Less is More

I have been homeschooling for over seven years and I have learned so much in that time. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that less is more, especially when you are homeschooling a young child up to age nine or ten. I see so many parents stress about these early years, and it is so unnecessary. I find myself telling parents over and over again “less curriculum, less scheduling, less school, more read-alouds, more outdoor time and more art and music”.

The homeschool curriculum industry is huge, and we as homeschoolers should never forget that. Homeschooling is big business, and homeschoolers are willing to spend a good deal of money on the right curriculum for their students. I know this because I have spent more money than I would like to admit on various math, science, history, and language arts materials over the years, and I have seen other parents do the same. After all, homeschooling is a big responsibility, and we as parents do not want to mess it up.

But is it all necessary? Do five and six-year-olds need to be sitting at a desk for hours a day? Do eight and nine-year olds need to be working even more hours? And do parents need to be stressed by all this? I don’t think so.

Instead young children should have time to explore nature

and to discover the joy of reading.

There should be plenty of time to discover passions

And to play dress up.

My kids are getting older. The twins are 12, and my youngest is 8. I miss them when they were young. When the most important part of our day was snuggling on the couch reading Five Children and It and drinking hot chocolate. These years go by so quick. Enjoy them while you can.

2 thoughts on “Less is More

  1. “These years go by so quick. Enjoy them while you can.”

    I wish I could slow down the clock or fit more hours into a day. My little Scholar is growing up way to fast.

  2. When people on homeschooling boards ask what I would do differently if I were back at the beginning of our homeschool adventure, my answer is always something like: more time outside, more travel, more story drama plays, more reading aloud, less stressing over academic milestones. We did these things often, but if I was going to do more of something, it would be those things and not academics. There is plenty of time for academics later and a narrow window when finger painting each other with mud seems like a great way to spend an afternoon.

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