The Homeschool Sanity Show


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Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooling mother of six, Dr. Melanie Wilson, solves homeschoolers’ biggest headaches every Tuesday. You’ll also hear:


A teaching tip of the week

The organized homeschool challenge of the week

Other homeschoolers’ advice on the topic of the week

You’ll come away from the podcast with the strength you need to teach another day!

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The Homeschool Sanity Show Episodes

How to End Your Homeschool Year on a High

If you feel like your homeschool year is fizzling out, you’ll appreciate these tips for ending well. LISTEN ON ITUNES LINKS Instagram at Psychowith6 Rochelle Barlow’s Learn American Sign Language in 31 Days The Organized Vacation Challenge my recent podcast on being disappointed in your homeschool year

The Cure for Curriculum Addiction

Do you accidentally buy curriculum that you already own or do you frequently buy or download curriculum that you never use? Do you keep running out of space on your bookshelves? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ll want to listen to this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. If that’s not you but […]

Are You Disappointed in Your Homeschool Year?

 I couldn’t sleep one night last week and I realized what the problem was: I was disappointed in my homeschool year. If you can relate, you’ll appreciate the three steps I recommend to deal with your disappointment today. Subscribe on iTunes Links Subscribe to Psychowith6 Not Consumed The Family Celebrations Challenge The Power of Homeschool […]

Grammar Galaxy: a Language Arts Curriculum Out of This World

If you have a beginning reader, you’ll be interested in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. I share the curriculum I’ve created to engage young readers and writers as well as an exclusive discount for podcast listeners only. Listen on iTunes   Links Periscope Homeschool Sanity on Facebook

Homeschooling Boys: What’s the Difference?

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

Holding on to Faith While Homeschooling: an Interview with Kendra Fletcher

Many of us began homeschooling because of our faith. I know I did. Homeschooling wasn’t my idea or even my preference. But somewhere along the way we can get confused about the promise of homeschooling. Today my guest is Kendra Fletcher of the Homeschooling in Real Life podcast and we will discuss Holding onto Faith While […]

How to Homeschool the Uncooperative Child

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

Finding Balance as a Homeschool Mom

Achieving balance requires constant effort for homeschool moms. Hopefully the tips in this week’s episode will help. LISTEN ON ITUNES Links free Funny Winter Writing prompts Echo smartpen from Livescribe. the personal devotions challenge a Periscope broadcast recently in which I shared that if we are doing the most important things, we won’t get everything […]

Managing Anger in Marriage

Anger management in marriage is crucial to safeguarding your family and your homeschool.   Subscribe on iTunes Links Pillow Talk printables Moving Beyond the the Organized Computer Challenge. Personality Plus for Couples by Florence Littauer Family Life Marriage conference Love & Respect The Renewing of the Mind Project by Barb Raveling Kindness Contract   […]

Teaching Kids to Declutter

Today’s topic isn’t a lesson kids can learn in a traditional school, but it’s an important life lesson for homeschoolers. Just watch one episode of Hoarders for motivation. But before we jump in, I would love to invite you to join me on Periscope. Every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Central, I record the podcast live […]

Homeschooling Through the Winter Blahs

Do you feel blah once Christmas is over like I do? The tips on this episode will encourage you! Subscribe on iTunes The Organized Homeschool Life or on Amazon. Join me on Periscope or Facebook. I hope you’ll join us for accountability. Teaching Tip of the Week The teaching tip of the week is Shining Dawn Books’ Nature by […]

Homeschooling in Less Time

Are you stressed because of how much time homeschooling takes? If you feel like you would be a happier homeschooler if you could finish schooling in less time, this is the episode for you. Can I ask you a favor? Would you share two minutes of that time savings posting a review of this podcast on iTunes? […]

How to Get Organized with the FLYLady

I am so excited about this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. If you have struggled to get organized like I did when I started homeschooling 16 years ago, I think you will love my interview with Marla Cilley, the FLYLady. Even though I’ve been FLYing for years, I found myself incredibly motivated to make […]

Your Homeschooled Teen Has ADD? Help is Here

A homeschooling mom on asked for advice for her homeschooled teen and I thought other parents might have the same question. If you or your homeschooled teen is forgetful, distracted, or disorganized, listen to this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Teaching Tip of the Week This week’s teaching tip is to make room […]

Homeschooling, Public School & College: An Interview With My Son

My oldest son was home from college and I asked if I could interview him about homeschooling, public school, and college. I hope you find it encouraging. Teaching Tip of the Week This Week’s Organized Homeschool Challenge The Hot Spot Challenge. Links Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Next Week Homeschool Tips for Teens with ADD Have a happy […]

Why You May Not Need to Do More

Are you a homeschool mom stressed and struggling because you think you have to do more?  I hope to put your mind at ease today. So You’re Not Wonder Woman Teaching Tip of the Week The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The Christmas Shopping Challenge Links Why I’m No Homeschool Superstar Periscope Viewer’s Tips @JaneGirl […]

Homeschool Motivation When You Need It

Today’s show  is Homeschool Motivation on Demand. Save it to your phone for those rough days!   Be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Want the full transcript? Get it HERE.   Be sure to get your FREE Funny Winter Writing Prompts. Teaching Tip of the Week A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart Periscope handle: @BraveWriter  Links Chalene Johnson’s […]

How to Train Your Children to Do Consistent Chores

Getting children to do chores consistently was one of the most common challenges with kids my Homeschool Sanity Facebook friends mentioned. I have the same issue, so I shared some solutions in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Teaching Tip of the Week Amy Milcic of Busy Boys Brigade shares 54 brain break activities and […]

Help for the Anxious Homeschooler

If you or a child suffers from anxiety, you’ll appreciate the tips for coping physically, mentally, and spiritually in this episode. I invite you to subscribe to Psychowith6.   Teaching Tip of the Week This week’s tip is Trello. The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week This week’s organized homeschool challenge is the Thanksgiving Challenge. […]

Help for When Your Child Doesn’t Like Language Arts

You may be concerned if your student resists reading, writing, and all things English. Reading in particular is the best predictor of a child’s future success—not just in school, but in life. If that’s your situation, I have help. You can get your child interested in language arts. Join me on Periscope or become a member of […]

Balancing Working and Homeschooling

If you both work and homeschool, you would probably appreciate some sanity-saving tips for balancing them both. That’s what you’ll find in this episode of the show. Sneak Peek You can get a sneak peek of my new language arts curriculum and this great Reading-for-Treasure Map at Grammar Galaxy Books. Teaching Tip of the Week […]

What Your Child Needs to Know About Obesity

We have heard the statistics, but our kids need to hear them too–as well as the consequences. Obesity, as we know, contributes to shorter lifespans and a decreased quality of life. Let’s teach our children how to avoid obesity now and as adults. You Might Like Do you use Instagram?  Follow me on Instagram and we can get […]

Homeschool High School? Yes You Can!

  Are you worried you won’t be able to homeschool high school even though you’d really like to? This episode will give you the courage you need. Teaching Tip of the Week How to Discover & Develop Your Child’s 1st 100 Hours of Talent E-Course The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The Hospitality Challenge […]

You Can Be a Hands-Free Homeschool Mom

When I received the book Hands-Free Life, I had begun noticing signs that I was living distracted. In this episode, I share tips for changing that.     Get your free funny fall writing prompts here. Teaching Tip of the Week 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The […]

Homeschool Haters: How to Handle Them

When I asked my Facebook page fans if they received flack when they started homeschooling, I was surprised by the response. Join the conversation at Homeschool Sanity on Facebook. Teaching Tip of the Week Your Morning Basket by Pam Barnhill                 Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week The […]

What to Do When Your Child Wants to Go to School

If your homeschooled child wants to go to school or you want to be prepared if it happens, you’ll want to listen to this episode. I wrote about my own experience with a child wanting to attend school and the lessons I learned from sending him to a public high school. Advice for Tween Girls […]

Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Kids who are reluctant to learn try a mother’s patience, don’t they? Listen in this week to this episode in which my Periscope viewers and I share tips for motivating reluctant learners. Teaching Tip of the Week @DawnKeeton_ on Periscope recommended the monthly cooking kit, Rad Dish. The Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week This […]

Patience for Homeschool Moms

On this first episode of a new season of The Homeschool Sanity Show, I discussed how to be a patient homeschool mom. I have a new format, broadcasting live on Periscope (@Psychowith6) every Tuesday at 1:00 PM Central time. I will be sharing answers to questions and suggestions from other homeschool moms who are the REAL […]

Can Math Actually Be Fun?

Ever since we started using the Life of Fred math curriculum nine years ago, I’ve wished I could talk to the author of this creative and fun material. So when I started the Homeschool Sanity Show podcast last fall, I knew I would ask Stanley Schmidt to be a guest. I was thrilled when he […]

Ideas for Learning with Nature Walks

One of the huge perks of homeschooling is we can get outside to do our learning. In my interview with Cindy West of Shining Dawn Books, I was not only motivated to take more nature walks with the kids, but I was also inspired to learn that nature walks can easily comprise an entire science […]

Discover & Develop Your Child’s Talent

My interview with Jonathan Harris of 10k to Talent completely changed the way I view talent education. I had the stereotypical view that I needed to start training my child by age 3 and then make sure that they devoted hours a day to practicing to develop a talent. Fortunately, that isn’t what talent education […]

Online Safety for Homeschoolers

Online educational resources can be such a blessing to homeschoolers, but come with challenges when it comes to safety. Leah Nieman of and tells us: how to protect younger learners online and how to react when inappropriate content is accessed the difference between filters and accountability programs things to remind teens before sharing […]

How to Teach Patriotism & Politics

Whether you think politics is a boring or intimidating topic to teach in your homeschool, you’ll want to hear my interview with Lynn Schott of Founders Academy. Her enthusiasm for the topic is infectious and the resources she provides for students of all ages (many of them free and very inexpensive) are amazing. Listen in […]

How to Stay Fit While Homeschooling

Homeschool mom of six, Katheryn Foudray of The Healthy and Fit Homeschool Mom, shares down-to-earth tips for getting into and staying in shape while homeschooling. You’ll want to listen to: Hear about Katheryn’s fitness transformation Learn what Katheryn did while nursing that made me laugh Discover how you can find the time, space, and resources […]

Homeschool Planning Made Simple

I think I’ve tried every method of homeschool planning available and never found homeschool sanity until I developed my own forms. I call them The Easiest Homeschool Record System and I still think it’s great. However, it takes me quite a bit of time to customize the forms and put them in a binder for […]

Parenting Blind Spots That Put Your Homeschool Family at Risk

I have helped other people parent their children, but that didn’t keep me from having blind spots in my parenting — blind spots that did put our homeschool family at risk. I thank God for opening my eyes to the truth and using the wisdom of Reb Bradley to make it less painful. You’ll want […]

Help for Homeschooling Distractible Kids with Carol Barnier

I’ve been the recipient of Carol’s wit and wisdom for years, but I was still inspired by my interview with her. If you have a can’t-sit-still kiddo or you’re a what-did-I-come-in-this-room-for mom like me, you’ll love this episode. Carol explains: The kind of activity active children need while homeschooling How to work with a child […]

The Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady

I am still homeschooling today because Marla Cilley (aka FLYLady) coached me into developing routines. Although I have come such a long way in the 13 years since I’ve been the beneficiary of Marla’s wisdom, I still found myself inspired by my interview with her. If you could use some inspiration to establish simple routines […]

College Admission and Scholarship Secrets for Homeschoolers with Lee Binz

This interview with Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, should really be titled The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Your Way to College. Lee offers so much valuable information that you’ll want to pin or bookmark this show for later. Be sure to share it with friends! They’ll thank you. Learn: What a college-prep curriculum looks like Where […]

Would Classical Conversations Be a Good Fit for Your Family?

I did a review of Classical Conversations on my blog and explained how I use it at home. It remains one of my most popular posts. Because many people love Classical Conversations as much as I do, I thought I would invite two friends who have been involved in CC to share with the Homeschool […]

How to Give Your Kids Confidence in Creation

If you watched the creation vs. evolution debate with Ken Ham and Bill Nye and wanted more, you’ll love this episode. (If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend it). I am a Christian who was trained in secular science. I always believed that creation and evolution somehow coexisted. My exposure to the fantastic materials and […]

Marriage Tips for Christian Homeschoolers

My interview with psychologist and homeschooling dad, Dr. Don McCulloch, is one you’ll want to listen to with your spouse! After you listen, be sure to take The Marriage of Your Dreams Challenge at Psychowith6. Until 11:58 in the interview, Dr. McCulloch and I discussed his research on homeschooling. What are college admissions counselors’ opinion […]

How to Teach Your Kids Piano for Free

This is a can’t-miss episode for homeschooling parents who are interested in having their children learn piano. I interviewed Joseph Hoffman of Hoffman Academy (formerly and got answers to questions like: What makes his method of teaching piano different? Why did he decide to make his lessons free ? Do you have to know […]

Raising Next Generation Homeschoolers

Would you like your children to homeschool your grandchildren one day? Renée Gotcher is most homeschooling parents’ dream — a homeschool graduate now homeschooling her own children. I wanted to know: Why her mother chose to homeschool when it wasn’t as popular as it is today. How Renée reacted to beginning homeschooling as a high school student […]

How to Organize Your Homeschool the Easy Way

If you have a passion for organizing or just need a passion for it, you won’t want to miss this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. I feature fabulous tips from: Vintage Homeschool Moms host and Ultimate Homeschool Network founder, Felice Gerwitz Homeschooling Co-op Style host, Pat Wesolowski, and Flourish at Home host, Mary Jo […]

Overcoming Insecurity with Deb Wolf

You won’t want to miss this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show where my guest, Deb Wolf, and I get real about: what makes us insecure as women, moms, and homeschoolers why we will only admit to so much how to help our daughters find the source of real security Deb is the author of […]

I Deserve a Donut After All That Homeschooling with Barb Raveling

I count it as a great blessing to have met Barb Raveling online. When she asked me to review her book, I Deserve a Donut, I didn’t know what to expect. I have read dozens of “diet” books and have written about overcoming overeating myself. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement! Barb […]

Blogging as a Business with Jimmie Lanley

Have you ever wondered if you should blog to make some extra money while you’re homeschooling? Or perhaps you already blog, but wonder what you need to do to take your blog to the next level. If you’re interested in blogging, you won’t want to miss my interview with Jimmie Lanley in which she explains: […]

Create Your Personal Parenting Plan with Dr. Ruth Ann Brinkmann

You spend weeks, even months, planning your curriculum. Do you invest the same amount of time planning your parenting? In this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show, educational psychologist and homeschool grandmother, Dr. Ruth Ann Brinkmann shares wisdom for: coming to agreements on parenting with your spouse changing your child’s unwanted behavior understanding God’s unique […]

Staying Sane While Teaching Math with JK Mergens

Does math scare you? Is your child behind in math? Are you confused about which math curriculum would work best for you? Join your host Dr. Melanie Wilson for this interview with JK Mergens, creator of the Learn Math Fast System. In this episode: Discover how JK decided to create her own math curriculum & […]

Introduction to The Homeschool Sanity Show

Learn about what you can expect from your host, Dr. Melanie Wilson, and The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast in the coming weeks and find some fabulous freebies! Melanie explains her professional background and why she hasn’t tried to podcast before now (yes, besides having six kids!). Hear about some of the issues you can expect […]

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