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Our Homeschool Space

There are days when I wish that I had a space in my home that could solely be used for a classroom. I regularly go back and forth with myself about it. There is something appealing about having everything related to school tucked away so that my entire house doesn’t feel like it is being swallowed alive by our schooling, but then I think about how terribly inconvenient it would be to have everything we need away from our actual living space. Our school day just seems to flow throughout our home naturally these days, with something happening at any given time, whether it be in the living room, the kitchen or out in the yard.

The majority of our school things live in our kitchen/dining room. I use 2 small bookshelves that hold misc. curriculum, activities, manipulatives, arts and craft supplies, and other frequently used items. My desk and computer live here and I pretty much use up any spare wall/door space I have for school related hangings.

Our living room is fairly saturated with kid items too. No one walking into my house would ever doubt that I have children. 😛 I have 2 tall bookshelves + a sofa table in the living room, that are used for organizing our things. We keep many of our recreational, educational & current library books in the living room. Toys that fall into the educational variety are kept downstairs like building toys, games and musical instruments.

I love my workboxes! They have become essential in keeping myself organized, and I have just recently had to change the way we are using them. Using them as a visual way of marking off what we have accomplished and seeing what we have left wasn’t really working for us. I was getting tired of reminding Haden EVERY SINGLE time, to move his drawer stickers over after he had completed his work. Maybe we will reach a point in time where doing them that way will work, but that time is not now. So, instead, I just made subject labels to organize what we need for each day. Anything we need for Language Arts will be put in it’s drawer tonight, etc. I’m not sure I love the new labels I made, but I guess they will work for now. Especially, since there is always the chance I will need to make another change on how we use our workboxes anyways.

Then, of course there is storage! I use a section of the closet in Michael’s office (right off of the kitchen) for homeschool storage. 🙂 Anything that I don’t need quite as handy goes here.

You can read about this year’s curriculum plans @ my blog, Next Homeschool Year: The Plan.

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A Peek at My Week: Friends

This has been a good week for spending time with friends and tackling some of my organizational goals. That is about all it has been good for… 😉

Wait! I lied. It was also good for making marshmallow popcorn (Mmmm. Good.) and for working on Haden’s Summer Photo Challenge.

We had fun play dating this week, swimming and cooking out with friends. I even get more time with good friends today, with the promise of hotdogs and alcohol, which sounds VERY promising!

I  managed to make it to my first doula mentorship meeting in a VERY long time, and while I was happy to see people that I have been missing, the night also made me feel semi-sad. Sad that the birth world doesn’t really belong to me anymore, and that I now feel misplaced there.

The kids hanging with Maddie & Grace this week…

 

 

I took the idea of the snack drawers from Pintrest and just made a snack basket. I didn’t feel like buying a new set of plastic drawers for the project, and there really isn’t space in my pantry for them anyways, so I just decided to work with what I have. I think it worked out for the best, and has been a hit with the kids. This week it has homemade granola, applesauce, raisins, peanuts, pretzels, fruit leather and peanut butter crackers in it. Next on my agenda is to put a plastic tub in my fridge to keep refrigerated snacks in one area.

Also, I managed to work another thing off my to-do list, which was making a list of goals for myself for the upcoming school year, but some are just generally good reminders for every day living. My hope is that reading these on the bad days will help me pull through.

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TaDa! – My Workboxes

It may have taken me a few weeks, but I now officially have my workbox system in place! Whew. I am hoping this baby will see me through years of homeschooling, and make my life easier. At this point I am just really happy to no longer have all my crap for the day spread all of my kitchen counters.

I originally read about the workbox system on the Confessions of a Homeschooler blog. She made it really easy for me to pull this off, because I even used her free downloads. If you really want to know how it all works, you should read her blog. i really don’t feel up to being that thorough!

So I ended up buying THIS craft storage cart from Joann’s. I like all the pretty colors. 😛 I could have gone with something smaller, because at this point we don’t quite need so many drawers, but I wanted to get something that would grow with us, so I am not having to expand later down the road. I also got the double-sided one, so that Addison could have her own drawers, as well. Not that she really needs them yet.

So everything we are doing on any given day goes in a drawer. Once we have finished a drawer Haden can move his stickers to his “done” chart, and then he has a visual representation of the work he has gotten done, and how much he has left for the day. Or a semi-visual anyways, since we tend to DO many things that don’t involve putting anything inside of a workbox.

The rest of our drawers are holding notebooks and other things that we may not be using on that specific day, but that will fairly often be making an appearance in a drawer. Addison has even been having a good time with hers. She has taken to doing “school” with her brother, so I’ve put things in her drawers for her to work on, like lacing cards, puzzles, sticker books, etc.

She is even keeping her own yoga book now. 🙂 How did she suddenly become a little girl and not a baby??!!

Addison couldn’t quite get a hold of her ankles during our seahorse pose, but she tried REAL hard!