You’ve sat down as a family and weighed the finances. You’ve applied for scholarships, grants, and perhaps student loans. College begins in just a few short weeks and your adult child is venturing to the dorm or an apartment on campus, but what in the world should they take with them?
Since I’ve never lived on campus, it would be asinine for me to just pull some stuff out of the air on what you should consider packing, so I’ve interviewed a few college students and asked what their “must haves” were while living on campus. They were more than helpful in sharing their thoughts.
While they admitted to using an online search for a list of things to take with them, they agreed that some of the smaller things not listed online would have made their transition easier.
Here are the top 10 items thirteen college students (8 female, 5 male) say they wish they had taken with them during their first semester.
Organization Part 2: When Life Happens... School Can Still Go On
Imagine your perfect homeschool day. You've prepped your lessons, you've brewed your coffee, and if you're really on top of your game, you've even surfed the web for a few minutes and came across your favorite blogger (me, right?)! Your kids are getting along, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you could almost hear the Hallelujah chorus (or something akin to Cinderella and her animal helpers). Yes, all is right with the world.
Then it happens!
Happy New Year! There is something surreal about starting a new year. A new wall calendar, free of scheduled events is almost euphoric for a busy family, as you dream of things to do on all the days ahead. But sometimes, it can feel maddening as you try to fill those days up with all sorts of learning trips and events.
But there is something to be said about time and pressure that you may not have considered.
We've all been there: that moment when we realize we simply do not have enough time in the day to accomplish all that we have written on our to-do list. If you are like me, you add the stuff you didn't complete to the bottom of tomorrow's list, only to realize that you will not have enough time then, either.
What to do? What to do?
I'll tell you!
Good day fellow homeschoolers (and passers-by),
It is a cold morning in rural Arkansas. We've finished most of our school day and it's just about noon. As I sit here, writing this post, I feel pulled in a thousand directions. I have housework that needs to be completed, some sewing that should be done (if I could find my missing presser foot, that would be great!), and papers to grade. On top of that, I need to prep for dinner, make the bed, clean out the car, tidy the laundry room, clean the homeschool room, file some papers, complete our next unit study, make out christmas cards, finish updating our site, I'd love to get passed chapter 4 of the book I'm reading, finish the last episode of the new series I'm watching on Netflix, maybe grab a shower, trim my nails, put on a little make-up, spend time with my husband, FEEL HUMAN...
And those are just a few of the things at the top of my mind. I'm sure if I thought about it for more than thirty seconds, I could name another twenty or thirty things that either need to be done, or that I'd like to do. But why? This is going to sound pessimistic, I do not intend for that, but why finish all of those things, only for them to be replaced with 'other' things. Things that are going to weigh me down just as these do. But why?
Good Morning Readers,
It's a fantastic Wednesday at EHA. The boys are working away on their lessons and SweetPea is tracing her B's, coloring, and practicing letter sounds online. They are starting the school year off great and I know that they are safe.
But I am struggling with something.
Thank you for stopping by! I wanted so badly to wait until the end of our first week of class to do this, but I fear the room would be destroyed - we get super busy during the week and I would be too tired to post a little tour of our homeschool room after the first week, so I thought, why not just do a quick vlog about it while the kids were semi-occupied. With one bathing and one following me around everywhere, I decided to just whip one up for you.
Keep in mind, it is extremely low quality because I was using a tablet that has a poor camera on it, and further more, I was still tired from being out in the heat for the majority of the day, so I found myself repeating several words - sorry about that. We are in Arkansas and are experience a heat wave of epic proportion! However, I still managed to get recorded for your, a slightly approving video tour of our classroom.
I have so many emails of folks wanting to know what our looked like, I certainly did not want to keep you all waiting. It's uploading as I type this and will hopefully be live in a matter of hours. Feel free to watch the video to gain some insight on how our homeschool operates and feel free to use any ideas you gain from the video. As always, thank you for stopping by!
Until next time,
Don't forget to grab your freebie!
It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about putting away some of the summer fun and buckle down! Time to hit the books and hop aboard the learning train. What better way to get mentally ready than to get physically ready? The distractions that rise up at the most inconvenient time, such as cleaning out a closet, tidying up the pantry or even handling the all-too common “screen time” dilemma are the bane of my existence when it comes to getting ready for the school year.
What is a mom (or dad) to do?
For the most part, I am more than 80% prepared. The other twenty is getting the kids back in the habit of going to bed at a semi-decent hour, getting the house cleared of all the “distractions”. By those, I mean the things that drive me crazy, such as:
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 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.
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 sociologist. 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!