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.

Giveaway: $100+ family registration from Great Homeschool Conventions

Speaker at Business Conference and Presentation.

Welcome to this week’s giveaway–sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions!

About GHC:

“Great Homeschool Conventions is ready for 2017! This year, we will feature more than 230 speaking sessions, led by a world-class featured speaker roster which also includes a number of highly-focused special tracks.

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

Early-bird discounts are on-sale now!”

The 2017 dates and locations are:

  • TEXAS Homeschool Convention, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX – February 23-25, 2017
  • SOUTHEAST Homeschool Convention, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC, March 16-18, 2017
  • MIDWEST Homeschool Convention, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH, April 20 – 22, 2017
  • CALIFORNIA Homeschool Convention, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA, June 15 – 17, 2017

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The future of Simple Homeschool–in your hands!

The future of Simple Homeschool
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Hi friends! I care so much about you and your families, and I want Simple Homeschool to be an online place you can count on to provide the support and inspiration you need.

I want us to fulfill our mission here, which is:

To deliver regular doses of homeschooling inspiration, confidence, and freedom to parents worldwide

Would you help me, please, by completing this short survey?

It’s 11 questions you can answer in about one minute (for reals, I timed it)!

I’d love to know what you find most helpful here, what you need more or less of, how the contributors and I can support you better.

Again, here’s the link to the survey. And again, thank you for spending a bit of your precious time here with us!

Weekend homeschool links

Weekend homeschool links
Weekend links
I love autumn in New England!

Some moments make your heart skip a beat, like when you hear that a professional reviewer from Booklist called your book “engaging & insightful” & a welcome resource for “both secular & Christian families!” #happydance

Read the full review here, and remember you can still snag Give Your Child the World for just $2.99 on Kindle–but only for a few more days!!

Weekend homeschool links:

Featured sponsors:


Do any of your kids struggle with reading or spelling? Make sure you take a peek at All About Reading/All About Spelling!

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


Have you seen the incredible lineup of speakers/personalities coming to Great Homeschool Conventions this year? From inspiring friends like Sarah Mackenzie to authors like S.D. Smith to experts like Dr. Jay Wile–it looks amazing!

2017 conventions will take place in TX, SC, OH, and CA from February through June. Go ahead and get the dates on your calendars now for the one nearest you.

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

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

In today’s post: Pumpkin Recipes (tis the Season!), several highly recommended novels, personal finance help, 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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Curricula bliss: 8 resources we couldn’t live (or learn) without

Curricula Bliss: 8 resources we couldn't live (or learn) withoutWritten by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

How is your homeschool year going so far? Usually by this time we begin to sense what’s working well and what isn’t. What we want to continue–and a couple of things, perhaps, that we’d like to drop.

Two years ago I wrote my first curricula bliss post, in which I shared the curricula bringing joy into our learning atmosphere at that time. Because sometimes you want to smile instead of sigh when you pull something off the shelf, you know?

Now that my kids are a little older I’m back to share the new resources we’re loving most this homeschool year. I hope they give you some helpful ideas and point you in the direction of joyful learning as well!
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