The Most Popular Posts of 2011 and What’s Ahead in 2012

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

Happy new year to you and yours! There is freshness in the air as we enjoy this clean slate in our lives, and I wanted to start it by both looking back and looking ahead.

To date, there have been nearly 400 posts published on Simple Homeschool–all of them sharing something to encourage you in your educational journey with your kids.

In case you may have missed any of the good stuff along the way, here are the most popular posts from 2011.

  1. I want to homeschool, but don’t want the responsibility.
  2. Burying the Big Yellow Bus
  3. The Worst Reason to Homeschool
  4. The Case for Once a Month Cleaning
  5. Help! My 5-year-old won’t “do” school!
  6. Stepping Outside the Grade-Level Box
  7. The Truth About Preschool
  8. Reason Enough to Homeschool
  9. Why We Don’t Start School at 8am
  10. Our most popular series of the year was by far the Homeschool Day in the Life Series we did at the start of 2011–so popular, in fact, that we’re doing it again! Starting this Wednesday all our contributors will be giving us a peek into their living rooms, pulling back the curtains to show how they “do it all.” (Or not.)

And here are the fabulous writers who will be sharing their days with you, the Simple Homeschool team for 2012.

Kris Bales enjoys reading, photography, and blogging about life with her three weird, unsocialized homeschoolers. Find out more about Kris’s ebook Hands-On Learning and head here to read about the 2:1 conference she’ll be speaking at this spring.
Hillary Boucher explores the question, “How can we support our family and live our ideal life?,” as she designs a life well lived alongside her husband and three children. Hillary blogs about mindful family living, diy sustainability and the new American dream at infinitely learning.
Heather Bruggeman follows the mantra “a life that is led simply and deliberately is a life fulfilled.” Heather’s blog Beauty That Moves is enjoyed by readers for its kind honesty, shared beauty, and simple guidance. Heather’s e-course, Whole Foods Kitchen, will be starting in early-February.
Lora Lynn Fanning chronicles life as a homeschool mom, twin mom, adoptive mom, and generally busy mom of six (soon to be seven!) young children over at Vita Familiae.

Jessica Fisher is a busy mom to six children, who shares tips and tricks for handling the parenting gig “with a good attitude” on Life as MOM while the foodie side of her develops frugal recipes at Good Cheap Eats. Jessica has written two ebooks, Organizing Life as Mom and a Summer Survival Guide. Her cookbook will be released in September.

Amida Lee is a crafter at heart who loves to make stuff, a homebody who loves to venture outdoors, and above all else, a dedicated mom with the goal of raising lifelong learners. She used to stress about state standards and test scores but has since come to her senses and enjoys blogging about her family’s journey into unschooling.

Sarah Small has graduated one child from homeschooling and is happy to have miles left on the journey with her 10 and 13 year old children. With a master’s degree in English/creative writing, Sarah enjoys teaching writing classes and blogs about learning at SmallWorld at Home. Find out more about Sarah’s WordSmithery creative writing program.

Renee Tougas inspires mothers, homemakers and homeschoolers to live creative, healthy, and joy-filled lives. Fresh and honest, Renee’s blog FIMBY is the story of interest-led learning, intentional and adventurous family living. Drawing from her years of experience, Renee loves to encourage other homeschoolers with personalized Homeschool Coaching.

And that just leaves me! I’m Jamie, the editor of Simple Homeschool, blogger at Steady Mom, and author of the book Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood. You can read more about me here.

I know many of you from my three years in the blogosphere, and I look forward to getting to know more of you as 2012 progresses!

It’s going to be a great year–see you back here on Wednesday to kick off our day in the life series!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. Can’t wait to hear more from all you lovely ladies!! Happy 2012!
    Sara’s latest post: Sea of Galilee

  2. Excellent! I look forward to being a fly on the wall for these lovely fellow homeschoolers. One thing I struggle with is incorporating chores seamlessly into our daily routine (kids’ chores, that is) so they’re not all scrambling to finish before dinner or needing multiple reminders from me. Hopefully some of these posters will share what has worked for them, or share honestly about what hasn’t. 🙂
    Hannah’s latest post: 525,600 Minutes

  3. A wonderful year behind us and a great one ahead! Excited to see what this year will bring for our family:)
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable’s latest post: Focused and Determined: Join The 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge!

  4. Thanks for this post. I’m new to your blog, so this will help me get caught up on what you all have been writing about for the past year.
    Heidi’s latest post: Wright Brothers Museum

  5. Thank you for a fabulous year of posts – always something good in my inbox. Blessings for the New Year!
    Corli’s latest post: of Mary on Christmas day

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