Tomorrow will mark our first day on our new adventure into schooling at home! It is bittersweet in some ways. I will miss our kids being at the parish school, for all of the same reasons that we took them out! Still, I know this was the right decision for us at this time.
I've prepared myself and our home in the best way I can. I still have lots to learn and since I'm not a professional organizer, I'm quite sure that there was a better way for me to utilize our small space. I will just need to chalk it up to inexperience, learn from it and move on.
Our main space for homeschooling will be our dining room and our living room. Nathan has a desk in his room that he can use, but he's told me that he would rather be with his sisters. One of the reasons that I wanted to homeschool was so that we could be together more and in return, have the kids foster closer relationships with each other.
The first thing I did in preparing was to re-do their chore charts. Since we have to fit living, schooling and our chores all into the same space, I streamlined what they are responsible for and just focused on the basics.
I'm not sure if you can read what's on their lists, but basically, they are responsible for keeping their rooms presentable and taking care of very few other household jobs. What I did differently than in the past was to add CONSEQUENCES and PRIVILEGES. This way, they know exactly what to expect.
My shelf consists mainly of teacher manuals and answer keys. I'm also keeping the Treasure Box Series on that shelf. Although I want the kids to have access to them, I do need to know WHERE they are as they correspond with specific lessons. I have also made a pocket folder for each of them. This will hold their weekly work that is not in a workbook (loose paper such as their math sheets). This really helped me to prepare for this first week. Nathan's shelf has all of his books/materials as well as a children's dictionary and encyclopedia. The girl's shelf has their books and to make them feel special, I've placed the miniature American Flag that we will be using for our daily pledge on their shelf as well (although in this picture...it's on Nathan's shelf).
Recently, we've had to make some accommodations for our library books! We kept losing them and then ended up having to pay FEES! I decided to use a canvas bag that I've hung on the closet door right by the front door as our library book spot. Most of the time we come in and leave through this door so this was the most central place I could find. Yes, there are books in that bag right now, but they aren't due until August 31st!