The Homeschool Sanity Show

By Melanie Wilson, PhD

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How To Trust God With Your Homeschool Success
11:43

Hey, homeschoolers! It’s time for another installment of the Trust Project. This month we will focus on trusting God with our success–success in our homeschools, parenting, work, business, ministry, and more. I’m excited about this focus. But before we jump in, I want to share two things with you. First, I want to give you […]

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Dec 03, 2019
How To Use Story To Grow Your Kids’ Faith
46:00

Hey, homeschoolers! I am so excited about today’s topic. I believe story is the most powerful way to teach, so of course, I believe in using story to teach our kids the faith. The Bible and Jesus Himself used story to teach, but today we’ll talk about another way story can inspire our children with […]

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Nov 26, 2019
How To Work Or Run A Business And Homeschool Too
30:15

Hey, homeschoolers! I’m commonly asked how to homeschool and work or run a business too. That’s our topic for this week. I invited industrial psychologist, Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson to join me. I think you will really appreciate her excellent tips. More on that in a moment! Join our community First, I would love to […]

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Nov 19, 2019
How To Trust God With Pets And Possessions
10:49

Hey, homeschoolers! It’s time for another edition of the Trust Project. This month we will discuss how we can trust God with our pets and possessions. This may seem like a more minor issue than some others we’ve addressed in this project. But I know from experience that it can be a challenge. Sponsor Before […]

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Nov 12, 2019
How To End Procrastination In Your Homeschool
24:24

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 Before we go to the interview, […]

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Oct 29, 2019
How And Why To Teach Guitar In Your Homeschool
25:46

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 […]

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Oct 22, 2019
How To Trust God With Friendships
11:01

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 […]

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Oct 08, 2019
How To Teach Health In Your Homeschool
21:20

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 […]

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Sep 24, 2019
How & Why You Should Teach Your Homeschooler Entrepreneurship
31:44

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 […]

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Sep 17, 2019
How To Trust God With Your Parents
11:25

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 […]

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Sep 10, 2019
How To Know If You’re Doing Enough In Your Homeschool
19:05

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 […]

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Aug 27, 2019
How Homeschooling Can Be A Fulfilling Career
14:27

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 […]

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Aug 20, 2019
How To Avoid Drill & Kill In Teaching Language Arts
14:56

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 […]

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Aug 13, 2019
How To Trust God With Your Finances
11:46

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 […]

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Aug 06, 2019
How To Close The Complaint Desk In Your Homeschool
12:17

Hey, homeschoolers! Are you dealing with complaining when it’s time to start school, or time to do chores, or time to do anything your kids don’t like to do? If so, you will want to listen to this episode of the homeschool sanity show. I have six ideas for you that will result in a […]

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Jul 30, 2019
Motivational Mistakes That Many Parents Make
19:19

Hey homeschoolers! Are you having trouble motivating your kids? If so, you may be making one of six key motivational mistakes that many parents make. That’s what we’ll be discussing in this episode of the homeschool Sanity Show. Grammar Galaxy: The Curriculum Designed to Motivate But first, I want to recommend to you the the […]

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Jul 26, 2019
How to Manage Troublemakers In Your Homeschool
13:13

Hey, homeschoolers! Do you have a child who seems like a troublemaker in your home and homeschool? If you do, you’ll want to listen to this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. I hear from many parents who have a child who antagonizes siblings, rebels against them, or otherwise makes life difficult. I have six […]

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Jul 23, 2019
How To Deal With A Homeschool Dawdler
10:48

Hey homeschoolers! I frequently hear from homeschooling parents about  a dawdling student who takes all of their time because he or she won’t finish schoolwork. I’m going to give you my response to this problem in just a minute. Grammar Galaxy is Perfect for Dawdlers But first I would love to have you try Grammar […]

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Jul 16, 2019
Trusting God With Your Marriage And Single Parenting
16:39

Hey, homeschoolers! This week we are back to the Trust Project. I hope you are benefitting from this project as much as I am. This month our focus is on trusting God with our marriage or with single parenting. The Organized Homeschool Life Planner Before we dive in, if you’re a homeschool parent, I invite […]

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Jul 02, 2019
How to Trust God With Your Kids
12:04

If you have been engaged in the Trust Project with me, you’ll love this month’s focus: kids. I made a mistake and said that marriage was our focus for June and it’s not. That will be our focus for July. I am so thankful for the grace you give me for all of my foibles. […]

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Jun 11, 2019
CSI Science for Middle and High Schoolers
27:14

Hey, homeschoolers! I met Scott Moening at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinatti and am I ever glad! I learned about his company’s forensic science curriculum that I will be using with my 8th grader and two high schoolers next year. My kids are excited about learning what I’m calling CSI science. If you have […]

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Jun 04, 2019
How To Make Grammar Fun Regardless Of Your Curriculum

Hey, homeschoolers! Does grammar get groans at your house?  That’s how grammar lessons taught in the traditional way are usually greeted. And we can’t blame our kids for dreading grammar. It can be dry and tedious. Skipping it isn’t a good option, however. Grammar is important because it comprises a significant part of college entrance exams. It […]

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May 28, 2019
Easy Ways To Teach Vocabulary
17:45

Hey homeschoolers! Does your child have a good vocabulary? If you aren’t confident of that, you’ll want to listen to this episode where I will explain why our children’s vocabularies are vitally important. I’ll also give you some simple strategies for improving their vocabulary. That’s next. But first I’d like to thank my sponsor, BookShark. […]

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May 21, 2019
A Sane Approach To Homeschool Screen Time
32:31

Hey, homeschoolers! Do you have concerns about your kids’ screen time? If so, you’re like me and many homeschooling parents who have been forced to deal with a new digital reality. We’ll dive into the topic of developing a sane approach to homeschool screen time in just a moment. [button link=”http://ultimateradioshow.com/screentime” type=”big” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”] Listen […]

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May 16, 2019
What Mastery Curriculum Is And Why You Should Include It In Your Homeschool
17:02

Hey, homeschoolers! This week I want to talk about mastery curriculum–what it is and why I think you should include it in your homeschool. But first, I’d like to thank my sponsor for this episode: BookShark. Podcast Sponsor BookShark homeschool curriculum is literature-based, 4-day, and faith-neutral. Amber Reed Davis, a busy homeschool mom, says,  “We […]

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May 14, 2019
The Trust Project: Health And Safety
18:40

Hey, homeschoolers! I am replacing today’s originally scheduled topic with one I think is of the utmost importance. Today I want to share with you about what I believe is the biggest and best project of my life and how you can join me. I recently finished the audiobook The Miracle Equation by Hal Elrod. […]

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Apr 30, 2019
Is It Time For Your Dream, Mom?
46:05

Hey, homeschoolers! For years I wrestled with whether or not I should pursue the dreams I have apart from homeschooling and parenting. I know that’s a struggle for many of my listeners too. That’s why I wanted Karla Marie Williams, author of the new book Mom-Spiration to join me for the podcast. Sponsor Before I […]

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Apr 16, 2019
How to Teach Kids to Comfort Others
11:17

Hey, homeschoolers! I had a different topic scheduled for this week, but then one of those unexpected crises hit my family. I was driving home from the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina, when my husband called. The right side of his body had suddenly gone numb. He was exhibiting at a librarian’s conference […]

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Apr 09, 2019
How to Homeschool Bravely with Jamie Erickson
32:52

Hey, homeschoolers! Are you worried that you’re not doing this homeschooling thing right? If that’s you, and I know that’s the case for many of my listeners, you’ll love my guest’s perspective on this topic in just a bit. Sponsor But first, I’d like to thank our sponsor for this episode: Time4Learning. Time 4 Learning […]

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Apr 02, 2019
Making the Most of Your Homeschooled High School Years
24:22

Hey homeschoolers! This is an unusual episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show because my guest and I are going to be speaking primarily to homeschool high school students. If you have a high schooler or even better, a soon-to-be high schooler, have them join you in listening! But first, I would love to have you […]

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Mar 19, 2019
How to Help Your Homeschooler Transition to Middle and High School
41:11

Hey homeschoolers! The homeschooling parents I talk with are most likely to get panicky when the middle and high school years aren’t far off. My discussion today will put your minds at ease. Let’s Connect But first, I would love to have you follow me on Instagram at Psychowith6. I have recently begun sharing inspirational […]

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Mar 12, 2019
Get Dressed for Homeschool Success
34:37

Hey, homeschoolers! I am so excited about this episode. We aren’t going to talk parenting or academics. We’re going to talk about you. You are so important to your homeschool. You may think I’m going to talk about you getting enough sleep, the right nutrition, and exercise–and all those things are important. But today my […]

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Mar 05, 2019
Homeschool Gone Wild: A Fresh Look at Unschooling
49:15

Hey, homeschoolers! I’ve done a lot of reading on unschooling and I’ve experimented with it in the afternoons with my kids over the years. But I was forced to take a fresh look at unschooling when I read the book, Homeschool Gone Wild. I invited the author, Karla Marie Williams, to be a guest on […]

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Feb 05, 2019
Homeschooling a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder
43:58

Hey, homeschoolers! I always want this podcast to serve you in your homeschooling. One area that I haven’t devoted as much attention to is special needs. I want to change that. In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Colleen Kessler about homeschooling a child with sensory processing disorder. If you have a child with SPD or […]

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Jan 29, 2019
How to Follow Through on Your Plans and Goals This Year
17:30

Hey, homeschoolers! In the last episode, I gave three reasons we don’t follow through with our plans and goals. You’ll want to listen to that episode first if you haven’t already. I had a mom tell me she hoped I could help her get past those three obstacles. I hope I can too. I want […]

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Dec 11, 2018
Why You’re Not Following Through on Your Plans and Goals
13:30

Hey homeschoolers! Are you great at making plans for the new school year but you never seem to do what you’ve planned? Or are you great at setting goals for the new year that you struggle to achieve? If that’s you, I’m going to put my psychologist hat on and explain why your follow-through fails. […]

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Dec 04, 2018
How To Train Character Into Your Kids
32:11

Hey, homeschoolers! It’s the holidays as I’m recording and there’s nothing like the holidays to make your kids’ character clear. If you’d like to see a little more love, gratitude, and diligence in them, you’ll love this week’s episode on training character into your kids. But first, I invite you to subscribe to Psychowith6. You’ll […]

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Nov 27, 2018
How to Have Fun in the Kitchen with Your Kids
17:50

Hey, homeschoolers! In this episode, we’ll chat about having fun in the kitchen with our kids. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around the kitchen. How about you? I want to make the same kinds of memories with my kids. My guest today is Samantha Barnes. She has years of experience as a middle […]

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Nov 20, 2018
Habits of the Organized Homeschool Mom
23:22

Hey homeschoolers! This week we are discussing habits of the organized homeschool mom. If organization doesn’t come naturally to you as it doesn’t for me, I think you’ll enjoy this episode. First, if you haven’t listened to the last two episodes I did on planning, you’ll want listen to them first. Organizing didn’t come naturally […]

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Nov 13, 2018
How to Keep Happy Planning
9:21

Hey homeschoolers! Today we are talking about how to keep happy planning going. If you’re like me and you have begun using numerous planners only to leave them languishing on the shelf, you’re going to love this episode. If you haven’t listened to my last episode called Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners, you’ll want […]

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Nov 08, 2018
Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners
16:56

Hey homeschoolers! I am so excited about this episode. Today were going to be talking about why happy homeschool moms are planners. If you’ve never been a planner or if you have been a planner and you’ve lost your planning mojo, you’re going to love this episode. [button link=”http://ultimateradioshow.com/happyplanners” type=”big” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”] Listen to the […]

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Nov 06, 2018
Homeschool Sanity Show Top 40
17:20

Hey homeschoolers! It’s amazing but true. In podcasting for four of the last five years, I’ve recorded more than 150 shows. What’s funny is that I’ve done enough that I can’t remember them all. I was going to do an episode on guilt, but found I’d already done it. To solve that problem, I organized […]

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Oct 30, 2018
How To Handle Your Tween Daughter’s Emotions
11:57

Hey, homeschoolers! This week I am creating a podcast based on a very popular guest post I wrote for LikeMindedMusings.com. Specifically, how to help your tween daughter handle her emotions. I’m looking forward to sharing some tips with you if you have a tween daughter, who also seems to have emotions, if you know what […]

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Oct 16, 2018
Leaving Homeschool Legalism
32:40

Hey, homeschoolers! This week I’ll chat with a special guest about leaving homeschool legalism. You may think that doesn’t apply to you. I know at one time I didn’t think it applied to me. But just last week I learned that I had left an unedited portion of the podcast in the audio. I didn’t […]

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Oct 09, 2018
Strategies for Homeschooling Smart Kids
44:40

Hey, homeschoolers! Are you homeschooling a smart or talented kid? Or would you like to be? My guest today is going to help us with strategies for challenging our kids to reach their potential. But first I would love to have you subscribe to my sanity savers newsletter. I share tips that have saved my […]

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Sep 25, 2018
How To Pray Powerfully Over Your Homeschool
13:34

Hey homeschoolers! If you listened to last week’s podcast about getting things done in your homeschool, you’ll understand my focus on prayer this week. I recommend you listen to it first. We tend to think of homeschooling as something we do that requires God’s blessing, when the truth is we cannot do it without Him. […]

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Sep 18, 2018
Get Things Done In Your Homeschool
20:00

Hey, homeschoolers! Do you regularly find yourself at the end of the school day with nothing to show for it? Do you feel like you aren’t getting anything done? If that’s you, you’re in good company. I regularly hear from homeschoolers just like you and I can’t wait to share the solution I give them. […]

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Sep 11, 2018
Don’t Feel Qualified To Homeschool?
11:33

Hey, homeschoolers! Today on the podcast I want to address the fear so many of us have that we’re not qualified. I want to tell you my story that began long before I began homeschooling or even had children and how I came to feel qualified. But first, I want to invite you to join […]

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Sep 04, 2018
6 Parenting Traps to Avoid for Homeschool Success
16:18

Hey, homeschoolers! Whether you’re back to homeschool or not, today’s six parenting traps that I’ll describe can help you to have a more successful homeschool year. Before I get into them, I want to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I am going to be sharing videos there two to three times a […]

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Aug 21, 2018
How to Keep Your Students Motivated All Year
13:05

Do you have kids who are motivated at the beginning of the year, only to become reluctant learners as the year goes on? If so, you’ll want to listen in for how to motivate homeschool students. But first, I would love to have you like my Facebook page, Psychowith6. I’ll be broadcasting there most Tuesday […]

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Aug 14, 2018
How to Choose the Best Curriculum for Your Family
34:40

Hey homeschoolers! Are you still in the process of choosing homeschool curriculum? It’s a challenge, right? That’s why I asked my guest today to help us. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first I’d love to connect with you on Instagram.  If you’re obviously a homeschooler, I’ll follow back. I love seeing what’s […]

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Aug 07, 2018
6 Back-to-Homeschool Mistakes Veteran Homeschoolers Don’t Make
15:11

Hey homeschoolers! I hate to be the bearer of bad news for those of you who don’t homeschool year round. But yes, back to school is right around the corner. I have wise advice for making back to school the best it can be, whether you are a new or veteran homeschooler. This episode we […]

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Jul 24, 2018
How to Make Smooth Transitions in Your Homeschool
17:36

Hey homeschoolers! Are you facing a transition this year? Do you have a new baby, a child who will start formal schooling for the first time, a new middle schooler, highschooler, or college student? Have you moved or has someone in your home had a job change? Whatever the change you’re facing, transitions can be […]

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Jul 10, 2018
Apologetics in Your Homeschool
39:49

Hey, homeschoolers! What is apologetics and why should you teach it in your homeschool? My guest this week, Dr. Georgia Purdom of Answers in Genesis, will explain why it’s vital that apologetics is a part of our kids’ Christian education. Sponsor But first I want to thank our sponsor for this podcast, The Well Planned […]

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Jun 26, 2018
Teaching Astronomy In Your Homeschool
52:00

Hey, homeschoolers! I just helped my son choose general education courses he is interested in taking in college and guess what one of the options was? Astronomy! I had a fascinating conversation about studying astronomy throughout the homeschool years with Luke Gilkerson. You will want to listen in to hear more. Our Sponsor But first […]

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Jun 19, 2018
Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling (Part 2)
21:44

Hey, homeschoolers! Were you worried that I had disappeared? I enjoyed an extended vacation that has made a huge difference in how I feel. Normally, I am exhausted at the beginning of summer and I don’t want to do anything. But this year, after two consecutive weeks off, I feel great. I highly recommend taking […]

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Jun 12, 2018
Stop Worrying; Start Homeschooling
17:14

Hey homeschoolers! Do you worry about homeschooling? If so, you’re normal. You’re welcome and thank you for joining me for this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Just kidding. It is normal to worry, but I’m going to help you stop, so you can get on with the business of homeschooling. For this episode, we […]

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May 09, 2018
What A Homeschool Portfolio Is And How It Can Save Your Sanity
12:00

Hey, homeschoolers! Welcome to this bonus broadcast of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Today, I’m going to share what a homeschool portfolio is and how it can be used to save your sanity. [button link=”http://ultimateradioshow.com/portfolio” type=”big” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”] Listen to the podcast[/button] First, what is a homeschool portfolio? A homeschool portfolio, in short, is a record […]

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May 02, 2018
College-Prep Homeschooling the Sane Way
18:57

Hey, homeschoolers! This week I’m going to answer your questions about college-prep homeschooling or what you need to do in high school to prepare your student for college. Before we dive in, I want to mention The Great Homeschool Convention. I am just home from Cincinnati, where I was able to meet some of you. […]

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Apr 17, 2018
The Best Language Arts Curriculum For Every Grade Level
13:45

Hey homeschoolers! This week I am going to save your sanity by sharing with you the best language arts curriculum for every grade level. One of the most time-consuming tasks for homeschooling parents is researching curriculum. I’m not only going to tell you what I think are the best choices, but I’m also going to […]

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Apr 03, 2018
6 Reasons Your Child Hates to Write
18:43

Hey, homeschoolers! Does your child resist writing? Run away from writing prompts? I have six reasons your child hates to write and how to fix it in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. But first I would love to have you follow GrammarGalaxyBooks on Instagram. I share grammar graphics that can help you and […]

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Mar 27, 2018
How to Be Happy and Homeschool Too
16:48

Hey homeschoolers! This week our topic is how to be happy and homeschool too. Wait a minute. Are you wondering if I’m suggesting that happiness and homeschooling are mutually exclusive? Yep. That’s exactly what I’m suggesting. I’m thankful my friends Andy and Kendra Fletcher were the first to be honest about it, saying that homeschooling […]

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Mar 13, 2018
How to Teach Sign Language in Your Homeschool
39:58

Hey, homeschoolers! I want to thank AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation for their sponsorship of this podcast. The Star is now available on Blue-ray, DVD and Digital – this is a great movie for the entire family. This week I am excited to talk with you about teaching sign language in our homeschools. I […]

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Feb 27, 2018
Interest-Led Learning: Homeschooling, The First Year
39:38

Hey, homeschoolers! I want to thank AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation for their sponsorship of this podcast. The Star is now available on Blue-ray, DVD and Digital – this is a great movie for the entire family. For this episode I got to catch up with our new homeschoolers. What was intended to be […]

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Feb 20, 2018
The Turpin Case: A Psychologist’s Response to Homeschooling and Child Abuse
21:09

Hey homeschoolers! This is an unusual podcast episode for me. I normally don’t address current events or controversial issues. But news of the torture, captivity, and severe abuse and neglect of the Turpin’s homeschooled children is prompting me to speak out. I don’t have answers for how to prevent every case of child abuse, unfortunately. […]

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Jan 30, 2018
How to Teach Foreign Language in Your Homeschool
32:13

Hey, homeschoolers! Have you had a hard time teaching foreign language in your homeschool like I have? I studied German but wanted my kids to learn Spanish. It’s been a challenge for me to say the least. That’s why I was excited to meet Anne Guarnera. She has a PhD in Spanish and is also the […]

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Jan 16, 2018
6 Reasons Your Homeschool Still Isn’t Organized
18:36

Hey, Homeschoolers! This is a special episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. Getting organized is one of the most popular goals for the new year. Organization is a popular topic at homeschool conferences too. I’ve met many of you in many sessions. I suspect that no matter how great my intentions, many of the homeschoolers […]

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Jan 11, 2018
How to Change Your Homeschool Habits This Year
15:51

Hey homeschoolers! Happy new year! As I speak, we have entered a new year. It’s the perfect time to consider making changes to our homeschools and our lives. I want to talk with you about how changing your habits can change your homeschool. But first I want to talk with you about an important change […]

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Jan 02, 2018
Best of Homeschool Sanity: How to Have Your Sanest Homeschool Year
15:14

Hoping for a saner homeschool year? I have six suggestions for you. While simple, they’re very powerful for creating the peace and joy you long for. Want to read this article as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES or ON STITCHER Links Subscribe Anki the mistake of giving up on our routines this […]

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Dec 26, 2017
How to Homeschool the Uncooperative Child
20:08

Special Series Replays while Melanie is on Christmas Break: He never fails to groan when you announce it’s time for school. It takes her forever to finish her work. Or worse yet, you get outright rebellion. What to do? Rebecca Spooner of Hip Hoomeschooling Blog.com shares her tips as a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mother […]

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Dec 19, 2017
Holiday Series: 6 Christmas Stress Mistakes to Avoid
15:15

Special Holiday Series Replays while Melanie is on Christmas Break:  Are you already beginning to experience stress this season? The busyness can get to us. But we can make things better by avoiding the six mistakes I’ll discuss in this episode. [box] Want to read this episode as a blog post? READ HERE or SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES […]

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Dec 12, 2017
How To Have A Saner Christmas This Year
16:14

Hey, homeschoolers! I don’t know anyone who wants to have a crazy Christmas–the kind that leads to exhaustion, sickness, and dread of the new year. Instead, every homeschooler I know wants to have a meaningful, peaceful, and joyful Christmas. Of course, we can’t control every part of our Christmas holiday. But I believe there are […]

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Dec 05, 2017
Getting Past Homeschool Mom Guilt
17:37

Hey homeschoolers! Do you ever feel guilty as a homeschooling mom? I know I do. Whether it’s feeling like I haven’t done the things I should do or feeling like I’ve done some things I shouldn’t, guilt seems to be a constant companion. However, I have been able to get past more of my guilt […]

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Nov 28, 2017
How To Trust God With Your Homeschooling
19:07

Hey homeschoolers! Do you have trouble trusting God with your homeschool? It’s a common problem. After all, in this economy, we wonder if our kids will have a good job waiting for them when they’ve completed their education. But trusting God is essential to having a happy homeschool. We will talk about how we can […]

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Nov 21, 2017
How To Encourage Mental Toughness In Your Kids
14:42

Hey homeschoolers! Today we are going to discuss how to encourage mental toughness in our children. It’s an important topic that I will get to in a few minutes. But first I want to thank our sponsor for this episode – Sony pictures — Sony Pictures Animation and Affirm Films. Their sponsorship makes it possible […]

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Nov 14, 2017
How to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Homeschool
24:28

How can we cultivate gratitude in our homeschools? Guest Ana Willis of They Call Me Blessed is joining me this week to share some great ideas. But first, I’d like to thank Sony Pictures – Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films for sponsoring this week’s podcast. You’ll hear more from them in a bit. […]

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Nov 07, 2017
How to Homeschool Where Strivings Cease
18:55

Have you been trying to be a Proverbs 31 Homeschooling mom as I described in previous episodes? If you have, you’ll want to listen to this episode in which I’ll share what I’ve learned about the problem of striving and how to find a place in your homeschool where strivings cease. But first, I’d like […]

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Oct 31, 2017
Your Parenting Approach: Homeschooling, The First Year
38:22

Hey homeschoolers! I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films. I had time to catch up with our new homeschoolers and talk about one of the most important factors for our homeschooling success – our parenting approach. Specifically, what do you tend to revert to when you are […]

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Oct 24, 2017
How To Be A Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 2
18:38

Hey, homeschoolers! I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Pictures Animation along with Affirm Films.  We are thankful to our sponsors for allowing you the listener to enjoy the benefits of free programming. Welcome back for part 2 of how to be a Proverbs 31 homeschool mom. If you missed last week’s episode, […]

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Oct 17, 2017
How To Be A Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 1
14:54

Hey homeschoolers! What does God expect of me as a homeschooling mom? This is a question I’ve asked myself many times. Like me, you’re probably familiar with the woman described in Proverbs 31. So many times I have heard that she is an unrealistic ideal that I shouldn’t even try to emulate. But is that […]

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Oct 10, 2017
Black and White Thinking in Your Homeschool
11:19

Hey homeschoolers! What if you could turn your homeschool around with a simple change in thinking? You can! In this episode I will explain what black-and-white thinking is and how to change it to create a more positive, productive homeschool. But first I would love to have to invite you to join me for an […]

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Oct 03, 2017
Stress Management For Homeschool Moms
18:29

Read the blog post Hey homeschoolers! I’m going to be real with you this week. The past month has been very stressful for me. I can definitely give you explanations for that stress that are not my responsibility. When you experience stress, I’m sure you can give me similar explanations. But I would like to […]

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Sep 26, 2017
Conflict Resolution Skills You Must Teach Your Child, Part 2
13:19

Hey homeschoolers!   I’d like to thank our network sponsor Raddish, a cooking club and curriculum perfect for homeschooling families. Teach weekly thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a six or 12 […]

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Sep 19, 2017
Conflict Resolution Skills to Teach Your Children, Part 1
16:31

Read the blog post Hey homeschoolers! I would like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is […]

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Sep 12, 2017
Scheduling: Homeschooling, The First Year
25:50

Read the blog post Hey, homeschoolers! This week I’m talking with some of our new homeschoolers about schedules — another key to homeschooling success. Before we do, I want to thank my sponsor, Apologia. Apologia’s materials have been a blessing to me and my children for years. They’re more than just science. They’re apologetics, planners, […]

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Sep 05, 2017
How to Homeschool a Middle Schooler
19:51

Hey homeschoolers! I am teaching two middle schoolers this year. It’s hard to believe! These are fun years, but they are also challenging for many homeschoolers — especially those who will be teaching middle school for the first time. In today’s episode I want to talk about six important suggestions to keep in mind when […]

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Aug 29, 2017
Worried About Gaps in Your Homeschool Education?
29:24

Hey homeschoolers! I’m happy to be with you this week, talking about a topic that causes many of us anxiety: gaps in our children’s education. We worry that if we fail to teach them something, they will struggle in college, work, or even if they later return to a traditional school. Read the blog post […]

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Aug 22, 2017
Curriculum Paralysis: How to Decide Which Curriculum to Teach This Year
16:11

Hey homeschoolers! This week I had a reader question about curriculum that I just had to respond to with a podcast episode. It was essentially this. I have so many curriculum options. How do I choose which to use this year? We’re going to chat about that in just a bit!   Read the blog […]

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Aug 15, 2017
Goals and Devotions: Homeschooling, the First Year
42:58

Hey, homeschoolers! I had the best birthday thanks to many of you. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know. This week I had the chance to catch up with our new homeschoolers. It was a fun conversation. The topic of the month is achieving goals with help. Read the blog post Before we get […]

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Aug 08, 2017
How To Be Consistent In Your Homeschooling
17:32

Hey homeschoolers! I am excited to be back with you after my month long vacation. I especially had a wonderful time meeting many of you at the great homeschool convention in St. Louis. This week I am addressing a topic that I desperately need help with. That is, how to be a consistent homeschooler. As […]

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Aug 01, 2017
Best Shows Replay: How to Homeschool the Uncooperative Child
20:08

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!    Listen to this interview with Rebecca Spooner about Homeschooling the Uncooperative Child. He never fails to groan when you announce it’s time for school. It takes her forever to finish her work. Or worse yet, you […]

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Jul 25, 2017
Best Shows Replay: Keeping Your Homeschool Commitment with Julie Bogart
1:01:29

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show is #4 in her top shows, an interview with Julie Bogart about maintaining your homeschool commitment. What gets in the way of motivation to homeschool? This is what Julie Bogart and I discuss on this […]

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Jul 18, 2017
Best Shows Replay: Homeschooling Boys: What’s the Difference?
17:11

This month while Dr. Melanie Wilson is taking a podcasting break, we’re replaying some of her best shows!  This show, Homeschooling Boys, is her second top show based on number of listens on the podcast channel.  Enjoy! I homeschooled boys and only boys until my fifth child was a girl. I asked my Periscope viewers […]

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Jul 11, 2017
Best Shows Replay: How to Get Organized with the FLYLady
44:21

How to get organized with the FLYLady While Melanie is on vacation this month, we have a few of her best episodes scheduled! Do you want to learn how to get organized with the FLYLady? I am so excited about this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show and if you have struggled to get organized like […]

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Jul 04, 2017
Routines in Your First Homeschool Year
33:40

I am so excited about this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. I have been wanting to interview new homeschoolers for a long time and have my listeners take the journey with them. It’s finally happening! I will get introduce you to the five women who are going to be joining me each month […]

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Jun 27, 2017
How to Get Organized When Life is in Chaos
17:35

You’d like to get organized, but things are in chaos. If that’s you, you’ll love the six steps I share on the podcast that you can take today to break through the chaos and get organized. Read the blog post Watch on YouTube You’ll be encouraged to pray, identify your must-do’s, plan dinner, do the […]

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Jun 20, 2017
Homeschooling Without Help
46:27

In last week’s episode my husband and I shared about how to keep a homeschooling marriage strong. That’s so important! But a few months ago, one of my listeners pointed out that it’s hard for her to hear homeschooling advice designed for moms whose husbands are supportive of homeschooling when hers isn’t. That got me […]

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Jun 13, 2017
Marriage Secrets for Successful Homeschool Marriages
23:06

I can’t wait to share my interview with my husband of 25 years in which we share secrets for a successful homeschool marriage.     Watch on YouTube   Read the blog post Links Apologia: Show sponsor Psychowith6: Homeschool Sanity Facebook page – join me Thursday 6/8/17 at 4E/3C/2M/1P for my interview with Debra Bell Ultimate Homeschool Planner […]

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Jun 06, 2017
How to Keep Your Homeschooled High Schoolers Happy
15:39

When your homeschooled child enters or will soon enter high school, their happiness becomes critical to ensuring the success of your homeschooling. Obviously, we can’t base all our choices on what will make our kids happy. But doing what we can to make the high school years enjoyable is an important way of expressing love […]

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May 30, 2017
How to Make Digital Curriculum Work for You
15:50

There are a number of problems homeschoolers have in using digital curriculum. I’ve had them myself! But now that I have the solutions, I’m excited about using digital curriculum again. I can’t wait to share the solutions I’ve discovered.   Read the blog post or watch on YouTube Links print mission manuals for Grammar Galaxy I interviewed […]

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May 23, 2017