Minimalist homeschool planning for multiple ages. Pin it and read it!

Homeschool Planning: How we do our most important things with multiple ages (right now)

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I have people asking how our minimalist homeschooling schedule looks, and I’ll be honest, I’m just not a big fan of publishing our schedule.  Why?  Well, because it would be our schedule… not the schedule.  I fear that people would look at it and think “that’s the minimalist homeschooling schedule.”  You know?  So, I would much rather provide lots of insight into minimalist homeschool planning than give a schedule that likely won’t work for many people.

As my husband put it, I’m more about encouraging people to rethink how they do things than telling them how to do it.  So, with that in mind, take a look at my notes, and see if anything I do makes you rethink your homeschool planning… but, I’m not telling you how to do it :). Continue reading

One fun exercise to define how we spend our time. Minimalist homeschool musings to read and pin!

Homeschool Musings – Fun Exercise to Focus Your Time

This is Part 1 of my two-part homeschool musings on time.  In the book, Minimalist Homeschooling, a lot of words are devoted to decluttering homeschooling schedules.  One of the hacks from this section is:

 Minimalist Homeschooling Mindset Hack #16: How we choose to spend our time matters to ourselves and to those around us.

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Must-read for focusing yoru time in homeschool and life. Pin it, try it. So helpful! Minimalist Homeschool musings.


I would edit this to say “How we spend our time matters, perhaps more than anything else to ourselves and to those around us.”

This is because we have a job to do.  Whether you believe in a higher purpose for your life or not, the fact is, we all have a job to do.  In fact, we all have several jobs to do that all require our attention, dedication, and yes, TIME.

I wrote job descriptions and detailed duties and responsibilities for each of my jobs.

My kids did, too.

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Links to every state education standards, and books that outline whet to teach each year. Must-pin for homeschooling. Minimalist homeschooling mindset hack.

State Education Standards & Grade-Level Goals

The 15th Minimalist Homeschooling Mindset Hack in the book is: Goals highlight what is truly necessary.  Since minimalist homeschooling relies on doing only that which is truly necessary or loved, it stands to reason that we have to decide what is truly necessary???  While the book walks you through establishing your own values and priorities to direct your goals, sometimes state education standards provide a good starting point for identifying our immediate goals.

Honestly, when I began homeschooling, state education standards were the most straightforward way to assess:

1) What my children could be learning, and

2) whether I was “missing” anything important.

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Read this for a brilliant way to remove the stress from your homeschool. Create a simple and minimal homeschool schedule with confidence.

One Trick for a Simple and Minimal Homeschool Schedule

I know homeschooling folks are busy, busy, busy.  So, you can listen to the following blog post using this media file.  My hope is that you can listen while you’re taking a quick break with a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, or even while you’re washing dishes.  If I mention a link, you’ll find it in the written post below.   Wishing you a simple and minimal homeschool schedule!


Hi there.  I bet you’re here because you struggle with finding a schedule that works for you.  Maybe you have a schedule, but you can’t seem to follow it, or stick with it.  Or, you’re wondering if you’re doing enough, or too much?  Maybe you’re wondering if the subjects chosen for your 4th grader will meet the general 4th grade standards out there in the world?  You think that if you can just see someone else’s simple and minimal homeschool schedule, it will answer all your questions, and eliminate all doubt.

It won’t.

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Menstrual Cramps Relieved by Essential Oils: Natural Remedy for PMS

Instead of reaching for an over the counter pain reliever the next time menstrual cramps set in, consider using pain relief that nature created: essential oils.  It turns out that menstrual cramps relieved by essential oils.

Here we go folks!  I’m pretty excited about this one.  You may not know this, but I am a science geek at heart (and by training) and halfway to hippie by nature.  I love reviewing the scientific evidence for (or against) natural remedies.  So, let’s go! Continue reading

Start Minimalist Homeschooling today with these simple baby steps that will add focus and value to your homeschool.

Start Minimalist Homeschooling Today: Baby Steps to Simplify Your Homeschool

Looking to simplify your homeschool, but reluctant to make any major changes and overhaul your plans?  Guess what?  You don’t have to start big.  I’ve compiled a list of changes that you could make TODAY to start minimalist homeschooling. Continue reading

Why I don't think about homeschool mom self-care, but still have spectacular results. Read and pin to start preparing yourself for all of the hard work that comes your way.

How Homeschool Mom Self-Care Accidentally Happened… and gave me a productive year.

Lots of blogs, podcasts, and conversations over coffee talk about homeschool mom self-care.  We know it’s important, but rarely is it a priority.  I’m the worst.  I spent years of my life researching the effects of chronic-stinkin’-stress, and how it LITERALLY rewires parts of the brain and changes behavior, and yet, I fall prey to chronic stress as much as everyone else.  Although, I’m getting better.

I want to talk about 2017, and what it taught me…

Normally, I’m a planner.  I’m a list-maker and checker-offer (apparently, I make-up words, too).  But, 2017 was totally the year that was NOT planned. Continue reading