50% off Magic School Bus Science Club through 10/31

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magic school busWritten by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

If you have students (ages 5-12) who enjoy the Magic School Bus books or videos–and if you like doing science experiments with them–you might be interested in The Magic School Bus Science Club!

Here’s a description:

“Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning Magic School Bus Science Kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.”

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Homeschool inspiration: The homegrown pumpkins edition

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We rather unsuccessfully grew pumpkins this year for the first time! (Can’t take credit for the big one, sadly.) Not too much of a result, but at least I got a pretty picture out of our efforts!

Enjoy this week’s homeschool inspiration:

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Giveaway: $100 package from Great Homeschool Conventions


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Welcome to today’s giveaway–sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions:

Great Homeschool Conventions will hold this year’s regional conventions in Texas (February), South Carolina (March), Ohio (April) and California (June).

Each convention features a huge (and I mean huge!) Homeschool Curriculum exhibit hall.

This year’s featured speakers include Dr. Benjamin Carson, Heidi St. John, Michael Gurian, Cathy Duffy, Jim Weiss and many more.
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The 5 love languages of homeschooling

The 5 love languages of homeschoolingJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

A few weeks ago an issue with one of my children kept me up late into the night. You know, one of those little things that you can’t quite figure out.

After pondering, praying, and a bit of crying, I eventually reached out to my friend and homeschooling mentor, Rachel DeMille.

In just a sentence or two I outlined the problem and asked if she had any advice. And in one sentence she solved it for me:

“What’s your child’s love language?” 

Hmmmm. Love languages? I had that filed back in my brain somewhere as it relates to marriage, but I had never paid it much attention when it comes to my children.

And after some research into my child’s love language and a little attention in that area, this so-called “issue” pretty much vanished. Vanished, I tell you!

So what is a love language and how can I determine my child’s?

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Homeschool inspiration: The baking with boys edition

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Elijah and I have been devoting time to his baking lessons weekly – I love seeing my boys work confidently in the kitchen

Enjoy this week’s homeschool inspiration:

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