FBS Books Giveaway: Back to School Week

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I hope you’re enjoying this special series–welcome to Day 3 of Back to School Week!

The sponsor for today’s giveaway is FBS Books, a family-owned homeschooling company carrying a huge inventory of classical and traditional curricula.

FBS Books stocks a wide variety of popular, well-known materials in all subjects like Saxon Math, A Reason for Handwriting, Explode the Code, and Sequential Spelling. But they also keep in stock many new resources you may not have discovered before–I enjoyed browsing through the maps, puzzles, CDs, and cookbooks in the geography section. And I spent a long time admiring the collection of learning games available.

FBS Books offers affordable, reasonable prices on their materials, and they offer free shipping on all orders over $25!

The resources at FBS Books are not just for your children’s education–they are for yours as well.

I had the privilege of receiving a few DVDs from their homesteading selection, and after watching them I’m completely inspired to try my hand at a few new skills (cheesemaking, anyone!). And you’ll also find encouragement to get through the challenges of homeschooling in their collection of parenting books and devotionals.

Today FBS Books is giving a $100 gift certificate to one lucky Simple Homeschool reader!

How to Win

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three!

1. Comment on this post, and answer this question: Which school subject presents the most challenges in your home when it comes to finding the right materials?

2. Visit FBS Books and Simple Homeschool on Facebook and “Like” them. Leave a separate comment here to let me know you’ve done so.

3. Subscribe via email to the Simple Living Weekly newsletter. Leave a separate comment here letting me know you’re subscribed.

This giveaway will end at noon EST on Saturday, August 21st and is open to commenters 18 years or older. The winner will be announced on Sunday–good luck!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. Marilyn K says:

    I am just starting my research on curriculum. I have 4-year-old and almost 2-year-old sons, so trying to decide if I need to actually purchase preschool-type curriculum or maybe just jump in with a kintergarden curriculum and go slowly.

  2. Liked FBS on FB ( too many abbreviations!)

  3. Now this I could use. I honestly don’t have an answer to your question – does that disqualify me. Oh wait, easy readers that appeal to a very bright 9 year old who struggles with reader.

  4. I think Science is a challenge as far as materials are concerned. So much so, my husband is considering writing his own curriculum! 😉
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  5. Well, I have twins who are almost 3, and another little one who’s 15 months – I know I need to be doing more ‘crafty’ things with them, but I have such a difficult time keeping/knowing those sorts of things we need to make projects!

  6. For me, it’s Bible curriculum for my little ones – nothing too hard for them, but still a little challenge. Right now, though, thankfully!, I’m very happy with our plan for 1st grade. : )
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  7. I subscribe to the weekly newsletter!

  8. I believe Music and Language right now are hard to put together for me.
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  9. I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!
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  10. I’m subscribed to the weekend newsletter, as well.
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  11. Writing… tough to find something creative and fun that also teaches grammar.

  12. I’m not sure yet what subject will be the most challenging for us. My oldest is 41/2 and my youngest is 16 months. We will be starting up next year, it will be intresting to see what challenges him once we get there.

  13. My oldest child seems to have the most need for variety, so everything needs shaking up every once in a while. Math is probably the hardest to match with his learning style (VSP), though RightStart Math has been our core program for years now. We do switch to Life of Fred and the Key to. . . series to mix it up a bit.
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  14. Art, music, PE-I am afraid I don’t do enough intentional, planned activities.

  15. Now liking FBS Books and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

    If you happen to read these posts–the button for FBS Books on this page does not have the right link (there should not be a dash between “fbs” and “store”).
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  16. And I’m now subscribed to the newsletter.

    Just figured out there’s a way to turn off the title of my last blog post, so I’m doing it!

  17. Facebook “likes” done! Thanks!

  18. Shelley R says:

    Funny, how a promotion finally spurs me to comment after peeking into the site for a few months! Okay, the most challenging topic to find materials: 21st Century survival skills. I’m serious. My kids are young, 5,4,3 and we homeschooled K last year, and I can find a slew of materials everywhere on the internet in many subjects but lack direction. Also not alot of survival stuff. What do I mean by this? How to build a fire, how to teach computer skills, how to teach multi-generational conversation, how to build a global understanding of cultures to children who are just getting the concept of state vs. nation. (Ethnic cooking anyone?) See? I do create adventures in this area myself (like, “Mommy fell down the stairs and can’t move… who do we call? what do we say? what’s the address on our house so the paramedics can find the right house?) Although creative, sometimes I just long for a concise book to use as a diving board into learning…

  19. Math is the hardest for me to just decide on one particular curriculum.

  20. I think I’m going to win!

  21. shelly drori says:

    i just subscribed to Simple Living Media newsletter!

  22. Shawna Rodenberg says:

    Social Studies/ History is the most challenging to find good books about, I think.

  23. Shelley R says:

    Just confirmed signing up for the newsletter via email…. I’m not on facebook book so I won’t be going that route for an entry…

  24. Math definitely presents a huge challenge for us. History would be a close second. This is a great giveaway!
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  25. Science is definitely my biggest challenge. I hadn’t heard of FBS. I’ll visit the website soon!

  26. I “liked” FBS on facebook and I “liked” Simple Homeschool a long time ago :o)
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  27. I subscribed to the weekly newsletter.
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  28. Shawna Rodenberg says:

    Social Studies/ History is the most challenging subject to find good books on, I think.

  29. Math presents the most problems right now.
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  30. I liked both on Facebook just now
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  31. signed up for the newsletter
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  32. I’m just starting homeschool this year… but I’m totally intimidated by the the number of handwriting choices there are… my oldest does not want to write at all, and I’m just starting to look at it all.

  33. I like FBS and Simple Homeschool on FB!

  34. Math!!!!
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  35. and I subscribe to the weekly email!

  36. I look forward to checking out the FBS Books website! Our biggest challenge for curriculum is math. I’ve stuck with the same curriculum for 4 years, and I generally like how/what it teaches, but my son dreads math, even though he’s very good at it. So, my challenge is figuring out whether we should continue with this curriculum or to look for one that will click with him better…. hard to sometimes figure out if he’s genuinely not a math person or if he’s not been encouraged/challenged/taught appropriately…

  37. I liked you both on FB!!
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  38. And just signed up for the newsletter!

  39. Social Studies,History,and Science
    (allthough I have found many Science Fair type projects)
    is the most challenging subjects to find good books

    I “liked” FBS on facebook and I “liked” Simple Homeschool !!
    (my FB is under Dolphinus)
    I am new to Simple Homeschool & FBS, but I have fallen in love with all of the helpful information you have brought to us all

  40. Sheilla Turner says:

    I love this site. But to asnwer your question about what is the hardest subject for me to teach to find the right materials, I would have to say history for a 1st grader. To me it is such a wide range of material out there and that in itself makes it hard to know what the right material is.

  41. Sheilla Turner says:

    I have subscribed to your newsletter.

  42. Sheilla Turner says:

    Shows that I like you on FACEBOOK and left a comment there

  43. Sheilla Turner says:

    Also liked you on FACEBOOK! Thanks for the back to school giveaways you are doing.

  44. I know that math would be the most difficult, in part because it would be so easy to take the path of least resistance and assume that any old workbook would do the trick.

  45. Already a subscriber.

  46. Wow another great giveaway. I have never heard of this company but will check it out as we are using the Classical Education method. I think science proves to be most difficult for us to get materials for.

  47. Also, I am already subscribed.
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  48. Math is our biggest problem thus far. We are just beginning our homeschooling adventure and are overwhelmed by the choices! It’s fun to explore though.

  49. I am a subscriber to this excellent resource.

  50. I just subscribed to the Simple Living Weekly newsletter!