Why Minimize our Homeschooling

We are already working towards simplifying the rest of our lives.  Its a works in progress to look at every item in our home and decide if it is being used, brings beauty, or brings enjoyment.  It just seems like homeschooling is on steroids.  We have given ourselves permission to consume too much of a good thing.

There is always another great book for our lessons.  A wonderful field trip to join.  A free concert.  Someone is putting together a science lab.  Soon, we are burdened with too much.

Its not that what we are doing is taking us down the wrong path.  We just are doing too much of a good thing.  Soon all these extras push out the foundational learning and even the extras take on a sense of being mundane.  Every year we go through a thinning and then fattening, thinning and fattening.

This school year I want it to be about a sustainable balance.   Abundance of quality, not an abundance of the trivial.  I’m not sure how I will focus on maintaining it, but if we can do it with the house and the rest of our lives, there must be a way with homeschooling.

2 Comments

  • Anonymous

    September 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Hear you!Looking for support on simplifying but not ignoring the schooling. It's not that we want to do less or bare minimum, we want educated kids, just not overwhelmed kids.Thanks for posting. Please don't stop.

  • Teacher in the Home

    September 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Same here!It saddens me when I see parents claim to be homeschooing and yet they don't have a plan. If they choose to use a published curriculum, that's great! Some families need the structure and the support. If they choose to take half their courses in a coop or public school program. Again, great! This is what their family needs. Or maybe, it is an on-line school. That too is great. The family that claims to be homeschooling, and feels that their child will learn what they need without books, without trips to the library, without interaction, without parent involvement. . . . that is really stunting their child's opportunity to learn. We need to guide our children, lead them, model for them.

Please take a moment to share your minimalist homeschooling ventures.

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