Curricula bliss: 8 resources we couldn’t live (or learn) without

Curricula Bliss: 8 resources we couldn't live (or learn) withoutWritten by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

How is your homeschool year going so far? Usually by this time we begin to sense what’s working well and what isn’t. What we want to continue–and a couple of things, perhaps, that we’d like to drop.

Two years ago I wrote my first curricula bliss post, in which I shared the curricula bringing joy into our learning atmosphere at that time. Because sometimes you want to smile instead of sigh when you pull something off the shelf, you know?

Now that my kids are a little older I’m back to share the new resources we’re loving most this homeschool year. I hope they give you some helpful ideas and point you in the direction of joyful learning as well!
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Give Your Child the World – still $2.99 on Kindle!

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Let me introduce you to a new favorite resource: Around the World Stories! (Anyone who knows me at all will NOT be surprised to hear my enthusiasm.)

These are original audio stories with the unique intent of helping children discover & learn about the world–brilliant, right? Listen to a free story here.


Have you taken a look at these Montessori-inspired, hands-on geography tools from Pin It Maps? My eleven-year-old son Elijah adores these, and we’ve learned so much through them. I’m excited about diving into the newly released US maps, too.

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A virtual field trip to Anne’s Prince Edward Island

A virtual field trip to Anne's Prince Edward IslandWritten by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

For several years, my friend Caroline and I have talked about going to Prince Edward Island in search of our favorite author, Lucy Maud Montgomery (known as “Maud” to friends and family).

We’re avid fans, having read all the Anne books several times through, many of her other novels, all five volumes of Maud’s journals, as well as the newest extensive biography released about her life.

Well, sometimes dreams do come true! Back in July we drove for 13 hours from my home in Connecticut to PEI–and spent four magical days drinking in the sights and beauty there.

It seems like as soon as I mention this trip, many readers swoon and say “I want to do that!”

My advice? Do it! Plan your trip with help here, and check out Caroline’s post on the top 10 places for Anne/Maud fans to visit.

But why wait? Gather the Anne fans in your home and come to the Island with us today:
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Giveaway: $100 US history book package from Dover Publications

$111 US history book package

Note: This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to this week’s giveaway–sponsored by Dover Publications:

Celebrating 75 Years of Great Books at Extraordinary Value

From fact-filled coloring books to works of classic literature, Dover Publications offers over 10,000 titles that cover the entire educational spectrum and can serve as core curriculum material or supplemental aids.

Dover is excited to partner with Simple Homeschool to offer kids ages eight and up a chance to explore and learn about the days of the Old West and Frontier life with a giveaway valued at $101.00! 

One lucky winner will receive all of the following:

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Photo by the lovely Heather Bruggeman on Instagram

Beyond thrilled that you can still snap Give Your Child the World up for $2.99 on Kindle right now – tell the book lovers you know while this deal still lasts!

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It’s easy to get so concerned with WHAT to teach that we neglect HOW & WHY!

If you’ve found yourself frustrated with replicating “school” at “home,” take a peek at the freedom of Thomas Jefferson Education. Right now sign up for one of their most popular courses (a $160 value) completely FREE! Such a gamechanger in our own homeschool.


Elijah used ReadingEggs a few years ago, and it was another great step toward his reading fluency – plus it was fun!

We checked it out first by signing up for their free trial, and you can, too! 4 weeks FREE with no credit card required. 

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