10 Ways Homeschooling has Simplified our days for the better

The two goals we had for homeschool was to simplify and make it fun. It's been that and more enabling us to have a greater flow and even feel more whole and connected.

Last Spring the e-learning felt complicated. It felt like I was switching gears often to get everyone to their zoom on time and do what we were being asked to do and turn in what was needed to be turned in on the app that need from the link I couldn’t find.

As Fall approached and our school district decided on remote learning, we decided to do it on our own instead with the intention of simplifying and making it fun and so far we are achieving that.

To read the post on making the decision to homeschool, click here.

With homeschool, we have more control and less pressure and that creates Better Flow

Stress is wanting the present to be different than it is. There was a lot of that last Spring.

Now, it is up to us to set the stage—I have control over the energy and flow of our day. My attitude goes a long way for the overall feel. It spreads out to everyone.

Homeschooling has allowed us to simplify, with this comes more things to appreciate and less to stress about. This shift in me is positively impacting my children whose moods and temperaments have improved as well.

10 Ways Homeschool has allowed us to Simplify + Have more fun

  1. Time to follow their interests and curiosity. We have the freedom to roll with what interests them. To delve deeper into topics that they are curious about and this makes them happier and feel more freedom and control. And what child doesn’t thrive with given a little more or that? If they’re excited about something, asking questions, then we take some time to explore it more. We also keep a board of ideas up. So when we don’t have time to go in deeper in the moment, we add the note to the board and I go back to those as I’m making our lesson for the day.

  2. Less students - more 1 on 1. With only 3 students, there is a lot more 1 on 1. They all benefit from the added attention at times, when they need a little more direction or teaching or simply an ear to listen, I’m actually able to. I can give them attention because our timetable is not as rigid and I’m not spread as this as many teachers in classrooms are.

  3. Older students can teach youngsters. I can‘t always be there to help. While I don’t have a full-time job and realize I’m in a fortunate position to be able to make this work during this time as we fight the spread of CoVid. I do some part-time work as a postpartum doula and baby sleep consultant so I can’t always be there. Mixed-ages together allow for some teaching between olders and youngers and I really love this. It gives my older children a chance to extend their leadership and practice new skills and gives little ones a chance to learn from someone other than me.

  4. Not a lot of waiting. In a normal classroom and especially in the Zoom class, there is a lot of time waiting around. Waiting for kids to get caught up, technical difficulties, questions and whole-class sharing. While I do miss some of that interaction that my kids miss out of, I love how we can be way more efficient with our time. They have more choice time and free time because there’s less waiting. We move through the lessons swiftly- most are only 15 minutes so there’s no loss of focus or momentum.

  5. Encourages a Love of Learning that makes teaching flow and come easy. This is something I have noticed since we started. They are eager to read and to learn. They are young and so even in school I'm sure they were too. But because there is less waiting time, less lining up, raising hands, and more time to read, explore, make choices, and move from one lesson to another - I'm really able to hold their interest and I see how one thing leads into questions and evolves into something else. I see their little minds lighting up as they learn something and it finally clicks and they are doing the work because they want to and are interested, not just because we have to. There is a flow - a shared energy that is positive and open and inviting that we step into together and it carries even when our school day is done and we work on life skills that carry outside of the classroom, values and principals that will help them be better people.

  6. Break when we Want/Need to. Traditional school follows a more set routine. While I’m all for predictability and carrying a rhythm—and we do make sure of that so they know what comes next—I also know kids are kids and need some wiggle room, literally. Sometimes movement time needs to happen now. We make it happen. And for us that can mean a nature walk, time outside, dancing. Anything we feel to get them moving and not get stagnant.

  7. Selfishly.. more enjoyable for me. We chose the #CharlotteMasonMethod and it is a classics-based curriculum. I had no idea how much I would enjoy learning about poets, composers, artists, and other people and events from our history. This is what the start of our morning consists of- it’s a beautiful start to the day that includes music, stories, journaling along with the learning of classics. The whole curriculum encourages living history (using story that is engaging to tell the stories of history through people who lived it). We also incorporate nature as much as possible. Charlotte Mason saw children as people and encouraged giving them a lot of freedom and my children are responding well to that.

  8. Flexibility. We try to incorporate an outing each week. This would not be possible if we stuck with fully remote. We can cover more lessons one day to make room for the field trip or outing the next. We are somewhat limited due to CoVid and not able to do the indoor places and museums as much, but we are wearing masks and doing and seeing as much as we can. The kids learn so well by experiencing it instead of just reading about it and I've seen that first-hand. We are tactical beings and the more we feel it, the more we engage with it and learn.

  9. More time to play and explore. Our typical day is around 4 hours that also gives ample time to be outside, to be in nature. We start each morning with a walk, they play outside during recess and after school. And get even more outdoor time if we incorporate it. Children learn a lot from that type of structured open play in nature. They take risks, create, and can be imaginative.

  10. Family life is the cornerstone. For centuries, family and home have been a core foundation for thriving humanity. The moments together throughout the day learning, exploring, and growing is helping them to be good humans who know how to have balance and live wholeheartedly. They teach me just as much as I teach them. I want them to have meaning and purpose and know what they think is special and the way they treat others is important. I’m able to do that more so.

"Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking - the strain would be too great - but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest." - Charlotte Mason

A Whole, Connected and more Full Life

There are the ways everyone does it and there is what is right for you. I'm not saying that homeschool is the best option or best for everyone. But I am encouraging everyone to question the way it's always been done, what everyone else is doing, or what you think you have to, to find what is best for you.

A full life that comes from living wholeheartedly and feeling in alignment with your true self. Only you can know what's best for you. But the way most everyone else does it may not be best for you and your family. So allow this glimpse into our day encourage you to ask your own questions and lean into what is right. It feels so good as you do and as Charlotte Mason said "life should be all living not just a tedious passing of time" which I am afraid it has become to too many school children in our more traditional model.

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