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  1. I've just received the SOTW Vol.4, which we'll be using next year (I have to plan in advance because I live out of the country) and I've noticed that there are 42 chapters. I realize that prior volumes also have 42 chapters, but in the past volumes there were always a couple of chapters that were smaller in content, that I could combine into one week's worth of school time. But, I'm not seeing how to do that with Vol. 4? Each and every week looks comprehensive and I'm wondering how those currently studying in Vol. 4 are breaking up the curriculum to fit in their school year? Thanks in advance for your insight.
  2. A social group has now been added—"52 weeks to an organized home challeng" (apparently I unknowingly ran up against a character limit, so there's no "e" at the end). I'll be posting the weekly tasks there and hope to eventually add links to the previous threads for each week. The week 14 tasks are now there. It should be easier to generate discussion and to avoid threads getting buried. It's an open group. Please join us! Erica in OR
  3. I need help and need to think out loud a bit here. We are moving into a different routine and rhythm here at our house, and I like it a lot. But I need to get on top of a system for planning out the days and the week better. I have two kids who are almost five years apart, so in most things, they are at different places. I want to be able to sit down at the beginning of the week and make a plan, but then also be able to alter or add to the plan as the week progresses. If we discover something we want to explore more for example, I want to make a note to remind myself. For example, go to XY website for more info on the cool history video we watched on Monday. And I want to be able to do the same for both kids, so I need to be able to make a plan that shows me both, but also is separate. Does that make sense? For example, if part of the plan is going to the zoo one day, that is the same for both of them. But then in other areas, they will be working on different things. Also, I want to be able to maybe use this as a record for what we've done each week, and maybe have a place where I can write something additional, that will be a good memory of something fun we did that week, or something one of the kids liked or said. I've never been good about keeping journals like that and I really want to just do it. Better late than never. I have tried various online and computer versions of planning and scheduling, but somehow, I always revert back to needing to make a list on real paper with a pen. I like the IDEA of something virtual, mainly because that way I can always find it and it's easily portable. But somehow I find myself always writing lists on paper, post-it notes, whatever. Maybe I need to just force myself to stick with the virtual options until they become habit, and then it will be a lot easier. OR maybe I need to go with my natural patterns and just use paper since that is what I fall back to. I'm thinking of just getting a plain old 2-page per week or even one page per day planner, and just using that. Draw a line down the middle of each day to make a section for each kid. Any thoughts, or anyone want to share how you plan and schedule what your kids will do for homeschooling from day to day or week by week? Thanks!
  4. Straightening, sorting, clearing out, and organizing my 7-year-old's bedroom is one of the things on my list, "Things I want done this summer -- before school starts!" What works for you?? Here are some of our problems: 1) Too many toys! She's the youngest, so she has her toys and hand-me-downs. She also thinks she wants ALL of them. I've tried to set up something like a "toy library," but I must be doing it wrong. We clear out a bunch of toys, sorting them into plastic containers, take them out to the garage, and they end up trickling back in or somehow it's all messy again (even when I think I'm being consistent about having her trade something that was in her room for the toy she wants from the garage)! What is your solution to organizing toys? If you say it's limiting toys, how exactly do you do that? 2.) Too much paper! She has a desk for drawing and a cork strip to hang some of her work, but there's still more paper. I've tried giving her sketch books instead to keep the paper contained, but she still manages to use lots of loose paper too. What do you do with all this artwork? 3.) Too much junk on surfaces! Her dresser, a table, her desk, and nightstand are cluttered. Do I just need to be super-strict about only decorative things on most of these surfaces, plus a neat desk? Maybe I should reduce the number of surfaces? 4.) Messy closet -- but this is mostly because there are too many toys. 5.) Lack of good maintenance routine. What really works here? It's going to involve my inspecting the room twice a day, isn't it??:glare::confused: Any tips will be appreciated!!
  5. We FINALLY just moved into our new rental home after 2 years of looking for a place. We have this awesome room that I want to use as a homeschool room. It is suppose to be a master bedroom but who can resist those windows and space for learning! :D I'm so tired from packing, unpacking, and cleaning that I am in need of some help arranging this space for a inviting and fun learning area. I look at other homeschool rooms and am just never creative enough to look at my own space and arrange it attractively. lol So, some of the items/furniture I have now and can use: 2 medium Rand McNally maps (US and world) a LARGE whiteboard a LARGE bulletin board 2 tall Ikea Trofasts (one for my 2 oldest children... eventually want to get 2 more for the boys) a couple of cubby type shelves from Target (but really the shelves are kinda low for tall books... good for paperback classics, though; we have dark expresso color) a cabinet with doors (kinda wobbly; it had always been in a closet before to store supplies) a 28"x48" table with 4 chairs (this one even though I may upgrade to a 30"x60" if I have room) 1 small desk a tan loveseat an overstuff chair and a half (not sure if that will stay or not depending on space) a tallish bookcase a couple of shorter bookscases a medium sized white table for my stuff tons of posters for various things (i.e. handwriting chart, ancient Egypt, etc.) Besides work space, I also need space for our printer, laminater, nature tray, etc. We won't have a TV in this room... it will stay in the living room. And we only have laptop computers (no desktops) for use. We have no A/C and since this room faces the west sun and no natural shade, I'll probably have a fan in this room during the summer to keep it cool. All this while keeping much out of a 2 year old's reach. :confused: Things that I would love to help organize: These TrapEase Display Rails and rain gutters shelves. So if this was your space, how would you arrange it? You can use items I already own or suggest new furniture or items. :001_smile: Looking into the room from the door. Facing the northwest corner. Double doors leading outside is to the left just outside of this photo. Turning clockwise now facing the southeast corner. The window bench has storage space in it. The south wall is the only wall without a window or door. Just these 2 light fixtures. The northweast corner showing the double doors and a closet. There is a door to the rest of the house is to the left (out of the photo). The north wall has some wall space and these double doors that lead outside.
  6. I am DROWNING in papers... ( well, I was until I started working on it anyway) http://simplemom.net/project-simplify-hot-spot-2-revealed/ I went the the simple mom blog to look up another type of decluttering/simplification, and came very close to bursting out in maniacal laughter....... All that I could even think was, she should try homeschooling paper clutter! :lol:
  7. Somehow over the last few years I have lost my oragnizing ability and my house has slowly gone from messy to complete chaos. :glare: My biggest area of concern as far as organzing is my little boy's room. Right now thier toys are tossed into 2 big rubbermaid tubs on the bottom of their closet. In order to play, they dump eveything out. So every time I walk in there alll I can see are toys. I am going to downsize the amount of toys, but we will still need a better storage solution. I was thinking of those white plastic things with the clear drawers? But I keep imagining them taking out the drawers and dumping the toys LOL. Would assorted size tubs and lids be better? use the 3 shelf storage bins and work on the dumping? Toss ALL the toys and just kick the kids outside to play? :lol: The school supplies are a mess too. We lost two bookshelves recently( don't ask lol) and now everything is pliled all over. I am going to replace one of the shelves, but I'd like to do something different for the kid's daily books like their math, spelling etc. Right now they are using milk crates which I don't like. I was thinking of either storing the books on the shelves, which we have done in the past, or buying some of those white three draw things I mentioned above. This way each kid could have their own drawer to gently and lovingly place their supplies. HA! Anyhoo, do you think this would work? Any other ideas? Next is my cleaning schedule or should I say lack of schedule. I used to once upon a time clean a room, top to bottom, a day so that by friday the whole house was clean and ready for the weekend. Now, with our schedule being nuts, we just don't clean. :tongue_smilie: Help me with a new routine! Do you clean in the morning before school? Set aside time after school? One big cleaning day? Many smaller days? Something different? Another area that needs work is day to day school, but I think that is a whole nother post. :blushing: Thanks!
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