by Leslie Kleppe, MHA Board member

As I write this post, it is -22° f outside.  The cold temperatures of our Minnesota winter often draw us indoors to cozy up.  The Danish phenomenon called Hygge has finally reached the United States, and it’s impossible to go to a bookstore, browse Instagram, or read the news without hearing the word…Hygge.


What is Hygge?  It’s a word that can’t be directly translated in English, but in general is the feeling of comfort and coziness.


In our home, it looks like:


  • snuggling up in front of the fireplace with a blanket and a pile of Legos
  • Simmering a pot of soup on the stove
  • Sitting on the couch under a pile of blankets with a great book
  • Putting on a pair of hand knit slipper-socks
  • Wearing a comfy warm pair of boots and a chunky scarf and taking a walk in the crisp winter air


How can Hygge translate into your homeschool?

It can translate into forgiveness and grace when your children want to spend the day reading instead of plugging away at their history lesson.  Enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, wearing pajama bottoms all day long, surrounding your dining room with candles while doing art and listening to an audio book.  Anything that gives your and your children that sense of coziness and warmth.


Hygge is the feeling that together, we will ease our way through the winter, and enjoy the company of our families and friends in our cozy homes until the spring arrives!

Here are a couple other Hygge homeschool resources:


Kara – Homeschool Sisters

Jamie – The Unlikely Homeschool


Our friends at The Homeschool Sisters are having a Hyggeschooling Challenge on Instagram.  If you’re on Instagram, follow along! If you do, use the hashtags #hyggeschooling and #minnesotahomeschoolers

Are you a homeschool blogger?  Share your blog post about Hygge Homeschooling.