Archive for January 26th, 2009

Homeschool Rooms/Organization Tips

As we continue on our homeschool research journey I have come across many ideas that I will want to use IF or WHEN this becomes a reality for us.  I love to organize.  I love finding jars and baskets and other cool things to store stuff in.  I love my Dymo Labeler–it is one of my best friends.  So I thought I’d post some of the cool things that I have found on the web.  Even if we don’t homeschool I may use some of these ideas anyway to organize our ever growing art supplies, my scrapbook stuff and our books! 

Check out katiescrapbooklady’s  Homeschool/Scrapbook/Sewing Studio! 

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LOVE it!  She has some neat ideas!  I LOVE the map idea–I’d love to do something similar and mark all the places that we visit.  I’d love to do it with a North Carolina map!

And I like this idea if our next house is short on space.  It’s a clever use of a bookcase!

Here is SchoolontheHill’s library!  It’s amazing!  I already have been dreaming about organizing all of our books and making a library of our own once we move.  We have so many books it is insane!  I would love to organize ALL the family’s books including mine and Aaron’s and actually use the Dewey Decimel System to do this!  It would be quite an undertaking considering that Aaron alone has several hundred books! 

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And you just have to LOVE the yummy colors in Nicandboy’s Homeschool Room!  She also has a neat way to display her books for easy access!

orange-room-and-neat-book-display

I have already decided that chalkboard paint will be used some place in our new home!  I used it on one of the girls’ tables and they loved it!  I’m thinking a whole wall needs to be chalkboard painted!  And if you use metallic primer like suziebeezie did, it makes it magnetic! 

chalkboard-painted-door

Sweet!  And just for fun, ya gotta love this VW beetle all “chalked out”. 

I think the organizing part of homeschooling gets me just as excited as the actual homeschooling part of it!  Annagrace asked me tonight again if we are going to homeschool next year.  I am about 98% sure that we are but not quite to the point where I will say it definitely.  Although I just read THIS in the Greenville paper and it made me think that we were on the right track with homeschooling.  Sounds like at least some of the public schools down there are in shambles.

Anyway,  Annagrace was very upset tonight and came in the living room crying because she doesn’t get to see me very much.  Made me very sad!!!  I hate working full time!  I NEED to be here with my children.  I do not want them to grow up and only remember that Mom worked all the time.  One of the perks of us moving will be decreasing my working hours from 36-40 to about 24 with a goal to increase my photography business so that I can work even less nursing hours a week!  Oh, a girl can dream!

And one last thing.  I asked Aaron the other day if he thought that I was smart enough to homeschool the kids.  He hesitated and I though, uh-oh.  Then he said, “Yeah–you can do it.”  Then we found my 9th grade report card (can you believe that I still have it?!) and I think it put some doubt in my mind.   

Let’s just say that I HATED Physical Science (my teacher was one of the worst teachers that I ever had!) and I was already behind when I started algebra because I never had pre-algebra in 8th grade (my private school didn’t teach it in the 8th grade so I was definitely at a disadvantage starting out!).  I had more D’s on my report card than I remembered.  And in my defense, I did well the rest of my high school career and graduated with a 3.3 gpa–not too bad considering that I NEVER and I really mean NEVER studied.  I could’ve been a genius if I had applied myself!  Anyway,  apparently my bad grades didn’t faze Aaron because tonight out of the blue he said, “I think you’d be really good at homeschooling the kids”.  Or something along those lines.  Made me feel pretty good.  So maybe it will become a reality.  I’ll have to be on the lookout for a denim jumper so I can be “official”.  LOL!  (Nikki and Heather–I am totally kidding!!!!  You are the two coolest homeschool mom’s that I know!  And I do know a few more!)


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