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: $450+ FULL curriculum package from Oak Meadow

Giveaway: $570 curriculum package from Oak Meadow

Note: This giveaway IS open internationally, yay!

Welcome to today’s giveaway–sponsored by Oak Meadow:

Bring Learning Home with Oak Meadow

“We used Oak Meadow’s fifth grade curriculum for my daughter’s transition from elementary to middle school, and it was a wonderful, unique, and successful experience! ” – Oak Meadow parent

Have you considered bringing your child’s education home, but hesitant about making the change? Try Oak Meadow!

They offer flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum for K-12, or enrollment in their fully accredited, teacher-supported distance learning school:

  • K-4 is experiential, playful, nature-based.
  • 5-8 encourages independence, intellectual engagement.
  • High School offers challenging courses, options to earn credit, college counseling
  • Start anytime during the year!

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Jamie’s homeschool day in the life (with an 11-, 12-, & 13-year-old)

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

Remember that our Homeschool Day in the Life link-up will be on Monday, March 6th–have you written your post yet?! Check out last year’s here for ideas.

When we first began homeschooling eight years ago, the idea of continuing to do so in the teen years freaked me out!

But it turns out that as littles become bigs, mamas still have a hunch what those growing bodies and minds need most–just like we did when they were babes. It isn’t quite so scary after all.

It will help you understand our day if you know a bit about these babes of mine:

  • Trishna (13), joined our family in 2007 via adoption at the age of four from India; she has a visual impairment and developmental delays
  • Jonathan (12), joined our family in 2004 as our biological son
  • Elijah (11), joined our family in 2005 via adoption at the age of six months from Liberia after nearly dying from malaria; he has developmental delays and is still working on his reading fluency

A homeschool day in the life

Here’s what our homeschool day looked like on Monday, February 13, 2017:
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Weekend homeschool links

Our Heal the World Book Club is going SO well, and if you haven’t signed up yet, now is the perfect time to join for March! We just announced our upcoming book titles and would love to have you.

I was thrilled to receive this feedback from Mary Black this week:

Your book clubs have been a huge part of our learning experience this past year. Read aloud time has been more meaningful and my kids are thinking outside themselves and outside our little space in the world. Your Heal the World Book Club has inspired so many good conversations. My boys are excited to contribute in a meaningful way. So am I!”

And check out this artistic interpretation of our first book club title, The Unfinished Angel, from Sara’s family (love!):

If you have signed up for our book club, you should have received three emails thus far! If you haven’t, please check all your spam/promotions folders, then email me (jamie(at)simplehomeschool(dot)net) if you still can’t locate them.

Weekend homeschool links:

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Let me introduce you to a new favorite resource: Around the World Stories! (Anyone who knows me at all will NOT be surprised to hear my enthusiasm.)

These are original audio stories with the unique intent of helping children discover & learn about the world–brilliant, right?! Listen to samples and find out more here.

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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: Insta Pot recipes, George Washington in an hour, Harriet Tubman for kids, 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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Weekend homeschool links

Don’t you ever get tired of the outdated stereotypes that exist about homeschoolers? Here is our chance to help change them:

My friend Jimmie has put together the Smashing Stereotypes Homeschool Survey–its goal is to update the research and statistics about the homeschooling community! Will you please consider filling it out?

It takes about 30 minutes to complete, and every person who finishes receives over $100 in subscriptions to sites like Atelier Art, Dawn Sign Press, Words That Matter, Field Trip Zoom, and Homeschool Planet–plus one respondent will win $1,000!

Start the survey here.

The fine print: The survey is open to adults (18 and older) who reside in USA (or military base) except RI and D.C. You must be currently homeschooling at least one child to participate.

Weekend homeschool links:

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Elijah used Reading Eggs a few years ago, and it was another great step toward his reading fluency – plus it was fun!

We checked it out first by signing up for their free trial, and you can, too! 4 weeks FREE with no credit card required.

Steve and I don’t plan to stay in a regular hotel again if we can help it, now that we’ve had such a wonderful experience with AirBnB.

We celebrated his 40th birthday in the Caribbean last month and had an incredible, private apartment to ourselves–all for less per night than a hotel room. If you haven’t given Airbnb a try yet, check it out here & get a $40 credit when you take your first trip anywhere, near or far!

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