Written by Amida of Journey Into Unschooling
I‘ve been thinking a lot about simplicity. It seems to be a popular theme these days that is being applied to just about everything, including living arrangements, child-rearing, diet, and life pursuits.
A big component of the movement is reduction — making do with less and editing our schedules so we have time to do the things we truly enjoy. As homeschooling is so fully integrated into our day, I wondered how simple could be applied to this aspect of our life. The name of this site is, after all, Simple Homeschool.
How can I enrich our time together, while keeping the excess materials and activities to a minimum?
As I was brainstorming this post, I tried to think up ten things I would bring to homeschool on a deserted island — the ultimate in a bare minimum experience. I started struggling after the first half.
My list went something like this:
- Library Card
- Computer with Internet access
- Art Kit (crayons, markers, paint, paper, scissors)
- Duct Tape
Yes, I realize that aside from the duct tape and friends, these won’t help my survival on the island. But it does give me a good idea of what elements I find most useful or important in our homeschooling.
Notice the total lack of curricula? In reality, I’d probably throw in a math and language arts workbook to fill the empty slots, just in case I needed to get a fire going.
Just kidding. All jokes aside, I do find workbooks useful in some cases, but one per subject is more than plentiful.
As for the other items on the list, the first to pop in mind was the library card. We go there often enough and there is an inexhaustible amount of information that could be learned through books. The same applies to the Internet.
Art is good for the soul, as are friends. Duct tape is useful for just about anything. Anything else could probably be substituted with something we have on hand or picked up on an as-needed basis.
Keep in mind though, that this is just our list, perfect for now. Your own list will contain a whole different array of items, depending on your interests and focus.
Give some thought into what you actually use, what you need, and what activities make your heart sing. You can focus on less and be on your way to maintaining your very own Simple Homeschool.
What items would you pack for your deserted island? What can you do today to create a simpler homeschool environment?