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. I subscribe to the newsletter.

  2. Science is always the trickiest subject around here… as far as collecting equipment and supplies and being prepared far enough in advance to have it all acquired in time to do the lesson.

  3. I am on the lookout for great literature that is of Christian content. This is the greatest struggle I’ve encountered yet. I really find myself in a dillema because I don’t want literature that promotes the values of our culture. I want literature that promotes the values of the Bible. If anybody has insight, I’d love to hear it.

  4. This is my first year homeschooling! & I will be teaching my son Kindergarten this year…so, I’m new to this (& am *trying* to chill out & not stress too much) & I don’t really know which subject is most challenging to locate. We’re trying “Five in a Row” this year.

  5. i subscribed:)

  6. I subscribed.

  7. Math is challenging. I am learning more about how children learn math using manipulatives and it is going much better. Workbooks just weren’t cutting it here.

  8. i find that social studies is hard to teach for because i try to find resources that represent varying points of view and sometimes that can be difficult. i want my kids to be critical readers of all texts and understand that just because someone writes it in a book (or on the internet) does not make it true. thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Music, all aspects of it. We really need some help in that category! I just checked out the FBS store… what a wonderful collection of resources! ~Laura

  10. Christine says:

    I’m on the lookout for Bible/Spiritual studies that fit with our beliefs. It’s hard to find curriculum written from a spirit-filled (charismatic) perspective. We don’t hold to a pre-milllenial belief, so that narrows the field down further.

  11. Christine says:

    I subscribe to a the simple living newsletter.

  12. For sure the dreaded MATH!

  13. I am 1 week away from my first day as a homeschool mom and I find that they are all difficult, especially on a tight budget, but science is the one I am really struggling with. At a young age some of the curriculum options seem so over the top and all of the equipment that is required seems to be a bit much. I really want to find a way to teach science as we do life, like oh its late sept, lets get jars and go catch grasshoppers and read about them today because they are abundant at this time of year. Or why we don’t buy strawberries in Dec in NC and seasons and how we live. I welcome any ideas anyone has and links to any great resources, especially for finding books at reasonable costs.
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  14. I am subscribed, have been for a while and love the weekly newsletter!
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  15. I have liked both FBS and Simple Homeschool !
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  16. I’m a subscriber!
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  17. Hard to say which offers the most challenges, we’re starting in a few weeks, although I always struggled in math as a child, so this subject is likely to lob a few curve balls my direction!
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  18. By far it’s Math

  19. I’m just beginning, but am finding it most challenging to find science materials.

  20. I have the most trouble with age-appropriate science!
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  21. i have found that science curriculums are hard to find :) its easy to find field guides and books about animals, but i cant seem to find a good early elementary science curriculum.

  22. i liked both on facebook!

  23. i am already a subscriber! :)

  24. I am new to homeschooling and we haven’t yet started. But I suspect that reading and handwriting will be the challenging subjects for my son who seems very resistant to both. Math he adores always and in every form. But language arts, we are going to have to find something with wheels so he is interested. A wonderful giveaway! Thank you!
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  25. I am a subscriber too!
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  26. I love finding new ways to teach scientific concepts to my kids.
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  27. I “liked” FBS on FB! Thanks!

  28. ….and I just subscribed to the newsletter! Thanks!

  29. Woohoo! This looks awesome:)
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  30. I have the hardest time with language arts materials. I just hate most of them because they are boring and full of busywork. I have found a few things I like, but it took me a while.
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  31. Science is probably the most difficult subject. Finding a curriculum that is fun, interesting, and still teaches the kids is hard. Plus, it has to be user-friendly. I don’t want to go back to school just to teach elementary science.

  32. In all honesty, I have trouble narrowing down the wide variety of great materials available in most subjects. Thus far, history has been the most difficult for me.

  33. I liked both FBS and Simplehomschool on facebook.

  34. History has “historically” 😉 been a difficult subject for us in terms of materials.

  35. I “liked” both Simple Homeschool and FBS Books on Facebook.

  36. I am a total beginner so I would have to say that everything poses a challenge for me. I could use all the help I can get!

  37. Science! Gathering all the materials before the moment and actually finding the time and space to do things. Oh and storage of science creations afterward!

  38. I’m a subscriber

  39. Foreign Language!!!

  40. i don’t currently feel there is a tricky subject, but perhaps when we get into higher order math or science i’ll feel differently.
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