How I taught my kids to clean…so I could stop cleaning

How I taught my kids to clean...so I could stop cleaning
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Lean in closer, let me share a secret:

I don’t clean too much anymore…and I love it.

Why am I whispering? Well, I guess it doesn’t feel proper for a busy homeschooling mama to admit something like this.

Over five years ago, while reading one of the books that has become a foundational part of our homeschool, Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning, I came across this quote:

“A significant part of Love of Learning Phase is to learn to work like an adult, thus many responsibilities can be given to Love of Learners. Still, Love of Learners need to be trained to do jobs well, so we recommend that Mom be released from any cleaning and instead be given a training and supervisory role only.” (page 121)

As my kids were ages five, four, and three at the time, I’m pretty sure I snorted at this impossible and lofty way-too-far-in-the-distance aim that seemed unlikely to ever appear on my messy home horizon.

But now Trishna is 11, Jonathan turns ten on Labor Day, and Elijah is nine. Life looks different around here–far from perfect, mind you–but definitely different. And one variation is the amount of time I spend cleaning.

Looking back, I can see we went through the following phases of cleaning to reach where we are now. 
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Weekend homeschool links

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Weekend homeschool links
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We had an incredible sail around New York City Harbor with a friend a couple of weeks ago – Not a bad view!

Enjoy this week’s homeschool links:

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Comic books for kids

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Comic books for kids
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

The Homeschool Omnibus is no longer available, but you can still search for and purchase these resources individually!

I had no idea I was a fan of comics until I found this series last year. I thought it was the coolest idea, history through comics!, and even got the kids an entire set for Christmas.

Since then, historical comics have become a staple in our home. At least one of my kids has one in hand daily, and they’ve learned so much from them.

Like graphic novels, they’re wonderful for visual learners and/or those who struggle with reading.

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 9.49.47 AMSo I was pretty excited to see that this week’s Homeschool Omnibus includes a set of three more comics to add to our collection: one Bible comic, one history comic, and one classic literature comic from Comic Books for Kids:
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Giveaway: $150 Kindle Fire HD 7

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Giveaway: Kindle Fire HD7
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

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I have a love-love relationship with my Kindle. I wasn’t sure about non-paper reading a couple of years ago when I ordered it initially, but since then I’ve become a total convert.

Not that I’ve turned my back on paper books altogether, mind you. But I love that I can take my Kindle when I go work at the library or a coffee shop and have more than 100 books right in my bag, all as light as a single paperback!

Kindles have become one of my favorite gifts as well–I gave one to my daughter Trishna for Christmas a while ago and I recently gave one to Steve just because.

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And this week, I want to give away a Kindle Fire HD7 to one of you!
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The most inspiring resources for your 2015-2016 homeschool year

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Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Note: This year’s Homeschool Omnibus is no longer available, but you can still search for and purchase these resources individually!

This week I’m happy to be a contributing author to the 4th annual iHomeschool network ebook bundle sale–it’s a collection of over 100 homeschooling resources (a $754 value) that you can purchase at over 95% off – for only $25.

As one of the contributing authors to this year’s omnibus, I’ve had my bundle for a few weeks already (lucky me!), so I’ve been able to go through it and find the books and lectures I’m most interested in this year.

I know 100 homeschooling resources may seem a tad excessive, so it’s worth mentioning how I avoid ebook overwhelm.

Here’s what I did:

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First, I printed off a list of all the books in the bundle (you can do the same with this post below, or check out this gorgeous online catalog that lists them all!)

I went through it with paper and pen, making notes of the titles that sounded like they might be helpful and/or inspiring during our upcoming year.

With this year’s package, I had a list of 17 resources when I finished, which is only a small fraction of the entire bundle.

Yet the value of those 17 resources is still $175, making the whole bundle a steal of a deal at only $25!
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