How to Implement Narration, Dictation, and Copywork in Your Homeschool

Episode 6: How to Implement Narration, Dictation, and Copywork in Your Homeschool 

Hosts:  Lindsey Stomberg & Richele McFarlin

Are you curious how to implement narration, dictation, can copywork into your homeschool? Let’s discuss ways to incorporate these Charlotte Mason elements into your homeschool to encourage attentiveness, handwriting, punctuation, sentence structure, and listening skills in your children.

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Unrealistic Expectations

Unrealistic Expectations - in this podcast, Kathy Lee talks with Keri Vasek about the unrealistic expectations we as moms put on ourselves.

Unrealistic Expecations with The Real Kathy Lee

Episode #5

I had a great time talking with Keri Vasek about the unrealistic expectations we as moms put on ourselves. You might remember Keri from Episode 2 where we talked about Losing Your Joy in Motherhood. Keri is the mother of three “muddlings” and enjoys encouraging other moms to let their children PLAY.

On this episode, Keri and I get real about the expectations that haunt mothers. As mothers, we often feel the need to keep a spotless house, present perfect children, and always be dressed and ready to host an event. Well, this is UNREALISTIC. Moms with little ones often have chaos, unruly children, and can be found in yoga pants and a messy bun. Keri and I share some of the unrealistic expectations we had early on as moms and agree that keeping it simple is best.


I loved Keri’s 3 REALISTIC expectations for each day.

1.  Find time to read aloud.

2.  Invite your children to play.

3.  Be intentional about loving one another.

Let’s EXPECT good things from our kids and from ourselves. My goal is that my children grow up to know they are loved, so that they feel free to give love to others.

You’ve got this,


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When You Need To Find A New Church – MBFLP 164

Sooner or later, all of us are likely to need to find a new church – whether it’s due to relocation, or a change in the doctrinal stand, or a need for a different sort of community for your family’s spiritual growth. And even if we don’t make that decision for our own family, each of our children will face that issue when they go away to college or move into independent adulthood. This episode, we’re talking about reasons you might need to find a new church, reasons that you really ought not, how to leave a church graciously, and how to go about the search for your new church!


Episode 113, “Dealing with a Toxic Church” (Interview with Andy and Kendra Fletcher)

Episode 132, “Recovering From Legalism”

Tim Challies’ blog –

Teaching Early Learners with Cheryl Bastian

Teaching Early Learners

Teaching Early Learners

Teaching Early Learners with Cheryl Bastian

Podcast #23

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks with Cheryl Bastian about ideas and thoughts on homeschooling preschoolers.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

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Stop Twirling That String

stop twirling that stringStop Twirling That String with Jan Bedell, PhD

Visual challenges can be varied and sometimes hard to detect, but often mom or dad know something isn’t quite right. The challenge is to figure out what is causing the problem.  The doctor might say, “The child’s vision is fine.”  The question from a neurodevelopmentalist standpoint is, would the doctor be talking about 20/20 acuity (able to see up close and far away) or vision (the way the visual information is interrupted by the brain in giving the visual message)?

See if you recognize any of these symptoms of visual inefficiencies:

  • Are you constantly saying, “Look at me when I am talking to you” but the child doesn’t seem to be able to maintain eye contact?
  • Are there challenges with coloring within the lines or writing on the line or with writing letters that are the same size?
  • Is the child too close to the reading material or math page when doing academics?
  • Does the child skip lines or small words when reading?
  • Does the child like to watch things that twirl or move like fan blades or toy car wheels?
  • How about constantly wanting to dangle something like a string, sock, or anything else he can find to whirl and watch?

Discover more about The NeuroDevelopmental Profile as it relates to vision and visual distortions in this Brain Coach Tip episode.  There are seven main developmental levels that all children should go through.  Some of these areas of development are compromised by our cultural practices of putting our infants in gadgets such as walkers, swings and jump-ups. When we don’t go through the correct stages where vision is developed, challenges can occur.  The good news is that we don’t have to focus on the symptoms that can be on the checklists for labels such as Autism, ADD/ADHD or Sensory Integration Disorder.  We can find the root cause of the symptoms and change the child’s function, thus eliminating the symptoms all together.  

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Time Management is a Special Occasion

Podcast 22

What if you had an extra 10-15 hours in your week and you didn’t know it?
Stop laughing please! 

Mr. D is going to take you through an amazing exercise to see if you can or can’t find that extra 10-15 hours in your week. This is something to do with the entire family. Time management is one of those things that every homeschooling family will confront along their journey. Students (and parents) often ask, “Mr. D, how do you get everything done?” There is actually a really great answer for that and now it is available for everyone during this podcast. Join Mr. D as he guides you through an amazing strategy for having time management be something that is easy to manage! The entire family can use this simple yet eye opening method making any occasion be a special occasion. Finding that extra 10-15 hours in your week will be a welcomed bonus and relief too!

Find out more about Mr. D here!

5 Apps All Parents Should Know – HIRL Episode 143

Free Homeschooling Podcast about technology and apps.Apps! Mobile phones! iPads! Technology! It all moves so fast and changes seemingly overnight. How do we keep up with what our kids are asking to use or are being exposed to, even if we are trying to keep it all in balance?

Join us on this highly informative episode of Homeschooling in Real Life as we welcome author and speaker Leah Nieman to discuss five apps every parent should know about right now. It’s an up-to-the-minute conversation, but even if you’re listening months or even years from its publication, you’ll be able to glean from the discussion about how to handle all of the emerging technology in our über fast-paced world.


Recommended Resources:

Leah Nieman can be found here: Leah Nieman

View her informative video, Apps All Parents Should Know

Apps All Parents Should Know eBook 

View the Tech Talk Conversation Cards video

Tech Talk Conversation Cards

Leah’s Dating Apps series

Sign up for Leah’s weekly Tech News for Parents Newsletter. Get her Family Digital Media Agreement Free!

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HSHSP Ep 51: Career Exploration for Teens who Don’t Have a Clue

HSHSP Ep 51: Career Exploration with Teens Who Don't Have a ClueHSHSP Ep 51: Career Exploration for Teens who Don’t Have a Clue

“SO, what are you going to do after graduation?”

That’s the dreaded question for many teens. They simply don’t have a clue what they want to do.

How do you help a teen find direction in life? How do you help them get to know themselves or get to know God’s leading?

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for decades have been mentoring, coaching and teaching homeschool highschoolers about Career Exploration. Join them for an expert discussion on helping teens who don’t have a clue.


Case Study: Teen Doesn’t Have a Clue

HSHSP Ep 23: Career Exploration for Homeschool Highschoolers

My Next Move Career Interest Survey

Career One Stop (US Dept of Labor)



Charlotte Mason Homeschooling: A Sane Approach

Would you like to know more about Charlotte Mason homeschooling? Do you need help incorporating it into a sane homeschooling lifestyle? You will LOVE this interview with Cindy West of Our Journey Westward.

A Sane Approach to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling podcast

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I have an apology and an invitation. If you texted to receive Barb Raveling’s Bible study last week, you didn’t get it. That code won’t work. You’ll need to go to to claim that study. And guess what? This week’s texting code won’t work either! Fortunately, you can get your free nature study downloads right from these show notes. You’ll be added to the inspiring Psychowith6 & Our Journey Westward newsletters.

Join me for a giveaway of 5 of Cindy’s books on the Facebook page Tuesday, March 21st at 4E/3C/2P/1M. You can enter the giveaway all week. You’ll get to see inside Cindy’s books and ask questions. You can use the code SANITY for 20% everything in the store until March 28th!


This episode on YouTube

Ideas for Learning with Nature Walks episode

Mystery of History

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 Easy Lessons & 100+ Creative Nature Walks

Grammar Galaxy

Next week, we’ll chat about how to be successful in scheduling.

Have a happy homeschool week!

What Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About Worker Classification

Worker ClassificationWhat Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About Worker Classification

Carol Topp, CPA, the HomeschoolCPA will share tips on important issues that homeschool leaders may not know about. This episode will focus on worker classification — helping homeschool leaders understand how to classify their workers correctly as employees or independent contractors.

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Worker Classification Consultation 


  • Is your homeschool teacher an employee or independent contractor?
  • Should your homeschool co-op director be paid as an employee?
  • How hard is it to set up a payroll system?
  • What happens if my homeschool group misclassifies a worker? Are their penalties?

Worker classification can be a confusing topic.

My book Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization can help clear a lot of confusion, but perhaps you want to discuss your particular situation in a private, individual phone consultation.

I offer phone consultations to help you determine if your homeschool organization’s workers are employee or independent contractors. The phone call will be followed up with an email containing a fact-based determination and information to help you take the next steps.

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