Habits of the Organized Homeschool Mom

Hey homeschoolers!

This week we are discussing habits of the organized homeschool mom. If organization doesn’t come naturally to you as it doesn’t for me, I think you’ll enjoy this episode. First, if you haven’t listened to the last two episodes I did on planning, you’ll want listen to them first.

Organizing didn’t come naturally to me. I’ve had to learn it the hard way. But today I feel like I’m organized enough to do everything God has called me to do as a homeschooling mom. If you’d like to take a shorter journey to organization than I took, this article is for you. These are the habits of an organized homeschool mom.

Resources for Habits of the Organized Homeschool Mom

Read the blog post

Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners

How to Keep Happy Planning Going

Diona Navarro website, Instagram, Etsy shop

using an app for prayer time

Where once it was challenging to find curriculum that worked well in a homeschool setting, now we’re tearing our hair out trying to decide what to buy and what to use once we buy it.

 

I attended a kindergarten graduation with my second son and was wowed by the kindergartners who performed musically for the ceremony. These children seemed so advanced. My son sat at the graduation, clearly not paying attention to the ceremony at all. It’s so ridiculous now, but I thought he and I were lacking something. That son ironically grew up to be an advanced student and a part of our church’s worship band. I didn’t begin pressing him to do more after that kindergarten graduation, but I could have. I could have let fear about not measuring up add to the burden of homeschooling instead of the joy of it.

I asked Diona to talk about The Organized Homeschool Life, which is a plan for helping us to be the organized homeschool moms God has called us to be. Listen to what she said on the podcast.

The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner will help you to create the habits of an organized homeschool mom. First, every day your planner will direct you to spend time with the Lord. Rather than having long lined pages to complete that aren’t realistic for busy moms like us, you’ll have a few lines on which to write your gratitude to God, the word you heard from God, and your response to Him in prayer. Even if all you do is just complete that part of your daily plan, you’ll feel connected to the Lord.

The next habit The Organized Homeschool Life helps you develop is routines. Each day you’ll create a basic schedule for your day. You’ll be guided in the process of creating a routine with a helpful printable. Once you’ve created a workable routine, creating a loose schedule of specific tasks for the day will be easy and gratifying.

The third habit The Organized Homeschool Life helps us develop is decluttering. You’ll be challenged to declutter after Christmas, to declutter bedrooms, clothing, used curriculum, and the places in your home that tend to collect clutter. In the Organized Homeschool Life Facebook group, you’ll receive prompts to remind you to keep up your decluttering habit.

The Organized Homeschool Life also helps you have realistic expectations. Each challenge is made up of four steps that take just 15 minutes each. You’ll be amazed by how much you can do in such a short period of time. The Organized Homeschool Life Planner includes space for your organizing task of the day, so you’re reminded to stay on track with these missions or other organizing tasks you need to do.

In studying my own productivity for a year, I found that on average I completed just six tasks a day, aside from my routine tasks. That’s why there is space for just six tasks on your daily planning page. It feels amazing to complete your task list for the day and not feel like a failure because you haven’t done all 30 of the items on your overly long list.

Finally, The Organized Homeschool Life is a plan. You can develop your own plan for organizing your homeschool life or you can save yourself time and use or tweak mine. The Organized Homeschool Life gives you a starting point. Each week, the four steps of the challenge for the week are outlined for you in a very short read in the book. The weekly planning page in the planner lists the steps for the week, allowing you to plan when to do them. The planner is organized into months and weeks but isn’t dated, so you can start organizing your homeschool life at any time.

I want homeschooling moms have the peace and joy that I have in planning an organized homeschool life. That is why from now through November 17th, 2018, you can gift yourself both the book and planner at launch pricing. Whether you prefer digital books and planners or you love having a printed book and beautifully spiral-bound planner to use, you’ll find both here.

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Not sure you can keep up the organizing habit? Be sure to check out How to Keep the Happy Planning Going. You can also give The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner a try with the Christmas Planning challenge. You’ll receive sample pages that will tell you if the The Organized Homeschool Life is for you before the sale is over. Click the image at Homeschool Sanity to sign up for it.

Which of these habits has been the biggest struggle for you? Comment and let me know.

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How to Keep Happy Planning

Hey homeschoolers!

Today we are talking about how to keep happy planning going. If you’re like me and you have begun using numerous planners only to leave them languishing on the shelf, you’re going to love this episode. If you haven’t listened to my last episode called Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners, you’ll want to listen to that first.  Once you listen, come back and check in with my guest Diona Navarro.

Want to read the blog post instead? Check it out here.

My favorite tip is to choose the planner based on the way you work. Which of these tips will help you keep up your planning habit? Comment and let me know.

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Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners

Hey homeschoolers!

I am so excited about this episode. Today were going to be talking about why happy homeschool moms are planners. If you’ve never been a planner or if you have been a planner and you’ve lost your planning mojo, you’re going to love this episode.

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Before I launch into the topic though, I would love to have you join us in the Organized Homeschool Life Facebook group. There you have the opportunity to be reminded to complete your monthly calendars and other planning tasks. Find a free Christmas bucket list planner in the group when you join.

Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners

I wasn’t always a planner. In fact I have lived through many embarrassing and discouraging moments because of my lack of planning. The peace and joy I have in planning today is something I want to share with you.

To do that, I have invited Diana Navarro, the blogger behind AllDayEverydayMom.com to chat planning for my next three episodes. Diana is a planner and a happy homeschool mom. You’re going to love her. She had me more excited about being a homeschool mom than I have been in a long time.

Want to read the blog post instead?

Find it here.

Are you a planner? Does it make you happy? Comment and let me know how.

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Homeschool Sanity Show Top 40

Hey homeschoolers!

It’s amazing but true. In podcasting for four of the last five years, I’ve recorded more than 150 shows. What’s funny is that I’ve done enough that I can’t remember them all. I was going to do an episode on guilt, but found I’d already done it. To solve that problem, I organized all of my episodes so I could search them easily. Doing that made me realize you might like this information. You might not have been listening from the beginning, or you might want to listen to a favorite episode again. So today I’m going to share the top 40 episodes with you and how you can easily find an episode on the topic you’re interested in.

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But first I want to thank my sponsor, 7 Sisters Homeschool. Check out the episode I did with 7 Sisters on homeschooling high school as well as my brand new review of their movies as literature curriculum called Cinema Studies. Spoiler alert: I LOVE IT.

Homeschool Sanity Show Top 40

Now for this week’s topic: the Homeschool Sanity Show top 40. I wish I was Casey Kasem right now. If you don’t know who he is because you’re too young, don’t tell me. That’s too depressing. He did a weekly top 40 radio show. I’m not going to give you the shows in order, thouh. Instead, I’m going to share them by category. The shows I have recorded here fall into three broad categories: organization and sanity; parenting and marriage; and curriculum and general homeschooling. The organization and sanity category makes up 50% of the shows I’ve done with the other two categories making up 25% each. Let’s start with the top 20 shows in organization and sanity category.

Top Organization and Sanity Shows

Several of my most popular episodes included guest interviews. The top two episodes are interviews I did with my famous friend, the FLYLady. Early on for the Homeschool Sanity Show, the FLYLady shared about the power of routines and in 2016 we chatted about homeschool FLYing. I need to have her back, don’t I? If you need to break free from the chaos of disorganization, I know you’ll love those episodes.

The episode I did with Julie Bogart on keeping your homeschool commitment was also very popular. I loved hearing her homeschool story that allowed her kids to move in and out of homeschooling as needed. She is an encourager you’ll love.

If you’ve ever been interested in starting a blog, you’ll want to listen to the episode I did early on with Jimmie Lanley. She makes the path for getting started simple but realistic.

Last year I did a series of podcasts where I interviewed new homeschoolers. The episodes where we chatted about routines, scheduling, and having goals and devotional time made the top of the list.

Scheduling has been a hot topic in general. Early in the show’s archives, I interviewed the owners of A Plan in Place. That was a popular show as was Secrets of Scheduling Success.

When it comes to organization, the more I’ve referenced stress, the more popular the episode. How to Get Organized When Life Is in Chaos, How to Have Your Sanest Homeschool Year, 6 Christmas Stress Mistakes to Avoid, Stress Management for Homeschool Moms, and Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling have all made the top 40.

Mood, motivation, and faith are important to my listeners when it comes to organization, too. Time Management Lies Homeschool Moms Believe, How to Help Your Homeschooler Get More Done, How to Be Consistent in Your Homeschool, How to Be a Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, and How to Be Happy and Homeschool Too have all been tops with listeners.

Click at the bottom of the table to enlarge the table below of all published podcasts to allow you to binge listen for massive motivation. Top 40 episodes  are starred.

You’ll also want to purchase your copy of The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner.

Top Curriculum and Homeschooling Episodes

The second category I’ll share top posts from is curriculum and general homeschooling. My most popular guest in this category is Cindy West who taught us about nature walks early on in the show, then about a sane approach to Charlotte Mason homeschooling. I did a recent show with her about how to homeschool smart kids.

Charlene Notgrass of Notgrass History addressed a common concern about having gaps in a homeschool education. You’ll want to listen to that popular episode, too.

Jonathan Harris gave us helpful information about teaching to our kids’ talent — a huge advantage for homeschoolers.

Mary Prather and Kelli Graf talked with me about Classical Conversations and whether it would be a good fit for your family. If you’ve considered it or don’t know anything about it, you’ll want to listen to that episode.

My last episode with the new homeschoolers became about interest-led learning and was a popular show as well.

The show I did on homeschooling boys was a very hot topic. Apparently many of you have boys! I recently did a show on helping tween girls manage their emotions that you may want to listen to if you have daughters.

The show I did on the best language arts curriculum was downloaded frequently. I plan on doing more best-of curriculum shows in the future.

But buying lots of curriculum can be a part of curriculum addiction and that was a hot show too.

Finally, the episode I did on the Turpin case or child abuse amongst homeschoolers was a popular episode. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on my perspective as a homeschooling psychologist on the issue.

You can pick up your copy of Grammar Galaxy (something that should be expempt from your curriculum addiction avoidance efforts).

Top Parenting and Marriage Episodes

The final category of episodes I’ll discuss is parenting and marriage. Parenting is the most popular subject for the talks I do for the Great Homeschool Conventions, right after organization.

The most popular guest-interview episode in this category is Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child with Rebecca Spooner. She gives a number of practical tips I know you’ll appreciate.

Next was Carol Barnier helping us to homeschool distractible kids. Carol is funny and wise. It’s a must-listen if you have a child with ADD.

Renee Gotcher, a formerly homeschooled student, talked with us about raising next generation homeschoolers. If you’d like your kids to homeschool their kids, I know you’ll love this episode.

The parenting-approach episode I did with the new homeschoolers is a top-40 episode as is the episode I did entitled The #1 Question Homeschoolers Ask Me. Yep, it has to do with parenting. I highly recommend the episode if you have parenting struggles.

How to manage anger, frustration, and conflict have been very hot topics on the podcast. You’ll want to listen to how to manage parental anger, how to manage low frustration tolerance, and conflict management skills to teach your kids.

The episode I did on homeschooling without help — either you’re single or your husband isn’t a big help — was more popular than episodes I’ve done on marriage in general. I was asked to do a show on the topic and it looks like it was needed by the response.

I’m committed to continuing to provide parenting helps and assistance with teaching kids social skills. I don’t yet have any print materials in this category yet, but God willing, I will in the future.

Conclusion

Those are the top 40 episodes. It was fun looking up the download numbers to see what you’re most interested in. But it was also an honor. I’m so grateful to God for this medium that allows me to speak directly from my bedroom closet to you, wherever you are. Thank you so much for listening, for reviewing the podcast, for commenting, and emailing. You remind me that I’m not talking to myself.

My deepest desire is to assist you in this high calling of homeschooling. I want you to have a happy, healthy family and a consistent walk with God, who is the source of homeschool sanity. If you have a suggestion for a show topic or guest, or if you have a question, drop me a line at psychowith6 [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again to 7 Sisters Homeschool for their sponsorship. Be sure to listen to their Homeschooling High School podcast right here on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Handle Your Tween Daughter’s Emotions

Hey, homeschoolers!

This week I am creating a podcast based on a very popular guest post I wrote for LikeMindedMusings.com. Specifically, how to help your tween daughter handle her emotions. I’m looking forward to sharing some tips with you if you have a tween daughter, who also seems to have emotions, if you know what I mean.

But first, I wanted to share two things with you. I am going to be speaking at five Great Homeschool Conventions this year. I am so excited to meet you. I’ll be in Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, California, and Florida. Make sure you get registered at GreatHomeschoolConventions.com so we can chat!

The second thing I wanted to share is that I have begun answering reader questions on my YouTube channel. If you have a  question you’d like me to answer, email me at Psychowith6@gmail.com or message me on social media. I won’t share your name or identifying details, but I can share the information with others who have the same question.

Sponsor

I want to thank the sponsor for this episode, Change in the Air. Change in the Air is a new film releasing Oct 19th that you won’t want to miss! A peaceful community is forever changed when a mysterious young woman moves in. As the quirky locals embrace her, their lives soon improve. But, they can’t help notice that their strange new neighbor has a secret…Change in the Air will release in select theaters, and digitally on Oct 19th. Go to ChangeInTheAirMovie.net to see if the film is playing near you, or purchase or rent it the day it comes out! Change in the Air – in theaters and digitally on Oct 19th.

Resources for Managing Tween Girls’ Emotions

How You Are Changing by Jane Graver

Download Your Free Lesson How to Handle Changing emotions Girls Created to Shine

 

There are apps like this Period Tracker

Listen to Homeschooling Through Hormones

Have a happy homeschool week!


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Leaving Homeschool Legalism

Hey, homeschoolers!

This week I’ll chat with a special guest about leaving homeschool legalism. You may think that doesn’t apply to you. I know at one time I didn’t think it applied to me. But just last week I learned that I had left an unedited portion of the podcast in the audio. I didn’t do well with knowing I’d made that mistake. It’s been corrected now and it wasn’t much of a scandal (sorry to disappoint), but the way we react to making mistakes or to our kids’ mistakes is a good barometer for legalism. More in a moment.

Sponsor

But first I want to thank the sponsor for this episode, Change in the Air. Change in the Air is a new film releasing Oct 19th that you won’t want to miss! A peaceful community is forever changed when a mysterious young woman moves in. As the quirky locals embrace her, their lives soon improve. But, they can’t help notice that their strange new neighbor has a secret…Change in the Air will release in select theaters, and digitally on Oct 19th. Go to ChangeInTheAirMovie.net to see if the film is playing near you, or purchase or rent it the day it comes out! Change in the Air – in theaters and digitally on Oct 19th.

Leaving Homeschool Legalism Resources

Blog post with my story

Leaving Legalism by Kendra Fletcher

Kendra’s Facebook page

Leaving Legalism Facebook group

Homeschooling in Real Life podcast

Conclusion

Have you ever fallen for the trap of legalism in your homeschool? Comment and let me know.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Change is in the Air Movie

This story embraces the imperfections that make us human, offers a way to set ourselves free and asks us all to take a good, long look at the wild birds in the sky.

Watch the trailer here!


Strategies for Homeschooling Smart Kids

Hey, homeschoolers!

Are you homeschooling a smart or talented kid? Or would you like to be? My guest today is going to help us with strategies for challenging our kids to reach their potential.

But first I would love to have you subscribe to my sanity savers newsletter. I share tips that have saved my homeschool and life sanity and may save yours too. You’ll also get updates with links to this podcast automatically. Go to Psychowith6.com/subscribe.

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My thanks to Kiwi Co for sponsoring this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Listen to how Kiwi Crates can benefit your smart kids. Then order your free kit at kiwico.com/homeschool and pay shipping only.

Resources for Homeschooling Smart Kids

Blog Post

Nature Walks podcast

Sane Approach to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling podcast

Homeschooling Gifted Kids book

Our Journey Westward

Our Journey Westward on Facebook

Our Journey Westward on Instagram

Discover and develop your child’s talent podcast

Digital alternatives to traditional student projects podcast

What gifts do you see in your kids? Comment and let us know!


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

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How To Pray Powerfully Over Your Homeschool

Hey homeschoolers!

If you listened to last week’s podcast about getting things done in your homeschool, you’ll understand my focus on prayer this week. I recommend you listen to it first.

We tend to think of homeschooling as something we do that requires God’s blessing, when the truth is we cannot do it without Him. This week I will share a powerful prayer for you to pray over your homeschool. I believe prayer can change us and our homeschools when nothing else can because God responds to our prayers.

We’ll start talking about prayer in a moment, but first I would love to have you join us in the homeschool sanity Facebook group. We have interesting discussions every day. It’s the perfect place for us to share our prayer requests as well. Look for the daily prayer graphic and we can be praying for one another and celebrating God’s answers to prayer.

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Thank you to this week’s sponsor, KiwiCo, the maker of Kiwi learning crates for kids. Try it for free! Just pay shipping.


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


Prayer Podcast Resources

Read the blog post

Listen to Get Things Done

Listen to Proverbs 31 Woman Part 1

Listen to Proverbs 31 Woman Part 2

What part of the Lord’s Prayer means the most to you now? Comment and let me know.

God bless your homeschool week!

Get Things Done In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! Do you regularly find yourself at the end of the school day with nothing to show for it? Do you feel like you aren’t getting anything done? If that’s you, you’re in good company. I regularly hear from homeschoolers just like you and I can’t wait to share the solution I give them.

But first I want to invite you to join us in our Facebook group, The Organized Homeschool Life. This is where you can find the inspiration, support, and help you need to stay organized in your homeschooling all year long. Moms are sharing that they have been able to declutter, get dinner on the table, and even make the beginning of the school year special as a result of The Organized Homeschool Life. It’s free!

Sponsor

The sponsor for this week’s podcast is Time 4 Learning. Listen to how Time 4 Learning could save your homeschool sanity. Then go to time4learning.com to learn more.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Time 4 Learning

Time4Learning provides the tools and resources students need to build skills and confidence in the core subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling or whatever your current situation, Time4Learning is a flexible, online curriculum that can be tailored to your child’s individual needs.

The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs.

Click Here to Visit Time 4 Learning!


Resources to get things done in your homeschool

Read the blog post

[Read Why You’re Not a Homeschool Failure]

 

 

 

Download your routines at HomeschoolSanity.com

Conclusion

If you believe you are incapable of getting things done in your own strength, if you create a routine for yourself and your family, and you establish and enforce boundaries, you can find that you are getting more done than you ever dreamed. That’s been my experience!

Which of these reasons is the main reason you aren’t getting things done in your homeschool?

Don’t Feel Qualified To Homeschool?

Hey, homeschoolers! Today on the podcast I want to address the fear so many of us have that we’re not qualified. I want to tell you my story that began long before I began homeschooling or even had children and how I came to feel qualified.

But first, I want to invite you to join me at Psychowith6 on Facebook most Tuesday afternoons at 4E/3C/2M/1P for reviews and giveaways. I have been blessed with many materials from authors and homeschool publishers and I want to give them to families who want them. You’ll also get an inside look at resources that can enrich your homeschool. Besides that, if you join me live, I can enjoy chatting with you and getting to know you better. Of course, you can watch and enter the giveaways after the live video too. Under the Following tab, you can choose to see Psychowith6 first in your newsfeed so you’re less likely to miss me.

Sponsor

I want to thank Time 4 Learning for sponsoring this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show.

Episode Resources

Read the blog post

Notgrass History

Mystery of History

Grammar Galaxy

Today’s Action Step

Today’s Action Step is to start doing something you don’t feel qualified to do. You’ll feel qualified the more action you take.

Thanks again to Time 4 Learning for sponsoring the podcast.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Time 4 Learning

Time4Learning provides the tools and resources students need to build skills and confidence in the core subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling or whatever your current situation, Time4Learning is a flexible, online curriculum that can be tailored to your child’s individual needs.

The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs.

Click Here to Visit Time 4 Learning!


Have a happy homeschool week!