|This is my faux wall! The hubs built the bookcases, and attached foam insulation boards to make walls/bulletin boards.|
|Another faux wall. This is our Reading Center/Play area. There is a tall bookshelf on the left wall that holds all their books. We also have a sofa, perfect for naptime! :D Behind the walls/bulletin boards, is our fitness room. We keep it separated from the young-uns. You can also see my horrible garage door covering. It looks like something straight out of the 80's, but I couldn't figure out a way to cover it so the little ones wouldn't scratch themselves on the metal bars. Any suggestions are appreciated!!|
|Another view. From here, you can see the kids work area and my desk. The little shelf in front of my desk holds plastic bins where I store their work after it's graded. That's why it's looking a little full over there! :D|
|A good view of my shelves and bulletin board. I've got the shelves divided into centers. There's math, science, and art, as well as cubby space for their books and supplies.|
As far as school is concerned, the kids have been more engaged because I'm back to a more scheduled day. They have my undivided attention - I'm not constantly sidetracked with various chores that I try to sneak in while they're finishing up their spelling words, etc. (So they were the ones that ended up waiting on ME).
I also started using a new computer program to help me start tracking our lessons, assignments, chores, grades, etc. It's called Homeschool Tracker Plus. I actually bought it last year, and gave up on trying to figure it out. I was so upset because here I am looking at a 4 year college degree hanging on my wall and I couldn't for the life of me figure this program out! The tutorial thing was of no use. I had just chalked it up to a wasted $50 and a lesson learned....until I found a friend in our homeschool group that was using it successfully and LOVING it.