Thursday, May 31, 2007

Back to Business

Come Monday, we're back to business as usual. Well, semi-usual. To ward off the boredom, I'll start doing math and writing with DJ in the mornings. This time, though, I'll have to bring Lynne into the mix because she is primed for learning and I just don't want to waste it. I think I"ll work on reading with her.

Today, I felt relatively productive. I cleaned out the den desk because DH wants to take it to work and put it in his office. While I was in the den and cleaning out the desk, I figured I'd go through this year's work. Oh my goodness! Talk about paper. I had tons of it -- everywhere! I threw out two trash bags full of trash by the time I got done (a good three hours worth of work). I also boxed up this year's text books and rearranged the ones I'll be using for next year.

I found my Teacher Direct catalog and browsed through that. Some of the items are impractical in a home school setting. Some things are just too expensive. But I did find a few things that were a really good deal -- most notably, their page protectors. I can get a box of 100 of them for $6.50. They have other items, too, that I'd like to get. And if nothing else, I can use the catalog to get ideas about what I want in my 'classroom' for next year (I use the term loosely).

I do have high hope about next year. There is just something about starting a new year fresh. There is no denying that I'm glad that this year is over and I'm glad to be taking a break, but next year holds so many promises. I haven't bought any curriculum, so technically, I'm not 'ready'...but I'm gearing up mentally to be ready.

I'll have two at my table next year, full time, so I've been trying to think of ways to make our year successful. I would love to get one of these. But the cost is just too ridiculous. Perhaps I can get something comparable locally? I want a table that's long enough and deep enough for me to sit on one side, while the kids sit on the other -- everyone can see and everyone has lots of space. Oh to sleep is perchance to dream. I just have to remember not to get idealistic in my goals for next year. My kids are still my kids and I'm still imperfect as we are. If I can remember that each child is on their own journey (and not that of the school systems or even mine), I think we'll do fine.

I'll discuss in a later entry what I plan on using as curriculum for next year. That's going to be one interesting post!

Stay tuned!