Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Our School Room

Week 2 is here and so is our school room!  This is still a work in progress.  I need to paint the walls (I was thinking a light teal or maybe yellow) and we need to hang up the alphabet cards that are still in the sewing room from when we changed rooms.  I love the colors of the old room, but I don't think they will work in this room.  I would also love to hang some shelves on the wall for storing pens, glue and other little things that the little ones shouldn't be able to reach!

I am schooling 5 of my 7 children right now, with number 6 very soon to start.  The 4 big ones each have their own desk and cork board.  They store all their school books in their desk or on a book case behind their desk.  (2 of them have bookcases).

I store crayons and coloring paper in this cubbie for my little one.  She will lay on the floor and color or read while we do school.  Yep, that door goes to a bathroom.  This is an extra bedroom in our house.  Okay it's not extra...I kicked the boys out to make it the craft room, then moved that down the hall and made it the school room.  Who needs a big bedroom anyway???  I guess I do! : )

My husband has his desk in this room too.  I love this because when he is home we can visit and when I'm gone he can watch the kids during school.

My 6 yr old has a table (because we ran out of desks!) right beside me so I can keep him going.  He is not yet an independant learner like my other ones are, but we're working on it!  We work towards self teaching usually starting in the 4th grade.

My kids like to have their desk face the room.  That way they can talk to each other and get into trouble!  I like it that way because I can see all of them working (or not).   I'd like to say that we use that big chalk board on the wall a lot, but we don't.   It was given to us, I painted it and put it up there.  Makes it feel like a school room!  Hope you enjoyed seeing our room!

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My Sewing Space

I thought I'd show you my sewing space since Moda Bake Shop is hosting a linky party!  I love looking at other peoples sewing spaces, you can always find great ideas.  My sewing room used to be the school room (which is why we have the bright colors and the alphabet up over the window).  When I got my quilting machine we switched rooms and I haven't painted yet.  The room is used for sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and doing craft projects.  Clockwise around the room:

I store my fabric in these bins I got at walmart.  They are the perfect size to store 2 rows.  The larger bins hold my pieces that are bigger than 2 yards and my multi-colored fabric.

I store my solids and mirage fabrics on this shelf with upcoming projects.

This is the kids area of the room.  We store misc stuff in the white drawers.  The little ones grab books from the green tote and read on the couch while I sew.

 My cutting area.  I lead our church's quilt minsitry and store everything in my sewing room.  I keep all the kits that are cut in boxes under my table so they are ready to go!

Scrapbooking supplies are stored behind the bar and on the built in bookcase.

My youngest loves fabric!!!  (oh how that blesses me!)  She has her very own storage for her fabric and her dolls.  I give her any scrap that is too small for me to use and no longer want.  She loves to sit here and lay out her own quilts while I sew.

I store quilt for the ministry  in the closet on hangers.  It keeps the out of the way and little hands off of them until it's time to be given away!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my room.  Check here to see more sewing spaces!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 6, 2012

It's All About Reading...A Homeschooling Post

We're a crazy bunch here...all 9 of us!  I have been working on my curriculum page for you all to see!  I have all 12 years listed there.  We haven't done yr 12 yet, but I have listed what we will be doing.  We are just starting the History Revealed, Bible Quest, and Bible Discovery curriculum this month.  Others we haven't tried yet are marked.  I have searched and searched for (and tried) history and bible curriculum that fits our family.  I think these will meet our needs.

We homeschool year round with breaks for kids camp, holidays, and days when Mom just needs a break! The most important thing I think for homeschooling is reading!  If you can get your children to read good clean books, you will be teaching them all sorts of things at the same time. Once we get a struggling student to read more, improvement is almost immediate.  We use a hodge podge of curriculum each year and we read after school.  Here is our library of books by grade level.  Our favorite books at the moment come from Lamplighter Publishing.   

So hop to the top of my blog to find the Curriculum page and our Reading List.  Enjoy the rest of the Not Back-to-school Blog Hop by clicking the box below.

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