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!

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!

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!

How To Make Grammar Fun Regardless Of Your Curriculum

Hey, homeschoolers!

Does grammar get groans at your house?  That’s how grammar lessons taught in the traditional way are usually greeted. And we can’t blame our kids for dreading grammar. It can be dry and tedious.

Skipping it isn’t a good option, however. Grammar is important because it comprises a significant part of college entrance exams. It also determines how our kids will be viewed by peers and potential employers.

Fortunately, there’s another way. Grammar can be fun! When it is, it helps make grammar lessons stick. I have six easy steps for making grammar engaging in a minute.

But first, I’d like to thank my sponsor for this episode, BookShark.

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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.

Resources for Making Grammar Fun

Grammar Galaxy

Free sample of Grammar Galaxy

Grammar Galaxy Scope and Sequence

Read the blog post

Students perceive they are learning more from instructors who are humorous.

Grammar Fails ViralNova

 

 

 

 

 

They can involve movement and should, especially if you’re teaching younger boys.

Homeschooling Boys: The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

free grammar games I mentioned

Even though grammar is important, it isn’t as important as reading for pleasure.

We can build the fun of anticipation into our grammar teaching by having students edit a continuing story line by line or by teaching grammar within the context of a continuing story.

Do you have more ideas for making grammar fun? Comment with them below.

Easy Ways To Teach Vocabulary

Hey homeschoolers!

Does your child have a good vocabulary? If you aren’t confident of that, you’ll want to listen to this episode where I will explain why our children’s vocabularies are vitally important. I’ll also give you some simple strategies for improving their vocabulary. That’s next. But first I’d like to thank my sponsor, BookShark.

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.

Resources for Teaching Vocabulary

Read the blog post

The Ultimate Guide to Free Vocabulary Games

The Ultimate Guide to Language Arts Board Games

Vocabulary.com

Alexa Word-of-the-Day Flash Briefing

Great Homeschool Conventions 

Grammar Galaxy samples

English from the Roots Up and SAT cartoons

Do you have another unassailable (that means foolproof) way of beefing up your child’s vocabulary? Comment on the show notes and let me know.

I will be back next week with how to make grammar fun. Have a happy homeschool week!

A Sane Approach To Homeschool Screen Time

Hey, homeschoolers!

Do you have concerns about your kids’ screen time? If so, you’re like me and many homeschooling parents who have been forced to deal with a new digital reality. We’ll dive into the topic of developing a sane approach to homeschool screen time in just a moment.

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Sponsor

But first, I’d like to thank our sponsor for this episode: Time4Learning. Time 4 Learning curriculum gives students the independence they crave, as they progress at their own pace. The multimedia lessons feel more like games, making it perfect for teaching new concepts. Students are safe in a secure, ad free, online learning environment. Learn how you can use your child’s love for screens in their education at Time4Learning, that’s the number 4, .com.

A Sane Approach to Homeschool Screen Time

My guest today has joined us on the podcast before. She is Beth Napoli, homeschooling mom and creator of TechieHomeschoolMom.com and Online Unit Studies. I love Beth’s perspective on homeschool screen time and I think you will too.

We chatted about:

  • The advantages of screen time
  • Parental concerns about screen time
  • Beth’s own challenges with screen time
  • Beth’s advice for parents who feel their kids are abusing screen time
  • Beth’s recommendation for parents of young kids with respect to screen time

Homeschool Screen Time Resources

Digital Projects

Techin’ Your Homeschool Facebook Group

Techie Homeschool Mom

Join Me Next Week

Listen next time for my interview with Jamie Erickson, author of the new book Homeschool Bravely. Thanks again to our sponsor, Time4Learning.

Have a happy homeschool week!

What approach to homeschool screen time do you use? Comment and let me know.

What Mastery Curriculum Is And Why You Should Include It In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! This week I want to talk about mastery curriculum–what it is and why I think you should include it in your homeschool. But first, I’d like to thank my sponsor for this episode: BookShark.

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.

Resources for Mastery Curriculum in Your Homeschool

Use code SANITY5
In my experience, kids not only learn more with mastery curriculum, but also enjoy it more. When kids love what they’re learning, dopamine will aid retention of the material. I hope you will seriously consider including mastery curriculum in your homeschool this year. Thanks again to BookShark for sponsoring The Homeschool Sanity Show. Do you already use mastery curriculum in your homeschool? Comment below to share. Next time we’ll discuss easy ways to expand your child’s vocabulary. Have a happy homeschool week!  

The Trust Project: Health And Safety

Hey, homeschoolers!

I am replacing today’s originally scheduled topic with one I think is of the utmost importance. Today I want to share with you about what I believe is the biggest and best project of my life and how you can join me.

I recently finished the audiobook The Miracle Equation by Hal Elrod. In the book, Hal encourages us to choose a big goal that is in line with our values. He also encourages us to choose a goal that will make us better people — the kind of people who are able to accomplish our other goals. I was walking my neighborhood as I listened to his book. I considered a number of goals, including writing more books and getting into better shape. But the truth is, I’ve already accomplished similar goals. And those goals don’t necessarily line up with my highest value, which is my faith in God.

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Resources for The Trust Project: Health & Safety

The podcast in blog post form

A Year of Living Productively

The Organized Homeschool Life.

I’ve shared what a rough year this has been for me already

Truth Journaling

So will you join me? If so, you can download your free Trust Project Printables at Homeschool Sanity.

All the areas of focus, Scriptures, Bible readings and journaling responses are included.  When you opt to receive them, you’ll be added to a special Trust Project list, where you will receive only Trust Project updates. So if you have a Christian friend or family member who wants to join us, who is not a homeschooling parent, they can without getting unrelated email.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Jehovah Rapha by Mary J. Nelson

He Is With You by Mandisa

Miracles from Heaven.

I would love to have your recommendations as well. Comment below so others can see them.

Throughout this month, keep meditating on Proverbs 3:7-8. Read other Bible accounts of God’s healing and protection. Keep truth journaling, remembering God’s faithfulness, believing and obeying the wisdom He’s already given you, and praying and thanking Him.

Thank you for joining me in trusting God with health and safety. God bless your week!

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