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Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling

Stop worrying; start homeschooling

Hey homeschoolers! Do you worry about homeschooling? If so, you’re normal. You’re welcome and thank you for joining me for this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Just kidding. It is normal to worry, but I’m going to help you stop, so you can get on with the business of homeschooling. For this episode, we will discuss five common worries. If you’re still worrying, you can join me for part 2 of the topic.

Save up to 95% on Homeschool Curriculum at the 2018 Build Your Bundle Sale
But first, I want to tell you about the Build Your Bundle Sale. This annual digital homeschooling resource sale is a popular one with my listeners. You can save up to 95% on curriculum, homeschooling helps, parenting resources and more.  My own ebook, The Organized Homeschool Life is a part of Homeschool Helps Bundle #2. It is partnered with 7 other ebooks and 5 courses that complement the organizing help to be found in my book, including a lesson and student planner. It’s just $19, which is a steal! I have also put the digital Organized Homeschool Life Planner on sale this week only. So now you can not only have a plan for organizing your homeschooling life, but all the tools you need to finally make it happen.

But wait! There’s more. Last year, Grammar Galaxy was a part of the Build Your Bundle sale. The second volume, Protostar, is not included in the bundle sale this year, but the digital version of Protostar is now priced 20% less this week only. If you are not a digital curriculum and resource buyer but you’re curious about the many benefits of using digital, listen to this episode.

If worrying is keeping you from homeschooling, I have help for you! We will put five common worries to rest so you can stop worrying and start homeschooling.

Homeschooling Worry Resources

Read the blog post

[LIsten to How to Be a Patient Homeschool Mom]

[Read Anger Lies Christian Parents Believe]

FLYLady

[Listen to the Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady]

[Listen to Homeschool FLYing]

The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner

Save BIG at the 2018 Build Your Bundle Sale!

 

[Read Why I Wasted My Education]

[Read Homeschooling is the Most Fulfilling Career]

[Read Scheduling Secrets]

[Read Curriculum Paralysis]

[Listen to Gaps in Your Homeschooling]

 

[Read What to Do When Phonics Doesn’t Work]

Conclusion

I hope I’ve laid to rest five homeschool worries for you: lack of patience, organization, and fulfillment and fears of choosing the wrong curriculum or your child not mastering a subject. God doesn’t want us to worry. He wants us to get on with the business of homeschooling He’s called us to.  Tune in next time for Part 2!

Have a happy homeschool week!

Stop worrying; start homeschooling

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What A Homeschool Portfolio Is And How It Can Save Your Sanity

Hey, homeschoolers!

Welcome to this bonus broadcast of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Today, I’m going to share what a homeschool portfolio is and how it can be used to save your sanity.

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First, what is a homeschool portfolio?

A homeschool portfolio, in short, is a record of what your child is learning. It might be a digital or print record, often kept in a binder.

 

 

Homeschool Portfolio Resources

states’ homeschool requirements
First, choose a portfolio. This portfolio from Not Consumed is a great choice. Or print this free pack from Talking Mom 2 Mom.

Conclusion

The process of keeping a homeschool portfolio can be a rewarding one for you and your child, whether you are required to keep one or not.  Choose a method to build your portfolio and get started using it today.

College-Prep Homeschooling the Sane Way

College-Prep Homeschooling

Hey, homeschoolers! This week I’m going to answer your questions about college-prep homeschooling or what you need to do in high school to prepare your student for college. Before we dive in, I want to mention The Great Homeschool Convention. I am just home from Cincinnati, where I was able to meet some of you. It is a thrill to meet you and hear what I’m sharing that makes a difference in your homeschooling life. Without your feedback I can feel like I’m talking to the clothes in my closet where I record. I am happy to share mistakes I’ve made so you don’t have to make them and successes I’ve had so you can share them. I heard from you that the thoroughbred analogy I used was helpful. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to How to Happy and Homeschool Too. If you are able to attend the great homeschool convention in St. Louis in July, I would love to meet you in person.

I’d like to thank our sponsor for this episode, FamilyLife’s first feature film, LIKE ARROWS. It explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting. LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit LIKEARROWSMOVIE.COM. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com.

I am frequently asked about college-prep homeschooling. When some moms consider the high school years as preparation for college, they freak out. I get it. I was worried about high school too. But I shouldn’t have been. This May I will graduate my third high school student and will have my first college graduate. I don’t have all the answers, but my perspective has changed and I want to share my experiences that should calm your fears.

College-Prep Homeschooling Resources

[Listen to Secrets to College Admission with Lee Binz]

HSLDA.org

Apologia

[Read Teaching Pratical Skills in Your Homeschool]

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers

College Prep Plus

See Homeschool Sanity for ACT prep booksMagoosh

[Listen to Lessons Learned from Homeschooling High School]

Conclusion

Homeschooling high school can be a rewarding time in your relationship with your teen. While preparing your child for college can create anxiety, we can learn how to choose courses, prepare our kids for college entrance exams, and earn scholarship money. We can also trust God to help our kids do what is required to fulfill the plan He has for them. College-prep homeschooling has been much easier than I thought it would be. I hope I’ve reassured you!

Do you have any questions about college-prep homeschooling that I haven’t answered? Comment below.

college-prep homeschooling


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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The Best Language Arts Curriculum For Every Grade Level

Hey homeschoolers! This week I am going to save your sanity by sharing with you the best language arts curriculum for every grade level. One of the most time-consuming tasks for homeschooling parents is researching curriculum. I’m not only going to tell you what I think are the best choices, but I’m also going to give you access to a free document with all the information in table format. I think you’re going to love it!

Before we dive in, I want to thank our sponsor for this episode of the homeschool sanity show, the Miracle Season Movie. The movie is based on a true story and I am a sucker for those. Learn more at MiracleSeason.movie.

Why choosing the best language arts curriculum matters

Right away I want to issue a disclaimer. I am only sharing the language arts curricula that teaches more than one subject. I will not be discussing curricula that strictly teaches literature, writing, spelling, or grammar. In the future I may do reviews of these curricula as well. For today, if a curriculum teaches more than one subject and I believe it is one of the best currently available, I am including it in my list. You may have a curriculum you love that does teach more than one subject that hasn’t made my list. I would love to hear about it in the comments.

The list I’ve created will be a huge help in making a decision this year, especially if you are looking for a complete language arts curriculum and not a standalone subject. Click the list image below to claim your copy at HomeschoolSanity.com.

Grammar Galaxy

I will begin with what I consider to be the best language arts complete curriculum for elementary students. Am I being completely objective in recommending Grammar Galaxy as one of the best options? No. I have had too much positive feedback from Grammar Galaxy families to remain objective. I hear over and over that reluctant readers and writers are now doing both and loving it! I have heard too many times that children beg to do Grammar Galaxy where other grammar and English curriculum left them groaning.

Writing Kids Love

I am excited about the launch of the third volume of Grammar Galaxy which teaches literature concepts, vocabulary and spelling strategies, grammar, and composition and speaking to fourth graders and up or those who have completed the Protostar level or its equivalent. The stories and including students in the story as guardians of Grammar Galaxy who have missions and not workbooks to complete seems to be the awesome sauce. As this podcast is being released, Yellow Star and any bundles it is a part of is 20% off with no coupon code required. Go to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com/shop to save before midnight April 8, 2018. This is the best price through the fall of 2018. Grammar Galaxy currently has levels available for beginning readers or first-graders through fourth-graders but complete levels are planned for fifth and sixth graders with individual subject books planned for junior high. I already have students in junior high using and loving Volumes 1 and 2, however.

[Listen to 6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write and How to Fix It]

Blessings on your research and decision making on language arts curricula! Which options are you leaning toward for next school year?

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, The Miracle Season!

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

Visit here to learn more.


6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write


Hey, homeschoolers! Does your child resist writing? Run away from writing prompts? I have six reasons your child hates to write and how to fix it in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. But first I would love to have you follow GrammarGalaxyBooks on Instagram. I share grammar graphics that can help you and your child develop good grammar and I give you an inside peek at the writing life. It’s pretty glamorous! It’s not, but it’s fun to share photos and connect with you there.

I want to thank The Miracle Season movie for sponsoring the show. As the mother of a volleyball player, I can’t wait to see it. View the trailer at MiracleSeason.Movie.

Kids Writing Resources

You can download the handwriting and spring writing prompts I mention in the Homeschool Sanity show notes page.

Dragon Dictation app for the iPhone,

[Check out the Better Editor Game]

Grammar Galaxy

[Listen to Help for Anxious Homeschoolers]

 

 

If you want students who love to write, increase their handwriting speed or input, structure the assignment so it’s easy and quick to complete, encourage rather than correct, give fun assignments, relax about writing, and give your child a motivating reason to write. If you do these things, you may not be raising the next Longfellow, but you can have a child who enjoys writing. And that is half the battle.

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


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, The Miracle Season!

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

Visit here to learn more.


How to Be Happy and Homeschool Too

Hey homeschoolers!

This week our topic is how to be happy and homeschool too. Wait a minute. Are you wondering if I’m suggesting that happiness and homeschooling are mutually exclusive? Yep. That’s exactly what I’m suggesting. I’m thankful my friends Andy and Kendra Fletcher were the first to be honest about it, saying that homeschooling can be a buzz kill.

Before we dig in, I want to thank our sponsor for this episode, the movie Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies.  I also want to invite you to meet me at a Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati in April or St. Louis in July. If you want to stalk me at both conferences, go ahead! I’ll be speaking about motivating your students, managing parental anger, and managing frustration in your child. Find my booth by looking for Fun to Learn Books. Register for the conference today by going to greathomeschoolconventions.com.

This is the time where most podcasters make a shameless plug for a product they’re selling. My plug isn’t shameless at all. In fact I think it’s shameFULL if you don’t already own The Organized Homeschool Life Planner. My planner was designed to create happiness. Each day the planner directs us to spend time with the Lord. We thank Him for the blessings we have (which is proven to create happiness, by the way). We read the word He has for us and write it down so we can remember it. We can then write any worries we have as a prayer. I use this space for truth journaling. I hear from so many of you who struggle to make time for the Lord. I love that The Organized Homeschool Life Planner makes it easy! Learn more by going to Psychowith6.com/TOHL planner.

Time for a word from our sponsor. The animated feature, ‘ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES,’ blooms on big screens nationwide for a two-day family-friendly adventure. Take an amazing journey to an enchanted world that holds a secret…where hope is in a song! In select cinemas nationwide March 24th and 26th only. Tickets are on sale now at fathomevents.com.  If you missed the live event, purchase a copy for your home library on Blue Ray, Digital or DVD.  Visit IceDragonMovie.com for free resources for the kids.

Homeschool Happiness Resources

the episode I did on depression for Homeschooling in Real Life

[Read how I still fit scrapbooking into my busy life]

 

6 of the Best Short Workouts You Can Do at Home

A recent study demonstrated that three vigorous ten-minute walks were more effective than a longer walking session at a moderate pace.

Christian Zumba

 

[Listen to how to homeschool through hormones]

 

 

Which of these happiness tips are you going to practice today? Tell us in the Homeschool Sanity Facebook Group.


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

 

The animated feature, ‘ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES,’ blooms on big screens nationwide for a two-day family-friendly Adventure. Take an amazing journey to an enchanted world that holds a secret…where hope is in a song! In select cinemas nationwide March 24 and 26 only. If you missed the live event, purchase a copy for your home library on Blue Ray, Digital or DVD.

Visit  here to learn more.


How to Teach Sign Language in Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! I want to thank AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation for their sponsorship of this podcast. The Star is now available on Blue-ray, DVD and Digital – this is a great movie for the entire family.

This week I am excited to talk with you about teaching sign language in our homeschools. I was inspired by my guest and I know you will be too.

First, I would love to have you subscribe to Psychowith6. Every week following the release of a new podcast episode, I share six sanity savers with you plus some time-limited opportunities just for my friends. Sign up at psychowith6.com/subscribe.

 

Now, from the studio that brought you Miracles From Heaven & Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself. AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star arrives for the first time on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on February 20th with special bonus content features like… Star-aoke where you can sing along with Bo and Friends, Lyric Videos from: Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, Kelsea Ballerina and Kirk Franklin! Visit the website for more resources for you and your family at TheStarMovie.com. Also be sure to engage with our special “Faith All Year Round” children’s sermons study from DeVon Franklin – discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. Get your copy at TheStarMovie.com today!

Sign Language Teaching Resources

Rochelle’s YouTube channel

Rochelee’s website, ASL Rochelle, filled with fun and challenging ASL resources and lessons.

See Homeschool Sanity for books mentioned in the podcast

The Learn ASL in 31 Days course is available on the front page of ASLRochelle.com. I also offer vocabulary videos with categories like ocean, holidays, and grammar. I have other free courses like one on finger spelling.

For students who want to learn more, I offer a fluency and vocabulary course, a practice, retention, and memory course, and a grammar course. My courses can take a student to a level-three college equivalent in sign language.

I offer a four-week summer camp in ASL and Facebook groups, where I give monthly challenges and offer feedback to students.

 

Have you taught signing to your kids?

Have a happy homeschool week!

Interest-Led Learning: Homeschooling, The First Year

Hey, homeschoolers! I want to thank AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation for their sponsorship of this podcast. The Star is now available on Blue-ray, DVD and Digital – this is a great movie for the entire family.

For this episode I got to catch up with our new homeschoolers. What was intended to be a topic on curriculum choices became a discussion of interest-led learning. I know you’ll be inspired by what we shared.

But first, I want to invite you to join me on the Facebook page live to ask questions on Tuesdays at 4E/3C/2M/1P. I will be sharing sanity savers for your homeschool, family, and life that you won’t want to miss. If you catch me live, we can ask questions and I can get to know you better. We have so much fun! You can catch the replay for the shows on the Facebook page at Facebook.com/psychowith6 or on my YouTube channel at YouTube.com/Psychowith6.

Now, from the studio that brought you Miracles From Heaven & Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself. AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star arrives for the first time on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on February 20th with special bonus content features like… Star-aoke where you can sing along with Bo and Friends, Lyric Videos from: Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, Kelsea Ballerina and Kirk Franklin! Visit the website for more resources for you and your family at TheStarMovie.com. Also be sure to engage with our special “Faith All Year Round” children’s sermons study from DeVon Franklin – discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. Get your copy at TheStarMovie.com today!

I heard from Joleen, Jeanette, and Mai Lyn via email. I asked them about their parenting approach since we last spoke and what curriculum they are using. Listen to the podcast for their updates.

Homeschool Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

See Homeschool Sanity for more resources from this episode

All About Reading
Reading Eggs
Teach Your Monster to Read
Dinosaur meme

Have a happy homeschool week!

The Turpin Case: A Psychologist’s Response to Homeschooling and Child Abuse

Hey homeschoolers!

This is an unusual podcast episode for me. I normally don’t address current events or controversial issues. But news of the torture, captivity, and severe abuse and neglect of the Turpin’s homeschooled children is prompting me to speak out. I don’t have answers for how to prevent every case of child abuse, unfortunately. But I do have information that I think must inform our discussion about the issue and even prompt our action.

We will get to that in just a few minutes, but for now I would love for you to review this podcast. On your iPhone, go to The Homeschool Sanity Show in your podcast app, scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll be able to rate the show and comment. Here’s how to rate the podcast when you aren’t using an iPhone. Thank you in advance for reviewing the podcast and making it more likely for other homeschoolers like you to find homeschool sanity.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is using Instagram to find homeschooling books and curriculum that will bless your homeschool. Did you know you can get great curriculum reviews on Instagram? I frequently get book recommendations from the images and I love watching the live stories. You can comment with any questions you have for the Instagrammer. If you would like to follow me at Psychowith6 or GrammarGalaxyBooks, I would love to follow you back. But I would also love for you to follow HomeschoolScopes. For the month of February we will have a #realhomeschooling Instagram challenge that could not only give you great book tips, but inspiration for your homeschooling life. We would love to have you participate. To see a list of the challenges you can check out the show notes for this episode at homeschoolsanity.com/childabuse. Or just follow HomeschoolScopes on Instagram to find the image with all of the challenges listed.

References from This Episode

the torture, captivity, and severe abuse and neglect of the Turpin’s homeschooled children

An estimated 3% of school-age children are being homeschooled in the United States for a total of about two million students

the L.A. Times,

ResponsibleHomeschooling.org

They admit that they have no statistically signifcant data that suggests homeschooling families abuse children at higher rates than non-homeschooling families.

one of the Turpins’ daughters attending school in the third grade

The LA Times further reports that none of the children had seen a doctor in four years

30 states reported that 8.5% of child abuse fatalities occurred in families who had received family services. Here is an example of one such child. There is also alarming evidence of high rates of child abuse within foster care homes

removing children from an abusive home doesn’t always have a happy ending

The Atlantic

horror stories about parents apparently innocent of abuse having their children taken from them without cause

The highest rate of child abuse is among infants with over 1/4 of abused children being under age three

The biggest risk factors for child abuse are alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.

a religious upbringing or conservative political views constitute abuse in and of themselves?

More than one out of every five school children is bullied.

the Turpin girl was reportedly bullied in third grade.

bullied students committing suicide

responding to their bullying by shooting their fellow students at school

11 school shootings in the U.S. in the last three-and-a-half weeks, though that statistic has been disputed

1 in 10 students has been the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of school personnel

Experts tell us that most child abuse is neglect and neglect is highly associated with low income

leaves her 9-year-old in the park near her workplace.

Nurses for Newborns

home visits that have been shown to be very effective in preventing abuse

Here are signs to look for.

HSLDA

Coleman and Brightbill argue that parents who have been reported for child abuse should have to be evaluated when they choose to homeschool.

Read the blog post

What’s your response to the Turpin case? Let me know in the comments.

How to Teach Foreign Language in Your Homeschool

How to Teach Foreign Language in your homeschool #podcast #homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

Have you had a hard time teaching foreign language in your homeschool like I have? I studied German but wanted my kids to learn Spanish. It’s been a challenge for me to say the least. That’s why I was excited to meet Anne Guarnera. She has a PhD in Spanish and is also the homeschooling mother of two boys. She has the author of the website Language Learning at Home and seeks to help homeschooling families teach foreign language and actually enjoy it. We’ll learn from her in just a minute, but first I would love to invite you to join us at The Organized Homeschool Life Facebook page. We’ll get to know each other by sharing our weekly goals, our focus for the day, and even what we’re planning for dinner. I’ll share tips there for getting your homeschool life organized whether you own the planning system or not. Join us at Facebook.com/groups/organizedhs.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to pare down the information you want to share with your kids to the essentials. Then you can add it to your homeschool schedule in short segments. Here’s an example. If you don’t have time to do a complete music course, use Music in Our Homeschool’s 100 Classical Pieces Mini Course. Gena was my guest on this podcast before. I’ll link to our interview on including music in your homeschool in the show notes. Play and discuss one classical music selection from the course every day that you’re home or do one a week and you’ll greatly enhance your child’s music education in a short time. The mini course is just $5 through the end of January 2018. Learn more at Psychowith6.com/100Classical.

Foreign Language Resources Mentioned in This Episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show

Duolingo and Mango Languages

Anne gives other ideas for motivating your students at Language Learning at Home.

Language Learning at Home

Facebook group

Connect with Anne on Twitter @LangsatHome.

Read the blog post

What challenges have you had in teaching foreign language in your homeschool?

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