About Our Homeschooling Family

 

Our Homeschool Family
Hi, my name is Anne, and this is our homeschooling family. Andrew is now 18 and recently graduated, Emily is 13 and headed into 8th grade.  Carl is busy planning our next adventures. We live in the northwest and have homeschooled since our oldest was three years old.

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!

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5 Comments

  • Frangipani Bloomfields

    January 20, 2016 at 3:23 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing your journey. It is great to see another minimalist home schooling family!

    I am at the opposite end of our homeschooling adventure. Like you I am an ex teacher with way too much classroom related stuff. I have begun the purge. Hopefully when we officially begin our homeschooling years it will be relatively clutter free.

    I have recently begun a series of posts documenting my stuff in an attempt to be more intentional about the things that accumulate in our home. You can see it here:
    http://frangipani.bloomfields.net.au/family/category/minimalism/

    “We use 20% of our stuff 80% of the time” so true, but it is thinking of that other 20% of the time that has me struggle with letting go!

    Before finding your blog I hadn’t put much thought into what a minimalist homeschool would look like. Now after reading about yours I am excited to see what will become of ours!

    • Anne

      February 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply

      Please come back and update. I’d love to know how your progress goes. It’s hard to let go, but I find that if I give it to someone that really needs and will immediately use it (rather than place it on a shelf for “looks”) it is easier and easier to give away. Good Luck! Write again.

    • Elizabeth

      August 28, 2016 at 6:16 am Reply

      I am going to head over and check out your post, too!

  • Elizabeth

    August 28, 2016 at 6:21 am Reply

    It is so nice to get to know you! My friend has been teaching the kids and I ASL so when you mentioned teaching the deaf for ten years I got excited! Too funny. Anyways, I will be sharing on my blog soon about learning about minimalism and eventually how I am applying that to my homeschool. I will share your site, too.

    • Anne

      August 28, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply

      It’s been a crazy summer as we spend every precious moment being family. On Monday Andrew leaves for to study in Europe for a year. Life will become suddenly quieter. Yesterday we stood around signing . . . and I realized, our signing trio will soon become a signing duet. Signing was a huge part of homeschooling. It added a fourth language to Andrew’s final transcript. It was his first language he communicated with, followed by English, only because signing is easier to form as an infant than spoken words. Thanks for your comment on signing . . . let me know of your website when you get it up and running.

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