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 →
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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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.
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:
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 →
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 →
One of the questions that comes up frequently among minimalist homeschoolers, is how to “spread the feast,” while keeping things simple and stress-free. Luckily, if you can adjust your mindset a bit, there are a 4 key ways to combine spreading the feast like Charlotte Mason and minimalist homeschooling simplicity. Continue reading →
Life can feel so overwhelming. So busy. Some days – most days – there is a never-ending to-do list and no light at the end of the tunnel. We crave an easier existence, but don’t know how exactly to simplify life.
In comes Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you haven’t read the book recently, I suggest picking it up as a case study on how to simplify life. Then use the Little House as a litmus test for your own life.
No time to go read a novel?
I hear ya. That’s why you’re here!
So, I’ll give you the “Everything You Need to Know about Using the Little House Litmus Test to Simplify Life” article here. Here are 7 ways to be more “Little House” in life: Continue reading →