Curricula bliss: 12 products we couldn’t live (or learn) without

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Curricula bliss 12 products we couldn't live (or learn) without
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Our family spent the first part of September on vacation–something we’ve made a tradition of the past few years. When most people head back to the grind of school and work routines, I love that we can celebrate our homeschooling freedom on an empty beach together!

Now that we’ve settled in back at home, the leaves are changing color around their fringes. Something about autumn calls us to new beginnings, to crack open dusty books, clear off shelves, and get to work once more.

Instead of sharing with you a curriculum plan for our year, I thought I’d share our curricula bliss. In all honesty, I don’t do much traditional homeschool planning–I refuse to map out a game plan for a whole year because I always reserve the right to change my mind along the way.

But I have come up with some overarching guidelines and goals–and right now these twelve products/programs have us pointed in the right direction.

We inspire, not require when it comes to academics–so the resources below are not essential elements in my kids’ education, but ones available for them to choose from.

I’ve marked the resources that we do together as a group with an (*) symbol. Those without an asterisk the kids can choose (or not)–many of these I gathered as a result of their homeschool compasses.

I call them curricula bliss because, well, for the most part, they make us happy!
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Inspiring homeschool links

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Inspiring homeschool links
Enjoying the last swim of the summer!

Have you enjoyed our summer blog series, The Hardest Part of My Homeschool Year?

Has it encouraged you, reminding you that you’re not alone and that it is possible to homeschool even through challenges?

The hardest part of my homeschool year
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Our series is nearly finished and now I’d love to invite you to join in. On Monday, September 14th I’ll host a linkup here where you can share about the hardest part of your past homeschool year. 

So between now and then, write a post on your own blog telling your story, then come by on the 14th to share it here. Does talking about the hard stuff seem like a strange way to kick off a new school year?

I actually think it makes perfect sense–we can write vulnerably about not just our struggles, but how we’re navigating them, giving hope and courage to those who read our words.

Please take the time to share your hard to help others! And now on to this week’s links:

Enjoy this week’s homeschool links:

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What’s so great about Life of Fred?

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What's so great about Life of Fred
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

If you’ve been homeschooling for long, you may have run across a math curriculum called Life of Fred. All of a sudden it seems to be taking the homeschooling online world by storm!

Here’s a short description of it:

Life of Fred is a series of math books that break the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius.

During his hilarious adventures, he encounters natural situations that call for solving math problems. Children actually want to read these books!”

I first mentioned Life of Fred on this blog back in 2012, and what I said then I still agree with:
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Inspiring homeschool links

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Inspiring homeschool links

Enjoy this week’s homeschool links:

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Giveaway: $280 history package from History Unboxed


This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to another back-to-homeschool giveaway–sponsored by History Unboxed.

From History Unboxed:

“Love every minute of history this year!

History Unboxed offers subscription boxes and on-demand unit study boxes for students ages 5-15. Through hands-on activities young people can experience history with many of their senses and create a connection to the past in a personal way.

Recipes, crafts, art, myths, and relatable details enable students to form a lasting and meaningful bond with the past. And the best part?

Everything ships right to your door. All you have to do is open the box and start learning.


This August History Unboxed is offering a nine-month ancient history course for the 2015-2016 school year that presents eight major ancient civilizations in a fun, engaging, and interactive format.

Subscriptions and on-demand boxes are available any time, but registration for the 2015 Ancient History course is open for the month of August only. The course is $280 for the first student with a $70 discount for each additional sibling/classmate.

Get more ideas for getting hands-on with history on History Unboxed’s Pinterest and Instagram pages too!”