Tomorrow we start up our homeschool again. We put the children to
bed on time this evening, in their own beds (they like to sleep in
one room on the floor on weekends or vacations), and made a big deal
out of this being a "school night."
In the morning, they have already been instructed, they are to wake
up whenever they will, but the television has to be OFF by 8am.
Breakfast and chores need to be done by 9am, and at 9am sharp they
need to be in our "schoolroom," with sunshiny faces, reading to
We made a "schoolroom" this week mostly out of what we already
owned. We only spent $10 on the room this week.
Right now, the room looks a little makeshift, but it will do for
school tomorrow and we have improvement plans in mind. We created
the schoolroom out of what is supposed to be a dining room. We are
so casual that we have been known to drag our kitchen table across
the tile floor just to put it in front of the fire place in the
living room. We obviously are not the sort to use a formal dining
Here is what is in our little schoolroom:
* A couch for reading
* A rocking chair with ottoman for the teacher (me!)
* A child's easel with blackboard and dry erase board
* The chalkboard on the wall
* A dryerase/bulletin board for the teacher (also on the wall)
* Two rocking chairs for tiny behinds
* The daycare table and our funny-looking benches made from old
* A basket to hold books for now, until Tim gets shelves put up
I want to encourage you to make do with what you have. Even if you
have plenty of money, be resourceful. Look at your belongings and
think of ways to use them.
I, too, will take that challenge upon myself as I look at our
belongings in new ways. Who would have guessed that the old desk
shelves would become the children's school benches?!