Trying To Get My Act Together

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So, it dawned on me today that it is almost August and I have yet to do anything to prepare for the upcoming school year. Well, I guess that's not totally true. I did mail my Letter of Intent to our school district yesterday. That's a start, right? I set out this morning to organize my school cabinet so I could get an idea of what I have and what I will need to beg, borrow, or buy. This is one task I did not look forward to! Notice the nice messy way I have of organizing. 

Half-way through
At one time, the room that houses this cabinet used to be our school room. It was awesome. I had three "stations" set up, a chalk board on the wall, shelves of books, posters and bulletin boards, and more. Sigh. I miss it. The kids loved going out the front door and coming around to the school room door to enter and start their day. They still talk about that as being one of their favorite parts of school. Sadly, our dedicated school room is now a bedroom and "school" takes place all over the house. Which isn't entirely a bad thing, it's just that we really have no place to store all our books and supplies.

After working on the cabinet on and off all day (in between taking care of 5 kids, driving my oldest to a friend's house, cooking supper, blah blah blah), I managed to get most of it organized.


I ended up organizing the shelves by subject, which is good because I realized how very few math books I own. However, I also realized that I had another pile of binders and lap books still to put in the cabinet and now there is no room. So, I either have to move things around, or find someplace else for the rest of the stuff. Still not sure what I'll do. Looks like some purging is in my near future.

Would love to hear what Math curriculum people are going with this year. I have kids in 6th, 7th, and 8th and I'm really not sure what we will use this year for my 7th & 8th grader. My 6th grader is in OHVA, so she is taken care of. Anybody know of any great online math courses? Any free ones? I'll be googling a lot over the next couple of weeks and will be sure to post any sites that look promising!


Hen Jen said...

you are doing much better than I, my bookshelf still looks like the 1st photo there, but with stacks of books infront of it that won't fit!

I need to seriously clean and organize!

thank you for stopping by my blog, your blog is very, very pretty!

My So Called Homeschool Life said...

Well, I still have stacks that I forgot about and I'm not sure what I will do with them. I may end up putting some things in my son's room (and if he is reading this...TOUGH LOL).

Randi said...

I just had this same realization myself the other day. You get so focused on the day to day and suddenly summer is nearly over!
My oldest daughter has used Teaching Textbooks and ALEKS both with pretty good sucess. I liked TT, but I'll warn you it is a little slower, so you may need to bump up to the next level (6th grader doing 7th grade, etc). ALEKS is great, but it can be a bit dry after a while, no bells and whistles, but the great thing is there's no grading on your part. You print out a few reports and maybe a couple worksheets for samples and your set. Good luck deciding what you'll use. It's so hard sometimes! :)

farmerboyk said...

Tough? lol oh well i have a free shelve. lol.