What’s so great about Life of Fred?

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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Brothers on the beach

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Going through one of those seasons when you need the kids to learn more independently?

I’ve been there before, and the animated lessons/games from Time4Learning.com got us through! It can be used as a complete online curriculum, but we used it as enrichment and it was a perfect fit for the time.


If you’re new to homeschooling (or if you’ve just never taken a peek), check out Oak Meadow!

In our early years it gave a blueprint for our days, providing both gentle structure & flexibility. Their creative, holistic curricula goes from PreK-12th, with an optional accredited distance school. And right now high school students can find out more via their virtual open house.

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

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

In today’s post: 50 Core American Documents, Finding God’s Will for Your Life, Forming Good Lifelong Habits and several more titles–click through to download!

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. I’d also recommend double-checking that the price hasn’t changed before clicking to order!

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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The hardest part of my homeschool year

The hardest part of my homeschooling year
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

A note from Jamie: We wrote this series last summer, but I thought that revisiting it at the start of a new school year might be an encouragement. So check out some of the posts below and remind yourself that even if you’re facing something tough, you can still make homeschooling work for you and yours. Be blessed!

Ya’ll, homeschooling ain’t always easy. And it isn’t always happier ever after.

Sometimes it’s downright tough. You know, don’t you?

This world has troubles and homeschooling families aren’t immune to them. Tough marriage seasons, rebellious children, cancer, miscarriages, depression, financial struggles, midlife crises.

You get the picture.

You don’t always read about these topics on blogs, because well, they’re personal. They often involve our dearly loved children, too, whose privacy we respect and want to protect.

The danger of not writing about these situations, however, is that it creates an illusion that our lives are all peaches and cream.

Roses and buttercups. Always well-behaved children and energetic moms and dads joyfully learning together 24/7.
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I can’t get enough of this coloring book (see my newest page above?!), and I’m so happy to have been able to share it with you this week!

So go grab Give Your Child the World for just $7.50 and then download yours here, FREE!

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Are you looking for a holistic, creative curriculum addition this year? If you’re drawn to the Waldorf philosophy, make sure you take a peek at Christopherus Homeschool Resources.

I can truthfully say that their Kindergarten guide saved me from being a stressed out mama back in the day!

Home Science 2

What better way to get kids interested in the STEM fields than with hands-on experiments? (Homemade chocolate anyone?!!)

Home Science Tools has everything you need, all in organized kits! From tech to physics to even forensic science, they’ve got you covered.

For those of you who completed the Read the World Summer Book Club: I’ll be choosing the winners after Labor Day weekend and emailing them next week, so you still have a few days to submit your prize entry forms if needed. And remember: Everyone “wins” the album Tales of Cultures Far and Near by Jim Weiss–enjoy!

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