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Jamie’s recommendations this week:

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Do you hope that one day your kids will be self-directed learners? If so, you might find Project-Based Learning by Lori Pickert an inspiring read: “This book is an introduction and guide to creating the circumstances under which children can teach themselves.”

Sign me up for that, please! (I love Lori’s blog, too.)

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I’ve found Read for the Heart so helpful when it comes to discovering high-quality literature for my kids to read (without me having to preview everything first!)

I give it to Jonathan (age 9) and he browses through the pages, then comes back to me with a list of titles to request from the library. Like Amazon says, “Keeping this volume close at hand is like having a child’s librarian for a best friend.”

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Do you love nature and hope to pass that love on to your little ones? The Camping Trip That Changed America is an inspiring read about how our national parks in the US came to be established and protected, all in the package of a fun, true story.

Illustrated by a Caldecott Medalist, School Library Journal called it “history accessible for young readers.”

Featured sponsors this week:

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I’ve gotten some good deals from Educents this year on math, writing, and science resources, and this weekend they are offering Simple Homeschool readers an extra 10% off AND FREE shipping – woot!

Just use the code SIMPLEHOMESCHOOL10 at checkout – valid through Monday, 5/26. Current deals include Minecraft Design, Life of Fred, a guitar starter kit and plenty more.

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If you’d like to get Dad more involved in your homeschool, check out this upcoming audio seminar/ebook from Oliver DeMille – A Thomas Jefferson Education for Dads!

We follow this educational philosophy in our homeschool and I can’t wait for this to come out in a few weeks. An inspiring Father’s Day gift!

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Looking for a play-based, child-centered curriculum to use for Kindergarten next year? Take a minute to check out Lavender’s Blue Homeschool

Based on the Waldorf philosophy, it includes all the ideas you need for circle times, painting, stories, craft projects, and more, plus Kelly includes membership in a private FB group for support!

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”
~ Beatrix Potter

10 inspiring book titles that model love of learning

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10 inspiring book titles that model love of learning
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

We all want our kids to fall in love with learning, don’t we?

And we can always use a little help as we press toward that goal. Instead of constantly telling our kids how important learning is, let’s show them–through our own example, of course, but also through the books we bring into our home.

After curling up with Abe Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, Ben Carson, and the other protagonists featured here, we just may find our kids appreciating their education–and eager to learn more–than they were before.

The following ten titles feature main characters who discover just how important learning is, and who grow to love the doors it opens for them.

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Weekend links

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Enjoying Mother’s Day moments with my Elijah (age 9)

Jamie’s recommendations this week:

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This week I wrote about the importance of decluttering in your homeschool, and I found this short ebook to be an encouraging read on the subject. Simply Homeschool is all about focusing on what really matters in our lives and eliminating the rest – I love that message. Only 99 cents on Kindle!

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If you’re wanting to give a child who is a new reader their first Bible, my 9-year-old loves this one. The Discoverer’s Bible has large print and is written for a 3rd grade reading level, using the New International Reader’s Version (which is like the NIV for kids)

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If you or your kids enjoyed Little Women (one of my favs!) or other Louisa May Alcott books, you’ll love this picture book, Louisa May’s Battle, about her Civil War experience that led to her writing. A great addition to a Civil War unit study or paired with her novels.

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The 2nd season of Little House on the Prairie has just been rereleased in this remastered DVD edition, featuring better picture, sound, and extra bonus features.

I know the series isn’t anywhere close to the storyline of the books, but both hold a special place in my family’s heart as inspiring. I spent hours watching these with my dad way back when.

Featured sponsors this week:

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Imagine Childhood is a wonderful online source for earth-friendly toys, open-ended creativity, and educational inspiration. I often give it a browse before an upcoming birthday or holiday. Check out their sweet garden section.


Our family has listened to Sparkle Stories for years now and they have brought a ton of inspiration and calm hours our way.

On top of their weekly subscription series, they also offer Stories for Helping & Healing–audio books to help kids work through challenging topics like sibling rivalry, fear, grief, and more. 


If you’ve been considering a monthly subscription to Little Passports, they are having a pre-summer sale this week! Take 40% off your first month of a new subscription with the code FUN40 – valid through Thurs, May 22nd. Adding this to our geography study has been a perfect fit – we’ve loved learning about the world alongside Sam and Sofia.

“Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.”
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Giveaway: $300 curriculum package from Oak Meadow

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Welcome to today’s giveaway, brought to you by Oak Meadow!

About Oak Meadow:

Oak Meadow helps you set a natural rhythm of learning for your family with their challenging, experiential curriculum for students in kindergarten to grade 12.

Their compassionate, child-centered approach encourages critical thinking and intellectual development through hands-on activities, interdisciplinary projects, and thoughtful reading and writing practice.
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4 spring cleaning and organizing tips for homeschoolers

4 spring cleaning and organizing tips for homeschoolersJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Something seems to happen to me every spring – as the snow melts and the sun emerges, I have an urge to throw everything in our house away. (I never actually follow through with this internal nudge, don’t worry.)

But after the winter I long to shed what we don’t really need or love, to focus on the essentials. To me, spring decluttering is even more important than spring cleaning.

Cleaning doesn’t take nearly as long (especially if you have growing little helpers) when our homes aren’t overflowing with stuff we’re hanging on to “just in case.”

Use the following four tips to help unshackle a few extra burdens you’ve been lugging around:
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