Travel the World from your Dining Table (Recipe: Liberian Jollof Rice)

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

This month at Simple Homeschool one of our themes has been giving children a global mindset. Jena provided us with an excellent unit study last week, which culminated in a celebratory feast from the country of your choice. Summer is the perfect, relaxed time to try out a few experimental recipes.

Even if your culinary skills are somewhat lacking, global cuisine isn’t as challenging as it may sound.

Here are several links to easy recipes so you can experience the world without having to leave the dining table. [Read more...]

Weekend Links

Happy Father’s Day to all you hardworking dads out there!

“A meaningful life is measured not by the outside world, but by how we feel about the person staring back at us in the mirror.” ~ Laura Fortgang

Curriculum Choices: Handwriting Resources

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Handwriting curriculum is one of the first purchases new homeschooling parents make, eager to get their child started off on the journey of communicating through the written word.

Learning to write their own name feels exciting and important to young children, so as parents it can seem like a big responsibility to choose the best resource.

Well worry no more! This post contains six of the most helpful, popular handwriting choices currently on the market. [Read more...]

How to Study Your Favorite Country

As unschoolers, we like to let our kids follow their interests and develop their giftedness. We let them explore and discover, and we offer suggestions and guidance.

But once in awhile, some direct, concentrated school-like activity is fun. That’s what this post is all about.

Here is a one-week unit study on the country of your choice, unschooling style. It’s pretty flexible, but covers a lot of territory. [Read more...]

4 Natural Ways to Learn on Vacation

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Summer is almost officially here, and undoubtedly many of you are in the planning stages for a family vacation. Whether you’re heading into the woods for a week of camping, venturing to the seaside, or boarding a plane to another country, we all know that as homeschooling families we never take a complete break from learning.

Of course your educational route may be a little less formal now than during other times of the year, which is as it should be. That’s why it’s good to brainstorm and come up with some gentle, organic ways to continue learning no matter where your journey takes you.

Consider these four possibilities as you vacation this summer. [Read more...]