Special Replay: 3 Reasons To Attend A Homeschool Conference In Person This Year

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Hey, homeschoolers! If you’ve ever considered attending a homeschool conference, this is the year to do it. If you’ve attended in the past, I have three reasons you should attend again.

In short, you should attend for the curriculum, the speakers, and the fellowship with other homeschoolers.

Some resources I mention in today’s episode are:

Great Homeschool Conventions

Grammar Galaxy Books

Carole Barnier’s episodes on ADD and reading

Dr. S. M. Davis

Institute for Excellence in Writing

I hope to see you at a conference this year!

Have a happy homechool week.

What Will You Teach Your Kids About Human Evolution?

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Hey, homeschoolers! I had the opportunity to talk with my good friend, Dr. Carl Werner, for this episode. He is an expert in evolution who has devoted decades of his life to examining the evidence for evolution. His most recent book is about human evolution. The evidence he has amassed is stunning. Now more than ever I believe we have to share his work with our kids. Here’s my chat with Carl.

There is a tale over 4,000 years old, preserved in ancient writings from every major culture around the world. Many thought it was only a myth, but evidence supports what the Bible has said all along. Sevenfold Films and Genesis Apologetics present: The Ark and the Darkness. In theaters March 20-21! Visit http://noahsflood.com

Episode Summary

In this episode, Melanie Wilson interviews Dr. Carl Werner about the topic of human evolution. They discuss the assumption of human evolution and the evidence presented in museums and educational institutions. Dr. Werner shares his personal journey from believing in evolution to skepticism and the research he conducted to uncover the truth about ape men fossils. He exposes the fraud and errors associated with famous fossils like Neanderthal Man and Lucy. Dr. Werner emphasizes the importance of educating children about the flaws in the theory of human evolution and provides resources for further exploration.

How to Give Your Kids Confidence in Creation

The Grand Experiment: Dr. Werner’s website

Have a happy homeschool week! Be sure to come by and say hello if you’re attending the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina.

Wisdom For Raising Boys

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Hey, homeschoolers! I never thought I would have five boys, but I am so glad I do. I love them to the moon and back and judging by the response my episode on homeschooling boys got, so do you.

That’s why I was excited to read Durenda Wilson’s new book on the topic and to hear her thoughts on why it’s so important to think about how we are raising our boys. In Raising Boys to Men: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Raising and Homeschooling Boys, Durenda shares her almost three decades of experience raising and homeschooling her five boys. She brings wisdom and perspective that will inspire moms to see their sons in a fresh and hopeful way, so they can raise the next generation of boys to be courageous men of faith and action. I know you’ll love our conversation.

Episode Summary

Durenda Wilson, a homeschooling mother of eight boys, discusses the importance of raising boys and the challenges they face in today’s culture. She emphasizes the need for understanding and appreciating the unique characteristics and nature of boys, while also setting clear boundaries and instilling a strong work ethic. Wilson shares personal anecdotes and insights from her book, which aims to equip mothers with a better understanding of their sons and provide practical guidance for homeschooling and parenting boys. In this conversation, Durenda Wilson discusses her book ‘Raising Boys to Men’ and shares her insights on motherhood and parenting. She emphasizes the joy of raising children and the satisfaction that comes from hard work. Durenda also highlights the importance of shared responsibility in parenting and the role of fathers in raising sons. She concludes by providing information on how to get a copy of her book and hints at future conversations on homeschooling.

Raising Boys Resources

Link to redeem your purchase for a free audiobook

Durenda’s website

Homeschooling boys episode

Have a happy homeschool week!

Redeeming Parenting Failures

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Hey, homeschoolers! You’ve been there. You’ve blown it with your kids. Maybe you lost your temper or disciplined in a way that you’re not proud of. In this episode, my guest and I will discuss how to redeem those parenting failures. Before I introduce Andee Martineau, I want to be clear about my perspective on discipline. It is first of all grounded in God’s Word.

But whether families share my faith or not, I believe they have to determine which discipline approach is right for them. I do think there are challenges that come with extremes in discipline — too hard and too soft. But there is a lot of room between the extremes to find what works for you. Parents who discipline in the middle of the extremes want a strong relationship with their kids because they know their influence is most likely to result in happy, successful kids. Andee Martineau and I share that perspective. We have a different philosophy on correction, but I appreciate that her approach has worked for her and may work for you, especially if you’ve had a too-hard discipline approach.

Andee Martineau is a parenting coach who specializes in helping parents raise their kids without yelling, ultimatums, or bribes. Using her Connect Method Parenting techniques, she has taught thousands of parents to feel more in control of family life, stress less, get their kids to listen, and more.

Sponsor: Harper Collins Kingdom Girls Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible!

Here is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible.

With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. From Eve to Ruth, Esther to Mary, this Bible brings the stories of these women to life and shows how their faith and strength can still inspire girls today.

Featuring a beautiful design and easy-to-read text, this Bible is a great resource for girls as they grow in their own faith and learn about the women who have impacted the world.

Features include:

    • Her Story – Character sketches of 75 good and not-so-good female role models of the Bible
    • Action Plans – Prayer, art, outdoor activities, and music are examples of some actions suggested in this fun-filled feature
    • Take It to Heart – Great verses to memorize
    • Step Into the Story – Solid advice on how to live a godly life in today’s world
    • Meet ______ – Meet 50 lesser-known women of the Bible and discover ways to help build character and godliness
    • A Letter to Myself – A place for a girl to make a commitment about who and what she wants to be, and, even more important, who she wants to follow
    • Book Introductions – An overview of each book of the Bible
    • Subject Index – Find features written about specific topics like courage, kindness, or joy
    • Beautiful illustrations and full color throughout
    • Presentation page for gift giving
    • Satin ribbon marker
    • Print size: 9
    • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface

Podcast Summary

In this conversation, Andee Martineau shares her experiences and insights on parenting and homeschooling. She discusses the reasons for choosing homeschooling and the challenges and learning experiences that come with it. Andee also talks about examples of parenting failures and the patterns that can lead to these failures. She emphasizes the importance of understanding and challenging thought patterns to break free from negative cycles. In this conversation, Andee Martineau shares valuable insights on parenting and building strong relationships with children. She emphasizes the importance of understanding our own triggers and nervous system, investing intentional time in the relationship with our children, and balancing quality attention and connection. Andee also highlights the significance of connecting with our children for connection’s sake, creating safety and maintaining connection during conflict, and redeeming parenting failures with curiosity and compassion.

Andee Martineau Resources

Connect Method Parenting book

Website

Instagram

Have a happy homeschool week!

Is Homeschool Chaos Normal?

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In this conversation, Melanie Wilson addresses the question of whether chaos is normal in homeschooling. She defines chaos as unexpected and unplanned interruptions and explains that it is common for homeschooling moms to experience chaos, especially when starting their homeschooling journey. She emphasizes that chaos can be frustrating but often leads to unexpected and better outcomes. However, she also acknowledges that there is a type of chaos that is not just a phase and requires specific actions to regain control. Melanie provides advice on establishing routines, implementing structure in child discipline, and prioritizing planned self-care to break free from negative chaos.

Sponsor: Harper Collins Kingdom Girls Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible!

Here is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible.

With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. From Eve to Ruth, Esther to Mary, this Bible brings the stories of these women to life and shows how their faith and strength can still inspire girls today.

Featuring a beautiful design and easy-to-read text, this Bible is a great resource for girls as they grow in their own faith and learn about the women who have impacted the world.

Features include:

    • Her Story – Character sketches of 75 good and not-so-good female role models of the Bible
    • Action Plans – Prayer, art, outdoor activities, and music are examples of some actions suggested in this fun-filled feature
    • Take It to Heart – Great verses to memorize
    • Step Into the Story – Solid advice on how to live a godly life in today’s world
    • Meet ______ – Meet 50 lesser-known women of the Bible and discover ways to help build character and godliness
    • A Letter to Myself – A place for a girl to make a commitment about who and what she wants to be, and, even more important, who she wants to follow
    • Book Introductions – An overview of each book of the Bible
    • Subject Index – Find features written about specific topics like courage, kindness, or joy
    • Beautiful illustrations and full color throughout
    • Presentation page for gift giving
    • Satin ribbon marker
    • Print size: 9
    • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface

Chaos Resources

Great Homeschool Conventions

Have a New Kid by Friday

FLYLady

Discipline

Have a happy homeschool week!

Working And Homeschooling? Yes, You Can!

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Hey, homeschoolers! I was a stay-at-home mom when I started homeschooling. I did freelance writing and speaking and premarital counseling at my church. But I wasn’t spending even twenty hours a week on work until my last two kids were teens. Because of that, I assumed that it simply wasn’t possible to work and homeschool too.

My guest Dr. Celia Zamora changed my mind. Dr. Zamora has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and was a teacher for 15 years before homeschooling her son. She is now a full-time director of a nonprofit who is also passionate about multilingual education and encouraging the Latino community to consider homeschooling. If you’ve wondered about working while homeschooling, prepare to be inspired by Celia.

Summary

In this conversation, Melanie Wilson interviews Celia Zamora about homeschooling and working at the same time. Celia shares her background as a director of a nonprofit organization and a homeschooling mom. She explains her decision to homeschool and the challenges she faces as a working mom. Celia emphasizes the benefits of homeschooling for working moms, such as developing important life skills and creating a personalized education. She provides tips for success, including outsourcing tasks and prioritizing self-care. Celia also addresses misconceptions and fears of Latino families regarding homeschooling and encourages them to consider the advantages of homeschooling for their children’s language and cultural development.

Takeaways

Homeschooling can be a viable option for working moms, as they have the skills to balance multiple responsibilities and can prioritize what is important to them. Outsourcing tasks and finding support from family and community can help working moms manage their time effectively. Self-care is crucial for working homeschool moms to maintain their sanity and well-being. Latino families may have misconceptions and fears about homeschooling, but it can provide opportunities for language and cultural development for their children.

Resources from Dr. Zamora

https://www.actfl.org/ (World Language Org on the teaching of languages. Working on a platform for homeschool language educators as well!)

https://www.languageconnectsfoundation.org/ (a great foundation with research and initiatives on language learning, benefits of learning languages, etc.)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cchomon-zamora/ (My LinkedIn profile)

My email address is cchomon.zamora@gmail.com

www.Preply.com a great website to outsource language conversation partners and tutoring

Using Story To Teach Kids Truth

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Teach Truth | Are you ready to teach truth? Join as as we explore the topic. | #homeschoolpodcast #podcast #teachtruth #ElizabethUrbanowicz #MelanieWilson #homeschoolsanityTeach Truth ~ with Dr. Melanie Wilson and Elizabeth Urbanowicz 

Are you ready to teach truth? Join as as we explore the topic.

Thanks to our sponsor, A Fanthom Presents Film – The Ark and The Darkness – Movie Trailer here: NoahsFlood

Hey, homeschoolers! Any time a teacher uses a story to teach children, I am all for it. Stories are not only the most enjoyable way to learn something but the most powerful.

When former guest Elizabeth Urbanowicz told me she had created a picture book to help children discern what truth is, I asked her to join me on the podcast again. In a culture obsessed with identifying misinformation, we want to equip our kids to separate truth from falsehood, using a Christian worldview.

Elizabeth has such a beautiful spirit. I know you’ll appreciate hearing her teaching tips.

Get your copy of What Is Truth here: https://foundationworldview.com/book/what-is-truth

Episode Summary

Elizabeth discusses her ministry updates and the release of a children’s book on truth. The conversation explores the difficulty of defining truth and the impact of the Fall on our perception of truth. Elizabeth provides insights on teaching children a biblical definition of truth and shares the motivation behind creating a children’s picture book.

Here are some great resources for your homeschool

The Most Underutilized Resource

Style Confidence

Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy 

Have a happy homeschool week!

Special Replay: Is Self-care A Snare?

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Hey homeschoolers!

Recently, a woman on my Psychowith6 Facebook page, made a comment on the self-care movement. I wasn’t aware that self-care was a movement, but she got me thinking. Previously on this podcast in an episode called How to Be Happy and Homeschool, Too, I discussed the importance of what could be called self-care. In fact, I frequently talk about the importance of it during my sessions at Great Homeschool Conventions. I suddenly found myself wondering if I had been teaching wrong things. So I wanted to address the topic in today’s episode. Is self-care a snare? I am tempted to tell you the right way to think about this issue. But instead, I am going to give you some considerations for you to take to the Lord.

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Sponsor

Before we do that I want to think my sponsor for this episode, FabuLingua.

Helping your child learn a second language, especially when you don’t speak it, can seem intimidating!

The vocabulary lists, the grammar drills… there’s a better way. The magic of children’s stories makes it fun and easy for your child to learn a second language like Spanish.

The most important factor in learning a new language is how much ‘input’ of that new language gets absorbed. It doesn’t have to be perfectly understood – just comprehensible.

That’s where FabuLingua comes in. Their app provides a huge amount of written and spoken ‘comprehensible input’ through beautiful, interactive children’s stories.

FabuLingua was created for families who are seeking a convenient, effective tool to support their language learning goals – in a fun and effortless way. FabuLingua kids don’t ask to ‘learn’ with the app – they ask to ‘play’ with it!

Their mission is to make it fun and accessible to children, so that learning another language is something they are excited to do!

New stories are released each month and you can explore your first story free. Look for FabuLingua on the App Store or Google Play Store. That’s F-A-B-U-L-I-N-G-U-A. FabuLingua – magical stories that teach kids Spanish.

Self-Care Resources

Read the blog post

Thanks again to my sponsor, FabuLingua. Find the link to it and the other resources in the show notes and homeschoolsanity.com/self.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Help Teens With Loss

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Hey, homeschoolers! As parents we often feel ill-equipped to talk to others who are grieving. I’ve discussed this in a previous episode that I will link to the in show notes.

When our teens are grieving, we can feel particularly helpless in knowing what to say or do. I’m thankful that my guest, Sarah Arthur, has practical advice for us. Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of a dozen books for teens and adults, including Once a Queen and the bestselling Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey Through The Lord of the Rings. Among other nerdy adventures, she has served as preliminary fiction judge for Christianity Today’s Book Awards, was a founding board member of the annual C. S. Lewis Festival in northern Michigan, and co-directs the Madeleine L’Engle Writing Retreats.

Introduction: In this episode, the host engages in a fascinating conversation with author Sarah Arthur about her upcoming book, “Once a Queen.” The discussion explores the therapeutic aspects of writing and reading fiction, particularly in helping teenagers process grief.

Key Points:

    1. The Power of Writing and Storytelling:
        • Arthur shares personal experiences of using journaling and storytelling to navigate through trauma.
        • Recommends these methods as effective tools for emotional expression and healing.
    1. Encouraging Teens to Write:
        • Discusses creative ways for parents to encourage teens to write, including shared journaling experiences and creative writing sprints.
        • Highlights the importance of providing a creative space for expression.
    1. “Once a Queen” – The Fantasy Novel:
        • Arthur introduces her upcoming book, “Once a Queen,” as a young teen fantasy novel.
        • Draws influences from classic fairy tales, Chronicles of Narnia, and other literary works.
    1. Themes Explored in the Book:
        • Explores themes of family relationships, faith, and the fear of losing childlike wonder as one grows up.
        • Emphasizes the avoidance of explicit content despite being labeled as young adult.
    1. Pre-order Bonuses:
        • Details exciting pre-order bonuses for “Once a Queen,” including digital downloads and a printable journal with creativity prompts.
        • Directs listeners to Sarah Arthur’s website for more information.

Conclusion: The episode concludes with gratitude for the insightful conversation and anticipation for the release of “Once a Queen.” Listeners are encouraged to explore the therapeutic aspects of literature and engage with the upcoming fantasy novel with their families.

Connect with Sarah Arthur:

Book Information:

    • Title: Once a Queen
    • Release Date: January 30th
    • Publisher: Waterbrook

Have a happy homeschool week!

The Most Underutilized Homeschool Resource

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

In this episode, Melanie Wilson discusses the underused resource of people in homeschooling. She shares personal stories and examples of how family members, church members, homeschool community members, neighbors, and friends can enhance a child’s education. Melanie encourages listeners to take advantage of the knowledge, skills, and experiences of the people they know, not only for educational purposes but also to bless and witness to others. She concludes by reflecting on missed opportunities and encourages listeners to involve more people in their homeschooling journey.

Mr. Poppers Penguins Unit Study

Teaching Evangelism with Nancy Wilson

How to Give Your Kids Confidence in Creation with Dr. Carl Werner