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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.

Core Phase: Creating a solid foundation for ages 0-8

Core Phase- Creating a solid foundation for ages 0-8
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

This post is part of an ongoing series about the educational philosophy Leadership Education (also known as A Thomas Jefferson Education.)

“Core Phase is the basis of a life. A good Core Phase naturally provides the foundation for a good life, a great Core Phase for a great life, and so on.”
~ Oliver and Rachel DeMille, Leadership Education, page 40

I stared at the desktop screen late one night, engrossed in a popular homeschooling forum where members could ask for help and receive advice. Someone had asked a question–I don’t even remember what it was–and one of the responses said something like this:

“I recommend you check out A Thomas Jefferson Education.”

It included a link to an overview of the method, which I clicked. Then, as sometimes happens in the midst of epiphanies, I sat up straighter as I began to read. In a flash of insight, I absolutely knew that this was part of what I was looking for in our homeschool.

The method combined the freedom of unschooling with a balance of structure, responsibility, and academic focus–especially in the teen years–that resonated with me.

Though my kids were all young at the time, I ordered every book I could find about it and began to internalize its principles. And it turns out I had plenty of time to focus on my own education–because all my kids were in Core Phase.

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Weekend homeschool links

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Giveaway: $250 credit to the Oak Meadow bookstore


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Welcome to today’s giveaway–sponsored by Oak Meadow!

An overview from Deb Holman of Oak Meadow:

“Yearning for the educational freedom and flexibility to explore your interests, talents, and passions? Oak Meadow’s progressive, experiential homeschooling curriculum for Kindergarten to grade 12 will help you find your way.

Our student-centered, nature-based approach allows families to set their own natural rhythm of learning and encourages creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual development through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary projects.
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Weekend links: The wise teacher edition

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Weekend links A wise teacher

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Giveaway: $275 package from History Unboxed


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Welcome to today’s giveaway, brought to you by Elizabeth of History Unboxed:

“When I started homeschooling my own children ten years ago, I decided that if I managed to instill in them a life-long love of learning, then I would consider the whole experience a success.

Over the years, the lessons that my students have found the most meaningful and memorable are the ones where many of their senses are engaged and where the material is presented in an emotionally relatable way.

History in particular is a subject that educators so often find overwhelming. Although Pinterest and blogs abound with creative ideas, let’s face it: life is busy.

As home educators we don’t always have time to source and assemble hands-on lessons.
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