Making the Most of Your Homeschooled High School Years

Hey homeschoolers!

This is an unusual episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show because my guest and I are going to be speaking primarily to homeschool high school students. If you have a high schooler or even better, a soon-to-be high schooler, have them join you in listening!

But first, I would love to have you subscribe to  What you will receive when you subscribe is the Sanity Saturday newsletter, in which I share one sanity saver for your life. Typically that sanity saver is related to what’s going on in my life. My hope is that you will be able to relate. You’ll also get a link to show notes in your inbox every Tuesday. If you’re already subscribed on iTunes or Stitcher, the email will remind you to listen to the episodes that most interest you.

After today’s interview, I learned that my guest and I will both be at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. If you’re going to be there too, I hope you’ll stop by my Grammar Galaxy Books both. I would love to meet you!

Now for this week’s topic: how to make the most of the homeschool high school years. My guest is homeschooled high schooler, Noah Tetzer. You’re going to be so impressed with him as I was.

I asked Noah about:

  • the biggest advantages of being homeschooled
  • what he would do differently if he was starting high school today
  • what he thinks high schoolers’ primary goals should be, and more

Homeschool High School Resources

History of

Lessons from a Homeschooler

Join me next time when my guest Beth Napoli and I will discuss a sane approach to homeschool screen time.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Help Your Homeschooler Transition to Middle and High School

Hey homeschoolers!

The homeschooling parents I talk with are most likely to get panicky when the middle and high school years aren’t far off. My discussion today will put your minds at ease.

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But first, I would love to have you follow me on Instagram at Psychowith6. I have recently begun sharing inspirational content there–inspiration for your faith, getting organized, your parenting, and of course, homeschooling. I am also enjoying having real conversations with you there.

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How to Help Your Child Transition to Middle or High School with Sherri Seligson

Today’s guest is Sherri Seligson. I was so excited to talk with her as I’m a fan. Sherri is a 21-year veteran homeschool mom of four children, a degreed marine biologist, researcher, wife, and Christian. Before being promoted to motherhood, Sherri worked as a marine biologist at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, Marine Biology and Internships for High School Credit, instructional video courses for Apologia’s science curricula, and companion curricula for feature films including Dolphin Tale and War Horse. An international conference and retreat speaker, Sherri uses transparency, truth, and humor, to encourage moms on their homeschool journey and to teach families and students the importance and excitement of studying God’s creation.

Sherri and I discussed:

  • what’s different about the middle and high school years
  • how we can help our students adjust and grow into these new seasons
  • how to get past the anxiety that often accompanies these changes

Resources for Helping Your Student Transition to Middle or High School

Apologia General Science Curriculum

Apologia Marine Biology Curriculum

Internship for High School

Teaching to Your Child’s Talent Podcast

How You Can Homeschool High School

Lessons Learned from Homeschooling High School

How to Keep Homeschooled High Schoolers Happy

The Homeschool High School Podcast

Connect with Sherri Seligson




I hope Sherri gave you confidence about helping your kids make the transition to middle and high school. I am an affiliate for Apologia’s materials because I use and love them! Join me and my guest next week as we discuss how your high school student can make the most of the high school years.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Get Dressed for Homeschool Success

Hey, homeschoolers!

I am so excited about this episode. We aren’t going to talk parenting or academics. We’re going to talk about you. You are so important to your homeschool. You may think I’m going to talk about you getting enough sleep, the right nutrition, and exercise–and all those things are important. But today my guest and I are going to talk about the importance of fashion for homeschool moms. I discovered the power of looking pretty to give me energy, improve my mood, and make me a better teacher and mom, all as a result of my guest’s influence.

I’ll introduce her in a bit, but first I would love to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions in Fort Worth and Greenville, South Carolina. Register at and then stop to say hi at the Grammar Galaxy Books booth. Or join me in one of my sessions! I can’t wait to meet you.

Fashion for Homeschool Moms

I was so looking forward to interviewing Alison Lumbatis. She is a wife, mom of three, and founder of Get Your Pretty On. She’s a jeans and tee kind of girl who loves spending time with her family and exploring the best places to eat in Dallas, TX. She is an accidental minimalist when it comes to fashion and style, mixing her tried and true closet staples with a few seasonal trends. Alison’s goal is to help all women feel pretty by being the go-to resource for inclusive style inspiration and beauty advice. I know you will love her like I do!

Alison and I discussed:

  • Alison’s time as a homeschooling mom
  • the benefits of wearing something pretty
  • what influenced Alison to care more about what she was wearing
  • women’s objections to putting a pretty wardrobe together
  • Alison’s encouragment to women who are wary of wardrobe building

I am an affiliate for Get Your Pretty On. I can’t stop talking about it to my friends and family.  You will love getting dressed for homeschool success!

The spring wardrobe list and outfit calendar is available for purchase March 8th to the 22nd, 2019.

Resources for Homeschool Mom Fashion from This Episode

Read the blog post

Free closet staples shopping list

SAHM Casual Wardrobe Basics

GYPO – Facebook, Instagram

Next Time on the Homeschool Sanity Show

Join me next week as author Sherri Seligson and I discuss how to help our homeschoolers transition to middle and high school.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Homeschool Gone Wild: A Fresh Look at Unschooling

Hey, homeschoolers!

I’ve done a lot of reading on unschooling and I’ve experimented with it in the afternoons with my kids over the years. But I was forced to take a fresh look at unschooling when I read the book, Homeschool Gone Wild. I invited the author, Karla Marie Williams, to be a guest on the podcast and I posed some challenging questions to her. Whether you’re all about unschooling or think it’s not for you, I know you’ll enjoy my interview with this fascinating homeschool mama.

But first, I’d love to invite you to join our Homeschool Sanity Facebook group. I am enjoying your answers to the daily discussion questions. I am happy to give my answers to your burning questions along with allowing the rest of the group to respond, and I consider it a privilege to pray for your requests.

I’d like to thank our sponsor, the Christian Standard Bible. Listen for more about this fresh version of God’s Word.

Homeschool Gone Wild: A Fresh Look at Unschooling

Karla Marie Williams is a speaker, writer, and global child advocate. As the founder of iSpeak4KidsGlobal, her work has touched multple countries and cultures. She is a homeschool conference speaker and a mentor to parents through social media – Unschooling the Senational Six. Karla is a wife of 21 years and a mom of si inspired learners. She and her family reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Karla responded brilliantly to several criticisms of unschooling, including that it’s:

  • not parenting
  • not for college-bound students
  • allowing kids to play video games  all day
  • for do-nothing homeschoolers

You may be interested in my episode on alternatives to video games here. 

Find the episode on interest-led learning here.

Karla’s book Homeschool Gone Wild is excellent. Follow her on Instagram. How were you inspired by this episode? Comment below.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Homeschooling a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder

Hey, homeschoolers! I always want this podcast to serve you in your homeschooling. One area that I haven’t devoted as much attention to is special needs. I want to change that. In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Colleen Kessler about homeschooling a child with sensory processing disorder. If you have a child with SPD or suspect you might, I hope the interview is helpful to you.

I would love to hear about other topics you’d like me to do shows on going forward. I’ve gotten quite a number of questions about testing, so I’ll be devoting an episode to that. If you have an idea, drop me a line at psychowith6 at gmail dot com or message me on Facebook at the Psychowith6 page. These ideas also help me know what to speak about as part of the Great Homeschool Conventions. This year I’ll be speaking in Ft. Worth, Texas; Greenville, South Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Ontario, California; and Jacksonville, Florida. I like recording these podcasts, but I LOVE chatting with you face-to-face. Register for the Great Homeschool Convention at and make plans to attend my sessions and to chat with me at the Grammar Galaxy Books booth.


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Homeschooling a Child with SPD

Now for this week’s topic: homeschooling a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. I have a bonus for you! Jackie Nunes of is guest posting on Psychowith6 this week on SPD. She is a former pediatric nurse and now a full-time homeschool educator. She and her husband have three children. Their middle child suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was 4. Now 11 years old, she is hearing impaired and uses a wheelchair. Jackie and two other moms created Wonder Moms as a project to share real talk, helpful information, and practical advice with parents of kids who have intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, language and speech delays, deafness, chronic illness, and traumatic brain injury.

Colleen Kessler is my guest on the podcast today. Colleen is the blogger and podcaster behind Raising Lifelong Learners. She is also an author with a master’s in gifted education. I know you’ll enjoy our interview.

We discussed:

  • What sensory processing disorder is
  • Signs your child may have SPD
  • Colleen’s daughter’s special needs & how she has accommodated them
  • Tips for homeschooling a child with SPD

Resources for Homeschooling a Child with SPD

For additional materials mentioned, visit HomeschoolSanity.

Sensory Theraplay Boxes

Check out Colleen’s podcast and like her page on Facebook.

Do you have any questions for Colleen? Comment below.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Follow Through on Your Plans and Goals This Year

Hey, homeschoolers!

In the last episode, I gave three reasons we don’t follow through with our plans and goals. You’ll want to listen to that episode first if you haven’t already. I had a mom tell me she hoped I could help her get past those three obstacles. I hope I can too. I want to share how I believe you can follow through with your plans and goals this year.

Before we dive in, I want to say this. I believe that God is the source of our strength and success. I know He deserves all the credit for the changes in my life. My degree in psychology, my natural abilities, and the dozens of books I’ve read have all failed to change me in terms of getting organized, helping me lose weight, homeschooling my kids, improving my patience, or writing books. In fact, most of the time those qualifications have gotten in the way of my success. It’s only been when I have confessed to God that I can’t and don’t know how and need Him to take over that anything lasting and worthwhile has occurred.

What I want to share with you today is wisdom that I believe the Lord gave me as I sought Him over and over again for help getting past my procrastination, disorganization, and addictions to get more done. But always take anything I suggest to you to the Lord yourself and ask Him to give you discernment for whether it is right for you in this season of your life. With that important disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about how we can overcome three important obstacles to following through this year.

Resources for following through on your plans and goals

12 Week Year

planning my homeschooling by the quarter

Grammar Galaxy

Great Homeschool Convention

The Organized Homeschool Life Planner.


Today I’m launching my book, A Year of Living Productively.

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If you’d like the Kindle or print version, A Year of Living Productively is also available on Amazon. If you know a productivity junkie, someone who struggles with procrastion like I did, or anyone who wants to follow through and achieve their goal, A Year of Living Productively makes a great gift. Note that A Year of Living Productively is not a faith-based book but The Organized Homeschool Life is.

My prayer is that you can overcome the obstacles that keep you from following through with your plans and goals so that next year will be your most productive year ever.

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Why You’re Not Following Through on Your Plans and Goals

Hey homeschoolers!

Are you great at making plans for the new school year but you never seem to do what you’ve planned? Or are you great at setting goals for the new year that you struggle to achieve? If that’s you, I’m going to put my psychologist hat on and explain why your follow-through fails. That’s what’s on tap for this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. There’s no time to waste. It’s a busy time of year, so let’s jump right in.

Listen to learn the three main reasons you aren’t following through. The first one was a surprise to me!

Resources for Following Through

Read the blog post

How to Keep the Happy Planning Going

Curriculum Paralysis

The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner

Grammar Galaxy

Visit Homeschool Sanity to get a sample of A Year of Living Productively

What’s your biggest struggle with follow through? Comment and let me know.

How To Train Character Into Your Kids

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s the holidays as I’m recording and there’s nothing like the holidays to make your kids’ character clear. If you’d like to see a little more love, gratitude, and diligence in them, you’ll love this week’s episode on training character into your kids.

But first, I invite you to subscribe to Psychowith6. You’ll receive the resources mentioned in these episodes right in your inbox each week. Simply go to and enter your email address. I can’t wait to connect with you.

I also can’t wait to introduce you to my guest this week. She is Kathie Morrissey. Kathie is wife to Alan, mother of eight children, and homeschooling mom of 31 years. She and her husband have been married for 37 years and their kids are grown. They have 10 precious grandkids, one of whom Kathie helps care for in the mornings. Though Kathie’s homeschooling days are behind her, she stays busy running The Character Corner, traveling to conferences, and sharing encouragement. When she’s not working, you may find her playing the piano, reading a good book, or eating chocolate. I know you’ll enjoy hearing what this veteran homeschool mom has to say about training character into your kids.

Training Character Into Your Children

In this episode, Kathie shares:

  • why training character into our children is so important
  • how kids learn character
  • ideas for teaching character intentionally
  • encouragement for moms who feel their kids’ character isn’t where it should be
  • her favorite ways to train her kids’ character

Resources mentioned in this episode

Better Late Than Early by Ray and Dorothy Moore

Free character charts and lessons from The Character Corner

The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ

The Character Corner

Follow the Character Corner on Facebook

Have a happy homeschool week!

How to Have Fun in the Kitchen with Your Kids

Hey, homeschoolers!

In this episode, we’ll chat about having fun in the kitchen with our kids. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around the kitchen. How about you? I want to make the same kinds of memories with my kids.

My guest today is Samantha Barnes. She has years of experience as a middle school teacher and is on a mission to improve children’s learning experiences through the life skill of cooking. As a culinary kids educator for more than a decade, Samantha has helped more than 75,000 kids find confidence in the kitchen and learn the joy of cooking. Samantha has introduced Raddish into thousands of households, homeschools, and cooperative schools with its highly detailed and informative curriculum that helps parents and educators take the reign as educators in the kitchen so kids can take charge. Samantha and her culinary programs have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TODAY, Sunset Magazine, NPR and many more. Sam served as safety consultant and recipe contributor on the Fox hit show, MasterChef Junior, and her culinary summer camps received the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award for Best Camp in Los Angeles. Sam travels the country and speaks at homeschool and education conferences about the power of teaching through cooking.

To see the unboxing of a Raddish kit, watch the video below.

Raddish on Facebook

Raddish on Instagram

Whether you try Raddish or not, I hope you’ll spend some fun time in the kitchen with your kids making memories.

Have a happy homeschool week!

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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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