About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.

Where to go for a boost of homeschool inspiration

Welcome to a giveaway–sponsored by my friends at Great Homeschool Conventions:

“Great Homeschool Conventions is in full convention season! With our first two conventions under our belt, we are ready for the next two, no… THREE events! 

We recently “adopted” an established St. Louis convention, and we’re so excited to be working with the previous organizers this year and in the coming years as we expand the St. Louis Homeschool Convention. We decided to host the St. Louis event this year, July 13-15th, so the folks in that area won’t miss their annual event.

For all our homeschool events, we strive to educate by providing speakers who are professionals in their field, who can better prepare you for the journey, aspire to encourage you as you connect with like-minded, grace-filled families, and equip you with comprehensive curriculum choices in the largest homeschool curriculum halls in the country.”

The 2017 dates and locations are:

  • TEXAS Homeschool Convention, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX – February 23-25, 2017 – We had a great event! Make plans to attend in 2018 – March 15 – 17th!
  • SOUTHEAST Homeschool Convention, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC, March 16-18, 2017 – We had a great event! Make plans to attend in 2018 – March 8 – 10th.

Still to come….

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Weekend homeschool links

Did you hear that this week Amazon (in the US) reduced the price of the paperback version of Give Your Child the World to just $7?!

I don’t know how long this deal will last, but I hope you’ll snag a copy for yourself or a friend while you can. Right now they’ve run out, but more are on the way. Enjoy and thanks for the support, friends!

Weekend homeschool links:

Featured sponsors:

I would have LOVED this preschool program if it had been available back in the day–with its focus on the liberal arts & its gentle simplicity. And right now you can snap up Artsy Startsy for 35% OFF with the code “sprung” to kick off spring!

For those itching to get started ‪homeschooling, this is a lovely way to spend intentional time with littles. Be sure to peek at the sample week.

Have you ever taken a peek at All About Reading or All About Spelling?

These popular homeschooling programs provide “open and go” lesson plans that are multi-sensory and based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, a method that has transformed language arts for many homeschool families.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links. Thanks for your support of Simple Homeschool!

FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

FREE BOOKS! Today's best KindleAmazon freebies for your family

In today’s post: Life Management for the Busy Homeschooling Mother, a worldschooling memoir, classic plays for your co-op, books free just for Prime members, and several more titles! Click through to download. 

All of the resources below were available free or on offer at the time this post was put together, but keep in mind that Amazon freebies/deals change rapidly, so don’t wait to download those that interest you. I’d also recommend double-checking that the price hasn’t changed before clicking to order!

Also, a disclaimer: I’ve done my best to choose titles I think my readers would enjoy, but I haven’t read all of the books listed below. Please preview to determine what’s appropriate for you and yours. Have fun!
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The top educational goal for my 8- to 12-year-olds

The top educational goal for my 8- to 12-year-olds Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

Jonathan and I sat at our local Panera Bread, enjoying a mother-son afternoon date. We ordered hot chocolate and played a favorite game to get started. But then he wanted to get down to the real fun he’d been anticipating.

I opened my laptop and we began his online weather course: watching multimedia clips and taking the quizzes involved.

After 45 minutes, guess who was bored? (Me.)

“Jonathan, we’ll stop at 4 o’clock, but we can come back to it another day.”

“Why? Please, can I finish the whole thing?”

What homeschooling mama could say no? Not this one!

And the whole experience got me thinking: “How many 11-year-olds beg to study and take quizzes on their Saturday afternoons?”
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Weekend homeschool links

Friends, we’re gearing up for the final month of our Heal the World Book Club, and we’d love to have your family join us! Even if you haven’t been able to participate so far, you can jump in for April–find the details and register here.

We’ve had families from every state in the US and over 30 countries worldwide participating. I can’t tell you how it warms my heart! Just look what we’ve been able to do thus far for the children in the Philippines served by Love146:

For those in our club, I hope you received the mid-month check-in I emailed out earlier this week! If somehow you missed it, you can also view it here.

Weekend homeschool links:

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Have you been waiting for the right time to order Life of Fred Math (or chemistry…or reading…or ???) If so, now’s your chance:

Educents is the cheapest place to order these online, & if you order a whole set (or if your order totals over $100), you’ll get FREE US shipping as well! To see my in-depth review of the Fred books, head here.

Are you a fan of Five in a Row? If so you might love Ivy Kids! Both feature unit studies around classic kids’ books, but Ivy Kids SENDS the book & ALL the supplies you’ll need each month.

It’s like PreK/K in a box, with ways to adapt for ages 3-8! Get 20% OFF your 1st kit with code IVY20

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