Homeschool Sanity Show

How to Keep Your Students Motivated All Year

Do you have kids who are motivated at the beginning of the year, only to become reluctant learners as the year goes on? If so, you’ll want to listen in for how to motivate homeschool students.

But first, I would love to have you like my Facebook page, Psychowith6. I’ll be broadcasting there most Tuesday afternoons at 4 E, 3C, 2M, 1P. I’ll have spontaneous giveaways for my live viewers too.

SPONSOR

Thanks so much to my sponsor for this episode, Hebrew for Homeschoolers. If you want to learn a foreign language in a way that’s fun for kids, you’ll want to listen in.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • how to discover motivators for your child.
  • how to make sure the reward you choose continues to work as a motivator
  • how to deliver rewards effectively
  • how to troubleshoot motivation problems

Episode Resources

Read the blog post

[Read 6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write and How to Fix It]

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Which of these three keys has been the most challenging for you in motivating your student? Comment below.

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How to Choose the Best Curriculum for Your Family

Hey homeschoolers!

Are you still in the process of choosing homeschool curriculum? It’s a challenge, right? That’s why I asked my guest today to help us. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first I’d love to connect with you on Instagram.  If you’re obviously a homeschooler, I’ll follow back. I love seeing what’s happening in your world.

Sponsor

I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, Teach a Child to Read. As you may know, I write Grammar Galaxy, an elementary language arts curriculum. The most common question I get about it is when can my child start? Grammar Galaxy is for beginning readers. If your child is still learning to read, you’ll want to check out the website, the Facebook page, the Facebook group, and the Instagram account for Teach a Child to Read.

The Right Curriculum Resources

How to Choose the Right Homeschool Curriculum

best homeschool science, language arts, and math curriculum

free kids’ rating sheet for reviewing homeschool curriculum from ThriveHomeschooling.com.

Save 10% on the book with code SANITY

Have a happy homeschool week!

6 Back-to-Homeschool Mistakes Veteran Homeschoolers Don’t Make

Hey homeschoolers! I hate to be the bearer of bad news for those of you who don’t homeschool year round. But yes, back to school is right around the corner. I have wise advice for making back to school the best it can be, whether you are a new or veteran homeschooler. This episode we will discuss six mistakes that veteran homeschoolers don’t make when it comes to back-to-school.

Sponsor – Truth Seekers Mystery Series

But first I would like to thank our sponsor– Truth Seekers Mysteries– for sponsoring the podcast.

Let’s face it, Christian kids are leaving their faith in droves despite all our best efforts. Until now! With the Truth Seekers Mystery Series, your children will become engrossed in a wonderful story that teaches about justice and how to defend their beliefs. Now you can spark your child’s interest in God’s wonderful Creation without even trying! Using a “novel” approach your children will race through hundreds of pages of heart-pounding mystery, suspense, and edge-of-your-seat adventure! There are three novels and study guides in the series. Visit the TruthSeekersMysterySeries.com.

Back-to-Homeschool Resources

Read the blog post

I have guides that well help you choose the best science, language arts, and math curriculum for your family.

Writing Kids Love

120 more ideas for Back to Homeschool from ASLRochelle.com.

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Six-Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Source: allrecipes.com

Course: Main Course

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 20 min

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn drained
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (10 ounce) can chunk chicken
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers drained
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 container light sour cream

Directions

  1. Open the cans of corn, chicken broth, chunk chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilies. Pour everything into a large saucepan or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is heated through.

Amount Per Serving (6)

  • Calories: 214
  • Protein: 17.2g
  • Sugar: 2.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 27.2g
  • Fat: 4.9g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg
  • Sodium: 1482mg
  • Fiber: 6.7g

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If you’d like to make cooking a part of your homeschooling this year, consider the excellent Kids Cook Real Foods curriculum.

Instructions for The Organized Homeschool Life Planner

a previous episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show on organizing, FLYLady gave us wise advice for cleaning up after every subject. Conclusion

If you avoid these six back-to-school mistakes, you are well on your way having a peaceful and blessed back to homeschool. Have your curriculum, school space, special back-to-school surprise, meal plan, reasonable goals, and maintenance plans ready. That is my prayer for you.

Which of these mistakes have you made?

 

How to Make Smooth Transitions in Your Homeschool

Hey homeschoolers! Are you facing a transition this year? Do you have a new baby, a child who will start formal schooling for the first time, a new middle schooler, highschooler, or college student? Have you moved or has someone in your home had a job change? Whatever the change you’re facing, transitions can be challenging. In this episode we’ll talk about how to make transitions as smooth as possible.

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Sponsor

But first I’d like to think our sponsor for this podcast, Truth Seeker Mysteries.

Let’s face it, Christian kids are leaving their faith in droves despite all our best efforts. Until now! With the Truth Seekers Mystery Series, your children will become engrossed in a wonderful story that teaches about justice and how to defend their beliefs. Now you can spark your child’s interest in God’s wonderful creation without even trying! Using a “novel” approach your children will race through hundreds of pages of heart-pounding mystery, suspense, and edge-of-your-seat adventure! There are three novels and study guides in the series. Visit TruthSeekersMysterySeries.com.

Resources for Homeschool Transitions

Read the blog post

Why You’re Not Failing as a Homeschool Mom

The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner

Virtual Vendor

CodeforTeens.com

What transitions are you facing this year? Comment and let me know.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Apologetics in Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

What is apologetics and why should you teach it in your homeschool? My guest this week, Dr. Georgia Purdom of Answers in Genesis, will explain why it’s vital that apologetics is a part of our kids’ Christian education.

Sponsor

But first I want to thank our sponsor for this podcast, The Well Planned Gal. She has various planners for every homeschool need. A planner is not a planner unless it is a Well Planned Day planner! The Well Planned gal, Rebecca Farris, is a homeschool mom who has a gift and she shares her talents with us in her planner series. A few of the amazing planners available are: The Well Planned Day, Student planners, and even the high school 4-year planner. Her newest planner is the Well Planned Prayer Planner with an all-in-one planner and organizer. Organize your day with a focus on placing God first. Journaling 101, as well as scripture verses, permeate this beautiful book. Take it everywhere and you will have all the information you need at your fingertips. Best of all it becomes a keepsake and wonderful guide for making prayer a priority. This journal is truly life-changing. Visit wellplanedgal.com for more.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


Homeschool Apologetics

Now for this week’s topic. I got to talk with Dr. Georgia Purdom about why teaching apologetics is so important in our homeschools. Dr. Georgia Purdom earned her PhD in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University.  After teaching as a college biology professor for 6 years, she joined Answers in Genesis in 2006 where she serves as the Ministry Content Administrator in addition to being a speaker, writer, and researcher. She also directs AiG’s annual women’s conference, Answers for Women, bringing relevant apologetics teaching to women. Dr. Purdom and her husband Chris have been married for 21 years and have a 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Georgia enjoys homeschooling her daughter and serving in children’s ministry in her local church.

Apologetics Resources

Blog post

Dr. Purdom’s Facebook page

Ken Ham’s Facebook page

Answers for Kids book set

Answers for Kids Bible curriculum

Answers Books for Teens

Four-Year Apologetics Curriculum

Apologetics Courses

Answers News

Creation Museum

Creation Museum Adventure

Ark Encounter

Have a happy homeschool week!

Teaching Astronomy In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! I just helped my son choose general education courses he is interested in taking in college and guess what one of the options was? Astronomy! I had a fascinating conversation about studying astronomy throughout the homeschool years with Luke Gilkerson. You will want to listen in to hear more.

Our Sponsor

But first I want to thank our sponsor, The Well Planned gal. She has various planners for every homeschool need. A planner is not a planner unless it is a Well Planned Day planner! The Well Planned gal, Rebecca Farris, is a homeschool mom who has a gift and she shares her talents with us in her planner series. A few of the amazing planners available are: The Well Planned Day, Student planners, and even the high school 4-year planner. Her newest planner is the Well Planned Prayer Planner with an all-in-one planner and organizer. Organize your day with a focus on placing God first. Journaling 101, as well as scripture verses, permeate this beautiful book. Take it everywhere and you will have all the information you need at your fingertips. Best of all it becomes a keepsake and wonderful guide for making prayer a priority. This journal is truly life-changing. Visit wellplannedgal.com for more.

Now for this week’s topic: astronomy in your homeschool.

Why should you teach it and how can you, especially if you seem to have everything working against you, study this science? My guest Luke Gilkerson and I dive into that in this episode. Luke Gilkerson and his wife Trisha are authors of multiple homeschooling and parenting books. They blog together at Intoxicated On Life. During his undergraduate program, Mr. Gilkerson worked in the university Astronomy department as a stargaze instructor. For the last several years he has taught astronomy at his local homeschool co-op and has now also enjoyed teaching over 1,000 students all over the world about the sky! You can learn more about his astronomy courses at ExperienceAstronomy.com.

Experience Astronomy

Listen in to hear:

  • why we should study astronomy
  • whether we can study astronomy without a telescope
  • the best way to study astronomy with younger kids and teens
  • how to study astronomy if you live in a well-lit area
  • how Christian parents can navigate the tricky connections between astronomy and astrology, mythology, and the Old Earth philosophy
  • why Luke created Experience Astronomy

That’s all for this episode. Join me next time for an interview with Dr. Georgia Purdom of Answers in Genesis. Have a happy homeschool week!

Have you tried teaching astronomy in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling (Part 2)

Stop worrying; start homeschooling

Hey, homeschoolers! Were you worried that I had disappeared? I enjoyed an extended vacation that has made a huge difference in how I feel. Normally, I am exhausted at the beginning of summer and I don’t want to do anything. But this year, after two consecutive weeks off, I feel great. I highly recommend taking a real break from all the work and teaching you do, so you can be refreshed too.

This week we’ll discuss five more worries that can keep us from homeschooling with joy. Be sure to listen to part 1.

Sponsor

But first, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, The Well Planned Gal, Rebecca Farris. She has various planners for every homeschool need. A planner is not a planner unless it is a Well Planned Day planner! The Well Planned gal, Rebecca Farris, is a homeschool mom who has a gift and she shares her talents with us in her planner series. A few of the amazing planners available are: The Well Planned Day, Student planners and even the high school 4-year planner. The newest planner is the Well Planned Prayer Planner with an all-in-one planner and organizer. Organize your day with a focus on placing God first. Journaling 101, as well as scripture verses, permeate this beautiful book. Take it everywhere and you will have all the information you need at your fingertips. Best of all it becomes a keepsake and wonderful guide for making prayer a priority. This journal is truly life-changing. Visit thewellplanedgal.com for more! I’ll also be giving you an inside look at her high school planner on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/psychowith6.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her  popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.  

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling Links & Resources

Homeschooling can be very inexpensive
podcast episode on handling homeschool haters

HSLDA

Help for Anxious Homeschoolers

Virtual Vendor: NorthwestRockandFossil.com

Which of these five worries has been the biggest problem for you? Comment and let me know.

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Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling

Stop worrying; start homeschooling

Hey homeschoolers! Do you worry about homeschooling? If so, you’re normal. You’re welcome and thank you for joining me for this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Just kidding. It is normal to worry, but I’m going to help you stop, so you can get on with the business of homeschooling. For this episode, we will discuss five common worries. If you’re still worrying, you can join me for part 2 of the topic.

Save up to 95% on Homeschool Curriculum at the 2018 Build Your Bundle Sale
But first, I want to tell you about the Build Your Bundle Sale. This annual digital homeschooling resource sale is a popular one with my listeners. You can save up to 95% on curriculum, homeschooling helps, parenting resources and more.  My own ebook, The Organized Homeschool Life is a part of Homeschool Helps Bundle #2. It is partnered with 7 other ebooks and 5 courses that complement the organizing help to be found in my book, including a lesson and student planner. It’s just $19, which is a steal! I have also put the digital Organized Homeschool Life Planner on sale this week only. So now you can not only have a plan for organizing your homeschooling life, but all the tools you need to finally make it happen.

But wait! There’s more. Last year, Grammar Galaxy was a part of the Build Your Bundle sale. The second volume, Protostar, is not included in the bundle sale this year, but the digital version of Protostar is now priced 20% less this week only. If you are not a digital curriculum and resource buyer but you’re curious about the many benefits of using digital, listen to this episode.

If worrying is keeping you from homeschooling, I have help for you! We will put five common worries to rest so you can stop worrying and start homeschooling.

Homeschooling Worry Resources

Read the blog post

[LIsten to How to Be a Patient Homeschool Mom]

[Read Anger Lies Christian Parents Believe]

FLYLady

[Listen to the Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady]

[Listen to Homeschool FLYing]

The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner

Save BIG at the 2018 Build Your Bundle Sale!

 

[Read Why I Wasted My Education]

[Read Homeschooling is the Most Fulfilling Career]

[Read Scheduling Secrets]

[Read Curriculum Paralysis]

[Listen to Gaps in Your Homeschooling]

 

[Read What to Do When Phonics Doesn’t Work]

Conclusion

I hope I’ve laid to rest five homeschool worries for you: lack of patience, organization, and fulfillment and fears of choosing the wrong curriculum or your child not mastering a subject. God doesn’t want us to worry. He wants us to get on with the business of homeschooling He’s called us to.  Tune in next time for Part 2!

Have a happy homeschool week!

Stop worrying; start homeschooling

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What A Homeschool Portfolio Is And How It Can Save Your Sanity

Hey, homeschoolers!

Welcome to this bonus broadcast of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Today, I’m going to share what a homeschool portfolio is and how it can be used to save your sanity.

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First, what is a homeschool portfolio?

A homeschool portfolio, in short, is a record of what your child is learning. It might be a digital or print record, often kept in a binder.

 

 

Homeschool Portfolio Resources

states’ homeschool requirements
First, choose a portfolio. This portfolio from Not Consumed is a great choice. Or print this free pack from Talking Mom 2 Mom.

Conclusion

The process of keeping a homeschool portfolio can be a rewarding one for you and your child, whether you are required to keep one or not.  Choose a method to build your portfolio and get started using it today.

College-Prep Homeschooling the Sane Way

College-Prep Homeschooling

Hey, homeschoolers! This week I’m going to answer your questions about college-prep homeschooling or what you need to do in high school to prepare your student for college. Before we dive in, I want to mention The Great Homeschool Convention. I am just home from Cincinnati, where I was able to meet some of you. It is a thrill to meet you and hear what I’m sharing that makes a difference in your homeschooling life. Without your feedback I can feel like I’m talking to the clothes in my closet where I record. I am happy to share mistakes I’ve made so you don’t have to make them and successes I’ve had so you can share them. I heard from you that the thoroughbred analogy I used was helpful. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to How to Happy and Homeschool Too. If you are able to attend the great homeschool convention in St. Louis in July, I would love to meet you in person.

I’d like to thank our sponsor for this episode, FamilyLife’s first feature film, LIKE ARROWS. It explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting. LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit LIKEARROWSMOVIE.COM. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com.

I am frequently asked about college-prep homeschooling. When some moms consider the high school years as preparation for college, they freak out. I get it. I was worried about high school too. But I shouldn’t have been. This May I will graduate my third high school student and will have my first college graduate. I don’t have all the answers, but my perspective has changed and I want to share my experiences that should calm your fears.

College-Prep Homeschooling Resources

[Listen to Secrets to College Admission with Lee Binz]

HSLDA.org

Apologia

[Read Teaching Pratical Skills in Your Homeschool]

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers

College Prep Plus

See Homeschool Sanity for ACT prep booksMagoosh

[Listen to Lessons Learned from Homeschooling High School]

Conclusion

Homeschooling high school can be a rewarding time in your relationship with your teen. While preparing your child for college can create anxiety, we can learn how to choose courses, prepare our kids for college entrance exams, and earn scholarship money. We can also trust God to help our kids do what is required to fulfill the plan He has for them. College-prep homeschooling has been much easier than I thought it would be. I hope I’ve reassured you!

Do you have any questions about college-prep homeschooling that I haven’t answered? Comment below.

college-prep homeschooling


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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