Get your (FREE!) ebook: Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom

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

I‘m excited!

Excited because a big part of my personal mission in life is to encourage and inspire. Another part is to spread a message of freedom–and today I get the chance to do all of the above!

It’s launch-date for my newest ebook–Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom: A Manifesto of Freedom and Joy in Home Learning.

Here’s a description:

Most of us have at least a few insecurities hidden inside about whether or not we can actually do this homeschooling thing. Often we are our own biggest obstacle.

It makes sense that we would feel this way–after all, we’ve been taught that education is complicated. Taught that even when governments throw billions of dollars at it, the problem can’t be solved. And we don’t have billions of dollars, so what hope do we have? We’ve been told that education requires experts, and we don’t always feel like one.

But what if some of what we’ve been taught is not true? What if there is another way—a simpler, more natural way to learn?

What if there are secrets of a successful homeschool mom—secrets we can tap into and use to order our days and our lives? I believe there are, and I wrote this book in the hope that they’ll inspire you the way they’ve inspired me.”

I would have loved this short, uplifting read five years ago when I first started considering this educational path for our kids. Instead I felt, like many of you, that I was stumbling my way along in the dark–learning by trial and error.

This ebook sprang out of a series I wrote here on the blog over a year ago, which has been compiled, updated, and made to look fancy by the talented Erin Ulrich of Design by Insight. At around 30 pages, it’s the perfect length to print out, hole punch, and place in a binder to read when discouragement strikes.

Table of Contents


  1. The evolution of an educational philosophy—My journey of baby steps
  2. Homeschool doesn’t have to mean school at home.
  3. It’s not about the curriculum you buy.
  4. It’s as much about your education as it is about theirs.
  5. Go back to basics; keep school simple.
  6. Burnout is inevitable, so plan for it.
  7. The most important thing you’ll ever do for the success of your homeschool.
  8. You are a good enough teacher.


  • 1 – 10 questions to ask and answer about your family
  • 2 – Educational philosophies defined

The best part?

Subscribers to Simple Homeschool will receive the PDF of this ebook FREE!!

Here’s all you need to do

1. Subscribe to Simple Homeschool using the form below.

2. Check your email for our next blog update!

That’s it! You’ll find the link to download the ebook in the footer of the email. Make sure you check your Promotions folder and mark it as “Not Promotions” so you’ll receive them each time updates are sent out.

Other versions available

Subscribers of this blog receive the PDF version of the book free, but you can also purchase versions of the ebook for your Kindle, your Nook, or on iTunes for just $2.99.

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Home education can be overwhelming, exhausting, and scary. Or it can be freeing, exciting, and full of joy. What makes the difference? A few simple secrets! Subscribe today to get your free copy of this ebook. Enjoy!



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. Yeah! So excited about this as we are just beginning! I’m already a subscriber (my favorite homeshool blog!) so I am off to download it.
    Thanks, Jamie, for inspiring us!
    Johanna @ My Home Tableau’s latest post: Happy Monday {and some benefits of simplifying}

  2. sheilla turner says:

    Oh no…I can not find how to download it or the email for it. I am already a subscriber and LOVE everything that you share…

  3. Wow! Thanks so much for your generosity! Can’t wait to read it!
    Wendy’s latest post: break it down

  4. Awesome, I can’t wait to read this.
    Teresa Reed’s latest post: ~This Moment~

  5. This comes at a perfect time. Tonight I am meeting with a woman who feels that it is time to pull her 7th grader out of school and bring him home. How nice I can hand her this little bit of encouragment. Thanks!
    Sammy’s latest post: Going gray…

  6. Thanks for sharing your book. I’ve already started it (my kids slept in this morning) and it looks like my education philosophy is close to yours. I’ve already gone back to some of your leadership education posts and started taking notes. I appreciate the inspiration!
    Natalie’s latest post: Earthweb by Marc Steigler

  7. I have followed you on FB for a long time and LOVE your writing! Thank you for this offer, as it will be very helpful as we begin our journey into homeschooling our LO.

  8. I can’t wait to read this! I’ve been reading this blog and your Steady Mom blog for the past year now but have never subscribed (prefer to just keep a blog roll that I check regularly). I did subscribe just now though so I can read this! Your writing has been very inspirational for me and I’ve actually been going through your archives on Steady Mom for the past couple of weeks to read more. Thanks! Cheryl

  9. Very excited to go download it…
    Steph’s latest post: Guest Post: How Simplifying Has Enriched My Life

  10. Looking forward to reading this and sharing it with a friend that is contemplating homeschooling.

  11. I am thrilled to get my hands on this! Thank you! I am considering homeschooling with our newly adopted 2 1/2 year old and am feeling very overwhelmed with the idea, so hoping you will inspire me to jump in!
    Susan’s latest post: Maximizing Your Energy

  12. Thank you for this resource! As I began our second year of homeschooling, I felt the pull to think more deeply about why I do what I do. I’m sure your book will be helpful on my personal journey of discovery. Thank you for making this book available.

  13. Just downloaded your new book! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks so much for being so kind to your readers. I so appreciate both your encouragement, inspiration, and your generosity too!

  14. Tanya Hulbert says:

    I do feel like I’m going at this with my eyes closed some days. This is our fourth year and I still feel new. Thanks for your generosity. I know this book will be helpful and uplifting. I am already a subscriber and appreciate your wonderful posts. Thank you.

  15. Amy Hunter says:

    Thank you Jamie! I am so excited for you and to read this new addition to your list of encouraging books! It couldn’t have come at a better time!

  16. Congrats on your latest, O Prolific One!
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  17. I just previewed your book. So great. Can’t wait to send more people your way!
    renee @ FIMBY’s latest post: An Emerging High Schooler, Interest-led, Learner-Specific Homeschool Curriculum

  18. Thanks so much for your wonderful materials, insight and inspiration.

  19. I still can’t find where to download the book on my rss feed.

  20. Thanks Jamie for this book of treasure-truths.

  21. Vanessa L. says:

    I can’t find the link anywhere? Any other way that I can download it?

  22. I’m still trying to find the download link in my email, too. Don’t see a thumbnail pic of the book in my email. Help?

  23. Carol F in New Mexico says:

    Congratulations, Jamie, on the new book! I’m super excited to read it. I’ve been following your blog for a while now, you helped give me the encouragement to take on this journey. Thank you!

  24. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  25. JoAnna Bettencourt says:

    I’m with Jen…dying to read this – need it DESPERATELY yet there is no thumbnail at the bottom of my email!!!! HEEELLLLP!!!!!!!!!

  26. I am still having problems downloading the pdf. When I click on the link it just takes me to another site showing the book again. Any suggestions? Thanks and can’t wait to read it!

  27. Jamie,

    I printed it out and stayed up late underlining and finishing it last night! Way to go! We are in our 5th year of HSing and it feels like the 2nd year. I am trying so hard to find what “our” way of doing things is. It has prompted some great discussion with my husband and some deep relaxing breaths for me. In fact, I said “yes” to an impromptu field trip today because we needed to be outside and inspired rather than inside pushing papers.

    The whole “atmosphere of inspiration” has really stuck with me. I’m wondering what an atmosphere of inspiration looks like for me, personally, not just the kiddos.

    Your book dovetails nicely with Todd Wilson’s “Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe” which I was reviewing this week.


  28. Hi Jamie! I love your blogs and am not only a FB fan, but have been a Steady Mom subscriber for some time! I tried subscribing to your Simple Homeschool site to receive email posts and get yoir new book (appreciate One bite at a Time SOOOO much). I received verification, but have not received any emails and therefore no link to download! Help! 🙂

  29. I subscribed but still haven’t figured out where to find the link to download. Can anyone help? All I keep getting is this page with no additional thumbnail of the book that has a download link next to it. Thanks! =)

  30. Jamie ~ I just looked over your new e-book, and I think it’s great. If I ever hear “Oh I could never homeschool,” I’m going to pass them your book.
    shelli : mamaofletters’s latest post: Ladybug Pupa

  31. Just a note that might be helpful to others – I have been a subscriber here for a while on Google Reader, but I added the subscription originally through their “add subscription” – not through a link from here. I wasn’t seeing the link, so I went through and resubscribed through the link for RSS here. Suddenly now I have the link on my posts. So very easy to fix! 🙂

  32. Downloaded and read today. LOVED it. So inspiring and encouraging. Definitely one I’ll keep around to reread on a regular basis.
    Thanks so much for writing and sharing.
    I also appreciated that you were very encouraging to all methods of homeschooling and not just pushing one way to do it.

  33. I’m having trouble using the link next to the thumbnail – it opens a new tab with the “” but then stops loading and says “about:blank” in the web address and “” on the tab with a totally blank page. Help? Thanks!

  34. I am a new subscriber and I got a confirmation email but I can not find any thumbnail link to your ebook. I am excited to get a copy and start reading.

  35. The link to the download is not working. Help. I just see a one page info sheet

  36. I can’ t figure out how to download the book either. I have subscribed by email and confirmed it, but I still can’t figure it out. Help!
    I love your site, thanks for all you do!

  37. Already a subscriber but haven’t been getting you emails and don’t see the link

    I get all of the other simple media emails

  38. Hi I also cannot figure out how to get the book. I have subscribed by email and confirmed it but I don’t see any link to the book.

  39. Deeply grateful for your book.

  40. I, too, am eager to read this, but I’m having trouble finding it. I’ve even used to comments to troubleshoot to no avail. What am I doing wrong?

  41. Kelly Martens says:

    hi jaime!..i finally got to read this little treasure!… this helped me wrap my thoughts into words and trully understand how God made my homeschool momma brain!…. so wonderful after five years of homeschooling to know where i fit in and that others resemble these qualities……..So, as i lean towards child-led learning and definitely UNschooling i have been deeply struggling with documentation issues….i was hoping you could help: how do you keep records for the government??…..i know that not all states do it the same…..we live in So. California….how do you write up what your doing and store away??….please and thank you Jaime!!
    love your ministry the Lord has given you!..its brought me joy..:)

  42. “We walk this homeschool road together, and make it ours alone.”

    Beautiful. Yours is a truly beautiful and honest story. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.
    Cait Fitz @ My Little Poppies’s latest post: Perfectionism, Fear of Failure, and the Gifted Child

  43. my kids are 6, 4, and 2. We live in China and in a city full of 20 million people and tall skyscrapers everywhere, but we have this refuge of a park just around the corner. Full of trees, ponds, and fun paths to explore.

  44. Katy Gowen says:

    My daughter is 3 and our favorite nature based activities are gardening and playing in the creek.

  45. Katy Gowen says:

    I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB.

  46. Nicole Phillips says:

    I love how simple and quick this book was to read in all the business of Homeschooling! It was all great applicable ideas! Thank you!

  47. Hi. I just signed up for your emails and I am trying to find the download for your free ebook. I don’t see a link anywhere and I didn’t receive an email to download. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? Thank you!!

  48. Hey JAMIE MARTIN !!

    Its really nice to read your article.I appreciate it.The information you have mentioned in your article are very beneficial.When I use the word “secrets,” I don’t mean they are necessarily earth-shattering ideas or principles you’ve never heard of before. In many areas of life, often the most profound truths are also the most simple.

    Keep posting such innovative article.
    Have a great day !!
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  49. Nikki J Earley says:

    I’m looking into homeschool this year for my 5 yr old. She will be 6 in November but I know she isn’t ready to go to school. I want to try a year of homeschooling kindergarten and see how it goes. In my state they don’t HAVE to start formal education (public, homeschooling or private) until age 7. So I’m using this as a buffer year. But I’m overwhelmed in all the different options. I like Sonlight Curriculum. But open to any other suggestions. Serious guidance would be so appreciated!

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