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.

The homeschooler’s Little House on the Prairie site tour guide

The homeschooler's site tour guide to Little House on the Prairie
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

5 states – 2,200 miles – 2 adults – 3 kids – 1 minivan – 9 days – 3 Little House sites…

…and we lived to tell about it!

Since we arrived back from our whirlwind tour of the Midwest a few weeks ago, I’ve been reliving our trip by posting photos on Steady Mom and social media. On one such update a reader asked:

“Won’t you share the specifics of your trip so we can benefit from all your work if we decide to do the same?”

Several other readers also mentioned you might like to check out one or more of the sites some day with your family, so I thought perhaps a post about our experience might help you plan your own Little House site tour.

I’ll go ahead and let you know, though, that I’m pretty sure this is the longest post I’ve ever written anywhere. With so many cool photos to share, and so many tips to include, I wanted to be thorough and include as much information for you as possible.

Here we go – enjoy!
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My recommendations this week:

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Trishna attending “school” at the Ingalls Homestead – De Smet, South Dakota

My recommendations this week:


Have you ever checked out the McGuffey’s readers, originally published in the mid-1800s? My daughter likes these illustrated versions, which we downloaded to her Kindle for only $1.99.

I love that they include excerpts from classics with the sweet illustrations as well (the free versions do NOT have illustrations, fyi). You can also get these in paperback/hardcover.

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I wasn’t sure if this edition of Anne would be worth the investment since you can get other versions cheaper, but it arrived this week and yay – a total score!

Beautiful illustrations (both color & b/w throughout) and the colorful hardcover make it super-appealing.

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We recently watched our first of the Disneynature series and I found it inspiring!

I loved the combo of documentary with a narrative story, beautifully done and slow-paced (as opposed to so many movies these days!) I’d recommend for ages 7 and up.

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This was the book I read way back when my boys were still toddlers that gave me a vision for a new way to “do education” in our family! It completely resonated with what I knew to be true in my heart and what I so badly wanted to be true for my kids.

Now several years later we are still on the same path it started us out on, and it has definitely been the right one for us.

Featured sponsors this week:

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Katie from Gadanke creates the most beautiful handmade journals for kids & adults, with fill-in-the-blank prompts that help get minds (& hands!) working instead of freezing up at the sight of a blank page.

Check out one of her newest additions – a mother-son journal “Between Mom & Me.” Find the daughter version, travel journals, and tons more at her site.


We swing both ways when it comes to 4th of July around here! #‎Britishhusband‬ ‪#‎Americanwife‬

And check out our Big Ben 3D puzzle from our Little Passports England box! We’re having fun with this tour of the world that shows up in our mailbox each month

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Julie from Brave Writer has a beautiful approach to writing in the homeschool - using it to strengthen family relationships (as opposed to pulling them apart!) She offers both curriculum to use at home and online classes with direct instruction.

You can even find free writing lessons here to download and sample.

Blessings on you and yours…

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

How to homeschool without actually homeschooling

how to homeschool without actually homeschooling
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

At the start of the new year many of you completed a survey for those of us who blog under the Simple Living Media umbrella. I admit to being rather surprised when I found out that a significant percentage of those who read this blog regularly are not actually homeschoolers.

Let me say it once and for all: Homeschooling or not, you are welcome here!

At its core, homeschooling is a lifestyle of intentionality when it comes to our kids’ educations. Being intentional doesn’t mean sending our kids to the school around the corner just because it’s around the corner. Being intentional also doesn’t mean homeschooling just because all your friends homeschool.

Intentionality means taking the time and effort necessary to give thought to what is best–for your children, yourself, and your family.

Maybe you went through that intentional process. Maybe the concept of homeschooling even intrigued you, but you ultimately decided it isn’t for your family at the present moment. Yet you’re always looking for ways to cultivate an atmosphere and a love of learning at home.

Did you know a new word has been invented to describe what you’re doing?

It’s called afterschooling. Here’s how to do it well.
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So many Little House trip photos, so little time! This one from the Ingalls’ Homestead, De Smet, SD

A special welcome and thank you to the sponsors here on
Simple Homeschool for the month of July!
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