Wednesday, July 10, 2013

For all the Moms

I felt like writing today (an old past time) and since my life is consumed with kiddos, this is what I came up with...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Our Homeschool Room

In the state of Missouri the law states that the homeschool year begins July 1st and ends June 30th. I'm not sure why it lasts an entire year and not 9 months like public schools in Missouri, but I have figured out that when you homeschool EVERYTHING IS SCHOOL. That may sound crazy, but suddenly everything we do is now a learning experience. Dance class and swim lessons are now like P.E. and art class would be in a public school.

I talked to a few homeschool moms in Missouri and they all told me they follow the public school schedule, despite the "law" saying the school year is to begin on July 1st. But, since we are undecided as a family on whether or not we are going to homeschool, we started school on July 1st. This is allowing us 6 weeks before the public school starts for us to decide...homeschool or public school.

This has been one of the hardest decisions EVER! The hardest part? I have one kids begging me to stay home and homeschool and another begging me to send her to school! It seriously feels like my heart is being torn in two directions!

So, the last week of June was spent setting up and organizing our homeschool room. It is also the kids play room, but since most of our toys are educational it works out well.

Enough talk! Here is the room...

We found these cute old desks on Craigslist. They were actually from a little Christian school that was closing.

Each kids has a cube with her workbooks, folders and notebooks. These kinds of cubes can be added onto allowing parents to add a cube when a new "student" begins homeschool.

We hung a "clothesline" to display work.

We hung a Melissa and Doug Magnetic Calendar which allows us to see if there is a special event each day and it allows us to do the "weather" each morning.

And of course, our map of the United States. My oldest is crazy about maps!  I found this one at the dollar store (along with the alphabet border!)

We also added a rocking chair for a comfy place to read.

And we cannot forget the wild, all over the place baby who needs attention and play time too! There are plenty of things for this little one to explore and learn in our homeschool room.

If you are beginning your journey into homeschooling in Missouri, I would start by reading Missouri's Homeschool Law

A little advice if you are currently setting up your homeschool area...Check the Dollar Stores first! They have SO much stuff for teachers and lots of things you can use for teaching and encouraging learning! And they are CHEAP ($1 each!)

I'm no expert on the subject of homeschooling, but feel free ask any questions or leave comments!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Things Old...

I am a sucker for all things old. I think they have so much character, especially when compared to new things. So, when we took our trip to Colorado and went on the old scenic railroad (train ride) I couldn't resist capturing all the old signs.

I am pretty sure the train station is original, like from the old western days. And it may be the only thing worth visiting in Chama, NM, but it was a pretty cool place. It was like stepping back in time. A slower time, when everyone wasn't constantly in a rush. And let me tell you, it was a good thing they weren't in a hurry because the train ride was about 6 hours even though by bus it was less than 1 hour drive.

Honestly, the ride could have been cut in half and still been just as cool, but I'm still happy we did it.

And I got to photograph these cool old signs at the station.

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