Weekend homeschool links

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Weekend homeschool links
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Somehow I became the mom of a teen over the weekend, and this journal-loving young lady was excited about her first bday gift

Thanks for celebrating with me on Monday when I shared my starry-eyed news–your responses warmed my heart and even brought tears to my eyes!

With only 11 days to go before this book of mine no longer belongs to just me, but to you as well, I am having all. the. feelings: excitement, nerves, hope, fear, thrill, overwhelm–you name it.

new coverMaybe there’s an unspoken pressure for bloggers to act like this part of the process is no big deal or that we have it all together, but this IS a big deal (and I don’t have it all together!). In other words, I’d be so grateful for your prayers over my family and this project right now.

Weekend homeschool links:

What we’re reading this week:

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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

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

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.

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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Giveaway: $175 history package from A Thomas Jefferson Education

A Thomas Jefferson Education

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

Welcome to this week’s giveaway, brought to you by a resource that has completely changed the way my family home educates for the better–Thomas Jefferson Education (also known as TJEd).

“TJEd” or “Leadership Education” is a philosophy and methodology that supports personalizing education for each child’s age, gifts and learning style.

Its focus on the 7 Keys of Great Teaching and the Phases of Learning really reduce stress and magnify inspiration.

One of the tools TJEd provides is This Week in History–a daily resource that brings your homeschool or classroom to life!
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On meeting a childhood hero (and all that happened next!)

On meeting a childhood hero (& what happened next!)
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high
Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow”

Some stories are decades in the making. This is one of them.

It starts the summer of 1985–the year I rode my bike every weekday morning to Mary C. Williams Elementary School in my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina.

I spent hours on a beanbag in the shady corner of the mid-grade novel shelves, curled up with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Pippi Longstocking. When the library closed at noon, I pedaled home again in time for back-to-back episodes of Reading Rainbow.

I look back on that summer as one of my happiest. I turned into a lifelong reader.

On the outside, it wasn’t a given that I’d become one. We didn’t have tons of books at home, and like many latchkey kids I watched a lot of television. But my mom took me to the library every third Monday, God bless her.

And with one flip of the dial I found LeVar Burton on PBS, always eager to read-aloud to me.
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Weekend homeschool links

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Could it really be that summer’s on its way?!

Less than three weeks to go before Give Your Child the World enters THIS world!!

Are you interested in the book, but have been hesitant to order until you can read an excerpt for yourself? Well, Zondervan has put together an online sampler with two full chapters so you can check it out!

Just head here to download and read Chapter 1 (our family’s global story) and Chapter 6 (the Africa reading list).

Weekend homeschool links:

What we’re enjoying this week:

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