Weekend links

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Back to Homeschool Giveaway Week

Check out what’s coming your way starting Monday – it’s our annual Back to Homeschool Giveaway Week!

Each weekday one of Simple Homeschool’s sponsors will give a pretty extraordinary prize to one blog reader–and many are also offering back to homeschool discounts for everyone.

I constantly feel blessed and grateful to highlight kindred spirit sponsors in this space–businesses putting their heart and soul into products to make our homeschooling lives better and more fulfilling.

I’m looking forward to highlighting some of them this week–hope you’ll stop by!

Now on to weekend links:

A special welcome and thank you to the sponsors here on
Simple Homeschool for the month of August!
As you plan for the upcoming school year,
take a peek at what they have to offer:

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Little Passports sale – 15% off through Wednesday

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Little Passports Sale

Many of you have mentioned to me that you’ve enjoyed adding Little Passports to your homeschool curriculum, and we’ve felt the same way!

Each month we “visit” a new country via the package that arrives in our mailbox (including souvenirs, letters, worksheets, and postcards)–we also travel around the states with their USA subscription, too.

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If you’ve been considering it for the upcoming school year, now would be a good time to sign up. Through tomorrow (July 30th), you can receive 15% off new subscriptions - just use the code COOL15 at checkout.

I regularly get asked if separate subscriptions are necessary for siblings, so it might be helpful for me to mention that we share one among my three children.

We keep the suitcase in our homeschool room and I make copies of any worksheets included. But I also know families who prefer to order separate kits for individual children–it can work either way.

Enjoy your global adventure!

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Fine print: This promotion is valid on new subscriptions only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Promotion applies only to the first month on a monthly billed plan. This promotion excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid through July 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

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 links

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My recommendations this week:

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The homeschooler’s Little House on the Prairie site tour guide

The homeschooler's site tour guide to Little House on the Prairie
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

5 states – 2,200 miles – 2 adults – 3 kids – 1 minivan – 9 days – 3 Little House sites…

…and we lived to tell about it!

Since we arrived back from our whirlwind tour of the Midwest a few weeks ago, I’ve been reliving our trip by posting photos on Steady Mom and social media. On one such update a reader asked:

“Won’t you share the specifics of your trip so we can benefit from all your work if we decide to do the same?”

Several other readers also mentioned you might like to check out one or more of the sites some day with your family, so I thought perhaps a post about our experience might help you plan your own Little House site tour.

I’ll go ahead and let you know, though, that I’m pretty sure this is the longest post I’ve ever written anywhere. With so many cool photos to share, and so many tips to include, I wanted to be thorough and include as much information for you as possible.

Here we go – enjoy!
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