With it being officially the first week of March, we have about 12 more weeks in our homeschool before we take a break for the summer. With this in mind, I desperately wanted to get to a better place and really enjoy our spring. I wanted to take these last 3 months to the next level and really make them special and meaningful. Ending this year on a great note has become a motivating factor that has helped pull me out of a funk. I plan to get to June, look back on these last 12 weeks, and think of them as the best all year. If you are like us, you may be tired of the curriculum that was once so exciting and just tired of the everyday work. So, my friends, it is time to change things up! I have been feverishly planning, researching, reading, and being moved, inspired, and motivated and it has helped me in so many ways.
Each week I will be publishing a new blog post with a weekly theme to help us all power through these last 12 weeks with joy. I am doing the research, reading, and learning for my own benefit and personal experience that M and I have with homeschooling. But, I also long to connect with other moms on a similar journey.
Look for my weekly posts for book recommendations on a weekly theme, my own personal experiences, Pinterest boards, and IG hashtags. This will be a great opportunity to be inspired and try some new things. I hope some of these ideas can work in your homeschool too and this series will become a way to connect with other moms that are also here for motivation. If you get a chance, feel free to collaborate with others on a similar journey by commenting on these blog posts here or, you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook.
Look for the initial weekly post each weekend for the next 12 weeks. Additionally, I plan to supplement during the week with other related topics to give you guys more info on what we are doing and how we are applying everything to our own homeschool. If you have been watching my IG feed this last week, you may have gotten a sneak peek at what I have been working on.
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Week #1- Why I need Hygge in our Homeschool
This week I am starting things off with tackling the overwhelming feelings some of us can get this time of year. Because when you are burnt out, stressed, tired, etc.. it will affect your homeschool and kids no matter what amazing curriculum you are using. Week #1 for me was fixing that and I have learned so much about creating a space for things to be simpler, calmer, cozier, cleaner, and just so much better for us.
One of the things I have learned recently is that there really is no separation between my homeschool and my everyday life. My role as homeschool teacher and mother have no start and end times. They are blended together just as much as M’s roles as daughter and learner are. We teach, learn, parent, and live all day and night with no set hours. Even though we have a routine where we do most of our curriculum type things during the day, learning and teaching happen in lots of ways all the time in our home and in all of the activities we choose. We sometimes do school type things in the evenings and educational activities even on the weekends. Lots of times an average weekday morning is spent playing games, doing chores, and reading instead of doing any book work.
Homeschooling has gradually just become part of our every day. Our home life and homeschool just kind of blend together all of the time. When I think of our everyday lives in this way I know that anything that I do to improve our day to day will improve our homeschool. Anything that I can do to make my day run smoother will make me happy which will have a direct and lasting effect on our homeschool experience.
Because of this, I have focussed on creating Hygge in my home, in my every day, and in my self.
So what is Hygge? And, why do I need it in my homeschool?
Hygee is a Danish word that is hard to translate because it means so many things.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a feeling or moment associated with feelings of coziness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, fellowship, simpleness, and living well.
Hygge can be experienced alone or with friends, at home or out. It doesn’t require buying anything. It is not a thing at all actually. It is more about the conscious appreciation and slowness that we initially take to be present and enjoy the moment.
The feelings or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary is Hygge.
How I am creating Hygge-
Here are some ideas and ways to create Hygge in your home:
- Get warm and comfy.
- Try quiet reading time in a clean uncluttered space. Light a candle. Decorate with fresh flowers.
- Take a break.
- Being present for those that you love.
- Teaching our kids that relationships with each other are important is easier when we are focussing on being present and involved with our kids. Something I have to continue to remind myself of!
- Creating simplicity in your home and in your life.
- Simplicity is such a basic word that can be directed in so many areas of life. For me, we are working on:
- simplifying our schedule
- simplifying our home/space by decluttering
- simplifying our routine by removing unneeded expectations to get so much done each day. For school, we are now focussing on a few key subjects to continue the rest of the year and are using the rest of our time to connect through games, reading, outdoor walks/play, time with friends, time to make more homemade meals, and time to be spontaneous and do something new and unplanned in the moment.
- Simplicity is such a basic word that can be directed in so many areas of life. For me, we are working on:
- Create a calm atmosphere. Add natural candles.
- I admittedly have a pretty bad sensitivity to overwhelming scents and so I never really loved having scented candles in my home. Since reading The Year of Living Danishly I remembered how much I loved beeswax candles. So, a few weeks ago, I purchased a bunch of pure beeswax candles and have decorated our main living space with them. M has been loving them in her homeschool space and it has been relaxing for her to work with them lit. I must admit they are just lovely to have around the house. The natural scent is subtle and very relaxing.
- For Spring Hygge Decorate your space with fresh flowers and natural plants.
- I adore spring flowers this time of year and so we have had some in the house the last few weeks. It always makes me so happy. It is amazing how it can really transform a space.
- Clear clutter from your home and life.
- After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up my perspective about stuff in my home has changed. Decluttering your home immediately brings visual results. This was the pick me up I really needed to relieve some stress and anxiety and be able to focus on creating a calm environment. My process of decluttering is still underway and will likely be a process that takes a bit. It doesn’t happen overnight but I will say that every time I work on it, I see improvements and feel better.
- Spend time with your tribe and focus on building relationships.
- Try adding a new game to your homeschool. Adding more games to our week has been such a fun way for M and me to reconnect. It is also a great way to reset a day if things don’t start well. There are tons of games to sneek in education type stuff that you may be working on as well.
- Enjoy comfort food.
- Try to keep food simple like a homemade soup, a simple roast chicken, or homemade cookies.
- Last week we made a winter bean soup I don’t often make. Just having a simple soup on the stove for a few hours was comforting and made me happy. This week, I plan to make time to make homemade bread with M and teach her how to make some homemade comfort foods that our family loves. Since I think we are going to have some more cold days this week, spending time in the kitchen with her making warm comfort food will be a fun way to connect and teach at the same time. I’m feeling all cozy right now just thinking about it!
- Live in the moment. Intentionally find joy in the season you are in right now.
- Get Outside.
- There is more to Hygge then just staying cooped up inside. It is about balance and living good and happy. Getting out in nature is good for everyone. I have been following the weathers lead this week. We were lucky to have a few beautiful days and so we got out and enjoyed it. Whatever I had on the agenda that day got adjusted so we could go enjoy the warmth while it was here.
Each week I will be sharing what I have been reading/ am reading currently/ or related books on my to-read list. These books are the ones that have inspired me in this weeks theme. Each book dives so much deeper into the ideas in this post and are helping me see things so differently. Don’t feel like you have to read all of these this week to keep up with this series but, take a look at them and see if one of them really inspires you. Maybe add a few to your summer reading list. They are all so great.
The Year of Living Danishly is a super fascinating book that introduced me to the idea of Hygge. This book follows a journalist who spends a year living in Denmark and studies the reasons behind the idea that Danes are the happiest people on earth.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up is an interesting book that talks about how to declutter your house by determining if your things “spark joy”or not. I will say this book has given me a new perspective on clutter and how to get to a place where I can enjoy a tidier home. So far, every time I declutter using the method in this book, I feel calmer, happier, and more motivated to really transform our space.
Simplicity Parenting is a book that follows along the lines of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up and talks about the importance of a decluttered simplified space but it goes further and talks about how this affects childhood and the importance of creating a home environment that doesn’t overstimulate. Some may find the ideas in this book a bit extreme but I have gone into it just looking for ideas. Some of the things I can see being really useful for us.
Week #1 Challenge-
Simplify, Create Coziness, and Connect with those you love
There are so many things big and small you can start doing today to create Hygge in your homeschool and in your life. For me, just being conscious of it has resulted in daily choices that center around creating warmth and simplicity in my home as well as fostering deeper connections with my family and friends. I hope that this post has inspired you. This week, I encourage you to simplify, create coziness, and connect with those you love. Taking some time to plan out how you can personally do this in your own life will help you be even more successful. If you get a chance, check out the awesome books I have read and I know it will interest you and motivate you even more. Aim to pick one and read it this week or add these titles to your summer reading list. They have been fantastic for me.
Are you excited to learn everything you can about Hygge now? I was surprised to learn that I am late to the ball game and the term has been floating around for awhile. Check out my Pinterest Board found here on all things Hygge!
Have you found Raising These Littles on Facebook yet? I hope you get a chance to follow along with me there. I’m still learning so much about Hygge myself so I will be sharing lots more along the way this week via Facebook, so keep checking in!
Raising these Littles is also on Instagram! In fact, as I am working ahead a week or two on this blog series, you might even catch a glimpse on Instagram of what we are focussing on that week. Sneek peek alert! But seriously, IG has been a fun place to connect with others that have questions or ideas on any of the topics I am presenting there. Feel free to join in on the conversation.
I have added two new IG hashtags for this weeks theme so we can find each other, inspire each other with our photos, and collaborate and share ideas over on IG! All week long you can use #raisingtheselittleshygge and #raisingtheselittlesweek1 to find others, share photos related to this weeks theme, and find more of my photos related to hygge I will be sharing this week.
Let’s show some 💕 over on Instagram!
If you can, I’d love to hear about your experience with this weeks challenge or just any of your ideas about the topic of creating Hygge in your homeschool. Feel free to join the conversation!
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