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Your prescription for happier, healthier homeschooling with Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooling mother of six, Dr. Melanie Wilson, who interviews experts on the issues that drive you crazy.

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Your prescription for happier, healthier homeschooling with Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooling mother of six, Dr. Melanie Wilson, who interviews experts on the issues that drive you crazy.

    How To Manage Homeschool Mistakes

    How To Manage Homeschool Mistakes

    Hey, homeschoolers!











    I've been thinking a lot about mistakes in homeschooling. One reason I have is because I've been talking with homeschooling moms at the Great Homeschool Conventions. They've been asking me about their mistakes.











    Another reason I've been thinking about mistakes this because I see the end of my homeschooling years on the horizon. My youngest is a freshman this year, and it's hard to believe we have just a little over three years remaining. I've been thinking about what if anything I would do differently in my homeschooling if I had the chance.











    The third reason I've been thinking about mistakes is because I talk to many parents of perfectionistic kids – kids who take all day to get things just right.









    Grammar Galaxy









    So I thought I would address the whole topics of mistakes in homeschooling. Before I dive in, I want to mention the elementary language arts curriculum I've authored -- Grammar Galaxy. It's story-based, explaining what happens to literature, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing when the Gremlin tries to destroy the English language. Kids don't complete boring workbooks. Instead, they complete missions as guardians of the galaxy, and put things back in order.











    Grammar Galaxy is used by thousands of students across the country and even around the world. But I'm going to tell you a secret about it. It has mistakes in it. I call them Gremlins. It seems as quickly as I correct them, the Gremlin produces more to take their place. I can be a perfectionist and I found it very difficult to publish a curriculum, knowing it wasn't perfect. But if I had waited for perfection, I wouldn't have written a curriculum kids and parents alike enjoy. And I wouldn't have been living my dream of writing these past five years.











    With that context, I want to frame today's topic of managing mistakes in terms of do's and don'ts.

















    Resources for Managing Homeschool Mistakes









    Read the blog post











    Great Homeschool Conventions











    Grammar Galaxy











    Perfectionism











    Math curriculum we used











    Homeschool haters











    Conflict resolution











    Doorposts parenting resource











    Join me next time as my guest and I discuss teaching world government.











    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 15 min
    Unschooling To Prepare Teens for Life

    Unschooling To Prepare Teens for Life

    Hey, homeschoolers! Do you have teens or will you soon? When you are homeschooling teenagers, the day they leave your home looms large. Whether they plan to attend college, begin working, or start their own business, you want to give them the best preparation possible. My guest today is going to help us prepare our kids for whatever lies ahead.









    But first, I want to thank my sponsor, CTC Math.







    Sponsor







    Before we dive in, I want to thank my sponsor, CTC Math.



















    Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum?







    CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!







    The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a "test".







    Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). Using a multi-sensory approach having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.







    Visit c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial.







    Now for today's topic: preparing teens for life after homeschooling. My guest today is Karla Marie Williams, prolific author and homeschooling mother of six, whose new book is called Teens Unleashed. You'll want to grab your copy and also give a listen to the excellent interview I did with Karla on a href="https://homeschoolsanity.

    • 40 min
    Rethinking The Homeschool Dream

    Rethinking The Homeschool Dream

    Hey, homeschoolers! My idea of the dream homeschool life has changed since I began teaching my kids more than 20 years ago. And I couldn't be happier about it. One of the moms in Homeschool Sanity Circle on Facebook asked a related question that prompted me to do this episode. What is the homeschool dream anyway? We'll discuss it in a moment, but first I want to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year. Yes, they are going to be held in person. The first two conventions are in Greenville, South Carolina and St. Charles, Missouri. I will be speaking on homeschool sanity and parenting and of course, sharing Grammar Galaxy and the other books I've written. To learn more and to register, go to GreatHomeschoolConventions.com. I also want to take this time to thank my sponsor: CTC Math.

















    Sponsor





















    Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum?











    CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!











    The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a "test".











    Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). Using a multi-sensory approach having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results!

    • 17 min
    What To Teach Kids About Dealing With Difficult People

    What To Teach Kids About Dealing With Difficult People

    Hey, homeschoolers! One of the things I love about homeschooling is the opportunity to teach my kids things they wouldn't learn in a traditional school. For example, I've done an episode on how to teach kids to respond to others who are hurting or grieving. Today, I'm going to talk about how to help kids deal with difficult people.



















    Read the blog post











    Join me next time as we discuss the homeschool dream. Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 15 min
    How Personality Can Change Your Homeschool

    How Personality Can Change Your Homeschool

    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 the podcast













    Sponsor









    Before we dive in, I want to thank my sponsor, CTC Math.























    Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum?











    CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!











    The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a "test".











    Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). Using a multi-sensory approach having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.











    Visit c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial.









    Resources









    Read the blog post

    • 17 min
    How To Use Finance As A Teaching Tool

    How To Use Finance As A Teaching Tool

    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 a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your children break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!







    The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a "test".







    Each one of the video tutorials is taught by an internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). Using a multi-sensory approach having the combination of effective graphics and animation synchronized with the voice of a friendly teacher together with practical assessment. This three-pronged attack makes learning so much easier and more effective. Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.







    Visit c-t-c-math.com today to start your free trial.







    Finance Resources







    My guest is Benny Nachman, CEO of Jassby, a finance app for families.







    Find Jassby on Facebook and on Instagram







    Listen to How to Teach Your Kids About Money







    Join me next week as we discuss how understanding personality can improve your homeschool. Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 49 min

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