25 Things We Don’t Do in Our Homeschool

I listened to Julie’s inspiring podcast on Bravewriter about “55 Things I Did Not do as a Homeschooler” and I thought of the To Don’t List I wrote awhile ago. (Interestingly, ALL of the things on that list are still things I don’t do. I guess I was right about where my priorities are. Or aren’t.)

  1. We don’t do lapbooks.
  2. We don’t do nature study.
  3. We don’t follow any formal science curriculum before high school.
  4. We don’t do poetry teatimes except really rarely.
  5. We don’t have any kind of morning/circle time.
  6. We don’t do Classical Conversations.
  7. We don’t use a formal spelling program.
  8. Sometimes the kids don’t love learning.
  9. I don’t plan (other than very roughly) more than about a week in advance.
  10. We don’t count hours or days.
  11. We don’t do Bible Study as part of our school.
  12. I don’t give the kids tests or quizzes before high school. And even then only a bit.
  13. We don’t unschool.
  14. We don’t study music or art systematically.
  15. I don’t worry about the kids reading “twaddle”. (And I really hate the term anyway.)
  16. We don’t do memory work.
  17. We don’t school year round.
  18. I don’t teach Health as a subject. Or PE. Or Personal Finance. Or Life Skills.
  19. We don’t use a chore chart.
  20. I don’t save curriculum to sell.
  21. I don’t do special things for all the holidays.
  22. We don’t do school at desks.
  23. I don’t own a whiteboard or chalkboard.
  24. We don’t do nearly as many crafts as my daughter would like to do.
  25. I am not particularly patient.

So that’s my list. And as a disclaimer, I’ll say that some of those are things that I sort of wish we did. But one thing I’ve definitely learned at this point in my homeschooling journey is that you cannot do it all. Even all the good things. So I’m ok with what we don’t do for the  most part. Except maybe the poetry teatimes. It would be good to have more of those.

2 thoughts on “25 Things We Don’t Do in Our Homeschool

  1. Love your list! My list is very similar, and it makes me feel good to know that I’m in good company.

    Hope y’all are having a good great (or at least good 😝) year!

    Sent from my iPhone

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