Because of the nature of our business, Dan and I have decided that we are going to start homeschooling Caden and Alanna next semester.  That gives me some time to finish up all of my work for this years weddings before we start and the kids a chance to say good bye to their friends.  We are not telling them yet, however.  I think we'll wait until the first part of December.  I'm excited.  I have been researching endlessly for the last couple of weeks and I finally have a grasp on things.

Our curriculum is picked out and we're working on creating a space for homeschooling.  Mind you, that's difficult in our small 3 bedroom townhouse with no garage and no dining room.  yeah... little.  Part of the living room will be converted.  

Since then, I've been hooked on interest searching for homeschool room ideas.  Here's a few of my fags:

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I think I have kind of narrowed it down to what I want due to the fact that our space is so small.

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I want to use the shelf above against the wall so I can store all of their homeschool supplies here.  I'm sure we will eventually grow out of it, but that will probably take some time before we do. :)

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Then I will purchase this desk to attach to the shelf.  I like the idea of working in one area not each child in different areas. 

Then I will use these for storage on the shelf.  They match the rest of our living room, which is important to me.  I hate having mismatched stuff everywhere.  

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Now I just need to talk dan into letting me spend a couple hundred dollars on that plus the additional 500 or so I'll be spending on curriculum.  Either way, it's still cheaper than what we are spending on private school right now!!! WOOHOO!!!


HIP Mom said...

Congratulations on your decision! We've been homeschooling since the beginning and have never looked back. Good luck!

MommyN'Bliss said...

What curriculum did you choose? My daughter is 4 and we've decided to homeschool her but are really kind of shaky and unsure where to start. Plus we live in an apartment so we have no room to set up an area so i'm feeling a bit overwhelmed to say the least!
Love the plates by the way!

Deidre said...

I'm doing a lot of different things for each subject. I didn't like the idea of one curriculum becuase it seemed that all inclusive curriculum lacked in areas. However, it is a good starting point. In hindsight, it probably would have been an easier transition. With kindergarten, keep it simple. We are LOVING "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons". My daughter was struggling with reading and is now flourishing and flying through the book. my almost 4 year old is doing the book with us and is well on his way to reading. It's awesome! We're also using Math-u-see and loving that too. Everything else I just kind of do myself. Don't feel overwhelmed. I'm learning quickly that it is a challenge and doesn't come over night. But I really love that I know my children better than anyone else. It was awful having someone else tell me who my child was! Now, I know who they are. Give it a try. It's just kindergarten!

Bahman Namjoo said...

Greetings -
Thanks for talking about homeschooling. Wanted to know of any major challenges you faced early on. and also if you had to do start all over, what would you have done differently.


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