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:
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 →
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 →
Do What You Love…
because minimalist homeschooling is
so much more than purging books.
Mindset Hack #1: Do what you love; use what you love.
The first mindset hack in the book Minimalist Homeschooling is: Do what you love; use what you love.
This isn’t named first because it is novel (hello there, cliché), nor because it is especially profound advice. “Do what you love” is named first because it is the basis of the minimalist mindset.
Minimalism has become synonymous with purging, decluttering, simplifying, and non-consumerism. However, it is really important to me that we are clear: the purging and simplifying are the means to the end. In reality, the whole point of minimalism is to fill your space with those things that are most valuable – either because they are truly necessary, or because they are truly loved.
Minimalists want to fill their space with only the most important things. In order to do so, they purge and declutter. In the process their space (and routines) are simplified, and they cease to buy so many things. Minimalists live with less because they have the perfect amount of what they love and need.
We must be careful to understand therefore, that the rule of minimalism is NOT simply “Live with less,” but rather “Live with the perfect amount of what you need and love.” It just so happens Continue reading →