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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Is Less Really More When It Comes To Homeschooling?


Our summer homeschooling break is quickly coming to an end. And as the ticking of the clock reaches the inevitable final count down, my mind finds itself creeping back into homeschool planning mode. There I find the proverbial question waiting for me...

"Is less really more when it comes to homeschooling?"

I'm a curriculum junkie - I admit it! I'm also guilty of cookie cutter homeschooling...that's a whole other post I'm working on though!

Ahh, the life of a curriculum junkie! Always scouring curriculum catalogs, the Goodwill store's book racks, and websites/Facebook groups selling used homeschool books. We won't even talk about the drooling that goes on at the book fair of our local homeschool conference!

But I have to remember when it comes to planning our homeschool year that I don't want to overload my son with so much of what I think looks great or so much of what I want to try that he becomes overwhelmed and burned out by the end of the first week.

The three "R's" - reading, writing, and math - are necessary, of course. A strong foundation in these three areas will equip my son for life-long learning success. In our home, Bible is included on our homeschool schedule. It's very important to me to lay a Biblical foundation in my son's life and to help him develop a daily discipline of reading God's Word. More than anything, I want my son to grow up with a love for God and His Word.

This year as I pray and plan for my son and our homeschool, my heart has been gently reminded that this world is only temporary. So I really want to focus on including learning in our homeschool that will last for eternity in my son's life such as how to study the Bible so that he can grow in his knowledge and love of the Lord, as well as character qualities that will produce good fruit in his life.

I'm seriously considering laying aside everything else that I haven't mentioned that is normally on a homeschooler's schedule. It's something I've never done in our homeschool, and I really want to, but that proverbial question

"Is less really more when it comes to homeschooling?"

won't stop nagging me!

So I'm going to take a leap of faith and say yes to this new schedule for our homeschool in spite of this nagging, proverbial question! EEK!!  

Have you taken any "less is more" steps in your homeschool? I would love to hear how you took the plunge to make "less is more" work for you and your homeschool. Please share in the comments!

Walking in His Grace, 


  1. This would be a difficult thing for me to do, no matter how appealing it is! In NY state, we have a long list of required subjects to cover each year. It's about 12 or more each year! I wish you the best as you decide what's right for your homeschool year!


    1. Twelve or more each, Lori! My hats off to ya! Thanks, and I wish you the best in your homeschool year as well! :)