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.

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If you’re new to homeschooling, I’d definitely recommend you check out Oak Meadow. In our early years it gave me a flexible blueprint for our learning days while I was figuring this new lifestyle out!

Their curricula goes from PreK-12th grade, with an optional accredited distance school to join.

Simple Homeschoolers worldwide love the downloadable mini-courses from Be Naturally Curious! 

Created by professional scientists/nature lovers, they are inexpensive and ideal for K-5th grade, teaching concepts through stories, crafts, games, movement-based activities, and experiments.

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How to know if you’re doing enough

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Several months ago I asked Simple Homeschool readers to tell me their main homeschooling concern. I received hundreds of replies, but was stunned to find that over 75% of them were more or less the same:

  • “I just wish I knew I was doing enough.” 
  • “I feel like I’m not doing enough.”
  • “How do I know if I’m doing enough?”

All of us have different families and different children, but the same insecurities. I know, because they sometimes keep me up at night, too.

And so I thought that at the beginning of a new homeschool year, we should take a peek at this word, how it haunts us, and what we can do to break free.

Here are a few things for us to keep in mind:
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We celebrated a new 14-year-old last week!
Other Once Upon a Time fans will understand the cake 😉

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Need to keep your young children busy while you homeschool older ones? Check out Ivy Kids for your 3-8 year-olds! 

Each month they create a unit study based on popular kids’ books, and they send you the book & all the supplies you’ll need! Use the code IVY20 for 20% OFF your 1st kit.

Still need to find the right fit for homeschool science this year? Consult the experts at Home Science Tools, where they offer popular programs up to 35% OFF!

I also love that they offer science kits to go with several curricula, too, so instead of trying to hunt down all those supplies for experiments, they come right to your door!

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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies/deals for your family

FREE BOOKS! Today's best KindleAmazon freebies for your family

In today’s post: The Happy Hollisters, Hourly History, Healing ADD, The Fringe Hours, plus several more deals on Kindle and audio! Click through to download. 

All of the resources below were available free or on sale 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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Head here to see all the current deals for your audio library! 

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Celebrating a NOT back-to-school day in style!

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Check out Great Homeschool Conventions NEW website! And while you’re at it, go ahead and add 2019 dates to your calendar.

Not only will they be in their usual venues of TX, SC, MO, OH, & CA; they’ll be adding two new locations: New York and Florida!

Chester Comix, Middlebury Interactive Spanish, Simply Music, CodeCombat, FieldTrip Zoom, Brave Writer, and (pictured above): Touch Type to Read and Spell–these are just a few of the hits our family has discovered through Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op.

Make sure you head there before purchasing curricula to see if they have it available at a group discount!

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