6 Reasons Your Homeschool Still Isn’t Organized

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.

6 Reasons Your Homeschool Still Isn't Organized

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.

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The Organized Homeschool Life Planner

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


the Organized Homeschool Life Planner

The Organized Homeschool Life Planner Launch Pricing

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 8.5×11 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!

What’s the Word from Roadschool Moms in 2018?

The Roadschool Moms reveal their word for 2018 in Episode #164. Joy and courage are the focus in the new year for these nomadic mamas. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Familiesbroadcasts from their SouthEast Florida Coast. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from west central Indiana. The OTR duo are together for the first episode of the year with their annual word reveal . Hit the replay to hear more about making handmade holidays for your family during the Christmas season.


KT reminds listeners that her word for 2017 {surrender} is one that took her all year to fully immerse herself in. Tune in to find out how complete surrender changed the course of her daily life. She reveals that coming up with her word for 2018 felt like a cliche. Joy. Really?


MB gives a short recap of her 2017 journey not to find peace, but to receive it. Her revelation suggests that peace is a gift that is ready to be received by anyone who desires it. While looking for the word that would shape her attitude for the new year, MB focused on the word reflect as well as reflection as well as the word brave. From that, she arrived at the word courage. Find out how she intends to be courageous and just how it will affect life in her rolling homeschool.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 150 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12

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Talking About the Movies – MBFLP 191

This episode, we open up about several of the big releases in the theaters right now – and share some principles we use for evaluating entertainment through a Biblical lens for our family! Join us as we look at Darkest Hour, Murder on the Orient Express, The Greatest Showman, and The Last Jedi, with a different approach for thumbs-up or -down.

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Murder on the Orient Express

The Greatest Showman

Darkest Hour

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

Life Hacks Home and School

Life Hacks Home and SchoolLife Hacks Home and School

Episode 249

Are you ready for some life hacks for home and school? Life hacks are those little bits of advice that make your life go so much smoother. Some are little known and others are tried and true. In this episode Felice Gerwitz shares some life hacks she has found useful for her family, home, homeschool, traveling and first aid.

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Life Hacks for Home and School

Home Life Hacks:

  1. Reduction of clutter – keep things simple and neat. It is amazing that when you keep things clean it is easier to find and put away.
  2.  Daily to-do lists. Keep laundry to one day, shopping and errands on another and lessons for another day, or stack these “away” events to one day.
  3. Work as a team and as a family — enlist the help of your husband and kids. Or trade with a friend and watch each other’s kids.
  4. Multi-task or bundle activities. Clean while listening to CD’s or stream a podcast, watch an educational program while folding laundry.
  5. Troubleshoot what robs you of time – things such as running errands can take up so much time. Plan to run your errands on one day by hitting several places on the way.
  6. Overplanning can be a way to experience burn out. Try not to over plan. Try one event per day as a way to avoid burn out.
  7. Do you have carpet in your house? If you do in the main areas you will find the best way to keep your carpets clean is the no-shoe policy. Kids wearing socks is another way to avoid dirty floors.
  8. Clean up as you go — and teach your children to clean up as well. Keep towels off the floor, take plates off the table, rinse and place in the dishwasher. Clean up the sink in the bathroom after brushing your teeth, or make beds the first thing. Do little tasks as you go all day, this helps tremendously!
  9. Tired of folding all your clothes? Do you have closet space? Hang clothes on hangers to keep from folding them, if you lack space use thin hangers.
  10. Take a poll and ask your children what they’d like to do —you may be surprised at the chores your children select. And, the bonus is kids who do chores without complaining.

Life Hacks For Home and School:

Life Hacks for School:

  1. Plan your year ahead of time. Being organized helps you for all those times that life unexpectedly happens. Especially after a holiday break or an illness in the family.
  2. What robs your time? Social media is number one. As much as possible avoid social media.
  3. Routines work. Keep things organized. Return your papers, pencils, and books to their right place each day.
  4. Check off lists work! Especially for your kids. You can accomplish much each day, especially if you can see where you need to catch up or makeup work. Each evening for accountability show dad.
  5. Time to think — allow your children time to spend to “think” — to develop hobbies, read or discover something they are passionate about. Little ones need help and you can do this by providing toys for exploration.
  6. Teach your children something new each day and have your older children to teach the younger ones.

Hitting Reset in 2018

I am still blown away that it is 2018! I was just texting a friend that I met back in 1988 during a summer mission trip to Daytona Beach Florida. Thirty years… what? How has it been thirty years since that magnificent summer? Okay, I digress. Back to the show.


This week I wanted to talk about the need to RESET before we take on this New Year. If you are like me, there were some unmet goals n 2017 and the holidays have turned my fairly routine life into chaos and clutter. How do we get back on track in 2018?  Here are my thoughts…


  1. R – Remember how far we’ve come.
  2. E – Evaluate 2017, honestly. What can we learn from our mistakes?  I shared that one of my mistakes in 2017 was not caring for my health as I should. I mentioned a new program I have started called Plant Paradox. You can read more about Dr. Gundry and his program at http://drgundry.com/

the Plant Paradox



  1. S – Stay Focused. I start off focused, but tend to fade as the year goes on. Staying focused can keep us from making some of the same mistakes this year.
  2. E – Expectations. This one gets me. UNREALISTIC expectations ruin relationships. Don’t expect something of someone without talking to him or her about it first. That goes for your friends, your spouse, and your kids.
  3. T – Take time to reflect, plan, be alone and move forward.



With a little effort we can RESET our homes, our minds, our schedules. Take some time to be still and be honest with yourself. Set some goals, set a routine, and move forward. You’ve got this!!!




Find a way to #sayyes today.

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Prevent fraud: Separation of duties 

Prevent Fraud: Separation of DutiesWhat’s the best way to to prevent fraud or mistakes in the finances of your homeschool group? It’s called separation of duties and Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA explains why your treasurer should not be doing all the financial tasks in your homeschool organization.

In this 12 minute podcast episode Carol explains how you can separate and share the money management tasks.











In the podcast Carol mentioned a list of suggestions to prevent fraud.

Excerpt from Money Management in a Homeschool Organization on preventing fraud (opens as a pdf)








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Hidden Gem

Hidden Gem with Dr. Ron Johnson and Brain Coach TipsDo you have a child that struggles to maintain focus when completing tasks?  Do you have to supervise every minute of your teen’s school day?

Today Dr. Jan Bedell visits with the founder of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum, Dr. Ron Johnson.  Doc, as many like to call him, was formerly a public-school principle and superintendent who saw the need to reestablish virtues and values in today’s society.  Doc was an executive in a major home school curriculum provider for 21 years.  He saw the effects of fatherlessness on our society and, coupled with all this experience, set out to create curriculum that gives students positive male role models.  It is the mission of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (www.PACworks.com) to recover at risk children and build a better foundation for those that are not struggling.

Tune in to today’s Brain Coach Tip to learn the hidden gems of his many years of experience. Dr. Johnson shares his personal experiences and will give you gems to motivate your students. So, whether you have typically developing students or you are dealing with the effects of labels like ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia or behavioral challenges, this episode will encourage and equip you.

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

How to Change Your Homeschool Habits This Year

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.

Change Your Habits; Change Your Homeschool #minihabits

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


Read the blog post


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!

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