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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Jamie’s homeschool day in the life (with a 12-, 13-, & 14-year-old)

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

“I feel like soon it will be time for me to get serious about my spelling.”

He brought the topic up in the car over the holidays, on our way to drive by cool Christmas lights.

“I know I can do it, I just haven’t really wanted to put the effort in until now. But I think I’m getting ready.”

I could do nothing but listen, smile, encourage. After all, I have no frame of reference for this type of education myself. I would never have been able to make this type of comment as a young teen, since I never truly owned my education until college.

When allowed to choose, I’ve seen that my children eventually notice their need for the subjects that, in a typical school setting, kids are forced to begin and master so early they never have the chance to even comprehend their relevance.

And who can ever stop someone from learning when they have decided they want to, and when they have all the resources and time they need at their fingertips?

The answer? No one.
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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: Doctor Dolittle, The Year of Yes, Searching for Sunday, 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! [Read more…]

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