The Best Audiobooks For Kids And Families Now

Hey, homeschoolers! I recently spoke about how valuable audiobooks are in homeschooling.  But I’m excited about my guest today, who will help us identify the best audiobooks to listen to now that we are sheltering in. Of course, these are great choices any time!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Grammar Galaxy Nebula in audiobook form. It makes a great review of the basic parts of speech but in a way that is engaging for the whole family. A professional narrator brings the stories to life.

Now for my interview with beloved audiobook narrator, Jim Hodges. We discussed:

  • other ways audiobooks provide value to children
  • the best audiobooks for young listeners
  • the best classics on audio
  • the best historical audiobooks
  • the best Christian audiobooks, and
  • the best old radio audios

You can download the audiobook Drake’s Flag for free at JimHodgesAudioBooks.com. The membership is the best value!

Join me next week as we discuss why you’re still an angry parent and what to do about it.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Christian Parenting Practices With Israel Wayne

Hey, homeschoolers! Today we’re going to talk about how to parent as a Christian homeschooler. We are spending more time than ever parenting as we shelter in place. There’s nothing like a quarantine to show you what needs your attention.

Great Homeschool Conventions

Before we jump in and I introduce my guest, I want to tell you about Great Homeschool Conventions online, April 16th-18th! VIP access is free. You’ll have access to two popular parenting sessions from me: “How to Outwit, Outthink, and Outlast the Strong-Willed Homeschooler” and “How to Negotiate Sibling Conflict Like an FBI Pro.” Both of these sessions are going to be especially helpful to you when you’re staying home full-time. To register, go to GreatHomeschoolConventions.com.

Christian Parenting Practices

Now let’s talk about parenting with my guest Israel Wayne. Israel has a podcast on The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, but we hadn’t met until we both attended a BJU Press conference. We got to talking about parenting and realized that we share similar views.

Israel desires to point parents to raise their children with a biblical worldview. As a nationally known speaker and author, he captivates audiences with enthusiasm for bringing the Word of God to bear on all aspects of life. His messages, from education to theology to current events take him across the country to challenge and encourage families. As the pandemic has left him unable to speak at in-person conferences, I’m thrilled to be able to chat with him on the podcast.

We discussed:

  • the difference between secular and Christian parenting
  • what Gospel-Centered parenting looks like
  • effective discipline for young children
  • how parenting should change in the teen years, and more!

Raising Them Up: Parenting for Christians. Find more of Israel’s resources at FamilyRenewal.org

and be sure to check out his podcast!

Join me next week as we discuss the best audiobooks for kids and families now.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With The Little Things

Hey, homeschoolers!

Today marks the last episode in the Trust Project series: How to trust God with the little things. I am in awe of how He led me to start the series and what He has taught me through it all. I continue to marvel that I had no idea what to talk about for last month’s episode on trusting God with the world. Then the coronavirus hit. God wants us to know that while we don’t know what’s coming, He does.

40: The Temptation of Christ

View the film here

Trust God with the Little Things Resources

Read the blog post

Stop Worrying, Start Living

Permission to Pray Little Prayers

How to avoid bed bugs while traveling

Epley maneuver for vertigo

Conclusion

Of course, our journey hasn’t ended. Go back through previous months of the Trust Project as you need to. Be prepared to answer Satan’s question over and over…Did God really say? Yes, He did. He really did say that He loves us and is everything we need. He really did say that He was for us and not against us. He really did say that He would work all things together for our good.

God bless you, my friend as you seek to trust in our awesome God more and more.

In light of the cancellation of homeschooling conferences, I have reached out to speakers you would normally hear from in person and have asked them to join me here on The Homeschool Sanity Show. You can look forward to my conversations with them in the coming months.

Join me for the Intentional Homeschool Planning Conference, now just $12 for your one-day ticket.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How to trust God with…

health and safety

kids

spouse

finances

parents

friends

possessions

success

sin

salvation

world

How To Stay Sane With Kids Home Full-Time

Hey, homeschoolers!

I have been at home with my kids full-time for 23 years. It wasn’t what I wanted at first and I’ve had my share of challenges, but now I’m so grateful for the time I’ve had. If you’re a homeschooler whose kids are now home from outside classes and activities because of sheltering in or you’re new to having your kids home from school, this episode is for you. I want to share simple tips that will have you not just surviving but thriving with your kids home full-time.

Before we begin, I want to invite you to participate in the Intentional Homeschool Conference online on April 25th. This unique homeschool conference is entirely focused on planning your ideal homeschool year in a way that works for YOUR family. Along with other veteran homeschoolers, I’ll be presenting hands-on sessions that will help you not just take notes but apply what you learn in real time. I’ll also be there to help answer your questions about planning, curriculum, and parenting. Take advantage of early-bird pricing now!

 

 

 

 

Kids Home Full Time Resources

Read the blog post

How to Be Happy and Homeschool Too

Houseparty App

Is Self-Care a Snare?

Get Your Pretty On

Grammar Galaxy samples

Grammar Galaxy monthly calendars

Why & How to Teach Vocabulary

Spoons game

Psych app

Four Square

Free grammar games

Conclusion

When you adjust your expectations, reserve time to recharge, and give your kids what they need, you’ll not only survive this time, you’ll thrive during it. To find all the links I’ve mentioned and more, go to homeschoolsanity.com/kidshome. And be sure to register for the Intentional Homeschool Conference.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Is Self-care A Snare?

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!

A Mr. Rogers Approach to Homeschooling

Hey, homeschoolers!

I watched the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, about Mr. Rogers and his relationship with a journalist who was sent to interview him. The movie was the sponsor of this podcast. It is rated PG and is a drama that is not fast-paced. For that reason, I think young children would be bored. However, I highly recommend it for you as a homeschooler. It is available for streaming now and I would love for you to watch it to get the most out of this podcast episode.

Sponsor

Speaking of sponsors, I want to thank 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.

A Mr. Rogers Approach to Homeschooling Resources

Read the blog post

Writing curriculum for kids

Art curriculum for kids

Overcoming anger for parents

Conflict management

Fighting with My Family

Conclusion

Thanks again to our sponsor, FabuLingua. Join me next time as I answer the question “Is self-care a snare?”

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With The World


Hey, homeschoolers!

Trusting God with all the scary things going on in the world right now can be challenging, but that’s our focus this month.

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First, 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.

Trusting God with the World Resources

Read the blog post

Trust Project

Thanks again to my sponsor FabuLingua. Join me next week as we discuss a Mr. Rogers approach to homeschooling.

Have a happy homeschool week!

6 Reasons To Include Audiobooks In Your Homeschool


Hey, homeschoolers!

If you’ve ever worried that you’re copping out by allowing your kids to listen to audiobooks in lieu of reading, this episode is for you. There are six benefits of using audiobooks in your homeschool that I’ll cover today.

But first, I want to invite you to join me for the Time Blocking Summit March 5th-7th. I will be sharing how to create a weekly schedule when you don’t have a routine life. The summit is free to watch live. Go to TimeBlockingSummit.info.

I’m also excited to announce that Grammar Galaxy Nebula is now available as an audiobook. It’s perfect for auditory learners, struggling readers, and busy moms. Launch pricing is available now through March 7th.  Here’s a sample for you and your kids to check out.

Sponsor: FabuLingua

I’d like to thank 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.

Audiobook Resources

Read the blog post

How to improve your child’s vocabulary

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With A Loved One’s Salvation

Hey, homeschoolers!

This month with the Trust Project we are discussing how to trust God with a loved one’s salvation. I think it’s especially challenging with our own kids.

We’ll dive into this topic in a moment, but first I want to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year. Next month, I will be speaking and exhibiting in Ft. Worth, Greenville, South Carolina, and St. Louis. I’m excited to share strategies for homeschooling the strong-willed and dawdling child, managing sibling rivalry, and restoring your sanity in the midst of homeschool overwhelm. I’ll have special pricing at my booth on The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner, A Year of Living Productively, and Grammar Galaxy. My favorite part of speaking is getting to meet you in person. Please come say hello! You can get more information by going to greathomeschoolconventions.com.

Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast

Next, I want to thank my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

Trust Salvation Resources

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Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. I will be back next month with the next topic in the Trust Project, trusting God with the world we live in. And oh, does that require trust lately, right?

Have a happy homeschool week.

Help for Anxious Homeschool Moms

Hey, homeschoolers!

Did you notice the new intro? I thought it was time for a change as we begin a new year and a new decade.

As I also prayed about topics to share on the podcast this year, I asked myself what I see as the biggest need of the homeschooling moms I talk with. One subject immediately came to mind: anxiety.

I have done a show on helping your anxious homeschooled child. And I believe that the entire Trust Project series addresses anxiety in moms. But I want to share more on this topic personally, professionally, and Scripturally.

Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast

Before we dive in, I want to thank my sponsor: the Homeschool Moms Science podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

Resources for Anxious Homeschool Moms

Read the blog post

If you have a mild problem with anxiety, I recommend listening to How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

I also recommend The Anxiety & Worry Workbook by Clark & Beck. These books will help you to think differently, thereby reducing your anxiety.

Christian biographies by the Benges

Join me next week for another installment of the Trust Project. We’ll discuss how to trust God for our loved one’s salvation.

Have a happy homeschool week!