Homeschool Sanity Show

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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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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The Best Language Arts Curriculum For Every Grade Level

Hey homeschoolers! This week I am going to save your sanity by sharing with you the best language arts curriculum for every grade level. One of the most time-consuming tasks for homeschooling parents is researching curriculum. I’m not only going to tell you what I think are the best choices, but I’m also going to give you access to a free document with all the information in table format. I think you’re going to love it!

Before we dive in, I want to thank our sponsor for this episode of the homeschool sanity show, the Miracle Season Movie. The movie is based on a true story and I am a sucker for those. Learn more at MiracleSeason.movie.

Why choosing the best language arts curriculum matters

Right away I want to issue a disclaimer. I am only sharing the language arts curricula that teaches more than one subject. I will not be discussing curricula that strictly teaches literature, writing, spelling, or grammar. In the future I may do reviews of these curricula as well. For today, if a curriculum teaches more than one subject and I believe it is one of the best currently available, I am including it in my list. You may have a curriculum you love that does teach more than one subject that hasn’t made my list. I would love to hear about it in the comments.

The list I’ve created will be a huge help in making a decision this year, especially if you are looking for a complete language arts curriculum and not a standalone subject. Click the list image below to claim your copy at HomeschoolSanity.com.

Grammar Galaxy

I will begin with what I consider to be the best language arts complete curriculum for elementary students. Am I being completely objective in recommending Grammar Galaxy as one of the best options? No. I have had too much positive feedback from Grammar Galaxy families to remain objective. I hear over and over that reluctant readers and writers are now doing both and loving it! I have heard too many times that children beg to do Grammar Galaxy where other grammar and English curriculum left them groaning.

Writing Kids Love

I am excited about the launch of the third volume of Grammar Galaxy which teaches literature concepts, vocabulary and spelling strategies, grammar, and composition and speaking to fourth graders and up or those who have completed the Protostar level or its equivalent. The stories and including students in the story as guardians of Grammar Galaxy who have missions and not workbooks to complete seems to be the awesome sauce. As this podcast is being released, Yellow Star and any bundles it is a part of is 20% off with no coupon code required. Go to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com/shop to save before midnight April 8, 2018. This is the best price through the fall of 2018. Grammar Galaxy currently has levels available for beginning readers or first-graders through fourth-graders but complete levels are planned for fifth and sixth graders with individual subject books planned for junior high. I already have students in junior high using and loving Volumes 1 and 2, however.

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

Blessings on your research and decision making on language arts curricula! Which options are you leaning toward for next school year?

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, The Miracle Season!

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

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6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write


Hey, homeschoolers! Does your child resist writing? Run away from writing prompts? I have six reasons your child hates to write and how to fix it in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. But first I would love to have you follow GrammarGalaxyBooks on Instagram. I share grammar graphics that can help you and your child develop good grammar and I give you an inside peek at the writing life. It’s pretty glamorous! It’s not, but it’s fun to share photos and connect with you there.

I want to thank The Miracle Season movie for sponsoring the show. As the mother of a volleyball player, I can’t wait to see it. View the trailer at MiracleSeason.Movie.

Kids Writing Resources

You can download the handwriting and spring writing prompts I mention in the Homeschool Sanity show notes page.

Dragon Dictation app for the iPhone,

[Check out the Better Editor Game]

Grammar Galaxy

[Listen to Help for Anxious Homeschoolers]

 

 

If you want students who love to write, increase their handwriting speed or input, structure the assignment so it’s easy and quick to complete, encourage rather than correct, give fun assignments, relax about writing, and give your child a motivating reason to write. If you do these things, you may not be raising the next Longfellow, but you can have a child who enjoys writing. And that is half the battle.

Which of these approaches will you try first? Let me know in the comments.


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, The Miracle Season!

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

Visit here to learn more.


How to Be Happy and Homeschool Too

Hey homeschoolers!

This week our topic is how to be happy and homeschool too. Wait a minute. Are you wondering if I’m suggesting that happiness and homeschooling are mutually exclusive? Yep. That’s exactly what I’m suggesting. I’m thankful my friends Andy and Kendra Fletcher were the first to be honest about it, saying that homeschooling can be a buzz kill.

Before we dig in, I want to thank our sponsor for this episode, the movie Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies.  I also want to invite you to meet me at a Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati in April or St. Louis in July. If you want to stalk me at both conferences, go ahead! I’ll be speaking about motivating your students, managing parental anger, and managing frustration in your child. Find my booth by looking for Fun to Learn Books. Register for the conference today by going to greathomeschoolconventions.com.

This is the time where most podcasters make a shameless plug for a product they’re selling. My plug isn’t shameless at all. In fact I think it’s shameFULL if you don’t already own The Organized Homeschool Life Planner. My planner was designed to create happiness. Each day the planner directs us to spend time with the Lord. We thank Him for the blessings we have (which is proven to create happiness, by the way). We read the word He has for us and write it down so we can remember it. We can then write any worries we have as a prayer. I use this space for truth journaling. I hear from so many of you who struggle to make time for the Lord. I love that The Organized Homeschool Life Planner makes it easy! Learn more by going to Psychowith6.com/TOHL planner.

Time for a word from our sponsor. The animated feature, ‘ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES,’ blooms on big screens nationwide for a two-day family-friendly adventure. Take an amazing journey to an enchanted world that holds a secret…where hope is in a song! In select cinemas nationwide March 24th and 26th only. Tickets are on sale now at fathomevents.com.  If you missed the live event, purchase a copy for your home library on Blue Ray, Digital or DVD.  Visit IceDragonMovie.com for free resources for the kids.

Homeschool Happiness Resources

the episode I did on depression for Homeschooling in Real Life

[Read how I still fit scrapbooking into my busy life]

 

6 of the Best Short Workouts You Can Do at Home

A recent study demonstrated that three vigorous ten-minute walks were more effective than a longer walking session at a moderate pace.

Christian Zumba

 

[Listen to how to homeschool through hormones]

 

 

Which of these happiness tips are you going to practice today? Tell us in the Homeschool Sanity Facebook Group.


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

 

The animated feature, ‘ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES,’ blooms on big screens nationwide for a two-day family-friendly Adventure. Take an amazing journey to an enchanted world that holds a secret…where hope is in a song! In select cinemas nationwide March 24 and 26 only. If you missed the live event, purchase a copy for your home library on Blue Ray, Digital or DVD.

Visit  here to learn more.