Homeschool Sanity Show

Teaching Christian History With Danika Cooley

Hey, homeschoolers! If you haven’t yet included Christian history in your curriculum lineup, or even if you have, I have a treat for you. I’m interviewing Danika Cooley today about her new book series Who What Why. She explains why it’s more important than ever to introduce our kids to Christian history. I’ll share our visit in just a moment. But first I want to thank my sponsor —the film Show Me the Father. It’s getting rave reviews from friends.

Everyone has a unique father story. Whether positive or painful, it’s always personal and can deeply affect the core of our identity and direction of our lives. Kendrick Brothers’ SHOW ME THE FATHER is the first documentary film from the creators of WAR ROOM, OVERCOMER, FIREPROOF, and COURAGEOUS Legacy. Featuring a variety of amazing true stories, this captivating movie takes audiences of all ages on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Providing a fresh perspective on the roles of fathers in today’s society, SHOW ME THE FATHER invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father, and how you personally relate to God. Opening in theaters September 10, 2021.

Now for my interview with Danika. Danika is a married mother of four, a grandmother, a blogger, a curriculum developer, and a writer. Danika’s three-year Scripture survey for preschool to high school, Bible Road Trip, is used across the globe. I loved her and I know you will, too.

Danika and I discussed:

  • What makes this Christian history series unique
  • How her parenting and homeschooling experience inspired the books
  • Her desire for the impact of the series on children

Teaching Christian History Resources

ThinkingKidsPress.com

Danika Cooley on Facebook and Instagram

Other Episodes You May Enjoy

Helpking Kids Handle the Hard Times of History

How to Use Story to Grow Kids’ Faith

Parenting Practices for Christian Homeschoolers

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Cope With Extreme Stress

Hey, homeschoolersI Today I want to talk with you about coping with extreme stress by telling you what happened when I was 14 years old. I don’t want to break up the story, though, so I’m going to thank my sponsor now–the film Show Me the Father.

Everyone has a unique father story. Whether positive or painful, it’s always personal and can deeply affect the core of our identity and direction of our lives. Kendrick Brothers’ SHOW ME THE FATHER is the first documentary film from the creators of WAR ROOM, OVERCOMER, FIREPROOF, and COURAGEOUS Legacy. Featuring a variety of amazing true stories, this captivating movie takes audiences of all ages on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Providing a fresh perspective on the roles of fathers in today’s society, SHOW ME THE FATHER invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father, and how you personally relate to God. Opening in theaters September 10, 2021.

Extreme Stress Resources

Read the blog post Information about PTSD How to help when it hurts Trust Project Great Homeschool Conventions Thanks again to the Show Me the Father film for sponsoring the podcast. Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Be More Diligent This Year

Hey homeschoolers! I have been praying dailly about becoming more diligent for years. But only recently did I realize that I was going about increasing my diligence in the wrong way. That’s what this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show is all about.

Before we dive in, I would like to thank my sponsor for this episode.

The transition from high school to adult life is a major one. How can you make sure that your student is well prepared for the leap? By accessing the right resources! Voyage is an interactive, online program that walks high school students through key skills they need to transition into adulthood well. Whether they are trying to figure out a career, exploring a college path, or simply seeking to learn adult life skills, Voyage has the tools and lessons to help equip them for their journey. With five interactive modules covering personal development, career planning, college planning, financial responsibility, and everyday life skills, Voyage is designed for self-paced, independent learning, and it’s an affordable course at only $60 for all 5 modules!

Learn more about the course at thriveacademics.com/voyage-course.

Diligence Resources

Read the blog post

Proverbs 31 Woman podcast 1 & podcast 2

Brooke Castillos podcast

Mark Forster’s productivity forum

A Year of Living Productively

David Allen’s Getting Things Done

Couch to 5K Plan

Chalene Johnson’s workout videos

Rest vs. Laziness

The Organized Homeschool Life Planner

Thanks again to Voyage Course for sponsoring this episode. Have a diligent home school week!


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When Your Teen Isn’t On The College Track

Hey, homeschoolers! I attended a conference session years ago when I was getting ready to homeschool high school for the first time. This particular session was geared toward parents of advanced students who hoped to get full-ride scholarships. There certainly are those students, but there are many more of us who aren’t in that category. We need to know how to approach homeschooling high school, too. If you have a special-needs student who isn’t on the college track, I know you’ll appreciate my interview with Natalie Vecchione.

Before I share our interview, I’d like to thank my sponsor: CTC Math.

Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum?

CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!

The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test”.

Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). CTC Math uses a multi-sensory approach, having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.

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Natalie Vecchione and her co-author Cindy LaJoy, both homeschool moms, realized that their teens with developmental disabilities needed an alternative homeschool, high school trick in order to have a meaningful future. Together with their families, they battled confusion, isolation, and uncertainty. However, they turned their desperation into inspiration. Through entrepreneurship and apprenticeship, these moms prepared their teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to move forward with confidence, hope, and a set of practical life and job skills. They have co-authored the book they wish they’d had called Blazing New Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities.

Thanks again to CTC Math for sponsoring this episode. Join me next time as I discuss how you can be more diligent this year. Have a happy homeschool week!

Resources for Teens Not on the College Track

See HomeschoolSanity.com/besidescollege for books mentioned FASDHope.com

FASCETS.org

BlueCollarHomeschool.com

Natalie@FASDHope.com

The prevalence of FASD is much higher than people realize. A 2018 JAMA study by Phillip May, PhD. estimated 1 in 20 children have an FASD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5839298/

Facts and Statistics about FASDhttps://www.proofalliance.org/about-fasd/factsheets/

There is currently national legislation for FASD prevention, research, services & supports in both the House & Senate. The FASD Respect Act – Senate Bill 2238 and HR 4151. https://nofaspolicycenter.org/the-fasd-respect-act/

How To Homeschool: A Guide For Beginners

If you are planning to homeschool for the first time or know someone who is, this is the episode for you. I changed my content schedule because I’m getting requests for this information. I can save myself time and do a better job by presenting this information in podcast format.
Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum?

CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!

The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test”. Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). CTC Math uses a multi-sensory approach, having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly. Visit ctcmath.com today to start your free trial.

How to Homeschool Resources

Read the blog post HSLDA Contact a local support group Online Unit Studies Konos Unit Studies Free Unit Studies Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Grammar Galaxy Unschooling elementary Unschooling teens Great Homeschool Conventions Homeschool haters Create homeschool goals for the year Borrow or buy used curriculum Organize your books, supplies, and record keeping approach The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner Check out these first-day ideas. A Year of Living Productively Email me at psychowith6 {at} gmail

How To Make Fitness A Part Of Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! I have been a fitness enthusiast my entire adult life. I ran track in high school but became enamored with weight training because of a required class in college. I saw a young woman in class who had incredible muscle definition that she had acquired through weight training. I was inspired!

I believe that fitness is foundational to physical and mental health. Because it is, I believe we have to make it a priority in our home schools. In this episode I will tell you how we have done it and how you can too.

But first I want to thank Voyage Course for sponsoring this podcast.

The transition from high school to adult life is a major one. How can you make sure that your student is well prepared for the leap? By accessing the right resources! Voyage is an interactive, online program that walks high school students through key skills they need to transition into adulthood well. Whether they are trying to figure out a career, exploring a college path, or simply seeking to learn adult life skills, Voyage has the tools and lessons to help equip them for their journey. With five interactive modules covering personal development, career planning, college planning, financial responsibility, and everyday life skills, Voyage is designed for self-paced, independent learning, and it’s an affordable course at only $60 for all 5 modules!

Learn more about the course at thriveacademics.com/voyage-course.

Homeschool Fitness Resources

Read the blog post

YouTube video on the benefits of exercise

Tennis as a family sport

Grammar Galaxy See game resources here

Short at-home workouts

Thanks again to Voyage Course for sponsoring this episode. Have a happy home school week!

How To Make The Most Of The Rest Of Summer

Hey homeschoolers! We are already well into July, and if you’re like me, you feel like summer is slipping away. Fortunately, we can still make the most of it. I’ll explain how.

Sponsor

Before I do, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode CTC math.

Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum?

CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!

The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test”.

Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). CTC Math uses a multi-sensory approach, having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.

Visit ctcmath.com today to start your free trial.

Make the Most of Summer Resources

Read the blog post

The Organized Homeschool Life Planner

So You’re Not Wonder Woman

Simple Student Planner

Conclusion

Thanks again to CTC math for sponsoring this podcast.  Have a happy home school week!

God’s Word in Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! If you’re a Christian homeschooler, you know you want the Bible to be the cornerstone of what you teach. My guest today is going to help us with that. I met Catherine Zoller at the Great Homeschool Convention in St. Louis. Speaking of the Great Homeschool Conventions. I’ll be in Round Rock, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida this month. Please come by the Grammar Galaxy Books booth to say hi. I watched Catherine chat with her booth mates the first evening and day of the St. Louis conference, but I said nothing to her. Then on Saturday morning, I parked my car near hers. You can’t miss her car because it has the most engaging wrap on it that advertises her books. I clearly felt the Lord nudge me to introduce myself to her. Am I ever glad I did! I learned all about Catherine’s line of Bible books that my kids would have loved; I got to hear her jaw-dropping life story; and most importantly, I made a new friend. I had to ask her to join me on the podcast.

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Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum?

CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!

The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test”. Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). CTC Math uses a multi-sensory approach, having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And those who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly. Visit ctcmath.com today to start your free trial. Join me next time as we discuss easy ways to include fitness in your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!

Advice For Aspiring Writers

Hey, homeschoolers! I met Phil and Erin Ulrich at the Great Homeschool Convention in South Carolina. I fell in love with their books and Phil’s writing story. I invited him to join me on the podcast to discuss advice for aspiring writers. I know many of you would like to write or have kids who love it.

Before I share this inspiring interview, I want to thank my sponsor for this podcast: Voyage Course.

The transition from high school to adult life is a major one. How can you make sure that your student is well prepared for the leap? By accessing the right resources! Voyage is an interactive, online program that walks high school students through key skills they need to transition into adulthood well. Whether they are trying to figure out a career, exploring a college path, or simply seeking to learn adult life skills, Voyage has the tools and lessons to help equip them for their journey. With five interactive modules covering personal development, career planning, college planning, financial responsibility, and everyday life skills, Voyage is designed for self-paced, independent learning, and it’s an affordable course at only $60 for all 5 modules!

Learn more about the course at thriveacademics.com/voyage-course.

Advice for Aspiring Writers

Phil and I discussed:

  • His fascinating journey to becoming a writer
  • The surprising focus every aspiring writer must have
  • Where the idea for Growly Books came from

Giveaway

You can find links to freebies, information about the Growly Books, and some special offers at GrowlyBooks.com/sanity. Enter the giveaway for a full set of books with personalized inscription, three freamable illustrations, books, and stickers by commenting with what interests you about the books here.

Thanks again to Voyage Course for sponsoring this episode. Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Make Your Homeschool A Heck-Yes

Hey, homeschoolers! You may know that I am a big fan of fashion. Ever since being introduced to Get Your Pretty On with Alison Lumbatis, I love putting pieces from my closet, thrift shops, and other stores together to create a capsule wardrobe. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I encourage you to listen to the interview I did with Alison.

Get Your pretty On has not only changed the way I dress, but it has changed the way I think about myself and my life. That’s what this episode is all about. I’m going to help you make your homeschool a heck-yes. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the summer capsule wardrobe list that is available now. Check it out by going to Psychowith6.com/GYPO. If a seasonal wardrobe is not what you’re looking for, I highly recommend the Closet Staples list that you will find at the same link.

If it’s not a heck-yes, it’s a no.

One of Alison’s foundational principles in choosing clothing is if it’s not a heck-yes, it’s a no. It’s taken me nearly three years, but I finally determined warning signs that a piece of clothing is not a heck-yes for me. These are the seven signs.

  1. It only looks good when I stand or sit a certain way.
  2. It doesn’t look good in a selfie.
  3. I keep messing with it.
  4. I wish it was different in some way and keep looking for an alternative.
  5. I keep wondering if it’s the wrong size, length, color, or style for me.
  6. I don’t want to wear it right away.
  7. I’m uncomfortable in it or relieved to take it off.

At this point you may be wondering what this has to do with homeschooling? It wasn’t long after I made my list of signs that an item wasn’t a heck-yes that I realized the concept applied to homeschooling and life.

How to make your curriculum a heck-yes.

Let’s start with curriculum, as I know many of you are on the hunt right now. The appearance aspects of heck-yes probably don’t apply, but I’m looking at sign #4. It applies to curriculum in a big way.

If you wish a curriculum was different in some way and you keep looking for an alternative, it’s not a heck-yes for you. It may be a heck-yes for all of your friends, but not for you. Don’t worry. I’m going to help ease the pain of admitting you made the wrong choice in a bit.

What about the style of your curriculum? Do you keep wondering if it’s the right one? Are you worried that it will be too dull or too time-intensive? Perhaps you plan to unschool without traditional curriculum and you’re worried about that. If you keep having these thoughts, the curriculum or homeschool style may not be a heck-yes for you.

Let’s move to the next sign it’s not a heck-yes: You aren’t excited to get started. Other things you have, you look forward to using. But not this one. It may not be a heck-yes.

Sign #7 for my clothing choices is that I’m uncomfortable in it or relieved to take it off. With curriculum, you need to try it out to be sure. Do a sample lesson if you haven’t purchased yet or get started if you have. Try a week of unschooling. Are you happy to be done with it? Does it feel uncomfortable? If so, it may not be a heck-yes.

I don’t mean to suggest that the right curriculum will be rainbows and unicorns every day. It won’t. I get tired of even the best pieces of clothing. But something my mom said to me years ago when I was dating Mr. Wrong in grad school came to mind with respect to clothing. I kept telling my mom we were working on the relationship. She said, “You shouldn’t have to work on the relationship from the beginning.”

My clothing choices shouldn’t be work to look and feel good from the get-go, and neither should your curriculum. It should feel smooth and comfortable. But what if you’re trying a whole new approach to homeschooling, you may ask. I can relate to that with clothing, too. It felt odd to wear mules and tops that required a strapless bra at first. That’s fine. But I shouldn’t be wishing these pieces were different and relieved to take them off. A new approach to teaching may be a heck-yes for you, but not if you can’t wait to finish using it.

How to cope with curriculum that isn’t a heck-yes

When I started using these rules with clothing, I felt awful at first. I had spent loads of time and money on things I couldn’t return. It was embarrassing honestly. But here’s how I felt better about it and how you can, too.

First, I can sell things that aren’t heck-yeses. There are many ways to sell your curriculum. Here’s a comprehensive list I made for how to do that.

Second, I can donate things that aren’t heck-yeses. I love to thrift shop and get a thrill when I find something beautiful for a bargain. Giving my clothes away potentially gives another woman that experience. The same list gives you options for donating curriculum as well. What isn’t a heck-yes for you may well be for someone else.

Third, I recognize what I’ve learned. I don’t buy shirts with crew necks anymore, for example. You’ll know that certain types of curriculum just aren’t for you going forward–even if your friends love it. It will save you trememndous time, money, and regret.

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By the way, not finding a heck-yes language arts curriculum is what drove me to create Grammar Galaxy. I wish I would have had it for all my kids, but I needed to learn before I could write it. You’re becoming an expert in what works for your family, too. The 7th-grade volume of Grammar Galaxy called Nova is now available. It is a review and expansion of the concepts taught in the first three volumes. It includes optional advanced writing projects with each unit. Find a complete sample to try at FunToLearnBooks.com/samples. I hope it is a heck-yes for you!

How to apply the heck-yes philosophy to the rest of your life.

We can have similar rules for determining when a relationship, schedule, or activity isn’t a heck-yes. I once had a friend who made me feel bad about myself every time I was with her. It was not a heck-yes friendship. If I never want to follow my schedule, it’s not a heck-yes and needs to be changed. And if an activity doesn’t make me happy after I’ve completed it, it’s not a heck-yes.

I even applied this heck-yes philosophy to my habits. Here are some that are not heck-yeses for me:

  • Checking email and social media in the morning.
  • Eating chocolate after meals.
  • Going to bed after 11 p.m.

Conclusion

I hope I have you thinking about what is and is not a heck-yes in your wardrobe, your curriculum, and your life. Even though it can be painful to recognize that you’ve invested time or money into something that doesn’t work, the lessons you learn can be invaluable. Have a happy homeschool week!

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