4.17.2012

10 Days of Simple Homeschool- Why I Have Simplified





Welcome to 10 Days of Simple Homeschool. For the next two weeks, I will be posting about all things simple in homeschooling. 10 Days of Simple Homeschool is about going back to the basics.  Too often we tend to complicate our purpose by trying to do too much.  Homeschooling can be very effective when we go back to the basics and let our everyday life be our classroom and learn by doing.  
 Simplifying Homeschool is dear to my heart-getting rid of all of the distractions that keep us from our purpose and from putting God first in all! 
Some posts will be practical ideas, some will focus on our hearts, but all will be focused on keeping it simple.
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Welcome to Day 2 of the 10 Days of Simple Homeschool series.

Yesterday I wrote about a practical way to teach so many things through cooking in your homeschool.  Today I want to speak to your heart.  I will be discussing why I have chosen the simple route, in homeschooling and in many areas of life.

A few years back we visited a 18th century farmhouse on a history field trip.  I stood in this little farmhouse with just one room and a small loft.  The house represented a home in which a family of six would have lived. There was just enough for what the family needed: hooks for their two outfits each, a pot and pan and one dish for each.  A Bible on the mantle.

I was struck at how hard these pople had to work for what they had. They had to work so hard just to survive.  And then look at us. We have an abundance of things to make life "easy" for us. Yet, we are still so busy. We are running aournd chasing our tails.

What if we had just enough for each day? We would have so much more time for doing things, rather than taking care of "stuff" or acquiring more "stuff."

That summer my fire was lit to simplify my life. 
To focus on people~not on things.  
To have less and do more.

I want to rid myself of anything that hinders my focus on the Lord.  Whether it be physcial "stuff" or mental clutter.

Simplifying has overflowed into my homeschool as well. I want my homeschool to be run by the Lord's direction.  Not by what others are doing. Not by what seems to be the newest method in the curriculum catalogs.  But what the Lord tell me to do.

Just like those people if the 18th century farmhouse, I often think of the pioneer homeschoolers. They didn't have all of the fancy curriculum we have. They didn't have support groups and state conventions. They didn't have facebook, blogs, and Pinterest. They had no choice but to rely on God.  And look at the fruits of their labors? With so little support, they began a work that resulted in an explosion in the homeschool movement! THAT is what GOD does!


Yet, we are all struggling to keep up. We have so many resources, yet we continue to search.

Simplifying homeschool is about keeping our focus on God and His plans. 
He will help us succeed if we rely on Him.


We don't need to have elaborate books, the latest gadgets, etc.  Our kids have within them a huge natural desire to learn. Our job is to bring out the desire and help them to be the person God made them to be.

My eBook Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool is my heart. In this book I write about how we can simplify our homeschools in practical ways. Click here for more info.



“I never teach my pupils; 
I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
~Albert Einstein


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5 comments:

Amanda said...

LOVE THIS!!! Just bought a copy of your ebook as well!:-)

C. Shubert said...

This is my desire for my home and family! Thank you so much for your blog and all the work you do, it is an inspiration to keep pushing towards less to serve God more...

Lisa M. (aka Lisabee) said...

We visited a farm from the 1600's and toured the home. I was impressed with the same thing. life was about family and the things you produced with your hands. Knowledge was passed down thru the generations by spending time WITH EACH OTHER! I try to remember that when I'm struggling to have my boy grasp certain concepts...so those days, we throw the books aside and head outside to play together.

Sarah A. said...

I'm half way through your book and loving it! Thank you so much!

The Popes said...

Oh I love this SO much. Just what I needed to hear. Can I get your book for the iPad?