HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization Interview with Carol Topp CPA

This week on HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization, Interview with Carol Topp CPA.

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization Interview with Carol Topp CPA

 

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization,  Interview with Carol Topp CPA

Homeschool parents are movers and shakers! If they need something, or their kids need something, and it is not available, they make it happen! Homeschoolers often start organizations: co-ops, support groups and more.

BUT here’s her rub: When we take money for services, we’ve started a business, whether we like it or not.

How do we know when we have a business or a non-profit? We go to the experts! Our favorite expert is Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA.

Carol joins Vicki for tips about starting organizations in a wise and responsible manner. She helps us understand important concepts such as:

  • What is an organization
  • Understanding its operation
  • Creating non-profit status, if you need it
  • Creating a for-profit status, if you need it
  • Forming a board
  • Creating bylaws
  • Communicating with the IRS

Carol gives us her Checklist for Starting a Non-profit Homeschool Organization:

  • Gather a board
  • Appoint officers
  • Create a binder to keep track of records
  • Create bylaws
  • Choose a structure (unincorporated or incorporated)
  • Obtain your EIN from IRS
  • Open a checking account
  • Get tax exempt status from IRS
  • Communicate with the state
  • Send in annual forms to IRS

Feel intimidated? You should probably get in touch with Carol. SHE’S intimidating. (She has great resources, too!) 

In the meantime, catch her podcast here on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization,  Interview with Carol Topp CPA

 

 

HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

This week on HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis.

HSHSP Ep 92 Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

Many teens haven’t reached the developmental stage where they can think symbolically. Those non-symbolic teens are called “literal thinkers”.

There’s nothing wrong with being a literal thinker…except that it can be a BIG challenge where it comes to literature analysis. Literature analysis tends to lean heavily on inferential thinking (reading between the lines) and symbolically (metaphors, similes, analogies). This is difficult for literal thinkers.

Most teens will hit the developmental stage where they are thinking symbolically and inferentially. (In Human Development classes we call these types of thinking part of a process called *metacognition*.)

When they reach this developmental stage, they will also be able to see differing perspectives on a character or plot. But until then, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym share some thoughts about helping teens think in more mature levels.

In HSHSP Ep 92, we discuss:

  • The benefits of study guides in helping ease literal thinkers into symbolic and inferential thinking
  • Ways to use quality movies as literature for analysis
  • The benefits of discussion of analysis with family and/or peers
  • Cinema Studies post with literary devices

Got a teen who thinks concretely? Literature Analysis can be a challenge. Join us for some tips to help. In the meantime, here are some links with more good information.

How about a freebie to find out how helpful study guides can be:

Anne of Green Gables Study Guide FREE!

Here are some other helpful posts:

Literature Analysis, Literal Thinkers and Movies in High School

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning in your High School Homeschool Co-op

10 Great Discussion Questions for Homeschool Literature Co-op

HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

This week on HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails!

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

Ever feel like a failure? Or maybe just have one of those memorable *mom-fail* moments?

That’s one thing about being a homeschool mom: We are just human. Humans fail!

If you think you’ve sometimes blown it, listen to Sabrina, Vicki and Kym’s mom-fails:

  • Sabrina’s famous strawberry jam failure…
  • Vicki’s failure to teach weather safety…
  • Kym’s crying at the wrong child’s graduation…
  • Vicki’s leaving 10 teens on the metro platform in Washington DC…

In this episode, we share encouragement… and quotes… and soundbites to help you feel better about your mom-fails!

  • Kym’s goal of having her kids experience different fails than her parents’ failures.
  • Vicki’s reminder that motherhood is all about guilt!
  • And so much more!

We ask the hard-hitting question: Why is it so hard to forgive ourselves for our failures?

Is it because:

  • We are forgetting that only God is perfect

Kym helps us remember Angie Smith’s saying: We need to need God in front of our kids rather than being God for our kids.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym as they encourage you with thoughts about these questions.

  • How can we recover from failures?
  • How can we talk to ourselves about our failures?
  • How can we admit our faults and obey God in forgiveness?
  • How can we not take ourselves too seriously?

Remember, as Sabrina says, “Failure is not a destination, it is simply a rock that we trip over while on the journey.”

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for lots of encouragement for homeschool mom-fails! In the meantime, check out these posts:

3 Steps for Getting Life Right All the Time

 

The Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 9: Allowing Teens to Fail

How to Learn from Failure with our Teens

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

This week on HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles!

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

What is the Christmas break supposed to look like in homeschool highschool?

Are we supposed to do NO homeschool lessons?

Are we supposed to catch up on all the lessons we’re behind on?

Are we supposed to work right through and get ahead?

The Christmas break can get to feeling like a homeschool hassle! Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for ideas on handling holiday homeschool hassles.+!

How can we respect everyone’s:

  • Expectations
  • Needs
  • Wants

Then plan wisely for your Christmas break!

  • Communicate with teens your expectations
  • Work together to set holiday goals
  • Respect need for some change
  • Balance competing needs and activities

How to run a *Homeschool Triage* to decide what to do when.

  • What is most desperate, most pressing, most important?
  • What do your teens like and they’ll get caught up on their own?
  • What do you just need to toss?

Learn how to juggle and memorize our friend Colleen Kessler’s quote (Raising Lifelong Learners blog): Every morning you have to get up and decide which ball you need to drop!

Face the need to manage your own perfectionism. As Kym quotes: Perfectionism is NOT a good role model.

How to manage the need for your own self-care:

  • Sharing the carpool with other homeschool moms so everyone can get a little rest
  • Take a *silent retreat* after Christmas
  • Have a Merry New Yearsmass for your big holiday party instead of Christmas Day

How to face the fact that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool or not during the Christmas break.

There are some hassles. That’s okay. Face it and then give yourself a break! AND in the meantime, take a look at these posts for encouragement:

Twas the Week Before Christmas: Homeschool Holiday Curriculum

6 Ways to Turn “White Christmas” into a Homechool Unit Study

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 38: Holiday Social Skills for Teens

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 36: Teens and Complicated Christmas

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

 

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

This week on HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

Moldy, ancient novels: that’s what highschool Literature is, right?

Boring, meaningless lessons based on the old novel is highschool Literature, right?

Wrong on both counts!

Why read just because they are required to? Why not look at *novel* ideas for types of Literature? Teens can:

  • Read for connection (to the author, to life, to culture, etc)
  • Read to understand the author’s why?
  • Read to find their own why?

AND Literature is more than dusty novels. Lots of things can count as Literature!

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym have some NOVEL ideas for some lively, meaningful and fun ideas for homeschool highschool Literature. They share the thought provoking questions:

 

What can count as literature? Can it be something other than old novels? Here are some types of Literature that they have covered with their homeschool highschoolers:

  • Poetry (reading, interacting with it, memorizing it, writing it)
  • Short stories
  • Biographies
  • Autobiographies
  • Plays (try some Readers Theatre)
  • Movies

Listen and find out the answer to the BURNING question: Why did Shakespeare write in iambic pentameter.

In the meantime, check out these useful links for new ways to look at highschool Literature.

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning in your High School Homeschool Co-op

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 14: Readers Theater Party- It’s COOL!

God is a Poet – Introducing Poetry to High School Homeschool Students

 

Vicki’s Pinterest Poetry Board (lots of famous people reading poetry…so cool!)

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

 

HSHSP Ep 88: Handling Grief and Trauma and How to Help with Connie Stults

This week on HSHSP Ep 88: Handling Grief and Trauma and How to Help with Connie Stults.

HSHSP Ep 88: Handling Grief and Trauma and How to Help with Connie Stults

HSHSP Ep 88: Handling Grief and Trauma and How to Help with Connie Stults

Join us for this precious interview with our good friend, Connie Stults of The Daisyhead. Connie shares her courageous story of her battle with a rare thyroid cancer and her healing, followed soon by the tragic news that her husband had a terminal brain tumor. Learn how she and her kids pulled together for the last 4 months of her husband’s life and ways you can help other families who are experiencing grief and trauma.

Connie and Vince Stults

Click here to read about Connie and Vince.

But this episode is NOT a downer! Connie, who is a born optimist, shares tips and encouragement on handling grief and trauma and how to help:

  • Her story
  • How to talk to kids in difficult times
  • What to do for a grieving family, especially PRACTICAL ideas!
  • What to say to a grieving child
  • How to act around a widow
  • How to talk to a widow
  • Know that children respond to things in the way their parents respond to them
  • Remember to tell the children about the pending grief that no matter what happens that God has not dropped them
  • What it is like to be a widow
  • Sometimes you might make a mistake in something you say but remember not to avoid
  • A good book to read: Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts
  • Gentle ways to help during the holidays

In the meantime, be sure to check out these important posts on trauma and grief by Connie.

Cast Down

How to Act Around a Widow (or Widower)

What to Say to a Grieving Friend

Also, you will be blessed by our friend, Lisa’s prayer journal:

God Meets Me Here- a Prayer Journal for People with Chronic Illness

HSHSP Ep 88: Handling Grief and Trauma and How to Help with Connie Stults

 


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.

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HSHSP Ep 87: Help for Homeschool Working Moms with Stacey Lane

This week on HSHSP Ep 87: Help for Homeschool Working Moms with Stacey Lane.

HSHSP Ep 87 Homeschool Working Moms with Stacey Lane

HSHSP Ep 87: Help for Homeschool Working Moms with Stacey Lane

Many homeschool moms are also “working moms”.

Now, we know that ALL homeschool moms are working moms, but today we’re discussing having a paying job. Our friend, Stacey Lane of LayeredSoul.com is one of those kind of working moms.

Stacey Lane from LayeredSoul.com

Stacey is customer service representative for Bright Ideas Press, as well as caregiving for her disabled husband and homeschooling her kids. (Her 2 oldest are homeschool graduates and currently in college.) She also picks up cleaning jobs and cooks for 70 people each Wednesday night at church.

When we asked how she juggles all Stacey talks about the importance of being a willow tree rather than an oak tree, because willow trees are flexible.

Join Vicki, Kym and Stacey for a delightful conversation about work/homeschool/service/life balance with her brilliant tips like:

You’ll have fun with this episode, even if you’re not a work-for-pay homeschool mom! In the meantime, enjoy some of her fun posts!

 

Chemical Reaction VS Physical Reaction Science Experiments

 

Accepting Limits, Balancing Home and Work

 

C. S. Lewis Lesson Plan for High School

Early Childhood Education for High School

 

 

HSHSP Ep 87: Help for Homeschool Working Moms with Stacey Lane


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)


HSHSP Ep 86: How to be Thankful-er

This week on HSHSP Ep 86: How to be Thankful-er!

HSHSP Ep 86 How to be Thankful-er!

HSHSP Ep 86: How to be Thankful-er

Gratitude is important, whether it is Thanksgiving time or not.

Max Lucado says in Anxious for Nothing that teenagers’ average levels of anxiety are comparable to the anxiety of people who were in inpatient mental health programs in the 1950s.

Why?

  • Social media shows a picture perfect world
  • Social media requires a lot of preparation, presentation and planning if you’re going to escape FOMO

What to do?

We need to learn gratitude! The University of California has studied things that make people feel better. They have found that people who practice written gratitude tend to improve in mood and health.

Imagine that! Scripture has been reminding us to be thankful for thousands of years!

  • Ways to notice the good things in your world
  • Ways to model gratitude for your teens and youngers

Have you read the books of Jon Gordon or John Maxwell. Both are great sources for learning gratitude.

Or remember Sabrina’s favorite quote:

It is much harder to angst and spazz when standing before the throne of God.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for lots of tips on how to be thankful-er.

In the meantime, enjoy a few helpful posts from Vicki’s coaching business and 7SistersHomeschool.com!

The Healing Power of Thankfulness

Simple How-to Guide to Create a Gratitude Journal

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Whole Family

 

HSHSP Ep 86: How to be Thankful-er


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.


HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Melanie Wilson

This week on HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms an interview with Melanie Wilson!

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Melanie Wilson

Anyone that is involved in life with humans is going to run into a person who is so broken that they behave in unkind ways.

Join us for a wisdom-packed, grace-filled episode with Dr. Melanie Wilson. Melanie is a Christian psychologist turned homeschool mom. She is the popular host of Homeschool Sanity podcast, PsychoWith6.com, weekly Facebook lives, and periscope visits.

Dr. Melanie Wilson

Do your teens participate in homeschool groups, Sunday school, youth groups, league sports or dance classes, choirs, community service organizations? If so, they are likely at some point to run into a “mean-mom” or “mean-dad”. The world is full of people in pain, who react out of their pain and hurt those around them.

  • How do we handle situations that will arise?
  • How do we model Christ-like graciousness and healthy assertiveness in these tough moments?

Here are a few of the wise tips that Dr. Wilson shared:

  1. Calm down!
  2. Pray and ask a wise friend to pray with you. Talk to your spouse.
  3. Recognize your own feelings.
  4. Sleep on it.
  5. If it has to do with your child, talk to you child about. Balance what you heard from the “mean mom” and what your child says.
  6. Listen with grace to everyone.
  7. Be an “empathic investigator”: gather information in as balanced manner as possible, but remember “eyewitness reports” are notoriously flawed.
  8. Come up with the best theory about what happened that you can.
  9. Keep in mind: What is the goal of my investigation? What is the result we want to see?
  10. For EVERYONE involved: Relationship is more important than “rules”. Relationship is more important than “right”. It is okay to disagree, how will you move forward in front of your teens.
  11. Know when it is best to remove your teen from the contentious situation.
  12. Remember grace!

Join Dr. Melanie Wilson, Vicki and Kym for a powerful discussion on handling homeschool mean-moms. AND keep your eye out for Melanie’s upcoming book: Handling Difficult People.

In the meantime, visit Homeschool Sanity Podcast on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, PsychoWith6.com, Melanie’s Facebook Lives.

Handling Homeschool Pharisees

Conflict Resolution Skills You Must Teach Your Children, Part 1

How to Keep Your Homeschooled High Schoolers Happy

3 Easy but Powerful Steps in Standing Up for Yourself

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Melanie Wilson


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.


HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

You don’t need to go it alone as a homeschooling mom!

We humans are created for community and we women, especially, to support one another. Some moms are extraverted and need lots of friends most of the time. Some moms are introverted and love alone time, but still need prayer support and a few trusted friends.

How do homeschool mom friends find friends?

Join Sabrina, Kym, and Quella the seeing eye puppy for an honest, heartwarming discussion about finding friends as homeschooling moms.

  • God’s intervention: They will share how, in dark times in their lives, God supplied their friendship with each other, then with the other moms who became 7SistersHomeschool.com.
  • Prayer: Before seeing the intervention with God’s gift of friendship, Kym shares her story about praying for a friend.
  • Involvement: They share about being involved in their homeschool community had already made them acquainted with each other.
  • Serving: They share about seeing a need and being willing to help, which opened the door for friendship.

Homeschool moms, you don’t need to go it alone in homeschooling high school! God created us for community. If He created us for community, He will provide. Join us for this encouraging episode and look for God’s work in your life!

In the meantime, enjoy these encouraging posts and resources:

Confidence-Building Skills for Meeting New People VickiTillmanCoaching.com

Click here for this free download.

The Importance of Homeschool Friends for MOM

Here’s a freebie download on how to truly help a friend during difficult times.

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool


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.


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