Read the World: Multicultural Week

Read the World: Multicultural Week
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Welcome, welcome to our Read the World Summer Book Club! Sarah and I are both beyond thrilled to have you joining our families as we explore the globe one book at a time.

And now…on to the Multicultural Chapter!

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3 steps to a simpler summer

3 Steps to a Simpler SummerWritten by Melissa Camara Wilkins

A couple of my friends have been talking about how few summers we have with our kids, and how to make the most of them.

I say helpful things, like, “oh,” and, “hmm,” and “Eighteen! It’s not a very big number, is it?” This is code for “this conversation is making me so anxious that I may break out in hives at any time.”

It’s not that I am trying not to notice how fast my kids are growing up (though that is probably true).

It’s just that there are so many good ways to spend a summer. Should we go for summer camp or summer reading? Block party or beach bonfire? Water slides or water balloons? Roller coasters or roller skates? Field trips or museum trips or road trips or trips to grandma’s house?

And if I skip it all in favor of free play, will the only thing my kids remember be how they sang “I’m bo-ored” all summer long?
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The Read the World Summer Book Club

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Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Last week I hinted that you’d want to get your copies of Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time in hand as soon as possible, so you can use it for something fun this summer.

Well, today I can finally spill the beans! Several months ago I had the idea of celebrating the launch of my book with a summer book club for you and yours.

And because books are always better shared, I’ve teamed up with the fabulous Sarah Mackenzie of the Read-Aloud Revival to create the Read the World Summer Book Club–a club that’s going to take us all around the world this summer, one book at a time!

Take a peek:

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On letting summer break replenish and restore your kids

Letting a summer break replenish and restore your kids
Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I‘ve started to notice a pattern here. I’m always the one telling you to slow down and reminding you that it’s okay not to do all. the. things.

Just a couple of months ago, I suggested that you dump your writing program.  At Christmas, I said it was okay to cut yourself some slack. Last summer I suggested that you slow down and make memories.

See? It seems to be a recurring theme – one that either makes me the voice of reason in a go-go-go society or just a slacker.

Let’s go with voice of reason. I like that better.

I’m getting ready to do it again. Because especially in summer, we need to give ourselves permission to just be.

We need to take a lesson from farmers, who know that to restore fertility to soil, sometimes you need to let the ground lie fallow.

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What does letting the ground lie fallow look like for a homeschooling family this summer?

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Dump the writing program (& other tips for spring learning)

Dump the writing program (&other tips for spring learning)
Written by Kris Bales of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I don’t know how it is where you live, but in my neck of the woods, spring has sprung! The sun is shining, the temperatures are in the low-sixties to mid-seventies, and everything is blooming, including the Bradford pears that are killing my kids’ allergies, but let’s not focus on that.

It’s spring!

And, because it’s spring, the last place that any of us want to be is cooped up inside doing school.

I know I’m not alone, so let’s look at some creative ways to embrace spring and still educate your children.

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