Back to School Tips (Words from the Wise): Back to School Week

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

Are you in need of a few back to school tips? Or maybe just some encouragement to distract you from reviewing piles of curricula and workbooks?

One of the things that has made my homeschooling life much easier is gathering wisdom and guidance from families further along the educational journey. On those days when I think, “Am I doing this right? Am I screwing this up?” it gives me confidence to hear of someone else’s triumphs.

As you prepare, both physically and mentally, for the start of a new year of homeschooling–consider these tips and reflections from moms in the trenches who write here at Simple Homeschool. [Read more…]

Finding Your Joy Giveaway from Willette Designs: Back to School Week

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Our previous two giveaways focused on materials to use for our kids, but today’s giveaway goodness is all. about. you.

Can you believe it?!

I probably don’t have to point out to you that as homeschooling parents we sometimes become so caught up with the busyness of teaching our children that we forget about ourselves. This is dangerous, as it leads to burnout, frustration, and even resentment–not the homeschooling atmosphere we’re trying to create!

So that’s why I’m pleased to share the details about a new photography e-journey from Willette Designs, called Finding Your Joy. [Read more…]

FBS Books Giveaway: Back to School Week

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I hope you’re enjoying this special series–welcome to Day 3 of Back to School Week!

The sponsor for today’s giveaway is FBS Books, a family-owned homeschooling company carrying a huge inventory of classical and traditional curricula.

FBS Books stocks a wide variety of popular, well-known materials in all subjects like Saxon Math, A Reason for Handwriting, Explode the Code, and Sequential Spelling. But they also keep in stock many new resources you may not have discovered before–I enjoyed browsing through the maps, puzzles, CDs, and cookbooks in the geography section. And I spent a long time admiring the collection of learning games available.

FBS Books offers affordable, reasonable prices on their materials, and they offer free shipping on all orders over $25! [Read more…]

Oak Meadow Giveaway: Back to School Week

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Welcome to Day 2 of Back to School Week here on Simple Homeschool!

Today I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce you to one of Simple Living Media’s sponsors, Oak Meadow Curriculum and School.

Oak Meadow offers two excellent choices for homeschooling families: PreK – Grade 12 curriculum packages you can purchase and use with your children, or the ability to actually enroll in their accredited school via distance learning, thereby receiving full academic credit and transcripts for your child’s work at home–as well as the support of an experienced teacher.

Oak Meadow has been in business for over 35 years, and their materials offer that wealth of educational experience to their customers. Their approach is simple: give children a safe, nurturing environment; provide creative activities for head, hands, and heart; offer each student respect and time to unfold naturally.

The staff at Oak Meadow are not just employees showing up to get a paycheck. Instead they are individuals who really embody the creative philosophy and passion for education that Oak Meadow stands for. This post, written by Heather at Beauty That Moves, describes her inspiring visit to the Oak Meadow offices in Vermont. Reading it gives a lovely glimpse into the ethos and values of this company. [Read more…]

Introducing Back to School Week!

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

I‘ve been looking forward to this week for a while now. Many of you are in the midst of planning for the upcoming school year, and some of you may have already started your new school term. But even if you homeschool year-round it only takes one trip to a nearby store this time of year to realize one thing–it’s back to school time!

Those of us here at Simple Living Media thought it only appropriate to celebrate and encourage all of you who are busily making plans–so tomorrow we’ll be kicking off back to school week here on Simple Homeschool!

Every day this week stop by to visit for the chance to get some excellent advice and enter some amazing giveaways (They are really, really amazing!).

I’ll see you back here tomorrow to get started. In the meantime check out these helpful back to school links: [Read more…]