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.
Welcome to Day 2 of the 10 Days of Simple Homeschool series.
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.
“I never teach my pupils;
I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
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Join me on my journey to clear the clutter as I am simply living...for Him! I am a homeschooling mom sharing about my faith, family, hobby-farm life, and Jesus. I am also an author and speaker and love sharing my journey with others- and I am all about keeping it real and authentic! Join me as I seek less of this world and more of Jesus!
Karen DeBeus is a homeschooling mom learning to live more simply and keep God at the center of it all. She is the author of three best-selling homeschooling books and writes at Simply Living for Him. She speaks nationally at homeschooling conventions and recently was a speaker at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC. Her passion is to help others clear the clutter from their lives, seek God first, and to encourage women and families to get in the Word every day.
In 2016, she founded the Simply Living for Him Retreat, which is a time of rest and renewal for all women seeking Jesus. She enjoys life on her hobby farm with her husband and four children. Together they are a work-at-home family pursuing a simple life with purpose and, above all, seeking to glorify God in all they do.