Homeschool Sanity Show

Black and White Thinking in Your Homeschool

Hey homeschoolers!

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

Black and white thinking in your homeschool #homeschool

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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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

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Find the happy in your homeschool week!

Stress Management For Homeschool Moms

Stress management for homeschool moms #stressmanagement #homeschool

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Hey homeschoolers!

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

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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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





Kisses from Katie

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

Conflict Resolution Skills You Must Teach Your Child, Part 2

Hey homeschoolers! 

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

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

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

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

Teaching Tip of the Week 

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


How to Stop the Pain by Dr. James Richards

part one of this series

the power of story to teach

Grammar Galaxy

 Click to request your free lesson that teaches conflict resolution skills


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

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

Conflict Resolution Skills to Teach Your Children, Part 1

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

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Hey homeschoolers!

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

Raddish cooking school for kids

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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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


Florence Littauer’s Personality Plus typology

try this PDF version of the personality questionnaire

Scheduling: Homeschooling, The First Year

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

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Hey, homeschoolers!

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

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

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

How to Homeschool a Middle Schooler

Hey homeschoolers!

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

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

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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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



Apologia makes student planners that I enjoy using

Free Homeschool Planning Forms


Mr. D math courses

a previous podcast episode

The Everything Guide to Study Skills 

 the Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World

video game alternatives.

excellent, free curriculum for teaching social skills

homeschooling through hormones.

TrueU is an excellent video series from Focus on the Family

help our kids discover what their talents are

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

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

Have a happy homeschool week!

Worried About Gaps in Your Homeschool Education?

Hey homeschoolers!

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

Gaps in your homeschooling. Should you be worried?

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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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

What About Gaps in Your Homeschool?

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

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

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

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

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Notgrass History

Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers

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

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


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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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

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

Links About Curriculum Paralysis

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

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

Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher

Classical Conversations

Grammar Galaxy

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

Have a happy homeschool week!

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.


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– 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.

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