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Hey, homeschoolers! I used to think my husband and kids were trying to drive me crazy. That’s before I understood personalities. You would think as a psychologist that I would know better, but I didn’t. In this episode, I’m going to explain basic concepts of personality that can transform your homeschool and your other relationships, too. Listen to…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! I’m passionate about teaching my kids about finances. I believe it’s a critical life skill and one that I didn’t personally have a good education in. Sponsor Before I introduce my guest for today’s interview, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, CTC Math. CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take …
 
If you are one of millions of parents who has had to supervise your child’s education because of the pandemic, this podcast episode is for you. Or, if you know a COVID-schooler, I hope you will share this episode with them. I have heard from a number of COVID-schoolers in my groups on Facebook. While some of them have embraced true homeschooling, m…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! As a Christian homeschooler, teaching my kids the Bible, character, and apologetics is of utmost importance to me. But one area of teaching the faith was challenging for me. How could I teach my kids to fulfill the Great Commission and share their faith with others? I haven’t come across a great curriculum for this, but I do kno…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! Someone in The Homeschool Sanity Circle group on Facebook asked about phones and screen time for teens. After I shared my experience, I was asked if I could share more. I agreed to do a podcast on the topic. Sponsor Before we dive in, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode: CTC Math. Are you looking for a new Math Curriculu…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! After 21 years of homeschooling, I know that motivation runs high at the beginning of the year. But it doesn’t take many weeks before that initial enthusiasm starts to cool. You begin looking forward to Christmas break sooner than you thought you would. We realize that we need to use some motivational tricks for ourselves and ou…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! I interviewed Carol Barnier my first year doing The Homeschool Sanity Show and it was a privilege for me. I had heard her speak at conferences and had read her books and loved what she had to say. Carol is not only hilarious but is so wise in helping distracted students and moms. In today’s episode, we’ll discuss how to help kid…
 
Hey, homescoolers! I’ve written and spoken about gratitude a lot because it’s important. God’s Word reminds us to give thanks 173 times. Giving thanks is the Lord’s admonition to His people, but even secular leaders recognize the benefits of expressing gratitude. Gratitude journals are all the rage. But I had an experience recently that helped me s…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! After reading, I’ve found that homeschooling parents are most concerned about their children’s writing ability. I understand that. As a writer and homeschool mom, I wanted my children to be excellent writers. When they weren’t, I was worried. But in this episode, I’m going to give you three reasons not to worry about your child’…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! One of the biggest challenges we face in homeschooling and life is distraction. There are many obstacles in the path to focusing on what really matters. And ignoring them is quite a challenge. But it’s possible! That’s what I want to share with you in this episode. Before I do, I want to invite you to engage in the distraction o…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! Science has been in the news a lot lately. And misunderstanding about science has me taking action this week. You may not know that my education and even my training as a psychologist centered much more on doing and analyzing research then it did on clinical practice. In fact, my job in graduate school was coordinating clinical …
 
This episode is SUCH a treat. We get to know Sara Carmody, a recent anthropology undergrad who traveled to Cambodia to study the culture surrounding Apis Dorsata. ​ You can also learn more about this topic by subscribing to Dani Jump's channel Bees Unlimited. Check out our website at www.beekeeperconfidential.com and join our community forum! You c…
 
Hey homeschoolers! Perfectionism is an obstacle to getting more done and certainly to enjoying your homeschooling. In today’s episode, I will discuss how understanding your own and your kids’ personality can help you get past perfectionism and on to enjoying your homeschool journey again. Before I dive in, I want to encourage you to follow my Psych…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! I have learned a lot in this busy season. Homeschooling is more popular than ever. That means that business has been booming for me. That’s a good thing! But it has presented me with new time management challenges. What I’ve learned is that I need margin. That’s what I want to discuss in this episode: what margin is and how we c…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! Last time I shared how you can find curriulum for homeschool sanity. This week, I have an amazing resource for you. I interview Heather Bowen of HomeschoolCurriculumFair.com. Before I share the interview, I want to let you know that the audiobook version of Protostar, Grammar Galaxy Volume 2 is now available. Response to the aud…
 
Our latest episode features a beekeeper based out of Texas who also moonlights as a member of the BIP Technical Transfer Team. We talk about what it takes to earn a living as an urban beekeeper, misconceptions about bees and hornets, invasive species, and finding bodies in walls... Check out our website at www.beekeeperconfidential.com and join our…
 
Hey homeschoolers! Few things cause homeschoolers as much anxiety as choosing curriculum. I understand that. Curriculum can cost us a lot of time and money, and it can be frightening to make the wrong choice. I created a tool to help you in The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner. The Curriculum Challenge includes a form for rating curriculu…
 
Hey homeschoolers! As beginning homeschoolers, we tend to be way more focused on our homeschool space and curriculum then we are on relationships. But just as engaged couples should be focused more on the marriage then the wedding, we have to be intentional about developing our relationships. That’s what I will cover in this episode of the Homescho…
 
Hey homeschoolers! When you’ve made the decision to homeschool, one of the next important steps to take is to define and defend time boundaries in your homeschooling life. In this episode I will share what time boundaries are, how to protect them, and which time boundaries you should consider. Before I do that, however, I want to share resources I’…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! I don’t believe there has been a better time to homeschool than now. In the face of a pandemic and political unrest, there are new reasons to homeschool your children this year. As a psychologist and a homeschooling mother of six with more than two decades of experience, I wanted to begin a series for new and prospective homesch…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! If you have more than one child or if your child has had conflict with another, you know this situation. Your child has said or done something to hurt someone. Your natural inclination is to tell the child to apologize. But what if she won’t? Or what if he does, and everyone knows it’s not genuine? What should you do? That’s wha…
 
Today’s episode is different from previous episodes in that we have not one or two but 4 guests! Each fulfills an important role in local beekeeping and ecological conservation. They share their personal stories and how bees have inspired them to take important steps to provide education to new beekeepers and to make their communities better for no…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! Last time I shared 3 child discipline lies that make homeschooling harder. I’m back with 3 more lies this week. If you haven’t listened to the previous episode, I recommend that you do. Subscribing to the podcast makes it easy to find the episode. Sponsor: Homeschool Mom Science Podcast Before I dive into the topic, I want to th…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! I’ve been talking with parents who struggle with child discipline, and I realized that I hear the same dysfunctional beliefs over and over again. I decided to share the discipline truths that can you set you free to enjoy your homeschooling in the next two episodes. Most of these truths won’t be new to you, but we can all benefi…
 
Hey, homeschoolers! I know many of you love the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling. But if the popularity of my interview with Cindy West on a sane approach to Charlotte Mason homeschooling is any indication, you want tips for making Charlotte Mason work for your family. My guest today is going to show us how to use Charlotte Mason methods w…
 
If you’ve heard of Montessori but you don’t know many of the details of this learning approach, you’re in for a treat. Today, my guest Larry Shiller and I will discuss the advantages of Montessori’s approach so you can determine if it’s a good fit for your child. Larry Shiller is the author of award-winning, Montessori-based math and language arts …
 
Hey, homeschoolers! Do you get excited about geology? If not, I think you will be after listening to this episode. Geology is not just science but theology as well. My guest today is Patrick Nurre. After years of field study, collecting and studying the fascinating world of geology, a good friend suggested that he might like to share some of his tr…
 
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