Complications frustrate me and the kids- frustrated mama and kids cause arguments and tears. Arguments and tears make learning a horrible experience. My job is to teach my kids to love learning, so I see simplicity as a tool to ensure I can do my job.
Simplicity won't always keep arguments and tears at bay, but they can keep some of it at bay. And every little bit helps! Instead of laying out a full worksheet of addition problems, I give out a small worksheet of only a few addition problems. Instead of assigning pages of copy work for them to rush through, I assign just a few lines for them to take their time with. Instead of textbooks for science and history, we take field trips, read living books, watch documentaries and create our own 'text books'. It's simple. It's fun. But they're still learning.
My hope is that we have fun this year and that the kids get excited about learning each day instead of waking up to dread each school day. My hopes are lofty, I know, but I like a challenge!