Our Homeschool Week, Not a Normal Week

We have been super busy and we have two more busy weeks ahead (this week and next week).  I have decided to have them do independent work today and just do school tomorrow through Friday and Monday through Wednesday of … Continue reading

Working Through the Hard by Focusing on the Joy that I Have

Yay!  I’m so super excited. No, my cough isn’t gone. But I have an appointment with an allergist and my nurse practitioner is sure that I’m having an allergy issue.  We’ll see! I do know that being dairy free makes … Continue reading

Minimalist Homeschooling- Our Homeschool Area

As you all know, I have been struggling with my chronic cough, heaviness in my chest, shortness of breath, etc and it has really brought me down mentally.  I decided a few days ago that I need to fight that.  Despite how I’m feeling, I have a lot of good in my life and I know that the physical health issues will eventually be remedied.  I trust God and His plan.  Everything happens for a reason.  I have seen it time and time again.

I actually decided yesterday to stop trying to follow the diet because I feel like it makes me think of it more and the diet was literally causing me depression.  I felt free right away when I decided to stop.  I see my doc tomorrow and I’ll talk to him about everything and see what he thinks.  I did get a letter with the results of my biopsy and it was benign!

 

The other day I got in most of our curriculum and the Latchmate containers that I ordered, so I spent hours creating an organized minimalist homeschool area.  No longer do I need an entire room (which is good because Levi is in that room now) because it all fits in little space.

I got the Latchmate containers really cheap.  They are also pretty compact and hold everything including their supplies like pens and pencils.

Here is what my main homeschooling area looks like:

The top has our white board, art stuff (for the curriculum… extra stuff is still in Levi’s closet), and our morning time basket.

Underneath on the shelves is where the Latchmate containers are.

These containers contain their curriculum, spirals, and supplies.  The smaller ones have their readers and the novel that they are reading.

We have a cabinet at the bottom of our pie safe that holds the math manipulatives, science kit, and binders (that I still need to organize).  The top has our whole foods in jars and tea and tea party stuff.

In the bins in our tv shelf are some great books that I want my kids to read.  I got rid of a LOT of books that I knew no one would ever read and kept the ones that I really want my kids to read.  We will also go to the library often so the kids can pick out books.

I also kept only my favorite picture books, nature study books, and ocean books (for our marine biology unit).  They all fit on this shelf.  There are a few other random books here as well.

And besides some containers of paint, markers, crayons, and a few others, this is the extent of our homeschooling stuff.

Updated School Plan Including Karis’s Plan, 2019-2020

Luckily it didn’t take much time to add to the plan since I already pretty much knew what curriculum I was going to use (and the assessments for levels had already been done).  I’m looking forward to this year so … Continue reading

Big, Exciting Things Are Happening

Wow, I’m still in shock. I have been talking with Karis about homeschooling for months and months.  She has been adamant that she didn’t want to homeschool, no matter what.  I finally let go and just accepted the fact that … Continue reading

Feeling Happy and Hopeful

Yesterday was so good!  I woke up late but feeling better, my cough was minimal, and we got the house clean and laundry mostly caught up (I need to sort/fold the clothes in the dryer, but that’s it). I showered, … Continue reading

Update on All the Things

I have been so busy that blogging has not been a priority, unfortunately. My Health I saw my GI last week and he gave me a new reflux med and has me taking it twice a day.  I have noticed … Continue reading

Launching the Writer’s Workshop

Writing has been a really hard subject for me to figure out.  We love The Good and the Beautiful for language arts.  It includes grammar, spelling, phonics, geography, artist study, and art appreciation.  Unfortunately the writing assignments are few and … Continue reading

Update on Our Busy Life

It has been a long time since I have blogged.  I have been super busy.  Between schooling, outdoor activities, camp activities, eating in the dining hall, doctor appointments, our new puppy, being out of town, etc, I just haven’t had … Continue reading

A Day in the Life…

Now that we have gotten into some routine, I thought I would share what our day looks like.  Ultimately things are going so well.  I’m still tweaking things here and there. We are very relaxed with the time we start. … Continue reading