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.

Photo by Pixabay

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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Candle making with kids

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Candle making with kids
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

You guys? I did something amazing.


Well, hand-dipped beeswax taper candles at least.

If you know me at all, you know that I don’t “do” crafting.

Aside from Green Kid Crafts (which I love exactly because I don’t have to plan anything, and all the supplies greet us at the door each month), I try to stick with my strengths, which happen to be in mostly non-artsy arenas.

But I love learning how to make practical things that my family can use, and for this reason (as well as reading about Mother creating them in Farmer Boy), I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making candles.
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The best Christmas scenes in children’s literature


Written by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.

For your holiday enjoyment, I present to you the best Christmas scenes in children’s literature. (I shared the best Christmas scenes in English literature last week.)

It was painful to choose just a snippet to share because the extended scenes—and the books from which they were drawn—are all so good!

Narnia christmas

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

(Find the movie version here.)

“It was a sledge, and it was reindeer with bells on their harness. And on the sledge sat a person whom everyone knew the moment they set eyes on him. He was a huge man in a bright red robe (bright as hollyberries) with a hood that had fur inside it and a great white beard that fell like a foamy waterfall over his chest. Some of the pictures of Father Christmas in our world make him look only funny and jolly. But now that the children actually stood looking at him they didn’t find him quite like that. He was so big, and so glad, and so real, that they all became quite still. They felt very glad, but also solemn.

“I’ve come at last,” said he. “She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move. The Witch’s magic is weakening.”

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