Wow, thank you so much for all of your kind words of encouragement to me yesterday. I just loved reading your comments and was thankful that you took the time to leave them for me. Thank you all for being excited for us and supportive of our decision.
Well, I hope you won't be disappointed as I wade through part 2 of this little topic of mine. I am far less sure about the particulars at this point. There is so much information available out there for people like me who are just starting out.
I did the classic "Libby" thing and checked out 50 billion books from the library, spent countless hours on the internet researching curriculum and then found myself to be completely burned out and overwhelmed by all the choices. I knew from the get-go that a "box set" type of curriculum wouldn't be for me. I didn't want to be locked into an unfamiliar program for an entire year. I also know that my kids won't be very successful with workbooks alone. They definitely need some level of interactive learning.
So far, the Charlotte Masonámethod of homeschooling really appeals to me. It is primarily literature based stressing the use of "living books" and many of the classic novels. She also incorporates nature study for science and art and music appreciation. It coincides nicely with the classical start my kids have been given. Ambleside Online offers a week by week schedule and reading list for each year. I like that it has a general structure but a lot of flexibility in terms of a day by day schedule. My friend Kristen has used this method successfully and has been a great help to me as I wade through all of it.
That's pretty much all I can say for certain on aspect of curriculum. I am still very much thinking it out. I am feeling the pressure somewhat as September approaches and hope to have a more concrete plan in the next 2 weeks. I would love to hear any suggestions or input you might have in this area.
Now, onto the more fun part- our room. In terms of space, we have the ideal set up. Our house is a split-level home with the entire downstairs area being composed of a bathroom, a laundry room, a huge walk-in closet and a large open family room. This is where we will do our school work. I am so thankful to have a completely separate space for this. I had nightmarish visions of our projects taking over our kitchen table.
I grabbed this shelf from a listing on craigslist for $90. I have only started filling it with books, I am sure it will be loaded by the end of the year.
Here we have a fabulous Ikea desk put together my yours truly. It is lovely to sit and look out the window with space to write and for computer work. One of my goals in the next few weeks is to make up some fun curtains.
I brought in an old table that we had in the garage for more intense cutting/pasting/painting projects. The seats need to be re-covered (also on the "to do" list) and Hannah informs me that the backs are uncomfortable...so I guess that will need fixing as well.
Here is Laurel's little corner. I am not sure about how it will work with her yet. We may be doing a great deal of our school work while she is napping :).
The room is pretty plain right now. I saving space on our walls for all of the lovely art work that is sure to be in abundance very soon. I also plan to make on of these for the ceiling. This room can get very dark and cold in the winter time so I want to add all the whimsy that I can. Patchwork pillows for the couch, a cozy rug in front of the TV, and maybe one of these?
There is one corner of the room that I have yet to reveal. My sewing corner. I am so excited to show you...it is exactly what I had envisioned. Next time.