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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So grateful that spring’s here at last!

Our Heal the World Book Club will be ending soon, and all the members have worked (and read) so hard raising money for the education of child trafficking survivors in the Philippines through Love146:

Whether your family participated in our book club or not, we’d love to invite you to contribute toward our cause and help our gauge grow higher! Details here.

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Have you seen the incredible lineup of speakers/personalities coming to Great Homeschool Conventions?

From friends like Sarah Mackenzie to authors like S.D. Smith to special performances = amazing! Conventions still to come in California & Missouri this summer–details here.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links. Thanks for your support of Simple Homeschool!

On how I finally stopped hating workbooks

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

When we first began homeschooling, workbooks represented two things I desperately wanted to avoid: an impersonalized learning system and the idea of fitting all children into the same box/grade level.

We had a few workbooks on our shelf, but I only used them at a child’s request–not very often.

However, as my kids became older, I slowly began to see two benefits that workbooks also have to offer:

1. They leave a paper trail. This comes in handy when you need proof of all the learning, both informal and formal, that happens under your roof.

2. They can calm a mama’s or papa’s homeschool jitters.

Sometimes when you’re homeschooling, you feel completely out of your element. Making a habit of even one workbook page a day can take the edge off those insecurities.

When my kids were littles, my main goal was for them to fall in love with learning. It still is! But I think having the tiniest amount of book work might have settled my own worries just a tad while giving them 95+% interest-led learning freedom.

If this is something you’d like to try, look for a way to encourage your kids to agree to the idea, too, so that even this small minimum will not become a battleground.

Tip: I often tape a $5 bill in the back of a workbook and find that to be quite the compelling incentive! We also use our positivity bean jar to encourage this type of work.

Over the years we have found a few workbooks that worked well for us. So when the opportunity came to partner with Workman Publishing, creators of the colorful Big Fat Notebooks and our favorite Star Wars workbooks, I eagerly agreed to take a peek at their new line of summer workbooks.

Here’s an official overview:
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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

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

In today’s post: Starting a Successful Blog, Learning All the Time, overcoming anxiety, books free just for Prime members, and several more titles! Click through to download. 

All of the resources below were available free or on offer 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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We celebrated my 94-year-old Nana’s heavencoming this week!

I was honored to have the chance to write a eulogy that was shared at her funeral, which I also shared with readers here if you’d like to learn more about this remarkable woman I was blessed to know!!

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Around the World Stories creates original audio stories with the unique intent of helping children discover & learn about the world–love, love, love!

And right now you can try a whole month out FREE! Use the code HEALTHEWORLDTRIAL at checkout, or use HEALTHEWORLD20 for $20 off their story pack.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links. Thanks for your support of Simple Homeschool!

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A quick note that the Kindle version of Give Your Child the World is just $1.99–but only through Sunday! The paperback is still on sale, too!

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With This Week in History, each day is an adventure in math, science, language, geography, & more–all tied to history!

It’s a resource that makes homeschooling easier, created by my friends at Thomas Jefferson Education–a time saver that makes it simple to “inspire, not require.” Check out a sample week here.

My son Elijah used Reading Eggs a few years ago, and it was another great step toward his reading fluency – plus it was fun!

We checked it out first by signing up for their free trial, and you can, too! 4 weeks FREE with no credit card required.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links. Thanks for your support of Simple Homeschool!