Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms by Timothy D. Walker offers tidbits of inspiration and practical advice to American teachers and homeschooling families alike. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links. While it's no secret most of what Mr. Walker's book showcases why … Continue reading Teach Like Finland: It’s Simple, Really
We didn't set out to read 1500 books in one year. We didn't set out to read any specific number of books. Reading simply makes me a happier person so I wanted to pass this love down to my children. But I did want to find out why we've read so many books. Was it because I was … Continue reading 1 Year, 1 Family, 1500 Books
You're done decluttering. You've gotten rid of the extra things you no longer need. Your flat surfaces are cleared off. You've donated as much as you could. You've cleared your calendar. You have time. Everything looks and feels like you imagined it would. You feel freer. You feel lighter. You feel at peace. And yet, you … Continue reading Minimalism: The Space Between
Because no matter where we are in life, consumerism tugs at you like a strong ocean current until you wisely decide to swim sideways, ultimately saving your life.
“The question is not, -- how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education -- but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life … Continue reading Homeschooling is Finally Cool
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” – Leo Tolstoy We recently moved into a new-to-us home. I've never felt joyful about relocating multiple belongings from one place to another. But this time around it was more of a pleasure than a burden. And here's why: We decreased what we own … Continue reading Our Minimal Move
No doubt, I will fail as a parent. And I know I have already failed many times over. Every one of us will fail at some aspect of parenting. It's impossible to be a perfect person let alone a perfect parent. And I know I will never be everything my children need to be whole … Continue reading I Will Fail as a Parent
I've found it enjoyable reading through other homeschoolers' "a day in the life" posts. I love peeking into their lives and seeing how unique each home-educating family is. During our days at home, it's the little things I'll easily but hate to forget. So documenting it seems like a worthy idea. But so much happens … Continue reading Our Homeschool: A Day in the Life 2017
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." – Albert Einstein When we began homeschooling almost two years ago I never would have guessed how much I'd learn about my children, my husband, my family, my community and myself as a result... To start, for … Continue reading What Deschooling Looked Like for Us
Let's be honest, for a "minimalist" family our home is still often a little bit messy (keeping your kitchen perfect as you homeschool kids who need snacks every hour is utterly impossible. Believe me, I've tried). Our kids still have more clothes than I'd like, my closet still isn't paired down as much as I'd like, and my husband's office, … Continue reading What Makes You Happy? Do That.