How Homeschooling Can Be A Fulfilling Career

Hey homeschoolers!

At the time of this recording, many new homeschoolers are starting this amazing journey. Some of you homeschooling moms are giving up a career, a business, or are putting your education aside to teach your children at home. In this episode, I want to talk with you about how homeschooling can be a fulfilling career. I have the experience to say that it can be.

But first I would like to recommend my book A Year of Living Productively. Whatever your educational or occupational background, A Year of Living Productively can help you get more of your important work done. I share my experience using more than 80 different approaches to productivity, so you will have a shortcut in determining your own best productivity formula.

Podcast Sponsor

I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com.

Homeschool Fulfillment Resources

Read the blog post

Why I Wasted My Education to Homeschool

My books and curriculum

Interview with Gena Mayo of Music in Our Homeschool

Music in Our Homeschool courses

Interview with Beth Napoli

Tech in Your Homeschool Facebook group

Online Unit Studies

Thanks again to the Overcomer Movie for sponsoring  this episode. Join me next time as we discuss how to know if you’re doing enough as a homeschool mom.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 

How To Avoid Drill & Kill In Teaching Language Arts

Hey homeschoolers!

If your students doesn’t enjoy some aspects of language arts, whether that is reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, or writing, there is a good chance you have succumbed to the age old approach of drill. Drilling means that we repeat the same exercises over and over in an effort to help our students master a subject. Unfortunately drilling is responsible for killing many students’ enthusiasm for language arts. I will explain how we can help our kids learn language arts without dangerous drilling in the podcast.

But first I would love to invite you to join my Grammar Galaxy email list. Every month I will send your student a calendar of fun and quick language arts exercises to complete. Your student will do short reading, short vocabulary exercises, will play fun grammar games, and will use some fun writing prompts. Much of the calendar is seasonal and is it is a great thing to add to your morning basket time.

I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com.

Teaching Language Arts Resources

Read the blog post
Mastery Teaching
Captain Underpants
Calvin & Hobbes
Help your child choose books
Grammar Galaxy Nebula
Cartoon vocabulary books
Vocabulary games
Spelling games
Grammar Galaxy Flashcards and Fun packs
Easy ways to improve your child’s vocabulary
All About Spelling
Free grammar games
Language arts board games
Handwriting speed form
Funny seasonal writing prompts
Subscribe for monthly language arts calendars
Free samples of Grammar Galaxy

Thanks again to the Overcomer movie for sponsoring this podcast. Join me next week when we will discuss how homeschooling can be a fulfilling career.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With Your Finances

Hey homeschoolers!

This month we will be focusing the trust project on our finances. This is a difficult area for many of us to trust God with, but it can bring a great deal of peace when we put our faith in Him for our provision. If your husband struggles to trust God with your finances, this would be an excellent challenge to invite him to join you in.

We will dive in in a moment, but first I would like to invite you to join me in the Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Each day we have a 5-minute mission that will help you to get organized and to have the accountability you crave. Whether you have the Organized Homeschool Life book or not, you will enjoy that extra support.

Homeschool Sanity Show Sponsor

I want to think my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com.

Trusting God with Our Finances Resources

Read the blog post

Trust Project – get the printables here

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Matthew 14

Crown Financial

George Muller biography

Join me next week when we discuss how to avoid drill and kill in teaching language arts.

Have a happy homeschool week!


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


How To Close The Complaint Desk In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

Are you dealing with complaining when it’s time to start school, or time to do chores, or time to do anything your kids don’t like to do? If so, you will want to listen to this episode of the homeschool sanity show. I have six ideas for you that will result in a complaint-free homeschool.

Subscribe to the podcast

Before we dive in, I would love to have you subscribe to the podcast. You’ll get links to new episodes, but I also provide a weekly sanity saver newsletter and a monthly fun homeschool sharing calendar. Simply go to Psychowith6.com/subscribe. I would love to connect with you..


Podcast sponsor

I want to think my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie.

Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


Complaint Resources

Read the blog post

Contentment Bible Study from NotConsumed

Memlok Scripture memory

How to overcome parental anger

How to deal with dawdlers

Complaint or compliment box

Complaint-free week challenge

Thanks again to the Overcomer Movie for sponsoring the podcast.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Motivational Mistakes That Many Parents Make

Hey homeschoolers!

Are you having trouble motivating your kids? If so, you may be making one of six key motivational mistakes that many parents make. That’s what we’ll be discussing in this episode of the homeschool Sanity Show.

Grammar Galaxy: The Homeschool Sanity Show

Grammar Galaxy: The Curriculum Designed to Motivate

But first, I want to recommend to you the the elementary language arts curriculum designed to motivate students. I used my training as a psychologist and my experience teaching language arts to my own and my friends’ kids to create the curriculum I always wanted. To see if Grammar Galaxy is going to motivate your kids like it has thousands of other students, go to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com. I’m thrilled that Grammar Galaxy was recently given a Reader Favorite Award by readers of Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

 

Podcast Sponsor: Bridgeway Academy

I would like to think my sponsor for this podcast Bridgeway Academy.

Bridgeway was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education and the
protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K-12
students and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools have made Bridgeway their trusted education
partner. We are passionate about providing individualized educational solutions.

With an accredited homeschool program, we ensure that our students’ hard work is recognized, that
they have access to coveted scholarships and that their future is wide open. Bridgeway is committed to
the highest level of service, support, and academics, which is why we have worked hard to obtain
accreditation through AdvancEd, NCA CASI, and The National Association of Private Schools.
Bridgeway’s programs are designed to empower students to learn how and when is best for them. We
weave flexibility into every area of our programs, including scheduling, teaching, learning, and course
selection. So, whether families are seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special
needs who needs more, or are nurturing an elite athlete with a highly-demanding schedule, Bridgeway
has designed flexible, customized homeschool programs that put families’ needs first.

We offer a-la-carte course and kits including all-inclusive curriculum kits, Live Online Classes and self-
paced courses.

We also offer a wide variety of our “Total Care” packages through our academy. Each Total Care
Package is tailored to how a child learns best and includes everything the family needs for their best
year. All curriculum, all grades and records, with the support of an academic advisor each step of the
way.

Motivational Parenting Mistakes Resources

Blog post

Random iPhone app

Allowance apps

Have a happy home school week!

How to Manage Troublemakers In Your Homeschool


Hey, homeschoolers!

Do you have a child who seems like a troublemaker in your home and homeschool? If you do, you’ll want to listen to this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. I hear from many parents who have a child who antagonizes siblings, rebels against them, or otherwise makes life difficult. I have six strategies for turning your troublemaker into a terrific child.

But first, I encourage you to join me in the Homeschool Sanity Circle. Whenever you have a difficult parenting situation or questions about homeschooling, I feel confident that a loving homeschool mom with will offer trusted advice and encouragement there in the group.

Sponsor

I would like to think our sponsor for this episode: the movie Overcomer.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? 

Watch the movie trailer here.

Troublemaking Child Resources

Read the blog post

Parenting Mistakes Many Parents Make

Motivational Mistakes Many Parents Make

Biography of George Mueller

Augustine the Farmer’s Boy of Tagaste

 

Thanks again to the Overcomer movie for sponsoring this episode.  Join me next week as we talk about how to close the complaint desk in your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Deal With A Homeschool Dawdler

Hey homeschoolers!

I frequently hear from homeschooling parents about  a dawdling student who takes all of their time because he or she won’t finish schoolwork. I’m going to give you my response to this problem in just a minute.

Grammar Galaxy is Perfect for Dawdlers

But first I would love to have you try Grammar Galaxy. The lessons are short and so much fun that you are unlikely to have a dawdler. In the  early levels, you may have to sit and do the work with your child for 10 to 15 minutes, three days a week, but that is certainly not too much to ask to teach language arts in a motivating way.

Podcast Sponsor

I would like to think my sponsor for this episode: Bridgeway Academy. I would like to think my sponsor for this podcast Bridgeway Academy. Bridgeway Academy, established in 1989, is a leader in homeschool education. With products ranging from individual classes, to full year curriculum, to a private accredited academy, Bridgeway has everything you need for homeschool success. Bridgeway revolutionized the homeschool experience by introducing personalized, customized programs and packages that fit your student’s learning and personality styles. For 30 years, they’ve been supporting families
and organizations through homeschooling, helping craft the experience that fits your unique needs and goals. They’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. As a Bridgeway family, you get the advantages of that knowledge without the bumps and bruises they gained along the way. Bridgeway Academy, your trusted partner for Kindergarten through 12th grade homeschool education. Visit them at HomeschoolAcademy.com.

Resources for Homeschool Dawdlers

Read the blog post

Motivational Mistakes Many Parents Make

Quarterly Motivational Planner

Homeschool Sanity Circle

Have a happy homeschool week!

Trusting God With Your Marriage And Single Parenting

Hey, homeschoolers!

This week we are back to the Trust Project. I hope you are benefitting from this project as much as I am. This month our focus is on trusting God with our marriage or with single parenting.

The Organized Homeschool Life Planner

Before we dive in, if you’re a homeschool parent, I invite you to pick up your copy of The Organized Homeschool Life Planner. The print copy begins this month and goes through December. The digital version is good for all year. Every day you’ll have the opportunity to record what God has to say to you, what your response is, and what your relationship focus is. This is perfect for making sure you’re keeping your relationship with individual children and your husband strong. And especially for you single parents, it has a space for planning a reward for yourself every day.

Sponsor

I want to thank 7 Sisters Homeschool for sponsoring the podcast. I just recommended 7 Sisters literature studies to a friend with a high school student. I’ve used their studies and love them. Listen to Sabrina explain what 7 Sisters is all about.

Trusting God with Marriage / Single Parenting Resources

Blog Post

My Weakness for His Strength, Volume 2 by Michael Wells 

Trust Project printables

Trusting God with Kids

Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Trust God With Your Kids

If you have been engaged in the Trust Project with me, you’ll love this month’s focus: kids. I made a mistake and said that marriage was our focus for June and it’s not. That will be our focus for July. I am so thankful for the grace you give me for all of my foibles.

Trust God with Your Kids Resources

Read the blog post

Great Homeschool Conventions

Trust Project Printables

Share in the comments what you’ll do differently as you trust God with your kids.

CSI Science for Middle and High Schoolers

Hey, homeschoolers!

I met Scott Moening at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinatti and am I ever glad! I learned about his company’s forensic science curriculum that I will be using with my 8th grader and two high schoolers next year. My kids are excited about learning what I’m calling CSI science. If you have middle or high schoolers, you can use code HOMESCHOOLSANITY (no spaces) for 10% off and free shipping at CrosscuttingConcepts.com. Stay tuned for my interview with Scott in just a moment.

But first, I’d like to thank my sponsor, Book Shark.

Podcast Sponsor

BookShark homeschool curriculum is literature-based, 4-day, and faith-neutral.

Amber Reed Davis, a busy homeschool mom, says, 

“We can’t say enough good stuff about BookShark. We’re doing Levels 3 and 5 this year. My kids are hooked. Through the amazing books, we’ve traveled to fascinating places and learned so much! And we’re only on week 13!  Who knew a middle schooler would ask if we could still do school on our 5th day because he wanted to find out what happens next in the books we’re reading? Also, I’ve been amazed at how much I’ve learned through reading along with them. Oh, and the 4-day schedule is perfect. We use our 5th day to catch up or just for fun field trips, experiments, and messy art projects.”

Amber is right! BookShark’s fully planned, 4-day homeschool curriculum flexes to match your busy lifestyle. The detailed Instructor’s Guides lay everything out so clearly that you are prepared to teach in mere minutes each day—open your guide, gather your resources (which are all included in your package), and go! Curriculum for ages 4-16 is available in All-Subject Packages or by individual academic areas: Reading with History, Language Arts, Science, and Math. WithBookShark’s literature-rich programs, your children will read (or have read to them) 35-50 engaging books each year! Visit BookShark to browse curriculum, download samples, or request a catalog.

CSI Science Resources

My review of Crosscutting Concepts

Small Class Kit

Small Class Kit PLUS

FACES software

Crosscutting Concepts on Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Conclusion

Come visit Scott and me at the Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, California on June 13th.

Join me next week for the Trust Project when we will talk about trusting God with our marriage or with single parenting.

Have a happy homeschool week!