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. Casey says:

    Math is a challenge for my daughter, so I’m always looking for materials to inspire her.
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  2. Casey says:

    I am a subscriber!
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  3. Casey says:

    I liked you both on Facebook!
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  4. Beth says:


  5. Beth says:

    I “liked” both sites on FB!

  6. Beth says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter.

  7. Bridget Stevens says:

    So far (having just started) I have the hardest time deciding just how much phonics I want to dish out on my barely 5 year old. Having been a teacher I find all kinds of things to nit pick about different early reading programs and can’t decide if in the end I’m more of a whole language girl than I thought. Or maybe its math I struggle with the most, ha ha, poor eldest children, they are the guinea pigs!

  8. Bridget Stevens says:

    I liked you both on facebook.

  9. Jill T says:

    phonics program….we bounce around alot and I always feel we must have missed soemthing somewhere

  10. Art appreciation! I love studying artists but it’s hard to find supplies with good reproductions & info.
    Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker’s latest post: Book Review – Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions for Children’s Faith Formation

  11. Jessi says:

    Language Arts always gets a little sticky for us.

  12. Lisa says:

    Speaking as a mom of a one year old and a three year old, I’m going to answer about my own home education.

    It was hard to find a math curriculum that I could get my mind around. It all worked out, but my appreciation for math was formed in college. :-)

  13. Lisa says:

    I “like”-d both FBS Books and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  14. Lisa says:

    I’m a subscriber! :-)

  15. science books always give me trouble
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  16. Kristy says:

    Right now I am casting around for a Bible curriculum of some sort, we seem to be in an in between age.

  17. Tina says:

    Language Arts is such a challenge for my oldest because his reading level is light years ahead of his age, so it seems so monotonous teaching him grammar that is so far beneath his reading ability (yet necessary to learn!) I have yet to find a good fit for him in this area.

  18. Tina says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

  19. Kristie A. says:

    My daughter is only four but I find it challenging to find materials on character building.

  20. Kristie A. says:

    I subscribe via google reader.

  21. Kara says:

    My son was an early reader, and so we have a hard time sometimes finding age-appropriate reading books that also help him build on his reading skills.

  22. Andrea says:

    I worry about finding the “right” materials for pretty much every subject, but math is the one that I have the hardest time with.
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  23. Jules says:

    Which school subject presents the most challenges in your home when it comes to finding the right materials?
    This is my fist year homeschooling, but I think math will be pretty challenging…
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  24. Jules says:

    I “like” you both on facebook now :)
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  25. Jules says:

    Newsletter subscriber via e-mail
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  26. kimberly says:

    I am a new homeschool mom of twin 4 year old girls and just starting kindergarten I need help in all subjects!

  27. katie says:

    I think science is difficult to find materials for sometimes.

  28. katie says:

    I subscribe to your blog.

  29. katie says:

    I liked FBS Books and Simple Homeschooling on Facebook.

  30. Julie says:

    The hardest for me is science.

  31. Mary-Frances C. says:

    Handwriting for me!
    I’m AMAZED at the collection that FBS Books has available for handwriting. So many options!
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  32. coffeemamma says:

    Science, no question.

  33. Gina DeRosa says:

    As for the most challenging subjects to find materials – I don’t know yet! We have not yet begun our “official” homeschooling journey (my daughter is too young). I am excited to have FBS books as a resource when the time comes!

  34. Gina DeRosa says:

    Liked FBS Books and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  35. Erin says:

    My struggle is with trying to stay balanced with phonics work for my Kindergartener and giving him plenty of time with a concept before moving on. He really likes Explode the Code, but he’s not always quite ready to move on to the next page, so we’ve been trying to do word games in between.

  36. Erin says:

    I liked you both on facebook. :)
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  37. Claire says:

    I think religion is the hardest category for me because I find it difficult to find something that says exactly what I want to teach my daughter.

  38. Claire says:

    I like both Simple Homeschool and FBS Books on Facebook.

  39. Claire says:

    I get the weekly newsletter in my email. Thanks!

  40. Laura F. says:

    Math is the toughest subject to get my kids interested in.
    I also joined the newsletter.
    Thanks for another great giveaway!

  41. Preschool Math! I have such a problem getting these concepts across to my kids. Great blog, thanks for the inspiration.

  42. Sarah says:

    Right now, handwriting has been the main issue. But we are in Pre-K 4, so I suppose with more time and less pressure, it will all iron out just fine.
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  43. Sarah says:

    Became a FB Fan of FBS & Simple homeschool.
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  44. Amber says:

    Thanks to my homeschool networks, I haven’t had a hard time finding anything I need for school. So glad for FBS Books- looks like another great resource for future searching!

  45. Amber says:

    I liked SH and FBS Books on Facebook!

  46. Emma says:

    I find it difficult to find resources for Math that are imaginative and engaging for children. Great giveaway!
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  47. Crystal says:

    FBS’s stuff is great! They seem to have all my favorite stuff and introduced me to so much more that matches my theology and educational perspectives. Thank you for posting about them.

    My hardest subject when it comes to finding materials- Bible. I just haven’t found much for younger chidren (k,1st) that is more than just a daily bible story.

  48. Crystal says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  49. Crystal says:

    I liked you both on facebook!

  50. bryssy says: