Homeschool Book Giveaway

Yay, it’s August!

Nearly time for a new school year to begin!!


We’re actually going into our tenth year of homeschooling… which is crazy! In January of 2007, we began curling up together, Ethan and I, with Sonlight books. We discovered the world together through books like Twenty and Ten (WWII– Nazis, rations, resistance), Understood Betsy (farm life, lifelong learning), A Grain of Rice (math, wisdom, work ethic, Chinese culture), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (poverty, fun, curiosity, character).

By reading classics, missionary biographies, and books I’d never heard of, we learned together to love history (which I previously thought I hated), to delight in reading together, and to dig in to this time of learning. I read aloud and fueled his imagination and whetted his thirst for understanding God’s world BEFORE focusing on the acquisition of skills. I was going on faith… doing this thing that I’d read about and heard about, but never done, and never seen done (up close).

Instead of drill, we focused on delight.

At that time, voices like Ruth Beechick’s stood out as revolutionary to me. With so much to learn, and so many different voices promoting different approaches to home education, her simple, clear voice greatly helped me find my way. She promotes a Charlotte-Mason-ish style of learning (though perhaps they differ some; I don’t know CM well enough to say for certain), and cut through the noise so I had confidence to throw off the textbooks and formality, and embrace a home culture of:

  • learning as we go through all of life
  • learning for character development
  • learning history through the lens of what God says about it, and according to the order that His Word says things happened
  • learning skills at the right time– when it comes more quickly, rather than through forced drill
  • deeply focusing on character and ideas, squeezing all the marrow out of each book we encounter, rather than lightly touching on a gazillion topics or skills.

In the last 3 years, I’ve been mostly surviving in our home education. Getting through. Doing what needed doing… keeping them all making forward progress. We’ve read aloud some. But mostly, we just put one foot in front of the other, because… well, for the last 4 years, we’ve basically been in constant-change. Amidst those changes, we’ve gone through different seasons in our homeschooling.

But this year, we’re headed back for delight-directed learning. I don’t know everything about how this will go with 5 children, as opposed to when I used to do it with 1-3 children, but off we go.

I’m ready to head back to the learning style we loved:

  • learning together,
  • learning through delight,
  • learning through reading.

Ruth Beechick was a major source of encouragement on this path, and I’m sharing a collection of her books with you today.


Today, I’m starting a series of giveaways for homeschooling moms (and some for any moms!).

{Please note: These books are in USED condition– straight from my shelves or from another homeschooling mom. My goal is to pass on the books that have helped shape my thinking or given me freedom and joy in our journey.}

Homeschool Book Giveaway 8/8/15

This week’s giveaway includes these books:

There’s a variety of ways to earn entries, so SIGN UP AND WIN!

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I’ll choose and announce a winner this Saturday, August 8, at noon PST, and I’ll send out the books to you as soon as I get your address.


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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast ( I write and wrangle kids.

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11 Responses

  1. Amy K says:

    I think the giveaway link is broken.

  2. Laura says:

    Will you send books to Canadians? :)

  3. Jessica says:

    I would love to read the three Rs as I have 3 in that age range. They look like good books. I need to focus more on reading aloud daily.

  4. T. says:

    Grades 4-8 seems that it might be helpful even to an experienced homeschool teacher.
    PS. the raffle link is a little garbled right now.

  5. Joy says:

    I’ve never read any of her books, but I’ve been eyeing them! They sound so good and encouraging. I’d love to win any one of them:-)

  6. Katie says:

    Those books all look so good, but I think I’d start with the three R’s because my children are those ages. We’ve worked hard to approach education in a delightful way as well because we all enjoy it more!

  7. Brittany says:

    Ah, those sound wonderful. Last year was a hard schooling year with many life changes. I’m hoping we can take a clean start and breathe new life into this coming school year.

  8. Melissa says:

    Can you update the rafflecopter link? It doesn’t work for me, and I’d love to enter!

  9. Charisa says:

    I’d love to enter too. I keep checking back to see if you’ve updated/fixed the Rafflecopter link.

  10. Jess Connell says:

    Well, goodness, I’m so sorry y’all. I was out of town all week, on our first camping trip– eeeeeek! It was fun! And I totally didn’t realize this rafflecopter thing was gonna go ka-blooey. You’re right that it’s showing up all wonky. I don’t know what happened.

    Interestingly, though, there are 72 entries, and so I’m going to go ahead and let this one stand, because, well, a lot of people figured out how to do it and I don’t think it’s fair to them to start again. There will be other drawings, soon, so I will watch those more carefully (not going out of town any time soon)!

    I apologize for the sloppiness of this and wish I could give you all all of these wonderful books. :) Maybe one day when I’m a quadrillionaire. :)

    Katie Elias is the random-generated winner, chosen by rafflecopter, from the 72 entries. Congratulations Katie! Check your inbox; I’ve got a message headed your way so we can get those books shipped to you.

    Thanks for all the entries, everyone, and have a happy start to your homeschooling!

  11. Jess Connell says:

    Katie Elias, I still haven’t heard from you! I’m going to try to contact you on Facebook, but if I don’t hear back from you soon, I’m going to have to move on to the next person. Hope to get in touch with you soon. :)

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