College Grants

College Grants | What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burk shares her knowledge with you! #homeschool #homeschooling #podcastCollege Grants #68

What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burk shares her knowledge with you!

College GRANTS

College grants consist of the money you don’t have to pay back. Gov. grant FAFSA – mistakes and how to sign up for it.

Some colleges offer endowments – such as the Moody Bible Institute through federal and institutional grants. The education part is paid through grants. Keep in mind a big name or high pricetag school often offers more opportunity. Test scores help but income bracket also helps – Standford by definition says 144K is low income.

For example, law schools are ranked in the top six, top ten, top sixteen. You don’t want to rule out a college because of money. Or it appears to be out of your reach, you never know.

Are you a resident of a certain state? You may be surprised at what grants are offered some in the form of entitlements.

Federal Pell Grant – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA

Federal supplemental (FFEOG)

Academic Competitiveness Grant ACG

National Smart Grant SMG

College Grants — TEACH Grant

      Cost-Containment Programs

      Tuition Equalization Grant  –Private school in-state tuition. College for all Texans, for example. If you meet the college costs and how much your family can pay. 2.5 GPA — if tuition cost is more than the private school you can qualify for a tuition grant.

      Reciprocity —

  1. Some states will provide reciprocity for other states. In-state tuition to a governing state. MSEP – Midwest Student Exchange Program. Non, resident (listen to the podcast for more information) go to a neighbor or nearby state can reduce the cost of tuition.
  2. Western undergrad exchange — Arizona, Alaska ca Idaho, Hawaii – reduces instate tuition.
  3. Look at the New England reciprocity program.

One of the best websites is the Sallie Mae website.

FAFSA – stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Maximize chances for getting the student aids. October 1 is the first day – and do it as early as possible or the money is gone! You must have this filled out first. LISTEN

Federal Pell Grant – FPG – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA – the most financial money. The undergrad who has not earned a professional degree yet. Start with FAFSA – every year must be filled out. Depends on the school year, student, max. award around 6K – Cost of attendance, whether the child is working in the school or not.

Federal Pell Grant – Iraq or Afganansstan Service Grant – parent died under the military, eligible for additional money under the age of 24 and enrolled in college.

Federal supplemental (FFEOG) federal supplemental opportunity grant — low-income undergrad students who need a lot of help – 4K per year just depending on your personal situation. Most colleges participate in these grants. No additional funds are available once you get these funds. Check the college website or financial aid dept of your college for more information.

Academic Competitiveness GrantACG  and the National Smart Grant SMG-Two programs that fall under improved math and science instruction. Take on more challenging courses in high school and helps your child become more successful in these areas. High demand in the global economy – technology or engineering. Available to students.

TEACH Grant – Teacher education assistance for college and higher education. Take specific classes to get the grants themselves and do a certain type of job or it will turn into a loan. The sooner you apply the more money you can get.


Loving Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Loving Children Who Have Experienced Trauma with The Real Kathy LeeWhat is trauma?


a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.

What causes trauma in young children?

  • Past or Present Abuse
  • Stress in the home
  • Divorce
  • Death of Pet
  • Death of Family Member/Friend
  • Unhealthy environment
  • Adding a new family member.
  • Move
  • Witnessing something horrible, scary, or stressful. This can be a real life event or witnessed via media.

You don’t need to know what caused the trauma in order to help.
Behavior is Communication
GET CURIOUS…What is their behavior saying to you?

  • Withdrawn
  • Anxious
  • Misbehavior
  • Angry
  • Fearful
  • Powerless
  • Exhausted

If it is a big deal to them, it is a big deal. Try to stay unemotional during  the most emotional times.

Children from hard places need to know they are safe, loved and Accepted, no matter what.
Essentials of TIC (Trauma Informed Classroom)
Connect – Focus on Relationships
Protect – Promote Safety and Trustworthiness
Respect – Engage in Choice and Collaboration
Redirect (Teach and Reinforce) – Encourage SkillBuilding and Competence
Hummer, V., Crosland, K., Dollard, N., 2009

10 ways to help…

1. Have a Routine.
2. Choose Your Words Carefully.
3. Provide a space for one.
4. Give permission to feel.
5. Honor their feelings.
6. Be available.
7. Be flexible.
8. Educate others.
9. Don’t expect to have all the answers (Ask them).
10. Create opportunities in the classroom for the child to experience success.

Make a plan…
What do you need to be prepared?

Who do you need to talk to?

Any unresolved trauma in your own background?

What needs to change in you OR your environment?

Should a Homeschool Nonprofit Let Members Vote?

Should a Homeschool Non-Profit Group Let Members Vote?Should your homeschool nonprofit group let its members vote? There are many nonprofit groups that do not give their members a vote, but some do! What are the pros and cons or each arrangement?

In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share:

  • Is it okay to not allow members a vote?
  • Sample bylaws can be found at
  • Can a board chose its own replacements?
  • How can a board get input from the membership?

In the podcast Carol mentioned the duties of the board:

Duty of Care

  • Read and understand your group’s mission, vision, and governing documents. I recommend a board binder for important documents.
  • Attend board and committee meetings.
  • Be informed and be prepared to participate in decision-making.

Duty of Loyalty

  • Be prepared to put the organization’s goals above your own.
  • Create and follow a conflict of interest policy. See a sample Conflict of Interest policy.
  • Disclose personal financial interests when needed/excuse yourself from voting.

Duty of Management

  • Develop policies about the financial management of the organization. My book Money Management in a Homeschool Organization has a checklist.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of income and expenses and minutes.
  • Develop a budget for your plans and your spending.
  • Develop fundraising goals.

Duty of Compliance

  • Understand and comply with governing documents, including bylaws. Sample bylaws.
  • Know and comply with state and federal laws governing non-profit organizations, including registration and reporting requirements. If you’re unsure about what your filings requirements are, my book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization, will be helpful.



Homeschool Organization Board Manual

Sometimes current group leaders have none of the important paperwork for their organizations. Homeschool board members should keep all their organization’s important papers in a safe and accessible place. Usually, a 3-ring binder works well.

Author and homeschool advisor, Carol Topp, CPA, has created a Homeschool Organization Board Manual. It is a template to create a board member binder. It has:

  • A list of important documents to keep in your binder
  • Section dividers so you can organize the important papers
  • Tools to help you run your meetings smoothly including
  • A sample agenda that you can use over and over again
  • A calendar of board meetings

Click Here for more information!

Homeopathy for Dehydration

This week on Homeopathy for Mommies, Sue Meyer, ND CCH discusses dehydration and homeopathic remedies used to help restore order within the body if dehydration has occurred.

Dehydration from Lack of fluids (water) or from Loss of Animal fluids (blood, vomit, diarrhea, perspiration, or a combination thereof) can be addressed with homeopathy.  This week on Homeopathy for Mommies, Sue Meyer, ND CCH discusses dehydration and remedies used to help restore order within the body if dehydration has occurred.

Bryonia: This remedy is the first I reach for when the issue is due to Lack of Fluids. Whether plowing fields, working retail or spending the day at a computer, without food or drink, only to realize at the end of the day that the head feels as though the brain were loose or like he’s wearing a painful hat. And all symptoms are Worsened by Movement.

*Dehydration: Major Dehydration remedy: When he has not taken in enough profitable liquid. He Becomes dehydrated. When the headache pain is due to Dehydration: the pain will be located in the Whole Top of Head. (Like a cap): Brain feels loose when stooping or raising head. Bursting, Splitting pain, as if, “everything would be pressed out. “as if hit by a hammer from within,” All Symptoms, better for pressure, worse motion… Homeopathy for Mommies.

Bryonia has dry mucus membranes, described by the patient as “parched”. So dry that he must drink huge quantiles of water, only to feel physically full, but still wanting more!

Bryonia will bring the fluid deprived body back to balance, allowing the water to become officious and to restore order to the cellular structure of the body, struggling from lack of fluid.




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HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

This week on HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore.

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

Latonya Moore is a homeschooling mom in Tennessee. Trained as a teacher, she decided to homeschool her daughters after her first teaching experiences. She, along with her husband, decided that homeschooling would give her family a chance at their best lives. With just one year break, she’s been enjoying her ordinary homeschool life. Interestingly, although Latonya loves her ordinary life, she took that one year break when she began to question whether they were too *safe* in their homeschooling. They came back to it when the family decided that homeschooling was the adventure they truly wanted.

Latonya Moore, Joy in the Ordinary

Latonya Moore and daughters. Photo used with permission.

Latonya and her husband have 2 daughters. Their philosophy for middle school is the same as their elementary years: What

  • Be able to find information
  • Be confident
  • Be able to question themselves and make good choices
  • Have a good education
  • Enjoy lectures and read-alouds
  • Build thinking skills
  • Build conversational skills
  • Build independence (not needing to follow the crowd)
  • Explore interests

Her educational curriculum style is eclectic. She likes to use a variety of publishers so that all the bases are covered, since each publisher tends to cover topics from different angles in their core subjects.  Latonya remembers, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool. There’s not ONE right perspective.

We know that many homeschooled middle schooling parents feel pressure to hurry and start high school courses during middle school. Latonya reminds us: there is no rush. She asks her daughters which maths they want to take in middle school, they pray together, then she goes with that. Unless she sees her kids are solidly gifted in a certain subject, then she leans into the high school maths in middle school. Pretty cool idea!

On the other hand, she doesn’t have a problem with her children sometimes struggling with a course. Struggle builds strength in a loving environment.

Here’s a sweet video about Latonya’s upcoming retreat (when you register use coupon code: 7Sisters).

Latonya also teaches popular Outschool courses: Math and Art. Check out these live classes! (We aren’t affiliates, we just appreciate Latonya’s work.)

Latonya’s podcast Joy in the Ordinary.

Joy in the Ordinary Facebook Page

Joy in the Ordinary Facebook Community Group

Don’t miss Latonya’s refreshing, relaxtion retreat for homeschool moms:  Use coupon code for discount: 7Sisters

Join Vicki and Latonya for an encouraging discussion of middle school and her family’s middle school philosophy. Also check out this episode:

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 66 Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School

And these blog posts:

5 Workable Ways to Homeschool Middle School and Still Have Fun

Homeschooling Average Middle Schoolers: High School Can Wait!

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

Teaching Kids Self-Control – MBFLP 207

This episode we deal with a perennial problem in parenting – how in the world do we teach our kids self-control? The entertainment and collegiate culture may celebrate raw emotion and thoughtless self-expression – if it’s “authentic” it’s immune from criticism – but the Bible says differently. What’s more, every parent knows that what you might laugh about when they’re two, can wreck their lives when they’re twenty … and make your home intolerable when they’re sixteen. So what can we do to start – and continue – teaching the critical habit of self-control?


Hal and Melanie Young
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What Does the Bible Tell Us?

The Scriptures warn against being led by our impulses and appetites. The Proverbs are full of warnings about the outcome of anger, drunkenness, laziness, gluttony, lust … TLDR, it doesn’t end well for the person “whose god is their belly, who set their minds on earthly things.” (Philippians 3:19)

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:21-22 list “self-control” alongside love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness, as a sign of the Holy Spirit’s work in someone. That says it’s important, and it also should encourage us to pray for it – for our children and ourselves!

Our children are our disciples and they learn from our example … whether good or bad, and as Jesus said, “everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40 ESV).  That should encourage us to try to be the kind of persons we want our kids to become.

Some Practical Ideas

Feelings are real but they may not be accurate. The Lord tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things …” (Jeremiah 17:9) so we can’t trust every feeling that comes up.  Talk with your kids about what they’re feeling and why they think that is. Help them discover whether there’s really a reason to feel so angry or weepy or fearful.

Realize there are times when they really can’t control their emotions.  The pre-teen years are so filled with hormones, it is nearly impossible for the young adolescent to handle them. When they’re in an emotional storm, you may need to comfort and calm them before you can have a rational conversation again. This will pass; when they settle down, it’s good to have that discussion with them.

Help them see that self-control (and self-discipline) offers many rewards. A child who can keep his temper or his tears in check is not as likely to be bullied. If they learn to rein in emotional outbursts and blurted observations, they can save themselves a lot of embarrassment and apologies. And learning to defer their immediate desires in order to finish a task or reach toward a goal will be great preparation for a useful adulthood.

Encourage them to reach up to adult roles early. When ours are 12- or 13 years old, we make a formal transition – they’re no longer “little kids” but now “young adults, in training.” We encourage them to take more responsibility for themselves and contribute more to the work around the house – with more freedom and privilege granted as they take on more responsibility. And our parenting has to transition from “direction” to “advice” as they mature – we want to them to be ready to step into full, independent adulthood sooner rather than later, and that means a lot of coaching and advice to get them prepared.

Teaching Self-Control is a Long Process

It starts as soon as you teach them to dress themselves, go to the potty, and come when you call. It won’t end until they’re fully capable and on their own! But as they grow up, keep the goal in mind – a fully matured, self-disciplined, responsible man or woman after all those years of discipleship. With that goal ahead, you’ll be ready to capitalize on every opportunity to encourage and guide them.


The Kitchen Explosion

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #069, The Kitchen ExplosionIn “The Kitchen Explosion,” Episode #069, you will get an inside look at a bustling high-energy homeschooling family. Sometimes in an attempt to make history come alive, I, Meredith Curtis have gone too far. How about you? Have you stepped out with enthusiasm only to have to call the fire department? Should we play it safe or step out with courage to live the adventure? I think learning should be fun and exciting! There is so much to learn everywhere, every day. Even if sometimes, there is an explosion in the kitchen.




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Show Notes

Studying 100 Years War. Wanted to Make it Come Alive.  Gunpowder. Smoky fields.

Making Smoke Bombs. Didn’t realize how dangerous. Pretty pink flame and KABOOM!

Just to make it clear: I believe in safety.


The Quest for Adventure

Instilled in us by the Lord who is the God of the Adventure Story.

The Flood, The Tower, Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, Fiery Furnace, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Lazarus, The Resurrection.


Try Something New

Fly an Airplane

Pick Up an Instrument

Write a song….or a poem….or a novel

Pets (Cat Show, Skipper)


Do It a Different Way

Painting a Map on the Bathroom Wall

Make a Website

Interview Someone Who Was There

Make a Radio Show


Get Your Hands Dirty

Dissections. Yuck!

My labs in college.

Panning for Gold.




Learning Never Takes a Vacation.

Sand Crab Hunting

Sea World Passes

Teddy Roosevelt’s House Sagamore Hill, NY

Let’s Stop in Puerto Rice on the Way to Pittsburgh



Medieval Banquet


Victorian Teas

Olympic Games

Passover Feast

Sock Hop

Literary Party

Methods of Homeschooling – Homeschool Mom’s Quiz

methods of Homeschooling | There are many methods of homeschooling. Are you ready for a homeschool mom quiz to determine the strengths you possess to educate your children? #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #homeschoolmethodsMethods of Homeschooling — Homeschool Mom Quiz – Episode 284

There are many methods of homeschooling. Are you ready for a homeschool mom quiz to determine the strengths you possess to educate your children? Like most of us, you may question whether you have the skill set to dive into the homeschool year, or you may have questions or reservations about what method to use when homeschooling your children. In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice will share her sage advice after logging in over 32 years of homeschooling her five children.

Thanks to our sponsor –  Homeschool Planners! The Well Planned Gal – check them out just in time to keep you organized.

People often have mixed opinions about quiz’s — either you like them or you don’t. In this episode, we will explore how this Homeschool Mom Quiz can help you with your homeschool year – no matter what time of the year you listen.

Methods of Homeschooling

In the many years of homeschooling, I’ve heard it all. The mom’s that have it together and need no advice and the mom’s that struggle to get through each day. I think I’ve been a mix of those moms and hopefully, at the end of this show, you’ll be able to figure out the best way to approach homeschooling for you and your family.  None of us set out to fail, in fact, we hope to do the best we can each and every day. We start out with great expectations and end up somewhere in where the wild things. If you are a homeschool mom, you’ve caught the analogy to two books, Great Expectations and Where the Wild Things Are … if it bothers you that the previous title ends in “are” you are a bonafide homeschool mom!

When we think of how we want to educate our children, we have to consider ourselves as well. This short podcast is not the place for and all-encompassing seminar in the home to homeschool, however, I think some of these ideas will help you.

Some of us enjoy learning alongside our children, others like to give the child an option of learning through play or give the child a book and have them learn what interests them. In looking at these approaches there are many things to consider. The goal, after all, is in the retention of the information?

Methods of Homeschooling?
As I ask you these questions consider the answers:

  1. Are you interested in the big picture of learning or in the facts?
  2. Are you focused on the outcome so that someday your kids can go to a traditional or private school?
  3. Are you interested in teaching via the classics or the importance of Latin for vocabulary and grammar?
  4. Do you think kids learn better through play or experiential learning with a focus on what interests them?
  5. Or are you a combination of different techniques and methods?

These are important questions and ones that can really help you figure the methods of homeschooling you prefer and learn how you want to conduct your homeschool program.

Learning Styles – Important Knowledge when seeking the best Method of Homeschooling for your family.

Another important series of questions is how you learn and as you are considering this – think about how your children learn best? When they are younger it may take some observation to figure it out, but as they get older you will quickly identify what type of learner that they are. As with any list, you can see some crossovers.

  1. Kinesthetic/Tactile Hands-on — learn by doing, hard time sitting still, good at sports,
  2. Auditory: Listening – the person who doesn’t need to take notes and remembers, easily distracted, good listener, reading aloud work well
  3. Visual: You learn by seeing – if you hear the information you are the person who wants to write it down to remember it, you draw all over your notes or papers, study with flash cars
  4. Reading and Writing: You prefer to read your own information and learn it yourself. Make lists rewrite the information in your own words

Knowing how you learn best as well as your child will help you in gearing a curriculum that works well.

This quiz is only as good as the answers you give. I promise it will help you gain some clarity in the process of homeschooling along with some good information to help you decide on the best method or curriculum for your children.

Homeschool Moms Test

Listen to this podcast to hear the questions as well as the test results!

Mr. Rogers and Me

A Closer Look at Mr. Rogers and his legacy with the Real Kathy Lee.If you know me, you know I love Mr. Rogers. As I was researching the history of Fred Rogers and his TV show, I realized that his show started about the same time my mom found out that she was expecting me. I guess you could say that I have been in Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from the very beginning.


Mr. Rogers had an impact on an entire generation. Once I took a closer look at what made this man a legacy, I knew I had to share my findings with you.

  1. LOVE was the root of Mr. Rogers work with children.


“Deep within us – no matter who we are- there lives a feeling of wanting to be lovable, of wanting to be the kind of person that others like to be with. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving”

– Fred Rogers


  1. Mr. Rogers understood children.

  • He studied child development and the brain research behind his field.
  • He was willing to go out of the box to reach a child.
  • The child determined the approach.


  1. Mr. Rogers Knew Learning Involved Feelings.

What Do You Do with the Mad You Feel?


What do you do with the mad that you feel

When you feel so mad you could bite?

When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong…

And nothing you do seems very right?


What do you do? Do you punch a bag?

Do you pound some clay or some dough?

Do you round up friends for a game of tag?

Or see how fast you go?

It’s great to be able to stop

When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,

And be able to do something else instead

And think this song:


I can stop when I want to

Can stop when I wish.

I can stop, stop, stop any time.

And what a good feeling to feel like this

And know that the feeling is really mine.

Know that there’s something deep inside

That helps us become what we can.

For a girl can be someday a woman

And a boy can be someday a man.

What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?

By Fred M. Rogers

© 1968


  1. Mr. Rogers chose his words carefully when talking to children. He understood that the way we talk to a child becomes their inner voice.

5.  Mr. Rogers made EVERY child feel Special.

6.  Mr. Rogers valued the WORK of PLAY.


  1. Mr. Rogers Remembered.



Thanks to my dear friend, Keri for always sharing great photos of her little ones!!


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Podcast #53

It’s Summer time!! In this podcast, we look at ways to take a vacation without leaving home! Take a STAYCATION. There are many great ways to enjoy your time off while not leaving home. A staycation is friendly on the family budget too! Explore your area and get to know your state better. You don’t need to go far to relax and have a fun time with family. Florida is possibly one of the best places to take a family staycation. We have so many parks, springs, historical sites and of course, the beach. Florida is blessed with many bodies of water, to get out in the summer time. Florida also has a very rich history, and many locations across the state have places to explore Florida’s past.

Central Florida is the tourist capitol of the world! we are blessed to live in a state that people vacation in! We don’t have to go very far to have a fun time!


Suzanne and Sharon discuss ideas for taking a family staycation in their areas.

Brevard County and the Tampa Area.


Join us this September in Sanibel Island for both fun and learning. Make a staycation of of this FPEA STEM Conference. Sanibel is a beautiful area with lots to explore.

Sanibel STEM