How to teach your kids to cook (with a cooking course printable)

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

When I graduated from high school in 1994, I had a 4.0 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society, and shortly afterwards received a complete scholarship to a local university.

I had never made a full meal for myself or anyone else. I hope to give my children a more holistic education, one that’s relevant both in the classroom and in real life.

That’s why a few years ago I invited my kids to begin a formal baking class as part of their homeschool.

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I wrote about our experience on the blog, and it became one of the most popular posts at that time. The following year I also documented Jonathan’s graduation from his baking class, and how the entire experience had been a positive one.

Since that time, my daughter Trishna also graduated from her baking class. Some of her closest friends  came to celebrate her hard work and sample all the goodies she had learned to make:
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This is the FINAL weekend that Give Your Child the World will be available for just $2.99, so I hope you take a minute to snag your copy while you still can!

Several of you have emailed me to say what an incredible gift it’s been to get a resource like this that you’ll use again and again at this price–I love that you’re finding it useful and inspiring.

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Did you know how to cook when you left home? I didn’t, but I’m determined my children will!

One of the resources that has helped us toward that goal is the e-course Kids Cook Real Food–my kids loved watching other kids in each video. Only a few days left to register for this interactive cooking curriculum–see the detailed scope & sequence here


Do you struggle with teaching writing in your homeschool? It can feel overwhelming, which is why hiring a mentor could help. offers online writing courses for kids of all ages. Their instructors are passionate about writing and give positive feedback to help your child improve!

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Giveaway: $100+ family registration from Great Homeschool Conventions

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Welcome to this week’s giveaway–sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions!

About GHC:

“Great Homeschool Conventions is ready for 2017! This year, we will feature more than 230 speaking sessions, led by a world-class featured speaker roster which also includes a number of highly-focused special tracks.

We strive to educate by presenting speakers who are professionals in their field and who can better prepare you for the journey, aspire to encourage you as you connect with like-minded, grace-filled families, and endeavor to equip you with comprehensive curriculum choices in the largest homeschool curriculum halls in the country.

Early-bird discounts are on-sale now!”

The 2017 dates and locations are:

  • TEXAS Homeschool Convention, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX – February 23-25, 2017
  • SOUTHEAST Homeschool Convention, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC, March 16-18, 2017
  • MIDWEST Homeschool Convention, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH, April 20 – 22, 2017
  • CALIFORNIA Homeschool Convention, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA, June 15 – 17, 2017

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The future of Simple Homeschool–in your hands!

The future of Simple Homeschool
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Hi friends! I care so much about you and your families, and I want Simple Homeschool to be an online place you can count on to provide the support and inspiration you need.

I want us to fulfill our mission here, which is:

To deliver regular doses of homeschooling inspiration, confidence, and freedom to parents worldwide

Would you help me, please, by completing this short survey?

It’s 11 questions you can answer in about one minute (for reals, I timed it)!

I’d love to know what you find most helpful here, what you need more or less of, how the contributors and I can support you better.

Again, here’s the link to the survey. And again, thank you for spending a bit of your precious time here with us!

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I love autumn in New England!

Some moments make your heart skip a beat, like when you hear that a professional reviewer from Booklist called your book “engaging & insightful” & a welcome resource for “both secular & Christian families!” #happydance

Read the full review here, and remember you can still snag Give Your Child the World for just $2.99 on Kindle–but only for a few more days!!

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Do any of your kids struggle with reading or spelling? Make sure you take a peek at All About Reading/All About Spelling!

Their popular homeschooling programs provide “open and go” lesson plans that are multi-sensory and based on the proven Orton-Gillingham approach, a method that has transformed language arts for many homeschool families.


Have you seen the incredible lineup of speakers/personalities coming to Great Homeschool Conventions this year? From inspiring friends like Sarah Mackenzie to authors like S.D. Smith to experts like Dr. Jay Wile–it looks amazing!

2017 conventions will take place in TX, SC, OH, and CA from February through June. Go ahead and get the dates on your calendars now for the one nearest you.

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