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10 Days of Simple Homeschool-Starting Your Day with the Lord

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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Each and everyday we don’t open a “school” book until we have opened the most important book-The Bible. I truly believe we must put God first in all, if we are to succeed on this journey. He wants to lead us everyday.

I made this decision a few years backwe will never skip Bible time, even if we are having a busy morning, or if we are behind in other lessons.  How can I ever put a language book or a math book above His book? How can I teach them to put Him first, if we are letting other things take precedence?

Bible time is non-negotiable. We start every morning in His Word together. The we pray together, and many days we worship together. It is our sweetest time of the day. It sets the tone for the day.

And it doesn’t stop there. As the years passed, I began to include Bible reading after lunch. Again, we don’t open up any school books after lunch until we have read the Bible together. We pray together again. It is a time to refocus. No matter what has happened in the morning-if there were tears over math, arguments between siblings, or poor attitudes-at this time of the day it is an opportunity to bring it all to Him. We can refocus our day and recharge if necessary. His mercies are new.


Simplifying homeschool is about getting rid of many of the unnecessary extras in our day and in our homeschools. Truly, if your child loves the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind first, then all of the other lessons will fall into place. They will measure everything they do against the Lord’s standard.

When we seek first His righteousness, He will supply our needs. He already knows what He wants for us. We just need to submit to His plan and not our own.


What an awesome, mighty God we serve. How blessed we are to incorporate His teaching and His love into every aspect of our day.

Here are the past links in this series!

Day: 1: Cooking with Kids
Day 2: Why I Have Simplified Homeschool
Day 3 Using Your Library
Day 4 Scavenger Hunts!


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!

Also, Simply Homeschool is #1 this week at Amazon.com for Homeschooling books.  I am humbled that so many people are be being blessed by it.
Simply Homeschool is now just $0.99 for download or for Kindle at Amazon.com Click here for more info

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10 Days Of Simple Homeschool-Scavenger Hunts!


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.
Subscribe here so you don’t miss a thing. Be sure to follow on facebook and twitter too!


It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiousity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. – Albert Einstein

One of our favorite simple activities in home learning is a scavenger hunt.  These can be adapted in so many ways for so many different subjects.  These are some ways that we use scavenger hunts:
Seasonal scavenger hunts: I have adapted this for “Signs of Spring” or “Signs of Winter.”  The kids go out with their sketch books and look for various ways that show if spring or winter is approaching.  

Indoor Scavenger hunts: For little ones just learning letters, I will ask them to go around the house and find as many things beginning with the letter “A’ or “B’ etc.  Or for pre-readers, I will give them a list of simple words, that they must read and find.  
Language Scavenger hunts: Practice those words learned in a foreign language by writing them out in a list with the language you are learning.  The child must find all that are on the list.
Math Scavenger Hunt: This can be adapted to however you need for any level.  For little ones they may simply have to find the correct quantity of something, for instance: Find three of something, or find pairs, etc.  For older children use it to practice measurement. Give them a list of things around the house or outside to measure.  


Nature Scavenger Hunt: This can be used any way to practice finding types of flowers, animals, tress, etc.
Digital Scavenger Hunt App Urge Kids To Explore Outside
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Language Arts Scavenger Hunt: have the children identify things by adjective or noun:  Find something that is shiny, or large, or curvy, etc.  Or use nouns to identify objects.
These are just small ways to get you started in tailoring a scavenger hunt to your family’s needs and to what your children are learning. They can be adapted any which way you choose. Get creative.  Use these scavenger hunts every week or two, just to change things up, and make it fun.


Here are the past links in this series!


Day: 1: Cooking with Kids

Day 2: Why I Have Simplified Homeschool
Day 3 Using Your Library


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!

Also, Simply Homeschool is #1 this week at Amazon.com for Homeschooling books.  I am humbled that so many people are be being blessed by it.
Simply Homeschool is now just $0.99 for download or for Kindle at Amazon.com Click here for more info

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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.
Subscribe here so you don’t miss a thing. Be sure to follow on facebook and twitter too!

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


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!



Also, Simply Homeschool was #1 this week at Amazon.com for Homeschooling books.  I am humbled that so many people are be being blessed by it.
Simply Homeschool is now just $0.99 for download or for Kindle at Amazon.com Click here for more info

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10 Days of Simple Homeschool-Cooking with Kids


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.
Subscribe here so you don’t miss a thing. Be sure to follow on facebook and twitter too!
Today we are talking about using cooking to teach. It is a life skill that teaches so much more than cooking.

Remember when you had a toddler and couldn’t wait to get them a little play kitchen? I remember when my first born was two years old and we bought her a darling little wooden kitchen.  Oh how I loved it.  I pictured her spending her days pretending to cook like mommy.

Not long after though, she started clinging to my apron wanting to be in my kitchen.
“Oh no honey…go play in your kitchen.”
Looking back I realize how much money would have been saved had I just let her in my kitchen  in the first place.  

Eventually I got her her own child size apron and even a set of cooking utensils that were hers.  When I was in the kitchen cooking there were many tasks she could help with.  First was stirring. Virtually any toddler can do that.  And they love feeling useful.

Next would be helping me scrub veggies, or pour ingredients.  Eventually it would lead to measuring and chopping. Always being part of the process was so important.  Even if the job wasn’t done right, she was learning about cooking, science, math, and bonding with mom. Sometimes I let her make a mistake without interfering, so she could see how important it is in cooking to make the recipe exact-it is science in action.  

Now that my little girl is eleven she is capable of doing it all. She can read the recipe and make it by herself. This now leads to planning a meal or even grovery shopping for a week’s worth of meals. Currently she makes lunch for us twice per week!

My sons also love to help in the kitchen. They never did use that play kitchen.

Cooking is a real life school learned best in real life-the kitchen.  It incorporates direction following, science, math, and planning.  
So get your kids in the kitchen. It is truly a classroom in itself and a simple way to learn.

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 Facebook, Pinterest, 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!


Also, Simply Homeschool was #1 this week at Amazon.com for Homeschooling books.  I am humbled that so many people are be being blessed by it.
Simply Homeschool is now just $0.99 for download or for Kindle at Amazon.com Click here for more info

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SimplyLivingforHim