Homeschool Sanity Show

How To Stay Sane With Kids Home Full-Time

Hey, homeschoolers!

I have been at home with my kids full-time for 23 years. It wasn’t what I wanted at first and I’ve had my share of challenges, but now I’m so grateful for the time I’ve had. If you’re a homeschooler whose kids are now home from outside classes and activities because of sheltering in or you’re new to having your kids home from school, this episode is for you. I want to share simple tips that will have you not just surviving but thriving with your kids home full-time.

Before we begin, I want to invite you to participate in the Intentional Homeschool Conference online on April 25th. This unique homeschool conference is entirely focused on planning your ideal homeschool year in a way that works for YOUR family. Along with other veteran homeschoolers, I’ll be presenting hands-on sessions that will help you not just take notes but apply what you learn in real time. I’ll also be there to help answer your questions about planning, curriculum, and parenting. Take advantage of early-bird pricing now!

 

 

 

 

Kids Home Full Time Resources

Read the blog post

How to Be Happy and Homeschool Too

Houseparty App

Is Self-Care a Snare?

Get Your Pretty On

Grammar Galaxy samples

Grammar Galaxy monthly calendars

Why & How to Teach Vocabulary

Spoons game

Psych app

Four Square

Free grammar games

Conclusion

When you adjust your expectations, reserve time to recharge, and give your kids what they need, you’ll not only survive this time, you’ll thrive during it. To find all the links I’ve mentioned and more, go to homeschoolsanity.com/kidshome. And be sure to register for the Intentional Homeschool Conference.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Is Self-care A Snare?

Hey homeschoolers!

Recently, a woman on my Psychowith6 Facebook page, made a comment on the self-care movement. I wasn’t aware that self-care was a movement, but she got me thinking. Previously on this podcast in an episode called How to Be Happy and Homeschool, Too, I discussed the importance of what could be called self-care. In fact, I frequently talk about the importance of it during my sessions at Great Homeschool Conventions. I suddenly found myself wondering if I had been teaching wrong things. So I wanted to address the topic in today’s episode. Is self-care a snare? I am tempted to tell you the right way to think about this issue. But instead, I am going to give you some considerations for you to take to the Lord.

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Sponsor

Before we do that I want to think my sponsor for this episode, FabuLingua.

Helping your child learn a second language, especially when you don’t speak it, can seem intimidating!

The vocabulary lists, the grammar drills… there’s a better way. The magic of children’s stories makes it fun and easy for your child to learn a second language like Spanish.

The most important factor in learning a new language is how much ‘input’ of that new language gets absorbed. It doesn’t have to be perfectly understood – just comprehensible.

That’s where FabuLingua comes in. Their app provides a huge amount of written and spoken ‘comprehensible input’ through beautiful, interactive children’s stories.

FabuLingua was created for families who are seeking a convenient, effective tool to support their language learning goals – in a fun and effortless way. FabuLingua kids don’t ask to ‘learn’ with the app – they ask to ‘play’ with it!

Their mission is to make it fun and accessible to children, so that learning another language is something they are excited to do!

New stories are released each month and you can explore your first story free. Look for FabuLingua on the App Store or Google Play Store. That’s F-A-B-U-L-I-N-G-U-A. FabuLingua – magical stories that teach kids Spanish.

Self-Care Resources

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Thanks again to my sponsor, FabuLingua. Find the link to it and the other resources in the show notes and homeschoolsanity.com/self.

Have a happy homeschool week!

A Mr. Rogers Approach to Homeschooling

Hey, homeschoolers!

I watched the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, about Mr. Rogers and his relationship with a journalist who was sent to interview him. The movie was the sponsor of this podcast. It is rated PG and is a drama that is not fast-paced. For that reason, I think young children would be bored. However, I highly recommend it for you as a homeschooler. It is available for streaming now and I would love for you to watch it to get the most out of this podcast episode.

Sponsor

Speaking of sponsors, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: FabuLingua.

Helping your child learn a second language, especially when you don’t speak it, can seem intimidating!

The vocabulary lists, the grammar drills… there’s a better way. The magic of children’s stories makes it fun and easy for your child to learn a second language like Spanish.

The most important factor in learning a new language is how much ‘input’ of that new language gets absorbed. It doesn’t have to be perfectly understood – just comprehensible.

That’s where FabuLingua comes in. Their app provides a huge amount of written and spoken ‘comprehensible input’ through beautiful, interactive children’s stories.

FabuLingua was created for families who are seeking a convenient, effective tool to support their language learning goals – in a fun and effortless way. FabuLingua kids don’t ask to ‘learn’ with the app – they ask to ‘play’ with it!

Their mission is to make it fun and accessible to children, so that learning another language is something they are excited to do!

New stories are released each month and you can explore your first story free. Look for FabuLingua on the App Store or Google Play Store. That’s F-A-B-U-L-I-N-G-U-A. FabuLingua – magical stories that teach kids Spanish.

A Mr. Rogers Approach to Homeschooling Resources

Read the blog post

Writing curriculum for kids

Art curriculum for kids

Overcoming anger for parents

Conflict management

Fighting with My Family

Conclusion

Thanks again to our sponsor, FabuLingua. Join me next time as I answer the question “Is self-care a snare?”

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With The World


Hey, homeschoolers!

Trusting God with all the scary things going on in the world right now can be challenging, but that’s our focus this month.

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First, I want to think my sponsor for this episode, FabuLingua.

Helping your child learn a second language, especially when you don’t speak it, can seem intimidating!

The vocabulary lists, the grammar drills… there’s a better way. The magic of children’s stories makes it fun and easy for your child to learn a second language like Spanish.

The most important factor in learning a new language is how much ‘input’ of that new language gets absorbed. It doesn’t have to be perfectly understood – just comprehensible.

That’s where FabuLingua comes in. Their app provides a huge amount of written and spoken ‘comprehensible input’ through beautiful, interactive children’s stories.

FabuLingua was created for families who are seeking a convenient, effective tool to support their language learning goals – in a fun and effortless way. FabuLingua kids don’t ask to ‘learn’ with the app – they ask to ‘play’ with it!

Their mission is to make it fun and accessible to children, so that learning another language is something they are excited to do!

New stories are released each month and you can explore your first story free. Look for FabuLingua on the App Store or Google Play Store. That’s F-A-B-U-L-I-N-G-U-A. FabuLingua – magical stories that teach kids Spanish.

Trusting God with the World Resources

Read the blog post

Trust Project

Thanks again to my sponsor FabuLingua. Join me next week as we discuss a Mr. Rogers approach to homeschooling.

Have a happy homeschool week!

6 Reasons To Include Audiobooks In Your Homeschool


Hey, homeschoolers!

If you’ve ever worried that you’re copping out by allowing your kids to listen to audiobooks in lieu of reading, this episode is for you. There are six benefits of using audiobooks in your homeschool that I’ll cover today.

But first, I want to invite you to join me for the Time Blocking Summit March 5th-7th. I will be sharing how to create a weekly schedule when you don’t have a routine life. The summit is free to watch live. Go to TimeBlockingSummit.info.

I’m also excited to announce that Grammar Galaxy Nebula is now available as an audiobook. It’s perfect for auditory learners, struggling readers, and busy moms. Launch pricing is available now through March 7th.  Here’s a sample for you and your kids to check out.

Sponsor: FabuLingua

I’d like to thank my sponsor for this episode, Fabulingua.

Helping your child learn a second language, especially when you don’t speak it, can seem intimidating!

The vocabulary lists, the grammar drills… there’s a better way. The magic of children’s stories makes it fun and easy for your child to learn a second language like Spanish.

The most important factor in learning a new language is how much ‘input’ of that new language gets absorbed. It doesn’t have to be perfectly understood – just comprehensible.

That’s where FabuLingua comes in. Their app provides a huge amount of written and spoken ‘comprehensible input’ through beautiful, interactive children’s stories.

FabuLingua was created for families who are seeking a convenient, effective tool to support their language learning goals – in a fun and effortless way. FabuLingua kids don’t ask to ‘learn’ with the app – they ask to ‘play’ with it!

Their mission is to make it fun and accessible to children, so that learning another language is something they are excited to do!

New stories are released each month and you can explore your first story free. Look for FabuLingua on the App Store or Google Play Store. That’s F-A-B-U-L-I-N-G-U-A. FabuLingua – magical stories that teach kids Spanish.

Audiobook Resources

Read the blog post

How to improve your child’s vocabulary

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With A Loved One’s Salvation

Hey, homeschoolers!

This month with the Trust Project we are discussing how to trust God with a loved one’s salvation. I think it’s especially challenging with our own kids.

We’ll dive into this topic in a moment, but first I want to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year. Next month, I will be speaking and exhibiting in Ft. Worth, Greenville, South Carolina, and St. Louis. I’m excited to share strategies for homeschooling the strong-willed and dawdling child, managing sibling rivalry, and restoring your sanity in the midst of homeschool overwhelm. I’ll have special pricing at my booth on The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner, A Year of Living Productively, and Grammar Galaxy. My favorite part of speaking is getting to meet you in person. Please come say hello! You can get more information by going to greathomeschoolconventions.com.

Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast

Next, I want to thank my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

Trust Salvation Resources

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Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. I will be back next month with the next topic in the Trust Project, trusting God with the world we live in. And oh, does that require trust lately, right?

Have a happy homeschool week.

Help for Anxious Homeschool Moms

Hey, homeschoolers!

Did you notice the new intro? I thought it was time for a change as we begin a new year and a new decade.

As I also prayed about topics to share on the podcast this year, I asked myself what I see as the biggest need of the homeschooling moms I talk with. One subject immediately came to mind: anxiety.

I have done a show on helping your anxious homeschooled child. And I believe that the entire Trust Project series addresses anxiety in moms. But I want to share more on this topic personally, professionally, and Scripturally.

Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast

Before we dive in, I want to thank my sponsor: the Homeschool Moms Science podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

Resources for Anxious Homeschool Moms

Read the blog post

If you have a mild problem with anxiety, I recommend listening to How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

I also recommend The Anxiety & Worry Workbook by Clark & Beck. These books will help you to think differently, thereby reducing your anxiety.

Christian biographies by the Benges

Join me next week for another installment of the Trust Project. We’ll discuss how to trust God for our loved one’s salvation.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 

How to Teach Kids About Money

Hey, homeschoolers!

After graduating three of my kids and seeing two more of them employed, I now believe that the financial education I gave my kids was even more important then I originally thought. The Bible devotes so much time to discussing money and possessions and with good reason. Our relationship with money can make or break us. That’s why I wanted to talk about teaching finance to kids in this episode.

Have you reviewed my books?

Before we dive in, I have a favor to ask of you. If you have purchased and enjoyed any of my books, I would love to have you take a moment to submit a review. Amazon reviews are a major factor in whether or not people make a purchase. I know I rely on them. Thank you so much for taking the time to help other homeschoolers benefit from the resources I’ve created.

First, click the link for the book you’ve purchased. Then click on the number of ratings link (1). This will open rating details with the option for you to write your own review below (2).

Grammar Galaxy Nebula

Grammar Galaxy Protostar

Grammar Galaxy Yellow Star

Grammar Galaxy Red Star

The Organized Homeschool Life

A Year of Living Productively

Sponsor for Homeschool Sanity

I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, the homeschool science moms podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of Greg meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

How to Teach Kids About Money

Now for the topic of teaching kids about money. My guest today is Cynthia L Simmons.

Cynthia and her husband have five grown children and reside in Atlanta. A Bible teacher, certified writing and media coach, and former homeschool mom, she writes for Leading Hearts magazine and has written curriculum for Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She served as past president for Christian Authors Guild and directed Atlanta Christian Writers Conference for six years. Cynthia is fond of history and has a heart for younger women, offering them the elegance of God’s wisdom. She hosts a weekly radio program, Heart of the Matter Radio, and Cynthia Chats, a video packed with encouragement. Her author website is http://clsimmons.com.

Cynthia and I discussed:

  • What got her interested in teaching money management
  • What age we should begin teaching finance
  • The most important principles to teach our kids and teens about money

Pursuing Gold novel and curriculum

Connect with Cynthia on Instagram or Facebook.

Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science podcast. Next week join me for help for anxious homeschool moms.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God To Overcome Sin


Hey, homeshoolers!

I hope your year is off to a good start. Mine is because I am trusting God more. This is our Trust Project episode and today we’re going to talk about sin. What a fun topic, right? But it’s huge. Maybe you trust God with your health and your kids, but it’s hard to believe that He has overcome sin in your life. If you struggle with that, know that I’m right there with you.

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Podcast Sponsor

Before we dive in, I want to thank our sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

How to Trust God to Overcome Sin Resources

Read the blog post

I am praying for you as you seek to trust the Lord with the sin you haven’t been able to overcome in yuor own strength.

Do you struggle to trust God in this area? Comment and let me know.

Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. Join me next week as my guest and I discuss teaching kids about money.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Productivity Tips For A New Year

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s a new year and time for a renewed focus on our priorities as homeschooling moms. God has taught me a lot about managing my time this year. One thing I’ve learned is that I don’t have to look for the productivity holy grail. It’s normal for me to search for a new tool, a new schedule, and even a new book to read to inspire me. Newness almost always inspires action!

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The only problem with looking for the new is the expense of buying books, courses, or planners. If you’re like me with shiny object syndrome–you’re often on to the next thing to improve your productivity–I have good news! The Ultimate Productivity Bundle has all the productivity inspiration you need all year long, including my book, A Year of Living Productively. For just $47, you’ll have access to 72 other eBooks, eCourses, and printables on conquering your to-do list, reaching your goals, and freeing up more time. That’s 97% off! But hurry! While you can take your time working through these amazing resources this year, the bundle is only available through January 9th. To see what’s included, check it out here.

Now on to the productivity tips you can use this year. My guest today is Amy Michaels. Amy is a teacher turned homeschooler and coach, who has been on the podcast before. I really like her planning and prioritizing strategies and I know you will too.

We discussed:

  • how to determine your priorities as a busy homeschool mom
  • how can we maintain margin in our lives?
  • how can business moms in particular keep family life in focus?

Productivity Tips Resources

A Year of Living Productively

Listen to my previous podcast with Amy here

Strategic Year Plan

ConsistentBusinessMoms.com

Have a happy homeschool week!