Well today we got back to our school schedule...Hallelujah! I enjoy Summer with my kids, I really do, but I start to miss the structure of our school days long about August every year. I miss the cool weather, the quiet mornings when everyone has their own little project going, the way they start out with such an excitement about learning....oh I just missed it, and I sure am glad we are back here. God really knew what he was doing when he gave us the changing seasons didn't He! Change is a good thing. Starting out this year I needed to change things up a bit since my little man is officially a kindergartner and will be doing "real" school every day. I wanted our schedule to be a little different since I now have my loft and I can kind of work along-side them, but there really wasn't enough desk space for everyone in the loft. I LOVE challenges like this! So my simple solution was to turn the space under the stairwell leading up to the loft into a little school nook for Molly (my big 2nd grader!), so that Tim could work at the cutting table next to me. Oh my goodness I love it! Before this was a catch-all cluttered mess with no purpose at all, and now it's like we have a new room. It's not big but it's perfect for what we were needing and Molly really feels grown having her own little "office". I added a little table and chair, and sewed a little curtain to hide the storage under the stairs.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Then I got out my vintage Dick and Jane classroom book that I have been hoarding for years and filled the walls with them. I have been waiting for the perfect place to use these for so long and I am just beyond happy with the result. I mean, what could possibly be better than seeing Dick and Jane everyday?? With just a few little re-purposed things from around the house and attic we had carved out a sweet little space that is not only functional but very motivating!
These little projects always get me thinking...I start looking for other little catch-all wasted spaces or corners that I could make into usable space. Last month I turned part of Molly and Maddie's walk-in-closet into a little playhouse for Maddie. It was piled up with stuff that needed to be given away or trashed, and their room was always messy with toys, so I put her little kitchenette in there with a few toy baskets and she was as happy as if I had given her a new room! Their room has been so clean since the switch too, and that makes mama very happy!
On the shelf I put an extra special "wock" collection that was given to us by one of my sweet readers, Sharon. She collected all of these different rocks and bits of nature from her home on the West Coast and then sent them to us to study after she saw our Rock Week post. This is one of their most treasured collections. She was so sweet, she even wrote little notes for each little group to tell them a little about it and where she found it. She even sent seagull feathers, lava rocks, and a jar container of West Coast sand and shells! Sharon if you are reading thanks again!!
And here is my big boy on his first day of kindergarten. It really doesn't even seem possible..but I guess you know that...It never is possible is it? Our first day went really well, we seemed to get a lot accomplished, which isn't always the case on "first days".
We started out with Bible and as of this year it is Molly's job to read the story every morning. I caught this little moment from the loft as I listened at all of the big words she's cranking out this year. I hope I remember this....first days, new spaces, and how little they look in this picture. While we're on the subject....Remember this? It's the homeschool planner I started last year. I have made a few changes, with the help of several other homeschooling mamas, and I hope to have it ready by the end of the week. It will be a free download with a donate button (donations will go towards our adoption). Print as many as you like, use them year after year, and spread the word! I can't wait to be homeschooling our other children and finding new places to put their little nooks!