Giveaway: $300 curriculum package from Oak Meadow

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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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Happy Mother’s Day, friends! 

Book recommendations this week:

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Something Other Than God by Jen Fulwiler was absolutely worth the wait! I got it first thing on release day and finished it quickly - a beautifully written, completely engrossing memoir about her atheist to Catholic conversion. I’ve started reading it again already – Highly recommended.

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Homeschooling mom of six Jessica Fisher has put together a healthy, colorful collection of juice recipes in her newest book, Best 100 Juices for Kids. All are homemade alternatives to sodas – also includes an overview to juicing if you’re just getting started.

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I never would have imagined one of my kids could be “sugar-sensitive” because we stick with mainly whole foods in our home. Little Sugar Addicts is showing me otherwise, though! If you have one or more children who seem to react to sugar and/or have major mood swings, you might find this a helpful read.


If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce Shakespeare to your youngsters, check out Tales from Shakespeare. The kids and I laughed our way through Two Gentleman of Verona and they begged for more. I’d say it’s a good read-aloud for ages 9 and up – and the Kindle version is FREE!


Checked Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song out from the library this week and was so impressed with its take on the Civil Rights movement – pairing the words of Martin Luther King Jr with the lyrics of Mahalia Jackson. Stunning artwork from this talented husband/wife writing/illustrating team – worth taking a peek at for your homeschool.

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The kids and I enjoyed cracking open this new Needle Felting Kit from Artterro. I had never done needle felting before – and it was so easy (my kind of craft!!). I appreciate how open-ended these kits are – there’s no one “right” end result, meaning the kids feel successful and creative without obsessing about the outcome. 

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If you’re struggling with writing in your homeschool, take a peek at Brave Writer. Julie’s approach uses writing to bring families closer together, and she offers resources for elementary ages all the way through to online courses for high school!

Green Kid Crafts Voted Best Subscription Service

Checking the mail is never more fun than each month when our new Green Kid Crafts box arrives. If the idea of putting together crafts on your own doesn’t come naturally to you, you might enjoy these packages – each box delivers three separate projects to your door, including all the materials you’ll need to complete them. As a Mother’s Day gift this Sunday, use the code HEARTMOM to take 40% off the first month of a new subscription!

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

The disappearance of childhood and what we can do to get it back

The disappearance of childhood and what we can do to get it back
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I want my kids to have a childhood. A living, breathing, mud-between-toes, romping-in-woods, staring-at-the-sky childhood. A secure foundation setting the stage for a secure life.

The gift of childhood. I allow my kids to slowly unwrap it each day within our homeschool.

But as I look around–at influences, at media, at society–I see childhood disappearing, evaporating further with each passing year. Are we all okay with that?

I’m not. For the good of our children, for the good of our society, for the good of the world we need to reclaim it.
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