Homeschool Sanity Show

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?

6 Reasons Your Homeschool Still Isn’t Organized

Hey, Homeschoolers! This is a special episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Getting organized is one of the most popular goals for the new year. Organization is a popular topic at homeschool conferences too. I’ve met many of you in many sessions. I suspect that no matter how great my intentions, many of the homeschoolers who have heard me speak or own my book, The Organized Homeschool Life, still aren’t organized. For this episode, I’d like to talk about why. I’m also planning on chatting with you about getting organized on Facebook Live on beginning January 11th at 4E/3C/2M/1P at Facebook.com/psychowith6. I’ll also be giving away copies of an exciting new organizing tool I’ll be telling you more about in a few minutes. But now let’s jump right into our topic.

6 Reasons Your Homeschool Still Isn't Organized

Getting organized is one of the most popular goals for the new year. I’ve met many wannabe organized homeschoolers at conferences. Yet I suspect that no matter how great my intentions, many of the homeschoolers who have heard me speak or own my book, The Organized Homeschool Life, still aren’t organized. I’d like to discuss six reasons I think that’s the case.

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The Organized Homeschool Life Planner

Links for this episode

Read the blog post

my article on mini habits

why the most important area of your homeschool life to organize is your time

homeschooling without striving

FLYLady

the Organized Homeschool Life Planner

The Organized Homeschool Life Planner Launch Pricing

The Organized Homeschool Life Facebook group.

The planner I’ve created addresses the major reasons homeschool moms struggle to get organized. It comes in two formats for your preference — a full-year, undated, digital planner or a two-book, undated, printed, spiral-bound planner set. The digital version has daily, weekly, and monthly pages that can be edited on your computer and kept there or printed out. It’s the most economical by far because you can use it year after year. If you’d like to print some or all of the 8.5×11 pages, you can.

The print version comes in a January to June version and a July to December version. Print orders will be shipped free in the US and when ordered direct, include stickers designed exclusively for The Organized Homeschool Life planner. At the time of this podcast, for a very limited time, take advantage of discounted launch pricing that also includes discounts on the book, The Organized Homeschool Life. To learn more and finally get your homeschool life organized, grab your copy today!

You’ll be able to download sample pages in the product notes or join me on Facebook Live for an inside look and coaching on how to organize your time and your homeschool life.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Change Your Homeschool Habits This Year

Hey homeschoolers!

Happy new year! As I speak, we have entered a new year. It’s the perfect time to consider making changes to our homeschools and our lives. I want to talk with you about how changing your habits can change your homeschool.

Change Your Habits; Change Your Homeschool #minihabits

But first I want to talk with you about an important change I am making to this podcast.

As most of you know, I am still homeschooling four children, a high school senior down to a sixth grader. I have two kids in college who require a surprising amount of my time, considering that they are adults out of the house. I am the author of Grammar Galaxy language arts curriculum. I spend a considerable amount of time managing the business side of Grammar Galaxy as well as writing new volumes.

Speaking of new volumes, I have been asked when people can expect volume 3 to be published. I have had to push back the release date several times and I am now comfortable with a release date of the end of February. If you want to be sure to take advantage of launch pricing that will be available at that time, be sure to subscribe to the Grammar Galaxy newsletter, which includes monthly mission calendars by going to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com/subscribe. I also write a weekly newsletter, sharing sanity savers I have recently come across. Going forward, I will share these sanity savers on my blog, without the time-sensitive resources and discount codes. To subscribe to the weekly sanity saver newsletter and get all the goods, go to Psychowith6.com/subscribe.

In addition to these homeschooling and business activities, I am an avid tennis player, scrapbooker, and a church volunteer. On top of all of that, my husband and I have a very active social life. So given all of these time demands, I am sure you will not be surprised when I say that I’m going to make a change to my podcasting schedule. For the time being I will be podcasting every other week. There will be some exceptions when I want to share some time-sensitive information with you, but cutting back on my broadcasting schedule will give me more time to devote to creating new content. In future broadcasts, I will give you details on what I’m creating that will be a huge sanity saver. I’ll even let you know how you can be a part of creating it!

Links for this episode

Mini Habits

the Move app

DuoLingo app

the Magoosh app

Productive

Read the blog post

Conclusion

I’m excited to get my kids started on mini habits of musical practice, foreign language practice, and ACT study. I would love to hear what mini habits you choose and how it’s going for you.

You can change your homeschool one mini habit at a time!

Best of Homeschool Sanity: How to Have Your Sanest Homeschool Year

Hoping for a saner homeschool year? I have six suggestions for you. While simple, they’re very powerful for creating the peace and joy you long for.


Want to read this article as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER

How to Make This Year Your Sanest Homeschool Year Podcast

Links

Subscribe

Anki

the mistake of giving up on our routines this time of year

The 5 Am Miracle by Jeff Sanders

Pam Barnhill’s Morning Basket Guide

Konos How to Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman

Supernanny

Nanny 911

an episode I did with Reb Bradley

an episode of this podcast on teaching children to do chores well

Plan to Eat

Tastefully Simple

The Once and For All Meal Plan.

two free planners

Trello

Techie Homeschool Mom

The Organized Homeschool Life

Which of these sanity steps will you take first? Let’s talk about it at Homeschool Sanity on Facebook.

How to Homeschool the Uncooperative Child

Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast
Special Series Replays while Melanie is on Christmas Break:

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.

Listen on iTunes

Links

HomeschoolScopes.TV

7 Sisters Homeschool

Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child on Hip Homeschooling Blog

Rebecca on Periscope, Facebook, and Pinterest

Next Week

How to Hold on to Faith While Homeschooling with Kendra Fletcher of Homeschooling in Real Life

Have a happy homeschool week!

Holiday Series: 6 Christmas Stress Mistakes to Avoid

Special Holiday Series Replays while Melanie is on Christmas Break:  Are you already beginning to experience stress this season? The busyness can get to us. But we can make things better by avoiding the six mistakes I’ll discuss in this episode.

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Christmas Stress Mistakes You Don't Want to Make: Podcast

Mistake #1: Not Planning A Homeschool Break

What we typically do is get busy with other things this time of year. There is more shopping and cooking and even chatting going on. After all, it’s Christmas! Somehow in the midst of all the extra activity, we end up not doing school. But it isn’t a planned break. We just sleep in, do some Christmas shopping, or watch Christmas movies instead of homeschooling. We aren’t doing a Christmas unit study. That’s different. We find ourselves falling into a Christmas break. The result is we feel guilty. We really wanted to get a lot done before Christmas. But we didn’t. And we don’t feel refreshed like we should from a planned break. Instead of falling into a Christmas break this year, decide whether you really are going to do a Christmas unit study. Plan what to do. If you don’t have time to plan, try the Christmas Traditions or Christmas Around the World online unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom. They’re done for you.

If you don’t want to do a Christmas unit study, plan when you are going to take a break and for how long. If you feel behind on your regular studies, decide what you want to accomplish before Christmas. Make a realistic list for yourself and your children. Give your children the option of finishing early if they finish their work early or you finish your family work early. This is the process I used to create the most motivating homeschool planner ever. Continue reading here.

Links

Homeschool Sanity Facebook Page

try the Christmas Traditions or Christmas Around the World online unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom

the most motivating homeschool planner ever

6 Short Workouts You Can Do at Home

The Organized Homeschool Life

Have a happy homeschool week!

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

Read the blog post

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)


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