Homeschool Sanity Show

6 Lessons My Homeschool Mentor Taught Me

Hey, homeschoolers! Today I want to share with you some powerful lessons my homeschool mentor taught me. I didn’t know I needed a homeschool mentor after teaching for two decades. But I did and God provided one. I think you’ll be blessed to hear what she’s taught me.
Before we jump in, I want 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. Visit ctcmath.com today to start your free trial. Before I tell you the lessons my mentor taught me, I have to tell you how we met. I was in the valley. It was 2019. My husband had had a stroke, dear friends and family members had been diagnosed with cancer, my kids had made some choices that made me feel like a failure, and the day before, my new puppy had died. I was at a volleyball match out of town and had just learned that the only mom I chatted with wasn’t going to be there. I walked into the gym and the woman called me up to sit next to her and her husband. I knew that they had homeschooled their 11 children and that their youngest was on my daughter’s volleyball team. I noticed that she was always stylishly dressed, but that’s all I knew. I don’t remember any of the small talk we made before she taught me my first lesson. It was this:

#1 God loves you.

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Conclusion

If Sandy could sit with you, she would tell you that God loves you soooo much, despite the truth that you and your children are dirty, rotten sinners. She would tell you that you need more time in the Word to finish this race. She would encourage you to pray that you would do your husband good all the days of your life. And no matter what you and your children are facing, she would tell you there is still hope. Thanks again to my sponsor, CTC Math. I will be back next month with a new episode. Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Raise Children You Enjoy

Hey, homeschoolers! I attended the Great Homeschool Convention in St. Charles, Missouri and met Marisa Boonstra in the booth next to me. When I saw that she taught a course called Raising Children You Enjoy, I had to have her on the podcast. I enjoy my children and consider it one of the great blessings of homeschooling. I want that for you, too.

Before I introduce Marissa, I want 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.

Visit ctcmath.com today to start your free trial.

Raising Children You Enjoy

Now let’s talk about raising children you enjoy. My guest is Marisa Boonstra, homeschooling mom of two and author of Bucking The System: Reclaiming Our Children’s Minds For Christ. She founded Called To Mothering in 2015 to encourage women to find purpose and joy in their God-given calling as mothers and equip them to fulfill the Great Commission at home. Her ministry provides moms with resources to create Christ-centered homes and raise children with a biblical worldview. A native Jersey girl and Oklahoma transplant, Marisa relies on Jesus and coffee (in that order) to get her through the day. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband of 18 years and two amazing children.

I hope you will connect with Marisa at CalledtoMothering.com. Thanks again to CTCMath for their sponsorship. Join me next time as I share six lessons my homeschool mentor taught me. You don’t want to miss it!

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Maintain A Strong Homeschool Marriage

Hey, homeschoolers!

I’ve done a couple of episodes on marriage over the years and I don’t think that’s nearly enough. A strong marriage is like a strong foundation for your house. Without it, your homeschool can crumble. This is not to discourage those whose marriages have ended or are in serious trouble. God is in the renovation business! He is able to make beauty from ashes. Those of us who are married need to make our marriage a priority. My guest will help us with that.

But first, I want 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). Using 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 c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial.

Keeping a Strong Homeschool Marriage

Now let’s talk about homeschool marriage. My guest is Scott LaPierre. Scott is the senior pastor of Woodland Christian Church, an author, and a conference speaker. He and his wife, Katie, grew up together and God has blessed them with eight children they homeschool with a ninth on the way. Pastor Scott’s books are Christian nonfiction largely taken from his expository preaching. I know you will appreciate his counsel.

To connect with Scott and to get a FREE copy of Scott LaPierre’s book, click here: “Seven Biblical Insights for Healthy, Joyful, Christ-Centered Marriages.”

You may also like: Trusting God with Marriage or Single Parenting, How to Manage Anger in Marriage, Homeschooling Without Help, How to Find Balance as a Homeschool Mom

Thanks again to CTC Math for their sponsorship.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Teaching Homeschoolers World Government

Hey, homeschoolers!

Types of government have been in the news lately, but I’m going to be honest and say I don’t understand the forms of government that well. That’s why I invited a guest expert to explain it so we can teach our kids. To understand what’s happening in politics and world relationships, we need to start with this foundation.

But first, I want 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). Using 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.

Now let’s discuss world government. My guest today is Jessica De Gree. Jessica is a high school teacher, former homeschooling student, and the host of a new history podcast called My Life Under Communism. The podcast features interviews with residents or former residents of communist countries, allowing us to access stories of their unique experiences that shed light on an otherwise lofty and complex political term. Her family is the creator of the homeschool history publisher The Classical Historian, an award-winning history curriculum company.

I think you’ll enjoy this interview.

Thanks again to CTC Math for their sponsorship. Join me next time as we discuss how to maintain a strong homeschool marriage.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Manage Homeschool Mistakes

Hey, homeschoolers! I’ve been thinking a lot about mistakes in homeschooling. One reason I have is because I’ve been talking with homeschooling moms at the Great Homeschool Conventions. They’ve been asking me about their mistakes. Another reason I’ve been thinking about mistakes this because I see the end of my homeschooling years on the horizon. My youngest is a freshman this year, and it’s hard to believe we have just a little over three years remaining. I’ve been thinking about what if anything I would do differently in my homeschooling if I had the chance. The third reason I’ve been thinking about mistakes is because I talk to many parents of perfectionistic kids – kids who take all day to get things just right.

Grammar Galaxy

So I thought I would address the whole topics of mistakes in homeschooling. Before I dive in, I want to mention the elementary language arts curriculum I’ve authored — Grammar Galaxy. It’s story-based, explaining what happens to literature, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing when the Gremlin tries to destroy the English language. Kids don’t complete boring workbooks. Instead, they complete missions as guardians of the galaxy, and put things back in order. Grammar Galaxy is used by thousands of students across the country and even around the world. But I’m going to tell you a secret about it. It has mistakes in it. I call them Gremlins. It seems as quickly as I correct them, the Gremlin produces more to take their place. I can be a perfectionist and I found it very difficult to publish a curriculum, knowing it wasn’t perfect. But if I had waited for perfection, I wouldn’t have written a curriculum kids and parents alike enjoy. And I wouldn’t have been living my dream of writing these past five years. With that context, I want to frame today’s topic of managing mistakes in terms of do’s and don’ts.

Resources for Managing Homeschool Mistakes

Read the blog post Great Homeschool Conventions Grammar Galaxy Perfectionism Math curriculum we used Homeschool haters Conflict resolution Doorposts parenting resource Join me next time as my guest and I discuss teaching world government. Have a happy homeschool week!

Unschooling To Prepare Teens for Life

Hey, homeschoolers! Do you have teens or will you soon? When you are homeschooling teenagers, the day they leave your home looms large. Whether they plan to attend college, begin working, or start their own business, you want to give them the best preparation possible. My guest today is going to help us prepare our kids for whatever lies ahead.

But first, I want to thank my sponsor, CTC Math.

Sponsor

Before we dive in, I want 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). Using 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 c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial.

Now for today’s topic: preparing teens for life after homeschooling. My guest today is Karla Marie Williams, prolific author and homeschooling mother of six, whose new book is called Teens Unleashed. You’ll want to grab your copy and also give a listen to the excellent interview I did with Karla on unschooling.

Karla inspires me! If you’re not following her on social media, you’ll want to do that today. Find Karla on Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks again to CTC Math for sponsoring this episode. Join me next time as I discuss mistakes in homeschooling. Have a happy homeschool week.

Rethinking The Homeschool Dream

Hey, homeschoolers! My idea of the dream homeschool life has changed since I began teaching my kids more than 20 years ago. And I couldn’t be happier about it. One of the moms in Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook asked a related question that prompted me to do this episode. What is the homeschool dream anyway? We’ll discuss it in a moment, but first I want to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year. Yes, they are going to be held in person. The first two conventions are in Greenville, South Carolina and St. Charles, Missouri. I will be speaking on homeschool sanity and parenting and of course, sharing Grammar Galaxy and the other books I’ve written. To learn more and to register, go to GreatHomeschoolConventions.com. I also want to take this time to thank my sponsor: CTC Math.

Sponsor

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). Using 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 c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial. Living the Homeschool Dream Resources Read the blog post Homeschooling as fulfillment Homeschool Sanity Classes FLYLady What I learned sending my son to public school

Conclusion

Thanks again to CTC Math for sponsoring this podcast. Join me next time as I talk with Karla Marie Williams about her new book Teens Unleashed. Have a happy homeschool week!

What To Teach Kids About Dealing With Difficult People

Hey, homeschoolers! One of the things I love about homeschooling is the opportunity to teach my kids things they wouldn’t learn in a traditional school. For example, I’ve done an episode on how to teach kids to respond to others who are hurting or grieving. Today, I’m going to talk about how to help kids deal with difficult people.
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How Personality Can Change Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! I used to think my husband and kids were trying to drive me crazy. That’s before I understood personalities. You would think as a psychologist that I would know better, but I didn’t. In this episode, I’m going to explain basic concepts of personality that can transform your homeschool and your other relationships, too.

Sponsor

Before we dive in, I want 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). Using 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 c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial.

Resources

Read the blog post Perfectionism and personality Personality Plus for Parents

Conclusion

Join me next week as I share what to teach kids about dealing with difficult people. Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Use Finance As A Teaching Tool

Hey, homeschoolers! I’m passionate about teaching my kids about finances. I believe it’s a critical life skill and one that I didn’t personally have a good education in.

Sponsor

Before I introduce my guest for today’s interview, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, CTC Math.

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). Using 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 c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial.

Finance Resources

My guest is Benny Nachman, CEO of Jassby, a finance app for families.

Find Jassby on Facebook and on Instagram

Listen to How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Join me next week as we discuss how understanding personality can improve your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!