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Zara Fagen, author of "Minimalist Homeschooling," brings strategies and perspectives for keeping your homeschool simple, valuable, and focused. In her biweekly episodes, she's on a mission to prove that less really is more; and Simple really is the New Smart, in your homeschool and your life. Simple is the New Smart is for any homeschooler who wants to trade overwhelm, exhaustion, or self-doubt for clarity, confidence, and some margin in their days. Hear about how to make the most of your re ...
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In this episode of the Simple is the New Smart podcast, Zara is sharing her top 3, simple, impactful questions for simplifying homeschooling, scheduling, organizing, and more! Listen to Simple is the New Smart episode #35: Workshop to Create Meaning and Impact in Your Homeschool for more on honing in your core values.The book "Minimalist Homeschool…
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Anytime that we are blessed with abundance, the abundance itself can be perverted into an obligation and a burden instead of a blessing. This is true even with the abundance of Scripture and tradition in the Catholic (and Christian faith). Sometimes, we don't know where to start, and which traditions to observe. My best advice: Just start. Start so…
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Plentiful? Does that sound contradictory to minimalism? It's not. That's the word I lean toward. Plenty of resources, plenty of opportunity, and plenty of time! Let's talk about what minimalism REALLY means. If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that homeschoolers who ne…
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Here are 10 things that minimalists will always want more of! Spoiler alert: They're not things (but you can buy and do things to make them happen!). Ready? Let's Go! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to follow and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that homeschoolers who need this podcast most will find it. Reviews d…
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I recently took my children to see "Journey to Bethlehem," and in this bonus episode, I'm talking about my thoughts on the movie. Join the conversation on Spotify and add your comments! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to follow and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that homeschoolers who need this podcast most will…
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In this episode, Zara is talking about the 4 Minimalist Homeschooling Mindset Hacks that help her most during the holiday season, and shares how her season will look. If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that homeschoolers who need this podcast most will find it. Review…
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In homeschooling, our biggest regrets and frustrations seem to revolve around what we get done - or don't get done - in a day. In this episode, we talk about applying the main tenants of minimalism to our schedule so that every day can feel simple, focused, and valuable. Ready? Let's go! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leav…
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Most homeschoolers have a lot of spinning plates. Very few *just* homeschool. If you're the kind of homeschooler who also, works, or coaches, or leads, or helps... or insert activity, interest or obligation here... then this Simple is the New Smart podcast episode is for you. Here Zara shares the tips that she wished someone had given her 10 years …
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Am I doing enough? Am I doing it right? Is there a better way? Self-doubt plagues every homeschooler. In this episode, Zara talks about how to avoid self-doubt, and how to address all of those tough decisions with confidence. Ready? Let's go! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to …
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I'm not doing it right. I'm not doing enough. I'm not spending enough time... Sound (or feel) familiar? You're not alone! Let's chat about how these fears stack-up tp reality. Grab some coffee and get comfy... Let's go! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that homescho…
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It turns out that when we try to be "It All" we start diluting our awesomeness! Let's not. In this episode, Zara talks about why to be awesome instead of *trying* to be it all. If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that homeschoolers who need this podcast most will find …
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Want to see how Minimalist Homeschooling impacts and plays-out in real-life homeschooling? Well, let'd go! Zara offers her insight as child #4 is finishing first grade. This is the perfect episode for anyone with young elementary kids, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, first graders... or thinking about starting homeschooling! If you enjoy t…
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Gain focus, clarity, space, and peace in today's episode with 7 immediate steps that you can take to create a simpler (and more valuable) homeschool. Ready? Let's go! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that homeschoolers who need this podcast most will find it. Review…
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Regardless of your children's ages, or your support group (or lack thereof), there are ways to carve-out time to just *be* as a homeschool mom. In this episode, explore 8 ways to make "me-time" happen and how to make the most of it. Ready? Let's go! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best …
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20 things to say no to! Physical mess, mental clutter, and busyness all get a swift kick in the tush in this episode. Which one will you say "no" to today? --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/simpleisthenewsmart/messageSupport this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/simpleisthenewsmart/support…
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In this episode, Zara is unpacking... 1) All the reasons homeschoolers feel uncertain and ungrounded; 2) All the reasons every homeschooler deserves to be confident; and 3) Some tricks to regain your confidence during those doubtful times. There's a pervasive cultural story telling us that homeschooling is fraught with potential pitfalls, and is th…
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In this episode, Zara is sharing her favorite problem-solving, homeschool-hacking tips that have really been working well in her family. Grab some coffee, and let's chat about how things are going over here at Fagen Academy... If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a great review! Reviews are the best way to make sure that h…
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Let's get intentional about self-care, I mean, *self-preparation.* In this episode, we'll talk about how to rethink self-care with a minimalist mindset, so that it becomes an indispensable part of your life, rather than another "should" on your list of things to do. Ready? Let's go! If you enjoy this podcast, don't forget to subscribe and leave a g…
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In this Simple is the New Smart podcast episode, Zara is talking about how using homeschool core values can be the filter that we need to create meaning, clarity and confidence in our homeschool. She's also talking about how excellence differs from perfection, and how we can help our kids be confident, too. Be sure to catch this episode to create a…
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In this Simple is the New Smart episode, Zara is sharing how her family approaches financial education for their children - and the whole family. Financial literacy basically means understanding how to manage one's financial resources, with concepts like budgeting, income, expenses, investing, debt, and interest. It turns out that including a finan…
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In this Simple is the New Smart episode, Zara talks about how new homeschoolers can start in a way that is simple, while still seeing learning progress. She'll tell you what veteran homeschoolers want rookies to know, how to "deschool," and how to start choosing your homeschool curriculum. If you're looking for a homeschool friend to walk you throu…
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How do we homeschool through the holidays without feeling like we are spread too thin, or falling short? Today, Let's cover a simple, 7-step plan that will put our homeschool on autopilot and create an intentional holiday season! You don't have to schedule every detail of every homeschool day. And, you don't even have to schedule all the bonus, ext…
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Minimalist Homeschooling is all about making things easier by making high-impact, high-value choices that are simple, easy, and accessible. In this episode, Zara explores how seasons rule all aspects of our life, and can be used to guide our homeschools, too. If you've ever been frustrated by the sense of constant change, or perhaps you question yo…
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In this Simple is the New Smart episode, Zara is talking about one of her favorite Minimalist Homeschooling tools: block scheduling. Also known as time-blocking, by block-scheduling your homeschool days can: simplify your days and schedule, increase consistency (and reduce procrastination), make your days more effective and productive, and add peac…
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I'm going to just say it: Homeschooling is awesome. And, we're not even talking about the lifestyle it allows. In this episode, Zara talks about the 7 ways that homeschooling offers better academic experiences for our children, and therefore, a more valuable education. A must-listen for anyone who ever struggles to homeschool, or is considering hom…
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Let's stop thinking about designing a "minimalist homeschool" today, and instead talk about crafting a "high-value homeschool," because really, that's what we're all after. In this episode of the Minimalist Homeschooling podcast: Simple is the New Smart, Zara talks about the 3 things to consider when reassessing, or planning your homeschool that wi…
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Homeschooling multiple children - at multiple ages, with multiple preferences and talents - can be the definition of burn-out. Often, juggling lots of kids means feeling spread too thin, and wondering whether any child is getting "enough." This episode is all about the logistics of homeschooling with multiple children. Zara talks about: The one tac…
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I started Minimalist Homeschooling to help prevent burn-out, by creating a sustainable homeschool. But, what heppend when life doesn't cooperate? What happens when we do get burnt-out, or there's a new baby, or we have to move, or tragedy strikes... or, there's an international pandemic? In this episode, Zara chats about what works for her when she…
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When we choose to homeschool, it's not "just" homeschooling for most of us. In addition to learning stuff from some books, what we're really after is freedom, and excellence - on some level that is meaningful to our families. That means that choosing subjects isn't "just" choosing what to learn. how can we cover all of our bases, pursue all of our …
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Business owners become productivity and morale experts by necessity. In this episode, I'm sharing game-changing strategies that I have curated during 15 years of operating businesses that can up your homeschooling game, too. From getting everyone on the same team, to simplifying and having more impact, this episode has something for everyone. Grab …
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Quality goals help give us confidence, clarity, and direction. Without good goals, it's hard to create the life, or homeschool that we truly want. Despite these great reasons, we often shy away from setting goals because, let's face it, they require hard work, maybe we feel like we don't have the time, or we assume that failure is inevitable for an…
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In this episode, Zara talks about how to declutter WITH kids. End the persistent purging battles, and get everyone in your home on-board by creating a minimalist culture. We will talk about specific steps that you can take, right now, to immediately, and consistently move your home, and your family toward a simpler lifestyle. Your family may resist…
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This episode gives 3 big ways that we can win when we're scheduling our homeschools. True to Minimalist Homeschooling, we're going to talk about simple ways to streamline, practical ways to reduce mental load (and stress), and how to create margin in our schedule. If you're someone who would love more time to simple BE, or plan, or enjoy (who doesn…
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Let's talk about applying minimalism to our time, shall we? In this episode, Zara gives 5 powerful reasons to change how we view, and manage our time. From the perspective of a homeschooling, business-owning mother, who has struggled with trying to do it all, feeling obligated to do it all, driving herself to exhaustion, having an over-filled sched…
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Let's face it, homeschooling takes *STUFF* to a new level - one that combines the emotional drive to provide the "best," with pressure to do it "right," and a seemingly infinite number of resources that could potentially be "best," or "right." This is a quintescential Minimalist Homeschooling episode: it's filled from start to finish with practical…
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In this empowering episode, Zara talks about 9 ways that we can help reluctant learners love learning, and help ourselves love the process more. If you have ever experienced a child who is unenthusiastic about, or refusing to engage in learning, then this episode is sure to equip you with several ideas to tip the scales toward love. Learn how to si…
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As the world starts re-opening post-coronavirus, or even as we struggle to "juggle it all" without a sense of normalcy, here are 4 ways that we can reset our little part of the world back to a simpler time. When you're feeling over-stimulated, over-extended, cluttered, frantic, or swept away... this episode is for you! Learn how to simplify your wh…
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This episode is all about independent learning, free time, and self-directed learning. If Minimalist Homeschooling is all about gaining more, while doing less, then these are the secret weapons! We'll talk about how they each differ, and the benefits so that you can add more value and peace to your homeschool right away. Learn how to simplify your …
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Welcome to Minimalist Homeschooling! I'm Zara, a homeschooling, business-owning wife and mother of 4. In this episode, I'll tell you a bit about my homeschooling journey - especially the part of the journey that forced me to get really intentional. Let's get this started! Learn how to simplify your whole homeschool from top to bottom and from now o…
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If Minimalist Homeschooling sounds intriguing, or even daunting, and you'd like to know more about the philosophy, then this is the episode for you! In it, Zara will unpack how LESS actually can be MORE and how minimalism works in homeschooling. She's on a mission to prove that your homeschool is not about the stuff! Learn how to simplify your whol…
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If we're going to talk about Minimalist Homeschooling, let's have an obligatory conversation about what it's NOT. You may be surprised to learn what is inside the Minimalist Homeschooling box, and what isn't... and just how flexible that box really is! Learn how to simplify your whole homeschool from top to bottom and from now on with the Minimalis…
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Welcome to the brand-new Simple is the New Smart podcast! This is where we will dive deeper into Minimalist Homeschooling concepts, learn how to homeschool like a boss, and talk about keeping life simple. Be sure to subscribe now, so you don't miss a thing when we launch on Octber 6, 2020! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com…
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