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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.

    3 Child Discipline Lies That Make Homeschooling Harder

    3 Child Discipline Lies That Make Homeschooling Harder

    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 benefit from reminders. Our culture often encourages us to believe lies about child discipline, so I am going to do my part to be counter-cultural.



    Before I discuss the first discipline lie, I encourage you to check out the class I created for angry parents. The cost for this valuable, life-changing class, specifically designed for Christian homeschool parents? Just $7. I have been told the price is too low, and maybe it is. I want people to understand that it's not a cheap class. But I also want many who need the help in changing a anger habit to have access to the class. My advice to you is to grab it before I increase the price.

    Podcast Sponsor





    I also want to thank my sponsor for this episode:  the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast



    This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.



    It's hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.







    Topics include:



    - When to take which middle and high school science classes

    - Why you should laser focus on the ACT and ditch the SAT

    - What they learned from finding and choosing colleges for their homeschooled daughters

    - How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students

    - Do you have a palmaris longus?

    - What you should know about CLEP and AP

    - The unusual benefit of daily graphing

    - Your science teaching questions answered

    - 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them

    - And much more



    Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms...

    including the science story of Greg Landry meeting his wife.



    Search for Homeschool Moms Science Podcast on your podcast app or visit college prep science dot com slash podcast

    https://www.collegeprepscience.com/podcast



    Now for today's topic: 3 child discipline lies that make homeschooling harder

    #1 My child is an exception to the rules

    One of the most common discipline lies I hear from parents is that their child is in some way an exception. The child has special needs, the child has numerous mental health diagnoses, or the child is strong-willed to an extent that has never been seen before. Because of these exceptional differences in the child, this child cannot be disciplined. Nothing will work. Or at least nothing traditional. Parents of these exceptional children tell me that standard child training principles will not work, so they wait as I scan my memory for a magic bullet. Perhaps I have heard of some new, powerful technique or some ancient practice that has been intentionally hidden from parents.



    I have fallen for this lie many times, I am sad to say. I have watched Supernanny with the same anticipation, waiting for her to teach parents a new trick for an exceptionally out-of-control child. But I have never seen her pull out a magic solution. In fact,

    • 13 min
    How To Use A Charlotte Mason Approach With Any Curriculum

    How To Use A Charlotte Mason Approach With Any Curriculum

    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 with any curriculum. Before I introduce her, I want to tell you that Grammar Galaxy is a perfect curriculum to use with the Charlotte Mason method. Grammar Galaxy is not a dry textbook approach. It uses stories that engage elementary students. The lessons are also short. You can spend just 10-15 minutes per session focused on formal learning. But it's not that formal. In fact, every lesson includes an activity that is not seatwork. If you'd like to incorporate nature study into your homeschool, you'll want to claim a free lesson I created on literary symbolism. Then grab the free nature study printables from Nature Explorers to use along with it. Find the links to both downloads here.

    Podcast Sponsor





    I also want to thank my sponsor for this episode:  the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast



    This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.



    It's hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.







    Topics include:



    - When to take which middle and high school science classes

    - Why you should laser focus on the ACT and ditch the SAT

    - What they learned from finding and choosing colleges for their homeschooled daughters

    - How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students

    - Do you have a palmaris longus?

    - What you should know about CLEP and AP

    - The unusual benefit of daily graphing

    - Your science teaching questions answered

    - 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them

    - And much more



    Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms...

    including the science story of Greg Landry meeting his wife.



    Search for Homeschool Moms Science Podcast on your podcast app or visit college prep science dot com slash podcast

    https://www.collegeprepscience.com/podcast







    Charlotte Mason Method Guest

    My guest today is Jeannie Fulbright.Jeannie is the author of the #1 best-selling, multi award-winning Exploring Creation science series, Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics, Botany, Zoology, and Anatomy.  



    She is a veteran homeschool mom with four graduates and has watched all of her children blossom, pursue their passions, and become incredible, successful men and women of God.



    Her four homeschooled children all went to the University of Georgia on scholarship, and her oldest graduated Magna Cum Laude in photojournalism and was hired as the youngest photo editor for a major news network where she is now the head of her department at age 26. 



    As a certified life coach, Jeannie has been speaking and writing to encourage and build up the homeschool community for twenty years. Her passion is to empower parents to homeschool with excellence and to trust God with every aspect of homeschooling. 

    • 34 min
    Is A Montessori Approach A Good Fit For Your Homeschooler?

    Is A Montessori Approach A Good Fit For Your Homeschooler?

    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 curricula. He is an expert in and a strong advocate for Montessori learning.



    We discussed:



    * what makes the Montessori method of teaching unique

    * appropriate ages for using the Montessori method

    * how Montessori methods can motivate children



    Montessori Resources

    ShillerLearning.com



    Larry@ShillerLearning.com



    Free fraction lesson

    Conclusion

    Have you tried Montessori methods with your child?



    Join me next time as my guest Jeannie Fulbright and I discuss how to take a Charlotte Mason approach using any curriculum.



    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 40 min
    Why You Should Study Geology In Your Homeschool

    Why You Should Study Geology In Your Homeschool

    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 treasures with others, and from that humble beginning, Northwest Treasures was begun. He and his wife started out just taking unusual samples to different area homeschool conventions. When it became apparent that people really loved this, but wanted to know more of the science behind the discoveries, they began expanding into rock kits with books.



    But the rocks are not the only part of the story. People began to ask where they could go to collect, and we found ourselves not only telling them, but taking them, and the field trips were born.



    And finally, the story comes full circle with not only showing people where to collect things, but how and why the things you find are where they are. So the seminars and education began.



    I'm excited that Patrick took the time to share with us the importance of studying geology with our kids.



    Patrick and I discussed: 



    * why it's important to teach geology

    * the most important aspects of geology to teach

    * helps for moms who aren't confident in teaching geology, and more



    Geology Resources

    NorthwestRockandFossil.com



    How to Give Your Kids Confidence in Creation



    Apologetics in Your Homeschool

    Conclusion

    Join me next time as my guest Larry Miller and I talk about Montessori learning.



    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 37 min
    How To Help A Struggling Reader

    How To Help A Struggling Reader

    Hey, homeschoolers!



    We know that reading is the key to unlocking knowledge. When our child is struggling to read as mine once did, we get worried.



    My guest today, Jan Harmsworth, is going to help us relax. Jan Harmsworth is the author of The Easy Reading Formula Course. It’s new, it’s different, and as far as she knows there isn’t anything else on the market like it. It’s written specifically for US home schoolers whose child is struggling to learn to read, and while the stories are about children aged 6, 9 and 11, it’s suitable for any age group.



    I think you will love Jan and hearing how she was able to help many struggling readers with her unique approach.

    Struggling Reader Resources

    Be sure to check out the Easy Reading Formula course!



    For more, read 5 Days to Your Child Becoming a Better Reader

    Conclusion

    Join me next time as I discuss why we should study geology in our homeschools with Patrick Nurre.



    Have a happy homeschool week!

    • 42 min
    How To Teach High School Literature With Janice Campbell

    How To Teach High School Literature With Janice Campbell

    Hey, homeschoolers!



    Few things make homeschoolers as anxious as teaching high school. If you weren't someone who could easily chat about literary themes and symbolism or you didn't pay that much attention in lit class, teaching literature to your high schooler can be daunting. My guest today, Janice Campbell, is here to help!

    My Guest on Teaching High School Literature: Janice Campell

    Janice and her husband Donald homeschooled their four sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason and classical education. A lifelong reader and learner, Janice has been sharing her joy in homeschooling at conferences since the 1990s. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and other resources, and she writes for various homeschooling magazines, as well as online at EverydayEducation.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and DoingWhatMatters.com.

    How to Teach High School Literature

    Janice and I chat about the challenge of teaching classics, why teens should be encouraged to write in their books, and how to prepare younger students for in-depth literature study. I know you'll appreciate her as I did.

    Resources for Teaching High School Literature

    For more information on how to annotate while reading, check out this article on Janice's website.



    EverydayEducation.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and DoingWhatMatters.com



    Some of Janice's books may be purchased at the Institute for Excellence in Writing.



    How to Have Happy High Schoolers



    How to Homeschool High School



    How to Homeschool High School 2

    Conclusion

    Do you write in your books? Comment and let me know. Join me next time as my guest and I discuss how to help struggling readers. Have a happy homeschool week!

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