Truth Seekers Mystery Series

Mystery Series | Has you child wanted to write a book? What about a mystery? Join Felice as she interviews her co-author and daughter. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #creationscienceTruth Seekers Mystery Series Episode 

Join Felice Gerwitz as she interviews her co-author in the Truth Seeker’s Mystery Series, Christina (Gerwitz) Moss. Christina shares her homeschool experience and how the series evolved from an idea to three books in the series.

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Christina began the idea of writing a novel and finally convinced her mom it was a good idea. When Felice, a non-fiction author with a publishing company, Media Angels, Inc. explained she didn’t know how to write a novel, her daughter shot back. “We are homeschoolers we can figure it out!” And figure it out they did.

First In The Truth Seekers Mystery Series

Christina’s first novel, The Missing Link Found (Book One in the Truth Seekers Mystery Series) outsold her mother’s Creation Science: A Study Guide at the convention debut. In fact, this book helped children learn about Creation science in a fun way and in turn they were enthusiastic about attending creation science events.

Homeschool Curriculum Buying Guide

Homeschool Curriculum Buying Guide | First of all, there is no one perfect curriculum and believe me I’ve made mistakes. When my son was five I purchased a math curriculum and he was struggling so much, I decided to buy another one mid year at someone’s recommendation. That too turned into a disaster. | #podcast #homeschool #homeschoolpodcast Homeschool Curriculum Buying Guide – What to Buy & Where. Episode 335

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels Membership site – where you can find K-12 Science Curriculum, novels, and resources for history and writing.

First of all, there is no one perfect curriculum and believe me I’ve made mistakes. When my son was five I purchased a math curriculum and he was struggling so much, I decided to buy another one mid-year at someone’s recommendation. That too turned into a disaster.

The best way to buy homeschool curriculum is to know what you are looking for. But before you do this, please listen to the past podcasts on the topic of curriculum. There I give you specific questions to think about as well as where to go to get great reviews.

All curriculum will not work for all kids. One child may love a math program while another will struggle to get through a lesson. Look at your kids, take note of what they can do or not do and then go from there. We work to remediate weaknesses and build on their strengths. Parents, if your kids are struggling all day the retention of knowledge is not going to be great. If your child is struggling academically get help. One of the podcasts on this network is – Brain Coach Tips Podcast  visit the podcast page and listen to past podcasts that can help you plan accordingly.

We need to encourage our kids, set up their day in small chunks of learning if they are younger and work on a plan ahead of time to alleviate as much frustration as we can. The next podcast in this series is on using forms in your homeschool—and if you are on the mailing list you are receiving these in the monthly planning packs you can print out to use with your family.

If you are not on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network email list – please join it today. Each month there is a freebie that will help you in your homeschool journey.

How will you teach history? Ancient, World, American? Are you interested in incorporating faith, relationship, family and worldview values?

These are the types of questions you need to ask before you buy.

First, we will discuss what you are looking for, then where to research and finally where to purchase!

Little Kids

  1. Structure begins slowly
  2. Hands-on is a must to build strength in their hands, fine and gross motor skills
  3. Character development and gentle correction toward honesty
  4. Phonics skills
  5. Math concepts – big picture with manipulatives
  6. Art and projects
  7. Music and lessons
  8. Dress up and play
  9. Time for exploration


  1. Books, books, books
  2. Active listening and answering simple questions that become progressively harder
  3. Retelling a story/recall information (preface with listening carefully)
  4. Phonics – Phonics – Phonics and reading skills
  5. Writing skills can begin with open-ended stories, drawing pictures with short sentences.
  6. Copy work
  7. Math concepts with manipulatives
  8. Memorization of facts (including math, science, history, geography)
  9. Art and projects
  10. Music and lessons
  11. Time to explore

Upper Elementary

  1. Concepts are key – are they getting it? If not regroup
  2. Math basics now become the bedrock for higher concepts and application
  3. Reading harder and longer books. (Or remediation if needed)
  4. Grammar Skills. Advanced writing working on reports (book), or smaller one page reports on history and science topics. This can advance into longer papers. Teach writing skills. is incremental and highly recommended.
  5. Health and Anatomy – I find this lacking in children’s education.
  6. Art and projects
  7. Music and lessons
  8. Experimentation – science experiments
  9. Nature studies and exploration
  10. History events – timelines, biographies

Middle School

  1. How is your child doing? Remediation or advancement?
  2. Pre-Algebra or Algebra
  3. Grammar Skills. Writing skills are important. Reports and longer papers.
  4. Science: Botany, Astronomy, Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Anatomy, General Science
  5. Literature, or reading books that pertain to subjects studied. Biographies, or events.
  6. Art and projects
  7. Music and lessons
  8. Experimentation – science experiments
  9. History and an understanding of chronology, events etc.


High School

  1. Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus. D Math
  2. Reports and longer papers typically tied into subjects or Literature courses.
  3. Science: Biology, Chemistry (requires more math) Physics, Oceanography, Anatomy, or see topics above.
  4. History: World History, American History, Government
  5. Economics – Macro and Micro
  6. Drivers Education – online to take the test. (Get driver’s handbook)
  7. Books that pertain to subjects studied. Biographies, or events in history.
  8. Sports, Art, Music, Lessons


Okay – now what you have been waiting for … where to buy your curriculum.

Literature and History – real books. Biographies, original sources.

Math, Science, Electives:

  1. From the Individual Publisher (get on their mailing lists for discounts). Saxon, Chalkdust, Apologia Science
  2. Homeschool Conferences – you can talk to the publisher! Added bonus. Please bless them by buying from them instead of cheaper online.
  3. Christian Book Distributors
  4. Rainbow Resources, Timberdoodle
  5. Christian Book stores – homeschool section.
  6. Used Curriculum Sales; Amazon/ eBay – but you won’t have the new book (rarely) or support from the publisher.
  7. Amazon Storefront – Media Angels has a storefront –but often other sale options are suggested.
  8. Abe Books – where we bought many of our novels and literature
  9. Great Courses – secular but many of the classes are wonderful.
  10. Facebook groups – Book swap or sales

In the upcoming series, I podcast on great educational websites. We used several websites to supplement our homeschool studies. However, do not ignore books! The information you can get from books is still superior in many cases to a snippet you read online.

I hope this has helped you to decide what you need as well as where you can purchase the books in person and online.

Avoid Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls

Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls | Avoiding homeschool curriculum pitfalls is easy if you look for certain indicators. Have you ever purchased curriculum you never used or really didn't need? | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast

Watch Out! Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls Ahead!

Avoiding homeschool curriculum pitfalls is easy if you look for certain indicators. Have you ever purchased curriculum you never used or really didn’t need? As a brand new homeschooler, I felt that I had to surround myself with books, games, and manipulatives. In this way, I felt I was ensuring that my children received a quality education. In my zeal to do my best I found I was overbuying and overwhelming myself and my children. There was not enough time in the day to do each and every book.

Time! It became our enemy and I soon realized if I didn’t change my homeschool approach I would not homeschool for the duration of the children’s school-aged years. Fast forward and the following tips are the culmination of my 32 years of homeschooling.

Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls:

  1. Buying a homeschool curriculum you will never use.
  2. Buying curriculum because it “looks” good without knowing if it will work for your family.
  3. Buying before you have an idea of what subjects you will teach.
  4. Buying before you look at what topics/ subjects you “should” (loosely used here) teach each year.
  5. Buying every grade of a curriculum because it is on sale.

Friends, it takes some research to buy a curriculum. One year I really liked a vendor presentation and bought one of each and every grade level of the curriculum because it was at a “conference only” special price. After one year we realized this was not for us. I ended up giving it to a friend.

Look at your children, I mean really look at them. Do you know if you teach something of interest they will be excited to learn? Yes, I understand we have to get through some of the must-dos like math, reading, and writing. But what if your child really wants to study oceans? You can teach so many subjects through science.

Homeschool Curriculum Planning Pitfalls Include:

  1. Disorganization
  2. Planning more than you can accomplish
  3. Thinking you have to do every problem on every page
  4. Lack of expectation (or over expectation)
  5. Not taking time to reevaluate if something isn’t working

Your Children Are Special! 

  1. Really look at your child. Look at their likes, dislikes and how they learn.
  2. Talk to your child. Is there something special they are interested in learning?
  3. How can you teach all of your children especially if they are different ages/ grades?
  4. Can you teach some of the children together in history or science for example?
  5. How will you encourage your child’s God-given gifts?

Another homeschool curriculum pitfall is wasting money and time. Both are a commodity that homeschool parents can not afford. If you have any questions ask! Be sure to join a curriculum publisher’s email group, Facebook page and ask other users and buyers what they think about a particular book or curriculum. Be sure to ask for sample pages and return policy. In other words, if the curriculum does not work for you do not be fearful or returning it!

Most of all be encouraged! On our worst year of homeschooling, we still did grow as a family and the kids learned despite the mistakes I felt I made that year. We reverted to reading biographies, doing hands-on projects and getting through the year with many student lead projects while I looked into what I wanted to teach the next year and the books I thought would be a great fit! We’ve got your back and hope you are encouraged on this blog and the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network! Go forth and teach!

Dos and Don’ts of Buying Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls | Avoiding homeschool curriculum pitfalls is easy if you look for certain indicators. Have you ever purchased curriculum you never used or really didn't need? | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastDos and Don’ts of Buying Homeschool Curriculum Episode 334

In this episode, Meredith and Felice share their secrets to buying homeschool curriculum. Both homeschooled their five children (each) from K-12 and have now graduated their children. You will be blessed by this helpful episode.

Homeschool Curriculum isn’t perfect but you can have a successful homeschool journey with some of these insider secrets from Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz. Both Meredith and Felice had five children that they homeschooled K-12. (We have some experience!)

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Do pray before you buy homeschool curriculum! Don’t buy homeschool curriculum without praying
Do evaluate your year, what went well, what didn’t – if something works, why? Don’t buy just because someone says it is great. It may not be great for your family.
Do use samples from the curriculum providers. Brand new homeschooler? Start simple, used ready-made homeschool curriculum, add fun activities or extracurricular.
Do make sure your homeschool curriculum is Christ focused and has a Christian worldview. Character & Bible is important. Is your homeschool curriculum focused on your world view?
Do enjoy yourself when you study and use a curriculum that fits your worldview. Review before buying homeschool curriculum. Time to think — do your kids have time to explore their likes? Do they have a new hobby they enjoy? Allow your children time to develop new interests.

Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips

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

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. (So be sure to sign up for the ezine!)

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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 – 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 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 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!


Following God in All Things

Following God in All with special guest, Felice Gerwitz ~ Episode 53

Welcome to our special Throw Back Thursday edition of Mommy Jammies Night! Once per month we’ll give kudos to a previously unpublished or replay podcast or audio.

This week’s Throw Back Thursday is from creator of Mommy Jammies Night, Felice Gerwitz, Following God in All Things

Have you ever had a plan that didn’t go exactly how you thought it would? Did you want to throw in the towel?

Felice reminds us not to grow discouraged, but to place our faith in the ONE who is in control of all things. His plan is much better!

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President Theodore Roosevelt

Theordore Roosevelt | A special interview with Charleen Notgorass as she shares about Theodore Roosevelt. In this episode, we will learn some fascinating facts about Theodore Roosevelt, who was homeschooled and his family. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #notgrass historyTheodore Roosevelt Episode 322

A special interview with Charlene Notgorass as she shares about Theodore Roosevelt. In this episode, we will learn some fascinating facts about Theodore Roosevelt, who was homeschooled and his family.

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Mamas and daddies have a saying down South. They tell their children: “Don’t forget your raising!” President Theodore Roosevelt never forgot his. Both of Roosevelt’s parents died before he was 26 years old, but their “raising” was his bedrock, his sure footing, the heritage he kept close all his life.

A loving family

Theodore Roosevelt’s mother Mittie was a Southern belle from Georgia. His father Theodore Roosevelt Sr., called Thee, was a New Yorker. They were affectionate parents to their four children: Anna who was called Bamie, Theodore Jr. called Teedie, Elliott called Ellie, and Corinne called Conie. In the president’s autobiography, he wrote about the virtues necessary for a nation. He said: “. . . these virtues are as dust on a windy street unless back of them lie the strong and tender virtues of family life based on the love of the one man for the one woman and on their joyous and fearless acceptance of their common obligation to the children that are theirs.” That was exactly the kind of family the president grew up in.

In the nursery
Thee and Mittie Roosevelt believed that going to public school would coarsen their children. Therefore they decided to train them at home.
The year before future President Theodore Roosevelt was born, Mittie’s mother and sister Anna moved to New York to live with them. Anna begged to become the children’s tutor as a way to return Thee’s hospitality to her. Thee agreed, so for the first six years of children, they had two early teachers, their mother and their aunt. These sisters were great storytellers. President Roosevelt said that they used to entertain the children by the hour with tales of life on the Georgia plantation.

From a very young age, Teedie enjoyed telling stories, too. Corinne said that she and Elliott used to sit on two little chairs in the nursery and drink in Teedie’s endless variety of tales. President Roosevelt learned to communicate at the knee of his mother and aunt in the nursery. He wrote one his first stories in that same nursery when he was just seven years old. Teedie grew up to write more than thirty books, many articles and columns, and 150,000 letters.

Sweet and gracious mother

The Roosevelt children called their parents Father and Little Motherling. President Roosevelt said that his mother was “a sweet, gracious, beautiful Southern woman, a delightful companion and beloved by everybody.” Corinne said that her mother had a gift for hospitality. She said that as children they were allowed to mingle with their elders and that the children formed lifelong friendships with the chosen companions of their parents. When the children were in their early teens, their parents organized Friday evening dances for them and danced along with the young people.

Wise and loving father

Theodore Roosevelt Sr. was deeply involved in his children’s lives. He was a fun father. He also oversaw their education. Soon after his father’s death, Teedie wrote in his journal that his father was the “most wise and loving father that ever lived.” Theodore Roosevelt Sr. helped to found aid societies, a hospital, and museums. He spent one day each week visiting the poor in their homes. On Sunday nights he volunteered at a lodging house for homeless boys. When his children were still very young, he took them along to help.

Helping children with special needs

Bamie Roosevelt suffered from serious curvature of the spine, Elliott from severe migraines, and Teedie and Corinne both had asthma. Father and Little Motherling found ways to help them no matter what it took, whether searching for the best doctor for Bamie or taking the severely asthmatic Teedie for drives in the fresh air in the middle of the night. President Roosevelt wrote: “One of my memories is of my father walking up and down the room with me in his arms at night when I was a very small person, and of sitting up in bed gasping, with my father and mother trying to help me.” Thee challenged Teedie to build up his body through exercise and he provided exercise equipment for him at home. Roosevelt became a vigorous and healthy adult, who relished what he called “the strenuous life.”

Encouraging children’s interests

Teedie developed a passion for science. He loved to read about birds and reptiles and to make drawings of them. He found even greater pleasure in collecting specimens of animals for what he called the Roosevelt Museum of Natural History, which he and two of his cousins kept in his family’s home. President Roosevelt later recalled: “My father and mother encouraged me warmly in this, as they always did in anything that could give me wholesome pleasure or help to develop me.”

Overcoming conflict

Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt had a strong and healthy marriage, but they did not always agree. During the Civil War, Mittie’s brothers fought for the south while Thee worked for the Union cause, spending much time in Washington, D. C. While Mr. Roosevelt was in Washington, Mittie and her mother and sister sent care packages to relatives behind the Confederate lines. However, the Roosevelts wrote kind and loving letters to one another. Corinne wrote that during the whole war there was never a moment of estrangement between her parents or between her father and his mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

Lifestyle learners

The Roosevelt family were certainly lifestyle learners.  The children learned in the great outdoors and they read widely. The Roosevelts gave their children opportunities to be in Creation even in the midst of New York City. They tore out an exterior wall of a third floor bedroom, turned it into a porch, and made it safe with a nine-foot railing. The children played there every day. The family spent every summer in the country, roaming and exploring, riding horses, and climbing trees — a skill their father had taught them himself.
The Roosevelts took their children on two grand tours, one to Europe and one to Egypt, the Holy Land, Syria, Greece, and Constantinople. Thee and Mittie saw the trip as educational for their children, but they remembered that their young students were also children. Corinne wrote: “Our comprehending mother and father, always allowed us joyous moments between educational efforts.” That was excellent advice.

Looking back with gratitude

When the Roosevelts returned home from their second tour, it was time for Teedie to begin studying with tutors to prepare for entrance into Harvard. Bamie, Elliott and Corinne spent time in boarding schools when they were older, but because of Teedie’s asthma, he continued to be educated at home. Until the future president entered Harvard shortly before his 18th birthday, he had spent almost all of his time with his family. His playmates and friends were his siblings, his cousins, and the children of his parents’ friends. As it turned out, this was wonderful socialization for a future president.

When Teedie turned 18 during his first semester at Harvard, he wrote the following in a letter to his mother: It seems perfectly wonderful in looking back over my eighteen years of existence, to see how I have literally never spent an unhappy day, unless by my own fault! When I think of this, and also of my intimacy with you all (for I hardly know a boy who is on as intimate and affectionate terms with his family as I am), I feel that I have an immense amount to be thankful for. After graduating from Harvard, the future president looked back on his preparation for the years ahead. He wrote: “I left college and entered the big world owing more than I can express to the training I had received, especially in my own home.”

Introducing Soft Skills 101

Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age

Welcome to Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and True North Homeschool Academy! My name is Lisa Nehring and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our 5 kids for the past 27 years, and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.  Listen in as we share a little about ourselves in this introductory audio!

Each month we will focus on a particular soft skill, including the “4 C’s of Education*” such as

  • Team work/ Collaboration*
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking*
  • Creativity*
  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time & Distraction Management Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Communication*

It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what exactly are hard and soft skills?

  • Hard skills are easily measurable and quantifiable skills, such as welding or heart surgery.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously and productively with other people.

Over the course of each month we will:

  • Define specific aspects of the soft skill we are focusing on
  • Dive deep into how to implement these skills in your own life
  • Offer practical tips, helps, curriculum and books.
  • Interview guest experts and learn from those who are implementing these skills in their own lives.
  • Provide you with show notes that equip you with awesome resources

Join our on-going discussions at our FB groups: Help Homeschooling High School Tribe and Survive & Thrive Special Needs Homeschooling. Follow us at True North Homeschool where you will find new blog posts 2-3 times a week as well as on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. Follow and download this podcast on iTunes and share it with your friends!

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Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry | If you have more one child you have experienced sibling rivalry. One or more of the children feels slighted in some way. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastSibling Rivalry – 10 Solutions That Work!

If you have more one child you have experienced sibling rivalry. One or more of the children feels slighted in some way. Either they don’t think things are “fair” or they feel that the other child is getting more attention. Either way, there is an issue that parents need to address for their own sanity!

I do know that there are some ways I’ve been able to deal with children who continuously fight for attention. I felt that from one year to the next or even one day to the next the things could change. One minute my kids were getting along and the next everything fell apart.

There is some good news in all this fighting. It helps them in negotiating, problem-solving and ways to resolve issues. But, when it comes to blows that is when the negotiating comes to a screeching halt and the survival of the fittest takes place!

One is that I had to do something. Kids will be kids if you let them be: 

  1. What is the recourse?
  2. Communication between kids – work it out
  3. Effective listening – respect feelings
  4. Rules & Don’t play favoritism
  5. Both are accountable – takes two
  6. Is life really fair?
  7. Take item away, restrict items, electronics
  8. No verbal abuse
  9. Time Together – build relationships
  10. Forgiveness but pray for each other.

I didn’t let the children get away with bad behavior. I’d warn them, “Is what you are doing, your fighting worth it? You will both be getting in trouble if you misbehave. I just want to warn you now.”

Effective listening is one way for chronic issues. If someone took the child’s toy without asking, the response is, “I’m sorry your feelings were hurt.” The idea is to value the child’s feelings but also if the toy was lost or broken there needs to be restitution.

I know there is much out there about kids and hurting their feelings and perhaps causing damage for the future. If your child knows you love them then I believe you have a good foundation and basis to parent.

Why are parents afraid to parent? That is a question I ask and when I see the results, kids who are disrespectful, kids who gravitate to their friends instead of their family and kids who feel slighted it is the result of me focused parenting.

Listen, it isn’t easy to be a mom or a dad. Our kids are individuals created in the image and likeness of God. Our kids need both a mom and a dad. I recently heard an interview by the author of the book, “The Boy Crisis,” Warren Farrell and he sais that our boys are struggling and there is an answer. The answer? Two-parent families. He said girls struggle as well but most single-family homes are run by a mother so the girls still have a role model. He also claims that most schools are run by women and in single-family homes that translates into our boys’ failure of a good male role model – which is where the church would hopefully come in.

As homeschool parents, we can make the difference. We are there with our children and we can mentor our boys and girls. When dad gets home give him time mom to be with your boys.  We never ate “on time,” since my husband wanted to come in and say hi to everyone and then go outdoors with the kids to play before dinner. Whether it was fishing in our pond, throwing around a baseball or playing basketball. Yes, he was exhausted after work – and his job was more physical then most on a construction job site, yet he knew this was important to our children.

Kids will fight less if you give them less opportunity to become reactive. Homes where there is less structure, routine or consequences there will be fighting! Structure is important. Why is that moms say that when they are doing school and keeping their routines the kids fight less?

Look at the situations that trigger the rivalry. I look at my grandkids now and I can the little peskier brother feels that if he doesn’t stand up for himself and be trouble he will be left out of games and events.

Kids also can sense tension. If there is problems within the home with your spouse or others in the family kids know and sometimes that will be a trigger that causes them to fight.


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National Homeschool Day

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The National Homeschool Day is an annual event that helps bring parents together.

The main information deals with reaching the hearts and homes of homeschool parents.

National homeschool day focuses on welcoming homeschool leaders and learners

Online streaming event with talks that are prerecorded so you can listen on your time. You can visit NationalHomeschoolDay and register to participate. You can listen to these on your time.

This year it will land on Feb. 23, and next year the dates may change.

Homeschool Dad Media is dedicated to helping homeschool dads connect, share, and encourage one another through new media initiatives across America and around the globe. Welcome to a homeschool resource for dads, by dads!
Homeschool Dad Media:
National Homeschool Day is an annual celebration of faith and family. Biblical Worldview Learning Centers across our footprint welcome homeschool leaders and homeschool learners on this special day tailored for parents and youth to help them better understand how they can incorporate their local, faith-affirming resources into their home education.
National Homeschool Day: 
The Culture & His Kingdom Topics (for The International Association for Creation)

1. Equipping our persecuted family in the 10/40 window! Hear from Steven on how God is advancing the Gospel daily in hostile nations around the world.
2. Where can I go in my local community to learn creation? Steven will help you easily find local creation tours in your neighborhood and resources that you can use on a daily basis.
3. Using museums in your homeschooling. Science can be easy to teach and fit into any schedule, learn how as Steven shares his homeschool experience.
4. Celebrate faith and family during National Homeschool Day! We hope you can join us for this special day. (

BONUS: We can talk about the necessity of encouraging and equipping homeschool dads with HDM.

Intro Video about The International Association for Creation for International Conference on Creationism 2018:

BIOSteven‘s professional life takes him on journeys throughout the world as Founder/COO of The International Association for Creation. The International Association for Creation is a global umbrella organization serving biblical worldview museums and ministries. Steven and his team provide strategic guidance, logistics management, and tactical support to thousands of leaders around the world. Steven founded the ministry in 2012, simply by praying with a friend at his local church for a creation science museum on the other side of the continent, since then God has continued to bless their team’s work in all corners of the world.  Additionally, Steven is the Founder/Managing Director of Homeschool Dad Media which helps homeschool dads connect, share, and encourage one another.

Steven lives in Orlando, Florida and has spent over two decades helping transform his community while impacting the world for the cause of Christ, including a high-profile career at the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC.

“At age four, I learned that God created the universe and all it contains in six days, plus that I needed Jesus to rescue me from my sins. Then at age fifteen, I learned that I needed a relationship with Jesus. That is when He turned my head-knowledge into heart-knowledge… Jesus is so very generous, He can give you a new heart, too! Today, Jesus continues to conform me more into His likeness each and every day. I look forward to sharing in this adventure with you!” –Steven

Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bright Ideas Press

Homeschool moms are busy! Bright Ideas Press gets that. And that’s why, for over 25 years, we have promised to publish Christian-oriented homeschool curriculum that will fit your family—curriculum that is both affordable and easy-to-use with children of different ages and learning styles at the same time. Curriculum that busy Moms love!

Offering history, science, geography, and humanities curriculum and over 100 options of online classes and clubs for homeschool families, the team at Bright Ideas Press creates products and resources that will not only help simplify your life, but also inspire, encourage, and equip you to educate your children.

Find out more here!