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.

The homeschool hack that’s saved my sanity for 8 years

The homeschool hack that's saved my sanity for 8 years
By Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Note from Jamie: This year’s FREE Read the World Summer Book Club kicks off June 5th, and it would be an honor to have your family join us! Details and registration here.

So I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but kids can be LOUD.

Like REALLY loud.

Happy loud sometimes. Unhappy loud at others.

And when you get lots of them together? VERY loud!

Confession: I don’t particularly care for loud.

I also tend to be an all-or-nothing person, which shows in the fact that my husband Steve and I added three kids to our family in less than three years. Less than two years separate them in age–and even less separate them developmentally.

After our daughter Trishna joined our family, we had a four, three, and two-year-old. Suddenly, a good portion of my life was loud. And though I was no fortune teller, I was smart enough to guess that I had a decade, give or take, of more loud coming my way.

Some people handle loud just fine. I’m not one of them.

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The three gorgeously loud beings of which I speak

Back in 2007 when I was adjusting to my new life as a mom of three, I didn’t yet know that I was a highly sensitive person as well as an introvert. Looking back with that knowledge, it makes perfect sense that I would find life’s sudden, uncontrollable volume overwhelming.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I knew I had to make life at home at least a little quieter if I was going to survive it, as well as add homeschooling to the mix.

A parent’s desperation–I think that’s how some of the best life hacks have been invented over the years!

My own conundrum led to an idea. One that’s gone on to save my sanity and allow me to continue homeschooling for eight years and counting.
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Wow–over 2,000 families have already signed up for this year’s FREE Read the World Summer Book Club–and we’d love to add yours to the list!

If you’re looking for something low-key yet educational to dive into this summer with your kiddos, it kicks off on June 5th–find all the details here.

Weekend homeschool links:

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Giveaway: $140 K-5 science package from Be Naturally Curious

Note: This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to a spring science giveaway–sponsored by Be Naturally Curious.

From Valerie at Be Naturally Curious:

“I am a mom to two energetic and inquisitive young girls and also happen to be a former college Biology professor.

One of my greatest passions in life is to help all kids experience the joy of learning science and exploring nature!

I believe this is best done by focusing on concepts and reinforcing learning with multiple, non-traditional teaching techniques, which is why I started Be Naturally Curious, creating science and nature mini-courses for kids grades K-5.

I love to share and discuss ideas about science and learning on our Facebook page —please connect with us!”
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Read the World Summer Book Club 2017

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

It never dawned on me when Give Your Child the World released that we’d find ourselves doing the Read the World Summer Book Club again this year–but here we are!

Back by popular demand, it’s the 2nd Annual Read the World Summer Book Club. Once again we’ll explore the world this summer, one book at a time!

This year will be less formal–perfect for adding just a touch of gentle learning to lazy summer days while your littles slurp popsicles or take a break after playing in the pool.

And we’ve made it even easier to participate! Here’s how it will work:
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Would your family consider donating to help us cross this finish line? If we go beyond our goal, the extra will go into a scholarship fund for survivors whose dream is to attend university–incredible, right?! Thanks to all who have given generously!

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