Hello! I'm so excited that Monday will be our first day of homeschooling! FINALLY! It seems like I've been waiting for this day forever! (or at least a few months) :0) The classroom is (mostly) set up and all of my curriculum materials have been collected. We are ready. I was a little concerned about Wiggly's attitude toward the homeschool idea now that the public school year is over and he knows he's not going back (at least of a few years). But last week he asked me, "When are we going to start homeschooling? I want to start." YAY! At least he doesn't hold too many bad feelings about the new change. I've been keeping him up on the different materials and curriculum I've been gathering for him so he's at least informed about what he's going to be learning. I also make sure to keep the kids out of the classroom and the materials "sacred" to only classroom use. I think that's made them both more curious about all the building blocks and manipulatives I've been collecting because NO ONE is allowed to just "play" with them.
I know I haven't blogged in awhile, so I'll update you on what's been going on this last month. My blogging absence has been due to some major room shuffling once we found our that baby #4 is going to be a GIRL! Yes, that makes one boy and three girls to complete our family... having two daughters makes me uneasy some days, so the idea of having THREE girls has been a bit of a shock for the whole family! I can hear them now; "so-and-so stole my favorite shirt and RUINED it!", or "so-and-so has been in the bathroom for an HOUR!"... and all of this is screamed through my entire house at a high pitched, panicked level... Wiggly will thank me someday for moving him into the upstairs space above our garage, trust me.
So recently, the rooms in our house are currently being shifted from one purpose to another. The classroom is being shifted into Wiggly's new room, and the playroom has now become the classroom. Since our playroom space has been dissolved, the toys will be going back into the rooms of our children (dread). Hopefully our unfinished basement space will be on its way to serving as the new playroom soon, but in the meantime... toys in the kids' rooms. Blech. Am I the only one who hates having the kids' toys in their rooms??? I definitely have been spoiled to have the playroom upstairs and off the main living area of our home. It could be messy and I didn't have to see the mess unless I was brave enough to actually go up there. Now, all the toys will slowly trickle out of the bedrooms into the main part of the house constantly. Like I said, blech.
Anyways, since we no longer have a playroom and the kids will have to store their toys in their bedrooms, Miss A will be getting Wiggly's old room and have a room to herself with all of the girl toys (since she's the oldest girl after all). She and Peanut Pie have always shared a room, so it'll be interesting to see how Miss A adjusts to being by herself once her room is finished. The two littlest girls will share Peanut's room; Peanut's not going to minds since she's already used to sharing a room. I think it'll all work out.
So, the part I feel guilty about is moving Wiggly from the only bedroom he remembers. My mother painted clouds and an awesome fighter plane on his walls when we first moved in. It is HIS room. And his sisters are forcing him into a faraway wing of the house that isn't nearly as close to the bathroom. (Ok, it's not THAT far away, but still...) So I've been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest finding some pretty cool "bigger" boys rooms to make the move a little easier. I bought some paint, and today I'm going to paint his dressers. I'm pretty excited about it. Here's the before picture of the dresser and night stand. I'm going to paint them a deep navy blue, possibly with a red stripe... but we'll see. I'll be sure to post a pic of the finished products too!
And here are two pictures of our classroom in its current state. I'm guessing once we start using the space and find out what works and what doesn't it'll change again. Thank you to my hubby for ordering and installing our awesome whiteboard this week! I can already imagine complex mathematical problems just like in Good Will Hunting scrawled across it on a daily basis from my prodigy seven year old child... ok, definitely not, but it made me smile. :0) Wish us luck!!!