TOC: A Practical Look at Relaxed Homeschooling

 I remember how stressed I was after just one year of homeschooling. In fact, I thought about giving up, because it was so much harder than I had imagined. And worse, my daughter wasn’t enjoying it either. I knew something had to change. Now, after 14 years of homeschooling, I’m not stressed anymore, I love homeschooling and my children are enjoying learning too!

Now in paperback!


“Kelly – I just wanted to thank you for your “Think Outside the Classroom” book. I consumed it just a couple of hours one quiet afternoon last week and could have done cartwheels through the living room as I finished. It was so freeing!!!” -Julie

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“Kelly, About your ebook…I can’t tell you the amazing peace God filled my soul with after reading it, voraciously!…I felt like a complete failure in the education of my children. After reading your book I realized that we had been doing a lot more ’school’ than I gave us credit for.”  -Amy B.

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Homeschooling is hard work. But it isn’t supposed to be drudgery!

After hearing so many moms who were discouraged about “keeping up”, always feeling behind, overwhelmed and inadequate, I decided to put on paper some incredible things we’ve learned on our homeschool journey.

“This book changed our lives. I had no idea how I was squelching my children’s love of learning by trying to reproduce something that we already knew doesn’t work very well. Now they thrive and we’re all much happier!” -Sandra L.

This ebook will:

  • Help you ask and answer important questions about education.
  • Give you practical ideas for creating a learning atmosphere.
  • Help you teach your children without the stress and burden of deadlines and tears.
  • This ebook will help you bring joy to yours and your child’s learning experience!

Whether you are one of those tired moms, contemplating giving up, or just need some relief, or whether you are considering homeschooling and don’t know where to start, you’ll find this ebook full of answers and practical help.

From our customers:

“You have no idea how this book has helped me relax! It was just what I needed, and my husband is glad I read it too!” -Katie M.

“I love the practical ideas you give in the book; it’s a philosophy backed up with ‘how-to’ .” -Sherrie R.

Start enjoying homeschooling now!

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95 Responses to “TOC: A Practical Look at Relaxed Homeschooling”

  1. […] goal. First, make sure you remember the goal of homeschooling:  to educate, not to get finished with a text book.  Getting through a grade level of curriculum is only […]

  2. […] is a lot more about it in my ebook Think Outside the Classroom, but I’m a huge advocate of remembering the simplicity of education. There is something to be […]

  3. […] have been carefully defining “education” and implementing a “life-learning” educational paradigm for a while now.  This year, we’re kicking it up a […]

  4. […] Education: Are We Slaves to “the Test”? “Instead of duplicating the only method we knew regarding how to “do school”, we backed up and began to ask ourselves the simple question:“What is education”? In order to begin building, we must know what we’re building in the first place. A storage shed and a cathedral are going to have very different-looking blueprints.Most parents fail to realize that the structure the state is trying to design is in the shape of a TEST.Tests are the gage schools use to determine their success. And while a test can be an important tool for assessing progress, it should not be the end-all for determining the method. In other words, if we teach solely for the purpose of achieving a desired test score, we have missed the entire purpose of education.” From Think Outside the Classroom […]

  5. […] For more about a “lifestyle of learning”, I recommend my ebook, “Think Outside the Classroom: A Practical Approach to Relaxed Homeschooling”. […]

  6. […] I think, is laying aside pressures and expectations, honing in on YOUR family’s definition and goals for education, and working from there. Relax. Multiple research findings conclude that a “good […]

    • Galiya says:

      I just wanted to thank you for the arlcite that you wrote in TOS’s Homeschool 101 e-magazine. I am home teaching my three beautiful children, all considered normal (though I have yet to understand what normal really is). I am so encouraged by the teaching methods, patience, and down-to-earthness of special needs homeschooling moms, that I constantly find myself preferring their take on homeschooling issues. You really dispel the fears that all mothers have when dealing with difficulties that arise in homeschooling. Anyway, thanks for being such an encouragement. God bless you and your family.

  7. […] We don’t consider ourselves “eclectic” homeschoolers; I have, however, over the past ten years of homeschooling, discovered a whole world of education that looks rather different from the 8-3 classroom setting we all came to think was “the only way to do school.” We have enjoyed a “lifestyle of learning” that extends education beyond a desk and classroom. (Read more about this idea in my ebook “Think Outside the Classroom“) […]

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  17. […] is the beauty and freedom of homeschooling. May we be confident as we trust our parental instincts and help them bloom where God has planted […]

  18. […] Learn all about RELAXED Homeschooling in Think Outside the Classroom! […]

  19. […] Learn all about RELAXED Homeschooling in Think Outside the Classroom! […]

  20. […] There has never been an easier time to take back education as now, with technology offering everything under the sun, even to the most intimidated parent. But far more than academics, parents are better able to transfer their values (this is what the state is trying to avoid), strengthen their character and let them flourish in whatever areas they are gifted when they take control of their child’s education. (Think Outside the Classroom) […]

  21. […] Psychology Today that echoes the very “common sense” phenomenon (I explained this in Think Outside the Classroom) that we seem to essentially miss altogether! “Real educational reform, as I see it, requires […]

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  24. […] something that should be a red flag to all of us. Admittedly though, even as I’ve been thinking outside the box for a while, I still have reservations, difficulty breaking out of my own indoctrination of […]

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  60. […] a nutshell, we have relaxed a lot in our approach to education, and still our children are constantly learning, growing and becoming well-rounded people. What God […]

  61. Heather says:

    Would you please tell me if this is the same book, or perhaps a revision, as “Think Outside the Classroom: A Practical Look at Relaxed Homeschooling” by Kelly Crawford? If you wouldn’t mind sending the response to my e-mail, I’d appreciate it. I probably won’t remember to check back here for a response.

  62. […] ebook “Think Outside the Classroom: A Practical Approach to Relaxed Homeschooling” is a great way to start thinking about what a real education is and how to give your child one. […]

  63. […] There is an alternative to forced-schooling. Think Outside the Classroom. […]

  64. […] Think Outside the Classroom by Kelly Crawford Homeschooling is hard work. But it isn’t supposed to be drudgery! After hearing so many moms who were discouraged about “keeping up”, always feeling behind, overwhelmed and inadequate, Kelly wrote Think Outside the Classroom to share the lessons her family has learned on their homeschool journey. She walks you through asking and answering important questions about education, creating a learning atmosphere, avoiding the stress and burden of deadlines and tears, and — most importantly! — bringing joy to your homeschool. If you’re one of those tired moms who is contemplating giving up, or just looking for some relief, this ebook full of answers and practical help. […]

  65. […] grace of God. Kelly writes at Generation Cedar and has authored When Motherhood Feels Too Hard and Think Outside the Classroom: A Practical Approach to Relaxed Homeschooling. She is a speaker at the 2014 Christian Heritage Homeschooling Conference, and has been featured on […]

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  67. […] for us means school is never out. Once we started thinking outside the classroom, our philosophy of education changed drastically and brought much freedom to our lives. Because […]

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  69. […] of people who have read about our relaxed homeschooling lifestyle or my book, Think Outside the Classroom (where I flesh that out a bit), still have questions. The main one is, “but how do I […]

  70. […] the relaxed approach of homeschooling appeals to you, my book, Think Outside the Classroom is a great place to start, giving an overview of what it is and then practical ways to put the […]

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  75. […] Do you want to know more about how to do “relaxed homeschooling”? My ebook gives a simple, practical explanation: Think Outside the Classroom […]

  76. […] Think Outside the Classroom for more ideas on a simple, non-traditional approach to […]

  77. […] So even when formal school is out, we can actively nudge our children toward a well-rounded education, which includes all of life, and summer is a great time for that. (And if you’re longing for a more relaxed approach to homeschooling, you have to read Think Outside the Classroom.) […]

  78. Kimberly says:

    Thank you! I am a veteran homeschool mom of 7. My last son is 16 and we have been struggling with school. I was way more relaxed when all my older kids were home; we lived life together and loved homeschooling. For some reason I have been side-tracked, (even veteran moms can start to give in to peer pressure!). I am so thankful to have found your web-site and the encouragement here. Thank you! My son also thanks you!

  79. […] to explore their strengths, passions and gifts, which isn’t a cookie-cutter curriculum. (See Think Outside the Classroom for more on this […]

  80. […] read more, get my book, Think Outside the Classroom–it’s a practical approach to relaxed homeschooling and moms everywhere are writing to […]

  81. […] try to revisit my own ebook on relaxed homeschooling from time to time. (Funny how easy it is to forget one’s own […]

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