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Kindergarten Skills for Academics

Kindergarten Skills for Academics with the Brain CoachUnderlying developmental building blocks are necessary for a kindergarten child to be ready for more formal academics.  From Little Giant Steps’ perspective, kindergarten is the culmination of effective development in six areas.   When there are gaps in one or more areas of development, children can suffer from a myriad of learning challenges and even learning labels like ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, CAPD and many others.  Most people try to fix these inefficiencies with curriculum when in fact, curriculum is designed to advance an individual that already has efficient brain development.

The six areas of development (tactility, auditory, visual, manual, language, and mobility) that are the foundation to function are expanded this week.  The precise activities, described this week, can produce better function.

Not only is proper development necessary but the chemistry of our body has to be considered as well.  You can receive a free metabolic consultation after submitting your request.  See details for this and other savings in the handout. Read More!

Education Methods: Unschooling and Delayed Academics

unschooling-and-delayed-bodyEducation Methods: Unschooling and Delayed Academics

Podcast #11

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses Unschooling and Delayed Academics approaches to homeschooling.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

Please visit to learn more about who we are!


Integrity with Dr. David Nehring

Dr. David Nehring joins us for this episode, focusing on Integrity.   Integrity is about God. Most importantly it is about ME in relationship to a living, Holy God.  Who are “we”? - “We” as people of the Book. #podcast #homeschool #softskills

Dr. David Nehring joins us for this episode, focusing on Integrity.   Integrity is about God. Most importantly it is about ME in relationship to a living, Holy God.  Who are “we”? – “We” as people of the Book.

Q: What is the value system of the Book?

A: Holiness, Kinship & Purity: the good, the true, the beautiful, the just, home, parents, community, real relationships.

How do we intentionality instill integrity in our kids as we are raising them and training them?

Look at Self first – Personal Integrity

  • Doing what I say
  • Saying what I do
  • Growing in the Principles of God

Me & Thee – Self & Spouse

  • Doing what we say
  • Saying what we do
  • Growing in the Principles of God

Church/ Community/ Country

  • Doing what we say
  • Saying what we do
  • Growing in the Principles of God

Bible Verse:  Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Cycle of integrity: Telling the Truth, Keeping Your Promises, Understanding and living principles of Godly Living

Are Values situational OR is the Application situational

Books/ Music

Word Study:

Righteousness – heart rightness

Diakosunai (Greek)

Tsaddiq –(Hebrew)


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True North Homeschool Academy Values: We are people of the book. Word driven. Word inspired. In an image-saturated, sound-bite culture, you can rest in the fact that True North Homeschool Academy takes a traditional Judeo-Christian Biblical stance that transcends current fads in education and politics.

We are committed to excellent academics precisely because of our traditional Biblical faith. In fact, it is our faith that informs and drives everything else that we do.

Best of College Prep Genius: Is College Worthwhile?

Is College worthwhile | Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student's dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. #homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #collegeIS COLLEGE WORTHWHILE? WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student’s dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. College is supposed to open doors for our children. In this podcast, we discuss ways to have others pay for our college education with scholarships and grants.

Some students can’t find a job in their degree. Is there a way to avoid this? Yes!

Thanks to our sponsor is College Prep Genius.

This is one of a four-part series on the topic of, “Is college worthwhile?” Today our focus is dicussing debt and ways to avoid debt!

Limit the time and money to get a college education helps, cutting down the time is very wise. Dual credit is great in high school. Find a college you can afford. A big price tag doesn’t mean your college experience is going to be better. Make your plans for college, the cost to debt ration. Your decision needs to be based upon your research. Often the most expensive colleges have the most money to give out. If you are eligible to get “big money,” that is wonderful — but do keep in mind the final costs.

There is no one size fits all — there is an amazing opportunity here!

Work through college?
Yes, if you can do that it is fine, but often something else can suffer like your academics. It really depends on your personal sacrifice.  Look at the big picture and what works best for you.

Debt is the result of lack of planning. If you are considering grad school, a fellowship grant. Financial support for their graduate studies. It is based on merit. Or a research assistant.

Tuition remission is a wage for an employee or dependent.  Working at a college allows dependents to go free. Companies often will pay for their employee’s college to give them more qualified employees. Draw a different set of employees. In certain states, college debt is paid for nurses and teachers. An incentive to keep the teacher or nurse, etc.

Armed forces is another way that college benefits. We will do a show on this in the future. GI bill and more.

How is college paid for? 

  1. Loans
  2. Scholarships
  3. Grants

The biggest fear is ignorance. If you have no money for college, didn’t save for it because you don’t have any money–you can still plan for college scholarships through study! Many people are still paying off their loans so this show is about helping you to avoid it!

Overview about debt

  1. Loans: money you have to pay back
  2. Perkins, Direct Stafford
  3. Parents borrow on students behalf: Direct Plus, a Student loan is often more interest than a parent’s.

After your first job they never look at your college information again. Yet that college degree can open the doors for you. Some say you should not go to college. There is fear being perpetuated about college. Listen to Jean’s advice in this podcast!

Every family needs to know there are many options and not rule it out because of money. Jean’s own mother said, “Don’t even think about college because we don’t have the money.” Jean didn’t even consider it because of that statement. Jean worked one year, and then went to college and her entrance test showed that she did get a scholarship.

You don’t have to be strapped in debt or have loans! Stay tuned for more shows showing you that college

HSHSP Ep 159: How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

This week on HSHSP Ep 159: How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen.

HSHSP Ep 159: How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen. Help and hope for moms whose teens are EXACTLY who God made them to be: average. Then discover that ALL teens are gifted in God's eyes. #HomeschoolHighSchool #AverageHomeschoolTeens #FindingTeensGifts

HSHSP Ep 159: How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

Your teens don’t have to go to Harvard to be exactly who God created them to be. Most teens are *just-average* in the ways that get big attention like academics, sports or arts! But God has given each teen gifts. Join Sabrina and Vicki for celebration of average homeschool teens with their giftedness from God!

It’s easy to fall into the trap that our homeschool high schoolers must perform extraordinarily in some area that gets big attention…or full-ride scholarships to college. Sometimes moms find themselves almost embarrassed if their teens don’t go to college or don’t do anything news-worthy. It’s an accidental thing in *American mom-ness* that we moms feel that we are failures if our teens aren’t famous.

SO let’s debunk this myth of the idea that only those teens who are gifted in academics, sports or arts are gifted. NO, all teens are gifted in God’s eyes! God gives each person a gift of something in order to bless His kingdom.

GOD makes all teens gifted. God's gifting is whatever God makes special in each teen. These gifts are there to be a blessing to the kingdom of God! #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #AverageHomeschoolTeen

AND let’s debunk the myth that average is bad. If average is bad, then God goofed up because statistically MOST teens are average. That’s what *average* means.

How can you enjoy being a mom of a just-average teen?

Join Vicki and Sabrina for a passionate discussion about enjoying being the mom of an average homeschool teen! We love our average teens. God loves them, too.

HSHSP Ep 159: How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

College Success

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #087, College Success with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio NetworkCollege Success

In College Success, episode #087, Meredith Curtis talks about how to thrive, not just survive in college. Whether you are dual enrolling, commuting, or moving to another state for your college years, you will appreciate this practical, encouraging advice. You can excel academically and stay strong in your faith!





Proverbs 1:5 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.

Powerline Productions, Inc.

Being World Changers, Raising World Changers!

We offer books and ebooks to help you homeschool to the Glory of God!



Show Notes

My College Story

  • New Christian
  • First Bad Grade
  • Nursing Major (starting new curriculum junior year)
  • IV, Christian Fellowship, Making Disciples
  • Close Relationship with my Grandparents

What is College Success to You?

Picture Yourself at the End of College.


Your Life Reflects Your Priorities.

Your Priorities Reflect Your Purpose.

What are you living for?

What does your life say?

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

  • Put God first always. Matthew 6:33, Psalm 127.
  • Stay plugged into a local church. Never neglect your family. College is one season; family lasts forever.
  • Connect with godly, genuine Christians on campus.
  • Stay pure; constantly cleanse your mind. Set your standards now and refuse to lower them.
  • Know the Word and Biblical Truth.
  • Know why you believe what you believe.
  • Know the world’s philosophies and learn to evaluate everything by the Truth.

Ruling and Reigning in Academics

Time Management and Scheduling are probably the biggest factors to academic success…even more than brains!!!!

Study Time and Study Habits

Make the Most of this Opportunity. Get the Best Education You Can.

Keys to Success

  • Working hard pays off.
  • Write Well:clear arguments, analysis, organization, complete sentences
  • Read Well: find main points, underline, take notes in margins
  • Take advantage of all your professors offer.

More Than Just Classes

  • Life Preparation & Career Exploration
  • Lifelong friendships!
  • Athletics, clubs, etc.: Choose wisely!
  • Build relationships with your professors.
  • Seize academic opportunities
  • Internships
  • Study Abroad
  • Workshops, networking, and more

Making Disciples in College

Witnessing in the Classroom

They are falling away like flies. Maybe just need to hear one person speak up.

Don’t be intimidated. Walk in your authority in Christ.

Gospel first; everything else second.

Remember they are broken sinners inside for all their pride.

Always learn from your mistakes.

Win them over. C.S. Lewis tactic: start from their side and lead to yours. Live your faith WELL! Respect others.

Pray for those who will be in your class!!! I have done this every single semester.

Outside the Classroom

Intentional relationships for evangelism.

Sit with new people at lunch and share the Gospel.

Pursue with love. Serve. Text. Pray for them.

Invite to coffee or lunch.

Join groups specifically for evangelism.

Learn how to turn conversations to Christ. Know some good questions!

Learn a basic Gospel presentation or two and get comfortable with it.

Be part of a VIBRANT CHURCH to be your net!!!

Start Now Being the Kind of Person You Need to Be


Worldview Podcasts

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What Is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What Is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #071, When Worldviews Collide

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #071, When Worldviews Collide


Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteCareer Choices and the College Decision by Meredith CurtisCommunications 101:Essays and Speeches High School ClassAmerican Literature & ResearchWorldview Understanding the Times by Meredith CurtisGreat Commission Course by Meredith CurtisReal Men 103: LeadershipA Wise Woman Builds by Meredith Curtis




Schedule or Routine?

schedulingDo you follow a segmented schedule, complete with time slots, or more of a routine in your homeschool? Or perhaps you relate to Christi’s description of a “rhythm”! On this episode, Christi Deason joins us once again, this time to discuss scheduling. While scheduling is definitely not natural for either of us, Christi talks about how her loose style worked for their family and I share my own experience with my style of minimal scheduling.

As is typical, we take some time for a few necessary rabbit trails, as well! (College proponents, watch out. We’re not anti-college, but perhaps we get a bit opinionated here!) Since scheduling involves curriculum, I cover a bit of what I’m doing with that, too. It’s not fancy or complicated, but it works for a wiggly, kinesthetic seven-year-old!

Here is the general outline we followed for our interview:

Did you follow a schedule or more of a routine? What did that look like?

Did you have it written out or did you use some kind of software?

What subjects went on that list, at what ages?

  • I tend to follow the “better late than early” advice
  • With my youngest, I always do Bible and character training daily, even if we get to very little in the way of formal academics
  • We also regularly do history, as Bible tends to dovetail well into ancient history
  • Science at this age is focused mostly on nature and animal studies, but we also incorporate any interests as they appear (today in our Bible doctrines, we talked about faith being something that can’t be experienced with our five senses, naturally leading into a science reading and discussion about the five sense).

What time did you usually start? Did you take certain days off?

  • We took off Fridays, birthdays, and of course…snow days! Being in the south, snow days are something to be enjoyed as much as possible, in my opinion!

What factors went into deciding the schedule (husband’s work, personalities, early birds/night owls, specific giftings…)?

Were there any years that seemed harder to schedule?

Anything you would change about how you scheduled or did your routine?

How To Learn To Communicate Well In a Changing World: Interview with Ron Brumbarger

How to learn to communicate well in a changing world - get some great tips from our guest, Ron BrumbargerThis week on Soft Skills 101 Podcast, we interview Ron Brumbarger!  We discuss how to learn to communicate well in a changing world.

Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

Quote: “Failure is not bad, it’s just failure. Keep taking risks, keep trying.” Ron Brumbarger

 Details of Show:

To learn to communicate well in a changing world:

  1. Know how to Write- all kinds of writing
  2. Develop your Critical thinking skills and problem solving
  3. Speech and Debate is excellent training for writing and critical thinking
  4. Interface with people of all ages and abilities
  5. You don’t need to “get it all right” – fail forward-
  6. Apprenticeship- job skills training.
  7. Develop and work with cohorts in conjunction with professional academics
  8. It’s a big, competitive world- grab a tent and travel

Best way to teach kids communication skills?

See the World: Travel – experience different cultures, languages

Is College Necessary? Employees care about 3 things:

  1. Can you do the work?
  2. Do I like you?
  3. Can I afford you?

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Future Succes by John Maxwell

Apprentice University

You are Always Being Interviewed by Ron Brumbarger


True North Classes

Creative Writing Club

Fundamental Grammar with Claritas

Literature & Composition




True North Blog posts

Is your Homeschooler Prepared for  High School? 

Creative Writing for Awesome People

Teaching effective on-line communications

The Lost Art of letter Writing

Get Dressed for Homeschool Success

Hey, homeschoolers!

I am so excited about this episode. We aren’t going to talk parenting or academics. We’re going to talk about you. You are so important to your homeschool. You may think I’m going to talk about you getting enough sleep, the right nutrition, and exercise–and all those things are important. But today my guest and I are going to talk about the importance of fashion for homeschool moms. I discovered the power of looking pretty to give me energy, improve my mood, and make me a better teacher and mom, all as a result of my guest’s influence.

I’ll introduce her in a bit, but first I would love to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions in Fort Worth and Greenville, South Carolina. Register at and then stop to say hi at the Grammar Galaxy Books booth. Or join me in one of my sessions! I can’t wait to meet you.

Fashion for Homeschool Moms

I was so looking forward to interviewing Alison Lumbatis. She is a wife, mom of three, and founder of Get Your Pretty On. She’s a jeans and tee kind of girl who loves spending time with her family and exploring the best places to eat in Dallas, TX. She is an accidental minimalist when it comes to fashion and style, mixing her tried and true closet staples with a few seasonal trends. Alison’s goal is to help all women feel pretty by being the go-to resource for inclusive style inspiration and beauty advice. I know you will love her like I do!

Alison and I discussed:

  • Alison’s time as a homeschooling mom
  • the benefits of wearing something pretty
  • what influenced Alison to care more about what she was wearing
  • women’s objections to putting a pretty wardrobe together
  • Alison’s encouragment to women who are wary of wardrobe building

I am an affiliate for Get Your Pretty On. I can’t stop talking about it to my friends and family.  You will love getting dressed for homeschool success!

The spring wardrobe list and outfit calendar is available for purchase March 8th to the 22nd, 2019.

Resources for Homeschool Mom Fashion from This Episode

Read the blog post

Free closet staples shopping list

SAHM Casual Wardrobe Basics

GYPO – Facebook, Instagram

Next Time on the Homeschool Sanity Show

Join me next week as author Sherri Seligson and I discuss how to help our homeschoolers transition to middle and high school.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Prioritizing Relationships in Your Homeschool

prioritizing relationshipsDisclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


Christi Deason joins the show again, this time to chat about the importance of prioritizing relationships in the homeschool. We talk about the two priority relationships for our children, their relationship to God and their relationship to us, their parents.

First, the most important relationship for us to help cultivate is their relationship with Jesus. That should be our #1 goal, not academics!

Why should we prioritize relationships over academics?

  • The Bible has very little to say about academic instruction.
  • The Bible warns against prioritizing anything that has to do with prosperity.
    • “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36
    • Usually the primary purpose for focusing on academics is a concern about our children “getting good jobs” and being “successful.”
    • Very intelligent people who are morally bankrupt may become successful by the world’s standards, but they often do the most damage. As C. S. Lewis stated in his book, Mere Christianity (affiliate), “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”

How do we properly prioritize their relationship with the Lord?

  • It happens naturally as we do life with them and they see our own walk.
  • We must be strong in our own faith!
  • Look for opportunities to make faith real and practical to everyday life.

This primary relationship depends on our parental relationship. We are a picture of Christ to them.

How do we cultivate that?

  • Treat them as individuals.
    • They are not our property or slaves.
    • They are our “brothers and sisters” in Christ!
  • Love unconditionally – “Love is patient, love is kind…”

Practical ideas for building relationships:

  • Have a weekly Family Movie Night.
  • Schedule in regular talk time or time just being together so talking can take place naturally (watching a favorite show, working on a hobby, etc.).
  • Take your children on errands and special outings one-on-one
  • Find good Bible study resources. Some of our favorites for helping our children develop their own devotional time were Kay Arthur’s Discover 4 Yourself® Inductive Bible Studies for Kids. Here are a few my children enjoyed:

Everything hinges on prayer and following God’s leading. Ask the Lord how you can better prioritize the relationships in your family, then listen as He directs!