Homeschool Sanity Show

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!

Goals and Devotions: Homeschooling, the First Year

Hey, homeschoolers! I had the best birthday thanks to many of you. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know. This week I had the chance to catch up with our new homeschoolers. It was a fun conversation. The topic of the month is achieving goals with help.

Goals First Year Homeschooling Podcast

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Before we get to our interview, I want to invite you to join the HomeschoolScopes.TV community. Whether you’re a new or experienced homeschooler, I know you’ll love the friendship and support there. Click to join and you’ll be approved.

Teaching Tip of the Week

Prepare your young learner with an excellent phonics and handwriting program. This is the foundation for all future language arts learning, including Grammar Galaxy, my elementary language arts curriculum. Misty Leasy of Year Round Homeschooling has created a two-year phonics and handwriting curriculum that fills that need. It’s fun and comes with free activities via email that correspond to the letters and sounds you’re learning. Join me and Misty on Facebook on August 8th at 4E/3C/2M/1P or catch the replay to learn how to prepare young learners for reading and writing.

preschool phonics, prek phonics, phonics curriculum

Goals and Devotions Challenges

I got to catch up with Mai Lynn, Courtney, Erica, and Jolene this week about chores and meal planning. Jeannette caught up with me via email.

Chores went pretty well. Instead of going ahead and doing it because it was bothering me, I assigned jobs and they accomplished a lot most days. lol I didnt really get a hold of laundry yet. Meal planning did get a little better. knowing what I was going to make made dinner less stressful. I started cutting things and freezing it to prepare for meals.

Some goals are to relax more and remember they are still young. We will focus on reading and character.

My faith goes up and down daily. One day I’m sure God will provide and I remind myself of all He’s done so far. Then other days I see no way and I wonder how it will all happen. But this journey so far definitely has given me more faith-filled days.

Links

The Organized Homeschool Life

Instant Pot

Sidetracked Home Executives

Last month’s homework

How To Be Consistent In Your Homeschooling

Hey homeschoolers! I am excited to be back with you after my month long vacation. I especially had a wonderful time meeting many of you at the great homeschool convention in St. Louis.

This week I am addressing a topic that I desperately need help with. That is, how to be a consistent homeschooler. As we consider the new homeschooling year, our thoughts inevitably turn to the days that follow those exciting back-to-school days. I’m going to share with you the tips that I’ll be using to stay consistent this year.

How to Be a Consistent Homeschool Mom

Before we dive into that topic, however, I want to invite you to join me on the Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity Facebook page on Friday, August 4 at 4 Eastern, 3 Central, 2 Mountain and 1 Pacific. I will be giving away five copies of The Organized Homeschool Life, the book that can not only help you be consistent but organize every aspect of your homeschool life in just 15 minutes a day. If you can’t join me live for the flash giveaway, you can purchase the book for 50% off in honor of my 50th birthday, August 4th only.

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Claim your Homeschool Fun Jar printables

In thinking about consistency, I realized that it is highly related to personality. Those of you who have heard me speak about personality know that my typology of choice is that developed by Florence Littauer, author of Personality Plus. There are four basic personalities which can create combinations. But today I’m only going to review the four main personalities, so  I can share tailor-made tips for helping you to become more consistent.

The solution to inconsistency for the popular sanguine personality lies in planning for a variety of fun activities throughout the school year.

To keep things exciting, you could even create a jar of fun ideas for your homeschool and choose one randomly. I created one for my family and you can steal it when you subscribe. Add your own ideas, too! Click the image below to find the link to download your copy.

Homeschool Fun Jar printables

Alternatively, you could ask your children to take turns planning fun days. Just do something to keep the homeschooling process exciting.

One of the best solutions for remaining consistent as a homeschooling mom who needs to have some control is to get regular feedback on what you’re accomplishing. I did an interview with Deborah Bell about her Ultimate Homeschool Planner and how to plan your homeschool year that you will appreciate.

Another way to feel that you are more in control is to take a leadership position.

The Perfect Melancholy personality needs to adopt a new definition of consistency.

The other thing you can do as a Perfect Melancholy homeschooler is to communicate your needs to your family.

The Peaceful Phlegmatic homeschooler can be consistent this homeschool year by keeping the homeschooling routine and curriculum easy. What are some ways to make homeschooling easy? Listen to the podcast episode I did on how to homeschool in less time for ideas.  If you need some recommendations for curriculum that is an alternative to what you have been using, please join our homeschooling support group– HomeschoolScopes.tv on Facebook. In that group you can ask any questions you have about curriculum and  get an array of very helpful answers.

How to Achieve Homeschool Consistency Regardless of Personality

Now that I covered some basic tips for the various personality types, I have one major recommendation for you, regardless of your personality. That is to make your homeschooling a habit. Know that you can definitely be Spirit-led in your day-to-day homeschooling, but I believe the Lord would have us be consistent the majority of the time. Develop a morning routine, an afternoon routine, and an evening routine. I tell you how here and in The Organized Homeschool Life.

By following these steps, you can be a consistent homeschooler this year. I am very hopeful as I look forward to this upcoming homeschool year with these tips in mind.

Best Shows Replay: How to Homeschool the Uncooperative Child

Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast
This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!    Listen to this interview with Rebecca Spooner about Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child.

He never fails to groan when you announce it’s time for school. It takes her forever to finish her work. Or worse yet, you get outright rebellion. What to do? Rebecca Spooner of Hip Hoomeschooling Blog.com shares her tips as a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mother of five on this episode of the podcast.

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Links

HomeschoolScopes.TV

7 Sisters Homeschool

Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child on Hip Homeschooling Blog

Rebecca on Periscope, Facebook, and Pinterest

 

Best Shows Replay: Keeping Your Homeschool Commitment with Julie Bogart

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show is #4 in her top shows, an interview with Julie Bogart about maintaining your homeschool commitment.

Maintaining Your Homeschool Commitment with Julie Bogart: The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast

What gets in the way of motivation to homeschool? This is what Julie Bogart and I discuss on this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. You’ll want to take notes so the next time you’re dreaming of a yellow school bus, you can review them and keep your homeschool commitment.

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LINKS

A Gracious Space

BraveWriter.com

BraveSchoolers on Facebook

CoachJulieBogart.com

Have a happy homeschool week!

Best Shows Replay: Homeschooling Boys: What’s the Difference?

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show, Homeschooling Boys, is her second top show based on number of listens on the podcast channel.  Enjoy!
Homeschooling Boys: Is it Really Different? The Homeschool Sanity Show

I homeschooled boys and only boys until my fifth child was a girl. I asked my Periscope viewers if homeschooling boys was really different. We had an interesting discussion that you can watch at the end of this post. I decided to determine what differences have actually been demonstrated in research. I can’t wait to share with you what I found and how we can make positive changes in our homeschools.

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Links

subscribe to Psychowith6.com

RaisingRealMen.com

Spring Activities Challenge.

Reference

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boys’ artwork is more likely to depict action than girls’

19% of elementary and middle school teachers are men.

Boys prefer to read comics and humorous books and students of both genders prefer contemporary books and series.

Boys in all-boy Florida classrooms where teachers have been taught how best to teach boys have improved test scores dramatically. Boys in co-ed classrooms scored 37% proficient on the FCAT while boys in single-sex classrooms scored 86% proficient.

how to find books your child will like

Alex Rider

Ranger’s Apprentice

Girls tend to excel with word problems and boys struggle

free funny writing prompts for fall and winter

Unjournaling

Boys in classroom settings tend to think they are better students than they really are

A world-wide study of 2500 teachers’ suggestions for boys quoted in The Atlantic

Science & the Bible

St. Louis Homeschool Expo April 7-9th

Grammar Galaxy

Pick up your copy of The Organized Homeschool Life

Best Shows Replay: How to Get Organized with the FLYLady

Homeschool FLYing: Get Organized with the FLYLady podcast; The Homeschool Sanity ShowHow to get organized with the FLYLady

While Melanie is on vacation this month, we have a few of her best episodes scheduled! Do you want to learn how to get organized with the FLYLady?

I am so excited about this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show and if you have struggled to get organized like I did when I started homeschooling 16 years ago, I think you will love my interview with Marla Cilley, the FLYLady. Even though I’ve been FLYing for years, I found myself incredibly motivated to make this year an even more orderly one after chatting with her.

If you share my enthusiasm for homeschool organization, I think you’ll love my new book, The Organized Homeschool Life. It will help you organize your entire homeschool life 15-minutes at a time.  

The Organized Homeschool Life | how to get organized with the FLYLady

Links

Sink Reflections

Body Clutter

FlyLady & Friends podcast

Amy Kuddy TED Talk

Simply Homeschooling with Tami Fox

Homeschool Teacher Control Joural

Little Hands to Heaven Preschool curriculum (15 minutes at a time)

FLYLady Events page

The Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady

 

Have a happy homeschool week!

Routines in Your First Homeschool Year

I am so excited about this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. I have been wanting to interview new homeschoolers for a long time and have my listeners take the journey with them. It’s finally happening! I will get introduce you to the five women who are going to be joining me each month in a bit, but first I’d love to have you write a review of this podcast. I have no reviews on Stitcher, so I would especially love for you to write one there. Reviews are how homeschoolers find the show and decide to give it a try. It does take a few minutes of your time, so as a thank you, I will read a review or two and give you a shout out on the show.

Need for Routines: Homeschooling, the First Year Podcast

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Thank you so much to Apologia for sponsoring this podcast. Their quality Christian materials for planning, science, Bible, and literature are perfect for new and experienced homeschoolers alike. Find them at Apologia.com.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to use turn-key curriculum. I’m a creative person. I love to come up with my own unit studies and I’ve even written my own language arts curriculum. But I’m also a very busy person. I still have four kids at home and the two in college take a surprising amount of my time. I have no doubt you’re busy too. Save your creative passion for the subjects you really love and find a ready-to-go curriculum for the subjects you don’t.

An excellent turn-key curriculum is Debra Bell’s Readers and Writers in Residence from Apologia. I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Bell on Facebook Live about homeschool planning. I know you’ll be impressed by her credentials and homeschooling experience. This curriculum is incredibly thorough and is directed to the student, 4th grade and up. Your teaching time is minimal. The combined student text and notebooks are beautiful! Your child will love using them. You can promote independent learning and know that your students are getting a quality foundation in language arts. Get an inside look, a discount code, and a chance to win these two curricula on Tuesday, June 27th at 4 E/3C/2M/1P on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/psychowith6.

The Need for Routines in the First Year of Homeschooling

Now for this week’s topic. I interviewed four new homeschoolers about why they began homeschooling, what they’ve done to get ready to homeschool, and what routines look like in their home. If you’re an experienced homeschooler, you’ll enjoy hearing what Courtney had to say. We had some technical difficulties with her interview, so I’ll be sharing her responses to my questions. You’ll want to stay tuned for this month’s assignment for homeschool sanity as well.

Links

FLYLady one editable chore checklist here and a new Chore Game printable for subscribers.

the Konmari folding approach,

Do Less

Free meal planning ebook

First Year Homeschoolers Homework for Routines

If you’d like to follow along with our new homeschoolers, here is your homework assignment:

I’m looking forward to checking in with our new homeschoolers (and you too) in August.

How to Get Organized When Life is in Chaos

You’d like to get organized, but things are in chaos. If that’s you, you’ll love the six steps I share on the podcast that you can take today to break through the chaos and get organized.

How to Get Organized When Things Are in Chaos podcast

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Watch on YouTube

You’ll be encouraged to pray, identify your must-do’s, plan dinner, do the dishes and clear the table, declutter, and take time for self-care. You can do this! This episode will show you how.

Links

Podcast sponsor: Apologia

What We Believe series from Apologia

Interviewing David Webb, co-author of Apologia’s What We Believe series on Tuesday, June 20 at four Eastern, three central, two mountain, one Pacific on my Facebook page

Homeschool Mom To Do list

Must Do List

MelanieWilson.TV

post on marriage

The Organized Homeschool Life

the podcast on self-care I did with Andy and Kendra Fletcher of Homeschooling in Real Life

Pomodoro technique

Have a happy homeschool week!

Homeschooling Without Help

In last week’s episode my husband and I shared about how to keep a homeschooling marriage strong. That’s so important! But a few months ago, one of my listeners pointed out that it’s hard for her to hear homeschooling advice designed for moms whose husbands are supportive of homeschooling when hers isn’t. That got me interested in talking to single homeschooling moms and married homeschooling moms whose husbands aren’t supportive. I want those of you who are homeschooling without help to have sanity, too!

How to Homeschool Without Help

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Thank you to Apologia for sponsoring the podcast. Their middle and high school science courses have helped my kids develop the study skills they’ve needed to succeed in college. Join me on Facebook at the Psychowith6:Homeschool Sanity page on Tuesday, June 13th at 4E/3C/2M/1P for a review of their middle school science, a chance to win it and for a BIG exclusive discount for Sanity fans. You can enter by watching the replay as well.

I interviewed Jessica Binkley (of Let’s Break the Rules and DearPennyJane.com), a newly single homeschooling mom, and LaToya Edwards, a mother who was single when she began homeschooling, for The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast. These two ladies helped me to realize that homeschooling is an excellent choice for children whether their parents are single or married.

For Jessica, putting her children in school after her divorce didn’t make sense. LaToya met a single, homeschooling mom before making her decision to teach her kids at home, so she knew it could be done. Both women opened my eyes to the need for married, homeschooling moms like me to be more supportive. Unfortunately, other married homeschoolers were some of the loudest voices telling Jessica she couldn’t keep homeschooling. Jessica and LaToya had these tips for single, homeschooling moms:

#1 Keep a flexible, relaxed schedule.

You may have to teach at unconventional times because of your work schedule or to accommodate your children’s father’s schedule. The blessing of homeschooling is being able to find a routine that fits your family. LaToya advises giving yourself time to find that.

#2 Make time for you.

Having time for self-care and refreshment can be very challenging. Jessica has made Sundays a completely free day on which she will not schedule anything. She still has her children with her, but it’s a time when she can relax. Consider trading childcare with another homeschooling mom so you can have a few hours alone.

#3 Let go.

Jessica emphasized the importance of crying when you feel like it. She said things got better for her when she stopped expecting friends to help her. She determined to stop being hard on herself.

LaToya noted that homeschooling improved for her when she stopped trying to make her school look like a traditional school or even a strict homeschool philosophy. She feels comfortable blending approaches that work for her family now.

#4 Get support.

LaToya pointed out that when she attends homeschool activities, the other mothers don’t know she’s a single mom. That allows her to feel comfortable in groups. Jessica has found support through Facebook groups for homeschoolers that aren’t necessarily for single moms. Single homeschooling is becoming more common and you will feel great in giving other women support as well as receiving it.

Read the blog post for tips from married homeschool moms who don’t get help with homeschooling.

Have a happy homeschool week!

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