Homeschool Sanity Show

How To Help Kids Handle The Hard Times In History


Hey, homeschoolers!

There’s no question that the pandemic can make our kids anxious, even as we try to navigate these uncertain times ourselves. But current events aren’t the only times that may be unsettling for children. How should we handle the hard times in history we study? We can certainly avoid them when are children are very young. But eventually, we will have to discuss the dark days. How can we best do that?

My guest today is going to advise us. Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a genuine “people-person,” and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Through homeschooling her children and service as a missionary, she discovered a deep love for world history and a clear call to write for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come that they might know “the mystery of God.” (Col 2:3)

In its 20th year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages and won numerous awards. While fact-filled and historically accurate, Linda’s writing style remains warm, personable, and thought provoking. A native-born Texan, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. She presently resides in Tennessee where she continues to research, write, teach online classes, and obsess over matters big and small.

I know you’ll be inspired what Linda has to share.

Hard Times of History Resources

Free printable life questions for discussing the dark side of history

Free workshop “Modern History That Shook the World” by Linda Lacour Hobar – use code melanie (exp. 5/31/20)

Want to better understand the headlines? Planning to teach modern history? Then you need “Modern History That Shook the World!” Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History, as she recounts world-shaking events from the 20th century to present day from a biblical worldview. With vivid snapshots of the Cold War, the Formation of Israel, the War in Korea, the Collapse of the Soviet Union, and more, students and teachers will not only see the past more clearly, but be better prepared for the future!

BrightIdeasPress.com

TheMysteryofHistory.com

The Mystery of History on Facebook and Instagram

Conclusion

Join me next week when my guest and I discuss how to develop children’s character. I know you’ll love it. I did!

Have a happy homeschool week!

Homeschooling with a Broken Spirit

Hey, homeschoolers!

Homeschooling during a pandemic can certainly be a challenge. For some of us, it leads to a broken spirit. I’ve certainly had my days! But I experienced an even greater challenge in the days following a miscarriage. I want to offer you the help and hope you need for homeschooling with a broken spirit.

I invited fellow conference speaker Dennis Gundersen of Grace and Truth Books to join me. In this interview, we discuss some common causes of discouragement and how we can break free from a depressed mindset.

Dennis is a Christian publisher of children’s stories from the 1800s with a character-building emphasis. He served as Senior Pastor at two Tulsa churches and is now devoted to writing, publishing and conference speaking. Dennis is the author of the books Your Child’s Profession of Faith, Courtship or Dating: So What’s the Difference?, and A Praying Church. Dennis is a frequent speaker at church conferences, men’s retreats, and home education conventions. He and his wife Naomi have been married for 44 years and they have four adult sons and six grandchildren. I’m so pleased that he is sharing his pastoral wisdom with us today.

Homeschooling with a Broken Spirit Resources

Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness
Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure
 
Dennis’s You Tube Messages:
 
Depression: Grace Conquers All – Message 1
Depression: Grace Conquers All – Message 2

Next Week on the Podcast

Join me next time for an interview with Linda Lacour Hobar as we discuss helping kids handle the hard times in history.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Why You’re Still an Angry Parent and What to Do About It

Hey, homeschoolers! The episodes and the talks I have done on anger have been some of the most popular and with good reason. Having a problem with anger is very discouraging to us as Christian parents. I know that from experience!

Before I introduce my guest for today’s podcast, I want to share the sponsor for this episode: The Anger Antidote for Christian Homeschoolers Class. This class was once only available to attendees of Great Homeschool Conventions. But now I am making it available online. You’ll receive a 35-minute, video-recorded class plus a handbook that will allow you to take action on what you learn. My heart’s desire is that every parent who struggles in this area can take advantage of the class, so I am charging just $7 for it for a limited time. Learn more here.

 

 

Still Angry – Interview with Brook Wayne

Now to introduce Brook Wayne, wife of Israel Wayne who spoke with me two weeks ago about Christian parenting. I love how real this mother of many is on the issue of parental anger. I know you’ll benefit from her words of wisdom. We discussed:

  • what inspired her to address the topic of anger
  • some of the dangers of sowing seeds of anger in a child’s life
  • the Roadmap to Freedom for angry, stressed, and overwhelmed parents

Find the book Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry & Stressed-Out Parenting at FamilyRenewal.org/store.

Family Renewal on Facebook

Brook Wayne on Facebook

Join me next week as my guest and I discuss Homeschooling with a Broken Spirit.

Have a happy homeschool week!

The Best Audiobooks For Kids And Families Now

Hey, homeschoolers! I recently spoke about how valuable audiobooks are in homeschooling.  But I’m excited about my guest today, who will help us identify the best audiobooks to listen to now that we are sheltering in. Of course, these are great choices any time!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Grammar Galaxy Nebula in audiobook form. It makes a great review of the basic parts of speech but in a way that is engaging for the whole family. A professional narrator brings the stories to life.

Now for my interview with beloved audiobook narrator, Jim Hodges. We discussed:

  • other ways audiobooks provide value to children
  • the best audiobooks for young listeners
  • the best classics on audio
  • the best historical audiobooks
  • the best Christian audiobooks, and
  • the best old radio audios

You can download the audiobook Drake’s Flag for free at JimHodgesAudioBooks.com. The membership is the best value!

Join me next week as we discuss why you’re still an angry parent and what to do about it.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Christian Parenting Practices With Israel Wayne

Hey, homeschoolers! Today we’re going to talk about how to parent as a Christian homeschooler. We are spending more time than ever parenting as we shelter in place. There’s nothing like a quarantine to show you what needs your attention.

Great Homeschool Conventions

Before we jump in and I introduce my guest, I want to tell you about Great Homeschool Conventions online, April 16th-18th! VIP access is free. You’ll have access to two popular parenting sessions from me: “How to Outwit, Outthink, and Outlast the Strong-Willed Homeschooler” and “How to Negotiate Sibling Conflict Like an FBI Pro.” Both of these sessions are going to be especially helpful to you when you’re staying home full-time. To register, go to GreatHomeschoolConventions.com.

Christian Parenting Practices

Now let’s talk about parenting with my guest Israel Wayne. Israel has a podcast on The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, but we hadn’t met until we both attended a BJU Press conference. We got to talking about parenting and realized that we share similar views.

Israel desires to point parents to raise their children with a biblical worldview. As a nationally known speaker and author, he captivates audiences with enthusiasm for bringing the Word of God to bear on all aspects of life. His messages, from education to theology to current events take him across the country to challenge and encourage families. As the pandemic has left him unable to speak at in-person conferences, I’m thrilled to be able to chat with him on the podcast.

We discussed:

  • the difference between secular and Christian parenting
  • what Gospel-Centered parenting looks like
  • effective discipline for young children
  • how parenting should change in the teen years, and more!

Raising Them Up: Parenting for Christians. Find more of Israel’s resources at FamilyRenewal.org

and be sure to check out his podcast!

Join me next week as we discuss the best audiobooks for kids and families now.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God With The Little Things

Hey, homeschoolers!

Today marks the last episode in the Trust Project series: How to trust God with the little things. I am in awe of how He led me to start the series and what He has taught me through it all. I continue to marvel that I had no idea what to talk about for last month’s episode on trusting God with the world. Then the coronavirus hit. God wants us to know that while we don’t know what’s coming, He does.

40: The Temptation of Christ

View the film here

Trust God with the Little Things Resources

Read the blog post

Stop Worrying, Start Living

Permission to Pray Little Prayers

How to avoid bed bugs while traveling

Epley maneuver for vertigo

Conclusion

Of course, our journey hasn’t ended. Go back through previous months of the Trust Project as you need to. Be prepared to answer Satan’s question over and over…Did God really say? Yes, He did. He really did say that He loves us and is everything we need. He really did say that He was for us and not against us. He really did say that He would work all things together for our good.

God bless you, my friend as you seek to trust in our awesome God more and more.

In light of the cancellation of homeschooling conferences, I have reached out to speakers you would normally hear from in person and have asked them to join me here on The Homeschool Sanity Show. You can look forward to my conversations with them in the coming months.

Join me for the Intentional Homeschool Planning Conference, now just $12 for your one-day ticket.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How to trust God with…

health and safety

kids

spouse

finances

parents

friends

possessions

success

sin

salvation

world

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

Read the blog post

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!