 6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write

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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.

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Mar 27 2018

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Rank #11: A Sane Approach To Homeschool Screen Time

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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.

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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.

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May 16 2019

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Rank #12: How Homeschooling Can Be A Fulfilling Career

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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 GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, 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!

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Aug 20 2019

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Rank #13: College-Prep Homeschooling the Sane Way

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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.

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, 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 the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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Apr 17 2018

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Rank #14: What A Homeschool Portfolio Is And How It Can Save Your Sanity

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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.

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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.

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May 02 2018

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Rank #15: The Most Important Areas To Organize This Year

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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.

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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.

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Dec 27 2019

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Rank #16: How To Work Or Run A Business And Homeschool Too

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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!

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!

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Nov 19 2019

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Rank #17: How To Avoid Drill & Kill In Teaching Language Arts

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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 GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, 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
Handwriting speed form
Funny seasonal writing prompts
Subscribe for monthly language arts calendars
Free samples of Grammar Galaxy

Thanks again to the Overcomer movie for sponsoring this podcast. Join me next week when we will discuss how homeschooling can be a fulfilling career.

Have a happy homeschool week!

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Aug 13 2019

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Rank #18: How to Follow Through on Your Plans and Goals This Year

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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.

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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.

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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, A Year of Living Productively makes a great gift. Note that A Year of Living Productively is not a faith-based book but The Organized Homeschool Life is.

My prayer is that you can overcome the obstacles that keep you from following through with your plans and goals so that next year will be your most productive year ever.

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Dec 11 2018

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Rank #19: Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners

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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.

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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.

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Nov 06 2018

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Rank #20: How To Trust God With The World

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Hey, homeschoolers!

Trusting God with all the scary things going on in the world right now can be challenging, but that’s our focus this month.

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First, I want to think my sponsor for this episode, FabuLingua.

Helping your child learn a second language, especially when you don’t speak it, can seem intimidating!

The vocabulary lists, the grammar drills… there’s a better way. The magic of children’s stories makes it fun and easy for your child to learn a second language like Spanish.

The most important factor in learning a new language is how much ‘input’ of that new language gets absorbed. It doesn’t have to be perfectly understood – just comprehensible.

That’s where FabuLingua comes in. Their app provides a huge amount of written and spoken ‘comprehensible input’ through beautiful, interactive children’s stories.

FabuLingua was created for families who are seeking a convenient, effective tool to support their language learning goals – in a fun and effortless way. FabuLingua kids don’t ask to ‘learn’ with the app – they ask to ‘play’ with it!

Their mission is to make it fun and accessible to children, so that learning another language is something they are excited to do!

New stories are released each month and you can explore your first story free. Look for FabuLingua on the App Store or Google Play Store. That’s F-A-B-U-L-I-N-G-U-A. FabuLingua – magical stories that teach kids Spanish.

Trusting God with the World Resources

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Trust Project

Thanks again to my sponsor FabuLingua. Join me next week as we discuss a Mr. Rogers approach to homeschooling.

Have a happy homeschool week!

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Mar 10 2020

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