Simplicity is beautiful.
Besides the living books, I think it’s the simplicity of Charlotte Mason that draws me to her teaching style.
Composer study is simple.
Choose one composer and listen to his music for a term.
Artist study is simple.
Choose one artist and study his art, piece by piece through observing and narrating.
Poetry study is simple.
Read and narrate poems. Occasionally copy and memorize a few.
Nature study is simple.
Get outdoors and experience nature first hand. Then make notes or sketches in your nature journal.
But I tend to complicate things. I change the beauty of simplicity for something gaudy and tacky as I add layer after layer of extras, trying to embellish something that’s already practically perfect. It’s tiring to complicate things. It’s soothing to relax into a pattern of simplicity.
Sometimes I hear the lie that “simple is not enough” or “simple is boring.”
Done right, simple is enough. And simple leaves time for activities that are far from boring — hobbies, travel, and relationships.
So is your homeschool simple? Are you striving towards simplicity? Or do you believe simple is boring?