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Homeschool Weekly Wake Up Call

Today, I recorded the first ever Homeschool Weekly Wake Up Call for our YouTube channel.

What is the Weekly Wake Up Call, you ask? Well, it’s a plan we have to discuss things that need to be focused on in order to MiniMize our homeschool.

And we will discuss these topics on video.

Why Video?

We decided to use video so that we could reach others that might be more visually oriented.

Visual and audio learners might not want to read a big ‘ol post, ya know?

But we want to enable as many people to homeschool as possible.

Hence, the video format.

What the Videos Will Feature

You’ll find tips, tricks, and some surprise cameos from my favorite people (my family).

Our lineup, so far, is to discuss school supplies, lazy kids, under socialized parents, homeschool for working families, and more.

We’d also like to present you with a few “How To” videos.

How to download a book to Kindle, for example.

All the things that tie in to making your home school as simple and easy to run as possible.

What’s Discussed in the First Video

This particular episode actually had a walk on appearance from one of the ruffians.

He wanted candy at 9 in the morning.

But I suspect you weren’t needing to know about that.

In the video, I discussed the following:

My Plan to Get Rid of Books

There’s a ton of books, but we don’t think we’ll be able to keep them.

In an RV, the weight of over 300 school books, plus math textbooks, would just be too heavy.

It’s a bit sad, but they have to go.

Thank goodness for Amazon’s Kindle!

Why Are the Books Too Heavy?

RV’s can only withstand a certain amount of weight before the tires blow, man!

Not to mention that some states have rules about the weight of a vehicle.

It’s better to be safe than sorry.

I’d rather not turn over my house while driving 60 miles per hour.

Finding Resources on TheMiniMizeLife.com

How to find resources on this website for the MiniMize recommended books.

We’re working on it guys!

My husband added a search feature and the category bars last night.

Really, this whole website thing is new…

MiniMize Navigation

Now we should be able to navigate the Homeschool Page better.

Hint: Use the task bar over on the right; then, click on the author and book.

It’s that simple.

Your Kid’s Being Lazy

Why won’t your kid do his schoolwork?

He’s trying to pull the wool over your eyes!

Of course, I went over actual learning disabilities.

I’m sure they exist, but I have some experience after 7 kids.

They’re usually just trying to get out of doing things.

9 times out of 10, your kid’s just being a brat. Mine, too.


The audio books recorded by The MiniMize Life.

There are 300 books to read in the list, and not all of them had a free audio option.

If there isn’t a free option already out there, we’re gonna make one!

The First MiniMize AudioBook

The first, Dotty Dimple at Play, is already recorded and partially uploaded on YouTube, as of this writing.

If this is an older article, you might check our channel.

We might be on to bigger projects!

AudioBook Commentary

In this video, I discussed my own commentary in the audiobooks and why I feel they are necessary.

There’s a good reason.

I hope you agree.

Parents Need Socialization, Too

You are the one needing to be socialized, not your kid.

It’s the reason you think you don’t have any friends.

It’s why you haven’t changed out of pajamas in a month.

Math Curriculum

I did a mini session about a few of the Math curriculum we have used in the past.

There’s a bit of insight on why I won’t be able to use Saxon on an RV.

And which curriculum would be easiest and cheapest to use in your homeschool.

Which Curriculum We Recommend

For cheap, it’s Ray’s Arithmetic.

If you need thorough, it’s Saxon.

For lightweight, Ray’s Arithmetic or Math Mammoth.

Younger kids that are still building reading comprehension do well with Math Mammoth.

By the way, Math Mammoth comes in PDF form. Hooray!

For a complete Math curriculum K through 12, stick with Ray’s.

The MiniMize Life YouTube Schedule

On this video, we also discussed when you can expect The MiniMize Life to upload new videos.

There is a planned weekly schedule for The MiniMize Life YouTube Videos.

Weekly Wake Up Call Videos

The Weekly Wake Up Call video should post every Tuesday.

In these, we’ll give you inside information.

If you have questions, this is a great video to both ask and get answers.

New Chapters for Books

Then, you’ll see a new Book Chapter every Saturday.

I’ll stick to one book until it’s completely read and uploaded on YouTube.

So, if your child is supposed to start a book that we’re currently working on, you can count the chapters.

That’ll give you a clue as to when the book will be entirely ready to listen to.

That’s two videos per week.

Extra Bonus Footage

In this first video, I even divulged my political views (gasp).

Don’t worry, I’ll try my best to tamp it down.

I am simply aware that people care about stuff like that.

To find out what my views are and form a strong opinion about me, you’ll have to watch the video.

Or maybe you don’t care. That’s ok, too.

Future MiniMize YouTube Videos

In the future, we will be expanding on the topics mentioned above.

I also plan to walk you through using the books; saving time and effort.

We’ll get to a good, in-depth discussion about Math and Writing, as well.

And of course, we’ll discuss the MiniMize Worksheets.

Watch the video, below.

Do you have a specific topic you’d like to discuss about the MiniMize Life Homeschool Method? If you have any suggestions on videos you’d like to see, or have any questions, just let us know!

To see the more about the Dotty Dimple books by Sophie May, including the book we’ve recorded audio for, go here.


Mindy is retired as a corporate office professional, where the whole of her '20's was spent in sales and sales/marketing support. She currently spends her time as a housewife and mother, writing articles of a rambling nature, and schooling her four children. Mindy enjoys reading and has a plethora of musical whimsy, which she inflicts on her family in spite of their pleas. Her favorite quote is written by Dr. Arthur Robinson stating that "People who can think do so with their brains."

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