The Homeschool Sanity Show

Melanie Wilson, PhD

Homeschool encouragement and podcast

All Episodes

Hey, homeschoolers! At this point in the year, I begin to think about changes I want to make in my homeschool. One change you may want to consider is adding some project-based learning. My guest today is going to help us with that. Before I introduce her, I want to let you know about the […] The post Project-Based Learning appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 23

26 min 7 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! What does it mean to be a woman of God in a world that seeks to redefine womanhood? That’s what I discussed with my guest Kristen Clark. It’s an important topic for us to consider as homeschooling mothers and also as parents of daughters. Kristen Clark is married to her best friend, Zack, and […] The post What Does it Mean To Be A Woman Of God Today? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 16

35 min 9 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! Last month, my husband’s sister Nancy passed away after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was a lifelong international missionary and a bold evangelist. I interviewed her about how to teach kids to share the gospel. Here’s a link to that episode. Today, though, I want to use Nancy’s life to talk […] The post How To Speak The Love Languages As A Homeschool Mom appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 9

16 min 3 sec

Hey, homeschoolers. When we begin teaching our kids at home, we quickly realize that some of them have traditional smarts with words and logic, but others have smarts that aren’t celebrated in school. My guest today is well-known author Dr. Kathy Koch. I think she will inspire you to discover your child’s unique smarts so […] The post Discovering Your Child’s Smarts With Dr. Kathy Koch appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 14

36 min 15 sec

Hey homeschoolers! I know that sibling squabbles are a serious source of stress. I know this personally and professionally. I have been giving a talk for Great Homeschool Conventions on how to negotiate sibling conflicts, but I think it’s important to talk about how to prevent these conflicts in the first place. That’s what this […] The post How to Prevent Sibling Rivalry appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2

16 min 11 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! What if you could study history where it happened? My guests for today’s podcast tell us how to make that possible, whether you’re able to travel or not. Before I introduce my guests, though, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, the Courageous Legacy movie. My guests are Dr. W. Kessler […] The post How To Study History On Location appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 23

44 min 40 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! If you haven’t yet included Christian history in your curriculum lineup, or even if you have, I have a treat for you. I’m interviewing Danika Cooley today about her new book series Who What Why. She explains why it’s more important than ever to introduce our kids to Christian history. I’ll share our […] The post Teaching Christian History With Danika Cooley appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 14

17 min 29 sec

Hey, homeschoolersI Today I want to talk with you about coping with extreme stress by telling you what happened when I was 14 years old. I don’t want to break up the story, though, so I’m going to thank my sponsor now–the film Show Me the Father. Everyone has a unique father story. Whether positive […] The post How To Cope With Extreme Stress appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 7

20 min 43 sec

Hey homeschoolers! I have been praying dailly about becoming more diligent for years. But only recently did I realize that I was going about increasing my diligence in the wrong way. That’s what this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show is all about. Before we dive in, I would like to thank my sponsor for […] The post How To Be More Diligent This Year appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 24

17 min 41 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! I attended a conference session years ago when I was getting ready to homeschool high school for the first time. This particular session was geared toward parents of advanced students who hoped to get full-ride scholarships. There certainly are those students, but there are many more of us who aren’t in that category. […] The post When Your Teen Isn’t On The College Track appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 17

54 min 6 sec

If you are planning to homeschool for the first time or know someone who is, this is the episode for you. I changed my content schedule because I’m getting requests for this information. I can save myself time and do a better job by presenting this information in podcast format. Are you looking for a […] The post How To Homeschool: A Guide For Beginners appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 10

17 min 10 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! I have been a fitness enthusiast my entire adult life. I ran track in high school but became enamored with weight training because of a required class in college. I saw a young woman in class who had incredible muscle definition that she had acquired through weight training. I was inspired! I believe […] The post How To Make Fitness A Part Of Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 20

10 min 14 sec

Hey homeschoolers! We are already well into July, and if you’re like me, you feel like summer is slipping away. Fortunately, we can still make the most of it. I’ll explain how. Before I do, I want to thank my sponsor for this episode CTC math. Are you looking for a new Math Curriculum? CTCMath specializes […] The post How To Make The Most Of The Rest Of Summer appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 13

13 min 3 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! If you’re a Christian homeschooler, you know you want the Bible to be the cornerstone of what you teach. My guest today is going to help us with that. I met Catherine Zoller at the Great Homeschool Convention in St. Louis. Speaking of the Great Homeschool Conventions. I’ll be in Round Rock, Texas, […] The post God’s Word in Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 6

47 min 30 sec

Hey, homeschoolers! I met Phil and Erin Ulrich at the Great Homeschool Convention in South Carolina. I fell in love with their books and Phil’s writing story. I invited him to join me on the podcast to discuss advice for aspiring writers. I know many of you would like to write or have kids who […] The post Advice For Aspiring Writers appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 29

47 min 51 sec

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 […] The post How To Make Your Homeschool A Heck-Yes appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 22

12 min 23 sec

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 […] The post OT In Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 15

33 min 16 sec

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 […] The post 6 Lessons My Homeschool Mentor Taught Me appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 25

15 min 29 sec

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 […] The post How To Raise Children You Enjoy appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 18

35 min 31 sec

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 post How To Maintain A Strong Homeschool Marriage appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 27

47 min 33 sec

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 […] The post Teaching Homeschoolers World Government appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 20

39 min 40 sec

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. […] The post How To Manage Homeschool Mistakes appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 13

15 min 4 sec

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 […] The post Unschooling To Prepare Teens for Life appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 30

40 min 2 sec

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 […] The post Rethinking The Homeschool Dream appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 23

17 min 13 sec

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 […] The post What To Teach Kids About Dealing With Difficult People appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 9

15 min 24 sec

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, […] The post How Personality Can Change Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 16

17 min 52 sec

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 […] The post How To Use Finance As A Teaching Tool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 9

49 min 20 sec

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 […] The post How To Turn COVID-Schooling Into True Homeschooling appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 19

14 min 58 sec

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 […] The post How To Teach Kids To Share Their Faith appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 12

47 min 43 sec

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: […] The post How to Manage Teen Screen Time appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 5

16 min 19 sec

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 […] The post Motivation Myths That Hinder Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 2020

16 min 9 sec

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. […] The post Help For Distracted And Struggling Readers appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 2020

41 min 49 sec

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 […] The post How To Level Up Your Gratitude appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 2020

11 min 50 sec

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 […] The post Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Your Child’s Writing appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2020

14 min 31 sec

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 […] The post How to Overcome Homeschool Distractions appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2020

12 min 5 sec

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 […] The post What Every Homeschooler Needs To Know About Science appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2020

18 min 59 sec

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 […] The post How to Use Personality to Overcome Procrastination In Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2020

12 min 49 sec

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 […] The post How To Create Margin In Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2020

13 min 20 sec

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 post More Homeschool Curriculum Sanity appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2020

15 min 43 sec

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 […] The post How To Choose Curriculum For Homeschool Sanity appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2020

16 min 20 sec

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 […] The post How To Keep Relationships The Focus Of Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2020

14 min 33 sec

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 […] The post How To Establish And Defend Time Boundaries In Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2020

15 min 46 sec

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 […] The post 6 Reasons You Should Homeschool This Year appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2020

20 min 11 sec

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 […] The post What to Do When Your Child Won’t Say I’m Sorry appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2020

38 min 21 sec

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 post More Child Discipline Lies That Make Homeschooling Harder appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2020

11 min 41 sec

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 […] The post 3 Child Discipline Lies That Make Homeschooling Harder appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2020

13 min 48 sec

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 […] The post How To Use A Charlotte Mason Approach With Any Curriculum appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2020

34 min 7 sec

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, […] The post Is A Montessori Approach A Good Fit For Your Homeschooler? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2020

40 min 19 sec

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 […] The post Why You Should Study Geology In Your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2020

37 min 33 sec

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 […] The post How To Help A Struggling Reader appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2020

42 min 24 sec