Little Passports sale – 15% off through Wednesday

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Little Passports Sale

Many of you have mentioned to me that you’ve enjoyed adding Little Passports to your homeschool curriculum, and we’ve felt the same way!

Each month we “visit” a new country via the package that arrives in our mailbox (including souvenirs, letters, worksheets, and postcards)–we also travel around the states with their USA subscription, too.

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If you’ve been considering it for the upcoming school year, now would be a good time to sign up. Through tomorrow (July 30th), you can receive 15% off new subscriptions - just use the code COOL15 at checkout.

I regularly get asked if separate subscriptions are necessary for siblings, so it might be helpful for me to mention that we share one among my three children.

We keep the suitcase in our homeschool room and I make copies of any worksheets included. But I also know families who prefer to order separate kits for individual children–it can work either way.

Enjoy your global adventure!

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Fine print: This promotion is valid on new subscriptions only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Promotion applies only to the first month on a monthly billed plan. This promotion excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid through July 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

How I taught my kids to clean…so I could stop cleaning

How I taught my kids to clean...so I could stop cleaning
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Lean in closer, let me share a secret:

I don’t clean too much anymore…and I love it.

Why am I whispering? Well, I guess it doesn’t feel proper for a busy homeschooling mama to admit something like this.

Over five years ago, while reading one of the books that has become a foundational part of our homeschool, Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning, I came across this quote:

“A significant part of Love of Learning Phase is to learn to work like an adult, thus many responsibilities can be given to Love of Learners. Still, Love of Learners need to be trained to do jobs well, so we recommend that Mom be released from any cleaning and instead be given a training and supervisory role only.” (page 121)

As my kids were ages five, four, and three at the time, I’m pretty sure I snorted at this impossible and lofty way-too-far-in-the-distance aim that seemed unlikely to ever appear on my messy home horizon.

But now Trishna is 11, Jonathan turns ten on Labor Day, and Elijah is nine. Life looks different around here–far from perfect, mind you–but definitely different. And one variation is the amount of time I spend cleaning.

Looking back, I can see we went through the following phases of cleaning to reach where we are now. 
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Weekend links

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My recommendations this week:

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What do you do every day?

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Written by Laura Grace Weldon.

How do you answer this homeschooling question?

What do you do every day?

That’s what people wonder about homeschoolers. Sometimes they ask us point blank, “Okay you homeschool, but what do you DO every day?”

It seems like a huge mystery to non-homeschoolers that we self-compose our days, somehow proceeding without the structure school imposes. Yet that question isn’t irrelevant. We’ve chosen to learn in ways that are entirely out of the mainstream. That confuses some, upsets others, and simply provokes curiosity in many. They’re waiting to hear what we have to say. No pressure there!

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When you have no money for homeschool curriculum

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Written by contributor Jamerrill Stewart of Free Homeschool Deals.

I have shared the journey of my family living on one small income to accomplish our homeschooling dreams. It’s what many families do, and they do it willingly for the joy and vision of being together as a family.

It was during these same years of growing our family on a super-tight budget that it became normal to find myself at the beginning of a homeschool year with no money for homeschool curriculum.

I was greatly encouraged during that time by reading amazing homeschool books such as Educating the WholeHearted Child and The Three R’s by Dr. Ruth Beechick. Those books helped me realize that I was not going to be successful as a homeschooling mom based on what curriculum-in-a-box I bought.

I would be successful just by learning alongside my children, going on nature walks to fill baskets full of pinecones for craft projects, and loading up a laundry basket full of enriching books at our local library.

My children could have a powerful education even if I didn’t have the funding to make big homeschool purchases, and the same goes for your children.

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