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How To Be A Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 2

The Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 2

Hey, homeschoolers!

I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films.  We are thankful to our sponsors for allowing you the listener to enjoy the benefits of free programming.

Welcome back for part 2 of how to be a Proverbs 31 homeschool mom. If you missed last week’s episode, you’ll definitely want to listen to it first. I hope you claimed your printable Bible study that goes along with this episode. There is another printable ready for you this week too.

Before we complete our study, though, I want to recommend the book, The Organized Homeschool Life. With ideas for getting organized 15 minutes at a time, the book can help you become the Proverbs 31 homeschool mom you aspire to be.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to take regular breaks to get organized and back on track. Every month, plan to take a day to file, plan, and make your school space neat again. You can have your kids watch educational videos, play games, play outside, or even better, have a play date at a friend’s house. You can return the favor and give your friend a break day. Set a timer for each task and you’ll accomplish so much more. If you make your break day the same day of the month (like the first Friday), it will be more likely to happen for you. The key is to take this time without guilt. You need a day to recollect yourself. It’s better to take a regular, planned day than to take one because you’re stressed. These spur-of-the-moment days aren’t nearly as productive as those that are planned. Put your break day on the calendar now.

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my guest post on The Musings of Mum.

work that was marked complete in the student planner wasn’t actually done

the sacrifice I have made to homeschool them

those who don’t believe in homeschooling

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To conclude our study, I believe that we are Proverbs 31 homeschooling moms if we believe we are. Begin each day considering what you did the day before that is consistent with your identity as this godly woman. Consider how you will earnestly take on your work as a Proverbs 31 homeschooling mom today. Know that we can do nothing apart from Him. But in His strength, we can be more than we ever imagined.

Which of these characteristics of a Proverbs 31 homeschool mom are you already making progress on?

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How To Be A Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 1

How to be a Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 1 #homeschool #biblestudy

Hey homeschoolers!

What does God expect of me as a homeschooling mom? This is a question I’ve asked myself many times. Like me, you’re probably familiar with the woman described in Proverbs 31. So many times I have heard that she is an unrealistic ideal that I shouldn’t even try to emulate. But is that really true? That’s the topic I want to discuss with you this week.

But first I would love to have you review this podcast on iTunes. If you’re a subscriber and have an iPhone, go to the podcasts app, click Library, click on The Homeschool Sanity Show and scroll down. It’s easy to leave a review that way. Your reviews help other homeschoolers find me. Thanks so much for listening and taking the time to review the podcast. It means a lot to me.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to give our girls appropriate role models. We don’t want to suggest that our girls can’t be strong, intelligent women who can change the world. But neither do we want to suggest that they are designed to be just like men. The provocatively dressed, ninja warrior women in today’s films just won’t do as role models. I love using biographies of strong Christian women to inspire my daughter. Amy Sullivan has written a series of books called Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World. Join me on Facebook on Tuesday, October 10 at 4E/3C/2M/1P for an inside look at these beautiful picture books for girls and a chance to win them and the cutest gutsy girls wristband to go with them.


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Join me next week for part two! Have a happy homeschool week.

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

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Black and White Thinking in Your Homeschool

Hey homeschoolers!

What if you could turn your homeschool around with a simple change in thinking? You can! In this episode I will explain what black-and-white thinking is and how to change it to create a more positive, productive homeschool.

Black and white thinking in your homeschool #homeschool

But first I would love to have to invite you to join me for an interview with Dr. Carl Werner on Facebook Live. I have interviewed Carl on how we can be confident in teaching creation, but if you have questions on how to defend your faith in creation, join me. We will also be giving away some of his amazing materials. You can find us at

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to ask local homeschoolers for advice. I talk with many newer homeschoolers who are not only uncertain about whether they’re doing enough, but don’t have local homeschooling friends. If your support group has a forum or Facebook group, be brave and admit that you’d like some confirmation that you’re doing okay and to meet some other homeschoolers. A veteran homeschooler may be willing to meet you to talk about what you’re doing. Most likely, other newer homeschoolers will follow your lead and will say they, too, would like support. In our Facebook group, we have been sharing how we have met our homeschooling friends. Watch the videos for ideas and to become convinced that homeschooling isnt something to do alone.

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Find the happy in your homeschool week!

Stress Management For Homeschool Moms

Stress management for homeschool moms #stressmanagement #homeschool

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Hey homeschoolers!

I’m going to be real with you this week. The past month has been very stressful for me. I can definitely give you explanations for that stress that are not my responsibility. When you experience stress, I’m sure you can give me similar explanations. But I would like to focus on the causes of stress that we can manage.

Before we dive in, however, I would love to invite you to follow the grammar galaxy books Facebook page. I will be sharing inspirational, funny, and helpful posts to aid you in teaching your child language arts, whether you choose to use Grammar galaxy curriculum or not. You can find the page at Leave me a note there to say that you heard about the page on this podcast. I would love to chat with you.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to use easy ways of incorporating art into your homeschool. If you’re not an art-loving mom and honestly I am not, you can still painlessly incorporate art into your homeschool. I want my children to have an appreciation for art I didn’t have. I love learning along with my kids. Masterpiece Society Art Appreciation has been developed with the busy mom in mind – no prep time or other materials necessary, just open it and go! There are photographs of each painting, lessons, kid-friendly video links, art templates, and notebooking pages in one packet. I want to give you the opportunity to see this curriculum during a Facebook Live on Tuesday, September 26th at 4E/3C/2M/1P at You’ll have a chance to win it, too. Catch the replay in the show notes at For a limited time, take advantage of discount pricing by going to and use code SANITY.





Kisses from Katie

Which of these six causes of stress has been the biggest problem for you? Comment and let me know.

Conflict Resolution Skills You Must Teach Your Child, Part 2

Hey homeschoolers! 

 I’d like to thank our network sponsor Raddish, a cooking club and curriculum perfect for homeschooling families. Teach weekly thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a six or 12 month membership. Visit /homeschool to learn more and download a free lesson. 

 Conflict Skills You Must Teach Your Child, Part 2 #conflictresolution #christianparenting #podcast

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I was glad to hear that you found last week’s episode on conflict resolution skills helpful. If you haven’t listened to part one of this topic, I suggest you listen to it first. We covered the B in the acronym BLT for breathe. Don’t worry! That will make sense to you when you listen to the episode.

Before we dive into the meaning of the L and the T in the acronym, I want to invite you to become a part of HomeschoolScopes. You’ve heard me mention our Facebook group at HomeschoolScopes.TV. The members there have dubbed themselves “no drama homeschool mamas.” Time after time, this group of women has noted the lack of drama in our group and they are thankful for it. But we now have two more ways for you to interact with our community. The first is a Facebook page. You can find our Facebook page at You can also find us on at homeschoolscopes. Members of the group will be sharing information and inspiration from their homeschools on these social media platforms. We would love to have you like and follow us. 

Teaching Tip of the Week 

The teaching tip of the week is to have your education shipped to you. There is something exciting for kids, perhaps even especially so in this digital age, about getting mail. There are a number of kits that can enhance your child’s education. Raddish is definitely one of those. Every month a different cooking kit arrives on your doorstep. If you would like to get an inside look at what a Raddish kit looks like and potentially win a kit, join me on Facebook on Tuesday, September 19th at 4E/3C/2M/1P.


How to Stop the Pain by Dr. James Richards

part one of this series

the power of story to teach

Grammar Galaxy

 Click to request your free lesson that teaches conflict resolution skills


I know I haven’t equipped you to resolve every conflict your kids will have, but I hope I have started you on the journey. Keep learning and keep teaching. 

Which of these approaches will you teach first? Let me know in the comments.

Conflict Resolution Skills to Teach Your Children, Part 1

Conflict Resolution Skills You Must Teach Your Child, Part 1 #christianparenting #conflictresolution #podcast

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Hey homeschoolers!

I would like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit to learn more and to download a free lesson. 

Raddish cooking school for kids

I spoke on the topic of conflict resolution skills you must teach your child at two Great Homeschool Conventions this year. I was pleasantly surprised by how popular the talk was. I want to share with you much of what I taught in the sessions because I believe this information is so important. Before we get to that, however, I want to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. While I am not currently producing videos specifically for YouTube, I am adding my Facebook live videos to the channel. 

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to use traditional textbooks if you or your child benefits from using them. Students who have just come home from a traditional classroom or who will be returning to a traditional classroom are great candidates for using textbooks. But that’s not all! Some students and teachers just feel more comfortable using traditional textbooks. Many teachers feel they are more thorough and they can reduce teacher prep time. Join me Tuesday September 12th at 4E/3C/2M/1P on Facebook for a review and giveaway of BJU Press’s math textbooks. Specifically, I will be giving away sixth-grade math and Algebra 2. I hope to see you there! 


Florence Littauer’s Personality Plus typology

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Scheduling: Homeschooling, The First Year

Scheduling the first year of homeschooling #homeschooling #scheduling #Podcast

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Hey, homeschoolers!

This week I’m talking with some of our new homeschoolers about schedules — another key to homeschooling success. Before we do, I want to thank my sponsor, Apologia. Apologia’s materials have been a blessing to me and my children for years. They’re more than just science. They’re apologetics, planners, and even language arts curriculum providers. Visit them at and join me for a brand new product release and giveaway on Tuesday, September 5th at 4E/3C/2M/1P at or catch the replay in the show notes.

Only two of our new homeschoolers were able to join me to chat this month. Why? Because life happens, especially at this busy time of year. I did connect with Jolene via email and she had this to say about her assignments of focusing on goals and devotions this month:

I haven’t started [homeschooling] yet. Public school starts [the day after Labor Day] and I plan to start then…
I’m pretty confident  I can do this for the first month or so; it’s the consistency that I’m nervous about. That’s where my goal comes in.  I am praying for a good start so it’ll be easier to develop good habits.  
As far as devotions go, I have still not been consistent, but instead of getting down on myself, I have decided that I’m going to “just do it.” This means that if I start thinking ” I should be reading my Bible more,” I [will] just pull my Bible out and start reading right then and there! 
I love Jolene’s strategy. Listen to the podcast to hear from Courtney and Mai Lyn.
Thank you so much to these ladies for taking time out of their busy schedules to chat with me. To follow along with their homework, track your routine this month and begin to make small changes. Don’t be discouraged when the routine or schedule isn’t perfect. It never will be!
Thanks again to this episode’s sponsor, Apologia — not just a Christian homeschool resource provider, but our homeschool friends. Visit them at
Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Homeschool a Middle Schooler

Hey homeschoolers!

I am teaching two middle schoolers this year. It’s hard to believe! These are fun years, but they are also challenging for many homeschoolers — especially those who will be teaching middle school for the first time. In today’s episode I want to talk about six important suggestions to keep in mind when homeschooling middle school students.

How to a Homeschool a Middle Schooler #homeschooling #middleschool #podcast

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But first I would love to have you join our supportive homeschooling community called This is a Facebook group for homeschooling mothers who enjoy creating or just watching live videos. The video format allows us to get to know one another and form real friendships. Simply ask to join and if you’re a homeschooling mama, you’lll be approved.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to organize your digital life. Our mothers and grandmothers never had to organize thousands of digital files, including recipes, photos, paperwork, and curriculum. I did a podcast episode on how to organize your digital curriculum, but there is so much more that goes into organizing your digital life, like staying on top of email and being able to find the information you need when you need it. Although I do have a challenge on this topic in the book The Organized Homeschool Life, Bath Napoli has created a digital organizing course that will help you address all of your organizing needs. You can learn more about the course by going to We need to learn digital organizing skills for ourselves and so we can teach our children.



Apologia makes student planners that I enjoy using

Free Homeschool Planning Forms


Mr. D math courses

a previous podcast episode

The Everything Guide to Study Skills 

 the Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World

video game alternatives.

excellent, free curriculum for teaching social skills

homeschooling through hormones.

TrueU is an excellent video series from Focus on the Family

help our kids discover what their talents are

Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has a list of hands-on activities to do with your middle schooler

Which of these suggestions are you most interested in implementing with your middle schooler? Comment and let me know.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Worried About Gaps in Your Homeschool Education?

Hey homeschoolers!

I’m happy to be with you this week, talking about a topic that causes many of us anxiety: gaps in our children’s education. We worry that if we fail to teach them something, they will struggle in college, work, or even if they later return to a traditional school.

Gaps in your homeschooling. Should you be worried?

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I’m excited to address this topic today, but first I would love to have you subscribe to Psychowith6. I have so much fun sharing six sanity savers with you every week in my newsletter. It allows me to chat about how I’m finding sanity in my homeschooling life and to let you know about exclusive deals from me and my friends.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to teach multiple subjects using one curriculum. I did this from the very beginning of my homeschooling. I used Five in a Row and then Konos, a unit study curriculum. There are many curricula that allow you to incorporate more than one subject and this saves you time. It’s also a natural way to learn. When we learn about things in our daily life, we naturally incorporate multiple subjects and learning styles. This makes multi-subject learning a great way to not only save time, but to appeal to all of our students. One such curriculum that I have used in my homeschool is Notgrass History. I have used their American History curriculum in both high school and middle school. This year I am using From Adam to Us to teach ancient history, literature, Bible and more. I will be chatting with Charlene Notgrass on Facebook Live about a comprehensive approach to teaching history on August 22nd at 4E/3C/2M/1P. You will have the opportunity to see inside this amazing curriculum and even a chance to win From Adam to Us.

What About Gaps in Your Homeschool?

Now for this week’s topic. I am joined by Charlene Notgrass. Charlene is a Christian and a veteran homeschooling mom. Charlene received a bachelor’s in urban planning from Middle Tennessee State University. She oversees curriculum development at Notgrass History and is a lead curriculum author.

Charlene is the wife of the most wonderful man in the world. I’ve had the privilege of meeting her husband and he is a great guy. She has always loved being a mother and now relishes the role of mother-in-law and grandmother. She is proud of her grandma name, “Little.” She enjoys working with children, especially in her annual role as assistant director for their daughter Mary Evelyn’s historical dramas performed by homeschooled children.

Charlene loves to encourage homeschooling mothers, whether speaking at homeschool conferences, counseling mothers individually, or through her blog, Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers. Charlene enjoys reading, quilting, drawing, sewing, improving their old house, and spending time with Ray, her husband since 1974, and their growing family.

This episode is such an encouragement. Please share it with your homeschooling friends!

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Notgrass History

Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers

Curriculum Paralysis: How to Decide Which Curriculum to Teach This Year

Hey homeschoolers! This week I had a reader question about curriculum that I just had to respond to with a podcast episode. It was essentially this. I have so many curriculum options. How do I choose which to use this year? We’re going to chat about that in just a bit!
Curriculum paralysis


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If you are interested in a fun language arts curriculum for your elementary students, I would love to have you follow me on Facebook in the grammar guardians group or on Instagram at Grammar Galaxy Books. I occasionally share language arts helps on both platforms and guardians share their mission progress. It’s so much fun and can be motivating to your kids. I choose a guardian of the month from those who share in the group, who tag Grammar Galaxy Books, or who use the hashtag #grammargalaxy. I send them exclusive motivational stickers, writing instruments, and bookmarks.

Teaching Tip of the Week

Watch a video review to make decisions on curriculum. When I started using Periscope two years ago, I found the video reviews on the platform so helpful. If I watched live, I could not only see inside the books or online program, but I could ask questions of experienced users. Since then, I have been doing my own curriculum reviews on Facebook Live at my Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity Facebook page. I would love to have you join me each week for these reviews and other tips you can use regardless of the curriculum you’re using. You can also search for video reviews on YouTube. If you have a question that hasn’t been asked, comment and you’ll get the information you need to make a decision.

This week (August 15th at 4 E/3C/2M/1P) I will be reviewing Grammar Galaxy live on the Free Homeschooling 101 Facebook page. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and to win a copy for free! The review will be added to YouTube and I am happy to answer your questions after the live video is over.

Links About Curriculum Paralysis

If your main struggle is curriculum addiction, you’ll want to listen to the podcast I did on the topic

I also did an episode on the questions you should ask when choosing curriculum.

Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher

Classical Conversations

Grammar Galaxy

Video web course with 5 lessons and worksheets, loop schedule templates, and exclusive FB group access!

Have a happy homeschool week!
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