The Gift of Simplicity, with Kim John Payne {Episode 96}

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In this very special final episode of the season, the sisters are joined by the author of one of their very favorite shared books, Kim John Payne.

Years ago, Cait + Kara bonded over one of his many books, Simplicity Parenting, and so they are thrilled to welcome him to the show this week.

Kim, Cait, and Kara discuss why parents don’t need to be on a constant quest to give their kids more, the gift of boredom, and how we can simplify our kids’ lives so they can become more who they truly are.

This is a new favorite, sisters!

And, if you’re looking for Poolside Professional Development, don’t fret. We aren’t having an episode this year due to the pandemic but we have got you covered. Keep reading because we are sharing a list of our all-time favorites!

This episode is sponsored by Virtual High School and Virtual Elementary School, KiwiCo, and Home Science Tools.



Virtual High School is a fully online private school inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education. They offer self-paced courses that prepare students for post-secondary success.  VHS students choose when and where to study when to submit assessments, and when to write their online final exam.

That’s why VHS has had over 65,000 enrolments since Virtual High School was established, and why post-secondary institutions around the world continue to recommend VHS to their incoming students who need a specific credit. 

Virtual High School helps more than 8,000 students meet their academic goals every year. With certified teachers, free on-demand tutoring, dedicated support teams, and an outstanding administrative staff, VHS stays focused on delivering the best in online secondary education.

For families with younger children, there’s also Virtual Elementary School. Families and students can register for a course and work independently, or they can register for a course with the added support of a certified teacher. Elementary school courses can streamline home learning programs and are a great way for homeschool-curious families to try out home learning.

Please visit Virtual High School and Virtual Elementary School for more information.


This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo. KiwiCo is an award-winning monthly subscription crate with hands-on projects that make learning about science, technology, art, geography, culture, and math fun! Everything KiwiCo produces is designed by experts and tested by kids. KiwiCo spends over 1000 hours designing and testing every single crate. From geography and culture to engineering and design to science and art and more, Kiwi offers crates for everyone. To learn more about all the crates KiwiCo has to offer and to pick which ones your kids would like best, visit KiwiCoSisters listeners who follow this link will get a free trial promotion. You’ll get your first month FREE! You need only to pay for shipping ($4.95 for the US or $9.95 for international).


Home Science Tools chemistry kits are filled with real, high-quality chemistry equipment including glassware and chemicals, unlike many other brands that fill their kits with toy-like products. HST offers a diverse portfolio of curriculum kits. The Coronavirus Education Kit is one of these. You can easily find a diverse chemistry kit portfolio by going to Home Science Tools and clicking on “Science Kits” or “Chemistry” and then clicking on “Chemistry Kits.” Their entire chemistry portfolio includes lab equipment, chemicals, glassware and plasticware, safety equipment, chemistry kits, and digital scales and balances. Home Science Tools has excellent chemistry kits for beginners. They have a slime kit for kids, a chemistry magic tricks kit, a crystal tree growing kit, and they also have advanced labware sets, including a deluxe organic chemistry kit. Use the coupon code 20KCKIT15 to get 15% off of curriculum kits (valid through July 2nd).

LISTEN to “the gift of simplicity” episode here:



Looking for poolside professional development?

BOoks the sisters recommend for summer 2020:

The sisters are not in the headspace to chat poolside reading, but we have made a soul-soothing list for you. The following titles are some of the sisters’ favorites and are sure to inspire you and get you ready for the upcoming homeschool year!

Covid-19 episodes:

Connect with Kim John Payne:

You can find Kim John Payne online at Simplicity Parenting.


You can hang out with Cait and Kara on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

The Gift of Simplicity, with Kim John Payne {Episode 96} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast


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2 thoughts on “The Gift of Simplicity, with Kim John Payne {Episode 96}

  1. Celeste Orr says:

    This episode was the salve that my soul needed this week. Thank you so much! (Also, it totally wrecked the plans I had for my togetherness tip this weekend – in SUCH a good way!) I can’t wait to share the nuggets in this podcast with the mamas in my world!

    Also, I saw Untamed on your booklist – I LOVED it so much, even if I’ve been too shy to admit it on the internet just yet. My day will come, though – the message is so powerful!

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