10 Days of Simple Homeschool-Simplifying Curriculum


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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When I first began homeschooling I was completely wrapped up in all of the curriculum choices. I would pour over the catalogs reading every description of each program. Then I would go online and research every style, every company, every book.  Really. I would read all of the reviews (and believe it or not, there wasn’t nearly as much information as there is now!)

Then I would choose the books and the style we were going to use. The year would start out great, but after awhile the excitement dimmed. Attitudes would set in, laziness would creep in, and suddenly that perfect curriculum wasn’t “working.”

So I would start researching again. Figuring it must be the curriculum’s fault.

Over the years I have learned it is not the curriculum’s fault.

It was my lack of focus on letting God lead my homeschool.

God called us to homeschool and He will provide the way we do it with the right resources if we trust in Him and seek Him first everything; and by seeking Him, meaning we choose to seek righteousness-and He will provide for our needs.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, 
and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

There will always be a better way-there is always a better curriculum or a better style.  We can research, find the best to suit our needs, and then choose to move on. Don’t look back and continue the vicious cycle.

Work with what you have. Do you really think God can’t work through any circumstance? Just choose something you like and stick with it. Focus on the heart, and He will provide. If we have our child’s heart, we have success!

Now when the catalogs come, I glance at them but usually toss them and take my name off of the list. I have found things that work for us. I tweak them a little bit each year, and I discern any information I read about the newest “thing.”

Remember, those homeschoolers of 20 years ago had none of what we have today-internet, conventions, curricula, {pinterest,} and they started a movement that has exploded!  They had to fully rely on God for their success.  We can learn so much from that!

So choose to control the curriculum clutter. Choose wisely. But most of all, seek Him and His righteousness.

The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter. And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network. You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!

On another note, Simply Homeschool continues to be #1 on the Amazon. com best sellers for homeschool books for Kindle
 and #3 for all homeschool books! Unbelievable. For a book that I wrote for my readers, and was put on Kindle in case anyone wanted to read it on their Kindle, it blows my mind to be a top seller. No marketing, nothing fancy- just a book from my heart to encourage others. God is amazing! I am thrilled so many are being blessed by it. To Him be all the Glory!
Simply Homeschool is now just $0.99 for download or for Kindle at Amazon.com Click here for more info

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