When my premie neared the age of deciding what we were going to do about school, I knew it wasn’t a matter of where he would be going. He was not nearly ready for formal education. Back in the early 80s, in a small southern town, I was afraid this child of mine would be put in a “dumb” class, be labeled, and then, he would carry that stigma with him for the rest of his life. I had no reason to think otherwise- that’s how it was when I went to school, in the 60s and 70s. Isn’t that awful?
Simple living for our family.
One day, I happened to be watching the 700 Club when Raymond Moore, author of “Home Grown Kids” and “Better Late Than Early” was being interviewed. It changed our lives. I bought the books and began our adventure of 20something years of homeschooling. The information from these books became the basis for our style of education. We lived a simple life before “living simply” or “minimalism” was a “thing”.
Simple Schooling is no longer just a theory.
That was a long time ago, but listen to this old grandma! I look back at our long history of delayed schooling and “unit study” style of education (for elementary ages) and I don’t regret one minute. We stayed home a lot, chose our extracurricular activities sparingly and lived on a super tight budget. We were living the minimal, simple life! My perspective is no longer an ideal that I hoped would work. Nope. I’m telling you the results of a lifetime of simple living is now known as a success.
The proof is in the family!
Be encouraged to start soon. Here is a great article about how to be “minimal” with your kids. Click Here.
You won’t regret it.
You can adapt a busyless lifestyle that is best for you and your family. No matter if you homeschool, send your kids to school, or a hybrid of both options. Just keep it as simple as possible. You won’t regret it!
Start with this Simple School Schedule. My free offer with more to come.
I want to help you start on the journey to busyless (living simply). One way to do that is to simplify your schedule. If you’re too busy, living simply is not going to mix. This planner is for families with school children and it can easily be adapted to anyone’s weekly schedule. Looking at a simple overview of the week will help you not take on too much busyness. The easy, editable school planner is in the library, along with other freebies!
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A Story of Simple Living in Real Life
I want to share a funny story before you start on your free Simple School Planner. It starts with a couple of moms who didn’t know each other. Yet.
My friend, Stephanie and I live on a beautiful country road about a quarter of a mile away from each other. Our neighborhood is an old one that is very eclectic. No cookie-cutter neighborhood here! You can definitely tell that our homes are in Florida with orange trees, tropical flowers, and lawns that think they are jungles to be tamed.
Back in the ’90s, our families were young. She had two boys, around the ages of five and two. But, I had her beat! I had five boys and two girls ranging from ages sixteen to two. That means that her two boys were the same age as my youngest two kids.
We had both recently moved into the neighborhood and were consumed with our own families. Stephanie was managing a small, organic farm which included cows, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, an organic garden, and a small orange grove. My family was content to just learn how to grow vegetables in a large garden.
One day, one of my older boys was riding his bike on the country road when Stephanie spotted him. In her very hospitable, friendly way, she stopped him as he rode by and told him he could help himself to an orange from one of her trees near the road whenever he wanted.
Within a few minutes, she looks up and sees a bunch of bikes on the ground and kids picking oranges off the trees!
“HEY! I didn’t say to invite the whole neighborhood!”
He replied, “These are my brothers and sister!”
We laughed about that a lot over the years.
That, my friend, is simple, slow, busyless living.
It’s all about taking life one day at a time. Plan, yes. But enjoy. One. Day. at. A. time.
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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. – Mat 6:33 CSB