I’m Excited!

Actually, I’m sad because I haven’t blogged in so long. See, I have an art blog, but sadly its been lying dormant for a while because my chillins, having a baby, homemaking, and homeschooling have demanded my attention. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m having a blast with all the things I have to do! 🙂

But, here I am again! I’ve been mulling over starting a homeschooling blog for several days now and I think I’m ready to jump in and do it! Of course, it will have more than homeschooling. I’m sure I’ll have days of random thoughts and pictures to get out. It will be nice to have a place to put all these thoughts that jump around in my head like the Pong game…but with lots more balls. In fact, I’ll start with some randomness today to get the wheels ‘a spinnin!

I have some goals…or maybe I’ll just call them some things I wanna try and do…maybe.

1. I want a better way to organize my homeschooling plethora of books and supplies that are slowly taking over our home. See, originally I had this wonderful idea of doing school time in my boys room with them, but honestly that’s their space to play and I don’t enjoy doing school in there. I enjoy sitting around the dining room table where we all have room to spread out. And since we do school often, I tend to leave a big stack of current books in the dining room.

I also have a bookcase in the living room overflowing with stuff…

And the boys closet is overflowing with things we don’t use as much….

Not to mention the boys bookshelf is also in the living room…

My thoughts are to get a wall shelf for the dining room to keep the current stuff out of site but close, to reorganize the shelves in the boys closet getting our office stuff out of there, and to put a curtain on the bookshelf in the living room. Any other ideas?! Please share!

2. I am thinking of Starbucks right now.

3. I need to figure out what fall veggies I can plant, and what herbs to put in my cool flower pots that I got for free off of craigslist that are sitting on my back patio full of dirt and nothing else…(The pots came filled with white landscaping rocks that are now adorning our backyard tree and patio. Woot! Gotta love free stuff!)

4. I try and focus on no more than one specific job or chore for each day. Monday is laundry day, for example. But I’ve realized that I’ve neglected an area that I really WANT to spend more time in…the kitchen! I mean, yea, I clean it, but I am now going to set aside my Tuesdays as days where I focus on cooking things ahead of time and possibly even making some freezer meals! I’m so excited about it! :oD

5. I want to post all of the cool homeschool links that I’ve had bookmarked forever so that others can have some resources to look at. It can be really overwhelming and a lot of people don’t enjoy the research side of things, but I LOVE it and want to share what I find!

“Hi, my name’s Candi and I’m a research junkie.”  🙂

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4 responses to “I’m Excited!

  1. For homeschool stuff, those black metal shelving units from home depot and such work great! I had to swallow my sense of domestic styling and go for it. The black does soften the industrial look a little, and if you have space in your dining room to put two side by side you could easily organize everything onto them.

  2. Great to see you blogging Candi! Organizing hs stuff for me means keeping it where we use it. We have a china hutch near our dining table with doors on the front. Each kid has a shelf (behind closed doors!) that they keep all their schoolbooks on. I used crates for this purpose when they were younger…just some place to have them keep their stuff together. If the dining room is where you school, could you move a bookcase in there to store your stuff? Baskets are also a great way to “hide” things you need in plain site. My hubby is a “piler”. I fought his piles for years and then just gave up and bought some baskets to hide it in!

  3. This is my wife, and I love her!

  4. I can’t wait to read your homeschooling research finds and links. I’m curious as to which you ended up choosing and why. Lee is about to be 3, and I’m just as much a research junkie on all that is available via homeschooling. I find that I am drawn much more towards the more Montessori approach to teaching, and the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know and that there is much more research and discovery to be done and found.

    I love your post about organization – this has been something I’ve been struggling with in our own home for some time now. I think my new philosophy in regards to organization is that there simply is never enough bookshelves. In my dream home, I want every wall to be lined with shelves, and full of books. Perhaps then, sorting and organizing might never be an issue. 🙂

    I found myself most curious about what you have on the actual bookshelves. I’m really looking forward to a post about the kinds of books you are using, and obviously, what you are using as supplemental teaching. Do you follow a certain curriculum, or have you made your own using resources from all over?

    I was really working towards finding the perfect curriculum to begin my son with, but I think I’m going to end up writing my own. I’m looking forward to it, but I also haven’t reached the point in my research where I’m ready to stop looking and simply decide on something to begin writing out my lesson plans.

    Anyway, I look to benefit from your discoveries! I can’t wait.

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