Archives for 2013

5 tips for taking the stress out of Christmas


Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

As beautiful as the Christmas season is, it can also be an extremely stressful time of year.

There are often many more commitments than normal – plays, parties, service opportunities – and then there is the pressure to find special gifts for the people in our lives. Trying to maintain a normal school schedule becomes much more difficult.

How do you enjoy the season, individually or as a family, without all the stress? [Read more…]

All kids have special needs.

All kids have special needs.
Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

Over a decade ago, I had the extraordinary honor of working with special needs children in both schools and homes. I mainly helped them and their families in whatever way I could, and did my best to shower a little extra love their way. I worked with some children who were severely disabled, a child with cerebral palsy, a child with ADHD, and children with autism.

I both loved and feared this work. Loved it–because I felt like I was making a difference in the lives of these families and learning so much at the same time.

Feared it–because in the back of my mind I wondered if maybe God was preparing me for something. Like one day he was going to “make” me have a child with special needs of my own.
[Read more…]

Weekend links

Weekend links
Our first homemade gingerbread house, inspired by Aimee’s series last week on Simple Bites

Imagine Childhood

The winner of this weekend’s Imagine Childhood Toy giveaway is Patti Brasher – congrats!

Remember to take a peek at Imagine Childhood’s Winter Wonders guide for lovely gifts this season along with free crafts, activities and recipes! Use the code “SimpleHomeschool” at checkout for 10% off your order through December 11th.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Weekend giveaway: $125 package from Imagine Childhood Toys

Imagine Childhood
This giveaway has ended; thanks for entering!

Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, brought to you by one of my favorite kid stores online, Imagine Childhood.

About the company:

Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies.

While was launched in 2008, our family has been selling quality children’s goods since the mid 80s, starting with a brick and mortar store in Denver, CO.

Our carefully curated collection focuses on products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore.

With an emphasis on quality materials, our toys and tools are made to outfit children for life’s biggest and most important adventure: childhood.
[Read more…]

Educational gifts for the holidays (with discounts for you!)

This post contains affiliate links.
Educational gifts for the holidays ~ SimpleHomeschool
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Gift-giving this time of year can feel complicated, but it doesn’t have to. We want to fill our homes in the same way we fill our lives: with what matters to us, with what’s really important.

For homeschooling families, this means that we want the presents we give–to our kids and others–to contribute to an atmosphere of learning.

With this goal in mind, I wanted to highlight the sponsors who have been a part of Simple Homeschool this year. Many of them are offering substantial discounts for you this holiday season, too. Enjoy!
[Read more…]