Ten Things Every New {Or ANY} Homeschooler Should Know


So here we are…another post in this series on what every new homeschooler should know. Today, I am writing about my heart…simplifying!

Today we will focus on why simplifying your homeschool is necessary!

Simplifying clutter in our homes eliminates distraction. Face it, as homeschoolers we can accumulate a lot of STUFF. Books, games, workbooks, flashcards, paper supplies, craft supplies, did I say books? They pile up and they pile up FAST! It takes alot of energy to organize it all and to manage it all.

We need to physically simplify the stuff in our homeschools because it quickly becomes a distraction. It actually becomes a burden. So look around and decide what your really need, and how many of those books are sitting on the shelf for “someday” which never really comes. Do you really need four sets of maps? Or every curriculum catalog out there? Let it go. You will feel a weight lifted.

Simplifying though doesn’t just stop with physical STUFF.  Often times the mental clutter weighs us down even more. By mental clutter I mean the information overload that homeschoolers are faced with daily. Truly, I love the internet and they abundance of resources out there, but truth be told, it is distracting. It can be way too much. There are many days we need to just shut it all down.


I would rather my children remember me turning to the Word than to Google. 


Seek Him first. It is and will always be the right thing to do first. 


So remember to keep it simple. You do not need every piece of curriculum out there. Read alouds, hands on fun, field trips, real life learning are more beneficial than piles and piles of stuff. Most important thing in your homeschool- a BIBLE.


Mental overload is not fruitful. Simplify what goes in to your mind. Keep your eyes on the One who called you to this journey! Next time I will be talking about just that…letting God lead your homeschool!

To read more about simplifying, Simply Homeschool 2nd Edition is here! 

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Less Fluff in Your homeschool…and Bear More Fruit! Focus on the important things!

*One Week to Simplifying Plan
*Simple Preschool
*Choosing Curriculum
*Focus on what matters MOST! The HEART!






Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool is also available for $0.99




Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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