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Simplicity in the homeschool

Homeschooling?

A year ago, the concept of homeschooling was a blip on my radar. Sure, I knew it existed.

But that was all I knew.

The notion of homeschooling, after-schooling, and unschooling (unschooling, for pete’s sake?) had grown in popularity and it felt like most families had turned away from the public school system and put themselves in charge of their kids education. Of course, in retrospect, I realize I was more susceptible to these ideas via the blogs I was reading at the time.

You know, the whole “simplicity” thing.

I eventually gave in to my curiosity and googled homeschooling. Boy! Was I in for a surprise! I found myself glued to the computer (for hours on end!) and it wasn’t long before I had made up my mind to join the trend: I was going to transform my home into the “ideal” school. 

I had been plagued with a growing dissatisfaction towards the public school system and learning about a feasible alternative couldn’t have come at a better time.

The planning stage

It took several months to gain enough confidence to officially pull the kids from school. It was a process.

First, I had to research how families homeschooled. Then I had to research how some more families homeschooled.

This took hours.

And hours.

I needed to know the fine details of exactly how I was going to pull this off.

Once I convinced myself that I could do this, I had to direct my powers of persuasion at my husband and convince him that I hadn’t completely lost my marbles.

Somewhere in the process my teen girls were protesting that I would turn their beloved younger siblings into dorks with NO social lives.

I did my best to debunk that particular myth.

It was really quite exhausting, and we hadn’t even started homeschooling yet!

Homeschool burnout

Unfortunately, the planning and organizing didn’t come to an end when we did finally begin our homeschool journey.

I spent most nights on my laptop scouring the internet, looking for ways to make things better. I was constantly printing new lesson plans and tweaking the system.

Every time I read about something new or different, I wanted to duplicate it so my kids could experience the same level of awesomeness.

We want the best for our children, right?

And sheesh!

The internet is inundated with homeschooling ideas that are nothing short of genius!

I wanted to incorporate Every. Single. Idea.

I was on the computer every night and rarely got to bed before 2:30am.

I couldn’t stop.

I was the epitome of information overload.

Keeping it simple!

About three months into our homeschooling venture, a reader posted a comment on my blog wondering why there had been no recent updates? She wanted to know if everything was ok.

I knew I had neglected my blog during our homeschool transition but I hadn’t really dwelled on it. The comment was a wake-up call.

I started thinking about my blog. My blog where I like to talk about simplicity.

Keeping things… simple.

Hmmm. 

Maybe I could forgo another curriculum.

Perhaps I could wait to incorporate those incredible science experiments until after we have a routine in place.

I guess it would be okay if we don’t learn about Canada and ancient history and world geography – all at the same time.

Huh.

Thank you Davina, for that gentle reminder ;)

Ever since I’ve invited simplicity into our homeschool the kids and I are noticeably happier.

There’s time to pause. Time to sleep!

And life is less complicated.

Your Comments

3 comments… add one

  • Fatima February 6, 2017, 8:53 pm

    According to educational theorists like Vygotsky’s ZPD children learn best from each other. This is the biggest set-back to homeschooling and which swayed me against the idea. I think companionship & cooperation with diverse groups of children from similar ages is an invaluable experience. They discuss/debate/find interests from one another – we dont give childrens team work or group collaborations enough credit but its really an amazing thing to see.

  • Davina April 24, 2015, 12:35 am

    Saida, I appreciate that you thanked me for a gentle reminder.. But I hope I did not add to your stress. After I read you were homeschooling, it made total sense why you weren’t blogging. You are busy. Very busy. I totally get it. I just wanted you to know I missed your blog, and hoping everything was ok. To be honest, I have wanted to start a blog for awhile now, but have been hesitant and a little intimidated. And just so you know, every homeschool parent I talk to has some kind of doubt or concern. We all wonder if we are doing enough, to much, will are kids be ok. These are all questions I think most of us homeschooling parents have asked ourselves. Keep up the good work, Saida!

    • Saida April 29, 2015, 11:17 pm

      Quite the opposite is true. Your comment was just what I needed to ease up and take things more slowly. I’m grateful you took the time to ask if everything was ok. Because of you, I paused to re-evaluate, and things are much better now. So thank you!

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