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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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).

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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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5 ways to increase your child’s love of learning by the end of the day

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Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

“Love of learning” can sound like a vague, mysterious, unattainable concept.

We desperately want our kids to have one, of course, but how do we kindle it in the midst of the busyness, routines, and responsibilities of homeschooling life?

Thankfully, a love of learning isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and we can take practical, small steps to nurture or repair it.

In fact, here are five ways you can increase your child’s love of learning by the end of this very day! (Feel free just to pick one or two and try the others later.)
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Why hello, spring! It’s so nice to finally see you again!

Well, the Martin family had a life-changing moment earlier this week–one that’s been five years in the making!

IMG_1960Our UPS lady (not knowing that a piece of my heart was in the box) casually dropped this off on the porch.

I can’t even begin to describe all the feelings, all the tears, all the answered prayers represented here–AND I can’t wait for you to open the covers and see for yourself!

Thanks for all the support. It has meant so much.

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