Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Linky Love

How do you deal with challenging behavior? (An attitude check for moms) - yup.  Needed that!

Upcycle a board book into a chalkboard book! - So cool and thrifty.

Clipboard Kids' Art Display - I had been planning a similar project w/ scrapbook covered clipboards, but I didn't think of using it as an art display.

Upcycled Glass Bottles - LOVE these and have some kombucha bottles earmarked for this project.

Under Sink Solution: Hang spray bottles from tension rod - Genius!

Craigslist find goes from Stately to Seaworthy - I love a good furniture makeover and this one is really great.

Identification Charts as Art - We have been taking lots of nature walks this year and I think these would be awesome decoration/learning tool in our playroom.

10 Sewing Projects for Every Room in Your House

Friday, September 16, 2011

Finding my Groove

Well we are almost through our second week of homeschool.  I. am. tired.
This is new and therefore a bit awkward... and exhausting.  Did I mention that?

We had our ups and downs for sure.  Tuesday this week was pretty terrible.  We were coming off of a three day weekend (daddy was home Monday) and also the boys' big party and grandparent time on Sunday.  Plenty of melt-downs all around.  (Including me... sigh)

However, I changed things up a bit and Wednesday was much better.  Thursday was a wash due to some pretty major personal things going on.  We got back on track today and had a really great morning.  I was commenting on it and W said, "Everyday should be like this."  Love that kid.
I am finding that once I get W's attention in the morning I need to keep it for a bit.  This is turning out to be a good thing.  Considering that my boys are early risers, we can get all of our schoolwork out of the way pretty early.  This morning after lessons, we had a lovely nature walk at the local park. 

It is frustrating when something doesn't go as planned, but I remember that this is normal when you are a teacher!  Good intentions and careful plans don't always get you where you want to go.  Flexibility and knowing your student(s) are essential. 

I know I need to continue to work on my attitude and fake some confidence for awhile. 
Slowly, we are finding our groove.

And seriously, how adorable are my students?