Brave Writer Lifestyle Cabinet

What is the “Brave Writer Lifestyle?” Simply put, it’s a very rich way to educate.  A lot of it is Charlotte Mason inspired with a twist. Below is the list straight from the Brave Writer website: Poetry Teatime Reading Aloud … Continue reading

It’s Okay

This post started in my head as a message to a friend, then turned into an Instagram post, then I decided it needed a whole blog post. I have struggled over the years with “writer’s block,” and I have recently … Continue reading

Our Homeschool This Week: November 11th through 15th

We will be home every day this week, and I am thrilled with that. I’m a home-body these days.  I love warm and cozy.  Organized yet relaxed.  Home cooked meals and hot coffee/hot chocolate.  Christmas lights and soft music.  Home … Continue reading

A Simple Christmas Season

A don’t use all of the Brave Writer curriculum; we just use what works for us.  But I feel like the Brave Writer/Bravelearner Philosophy has given me “permission” to truly do what works for us… no matter what that is… … Continue reading

Figuring This Thing Out

All I can say is wow. I have come a LONG way in our homeschool.  I don’t really even recognize it. I have tried all the ways of homeschooling and struggled to fit into any of them. Thanks to Brave … Continue reading

Plans for the Week

I decided to put my plans all in one place instead of in separate posts.  So in this post you will see my meal plan and my school plan.  Both will be pretty relaxed! Meal Plan Breakfasts Fried eggs, fruit, … Continue reading

Simplifying All the Things

This is a super long post.  I have been struggling to get things out of my head and into a post for a while.  And this is so helpful for me! I’ll spare the details because I just don’t feel … Continue reading

Minimalist Homeschooling- Our Homeschool Area

As you all know, I have been struggling with my chronic cough, heaviness in my chest, shortness of breath, etc and it has really brought me down mentally.  I decided a few days ago that I need to fight that.  Despite how I’m feeling, I have a lot of good in my life and I know that the physical health issues will eventually be remedied.  I trust God and His plan.  Everything happens for a reason.  I have seen it time and time again.

I actually decided yesterday to stop trying to follow the diet because I feel like it makes me think of it more and the diet was literally causing me depression.  I felt free right away when I decided to stop.  I see my doc tomorrow and I’ll talk to him about everything and see what he thinks.  I did get a letter with the results of my biopsy and it was benign!

 

The other day I got in most of our curriculum and the Latchmate containers that I ordered, so I spent hours creating an organized minimalist homeschool area.  No longer do I need an entire room (which is good because Levi is in that room now) because it all fits in little space.

I got the Latchmate containers really cheap.  They are also pretty compact and hold everything including their supplies like pens and pencils.

Here is what my main homeschooling area looks like:

The top has our white board, art stuff (for the curriculum… extra stuff is still in Levi’s closet), and our morning time basket.

Underneath on the shelves is where the Latchmate containers are.

These containers contain their curriculum, spirals, and supplies.  The smaller ones have their readers and the novel that they are reading.

We have a cabinet at the bottom of our pie safe that holds the math manipulatives, science kit, and binders (that I still need to organize).  The top has our whole foods in jars and tea and tea party stuff.

In the bins in our tv shelf are some great books that I want my kids to read.  I got rid of a LOT of books that I knew no one would ever read and kept the ones that I really want my kids to read.  We will also go to the library often so the kids can pick out books.

I also kept only my favorite picture books, nature study books, and ocean books (for our marine biology unit).  They all fit on this shelf.  There are a few other random books here as well.

And besides some containers of paint, markers, crayons, and a few others, this is the extent of our homeschooling stuff.

Plan for Fun and Simple Homeschooling, 2019-2020

I have been working on my plan for next year for a while.  I have added to and taken away.  I think I have finalized my plan, but knowing me, it’ll probably change a little here and there. I had … Continue reading

Whew

What a week it has been.  I’m sorry if this post is all over the place.  I have sat down to write it so so many times and have been up and down and all around.  Haha.   This week … Continue reading