On the day when everyone else starts posting their super cute adorable photos of back to school on Facebook, I’m going to do the very same thing, but in our pajamas. Messy hair, eye boogers and all. Holding our sign for appropriate grade levels, proudly. Because as someone who chooses to live most possible moments of life in said pajamas disguised as yoga pants (sans eye boogers-most of the time…) The best thing about home-schooling is, hands down, the pajama part. Sorrynotsorry.
Once we decided to pull the trigger on this thing, we also decided we needed the space to do it, because
I’m a super OCD control freak and I knew it would make me feel better I’m an amazing mom. Today we thought we’d show you a little of what we’ve been up to around here. (I’m a nester at heart… you should have seen me with a baby on the way.) Our curriculum came just in time, and when I posted a photo, a friend of mine noted that it looked as though the Scholastic Book Fair exploded in our home. We needed a place to organize it all. Yesterday. Cue overwhelmedfirsttimerauthenticpanicattack.
Our home is under construction with two different spaces right now that will only help enrich their experience (see: playroom + study) but is definitely not helping my go-with-the-flowness right now. They needed stability. One main place we can always gather, and somewhere they feel like is just for them and their studies. It’s different for everyone, but it worked. I feel better now.
The Challenge? To work with what we had. We wanted to keep our dining room in a place where we could easily take it back to that, if we needed to use it. Because let’s face it… we never use our dining room. I have good intentions, but it doesn’t happen. And you know what? We really love this space now. It feels right.
So with a little paint, and some materials we already had around the house, we decided to do just that. Here’s our dining room before:
You may have noticed that in photos of the past, the table was covered. That was because I wanted to paint it, but spent way too much money on it (see: serious first buyer’s remorse) circa 2003 when I thought I was supposed to buy furniture to fill up those spaces. And still (after all this time… I know, right?) was scared. So I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, and decided that if I can homeschool my children, I can paint that table. It’s like a universal rule of good school juju or something.
I also decided now was a great time to maybe give Chalk Paint another try, because I wanted a good, solid finish. Shaunna may or may not have talked me off the edge of the mid-aerobic waxing cliff, but it was totally worth it. We love the results.
In retrospect, the table really had nothing do do with homeschooling. But it made me feel better to have it in a pretty color. I told you I’m OCD.
We covered up our little slabs of art with grasscloth wall paper scraps we had lying around… a cute set of two “bulletin boards” for them to display their work. In jars, we have little certificates for them when they’ve earned them with good work, as well as little terrariums for plants to grow. Every homeschool room needs a terrarium or two right?
We may or may not be in the market for a microscope. … And telescope. We’re a little excited about this. Bring on the pig brains!
What? Too far?
That multifaceted mirror that sat here forever? I was over it. We added a little MDF and plexiglass, touched up the frame, and it became a dry erase board. It was going to be a chalkboard, but then Gina talked me off the chalkboard cliff, and I realized I may or may not officially have a few too many chalkboards in our home.
Don’t you love having friends that
will totally tolerate your stupid questions you can bounce ideas off of? We have the option of leaving it blank for a bit of abstract art when not in use, or writing fun messages for the whole family. A little touch of the unexpected.
Our old photo frame: Will still don photos in the future, but I really wanted to take the opportunity to fill them with inspiring quotes, lines from fave children’s books, and Bible verses. We think it added a fun element to the space. And gives us something to refer to on our bad days.
It added a lot of fun color to that wall!
The kids love the dry erase board. I’m finding that I do both of their lessons with each participating on their own levels. They take turns climbing up on the stool, and writing all about it.
This little Bee was a flea market find, that we spray painted and affectionately refer to as Louie. (Emerson calls him Mr. George because they couldn’t settle on a name, and she was mad that Aiden got to pick.)
Baskets that once held china (and collected dust) now house books, curriculum (we went with Sonlight, and though I know we will supplement and adjust, it gave me peace of mind for a first timer) notebooks and supplies. Our old centerpiece now holds colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks… and whatever their little hearts desire. Oh, and do you like our faces? A discipline chart taped over some old art. I’m sure most of you have seen it-we borrowed the idea from their school. Today, Mommy and Daddy’s clips were moved to red.
I absolutely had to move a globe from the boys’ room (which I thought was totally generic, and I would not actually use it. But did in our first ever lesson) and an abacus that I scored at Blue Willow Home & Farm. Okay. We may never use the abacus, but it still makes me happy. Shhhh.
These shelves will soon house science experiments, projects and even more art. We can’t wait to show it off to anyone who comes over and stands, a bit confused, in our foyer. We love this space!
I’m sure we’ll adjust as we go, and I think this is the biggest learning curve I’ve ever taken a joy ride on… but it’s definitely a winner in their books.