Monday, August 24, 2009

Before Making Your School Room Too Schoolish........

Here's one family's major down-sizing of their school room... check out this "before" and "after"...

Yep, they went from a ginormous school space to a single bookshelf! Talk about downsizing!!! Why on earth would they do this?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Peek Inside Some Home School Rooms!

I hope this page gives you a happy glimpse at some great ideas from other families... Enjoy!! 


Here's one family's reading room... I L.O.V.E. it!!! They use rain gutter shelving, which is an inexpensive way to face books outwards, appealing especially to young children. 

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Workbox System!

The workbox system is a pretty popular way for home schoolers to organize their day. Here's the official site with various products, but the gist of it that you basically fill up a series of boxes (or bags) with one day's school work, and the child works through each one. Most people have the child work through the boxes in order, while others let the child pick their own order. By taking the time to fill the boxes the night ahead, you save time the next day by not having to run around the house and gather up various supplies or books needed for each activity- they're already gathered. Also, the children can see how much work they have to do and how much they've completed. 

What does it look like?

Here's a workbox system with velcro numbers. As the child completes their work from one box, they place the number on their laminated card. This mom says she appreciates that the system is on wheels to be rolled around the house as needed, since they don't have a dedicated school room. She spends about 10 minutes a day filling the boxes and about 30-45 minutes each Friday planning the next week's workboxes...