Hi, my name is Anne. We started out hearing how wonderful homeschooling was, took it one year at a time, and now find ourselves looking towards graduation this next spring.
Before becoming a parent, I was a teacher of the Deaf for ten years, loved it, but it meant I started homeschooling with too much “Stuff.” About four years ago, we started to declutter our house and a year ago I turned the focus onto our homeschooling classroom, our schedule, and curriculum. Immediately I began to see space and then a depth to homeschooling that we had not taken before.
Our family is working on finding a minimalist way for quality homeschooling in our consumeristic and over-stimulating society. It is a daily intentional decision to cut back and declutter so that we can bring in time for higher level instruction and open up time to develop more lasting relationships. In the process we continue to eliminate the excessive homeschool clutter that has and could creep into our lives.
Simply, we are striving to homeschool at our best.
UPDATE: Son Andrew, has graduated and is headed off to college. This past year has been fairly remarkable, as we had more time to play and enjoy his last year of schooling, (when we were not on the college search/application), BECAUSE we were not wasting time shoving things from one pile to another, or searching for lessons in the middle of chaos. Daughter Emily is looking forward to having the school room all to herself!
How to get started
- Why Minimize our Homeschooling
- Work in Progress
- Why Did We Get Started Homeschooling
- Why Are We Still Homeschooling
- The Rush Into Homeshooling: What I would not do as a minimalist homeschooler
- More with Less: Minimizing the schooling, and Maximizing the Living
- Minimalize to maximize
- What Would Too Much Homeschool Minimizing look like
- Authors Anne Follows