8/20/2009

anatomy of a School House

I love organization.
It looks beautiful, it serves it's purpose beautifully, and those in it's presence tend to have a beautiful attitude!

I promised myself a long time ago that if I ever did home school, I'd be an exception to the rule. You know, the rule that says the home school house is floor to ceiling in every room with leaning piles of textbooks and science experiments and the lovely momma is dressed in a denim jumper?

Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing inherently amiss with denim jumpers or piles of books; it's just not my style. I never leave the house without earrings and mascara and would not hesitate to switch my handbag if it didn't match the t-shirt I was wearing to the grocery store. It's not that I'm vain, I'm just visual.

I really enjoy beauty around me, I believe that it's a gift from our Creator when used correctly. I also function much better when my work spaces are pleasantly organized and attractive to my eye.

Hence, the need to beautify and organize my School House...
I love squares, and squares in squares, so I love my shelving. I forgot to take pictures of the inside, but I have clear containers (sadly not square!) with fun colored lids (orange, of course, and bright green) that hold our markers, crayons, tape, etc. along with our math manipulatives and assorted activities for Ava.

Below the shelving I have two file cabinets. Not attractive, but close to square! Ha!
In one, the top drawer contains all my teachers manuals and more things for Ava and the bottom drawer has one compartment for Alec and one for Benji with all their workbooks and student sheets.

After nearly a week of schooling, I'm seeing that I will most likely be moving some of our stuff around to facilitate smoother transitions between subjects. I'll probably put all the "read-aloud" texts in a basket in the living room, and possibly carve out a spot on the kitchen bookshelf for some workbooks or things for Ava.

It's definitely a learning process, but it's comforting to know that I'm in the center of Christ's will for me right now and He'll provide the skills that I need to do what He wants me to do!

2 readers took time to leave a thought:

Sara Kay August 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

I'm excited to watch your homeschool experience. Getting really excited about doing this ourselves - we'll be transitioning in slowly over the next year or so since ours are pretty young still. No one is better equipped to teach our children than us! :)

Becca August 26, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called! :o) Great job following His leading!

I too have to have an organized, clean and pretty environment in order to be productive. It's definitely a personality thing! We start later being on the West coast, so I'm still in the middle of organizing and beautifying. I am painting our family/play/school room orange! :o)

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