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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.

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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

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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.


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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

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Christmas in the White House

an online study from Techie Homeschool Mom

declutter your home in a weekend

The Organized Homeschool Life

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

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

Reverse Charades links on HomeschoolSanity.com

White Elephant Game

[READ GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH GIFT IDEAS]

Here are some resources for your devotional time.

12 ways children can give this Christmas.

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


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


Getting Past Homeschool Mom Guilt

How to get past homeschool mom guilt

Hey homeschoolers!

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

Have you ever been stuck on how to bring your lessons to life?  My kids have enjoyed Kiwi’s monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun. Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits. Kiwi Crate was founded by engineer and mom of three, Sandra Oh Lin. She created these kits out of her deep desire to raise kids with the creative confidence needed to become the next generation of problem-solvers and critical thinkers.  I couldn’t agree more with their mission and am excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, visit www.kiwico.com/homeschool to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping). These kits make amazing gifts!

Teaching Tip of the Week

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

Links

HomeschoolScopes.tv

When Strivings Cease

Hobbies that renew us

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Have a happy homeschool week!


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


How To Trust God With Your Homeschooling

How to trust God with your homeschool #homeschoolpodcast

Hey homeschoolers!

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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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

Now this message from Sony pictures.


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


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

Links

I was called to homeschool

George Mueller

Nate Saint

Ben Carson

answers to prayer on the Guideposts website.

pray little prayers

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How To Encourage Mental Toughness In Your Kids

Hey homeschoolers!

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

How to Encourage Mental Toughness in Your Kids

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

Teaching Tip of the Week

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

beethoven typo

Links

[LISTEN TO HELP FOR ANXIOUS HOMESCHOOLERS]

[HOW TO RENEW YOUR MIND THROUGH TRUTH JOURNALING]

[BLACK-AND-WHITE THINKING IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL]

YWAM biographies

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More biographies

How do you encourage mental toughness in your kids?


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


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