About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.

What’s so great about Life of Fred?

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site!

What's so great about Life of Fred
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

If you’ve been homeschooling for long, you may have run across a math curriculum called Life of Fred. All of a sudden it seems to be taking the homeschooling online world by storm!

Here’s a short description of it:

Life of Fred is a series of math books that break the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius.

During his hilarious adventures, he encounters natural situations that call for solving math problems. Children actually want to read these books!”

I first mentioned Life of Fred on this blog back in 2012, and what I said then I still agree with:
[Read more…]

Inspiring homeschool links

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site!

Inspiring homeschool links

Enjoy this week’s homeschool links:

[Read more…]

Giveaway: $280 history package from History Unboxed

historyunboxedmain

This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to another back-to-homeschool giveaway–sponsored by History Unboxed.

From History Unboxed:

“Love every minute of history this year!

History Unboxed offers subscription boxes and on-demand unit study boxes for students ages 5-15. Through hands-on activities young people can experience history with many of their senses and create a connection to the past in a personal way.

Recipes, crafts, art, myths, and relatable details enable students to form a lasting and meaningful bond with the past. And the best part?

Everything ships right to your door. All you have to do is open the box and start learning.

historyathensbox

This August History Unboxed is offering a nine-month ancient history course for the 2015-2016 school year that presents eight major ancient civilizations in a fun, engaging, and interactive format.

Subscriptions and on-demand boxes are available any time, but registration for the 2015 Ancient History course is open for the month of August only. The course is $280 for the first student with a $70 discount for each additional sibling/classmate.

Get more ideas for getting hands-on with history on History Unboxed’s Pinterest and Instagram pages too!”

15 school supplies that just might change your life this year

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site!

15 school supplies that just might change your life this year
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

The days are upon us: days of newly sharpened pencils, out-of-the-box crayons, and spiral notebooks waiting for original ideas to be added to their pages. Even those of us who school year-round or non-traditionally sense that fall cries out for new beginnings and fresh starts.

The shopping this time of year can be pretty fun for homeschool parents, too. We grab deals and stock supplies, all the while getting ourselves psyched about the learning coming up in the months ahead.

And while school supplies may never have actually changed someone’s entire life, I know I’m not the only one to feel a kind of thrill when stumbling upon the perfect tool that I know our family will use regularly in our pursuit of knowledge.

A couple of weeks ago I asked readers on my Facebook page to tell me the school supplies you just can’t live without.

Here are some of your top responses, along with links for where you can order them online if you can’t find what you need close to home. Many of these are available via Amazon Prime, meaning they could be on your doorstep in two short days!

Keep in mind that prices fluctuate on Amazon, but I’ve put the current price to give you an estimate.
[Read more…]

Inspiring homeschool links

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site!

Inspiring homeschool linksJonathan (almost 11) is thrilled about this year’s tomato harvest!

Enjoy this week’s homeschool links:

[Read more…]