Budgeting and Planning for the Whole Family

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Hey there, money masters in the making! Welcome to a whole new adventure – the world of finances! This month, we’re diving into the exciting world of budgeting, saving, and setting financial goals. Ever wondered where your money disappears by the end of the month? Well, worry not! We’ve got a Financial Road Map Planner — help is on the way.

Free Budgeting printable Financial Road Map for the whole family.

Budgeting Whiz?

So, are you a budgeting whiz or do you find it a bit tricky? Are you drowning in debt, or are you living the carefree life? No matter where you stand, don’t give up! We all have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to managing our money. It’s time to take a close look at where your money is going.

Think about it – are you a generous giver, a spontaneous spender, or someone diligently saving up for a rainy day? It’s essential to figure out what’s important to you. Take some time to chat with your family, especially your parents, and make sure everyone is on the same page. It might be a bit challenging at first, but trust me, after a few months of budgeting, it gets much easier.

Get the Whole Family Involved in Budgeting

And hey, it’s never too early to get your whole family involved! Teach your younger siblings or kids how to budget and plan for the future. It’s like a super cool family project! Plus, it sets the stage for a financially savvy future.

Feeling a bit disorganized? No problemo! There’s an awesome tool called Organize-IT Planners, and you can grab them from the Media Angels website. These planners are like your financial superhero sidekick, helping you stay organized and on top of your money game.

Homeschooling parents, listen up!

Everything can be a learning opportunity, even budgeting. Share these forms with your teens so they can build good money habits. It takes a bit of discipline and self-control, but mastering your finances is like unlocking a superpower!

Now, about the Organize-IT Planner – it’s designed to give you choices.

Don’t stress if you need to skip a few pages. You might not need three monthly budgets; try one or two and see what works best for you. Once you find the perfect fit, it can be your Ultimate Binder material. If you don’t have one, set it up! Add a finance section with all the important pages from this planner.

Remember, it doesn’t matter if your paycheck is big or small – this planner is here for you.

It equips you to be a good steward of what you have, just like a superhero protecting their city. There’s even a kids’ planner for the younger ones, so everyone in the family can join the financial fun! The student planner is Valentine’s themed for February with a focus on loving your neighbor. The perfect companion to budgeting. Being careful with money helps us helps others in times of need.

So, buckle up, money enthusiasts! Let’s make budgeting and planning the coolest adventure of the year. Your financial future is looking bright!

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PS. Be sure to check out our brand new podcast on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, It’s Not About Money. This podcast is your go-to resource for raising responsible and ready adults, providing insights and actionable advice on money matters and beyond.

Kids Mini Activity Planner

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kids mini activity plannerA Kids Mini Activity Planner from Media Angels. Now parents and their children can be working on those important spiritual goals together. This free download is just for kids!

Download the planner (don’t forget to confirm your subscription!)

And you can grab the parent’s planner, too!

Sign Up Here & Get Both the Parent & Kids Planners


A message to the kids about the Kids Mini Activity Planner

Hey, Kids-

Are you ready to be the best person you can be? It is a choice. It is a decision. Maybe you have never thought about growing closer to God in prayer. Or maybe you want to improve in character.

This planner will help you get started.

Have you ever thought about what you do well? How about something that is difficult or hard? These can be thoughtof as strengths and weaknesses.Some areas may be a real challenge. We all have character traits we need to work on or habits we’d like to break.

This planner will help you tackle a different area of your life each month. Our focus this month is on our spiritual growth. If you don’t like schedules try a routine. Take the time to be consistent each day.

Yes, it takes discipline and is not easy, but you be happier at the end.

I designed this planner to give you a chance to think about the most important goals. You can use this as a prayer journal with dividers in each sec/on or use a three-ring binder to contain all the pages in one place and use during the year.

If you don’t like an actvity you can do another. I hope you have fun!

To Parents: You can use this with your teens as well. What a delightul beginning to take control of our prayer life as our first step to becoming the best version of ourselves, as God designed.

~Blessing, Christina Moss

PS. If you love planners, don’t miss out on our special offer on the Homeschool Goals Planner.

Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Replay

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Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Things you must know before you buy the first book. Questions to know and ask yourself and your kids. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips ~ Episode 333 | Special Replay

Shopping for homeschool curriculum is never easy.  In this episode, we discuss must-know-tips for homeschool curriculum shopping and an insider’s available to homeschool podcast network subscribers. 

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Fast forward and many years of homeschooling gone by and I realized the best time to consider purchasing curriculum was in June. I could finish my school year, take a look back and see what worked and what did not. I was blessed to find homeschool math curriculum we loved (I share these brands on the podcast), and these helped us in many ways to accomplish what was often considered the hardest subject. My kids loved to do the hardest subject first so that the rest of the day seemed easy by comparison. In fact, they would get up early to complete Math before breakfast.

Here is a quick list of questions to ask yourself before you buy the first book!

  1. What are my kid’s ages/ grades?
  2. Do I have a budget per subject or an overall budget?
  3. Do I want to focus on hands-on curriculum or text/ workbooks?
  4. How will my kids relate to the books I purchase?
  5. Do I want to add outside sources? Co-ops or online classes?

Often the best ideas are those that come to you after prayer. One year I was so tired of what I felt was zipping through the curriculum. I had purchased several years of a popular science text and when I found the next “new year,” which we began in January started with birds again and we had finished an exhaustive unit on birds the previous year I knew we had to regroup, skip around the book and then I found myself added unit studies which my children immensely enjoyed.

Consider doing some unit studies with the middle grades. Your kids will thank you I promise. This allows you to delve into a subject and really study it from top to bottom. A unit study on birds can turn into a study of migration patterns, bird watching, identification, the study of habitats and so much more. Or, a study on geology can turn into rock collections (which we still have) and rocks from all over the world. (We had our relatives bring us back rocks from their trips to Europe).

Look at the following to help you further narrow down your curriculum choices:

  1. Look at your child’s learning style—if your child is an auditory learner, loves having books read, listens to audios, etc. it isn’t the best to have this child do textbooks.
  2. Look at expert reviews. The only one I highly recommend is CathyDuffyReviews.com – Cathy is a long time homeschooler. She graduated three boys from homeschooling and set out years ago to look at curriculum with a critical eye. Now a disclaimer here, many of my books are on her top 100 and 102 Curriculum Picks. The Creation science series, accompanying study guides, and Teaching Science and Having Fun. You can get all of these books for less than $30 when one of them costs $18.95 retail. These are digital but you can read them, print out the experiment sheets and planning guides and use them for K-12. Looking at reviews can also tell you if it is something that will work with your homeschool.
  3. Listen to podcasts. What are some recommendations made by those in the know!
    1. Three Homeschool Curriculum Essentials
    2. When Your Curriculum Is Wrong For Your Teens
    3. Best Curriculum For Your Family
    4. Movies For Homeschool Curriculum
  4. Visit a homeschool conventions
    1. Homeschool convention attendance has changed in recent years. With everything available online and the expense involved to attend it is often the last thing on a homeschool moms list. However, it is important to attend for many reasons. The most important is encouragement.
    2. It can be overwhelming which is why I have created a standalone curriculum buying guide that will be helpful. It will be available for free for my email subscribers. After the giveaway is over, it is always available on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.
  5. Get on email lists from your favorite publisher – get to know them.
    1. Many publishers have samples on their website.
    2. If they don’t many will send you some via email.
    3. Join their Facebook or discussion groups to ask questions or ask questions of other users.

My favorite curriculum shopping happened when I decided to use an eclectic approach and I began with topics we wanted to study, and I created my own yearlong study. It was so much fun. I shopped for books that were topic related. We used these books for many, many years. For example, a Creation Science focus requires books to be purchased as you won’t find these in the library (although you can try for interlibrary loans).

When you use topics that interest your children guess what? They are so excited about school and they want to get started each day. Another thing to consider is to focus on your faith.

We did many Bible studies and one of the things we enjoyed was doing a family Bible study that I created, Homeschooling with Proverbs. This study consisted of audios that were focused on each book of Proverbs and we loved it! I had studied Proverbs quickly in the past but there were so many nuggets of truth that were so applicable to homeschooling! I created study sheets, journal pages and dig deeper sections. Each audio (there are three per lesson) is geared to different age levels. This is a standalone digital product on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.

You can look at online learning. I am not a fan of putting kids in front of a computer for all their subjects, however when they struggle or if you are not interested in teaching a particular subject this can be valuable. We used a DVD for higher math – our favorite was Chalk Dust. Mr. D. Math one of my previous podcasters on this network has a higher math online program as well.

When it came to history I felt my American History was lacking so I partnered with my brother in law who was History Professor of the Year two times in West Virginia where he taught. His online courses were so wonderful that my daughter is now a history major in college.

These classes focused on teaching the US Constitution and the lives of the American Presidents. We also have an American Government Classes. These were taught in real time but recorded so they can be enjoyed by families throughout the years.

There are classes taught by:

  1. North Star Academy
  2. Bright Ideas Press
  3. Luma Learn (you can even teach a class if you feel qualified!)

Of course, there are many others, but these are the ones I personally know about that are high quality and geared to homeschool students.

Whatever curriculum you select keep your kids, your schedule and your sanity in mind. You will be glad you did! If you have a favorite curriculum share it with me!


Create a Homeschool Mom Podcast Playlist

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Create a homeschool mom podcast playlistHomeschooling is a rewarding but demanding journey, and every homeschool mom deserves a source of encouragement and inspiration. In the digital age, podcasts have emerged as powerful tools for personal growth and support. Let’s explore how you can effectively use podcasts to uplift and motivate yourself as a homeschool mom.

1. Discovering Relevant Content:

The first step in using podcasts for encouragement is to find content that resonates with your homeschooling journey. Seek out podcasts that discuss topics such as homeschooling tips, time management, dealing with challenges, and nurturing a positive homeschool environment.

Top Vintage Homeschool Moms Podcasts

Homeschool Lifestyle
Last Minute DIY Tips
Money Saving Field Trips
All About Teaching
Raising Spiritually Strong Kids
Six Homeschooling Insider Tips
Best Staycations for Kids
Avoid Curriculum Pitfalls
Top 10 Parenting Secrets
45 Family Date Night Ideas

2. Create a Playlist for Every Mood:

As a homeschool mom, your emotions may fluctuate throughout the day. Create personalized playlists with podcast episodes catering to different moods. Whether you need a boost of energy in the morning or a calming voice in the evening, curate a playlist that suits your emotional needs.

Top Homeschool Sanity Podcasts

Overcoming Feelings Of Inadequacy

How To Be A Patient Homeschool Mom

What To Do When Your Day Is A Dumpster Fire

Rewrite Your Story To Live Happier Ever After

3. Utilize Commute and Chore Time:

Turn routine activities into opportunities for personal growth by listening to podcasts during your daily commute or household chores. These moments provide a valuable chance to absorb new ideas, gain insights, and foster a positive mindset without adding extra time to your schedule.

Redeeming Chore Time

4. Connect with Like-Minded Communities:

Many podcasts build communities around their content, providing a platform for homeschool moms to connect, share experiences, and support each other. Engage with these communities through social media or podcast-specific forums to build a network of like-minded individuals.

Join our Favorite Homeschool Podcasts Facebook Group

5. Set Realistic Goals with Podcasting:

Instead of overwhelming yourself with a multitude of podcasts, set realistic goals. Choose a few favorite shows and commit to listening to them regularly. Consistency will help you establish a routine of self-care and encouragement through podcasting.

Much Loved Shows on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

6. Turn Challenges into Learning Opportunities:

Homeschooling comes with its fair share of challenges. Find podcasts that address common struggles faced by homeschool moms and turn these challenges into learning opportunities. Hearing stories of triumph over adversity can inspire you to navigate your own obstacles with resilience.

Episodes That Inspire

7. Prioritize Personal Development:

In the midst of focusing on your children’s education, don’t forget about your own personal development. Look for podcasts that cover a range of topics beyond homeschooling – self-care, time management, goal-setting, and more. Investing in your personal growth will have a positive ripple effect on your homeschooling journey.

Learn Something New

8. Journaling and Reflection:

After listening to an impactful podcast episode, take a moment to journal your thoughts and reflections. This practice not only reinforces the lessons learned but also provides a space for self-discovery and growth. Share your reflections with fellow homeschool moms or keep them as a personal record of your journey.

Subscribe to our free monthly journal or printable.

9. Encourage Family Listening Sessions:

Introduce podcast listening to your homeschool routine by incorporating family-friendly episodes. This not only provides educational content for your children but also fosters a shared experience. Discussing podcast topics together can strengthen family bonds and open up valuable conversations.

Family Favorites

10. Rotate Your Playlist:

Keep your podcast experience fresh by rotating your playlist regularly. Explore new shows, listen to different perspectives, and embrace the diversity of content available. Staying open to new ideas and approaches will enrich your homeschooling experience and keep you motivated.

Try Something New: Visit the Archives

Podcasts Are the Way to Go

Podcasts have become a great resource for homeschool moms seeking encouragement and support. By intentionally integrating podcasts into your daily life, you can turn moments of solitude or routine tasks into opportunities for personal growth. As you embark on this journey of podcast-driven encouragement, may you find inspiration, wisdom, and a renewed sense of purpose in your role as a homeschool mom.

Build your own playlist for free here.

Happy listening!

Dream Big Journal: A New Year’s Resolution for Closer Connection with God

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Do you ever dream big? Do you dream big for God? This dream big journal will reboot your spirtual life and help you plan and organize from a spiritual perspective.

Dream Big Journal | a Christian planner to reboot your spiritual life for 2024.

Happy New Year! As we welcome the possibilities that come with a fresh start, it’s a great time to dream big and set meaningful goals. While many resolutions may cross your mind, consider making spiritual growth a priority in 2024. In this month’s planner, let’s delve into the idea of nurturing a closer connection with God and making it a central theme for the year ahead.

Setting the Foundation with the Dream Big Journal

In the pursuit of spiritual growth, it’s essential to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Identify areas of your life that may pose challenges and recognize character traits or habits that could use improvement. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, break down the grandiose idea of spiritual growth into manageable steps. Last year’s Organize-IT Planners on the Media Angels website can offer additional insights for this journey.

Monthly Focus of the Dream Big Journal

Each month, the planner will guide you through different aspects of your life. For January, our focus is on spiritual growth – a foundation for many homeschool parents who understand the significance of prayer and divine guidance on their journey.

Prioritizing Prayer:

Acknowledging the importance of prayer, take time this month to work on enhancing your prayer life. Consistency is key, and while it may demand discipline, the rewards are immeasurable. The planner is designed to facilitate this journey, providing a structured space for you to articulate your goals and reflect on your progress.

Utilizing the Planner:

This planner offers a chance to concentrate on your most crucial goals, particularly in the realm of spiritual growth. Whether used as a prayer journal with dividers for each section or incorporated into a three-ring binder for easy organization, the versatility of this tool allows you to personalize your experience.

Adaptable Pages:

Recognizing that everyone’s journey is unique, feel free to skip pages that may not resonate with you. This planner is a resource for personal growth, and adaptability is encouraged. You can print it out for your personal use, and there are dedicated spaces for prayer requests, praise reports, and more.

Sharing the Experience:

Extend the benefits of this planner to your teens as well, involving them in the process of spiritual growth. The journey towards becoming the best version of ourselves, as God designed, is a delightful beginning, and this planner serves as a helpful companion along the way.

Put God First:

As we embark on this new year, let the focus on spiritual growth be the catalyst for positive change in your life. The Dream Big Journal planner is not just a tool; it’s a guide to help you take control of your prayer life and align yourself with the best version of who you were meant to be. May 2024 be a year of profound spiritual connection, growth, and blessings.

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Get convenient links to all the latest homeschool podcasts each week- PLUS new printables every month! A free gift from the author, Felice Gerwitz, Ultimate Homeschool Radio owner and podcaster at Vintage Homeschool Moms!


New Year – Relax and Refresh (Replay)

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Relax and Refresh | The new year is a good time for a faith journey. It is time to take a deep breath and relax and refresh your life. With the new year around the corner now is the time to destress. In this episode, we will discuss how our plans sometimes derail us and how to make the most of the new year. | #podcast #refresh #newyearNew Year Relax and Refresh –  Episode 388

The new year is a good time for a faith journey. It is time to take a deep breath and relax and refresh your life. With the new year around the corner now is the time to destress. In this episode, we will discuss how our plans sometimes derail us and how to make the most of the new year.

I’m so excited about this episode because I am going to share some ways that won’t break the bank to truly relax and be refreshed as you charge into the new year. In fact, this has helped me so much that I am truly excited about the new year – thank-you Jesus!

Yes, I am a woman of faith and I am so blessed that I am not doing this alone. I recorded an episode over on our sister network – Ultimate Christian Podcast Network, on a New Year’s Faith Journey, and friends it was life-changing for me because I feel that I have a purpose and so do you!

Your purpose is your current walk in life. Are you a wife/mom, a husband/dad? Are you a student/kid? This is your current “job” and everything else will fit into place.

I have many things on my calendar for the new year and I will hit the calendar running! I have a 31-Day Challenge that I am hosting for work at home moms in January. I have several women ministry breakfasts to oversee, in January and February. I am hosting an in-person conference in Tampa, Florida in February. I have my yearly mastermind group in March and April we will visit our college kids and I am presenting at a ministry breakfast in April in Texas! Then, May is my daughter’s graduation. When I look at my calendar I want to skip right over the first six months and look toward a relaxing June, July, and August!

We can’t do that can we parents? We can’t just say, “Yeah, today I don’t feel like cooking or cleaning or dealing with kids!”

So, what do we do? We pray – and we put things into perspective. And I for one as I shared earlier am excited because I am not doing this alone! First, I have you guys to encourage and motivate me – thanks so much for your star ratings on iTunes and other podcast apps – thanks for your kind words via email or social media and thanks for being you and a listener!


New Year Relax and Refresh Begins with Questions:

So, let’s do this. Are you ready? First, look at your events upcoming – just like I did.

  1. What are those unmoving dates? School days, lessons, appointments, etc.
  2. What are those non-negotiables? The things that we can’t take off our to-do list and put on another’s?

Once you have those out of the way you can look at the optional things! Can someone else do the grocery shopping or can you invest in ordering online and picking it up – or having things delivered? What a blessing delivery services can be! Yes, there is a cost involved but for me, it saves me money because I am not impulse shopping and only getting what I need!

One thing that will change in the new year and involves Vintage Homeschool Moms is the new shows. Instead of a new show each week, on some weeks I will be re-launching some of my past podcasts. So, for those of you long-time listeners of Vintage Homeschool Moms – and there are some that have been with me since the beginning, that means you will hear some replays of some favorite shows. I have been recording non-stop for six years and I still feel the Lord has some great things he wants me to share, but some of the previous shows are too good to be buried in the archives.

New Years Relax and Refresh Takes Simplification:

You can do this too!

  1. What are some things you can do to give you more time?
  2. What are the things you don’t want to let go of, but know that you must cut back for the sake of time or your own sanity?
  3. Look at this list and make a decision. One year during I decided that writing that Christmas letter, taking a family photo and sending out Christmas cards to my list of over one-hundred people, had to get cut way back. I announced on social media that I loved all of my friends but they would not be getting a card! I sent cards to our relatives and placed a focus on relationships and the poor.

We can live lives that are joyous by not overtaxing are already taxed systems! What are those things you enjoy but don’t have time for? For me, it was taking a walk and reading. I had not read in years, and currently, I enjoy reading something fun every once in a while. I had to give myself permission! So, friends, this is what I am doing. I am giving you permission to take some time for the things that will help you relax and refresh.

Here are some relax and refresh suggestions:

  1. An extra long shower or soak in a bath infused with essential oils and salts. Essential oils such as Bergmont (So love it-check it out here) are one of my favorite relaxing oils.
  2. A facial – there are some inexpensive scrubs you can make yourself or use something store-bought.
  3. A foot soak. This is so relaxing and you can do this while reading to the kids or even doing school! Be sure to have a towel nearby in case you need to jump out for the unexpected times!
  4. A foot rub or neck rub. Maybe invest in one of those gadgets or enlist a family member!
  5. Time to read, to bake or to do the thing that you consider relaxing!

Take the time to be in this present moment. I realized after reading an eye-opening book that was centered on faith that I was living in the past and the future. This can weigh us down! We can think of what could of should have happened, or regrets – or we think about the future and worry about things that may or may not happen. Today, people. Today … focus on the now. The kids in front of you that before you blink your eyes will be grown up and in college or adults like mine. My youngest is now nineteen but even that isn’t for long.

So, let’s recap.

  1. Look at those things you can’t change. Those unmovable tasks for dates.
  2. Look at ways to increase your time or delegate or take off your list or arrange it.
  3. Look at ways to relax – once a week? No each day.

This is going to – I promise to change your life. It is today, not tomorrow that we must deal with and today look brighter and brighter to me as I charge into it with the hope that it is going to be the best year. And, I pray this for you as well.

Next month I have two shows especially geared for kids. The first is Refresh and Relax for Kids – I learned recently that kids are so stressed out and many are on medication just for nerves! We will discuss how to encourage our children to recharge and focus and find those ways to destress. And a show on School and the importance of understanding the time and how it will translate into their futures. I will share something that changed my kid’s lives when they were pre-teens and I hope it will help your children as well! Look for these upcoming episodes in 2020.

Take care friends, and I pray you are blessed abundantly in 2020~ please check out my other two podcasts, One More Child Podcast and A Few Minutes With God Podcast. Truly, those are my faith-focused podcasts and they keep me grounded and I hope they help you as well!

The Best Holiday Homeschooling Tips

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What are the best holiday and homeschooling tips? When things get crazy these ladies Felice Gerwitz and Lisa Nehring come to the rescue.The Best Holiday Homeschooling Tips ~ Episode 452

Join Felice Gerwitz and special guest, Lisa Nehring as they discuss the best holiday homeschooling tips. When things get crazy and you can not add one more thing to the schedule, Lisa comes to the rescue with great tips and planning.

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Visit Lisa Nehring at True North Homeschool Academy and her podcast at LifeSkills101podcast.com

So what are the best holiday homeschooling tips? One is not to stress yourself trying to do too much. We are busy with managing a home and family, then adding homeschooling, and then when the holidays come it is…one-more-thing! Take a look at what stresses you out and cut it out if at all possible.

Holidays are Holy Days – set apart because they have meaning and relevance and there is something special about this day. Holidays bring relevance to our lives. There are special foods we eat, perhaps an exchange of gifts and other things that happen that set the stage for the event itself.

Lisa calls the mom the “magic maker” that can bring that extra fun into the holidays even with simple meals. She celebrates using a liturgical year. She talks about planning and taking time off from schoolwork in your schedule. This can be done by planning ahead of time.

Lisa’s Best Holiday Homeschooling Tips:

  1. Scheduling a break from schoolwork, or reworking your schedule so you have time for celebrations.
  2. Morning basket: 1 hour spent with the things you want to go over, such as flashcards, faith, etc. Be sure to pause and give thanks to God.
  3. We celebrate all of our feasts with our senses, think about how we can use our senses to the best.
  4. Biblical feasts, holidays, and festivals are great ways to celebrate.

Lisa shares how she and her family celebrate Old Testament festivals, which is a remembrance of God “tabernacling” with us. It helps to bring faith and community among family and friends. Being together and enjoying where you are at the present time. She reminds us that God dwells in community with family and friends.

Holidays remind us that we are part of something bigger, and even if we have to postpone some of our academic work, this is a lasting tribute we will remember. We are making memories with our families using the senses, such as twinkling lights, cinnamon, and music.

Sometimes keeping to the schedule is important such as homeschooling special needs and consistency is important to keep things on an even keel. Perhaps cutting back a little and allowing your child to know what is coming up in the near future. Planning with your child helps.

Teaching your children that giving is important during the holidays is another lasting tradition. Either adopting a family or singling out a person such as a neighbor in need.

Be sure to visit Lisa Nehring at True North Homeschool Academy.

Here are some other Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Podcasts to enjoy:

Best Kept Holiday Prep secrets

Planning the Holiday with Tech


Help for Kids Who Are Bored with Homeschooling

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What to do when your kids are bored with homeschooling | Life Skills 101 Podcast with Lisa NehringAre you facing the challenge of a child who seems uninterested in their homeschooling journey? Do you hear complaints of, “I’m bored. This is boring!”  You’re not alone. Many parents encounter this hurdle, but with the right strategies, you can turn this around. Inspired by insights from the podcast “Goldilocks and the Teen Years,” let’s explore how you can reignite your child’s passion for learning.

Watch this LifeSkills 101 Podcast on YouTube Bored with homeschool

1. Finding the Spark: Motivating Your Homeschooler Beyond Being Bored

Firstly, understand that motivation is key. Every child has unique interests and learning styles, and tapping into these can make a world of difference. Try incorporating diverse teaching methods – maybe your child thrives on visual aids, or perhaps they’re more hands-on learners. Remember, the goal is to make learning engaging and fun. Celebrate their achievements, no matter how small, and set realistic goals together. This not only motivates but also gives them a sense of accomplishment.

2. Setting Realistic Expectations forBored Teens

It’s important to remember that age matters. What works for a teenager might not be suitable for a younger child. Tailor your curriculum and teaching style to match your child’s age and developmental stage. This doesn’t mean lowering standards, but rather aligning them with your child’s capabilities. Be patient and be prepared to adjust your approach as they grow and their interests evolve.

3. The Goldilocks Principle: Just Right Learning

This principle, as discussed in “Goldilocks and the Teen Years,” is about finding the ‘just right’ challenge for your child. Not too easy, not too hard, but just enough to stretch their abilities without overwhelming them. It’s about creating a learning environment that’s neither overly structured nor too lax, but perfectly suited to your child’s individual needs.

You’ve Got This

Every homeschooling journey is unique and comes with its own set of challenges. Remember, it’s okay to seek help and advice. Stay flexible, stay patient, and most importantly, stay connected with your child’s learning needs and interests. Together, you can overcome the hurdle of boredom and create a fulfilling and enjoyable homeschooling experience.

Welcome to the Life Skills 101 Podcast, proudly presented by Blue Collar Homeschoolers and the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. Whether you’re an experienced homeschooling family or just starting your homeschooling journey, this podcast is your go-to resource for equipping your family with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful future.

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Homeschool High School Transcripts

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On this episode, Lisa Nehring, Director of True North Homeschool Academy, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss homeschool high school transcripts.Episode #3- Homeschool High School Transcripts

On this episode, Lisa Nehring, Director of True North Homeschool Academy, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss homeschool high school transcripts.

Lisa and her husband, Dr. David Nehring who served in the Air Force, started homeschooling 30 years ago. They started in 1991 and graduated their youngest a year ago this spring. They have five kids ages 19 to 35, and a couple of grandkids who are also homeschooled. Lisa holds an M.A. in Human Development and M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition to homeschooling and her work as Director of True North Homeschool Academy, Lisa has worked as an Admissions Counselor, Administrator, Copywriter, Blogger, Academic Adviser, Teacher, Event Planner, and Program Developer.

Homeschool parents often dread the thought of preparing high school transcripts for their high schooler and feel confused about what should be included. In this episode, Lisa shares her years of experience in creating transcripts for her own children and others, details the different types of transcripts and what should be included, and assures us that homeschool high school transcripts don’t need to be complicated or stressful. We can do it!

So, whether your homeschooled high schooler is on a college track, career track, military track, or trade school track, this episode will help you navigate the ins and outs of preparing a high school transcript.

Closing Thought: Crystal then shares this thought in closing which comes from educator, John Holt, “Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school.”


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December Organize It! Planner

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December Organize It PlannerDecember is the most joyous time of the year! In this planner we focus on the true reason for the season and avoid getting bogged down with our to-do lists! I love an organized schedule and lists more than most, but they are tools to help us stay on top of our daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to enjoy the month free from stress. Or, at the very least, the pressure that we will forget something!

We celebrate Jesus’s birth and remember all he has done for us.

What better reason is there to enjoy this month? While things need to be done, like buying gifts and baking, we are truly blessed to live in a time when we have the opportunity to participate in as many or as few activities as we want! Try to pair down as much as possible and keep only the events and activities that bring your family together and are a blessing.

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This month’s planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools!

I love putting this planner together. It is truly an honor to share all of my organizing ideas with you! With this planner, you can keep track of travel plans or your lengthy baking list! Enjoy activities and fun events while staying on top of all that’s on a homeschool mom’s plate!

Are your ready to tackle gift organization, budgets, and even how to organize your gift wrapping with a wrapping station? I included a Christmas countdown with 24 ways to embrace joy.

A reminder to us all to focus on our family, Jesus and serving each other and our community!

My kids got excited when I asked for a few suggestions for the Christmas bucket list! I hope you and your family have as much fun as my family with these activities.

Are you planning on taking the month off, or are you schooling straight through?

Take a look at your homeschool schedule. Can you pair down your commitments so you can embrace the holiday season? By focusing on the meaning of the Christmas season, we are teaching life lessons to our children. I typically take the whole month of December off. We love reading and soaking in the fun of the season. I want plenty of time to make homemade presents, crafts, bake, and enjoy the weather! The older kids will typically work on their school work separately to complete their assignments, especially in high school, and join in the fun as their schedule permits.

The theme in all of the Organize-IT planners is balance.

Pick and choose the forms that work for your family—doing it all doesn’t always work. Balance is important. If a form doesn’t work for your family, skip it and move on. Flexibility is a value skill to learn!

Looking for more information? You will find the topic of organization, as well as many others, on the UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork.com, and VintageHomeschoolMoms.com.

If you are a long time subscriber, you will find some of the forms the same as in past planners.

This allows you access to the forms you love from last month’s planner. For example, you will receive the blank calendars as well as the 4-Square Plan in each monthly planner, along with those on setting short and long-term goals.

This is the end of our Organize-IT Planners for the year.

I hopeyou’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. You can find the entire set for sale on the MediaAngels.com/store if you missed a few months.

We have exciting mini-planners for January and beyond planned. Stay with us for upcoming information.

Have a fantastic and Blessed December!
Merry Christmas!
~ Blessings, Christina Moss

PS. If you missed it, we have two sets of planners this month. Get our 3 pack of mini Christmas Planners here.