I was just looking for info on nature journaling a la Charlotte Mason, and was reading the science chapter in Catherine Levison’s book “A Charlotte Mason Education”, when I read the quote below and had to post it here so I don’t forget it.
“Take them to places where they will find things worth observing. Charlotte wanted children to have beautiful memories of their childhood stored for their old age and thought too many of us have blurry memories due to the fact we did not slow down and really look at things. “
Here’s a great video illustrating how to teach children about prime numbers. I’m thinking we could draw a similar (smaller) chart on our driveway and use paper or pieces of cardboard to cover the numbers. Neat idea!
I can’t seem to access the video code from my phone or I’d embed the video here. Have to come back and do that later.
So I’m going to try to take pictures of more of what we do during the week. I didn’t actually make a conscious effort to do this yet, so this is just a scattering of what we did the past 2 weeks…Next week I’ll try harder to make sure to get an image of most things. (Probably still won’t succeed, but I can try!) Read more... (105 words, 69 images, estimated 25 secs reading time)
So I never did finish blogging about my summer purge…but I did keep doing it! I’ll see if I can find time to post more pics when I get a chance…but right now I’m working on prep for the new school year and researching the work box system. Found this neat video that shows a really creative way to use a dish rack! LOVE IT!!!
Living Room Day 1: Entertainment Center and Picture Books bookshelf
OK, entertainment center…I didn’t remember to take a “before” pic until after I had started working on it…so here’s what I have in the midst of the reorganizing:
We had TOO MANY videos and dvds! I purged a bunch of them and donated to our homeschool charter all the kid friendly ones!
Here’s what the entertainment center looks like now:
Lots of room still to shuffle other things in, as I work on the rest of the room.
And here’s what I started with on the picture bookshelf:
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So this week I’m tackling my living room. Oh what a MESS! But by looking only at one small section at a time, I have learned that I can really get down to business and not feel overwhelmed!
So here’s my schedule for this week:
Day 1: Entertainment Center and picture bookshelf
Day 2: Desk/Desk area
Day 3: Hutch
Day 4: Piano/tall bookshelf
Day 5: Window/sliding door/fireplace/hearth
Day 6: Couches/tv/coffee table
Day 7: Floor/walls/ceiling
With a bunch of things on my schedule this week to also deal with outside of the house…We’ll see how it goes!
Week 1: Kitchen
Day 5: Counters/W. Cupboards
Day 6: Walls/Ceiling/Window/Sill
Day 7: Floor/Table/Chairs
I’m compiling the last 3 days into one post because I didn’t take very many pics.
So in Day 4‘s post, you can see the “Before” pics of what the counters looked like prior to Day 5. Well, some of the counters. I didn’t take a before of the counter that is to the right of my sink. Too embarrassing. But here’s the “after” pic:
And I didn’t take pics of the walls…that would just look like more of the same…but I did a lot of wiping and cleaning of the walls and ceiling and window and such…here’s the finished table and surrounding area:
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Today I worked on my icky microwave and the cupboards around it.
Here’s the ick I started off with:
And here’s how it looks now!
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Today was another successful day! I was able to completely reorganize the cupboards above my stove! This area was really a mess before, but you’ll have to take my word for it because once again I forgot to take a “before” pic.
Here’s my “after” shot, though! All neat and tidy and organized in those cupboards now!
Not a lot of stuff for Good Will today because it was mostly foodstuff. I did throw a lot away, though!
This week’s zone:
Today I worked on the refrigerator. Oh. My. God. That was a LOT of work! It was so disgusting!! Took me HOURS!!
In these before and after pics of the outside, it doesn’t look as dramatic as it could have been because most of the work was on the inside. But notice all the garbage piled on top of the fridge in the before pics…there was a lot up there I just threw away and it was like an inch thick with dust. Bleh. I also threw out a bunch of magnets and random stuff on the outside of the fridge. Not everything, because then my kids would mutiny.
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