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 →
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 →
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 →
What better place to start, than with minimalist homeschooling kindergarten?
The irony is that when people first begin homeschooling their little ones, they feel so much pressure to do it “right,” or to do it “all,” that minimalist homeschooling often doesn’t start until the later years. In reality, the requirements in kindergarten are so straight-forward, that I highly recommend starting minimalist homeschooling with the youngest learners.
It takes a leap of faith, and a whole lot of confidence to minimally homeschool – to trust that simple works, and that simple is enough.
Why not start here?
If you are homeschooling multiple ages, and wondering how to convert to minimalist homeschooling, and take that leap of faith, perhaps changing how you school the youngest learners in your home will empower you to gradually simplify your approach with the older children as well. Continue reading →
There is a lot of homeschooling advice out there. Most of the advice boils down to one thing (and the rest of it benefits from this one thing):
To prioritize homeschooling doesn’t just mean that you have to put homeschooling first before other commitments (although that is an option), but also that you must prioritize WITHIN your homeschooling.
I have already written about why “life balance” is a complete sham. Do NOT buy into trying to “balance” everything. Do not drink that kool-aid. I’m just going to come out and say it again (and again, and again): Balance is the road to overwhelm. Instead…
If you want to make a big mark on your space, your schedule, your homeschool – in short, your life – this is the one piece of advice I would give you: Prioritize.
You have a limited amount of time.
You have a limited amount of space.
You have a limited amount of money.
You have a limited amount of energy (this is the one that is usually hardest for moms to accept).
Therefore, doing all the things, or having all the things IS NOT AN OPTION. Continue reading →
3 Surprising Reasons for your Mess
and 3 Easy Ways to Remedy It
Have you ever wondered why your home doesn’t stay clean? Why no matter how long you spend tidying a space, your little army of clones manages to recreate a battle zone in 10 seconds? Exactly how is it people can KEEP the house clean???
Keeping the house clean is potentially a problem for 3 reasons that you probably have not considered yet… It’s time to finally reclaim your home. Continue reading →