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 inspiring coloring book you’ll love as a mom this year

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What an amazing couple of months it’s been!

Give Your Child the World had an incredible launch (thanks to you!), and we read our way around the world together as a community, too.

Now we all have back to school on our mind, and I’ve loved seeing how many of you have taken advantage of Amazon’s incredible discount on my book to add it to your geography/literature/history shelf for this school year.

But back to homeschool shouldn’t just be about the kids, should it? Oh no, the mamas and the papas deserve some fresh-start inspiration every bit as much as our little ones.

AND SO, I’ve been busy behind the scenes working with others to bring a little dream to life for you.

Give Your Child the World is a tool to help your kids fall in love with the world, and today I have a gift to help YOU fall in love with it! It’s a back to school present and a thank you for all the support.

Check it out:
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Weekend homeschool links

Weekend homeschool links

It was an absolute joy to interview with these inspiring ladies recently and chat about Give Your Child the World!

(Just a heads up that I do discuss the tragedy in Newtown in this podcast, so you might not want to have little ears around.) You can listen here or via iTunes.

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I totally scored in my Stitch Fix this month, even though it slipped my mind to leave instructions for my stylist like I usually do.

I ended up keeping 3 out of 5 items, including a pair of gray pants that fit like they were tailor-made for me, a black dress, & this blue top–I adore the cutouts on the sleeves. If you passed me on the street you’d never know I don’t know how to dress myself. 😉 Highly recommend this service!

rosetta stone

If your kids have tested the waters in a foreign language and are ready to go deeper, Rosetta Stone has a proven track record! But did you know they also have a new recently-released service to help your kids learn to read, too? 

One of the biggest ways their language learning excels is through use of the immersion method, and the number of languages to choose from is unmatched!

Did your family complete our Read the World Book Club challenge this summer? If so, make sure you fill out the prize entry form by the end of next Wednesday, August 31st!

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The Big Fat Notebooks you’ll want on your shelf this year

The Big Fat Notebooks you'll want on your shelf this year
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

I first heard about Big Fat Notebooks from LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow (you guys know I am a fan!), who tweeted a photo of them. I was immediately intrigued, drawn to their bright colors and concept.

So when the opportunity came my way to partner with Workman Publishing and share them with you in this space, I gave it a definite yes. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this series, and now that we’ve had them in our home for a few weeks, I’m just as excited!

Since my kids hit double-digits, more than once I’ve looked nostalgically at our shelf of encyclopedia-type titles (like the Core Knowledge Series/Childcraft books), wishing there was something similar for older ages. Well, the folks behind Brain Quest have created it!

Here’s an overview:
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Growing Up Around the World: A Global Link Up!

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Welcome to our Read the World Global link-up! We’re so glad you’re here – think of this as a free trip around the world, right from the comfort of your dining room table!

Whether you’re sharing what it’s like where your family lives, or whether you’re just joining us to read about all the families taking part, we hope you’ll enjoy this link-up of virtual field trips!

Also below you’ll find the entry form to complete if your kids have finished the summer book club challenge and the certificate to print off for them–so fun!


How to join up:

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Weekend homeschool links

Weekend homeschool links
We celebrated this little book baby with dear friends over the weekend!

You guys?! I got word last week from Zondervan that Give Your Child the World has reached its 1 year sales goal–in 2 months!

My heart is so full at how you’ve welcomed this title into your homes & shared it, thank you! And if you need to pick up your copy for the homeschool year ahead, Amazon still has it at this crazy low price.

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Did you know how to cook when you left home? I didn’t, but I’m determined my children will!

One of the resources helping toward that goal is this e-course from my friend Katie of Kitchen Stewardship–my kids loved watching other kids in each video! Just a few days left to register, it’s perfect to add to your homeschool curriculum this fall.


Do you struggle with teaching writing in your homeschool? It can feel overwhelming, which is why hiring a mentor could help this year!

Time4Writing.com offers online writing courses for kids of all ages. Their instructors are passionate about writing and give positive feedback to help your child improve.

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