I never expected to use colored index cards – or any index cards for that matter – in our homeschool. I bought some in a weak moment as I drooled walked down the aisles of our local office supply store.
Side Note: If you read this blog for any length of time you’ll probably notice my fondness for office supplies. I’m not ashamed.I’ll shout it from the rooftops…. “I LOVE OFFICE SUPPLIES!!!”So many options! So many ways to be organized! So much potential in every package!
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Never Bored with Your Board
My apologies to any chalkboard aficionados out there, but now that we’ve used whiteboards I’ll never go back to chalkboards. Just imagine…..
No chalk-covered toddlers
No chalk dust in the air and in the carpet
No ear-piercing, goose-bump-causing SKREEEEEECH from wandering nails
Don’t get me wrong – I like a cute & trendy menu chalkboard in the kitchen just as much as the next Pinterest-perusing mom.And, of course, chalk still has its place for some activities (that place being outside). But for our day-to-day schoolwork we needed a different solution.
It’s been noted by some that I act a little like Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory fame. I guess they think I’m a little forgetful and kind of distractible at times but I don’t really thi….
LOOK! Something shiny!!!
It’s… aluminum foil!!
I knew foil could keep my casseroles covered, among other household uses. And once I had kids and started scouring the interwebs for craft ideas, I came across a lot of foil-related art projects for the littles.
But, as it turns out, aluminum foil has been a surprisingly versatile supply for our homeschool studies, too!
Well, we made it through the first year and came back for more. Just when I was starting to figure a few things out, Year 2 brought new challenges.
My oldest was now in first grade and our three year old wasn’t content to sit on the sidelines. Finding ways to engage them both was a trick. It’s not easy to find a balance where everyone is met at their own level and not frustrated (with work that’s too hard) or bored (by work that’s too easy).
If you haven’t done so yet, read the first post in this series here.
Year 1 Snapshot
This was our first “official” year of homeschooling. My oldest son was starting Kindergarten and our younger son was a toddler.
I was excited to finally be homeschooling after several years of reading about it and trying to plan ahead for the unknown. We’d already done preschool at home and, of course, he’d been learning at home since he was a baby, but I felt like this was the moment I’d been waiting for.
Besides the basics (you know…. pencils, paper, chocolate, etc.), I’ve found there are a handful of relatively inexpensive items that have made our school days go much more smoothly.
No, these supplies aren’t going to teach for you or do your laundry. But I do sometimes feel a little like super mom when my Meltdown Radar* goes off and I swoop down with a sheet of Hole Reinforcement Labels and save the day.
For some families, homeschooling has been the plan all along.
They’ve seen it work for friends or family. They knew they’d homeschool their future kids before they were even married. They’re totally comfortable swimming against the societal current. They understand the benefits and they welcome the challenge.
If that’s you, feel free to skip this post.
If, on the other hand, you’re more like the main character from Peg + Cat…