major changes in our homeschool for the 2015 Academic Year, I'm going to post today first, about the changes I've made and, second, about our homeschool room.
First, here is the finalized schedule as I see it.
These are idealized, if everything is perfect, the way I hope our homeschool day goes. Over the years, despite not being a self scheduled person, I've found that a schedule allows for more flexibility. Most days won't look like this, but some might:
This document is how I think Term 1A (the first six weeks) may look. At least the first week:
Second, I thought I'd share our homeschool room. I am in complete agreement with Mystie that a homeschool room is not a necessity in order to homeschool. That being said, when we were looking for a home to purchase, knowing we hoped to homeschool, I fell in love with this house for many reasons. One big reason was the loft space that would be perfect for a homeschool room/office. Y'all, it already had a sink in it and a closet the same size as the master bedroom walk-in. The salesman said the space was designed for entertaining and hosting a wet-bar, but seriously could anything be more perfect for a homeschool family?
I've never really shared pictures of our space, but we cleaned it today so I thought this would be our chance.
I mentioned that the space is a loft that looks down over our great room. We have bookshelves, a couch, a table, and along the ledge where the lamps are is a desk for my husband and me. In my dreams, that whole back wall is built-in, floor to ceiling book shelves ... maybe with a secret passage-way to the sink and closet area
Our table is, yes, taped off so no-one encroaches on another's space. [sigh] Each child has a bin which holds some of their school books. The folders on the table are color-coded and have a copy of the above schedules in sheet protectors and will have their weekly assignment sheets put in them (after I make and fill out the assignment sheet):
One practicality. Ambleside Online lists suggested free reads for their years. I have this little index card binder that I'm writing each book, where a copy can be found (do we own it? is it on your Kindle? is it at the Library? What about Librivox?), and a space to check off when each child has read it. The thought of organizing all those choices was bothering me, I think this will be a great solution!
I hope you've enjoyed the tour! I'm getting excited about this new adventure. Lord willing, next Friday's Weekly Report will be as happy to write as today's has been!