10 new “must-read” nonfiction picture books

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10 new must-read nonfiction picture books ~ SimpleHomeschool.net
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

The love of good books flows steadily through my bloodstream–always has. I have to admit, though, that I tend to stick to the tried-and-true classics, titles that have staying power and have inspired readers for generations.

But I also love stumbling across a new-to-me book on a library’s shelf and flipping through to discover that it has the makings of a classic after all–it inspires, it teaches, it tells a deeper story. And in the past year there have been many such books released.

Here are ten nonfiction titles, along with excerpts from the reviews they’ve been given, that you and yours might enjoy checking out:
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Come share your homeschool day in the life!

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Homeschooling doesn’t always look the same. But that’s one of the things that makes it so great — it doesn’t have to!

In the past several weeks, our fourth annual homeschool day in the life series has featured families homeschooling between one to six children.

We’ve heard from those who follow Waldorf or Leadership education philosophies, classical homeschoolers, unschoolers, and everything in between; those who embrace schedules–and those who have embraced a bit of necessary chaos!
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In pursuit of a slow education

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Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

This world spins fast–and we twirl dizzy along with it. Round and round, we juggle more to do: more buttons to click and status updates to check and details to accomplish.

We have more ways to measure ourselves than ever before–How many friends (online or off), how many “likes,” how many tasks checked off? It’s never-ending.

Our kids are not immune to this–how could they be?

We measure them too–with ever-increasing focus on standardized testing and our tendency to push, push, push. We treat them like adults before they’re ready, eager it seems, to get them spinning right alongside us.

Can someone slow down this crazy train, please?
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A chance to share YOUR homeschool day in the life (& weekend links)

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With all the snow we’ve been having, there’s been quite a lot of weather study going on!

A quick invitation today before weekend links:

Have you enjoyed our 4th annual homeschool day in the life series? I’ve loved it, and now I’d love for you to join us!

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Feel free to write your own homeschool day in the life post this week on your blog. Then come by here next Friday, February 14th (Happy Valentine’s Day!) and share your link so we can check out and read about each other’s days.

Don’t have a blog? No worries, you can always leave a comment and tell us about your day, too. See you Friday!

Now on to our weekend links:
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Weekend giveaway: $200 kindergarten curriculum from Lavender’s Blue Homeschool

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This giveaway has now ended; thanks for entering!

Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, sponsored by Lavender’s Blue Homeschool:

From Kelly at Lavender’s Blue:

“My goal is to support parents as they create a peaceful and connected family life.

I write about peaceful parenting, magical childhood, and homeschooling from a holistic perspective on the blog, where I also enjoy sharing favorite songs to sing and stories to tell. You can also connect with me on my Facebook page.
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