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An Interview with Kim Elia about the Introducing Homeopathy Film

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Introducing Homeopathy with Kim EliaThis week on Homeopathy for Mommies we are thrilled to have Kim Elia as our special guest to talk about the new film coming out in April 2024, Introducing Homeopathy.  Kim is the principal creative lead for the new Introducing Homeopathy film that is  screening at the LIVE Joint American Homeopathic Conference (JAHC) in Reston, VA and online on April 19th.

Check out the film preview clips on the film website here:

In celebration of the release of this wonderful film, Sue is giving away some tickets to the online access to the film on social media.  You can find the giveaway on Facebook and Instagram  – look for the giveaway post on our feeds to enter for a chance to win one of the virtual access tickets starting April 5th through April 12th.



Kim Elia been studying homeopathy since 1987 and graduated from the New England School of homeopathy. He is the former Director of Nutrition at Heartwood Institute, California, and has certified many nutritionists across the state of California.   Kim was the principal instructor and developer of the four-year classical homeopathy program at the Hahnemann Academy in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

Kim serves as CEO of WholeHealthNow, a comprehensive free informational resource for students and professionals. He was inspired to create the Historic Homeopathic Timeline, and is responsible for a growing library of recorded interviews and presentations with today’s world renowned homeopaths on a variety of timely and relevant topics. Kim’s intent is to bring the homeopathic community together and to contribute to the training of effective practitioners who will bring homeopathic medicine forward into the mainstream.

Students from around the world have expressed appreciation and admiration for Kim’s superb knowledge of the history of homeopathy, his deep understanding of homeopathic prescribing, and his extensive knowledge of materia medica. He is known for his dynamic and distinctive teaching methods which reflect his immense knowledge of the remedies and his genuine desire to educate everyone about this affordable and effective healing modality.

A Unique Approach to Case Taking with Dr. Dinesh Chauhan

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A Unique Approach to Case Taking with Dr. Dinesh ChauhanA Patient-Centric Approach to Case Taking with Dr. Dinesh Chauhan


Today on Homeopathy for Mommies, we are honored to have Dr. Dinesh Chauhan as a special guest, one of the most influential teachers in today’s homoeopathic world.


If you have listed to this podcast for period of time, you probably have heard Sue talk about attending several of Dr. Dinesh’s trainings on case taking and his influence on her homeopathic journey.  In this interview, Dr. Dinesh shares his journey to becoming a homeopath and how he came to create the concept of the patient-centric Scientifically Intuitive Case Witnessing Process – a uniquely designed 3 step case taking method.


Dr. Dinesh has an extensive list of credentials, read about them here.


Find Dr. Dinesh’s books here on his website.


We are pleased to invite you to join us inside Sue’s Members Corner for a series of live trainings with Dr. Dinesh on Child-centric Holistic Homeopathic healing. 


The first of 6 sessions will begin on April 19th at 10 AM EST. This series of trainings will be focused on case taking for children at various age stages and will be happening monthly throughout the rest of 2024.  Each training session will cover different stages of a child’s life, from infancy to teenage years.   You can access the live sessions or the recordings as a Member of Sue’s Members Corner.  Register now at



Dr. Dinesh Chauhan has practiced classical Homoeopathy in Mumbai, India for over 16 years. He is well received by his patients as a caring homoeopath, and a dedicated teacher to students all over the globe.


Dr. Dinesh has lectured internationally and he has a three-year clinical course program in Japan, Serbia and Israel. He also conducts video courses and has created online courses for homeopaths in Canada, England, Japan, Belgium, Egypt and the USA.


The essence of his work reflects in the concept of an integrative inclusive holistic approach in homeopathy.  He uses this multidimensional approach not only in case taking, but in materia medica, repertory, so also in provings. This has brought many to look at these aspects in homeopathy from a different perspective rather than making it a fixed two dimensional approach.

Is Studying Latin Relevant to Our Homeschool?

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latinWe’re thrilled to welcome a special guest on our podcast – Sara Greeb, a true maestro in Latin and Photography, and an esteemed instructor at True North Homeschool Academy!

Join us for an enlightening conversation as we dive deep into the significance of studying classics in our image-driven culture and untangle the subtle differences between propagation and propaganda.

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In this episode, we explore the timeless wisdom of Neil Postman, particularly his insights in “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” Sara will shed light on why “The King is Not the Grammarians” and why the constant nature of human behavior is precisely why the classics stand the test of time.

Ready to unravel the mysteries of classical education and its relevance in today’s fast-paced world?

Tune in as we navigate through profound discussions and gain insights that will reshape your perspective on education and media.

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It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what are hard and soft skills?

  • Hard skills, such as welding or heart surgery, are easily measurable and quantifiable.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously, and productively with other people.

About Life Skills 101 Host, Lisa Nehring

My name is Lisa Nehring, and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our five kids for the past 27 years and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.

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Understanding Remedy Relationships in Homeopathy

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Understanding Remedy Relationships in HomeopathyAs the host of the Homeopathy for Mommies podcast, I’ve had the privilege of discussing a wide range of topics related to homeopathy. One topic that has always seemed to confuse many of our listeners is the concept of remedy relationships in homeopathy. I remember feeling overwhelmed by this subject when I first started studying homeopathy, and I’ve decided it’s time to address this important topic head-on.

The Basics of Remedy Relationships

Remedy relationships refer to how one remedy interacts with another. Dr. R. Gibson Miller from Glasgow, Scotland, has created a printable chart of remedy relationships ( , which is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in this topic. I also recommend John H. Clark’s clinical repertory ( , which includes a section on clinical relationships that mirrors the chart.

In essence, complementary remedies enhance or emphasize each other’s qualities. Remedies that follow well are best given after a particular remedy, while inimical remedies are opposed in character and cannot exist together. Antidotes are remedies that counteract the effects of another remedy.

Practical Examples of Remedy Relationships

To illustrate this concept, consider the relationship between arnica and belladonna, which complement aconite. The order in which these remedies are given can significantly impact their effectiveness. For instance, giving one remedy before another can cancel its effects. Understanding these relationships is crucial when giving a series of remedies to aid healing.

The Role of Antidotes in Homeopathy

Antidotes in homeopathy are remedies that cancel out the action of another remedy. They can be used to counteract any negative effects or unwanted symptoms caused by a previous remedy. Some remedies have specific antidotes listed, while others do not. Interestingly, cell salts, which are essential building blocks of the human body, are not typically affected by other remedies and do not have antidotes.

Comparing Remedies: A Useful Tool for Beginners

In classical homeopathy, the term “compare” or “similar to” is often used to indicate a group of remedies that have similar properties or uses. While I prefer to be more specific in my remedy selection, comparing different remedies can be a helpful tool for beginners or those starting out in homeopathy.

My Personal Experience with Complementary Remedies

I’ve personally experienced the power of complementary remedies. When I broke my leg, my homeopath prescribed the “famous five” remedies: arnica, hypericum, bryonia, rhus tox, and ruta. These remedies not only complemented each other but also had the potential to antidote each other. Despite this, they worked together effectively and aided in my healing process.

Complementary and Inimical Remedies: A Delicate Balance

Complementary remedies work well together and can be given in alternation or combination to treat a particular ailment. In contrast, inimical remedies should not be given together as they can cancel out each other’s effects or create unwanted reactions.

For example, for sore, burning, or broken out skin, remedies like Rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy) and Apis mellifica (bee venom) are recommended. However, these two remedies are inimical to Nux vomica and Chamomile. Another example is Carbo vegetabilis (vegetable carbon) and Kreosotum (creosote), which are inimical to Acidum hydrocyanicum (cyanide) and Lachesis (snake venom). It’s crucial to be aware of these inimical relationships when prescribing remedies.

The Power of Antidotes

Antidotes can counteract the effects of another remedy. For example, Camphor is a powerful antidote that can neutralize the effects of many other remedies. Understanding the role of antidotes in homeopathy can be a game-changer in your healing journey.

In conclusion, understanding remedy relationships in homeopathy is a complex but rewarding endeavor. It requires careful study and practice, but the potential benefits to your health and well-being are immense. I hope this deep dive into remedy relationships has been informative and encourages you to explore this fascinating aspect of homeopathy further.

How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock

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This week on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network: How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock.

How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock

How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock

With the flexibility and personalized learning opportunities homeschool offers, homeschooling has become a viable choice for many families. But what about fine arts? We talked about this with Cody Wheelock from Fount Atelier Art Coaching. With him, let’s explore how to handle fine arts and the ways it can empower your child’s education journey.

About Cody Wheelock

Cody Wheelock is the owner and director of Fount Atelier Art Coaching. The name “Fount Atelier” comes from the French term ‘atelier’, which means ‘studio’. In 19th century Paris, students would study at professional artist studios called ateliers for formal training. 

Since Cody’s studio is located in Kansas City, known as the city of Fountains, he named the studio Fount Atelier Art Coaching, which is the perfect blend of history and honoring his local community. 

Cody started out as an art teacher and always had a passion for art. After teaching in public and private schools for ten years, he felt there were limitations to what he could do in that setting. So, four years ago, he set up Fount Atelier as a private instructional studio where he can work with families and provide a creative fine art outlet for homeschool students.

His physical studio is designed to be the perfect place for students, as its decorated and arranged for an in-person setting. He also offers online art coaching, so students can work through a sequenced program based on the 19th century French academic method of training in classical drawing and oil painting. So whether in-person or online, Fount Atelier strives to provide a comprehensive art education experience.

Art is for everyone, and it's never too late to start!- Cody Wheelock

Why Incorporate Fine Arts Into Homeschooling

Sometimes, as homeschool moms, we feel overwhelmed when it comes to fine arts because it’s not our area of expertise. But don’t worry, there are solutions! 

Exercises Creative Muscles

First and foremost, incorporating art into homeschooling allows students to exercise their creative muscles. We are all designed to create, and art provides an outlet for that innate urge. It engages our brains in a different way than subjects like math or science, and it’s a great way to explore different forms of creativity.

Creates Mindfulness

Art also gives us an opportunity to slow down and be present in the moment. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s important to have activities that allow us to step back, focus, and appreciate the beauty around us. Whether it is observational drawing or plein air painting, these activities help us reset mentally and practice mindfulness.

Lifelong Enjoyment

Art is a lifelong hobby that can bring joy and fulfillment. You do not have to be an artsy person to enjoy the process and benefits of creating art. It is a skill that can be cultivated over time, and it’s something you can continue to improve upon throughout your life. Plus, it’s a great way to earn some extra income if you choose to sell your artwork.

Requirement for Graduation

In many states, a Fine Arts credit is needed for graduation.

How To Add Fine Arts To Your Homeschool

Anyone can learn some art skills if you have some tips or coaching. Here are some of Cody’s tips.

Focus On Skill Development, Not The Masterpiece

The key to adding fine arts to your homeschool, and keeping it there, is to focus on skill development rather than creating masterpieces. Start with the basics and gradually build up your skills. 

Having a structured and sequenced plan is essential. Begin with simple exercises like learning how to sharpen a pencil and progress from there. By focusing on skill development, you will build confidence and see improvement over time.

If you are unsure how to create a plan, think about the end goal and work backwards. For example, if you want to paint a landscape in oil, break it down into smaller steps like learning composition, understanding color mixing, and practicing brush techniques. By breaking it down, you create a clear pathway to success. (Some teens know this process from Scheduling Backwards with their papers and projects.)

See Constructive Feedback

Feedback from someone with more experience can help you identify areas for improvement and provide guidance for growth. Constructive feedback allows you to learn and develop your skills further. 

Remember, everyone starts somewhere, and making mistakes is part of the learning process.

How To Handle Fine Arts

Incorporating fine arts into your homeschool can be a rewarding and enriching experience. Do not be discouraged if it is not your area of expertise. With a structured plan, focus on skill development, and constructive feedback, you and your students can explore the world of art and unleash your creativity. 

Art is for everyone, and it’s never too late to start!

Connect With Cody Wheeler with Front Atelier Art Coach

If you are interested in connecting with Cody, you can visit Front Atelier Art Coach. You can find more information about his online program and can reach out to him with any questions. You can also check out his YouTube channel where he shares drawing and painting demonstrations as well as his plein air painting adventures.

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for creating this blog post!


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Easy Way Curriculum Planning | Special Replay

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Special Replay | Episode 252, Easy Way Curriculum Planning

Curriculum Planning The Easy Way?

It never gets old, the feeling of excitement OR dread when you are planning your homeschool curriculum. What is curriculum? It is the books, and the methodology you will use to homeschool your children. I won’t go into all the styles of homeschooling, this has been done in other podcasts.

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Easy Way Curriculum Planning:

An overview of methods and links to these podcasts on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network are as follows:

  • Charlotte Mason
  • Classical Method
  • Unit Studies
  • Principle Approach
  • Textbook and Workbook
  • Unschooling and Delayed Academics
  • Homeschooling Elementary Years
  • Homeschooling Middle School
  • Homeschooling 101

There are more, and that is an eclectic approach mixing some of these methods.

For example, I used the Unit Study method for the majority of the elementary years, but I supplemented it with textbooks when needed or unschooling, allowing the children to pursue or go off on tangents that interested them – or an idea that was sparked by our unit study.

This type of learning is the most effective because the children are excited to learn and that is when most “real” learning takes place. I notice this now in my older children. My son was interested in weaponry – making weapons after studying ancient history. This carried on in later years and my son has made throwing stars, knives out of steel, a sword, a bow and arrow, and display cases. It is a fun hobby that he does in his spare time.

My daughter, on the other hand, learned her love for oceanography after studying the topic and went on to Scuba dive, getting her advanced certificates while in college. This daughter has gone on to homeschool her children.

We are going to take a quick commercial break and when we come back we will discuss planning your year – using the 4-Square Planning Method. We’ll be right back.


Okay – where were we? Planning your Curriculum.

  1. Decide your method. Which will you select? It really depends on the method of homeschooling you select on how to plan your curriculum. Here I’m assuming you have the curriculum in hand or are thinking about what you want to do for the coming year. If you study the different methods of homeschooling, textbooks, unit studies or unschooling the variety of options are endless. Regardless to your method you still need to accomplish, even if you are unschooling – that is not using any set curriculum and using student-led topics, you still need to accomplish learning for the year. This needs to be planned at some point and scheduled. If you are using the Classical approach there are various cycles, so you want to look at your student’s age/grade and figure out where they are in the study or approach. Charlotte Mason uses experiential, literature and nature studies. For the Principal each subject is based on Biblical principles and students are taught to think and reason using a Christian worldview and ideas using a notebook method to research, reason, relate and record. It still requires books which takes us to the next point.
  2. Look at how many weeks you will schedule your homeschool. Typically we homeschool 180 days of school, 5 days a week, for a total of 36 weeks. Just divide the number of days a week you want to homeschool into 180 days of school and that will help you. I used a yearly calendar and circled the days we would school in pencil. Just think! There are 52 weeks in the school year. If you homeschool 36 of those weeks it gives you plenty of downtime – time to take a break.
  3. Look at your books – where will you begin? It is different if you are using different methods. Here are some example of two methods I am most familiar with and ways to set them up.
  4. Textbook/workbook – take the number of days you will homeschool, the number of pages in the book and divide the number of pages by days. So if there are 320 pages in your child’s math book and 180 days it will take 1.7 days to complete – so, doing 2 pages per day will allow you to complete the book in 160 days which gives you 20 days of cushion. Cushion time: This is a great relief to homeschool families, to have the time to get ahead of if you take a break, you’ll know how many days you can miss without getting behind.
  5. Unit study – plan your topics for the year. Then, decide how many weeks you will use to study the unit. The best unit studies take at least 6-8 weeks of study. My own Creation Study Guides used this method.  In this amount of time, you can read about the topic, do science or history projects and really delve into the topic thoroughly.
  6. Schedule in time for breaks such as field trips — Schedule time for vacations. Even staycations. Also include breaks for planning, planning time for long weekends, vacations
  7. Field trips were a big part of our homeschool and needs a number all of its own. You can schedule your field trips around the topics you are studying or just schedule your field trip as a stand-alone. We studied the ancient Greeks and Romans and then we decided to visit various restaurants to sample Greek and Roman foods.

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Why Teach Philosophy in Homeschool High School? Interview with Dr. Micah Tillman- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Why Teach Philosophy in Homeschool High School? Interview with Dr. Micah Tillman- Special Replay.

Why Teach Philosophy in Homeschool High School? Interview with Dr. Micah Tillman- Special Replay

Why Teach Philosophy in Homeschool High School? Interview with Dr. Micah Tillman

Homeschool graduate and philosopher, Dr. Micah Tillman joins his mom for a discussion on why and how teens should study Philosophy.

Micah’s story:

Micah homeschooled with his siblings from 3rd grade through graduation. He learned some important independent learning skills in homeschool high school as he grew academically beyond his mom’s skills. This helped him be successful in college while his peers struggled with the self-directed learning necessary there.

Micah also loved the co-ops, youth groups, band and sports that he was part of in his homeschool high school years.

Dr. Micah Tillman

One of the pivotal courses in his homeschool high school years was his World History and Philosophy course in our homeschool co-op.

This course was brought about by Micah and his peers asking deep “what’s-the-meaning-of-life” questions.

At college Micah majored in Computer Science at Messiah College because he wanted to develop video games but he loved Philosophy so much that he filled all his electives with Philosophy courses (especially loved the courses by Dr. Robin Collins). As he neared graduation, Micah realized the job market for Computer Science was not as interesting as he hoped (no video game design jobs available at that time). So, he decided to go to graduate school and study what he really loved (teaching- which he learned he loved as a student ambassador for Messiah College, Philosophy, and writing which he did for fun).

So Micah went to grad school at West Chester University and loved modern philosophy there, then on to Catholic University to study the traditional philosophers, world-wide philosophy and the history of Christian thought.

After graduation

Micah started a popular podcast, Top 40 Philosophy, has taught Philosophy at several colleges and is now a teacher at Stanford University’s prestigious Online High School.

Micah’s students are scattered around the world.  The core curriculum is 4 Philosophy classes (for instance, the science classes Micah teaches his 9th and 10th graders are Scientific Reasoning (Philosophy) and history of Science). The program takes students beyond STEM to becoming the thinkers who will someday drive the culture. The goal is to teach their students to teach students to think about their whole lives and living them well.

He also developed a video game for his students to teach classical logic. You can download this for free on his website.


Philosophy is about thinking clearly about life so that you can live well.

Micah’s goal as a teacher is not to develop professional philosopher, rather, he wants everyone to “love wisdom” (which is what Philosophy means).

Teaching his students to love wisdom, he helps them to become aware of themselves and how they interact well with others and the world around them. He teaches them that Philosophy is about:

Thinking clearly about life so that you can live well.

SO why teach Philosophy?

As teens learn to think philosophically, they will have the skills to live better. Teens tend to have “teenage angst” and ask tough questions. They wrestle with who they are, how to be friends, what they like, how they are alike and different than their parents, what to do with cliques, what kind of person they want to be, why things in the world are fair or not.

In other words, Philosophy gives teens adulting-preparation, love-of-wisdom skills!

For homeschool moms who have no background in Philosophy, but want their teens to have an experience with Philosophy so that they can think clearly about life so that they can live well, there’s hope! Micah has two Philosophy texts for teens that many teens have reported are their favorite courses in homeschool high school.

Philosophy in 4 Questions

Philosophy is the process of thinking clearly so that you can live well. One way philosophers think clearly is asking questions. The 4 basic questions that philosophers ask about everything are:

  • What exists?
  • How we know?
  • What should we do about it?
  • Why?

The text is written especially for homeschooling high schoolers. It is accessible and has a sense of fun.

Parents are sometimes uncomfortable with their students studying Philosophy. Teens ask hard questions. If they study Philosophy, will they ask even more (and harder) questions? Micah explains that God gave us minds, and that we need to care for them by using them well. We do that by training our minds to think well (mind-fitness, just like our bodies need physical fitness). This kind of fitness helps teens go into the adult world with the strength and tools to face the confusing mass of ideas in the world outside the home. Philosophy in 4 Questions helps teens take their angst and develop strength of mind to go from angst to wisdom. (Here’s a free syllabus for Philosophy in Four Questions.)

History and Philosophy of the Western World

This is a gentle introduction to the history of Philosophy (that Micah studied in high school) then added to while he was in college. History and Philosophy of the Western World is a World History credit for the transcript. In a light-hearted manner, homeschool high schoolers learn about history and the philosophers that influenced history. Average high schoolers can enjoy learning history and thinking skills, while honors-level teens have meaningful activities they can choose to level-up.

(Also, here’s a free syllabus for History and Philosophy of the Western World.)

Check out Micah’s website and check out his writing and educational video game projects, including Chambergon Logic (where teens can earn a Logic credit in a fun, free format.)


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Why Teach Philosophy in Homeschool High School? Interview with Dr. Micah Tillman

Homeschool Teaching Checklist | Replay

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with your host Felice Gerwitz

Do you have a Homeschool Teaching Checklist? It’s time to get personal. How are you doing? But you may be saying, “Hold on! We just started school.” And that’s why this podcast is soooooo important. Before the year gets away from you and you waste an entire year, let’s look at your methodology, how the kids are doing, and most importantly, the sense you feel at the end of the day. Is it one of satisfaction or one of thinking you are not getting enough done? I’ll explore some tried and true methods and explain ways to short-cut your child’s education without sacrificing true learning.

Listen to this podcast on giving your child time to find their passion here.

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Different teaching philosophies in the homeschool world:


  • Charlotte Mason
  • Classical Education
  • Notebooking
  • Unit Studies
  • Textbook/Workbook
  • Eclectic
  • Unschooling

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Homeopathy for Plants with Cornelia Maute

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This week on Homeopathy for Mommies, we have a wonderful guest with us to talk about Homeopathy for Plants!This week on Homeopathy for Mommies, we have a wonderful guest with us to talk about Homeopathy for Plants! Cornelia Maute, the co-author of Homeopathy for Plants, has come on the podcast to share some wonderful information about using homeopathy on our garden and house plants!

Cornelia will also be joining us inside the Members Corner on April 17th at 10 AM CST for a Live Q&A. If you would like to join this upcoming Live Q&A with Cornelia, you can do it by going to Come and learn how to care for your gardens!

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Homeopathy for Plants eBook:

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Dosing Chart and instructions for Plants:

Cornelia Maute is the co-author of the book Homeopathy for Plants with her mother, Christiane Maute.  As the daughter of a homeopath, she grew up familiar with the spirit and application of classical homeopathy.  Her mother’s research as a “plant homeopath” awakened her own interest in this new, highly promising and environmentally friendly method of treating plants. By working with her mother on her books and consultations as well as participating in a study group (consisting of horticulturists and winegrowers), Cornelia has been able to constantly increase her knowledge in this field with Ongoing case reviews and self-study.  Cornelia has a website where she offers individualized treatment plans with homeopathic recommendations for her clients, from amateur gardeners to professionals.  She also completed her education as a homeopathic veterinary practitioner in 2017.

Special Replay: Homeschool Your Way: Finding Freedom In Your Christian Homeschool Journey

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Do you long for more freedom in your homeschool? More of the peace and joy you thought you’d have as you taught your children at home? If so, this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show is for you. In our time together, I’ll share why a grace-based approach to home education may be just what you’re looking for.

Hey, homeschoolers! Today’s episode is about what homeschooling looks like when we seek a truly customized approach to home learning. I am passionate about this topic but I didn’t have a label for what I believed until I joined a scrapbooking community this summer. I’ll tell you about it after this message from my sponsor: CTC Math.


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The Idea Behind Homeschool Your Way

If you once scrapbooked but have given it up, you may be as surprised as I was to learn that there is still an active community of women pursuing the hobby. This particular community’s leader, Jennifer Wilson, is also the author of The New Rules of Scrapbooking. In her book and messages, Jennifer communicates that it is more than okay to let go of scrapbooking rules. Scrapbookers know the old rules well–like having to start with your current photos and then get caught up; feeling pressure to create beautiful, artistic pages; or needing to choose between paper and digital scrapbooking. With her support for tailoring the hobby to meet individual goals and preferences, members are finding a renewed passion for their craft.

The parallels to homeschooling were clear to me. As with scrapbooking, rules can steal the joy of home educating, leading to burnout, and eventually to giving up.

It is not my contention that every scrapbooker must continue her craft, nor is it my belief that every homeschooler must continue to teach every child through high school. But I am convinced that homeschooling parents will enjoy teaching at home more if they pursue the occupation in a way uniquely suited to them and their children in this season of their lives.

Encouragement to Homeschool Your Way

The blessings of teaching my six children at home have been more than I could have asked for or imagined. I started because I believed God wanted me to homeschool. And though reluctant and thoroughly unprepared, I ended up loving it. I love:

  • Having the time to teach my kids about God in depth
  • Learning alongside my kids
  • Watching my kids grow and make discoveries
  • The flexibility of a homeschool schedule
  • The closeness of our family relationships

I could go on, but these things I share with you to remind you of the some of the reasons you started homeschooling.

Obstacles to Homeschooling Your Way

I had enough obstacles in the way of homeschool success without adding unnecessary rules. Extra, homeschooler-created rules weren’t an issue when I started teaching my oldest son more than 20 years ago. But more and more I hear rules homeschoolers are following like:

  • “You shouldn’t use textbooks as a homeschooler.”
  • “You can’t use state curriculum if you want to be a real homeschooler.”
  • “You can’t use any curriculum if you’re an unschooler.”
  • “You need to teach Shakespeare if you’re a Charlotte Mason homeschooler.”
  • “You can’t use creation science curriculum if you want your child to go to college.”

I’m sure that together we could come up with a long list of homeschool rules that have been developed as homeschooling has become more popular. This propensity to create more rules reminds me of the Israelites, who were set free from the slavery of Egypt, only to enslave themselves by adding hundreds of laws to the ten commandments.

This rule-making behavior is obviously part of our human nature. When we have been set free from so many rules around education as homeschoolers, why do we create more than what we are required to follow in our state?

First, I believe we create homeschool rules because of fear. Rules and a dedication to following them can provide structure, order, and security. If we follow the rules that our homeschool organization, our curriculum provider, or our favorite homeschool influencer gives us, we can feel confident that we aren’t going to ruin our kids’ lives.

That makes sense. When we are just starting our homeschool journey, we don’t know what to teach, how to teach it, or for how long. So we gladly accept the rules as we establish our school at home. I read a lot about homeschooling in my state and what various leaders said we had to do to comply with the law, so I could feel confident. I was afraid of having Division of Family Services knocking on my door and following rules calmed me down.

But there’s a problem with this fear-based approach to rules. Some of the people involved in your homeschool organization, curriculum, or social media feed have their own fears that may not be appropriate for you and your family. For example, a leader in a homeschool organization may have met with a family who had family services visit. Although the visit had nothing to do with homeschool documentation, this leader adopts stringent documentation rules to allay fears. However, an influencer in a state with no documentation laws and no fear of state interference may promote not keeping records when that wouldn’t be wise in your state.

A second reason we create unnecessary homeschool rules is because of pride. Although at first I didn’t want to homeschool and had no idea how to go about it, I became proud and comfortable with what we were doing. I thought every Christian parent should homeschool and definitely shouldn’t use boring textbooks! I quickly found other homeschoolers who held up other rules for me to consider–rules around which subjects to teach, which books we should and shouldn’t read, and what we had to do for our kids to be accepted into college. Add in a bunch of rules around parenting, socializing, and technology, and we were overwhelmed.

I don’t think these rules get developed only from arrogance. Homeschoolers (like all people) look for the root causes of success and failure so they can get the best results for their kids. But successes and failures almost always have multiple causes. We like to think we have control over all the variables, but the Bible tells us that God is the One who grants success. Here is just one example from 1 Samuel 18:14:

And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.

Pride can also lead to more rules because we assume other homeschoolers are like us. If we’ve had great success doing school in the morning, throwing out the textbooks, or doing nature study instead of experiments, we think everyone else could benefit too. But the Bible tells us that we are all different parts of the same body. 1 Corinthians 12:17-19 reads:

If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be?

Where would homeschooling be if we were all doing things the same way? The beauty of it is that we are all unique homeschoolers just as God wants us to be. Does that mean we can’t grow and improve? The body does and so can we.

When we trust God to train us up in the way we should go in our homeschooling and recognize that our journey isn’t exactly like anyone else’s, we can experience freedom and joy.

Principles for Homeschooling Your Way

The silliest thing I could do right now is tell you exactly HOW to homeschool your way. But I can share some principles that have helped me find freedom in my own homeschooling journey.

The first principle you might not expect. That is to follow the spirit of the law for homeschooling in your state, if not the letter. In Titus 3:1 and elsewhere, God tells us to obey our authorities because He has established authority for good. That doesn’t mean we can’t work to create more freedom with homeschooling in our state. We should! But while the law is in place, we can have peace of mind by following it. Then we don’t have to live in fear of the authorities knocking on our door. But note that I said the spirit of the law. If you’re supposed to provide 600 hours of education in core subjects a year, I’m not suggesting you have the stopwatch out, stopping it every time junior needs to use the bathroom. I mean to look at the number of days you are learning and the percentage of time you are studying core subjects like language arts, history, science, and math vs. drawing, listening to music, and shooting hoops. If your curriculum plan will provide that number of core hours without a major, unexpected event, I consider you to be following the spirit of the law. While your requirements will vary, I think it’s a good practice to be obedient without being legalistic.

The next way to homeschool your way, in my opinion, is to try it. Trying new schedules, new approaches, and even a new educational lifestyle is how we learn what works for us in this season of our homeschooling. I say “this season” because as soon as you find a good rhythm, something will change. It takes energy and time to keep forging ahead, but these changes are also what makes homeschooling so engaging. If it was the same-old, same old, we would probably want to quit.

We obviously don’t want to try something immoral or downright dangerous. But even if our experiments put us behind on our educational plan, I think that experimentation is worth it. Years ago, I met a blogger at a conference who intended to homeschool her kindergartener with an all-day video curriculum. I don’t think I said what I was thinking: That’s crazy! But I shouldn’t have said it anyway, even though that plan was highly unlikely to work for her. The discovery of the limits of her daughter’s attention span needed to be hers. She may have discovered that some aspects of the video curriculum she was interested in were captivating and a perfect fit for her daughter. If I had given her my opinion, she would miss those lessons.

I have spoken before about my fondness for eclectic homeschooling–taking aspects of many different approaches and curricula to create your own approach. But here’s what I’ve realized lately: Your way may be using one approach strictly. You may be loving your weekly Classical Conversations group, your Instagram-worthy Wild & Free days, or your boxed curriculum. That isn’t wrong. In fact, it’s an amazing blessing that you have the freedom to do what works for you!

But if something isn’t working as well as you’d like, I urge you to try something new for as long as you like. Write down how you and your students feel about it and why, so you can track your progress. This is the process I used to significantly improve my productivity. I write about it in A Year of Living Productively.

My third encouragement to you is trust God when you don’t see a clear path ahead. I’ve written about the lessons I learned sending my oldest to public school for his last two years of high school. Those lessons were so valuable for both of us that I would make the same decision again. But if it had been a bad experience, we could have easily changed directions. Many parents take their kids in and out of school and put them back again without their lives being ruined.

I shared recently that I initially planned to have my kids do college while they were in high school. That plan changed except that they attend community college as juniors and seniors. My daughter also wanted to attend public high school. I didn’t want her to, but I approach homeschooling with an open hand. I see it as a gift the Lord gave me and can retrieve at will. I prayed about it and she changed her mind. My kids’ career plans have also changed with time. My son who wanted to be a lawyer works for an IT staffing company. My son who wanted to be a physical therapist is in PA school. My daughter who has wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl just messaged me that she wants to be a nurse instead.


The beauty of homeschooling is that it’s not a destination. It truly is a journey that prepares you and your children for obstacles and changes that will come. No one has a straight path to success. There are a few straight paths to failure, but you’re not likely to to be on them if you’re listening to this episode.

If you trust God to guide and direct you and your children, you don’t have to be afraid of the unschooling police busting you for buying curriculum. You don’t have to force your kids outside for six hours a day to please Charlotte Mason. And you don’t even have to keep homeschooling to stay on God’s path.

Thanks again to CTC Math for their sponsorship. Have a happy homeschool week!

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