20 favorite Christmas books for kids

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Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

Last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we followed our usual tradition of chopping down our Christmas tree.

But there’s another tradition we always follow on that day as well, and I was reminded of it when one of my children asked:

“When will we get the Christmas books out?”

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a selection of special titles to read and share together, would it?

So here’s a list of 20 favorites–most of these reside in our personal home library, but a few are new-to-me popular titles I’ve heard about online. Enjoy!
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Easy ways to show teens you care

Affection for teens
Written by contributor Cheryl Pitt of the 2:1 conference

I‘m one of “those moms”. The irritating ones who refuse to accept society norms as the status quo. Just because society as a whole says this is the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be. I’m sure many of you would agree with me because homeschoolers, in general, are a very independent-minded group.

That’s why whenever I hear horror stories of teens who suddenly refuse to hug their mothers in public, who quit saying “I love you” and roll their eyes ten times a day, I refuse to accept it. It doesn’t have to be that way, I tell myself. Our teens can choose to rise above the low standards society has set before them.

I believe that, wholeheartedly! My family has been blessed to know several teens who haven’t gone through a difficult phase. It does happen…

It just hasn’t happened in my house yet.
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5 ideas for beating the summer heat

5 ideas for beating the summer heat
Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unscocialized Homeschoolers

Now that the season is in full swing, beating the summer heat can be difficult.

These suggestions should give you some ideas for ways to keep boredom at bay without sweltering in the hot sun.

Water fun

Playing with water, in some form or fashion, is always a great way to cool off during the hot summer months. Some ideas:
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Practical ideas for a summer of learning

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Written by contributor Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

First confession: I haven’t “done school” in three months.

Second confession: It was during these three months that Jamie asked me to be a regular contributor here at Simple Homeschool.

Final confession: My kids have learned more and I’ve learned more about them learning more (got that?) in these three months than ever before.

So the timing felt right, and that’s what I’m learning:
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Begin: Meet Growly Bear

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If there’s one thing homeschoolers know well, it’s books. We take pride in our growing, cluttered shelves–our stacks here, there and everywhere. And when we find a new one that our kids take to heart, when we see them happily sprawled across their bed with a book in hand, we feel like perhaps we’re doing at least one thing right.

book buttonBest of all is when we stumble upon a character that becomes part of the family and journeys along with us, and today I’d like to introduce you to one: Growly Bear.

Growly, his family, and his neighborhood are the brainchildren of Phil and Erin Ulrich–work-at-home, homeschooling parents. Erin designs and produces websites and ebooks, and I’ve worked with her personally on several projects.

Now she and Phil have ventured into the world of fiction with their first book in a series all about Growly, called Begin.
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