Archives for February 2013

Weekend links

weekend links


The winners of yesterday’s cookbook giveaway are Heather Mac, Karen Chaffin, Kristin Gideon, Kira Long, and Leigh Miller–congrats. If you didn’t win, you can always purchase your own copy of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook by homeschooling mama Jessica Fisher!

Weekend giveaway: Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook


This giveaway has ended–thanks for entering!

Freezer cooking and busy homeschooling families go well together, wouldn’t you say? My friend Jessica Fisher thinks so, and her new cookbook–Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook–recently released to rave reviews!

Jessica is a homeschooling mama of six children, a monthly contributor here on Simple Homeschool, and the popular writer of two blogs: Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats.

Here’s what she had to say about her cookbook:
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How to deal with the winter homeschool blues

How to deal with the winter homeschool blues

Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Winter doldrums. Winter Blues. Cabin fever.

I was not going to write about this seasonal phenomenon because I’ve seen it mentioned on several other blogs recently. It’s been covered, right?

But I’ve been feeling a little blah myself lately. It hasn’t been as bad as I’ve experienced in the past, but enough to remind me that it’s something we all deal with…and I know a lot of moms have a worse case than I do.

So what causes the winter blues and how they be combated?
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TV will rot your brains


Written by contributor Amida of Journey into Unschooling

I grew up on a lot of TV. The first show I remember ever watching was a cartoon called Xiao Tian Tian. I had lived with a lot of other kids and every dinner, we’d all grab our bowls of rice, leave our families, and gather around the tiny screen to watch. I don’t recall a single dish I ate, but can still hear the theme song in my head…

We got our first TV set when I was around five. It had turn dials, rabbit ears, and no remote control. The first show that came on was Wile E. Coyote trying to catch his Road Runner.
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Teaching a reluctant learner


Written by Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife

I have a child who hates school.

This is hard for me to admit because it feels like I failed. I failed my son, my family, and the homeschool community.

The bottom line… ten years ago I tried to force a square peg into a round hole, and it didn’t work. Instead of focusing on what he could do I worried about all the things he couldn’t.

Now I’ve spent the past eight years trying to undo the first two.

Four years ago another son started school, and like his older brother he wasn’t eager to learn. Thankfully I’ve learned a thing or two over the years and took a different approach with this child.

It’s working.
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