My Weakness: Minimalist Homeschooler and books

I love books.

I love curriculum.

I love new projects.

My problem in the past has been doing too much.  Too many projects on a topic, and none of them reach the depth that I want with the topic.

I mentioned that I am selling off over 100 books on Craig’s list.  So far 22 have sold.  I also have four bags of books to go to Powell’s, books that are fluff, or we have out grown.  I will get more credit for buying books than receiving cash, so I need to go with a plan.

My favorite books are related to history and science.  The history books are great for the kids.  Most all of the ones on our library shelves are our favorites and no one will part with them.

The science books have often been dry and not very inspiring.  They look great, but we could really par down on the numbers.

Music books.  Sorting through our piles of music, I can see the stages that we have gone through.  First level was the recorder and violin.  After a year we focused exclusively on the violin.  I could get rid of those recorder books, no one is going back to the recorder.  After several years of violin, one-by-one, both kids have switched to cello.  Do we really need to keep those violin books?  And the cello books, I do think we should hold on to those, as the kids continue to tutor/coach younger students and they are good reference books.

Dictionaries.  Picture, Intermediate, Advanced, and the Webster.  I think we will keep all.

Why not use the library?  That would be perfect minimalist homeschooling.  But we do.  We just keep a number, a large number of books on the shelves as these are the ones the kids go back to.  It is hard to do unit studies if the books are already checked out, we need them for several months, or we remember a topic and want to just go reference it for a moment.  Financially, the collection of these books has been cheap.  Most of them have come through gifts, garage sales, library book sales, and paperbackswap.com.  For the amount of time spent reading the books, the fifty cents at the book sale has been well worth the financial investment.

The books are only a part of the issue.  It is the search for the final project.  Wrapping up the studies.  Spending time decluttering the crafts from the projects.  I need to just let go of some of these great ideas and develop one unit study to focus on.

1 Comment

  • my8rgrt

    July 3, 2015 at 7:43 am Reply

    Anne, thank you so very much for all of your posts. My journey to a minimalist lifestyle has finally hit my homeschooling journey. As a result it looks as though the war of the century has happened in my dining room. I am ashamed to admit that I have discovered quite a few curricula that was purchased more than once. I have been struggling so much with the decisions in this room. I have given away over two hundred books, and still have way too many. Those were the reading for fun books. The school stuff just seems beyond my releasing capabilities. We are blessed with nine children. I have homeschooled from the beginning. My reasons echoed your own. We now have one child who has graduated, and one little nine month old. Seven children in between, all in various stages of learning. My oldest daughter gave me a grand idea. Instead of choosing wich curriculum to keep based on what I already owned, I should make a list of what I want to teach. Then I will ‘shop’ from my own ‘store’, and then part with whatever I will not be using. It is incredibly encouraging to hear from someone with your perspective. I have so enjoyed reading your posts and having so many of them resonate with me! Here’s to less and more! ~Amy

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