Tomorrow I’m once again joining a large group of bloggers who post on one topic, every day, for the 31 days of October.
It took me weeks to figure out what topic I would choose this year. Last year, I chose two because I simply couldn’t narrow it down. (At that time, this blog was two blogs. It’s since been united into one domain.) The topics were read aloud and habits.
Several themes ran around in my head, but what kept coming up was the fact that people probably ask me more questions about homeschooling than any other topic. Despite the fact that I don’t consider myself an expert in homeschooling and have actually been very uncomfortable with giving advice, that fact remains. (See: the truth about homeschooling a large family)
Obviously, many people who are considering homeschooling or who are currently having challenges want to hear from someone who has been homeschooling for a long time (we’re going on
12 14 years here) and who still loves it and who has managed to avoid burnout, despite having several homeschooled kids.
So, who am I to deny my readers what they want?
I chose the theme Minimalist Homeschooling because my goal with the challenge is this:
* to disprove the myth that homeschooling must be burdensome
* to show how you can help your child get a high quality education without devoting your entire life (or entire day) to it
* that not a lot of money, space, or “stuff” has to accompany homeschooling
* and to bring a little levity to something that, during most of human history, was done by every parent without question – the responsibility of educating their children to become productive, independent adults and contributing members of society
Here we go!
And since 31 days is a lot of days to come up with content on ONE topic, help me out please. Leave questions you have in comments below!
P.S. Total coincidence; Educents.com is currently offering a $10 credit to new members. All you do to become a member is submit your email address, there’s no cost or obligation. Educents is a seller of curriculum and homeschooling supplies, and I can personally vouch for them as I’ve purchased several workbooks from them in the past. They offer discounts and great deals, sort of like a Groupon for the homeschooling crowd! Just use this link to sign up and your $10 credit will show up with your first order.
- Intro post (this one!) 31 days of minimalist homeschooling
- What is education?
- Defining your educational philosophy
- Learning to trust
- Study without desire
- Complying with government regulations
- Bedschooling: homeschooling when you’re sick
- Homeschooling through a crisis
- When homeschooling is wearing you down
- Minimalist method of teaching kids to read
- Don’t sweat college
- Learning and personality: homeschooling your fun-loving child
- Learning and personality: homeschooling your sensitive child
- Learning and personality: homeschooling your determined child
- Learning and personality: homeschooling your serious child
- FREE Homeschool Printable Pack from Educents.com
- Getting started
- Choosing curriculum
- Maximizing school time
- How do you homeschool multiple children?
- Avoiding burnout
- Minimalist homeschool supplies
- How to teach homeschool subjects you don’t know or enjoy
- The importance of movement
- Don’t compare yourself with others
- Getting it all done: the nitty-gritty
Our family’s favorite homeschooling resources can be found on this page.