Good (late) evening fellow readers,
If you are like me, you love the idea of starting off on a clean slate. For me, it's clean walls. In the last 24 hours, I've cleaned out our classroom closet and taken inventory of all the items that we have on hand, and likewise, created a moderate list of the items we will need for our next school year. I've cleaned our walls of all posters and in doing so, I also organized our classroom graphics and posters by category in hopes that next year, when I am searching for that one poster I just know I have, I will be able to find it before we do the lesson, rather than stumbling upon it a week after we have finished.
Does that mean, it's over?
Good Monday Morning to you all!
I try to make Monday's more pleasant, but that is not always the case. For instance, as I was (disinterested in) rolling out of bed this morning, I began reflecting on the last 72 hours. Our kids and I went on a camping trip this past weekend. I find that getting out into nature really does help curb the electronic addictions that many of us face, myself included. Time seems different when you are camping. Everything slows down. You can really take a moment to hear your own thoughts. All weekend, we were laughing, cutting up with each other, and despite our oldest coming down with strep throat (I thought it would miss her), we had a great time. A little campfire chat, a random proposal by my eldest son to a tree during a rousing game of Truth or Dare. All the way down to our camp neighbors running down the lane yelling "The red coats are coming" (We bring all kinds of education to our trips) - we had a blast! I even had a campfire s'more for the first time in over 14 years (I still don't like them).
A blast, right!?! Yes! A great weekend.
That was the beginning of the end.
Good evening fellow homeschoolers,
Over the last couple of months, I have been working on getting more organized and have come to one very dire conclusion – there is never enough space! Aside from up cycling shoe boxes for storing unit study supplies to filling up the top of the closet with leveled tiers to add more shelving, there simply isn’t enough room for all that we need to store. So how does one go about making room for 12 years of completed schoolwork, projects, assignments, lap-books, etc.?
Well, I had to get crafty. I had to get ready. And above all, I had to get realistic.
Getting realistic was the kicker for me. If you are a parent who cherishes your child, you probably have an area that resembles a mini-bomb exploding in a filing cabinet. Papers shoved in manila folders, with no chance of remembering when it happened, but “oh, look how well they wrote their name!” to that older child essay when they “really did grasp the concept of the author’s work”. Yes! Mom and dad, all their work is valuable to you because your children worked extremely hard to earn that grade. Truth be told, you worked just as hard teaching as they did learning. But the fact of the matter is, you do not need to keep all of their work. In fact, (unless your state requires an intensive portfolio), you will only want to keep some of their best and worst work. Why the best? Because it’s the best. Why the worst? Because it shows for comparison how far they’ve advanced their learning and understanding of the subject.
Hello parents, homeschoolers, and the like...
If you are a frequent visitor to our page, you've undoubtedly seen a recent post about keeping costs at a minimum. But what kind of woman/mom/teacher would I be if I told you that I only spend wisely.
A lying one. But I'm telling the truth now. I did spend a little more than I should have last month. Only by $9.00 - and truth be told, I could have saved even more if I had upcycled some of the extra bulletin boards we have at home. But, I wanted this item to serve two purposes. And it does!
Welcome! My name is LaVonda. I am the wife of Rodney, the mom of 5 remarkable kids (well, 2 are adults now), an avid homeschooler, blogger, and graduate student. I am blessed with the ability to spend my time sharing our homeschool and life experiences with you. It is my hope to provide you with motivation, ideas, and some candid stress-relief through my blog - Mom's Scribe! Grab a cup of coffee, sit on down, and make yourself at home!