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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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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 93 Ratings

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 Make Your Homeschool A Heck-Yes

    How To Make Your Homeschool A Heck-Yes

    Hey, homeschoolers! You may know that I am a big fan of fashion. Ever since being introduced to Get Your Pretty On with Alison Lumbatis, I love putting pieces from my closet, thrift shops, and other stores together to create a capsule wardrobe. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I encourage you to listen to the interview I did with Alison.

    Get Your pretty On has not only changed the way I dress, but it has changed the way I think about myself and my life. That's what this episode is all about. I'm going to help you make your homeschool a heck-yes. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the summer capsule wardrobe list that is available now. Check it out by going to Psychowith6.com/GYPO. If a seasonal wardrobe is not what you're looking for, I highly recommend the Closet Staples list that you will find at the same link.



    If it's not a heck-yes, it's a no.

    One of Alison's foundational principles in choosing clothing is if it's not a heck-yes, it's a no. It's taken me nearly three years, but I finally determined warning signs that a piece of clothing is not a heck-yes for me. These are the seven signs.





    * It only looks good when I stand or sit a certain way.

    * It doesn't look good in a selfie.

    * I keep messing with it.

    * I wish it was different in some way and keep looking for an alternative.

    * I keep wondering if it's the wrong size, length, color, or style for me.

    * I don't want to wear it right away.

    * I'm uncomfortable in it or relieved to take it off.



    At this point you may be wondering what this has to do with homeschooling? It wasn't long after I made my list of signs that an item wasn't a heck-yes that I realized the concept applied to homeschooling and life.



    How to make your curriculum a heck-yes.

    Let's start with curriculum, as I know many of you are on the hunt right now. The appearance aspects of heck-yes probably don't apply, but I'm looking at sign #4. It applies to curriculum in a big way.

    If you wish a curriculum was different in some way and you keep looking for an alternative, it's not a heck-yes for you. It may be a heck-yes for all of your friends, but not for you. Don't worry. I'm going to help ease the pain of admitting you made the wrong choice in a bit.

    What about the style of your curriculum? Do you keep wondering if it's the right one? Are you worried that it will be too dull or too time-intensive? Perhaps you plan to unschool without traditional curriculum and you're worried about that. If you keep having these thoughts, the curriculum or homeschool style may not be a heck-yes for you.

    Let's move to the next sign it's not a heck-yes: You aren't excited to get started. Other things you have, you look forward to using. But not this one. It may not be a heck-yes.

    Sign #7 for my clothing choices is that I'm uncomfortable in it or relieved to take it off. With curriculum, you need to try it out to be sure. Do a sample lesson if you haven't purchased yet or get started if you have. Try a week of unschooling. Are you happy to be done with it? Does it feel uncomfortable? If so, it may not be a heck-yes.

    I don't mean to suggest that the right curriculum will be rainbows and unicorns every day. It won't. I get tired of even the best pieces of clothing. But something my mom said to me years ago when I was dating Mr. Wrong in grad school came to mind with respect to clothing. I kept telling my mom we were working on the relationship. She said, "You shouldn't have to work on the relationship from the beginning."

    My clothing choices shouldn't be work to look and...

    • 12 min
    OT In Your Homeschool

    OT In Your Homeschool

    Hey, homeschoolers! You may be like me and wonder exactly what occupational therapy is and how it can be of benefit in your homeschool. In this episode, I interview Sarah Collins. I think you're going to love her!



















    Before I do, though, 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). CTC Math uses 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 ctcmath.com today to start your free trial.











    Now for my interview with Sarah Collins. Sarah is an occupational therapist with a background in both pediatrics and home health, and a homeschooling parent. Sarah was first introduced to homeschooling in 2016 while working as an OT in a client’s home; she was amazed at the learning atmosphere and opportunities within the home. Now as an OT homeschooling her own family, she noticed that parents, though experts on their own children, were invariably asking the same questions and needed...

    • 33 min
    6 Lessons My Homeschool Mentor Taught Me

    6 Lessons My Homeschool Mentor Taught Me

    Hey, homeschoolers! Today I want to share with you some powerful lessons my homeschool mentor taught me. I didn't know I needed a homeschool mentor after teaching for two decades. But I did and God provided one. I think you'll be blessed to hear what she's taught me.



















    Before we jump 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). CTC Math uses 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 ctcmath.com today to start your free trial.











    Before I tell you the lessons my mentor taught me, I have to tell you how we met. I was in the valley. It was 2019. My husband had had a stroke, dear friends and family members had been diagnosed with cancer, my kids had made some choices that made me feel like a failure,

    • 15 min
    How To Raise Children You Enjoy

    How To Raise Children You Enjoy

    Hey, homeschoolers! I attended the Great Homeschool Convention in St. Charles, Missouri and met Marisa Boonstra in the booth next to me. When I saw that she taught a course called Raising Children You Enjoy, I had to have her on the podcast. I enjoy my children and consider it one of the great blessings of homeschooling. I want that for you, too.









    Before I introduce Marissa, 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). CTC Math uses 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 ctcmath.com today to start your free trial.







    Raising Children You Enjoy







    Now let's talk about raising children you enjoy. My guest is Marisa Boonstra, homeschooling mom of two and author of Bucking The System: Reclaiming Our Children’s Minds For Christ.

    • 35 min
    How To Maintain A Strong Homeschool Marriage

    How To Maintain A Strong Homeschool Marriage

    Hey, homeschoolers!







    I've done a couple of episodes on marriage over the years and I don't think that's nearly enough. A strong marriage is like a strong foundation for your house. Without it, your homeschool can crumble. This is not to discourage those whose marriages have ended or are in serious trouble. God is in the renovation business! He is able to make beauty from ashes. Those of us who are married need to make our marriage a priority. My guest will help us with that.









    But first, 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.







    Keeping a Strong Homeschool Marriage







    Now let's talk about homeschool marriage. My guest is Scott LaPierre. Scott is the senior pastor of Woodland Christian Church, an author, and a conference speaker. He and his wife, Katie,

    • 47 min
    Teaching Homeschoolers World Government

    Teaching Homeschoolers World Government

    Hey, homeschoolers!







    Types of government have been in the news lately, but I'm going to be honest and say I don't understand the forms of government that well. That's why I invited a guest expert to explain it so we can teach our kids. To understand what's happening in politics and world relationships, we need to start with this foundation.









    But first, 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 ctcmath.com today to start your free trial.







    Now let's discuss world government. My guest today is Jessica De Gree. Jessica is a high school teacher, former homeschooling student, and the host of a new history podcast called My Life Under Communism.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Kristina Danyelle ,

Refreshing and inspirational!

I can relate in so many ways & she’s always very helpful in different scenarios. Inspirational and Hopeful.

Doodlebooger ,

Good life skills. BAD science.

I wanted to love this homeschool podcast. There are a lot of great resources on expectations, organization, and anxiety. However, I am severely disappointed to see an endorsement of a science curricula espousing a young 6,000 year old earth. As an environmental scientist and someone who has been an educator for preschool to college, I can assure you this logic began being disproven by the 1830s if not sooner. If we want people to take us seriously as homeschool educators AND prepare our children for the possibility of a rigorous college education where they will encounter THE SCIENCE of evolution and geological time we need to embrace mainstream very well documented science and not fringe minority unsubstantiated opinions. There are many Christians who see the disconnect and how this turns many people away from church. Wishing for more homeschool curricula and communities which endorse real science. It is time to let our children live in this century.

omcrider ,

Needed!

Love to listen to Melanie and how, even though she has a degree, she keeps things down to home and very encouraging. I always come away with something new and inspired.

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