Homeschool Sanity Show

How To End Procrastination In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

Are you someone who never does today what you can put off until tomorrow? Or do you have a student who’s a procrastinator?

If so, you’ll love this episode! I interview Barb Raveling, retired homeschool mom and author of the new book, Freedom From Procrastination.

Podcast Sponsor

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End Procrastination in Your Homeschool

In the podcast, I asked Barb:

  • What are the negative effects of a habit of putting things off?
  • How has procrastination affected you personally?
  • What does the Bible have to say about it? (Check out her website for procrastination Bible verses)
  • What are some strategies we can teach our kids for overcoming procrastination? (You’ll love these!)

I previously interviewed Barb about truth journaling and overeating as homeschooling moms. Be sure to listen to those episodes too.

Barb’s book Freedom From Procrastination is not directed to teens, but I think it would be very comfortable for a teen to work through it. I’ve been doing the Bible study and so far I love it!

I’ll see you next time for another installment of the Trust Project. Have a happy homeschool week!

How And Why To Teach Guitar In Your Homeschool


Hey, homeschoolers!

Music is such an important and gratifying part of home education. You may have heard my interviews with Joseph Hoffman about piano and Gena Mayo about easy ways of including music in your homeschool.

Today, I’m delighted to share my interview with Inga Hope, founder of Gentle Guitar online school and the creator of Music Ed digital magazine about why you should consider having your child learn guitar. She shares the pros and cons of the various approaches to learning the guitar and I know you’ll love her.

Ask Dr. Mel Q&A

I want to invite you to view my first Ask Dr. Mel Q&A video this month. It’s about Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I get many questions about ODD and I wanted to provide a quick answer in this video. While you watch, I would love to have you subscribe to my channel.

Now on to my interview with Inga.

How & Why to Teach Guitar in Your Homeschool

Inga had interesting answers to these questions:

  • Why is it important to teach music in your homeschool?
  • Why is the guitar a good instrument to have your student learn?
  • What are the options for learning guitar and their pros and cons?

Book a free trial lesson here

Follow Inga on Facebook and Instagram.

Do you know how to play guitar? Have you had a student learn to play? Comment and let me know.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With Friendships

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s time for another edition of The Trust Project. This month we’re talking about how to trust God with our friendships. Whether it’s having enough friends for ourselves and our kids, a problem in a friendship, or concern for a friend’s health or salvation, God can be trusted with it all.

Let’s connect

Before we dive into that, I encourage you to join me in The Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Women are using the 5-minute missions for accountability and it’s exciting!

Podcast sponsor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Organized Homeschool Life. Focus on what’s most important and achieve homeschool sanity 15 minutes at a time.

How to Trust God with Friendships Resources

Read the blog post

Trusting God with Parents

Join me next week as we discuss how and why to teach guitar in your homeschool.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Teach Health In Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

Remember health class in school? Honestly, I don’t. But I do know I haven’t been excited about the health curriculum I’ve used with my high schoolers until now. We’ll talk more about how to teach health in a minute.

Let’s Connect

But first I would love to have you subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I am going to restart my video series called Ask Dr. Mel. I get a number of questions and I’ll be providing short, usable answers on YouTube. Meanwhile, if you have a question you’d like me to answer, email me at psychowith6@gmail.com or message me at the Psychowith6 page on Facebook.

How to Teach Health in Your Homeschool

Now for this week’s topic: how to teach health in your homeschool. My guest today is Vicki Tillman. I’ve chatted with Vicki before. Vicki is a speaker, curriculum developer, counselor and life/career coach. A homeschooling mom for 20-plus years, all five of Vicki’s children graduated from homeschool high school and have completed various degrees at college and graduate levels. You can learn more about Vicki at 7SistersHomeschool and at the Homeschool High School Podcast page. She is a lovely lady and I know you’ll enjoy our chat.

Join me next week as we talk about trusting God with friends.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How & Why You Should Teach Your Homeschooler Entrepreneurship

Hey, homeschoolers!

Entrepreneurship is like a continuation of homeschooling. Our kids can continue to enjoy freedom in doing what they love to do. That’s what I’m talking about in this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show.

But first, I would love to have you tell someone about this podcast. There are sharing buttons no matter which platform you’re listening on. I share favorite podcasts and episodes all the time. The more of us who are seeking homeschool sanity, the better!

How & Why to Teach Homeschool Entrepreneurship

Now on to today’s topic: how and why to teach your kids to be entrepreneurs. My guests today are Billy Smith and Mark Baker of ChristianHomeschoolEntrepreurship.com. Billy is a homeschooling father of six. He has successfully built and sold more than 20 businesses worth $100,000 or more. Mark is a homeschooling father of seven. He has a master’s degree in International Business Management, who also an adjunct professor, business cofounder, and inventor. I know you’ll be inspired by these two dads!

To find out more about the course Billy and Mark teach, go to ChristianHomeschoolEntrepreneurship.com.

Join me next week for how to teach health in your homeschool.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With Your Parents

Hey, homeschoolers! I can’t believe it’s already September, but it is indeed. It’s time for another installment of the Trust Project. Each month, we are seeking to trust God with another area of our lives. This month, we seek to trust Him with our parents. More on that in a moment.

But first, I would love to have you follow me on Instagram.  I share a variety of inspirational, educational, and organizational posts and I love chatting with other women there. If you follow me, be sure to comment or message me that you listen to me here on the podcast. I just want you to know something about that. I am not a celebrity. I am a mom who records herself in her closet. I am still surprised when someone tells me they listen to my podcast. It is an honor and a privilege to speak with you each week. I don’t take it lightly. I pray that the Lord would use my words to be a blessing to you.

Podcast Sponsor

This episode is sponsored by The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner. Keeping God at the center of your homeschool life is easier with the book that begins with a daily devotion challenge. Your daily planning page begins with thanksgiving, a reminder to read and understand God’s Word for you, and a place for you to respond to God in prayer. Learn more and try a free complete sample here.

Trusting God with Our Parents

Before we chat about trusting God with our parents, how did trusting God with finances go? I definitely had some money challenges this month and the Trust Project helped a lot. I also had a preview of challenges that are coming up and it wasn’t fun. But I still believe that focusing on trusting God is the most important focus I can have right now. If finances are still hard, keep working at it!

Trusting God with Our Parents Resources

Read the blog post

Trusting God with Our Health and Safety

Trusting God with Our Spouse or Single Parenting

Trusting God with Our Kids

Conclusion

We can have peace and even joy where our parents are concerned when we believe the truth, remember God’s faithfulness, understand the wisdom He has already given us, pray for them, and thank God for all He’s done in our parents’ lives and in ours.

Join me next week when we will talk about teaching kids entrepreneurship.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Know If You’re Doing Enough In Your Homeschool

Hey homeschoolers!

I frequently hear this worry from homeschoolers I talk with at the great homeschool conventions: I don’t know if I’m doing enough. In a time when homeschoolers have an abundance of curriculum options for teaching their children and an abundance of philosophies of education to consider, it’s no wonder that many homeschoolers are concerned that they are doing too little. I’ll address this concern with ways to know if you’re doing enough in just a moment.

Join our community

But first I would love to invite you to join to join Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook. This is the perfect group for new homeschoolers who have all sorts of worries like these. It’s also a fantastic place to build friendships no matter where you are in your homeschooling journey.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you there.

Podcast sponsor

I would like to thank my sponsor for this episode: 7 Sisters Homeschool

Resources for Knowing You’re Doing Enough in Your Homeschool

Read the blog post

HSLDA

HSLDA state laws

Homeschooling Through High School

Raising Arrows time for lessons

Podcast interview with Karla Marie Williams

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Handwriting Without Tears

Astronomy

Art course I recommend

Curriculum Paralysis episode

How to teach vocabulary

Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook

Thanks again to 7 Sisters Homeschool for sponsoring the podcast.  Join me next time when we discuss how to trust God with our parents. Have a happy homeschool week!

How Homeschooling Can Be A Fulfilling Career

Hey homeschoolers!

At the time of this recording, many new homeschoolers are starting this amazing journey. Some of you homeschooling moms are giving up a career, a business, or are putting your education aside to teach your children at home. In this episode, I want to talk with you about how homeschooling can be a fulfilling career. I have the experience to say that it can be.

But first I would like to recommend my book A Year of Living Productively. Whatever your educational or occupational background, A Year of Living Productively can help you get more of your important work done. I share my experience using more than 80 different approaches to productivity, so you will have a shortcut in determining your own best productivity formula.

Podcast Sponsor

I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com.

Homeschool Fulfillment Resources

Read the blog post

Why I Wasted My Education to Homeschool

My books and curriculum

Interview with Gena Mayo of Music in Our Homeschool

Music in Our Homeschool courses

Interview with Beth Napoli

Tech in Your Homeschool Facebook group

Online Unit Studies

Thanks again to the Overcomer Movie for sponsoring  this episode. Join me next time as we discuss how to know if you’re doing enough as a homeschool mom.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 

How To Avoid Drill & Kill In Teaching Language Arts

Hey homeschoolers!

If your students doesn’t enjoy some aspects of language arts, whether that is reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, or writing, there is a good chance you have succumbed to the age old approach of drill. Drilling means that we repeat the same exercises over and over in an effort to help our students master a subject. Unfortunately drilling is responsible for killing many students’ enthusiasm for language arts. I will explain how we can help our kids learn language arts without dangerous drilling in the podcast.

But first I would love to invite you to join my Grammar Galaxy email list. Every month I will send your student a calendar of fun and quick language arts exercises to complete. Your student will do short reading, short vocabulary exercises, will play fun grammar games, and will use some fun writing prompts. Much of the calendar is seasonal and is it is a great thing to add to your morning basket time.

I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com.

Teaching Language Arts Resources

Read the blog post
Mastery Teaching
Captain Underpants
Calvin & Hobbes
Help your child choose books
Grammar Galaxy Nebula
Cartoon vocabulary books
Vocabulary games
Spelling games
Grammar Galaxy Flashcards and Fun packs
Easy ways to improve your child’s vocabulary
All About Spelling
Free grammar games
Language arts board games
Handwriting speed form
Funny seasonal writing prompts
Subscribe for monthly language arts calendars
Free samples of Grammar Galaxy

Thanks again to the Overcomer movie for sponsoring this podcast. Join me next week when we will discuss how homeschooling can be a fulfilling career.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With Your Finances

Hey homeschoolers!

This month we will be focusing the trust project on our finances. This is a difficult area for many of us to trust God with, but it can bring a great deal of peace when we put our faith in Him for our provision. If your husband struggles to trust God with your finances, this would be an excellent challenge to invite him to join you in.

We will dive in in a moment, but first I would like to invite you to join me in the Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Each day we have a 5-minute mission that will help you to get organized and to have the accountability you crave. Whether you have the Organized Homeschool Life book or not, you will enjoy that extra support.

Homeschool Sanity Show Sponsor

I want to think my sponsor for this episode: the Overcomer movie.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTSFIREPROOFCOURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? View the trailer at OvercomerMovie.com.

Trusting God with Our Finances Resources

Read the blog post

Trust Project – get the printables here

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Matthew 14

Crown Financial

George Muller biography

Join me next week when we discuss how to avoid drill and kill in teaching language arts.

Have a happy homeschool week!


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Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!