Weekend homeschool links

US readers: I hope your Thanksgiving was full of good food and special family time–so much to give thanks for! 

Friends: If you haven’t filled out our Homeschool Day in the Life survey yet, can you take 30 seconds and do so please? I’ll report back soon about whether or not we’ll be continuing our series in January, but first I need your feedback–thanks so much!

And for those who are interested (or want to have an easy downloadable gift idea for a friend!), this is the last weekend you’ll be able to get Give Your Child the World for only $2.99–such a bargain!

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Last call for cheap audiobooks–the perfect time to stock up for the holidays and new year!! This is the FINAL weekend of the incredible kids’ audiobook sale over at Amazon!

We’re talking Jesus Storybook Bible, Narnia, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Newbery Medal/Honor titles, classics, & more–all available at 80%+ OFF regular prices without needing an Audible subscription, woot! Browse the selection here before the sale ends.

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Weekend homeschool links

Do you look forward to our Homeschool Day in the Life series each January? We’ve been doing this for years now, and there are dozens of posts in the archives, so I only want to continue doing it if you still really want us to!

Can you click here and let me know, please? It will only take a few seconds to respond, but it will be such a help as I plan ahead. There’s also a space where you can mention a specific homeschool blogger or age range that you’d like to see us cover if we continue the series!

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Check out the fun colors and styles that I got to choose from in my recent Stitch Fix! If you’ve thought about trying this styling service but have been waiting for an extra nudge, this is it:

Stitch Fix is waiving ALL the styling fees for those who schedule a fix before the end of Nov!! This means there’s absolutely NO risk to try it out. I can’t tell you how much I love not having to go clothes shopping anymore. Check it out right here!

Looking to get a head start on your shopping or need to give the grandparents gift ideas? Well, this weekend you can save up to $20 on a Little Passports subscription!

With options for ages 3 through tweens, we’ve used this global subscription for years, & their new Science boxes are the best I’ve seen for older kiddos. Deal ends Sunday night.

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Giveaway: $119 geography package from Around the World Stories

Note: This giveaway has ended, thanks for your interest!

Welcome to today’s giveaway–sponsored by Tania of Around the World Stories:

Are you looking for a way to inspire your kids to learn about the world? Around the World Stories creates original audio stories for kids that make learning about other cultures an unforgettable adventure.

Each week subscribers receive a 30-minute story told from the perspective of a child in another country, so young listeners learn how kids in other cultures live, play, learn, eat and celebrate.

Your kids will catch a cotton-tailed tulip thief and meet the king of the Netherlands. They’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve in Madrid and find a treasure map in Greece. They’ll race a Leprechaun in Ireland and help solve the case of Mozart’s missing violin in Austria.

“You can travel the world from the comfort of your family room, or kitchen table. We listen to these stories in the car, over lunch, before bedtime, and on crabby days and sick days. They never fail to bring a smile to my children’s faces.” – Caitlin C.

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Weekend homeschool links

Give Your Child the World is still on sale for only $2.99 (yay), but not for much longer!

Check out this lovely review recently posted by Windy Ramone on Amazon:

“Yay For Books With Lists About Books! This book is really great and has helped in my home school planning. I have been using it in a culture study we have been doing and it has saved me the hours it would have taken me to compile these lists on my own.

All the books on the list that we have used have been excellent and it will continue to offer support as we move up through the grades. It is an excellent resource that will be useful for years to come.”

Weekend homeschool links:

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If you’re new to homeschooling(or if you’ve just never taken a peek), check out Oak Meadow!

In our early years it gave a blueprint for our days, providing both gentle structure & flexibility. Their creative, holistic curricula goes from PreK-12th, with an optional accredited distance school to join!

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Essentialism for the highly sensitive homeschool mom

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Ya’ll, I did it again. When will I ever learn?

I knew we had a busy day coming up, so I’d tried to mentally prepare myself: “Just take one thing at a time, Jamie. You can do this.”

And it started off well. All the things on the docket that day were “good, important things”—>

  • My own writing work
  • Our typical homeschool routine
  • handling unexpected attitudes and challenges
  • beginning to sort the kids’ fall/winter clothing (one of my least favorite jobs all year)
  • drop off a child at a piano lesson
  • pick up child from piano lesson
  • spend 45 minutes with kids cleaning up a few mounds of leaves (with five acres and tons of trees, this takes a lot of effort each year!)
  • {Here is where Jamie begins to lose it….in case you’re wondering}
  • 45 minutes to take a child to a rehearsal
  • trying to recover dinner plans when the ones we had in mind fell through
  • picking up child from a rehearsal
  • and all of this after not a lot of rest the night before.

I handled the morning well, but as afternoon neared I could feel myself “going under.” By the end of the day my body physically ached from emotional fatigue, my nervous system completely on overload.

Like an infant so exhausted they reach that overtired point where they just cannot relax, I spent another night without getting the sleep I needed, too.

If you are a highly sensitive homeschool mom too, you’re probably nodding your head right now.

Clearly I have not yet grasped what is truly “essential.” 
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