Homeschool Sanity Show

How To Have A Saner Christmas This Year

How to have a saner Christmas this year #homeschoolHey, homeschoolers!

I don’t know anyone who wants to have a crazy Christmas–the kind that leads to exhaustion, sickness, and dread of the new year. Instead, every homeschooler I know wants to have a meaningful, peaceful, and joyful Christmas. Of course, we can’t control every part of our Christmas holiday. But I believe there are things we can do to make a saner Christmas more likely. We’ll chat about that in just a minute. But first, I’d like to thank our sponsor for this episode, Kiwi Company.

Have you ever been stuck on how to bring your lessons to life?  My kids have enjoyed Kiwi’s 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 they are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits. Kiwi Crate was founded by engineer and mom of three, Sandra Oh Lin. She created these kits out of her deep desire to raise kids with the creative confidence needed to become the next generation of problem-solvers and critical thinkers.  I couldn’t agree more with their mission and am 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, visit www.kiwico.com/homeschool to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping). These kits make amazing gifts! Join me on Facebook on December 5th at 4E/3C/2M/1P for an inside look at one of the crates that my son can’t wait to get his hands on.

Links

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Christmas in the White House

an online study from Techie Homeschool Mom

declutter your home in a weekend

The Organized Homeschool Life

give them away or arrange to sell them– homeschool used curriculum

Do some research of other curriculum you would like to use next year.

Reverse Charades links on HomeschoolSanity.com

White Elephant Game

[READ GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH GIFT IDEAS]

Here are some resources for your devotional time.

12 ways children can give this Christmas.

Which of these tips will help you the most? Let me know in the comments.


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)


Getting Past Homeschool Mom Guilt

How to get past homeschool mom guilt

Hey homeschoolers!

Do you ever feel guilty as a homeschooling mom? I know I do. Whether it’s feeling like I haven’t done the things I should do or feeling like I’ve done some things I shouldn’t, guilt seems to be a constant companion. However, I have been able to get past more of my guilt in recent years than I did at the beginning of my homeschooling journey. If you would like some tips for getting past guilt, listen in. Before we get to this week’s topic, though, I’d like to thank our sponsor, Kiwi Company.

Have you ever been stuck on how to bring your lessons to life?  My kids have enjoyed Kiwi’s 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. Kiwi Crate was founded by engineer and mom of three, Sandra Oh Lin. She created these kits out of her deep desire to raise kids with the creative confidence needed to become the next generation of problem-solvers and critical thinkers.  I couldn’t agree more with their mission and am 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, visit www.kiwico.com/homeschool to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping). These kits make amazing gifts!

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to study the biblical calendar with your kids. If you haven’t listened to the interview I did with Ana Willis on encouraging gratitude in our kids, you’ll want to. Ana was discussing how the feast of Tabernacles prepares us for the feast we will enjoy with Jesus one day. That got me thinking about how important the feasts and biblical timeline are to my children’s faith. I know next to nothing about the biblical calendar, so I invited Dianna Wiebe of Grapevine Studies to talk with me about them on my Facebook page. Join us live on November 28, 2017 at 4E/3C/2M/1P. To purchase a biblical calendar for your wall from grapevine studies, go to Psychowith6.com/Biblecalendar. For a limited time use code PSYCHO6 to take 20% off your purchases at Grapevine studies.

Links

HomeschoolScopes.tv

When Strivings Cease

Hobbies that renew us

Read the blog post

Have a happy homeschool week!


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)


How To Trust God With Your Homeschooling

How to trust God with your homeschool #homeschoolpodcast

Hey homeschoolers!

Do you have trouble trusting God with your homeschool? It’s a common problem. After all, in this economy, we wonder if our kids will have a good job waiting for them when they’ve completed their education. But trusting God is essential to having a happy homeschool. We will talk about how we can trust Him more in a moment. But first I would like to thank our sponsor for this podcast, Sony pictures, Sony Animation and Affirm Films. Their sponsorship makes it possible for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network to provide free audio programs like this one. Be sure to check out the other homeschooling podcasts here at Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.com.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to spend some time tutoring your kids. If your students are young, you’re already doing this. But once your students can read and do work independently, we can lose touch with our students’ strategies for completing work and their skills. Schedule time occasionally to do your students’ work together. You can uncover any efficient strategies your student is using and it will also be a great time to connect on an emotional level. You can praise your students for their knowledge and offer suggestions for alternate ways of approaching work. You can also use this time to check work and go over what’s expected of them in the coming week.

Now this message from Sony pictures.


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.


Before we can talk about strategies for trusting God more, we have to talk about what leads us away from trusting God in the first place.

Links

I was called to homeschool

George Mueller

Nate Saint

Ben Carson

answers to prayer on the Guideposts website.

pray little prayers

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How To Encourage Mental Toughness In Your Kids

Hey homeschoolers!

Today we are going to discuss how to encourage mental toughness in our children. It’s an important topic that I will get to in a few minutes.

How to Encourage Mental Toughness in Your Kids

But first I want to thank our sponsor for this episode – Sony pictures — Sony Pictures Animation and Affirm Films. Their sponsorship makes it possible for the ultimate homeschool Radio network to provide free audio programs like this one. Keep listening to hear more from them in a moment.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to use funny typos. This week someone shared a hilarious typo in a book about Beethoven. If you would like to have your child read it to discover the typo, check out the photo below. Humor is a powerful way to teach anything and grammar is no exception. Always be on the lookout for funny spelling, grammar, and writing mistakes that you can use to teach your kids. If you find some good ones I would love to have you share them on the grammar galaxy books Facebook page.

beethoven typo

Links

[LISTEN TO HELP FOR ANXIOUS HOMESCHOOLERS]

[HOW TO RENEW YOUR MIND THROUGH TRUTH JOURNALING]

[BLACK-AND-WHITE THINKING IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL]

YWAM biographies

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More biographies

How do you encourage mental toughness in your kids?


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.


How to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Homeschool

How can we cultivate gratitude in our homeschools? Guest Ana Willis of They Call Me Blessed is joining me this week to share some great ideas. But first, I’d like to thank Sony Pictures – Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films for sponsoring this week’s podcast. You’ll hear more from them in a bit.

How to Cultivate Gratitude All Year

If you have early elementary students, I think they would enjoy my monthly Grammar Galaxy calendars. The daily missions keep language arts skills strong and are perfect to use during morning time.. You’ll receive seasonal reading assignments, information about children’s authors who were born that month, writing prompts, and online game links for teaching spelling, vocabulary, and grammar – all free! To subscribe, click here.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to plan unit studies over the holidays. Doing special studies of Thanksgiving and Christmas has been one of my children’s and my favorite parts of homeschooling. By this time of year, we are needing to shift gears, have fun, and make some memories. The Konos units we have done are fabulous, but there are so many options today.

 

Here is a list of more free Thanksgiving unit studies

Silverdale Press White House Christmas Unit Study {affiliate link}

Free Christmas Unit Studies

Now this message from Sony pictures.

This week’s topic is developing gratitude in our children’s hearts. I asked my friend Ana Willis to join me and give us some tips.

Links

They Call Me Blessed blog

Feast of Tabernacles for Christians

Thanksgiving Jar Printables

Thanksgiving Bible journaling printables

They Call Me Blessed on Facebook

Blessed Homeschool Moms and Blessed Bible Journaling on Facebook

How to Raise Grateful Kids

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Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Homeschool Where Strivings Cease

Homeschooling Where Strivings Cease #homeschooling

Have you been trying to be a Proverbs 31 Homeschooling mom as I described in previous episodes? If you have, you’ll want to listen to this episode in which I’ll share what I’ve learned about the problem of striving and how to find a place in your homeschool where strivings cease. But first, I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films. Their sponsorship helps make it possible for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network to provide free audios for our listeners.

The Teaching Tip of the Week

Share with your children what God has been teaching you during your Bible time. There was a time when I realized I was writing and speaking about truths God had revealed to me in His Word with other Christian women, but was not sharing with my own children. No curriculum or even Bible story book is more important than teaching our kids these things. When we teach this way, we show our children that our time in the Word is important to us. We model that faith isn’t just a school subject. It’s life. Second, we show our children that we struggle. I’m so thankful my children have few and mild struggles in their young lives. But one day the struggle will be real. They need to know how we cope with trials by example. Finally, there is no more powerful way to share our mother’s heart with our children than to share what God is teaching us. Our children see our love for God, our love for them, and our desire to follow Christ. If you find it challenging to find time in the Word, pray for wisdom for this. Perhaps you can listen to the Bible as you walk. Your husband may offer to give you time or to read with you. The amount of Scripture we read is not the priority; it’s that we are seeking God.

Links

Read the blog post

Sidetracked in the Wilderness and My Weakness for His Strength and So You’re Not Wonder Woman

How can I pray for you? Comment and let me know.

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!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


Your Parenting Approach: Homeschooling, The First Year

Parenting Approach: Homeschooling, the First Year #homeschool #podcast #Christianparenting

Hey homeschoolers!

I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films.

I had time to catch up with our new homeschoolers and talk about one of the most important factors for our homeschooling success – our parenting approach. Specifically, what do you tend to revert to when you are tired and stressed? You’ll want to listen to the podcast for our chat!

But first, I would love to have you follow my Facebook page, Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity. I have been seeking to create a community there with discussion questions, photos, videos, and other content that will entertain you, affirm you, and help you stay sane in this wonderful homeschool world.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to reevaluate your parenting approach as your child hits a new developmental level. We are often so busy with the day to day that we forget to take a larger view. We may be requiring our tween to hold our hand to cross the street, failing to consider the responsibilities our teen is ready for, or neglecting our child’s physical needs. My teen boys have complained loudly about not having enough to eat, for example. I kept making the same amount of food I’d made when they were younger. Take stock of your child’s needs by having a discussion with your child and spouse. What are some things they love about your family, homeschooling, and their free time? What are some things they think could be improved?

If you have a tween daughter, you’ll want to join me on Facebook for my interview with Lee Felix, creator of the Girls Created to Shine ecourse. We’ll talk about girls’ special needs at this stage of their lives and how you can encourage them to seek a personal relationship with Jesus.

New Homeschoolers

Jeanette shared her response via email:

I feel a bit behind on our curriculum. We decided to evacuate during hurricane Irma. The same week our curriculum was supposed to arrive in the mail. I kinda feel like im trying to establish a routine every week.
I feel like I’m right in the middle [on parenting approach] but lean more to passive. But one day Ii will be passive and the next I’ll be more authoritarian, which is probably my problem. Some behaviors for the passive parent in me is the kids fighting or not cleaning. And the authoritarian parent in me comes out when my children are not listening or naps and bedtime.

Links

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!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


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.

Again, we are thankful to our sponsor! In their new movie you will…see the birth of Jesus through a whole new set of eyes. In Sony Pictures Animation and AFFIRM Film’s THE STAR, Bo the donkey and his animal friends become unlikely heroes in the first Christmas. Featuring an uplifting soundtrack, THE STAR will give families a fresh and fun look at the Christmas story. The Star – The Story of the first Christmas will be in theatres on November 17th… be sure to visit the movie trailer so you can see if it is a good fit for your family.

Links

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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Conclusion

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?


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.


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.

Links

Claim your free Bible study printable

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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!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


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 Facebook.com/Psychowith6.

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 HomeschoolScopes.tv 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!

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