We took an extra long break this Summer because I (as well as the kids) really needed it. We stopped schooling in May and will continue our new year on September 13, 2010. We will most likely end up schooling further into the Summer in 2011, but thats okay since the long summer was greatly needed.
I have spent the last few weeks organizing our school room, decorating, making sure our curriculum was all sorted, etc. Here are a couple pictures of the bulletin boards I have just finished working on in the last couple of weeks.
You probably can't get a good view of the school desk because I took this with my iPhone camera and was trying to get the whole bulletin board in the photo. It's covers the whole wall and is HUGE. Notice each child has their own bulletin board behind their chair to post artwork, schoolwork, or anything else they are proud of.
This year, I have implemented a filing box system I found here: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?t=189482&highlight=filing. I just finished cutting apart and filing the last of the workbooks. I do still have Science and Geography to finish though which will probably be the most difficult, time consuming bit of it. Here is a photo of what I have finished thus far. I have labeled 36 hanging folders for each week of the school year. Inside each hanging folder, I have a manilla folder for each child with that week's work. On Sunday night, I will remove the current week's work and file it in a binder by day. I will post pictures of the binders when they are completed which is the next thing on my list of "To Do's".
I also have another crate just for my teacher's manuals, resources I need throughout the year such as weekly book logs, lesson plans, weekly schedule, etc.
Well, I wanted to get a start on this blog. I can't wait to add to it. I still have a few things left to file so I am off to get that done now and make their binders. I will post more pictures when it is all complete.