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Gearing up for a new school year!

It is that time of year again. 

I’m up to my knees in our school room clutter, and I’ve put off organizing this room long enough! Just a few more boxes to unpack, but I ran out of bookshelf space 2 boxes ago! I LOVE our new school space- it came with bookshelves, there’s a nice big window, it’s on the main floor, but I’m struggling with how to organize it. I know I can do it, I just need to prioritize our needs and make it work.  

In addition to the physical organization of the space- which is overwhelming and exciting at the same time- I’m also mid-brainstorm as to what our school year will look like on the curriculum front.  


The good news is that there are SO many good option out there.  

The bad news is that there are SO many good options out there.  I can’t possibly do them all (nor can I afford to). 

But…I think I’ve got the major subject areas figured out (so I guess I’m not really mid-brainstorm, more like post-brainstorm).  Thankfully, Elliot is naturally curious, so teaching him isn’t too difficult, I am pretty certain he’ll excel no matter what route I choose.  Mary, on the other hand, is not as straightforward of a learner.  She’s a little more reluctant to try new skills and gets frustrated easily, so she requires me to a be a little more purposeful in instructional strategies.  But, I’m excited to see her confidence in herself build as she learns new things, tries new things, and makes her own adventure in learning. 

My biggest fear of this year: my youngest.  How to give the other 2 the educational attention they need and deserve while also meeting the needs of a very active, very mischievous toddler.  I will be gray by 40, that’s for sure. 



This is the current state of our school room. I’ve got a month to whip this place into shape!