Hi! I’m Amanda and I’m so glad you’re here!

Let me begin by telling you a little about myself. My husband and I have been married for nearly 20 years, and we have eight children. My life is a happy, wild mess that somehow works perfectly for our family. Our house is loud and full of love, and my favorite people on earth live here. It’s not uncommon to see a child chasing his siblings wearing a chicken mask and no shirt, or to walk in on a spontaneous family dance party. It’s the best kind of crazy.

I’ve always loved teaching. Even as a child, my two ambitions in life were to be a mom and be a teacher. Though homeschooling had not really been our plan, it was a natural fit for our family, and we have never regretted that decision. I have gotten to do the thing I most love with the people I most love.

The day our homeschool changed

That doesn’t mean it has always been a smooth ride, though. Several years into our homeschooling journey, I was overwhelmed and burnt out. As much as I loved teaching my children, I was buckling under the weight of trying to be everything for them. I broke down crying, and decided that it was time to enroll my kids in school. I was crushed, but wanted to do what was best for them. It was in that moment that God nudged me, asking, “What if you took a year off of school to seek first the Kingdom of God‘ with your children?”

At the time, I didn’t really understand what that meant. Thoughts like “But what about math?” and “Shouldn’t my daughter start reading?” filled my head. I was worried about my kids falling behind, but decided to take a step of faith and let God lead us.

“I was worried about my kids falling behind, but decided to take a step of faith…”

In that year, God set us free. We had always enjoyed homeschooling, but that year our perspective changed. We began to experience the joy and freedom of learning without limits. I watched my six-year-old start reading on her own, exceeding every expectation I had. I saw my third grader master the concept of fractions in three days – through play. A whole new world opened up to us.

As much as I loved homeschooling before, I had no idea it could happen with so much freedom and so little stress. God restored the joy of learning by showing us how to embrace it as a lifestyle. That’s where the idea for There Is No Box came from.

So much science study happens naturally during the summer at our house. Armed with bags packed full of notebooks, magnifying glasses and more, they set off on adventure, letting their own curiosity lead them.

You can be free, too

We’ve tried several homeschool approaches throughout the years, and enjoyed most of them along the way. Yet even in everything that I appreciated about them, I often found myself falling back into the comparison game. I would celebrate my children’s growth, but then evaluate it next to a friend’s child or to the standards of school grade levels, stressing over any inconsistency. In addition, I would exhaust myself trying to find the best “fit” for each season… Which math curriculum should I use? Should we do unit studies or living books? And on and on.

But then we discovered the truth. When it comes to learning, we don’t need to strive to “think outside of the box”; we simply need to realize that there is no box. Once we understand that we don’t have to fit into a set of expectations for learning, everything becomes available to us, and anything can become a learning adventure! We have the freedom to take the best and leave the rest. We can use what we love of different homeschooling approaches without being defined by any of them. We are free to embrace the joy of learning and shed the stress.

Whether you’re new to homeschooling or have been doing it for years, I’m glad you’re here. The purpose of There Is No Box is to equip you with practical ideas, thoughtful resources, and encouragement that will help you experience the kind of freedom and joy in your own homeschool that we have found in ours.

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Thanks for stopping by, my friend. I look forward to talking with you soon.
– Amanda