The Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast with Yvette Hampton & Aby Rinella

Hosted ByYvette Hampton & Aby Rinella

The podcast for homeschool families – Biblical encouragement from home education experts and parents just like you!

Minimalist Homeschooling – Ann Troast, Part 1

Ann Troast Joins Yvette Hampton to discuss minimalist homeschooling and how to bring joy into the teaching of history. Ann’s simple and efficient homeschooling methods will be an encouragement to you, as you try to bring order to your homeschool day.

Come back Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of this conversation.

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Minimalist Homeschooling - Ann Troast on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel.

After teaching in an elementary classroom for several years, Ann Troast made the transition from teacher to homeschool mom, then co-op leader, and eventually curriculum publisher.

In 2016, Ann founded Four Square Community – a Charlotte Mason-inspired homeschool co-op that has grown to over 500 local students. Four Square offers academic and enrichment classes for students in preschool through high school. 

Beginning in 2019, Ann’s husband, Matt, also a former teacher, joined her in leading and serving the growing Four Square Community. He brings twenty years of traditional classroom experience ranging from preschool through university. Together Ann and Matt authored The Book of Centuries: A Personal Timeline of History

In 2022, they created Without Doors, a unique Charlotte Mason curriculum inspired by the successful lessons at Four Square Community. Using Without Doors has revitalized their homeschool and it is their hope it will do the same for yours.

Principles of Minimalism that apply to homeschooling: 

  • Determine your priorities
  • Never buy something without a reason
  • More is not always better – less is more
  • Eliminate clutter 
  • Keep things you use, that hold value, and/or spark joy
  • Minimalism is different for everyone
  • Avoid trends, gravitate towards classic
  • Purchase intentionally, not spontaneously
  • Quality over quantity


Without Doors, a Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum

Without Doors: Life of Jesus Bible study 

Without Doors History Curriculum



Mark Hamby – The Word and the Power of Words

Zan Tyler – Creating a Family Vision

Sonya Shafer – Teaching Charlotte Mason (Homeschool Survival Series)

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About the Author
Yvette Hampton - Host Yvette is a homeschool mom through and through, but it wasn't supposed to be this way. Like so many other homeschoolers, Yvette and her husband, Garritt, said they would NEVER homeschool their kids, but God had other plans. Yvette is the producer and host of the upcoming documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, being directed by her husband, Garritt Hampton. As a mom who is concerned for the future of this generation and the future of our country, Yvette has a deep passion to see a culture shift by encouraging people through the truth of God’s Word. Her greatest joy in life is being a wife and mom! - - - - - - - - - - - - In the fall of 2016, she and her family sold their home and almost all of their possessions, loaded up in an RV, and began traveling the country to film Schoolhouse Rocked. They have a passion for the homeschool community and are humbled and honored that the Lord has called them to tell the stories of the millions of families who have been impacted by the homeschool revolution. - - - - - - - - - - - - Yvette and Garritt have been married since 1995. They have two daughters, Brooklyn and Lacey, who they have homeschooled since the very beginning. - - - - - - - - - - - - To see the Schoolhouse Rocked movie trailer and find out more visit - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Aby Rinella - Cohost Aby Rinella is homeschool mom to 3, writer, speaker and director of her local homeschool support group. She writes and speaks to encourage and inspire women to live the life they were designed to live, to train up their children in God’s Word and to stand on truth in a culture that has lost its foundation. Aby and her husband, Jesse, love the outdoors and speak and write on the benefits of pointing children to their Creator by spending time in His creation. Aby is a featured speaker for the 2020 Homegrown Generation Family Expo. - - - - - - - - - - - - Read more from Aby at - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Garritt Hampton - Producer Garritt is a entertainment industry veteran who got his start in the record industry before moving into film. His credits include some of the biggest movies of the last decade, including Interstellar, Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and many more. He is passionate about using his talents to build up the family and glorify God.