Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Homeschooling Through the Alphabet: S is for Simple

Once again I found myself with so many words that would have been great for the letter s.  I finally settled on simple because it applies so much to our lives and our homeschooling philosophy.

One of the main goals I had set for our family when we started homeschooling was to simplify our life.




We wanted to live a more simple and slow lifestyle without all the running around to a million different activities all week long.  We wanted to be more intentional about spending time together as a family.

We wanted to focus on simple pleasures like family meal times, enjoying nature and the beauty of the world around us, and finding joy in the everyday.  There is much wonder to be had in this world if we remember to slow down and enjoy it.



That simple lifestyle quickly leaked over into our homeschooling and we started to focus on just a few basics of learning.  Simplifying our subject materials and enjoying our educational journey became our focus.

We knew that we needed to cover the fundamentals like math, reading, spelling, etc. and we wanted to sprinkle in extra subjects as we had time for them and an interest in them.  Our lessons are kept short and sweet and our school work lasts no more than a couple of hours each day leaving us plenty of time to enjoy other pursuits; fishing, swimming, field trips, science experiments, visiting family and friends, etc.
 
Others in the series:

Homeschooling Through the Alphabet:
F is for Fun
G is for Games
H is for Heart
I is for Independent 
J is for Journey 
K is for Kitchen 
L is for Longevity 
M is for Moments 
N is for Nature
O is for Options
P is for Personalized
Q is for Quicker
R is for Recreation 

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8 comments :

  1. Simple is always my homeschooling goal!

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    1. Right? It's the best way to approach it.

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  2. Simple sounds so wonderful. Maybe next year. :)

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    1. LOL! It never sounds or seems simple when we're doing it and I have to hold myself back from trying to do more each day.

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  3. I agree. Simple is a good option. It leaves time to explore and enjoy. The trouble is that the allure of extras and complications are always calling me. :)

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  4. Simple...aww, that is a breath of fresh air! I love when I find something simple to make up for the chaos that is happening!

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