School Room

Remember that time when…

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We drove the employees at ‘Really Good Stuff’ nearly mad by using their mechanical horse outside….over and over? Until the whites of their eyes were showing, and it took incredible restraint to not demand that we leave? I do. It was awesome. One of my dear friends was in town and we were walking by…and spotted this amazing bookcase from Grand Rapids, MI. {somehow that makes it so much more romantic, don’t you think?} While I was inspecting and measuring the bookcase, the boys took turns rodeo riding this poor horse. It was wild.

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There was even a sign on it saying that the horse worked, and for a mere $.25, children could ride. I think it was a lie. The guy working there looked like he was about to have a heart attack, and he wouldn’t even budge on the price of the bookcase for a nice cash offer. I was not pleased. I considered telling him that we would continue riding the mechanical horse until he gave in, but honestly, we would have probably broken something. The best course of action was to return another time, and hope nobody else snatched up my Grand Rapids bookcase. Sure enough, a week later, it was still there! The owner cut me a deal, even without a three ring circus on the sidewalk. Success! Now all our school books have a wonderful home,   hidden behind a glass door that makes even the cheapest workbooks look fancy.

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Covering every available inch of our walls with maps, posters, and glue dots, Shelley


Building a Better Classroom

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Our classroom has desks! The library at Western was getting rid of some long tables, so I picked up two. Vegas suggested putting them into rows, so that both he and Elvis could each have a desk of their own. The setup looks very ‘classroom-y’, and while the tables are on the utilitarian side, we can scoot them together, throw a table cloth on and seat like ten people!

Next, we just need a chalk/white board of some kind, or a projector and we are ready to go. I have found that the more the environment seems like an academic one, the more my kids take their work seriously. Having pjs on, attempting studies on the couch, or in bed doesn’t really cut it. Why not, right? If for one year of our life we have the room to have an actual classroom at the Harmon Academy, it seems silly to waste the opportunity.

Secondly, out school pennant is getting closer to completion. There are still two more stencils to make, and a second coat of paint on the monogram, but I really like the direction it’s taking. Soon, it will fit in with all the other vintage pennants in the window.

Building a better classroom is equal parts style and substance for me. There needs to be a solid structure of useful materials and space to work. {There should definitely be a wall mounted pencil sharpener somewhere!} But isn’t learning supposed to be fun? Exciting? So, the mood is being shifted from just dining room, to a room with a view. Maps, galaxies, timelines, books, flags, and art are just a few of the things that are being put in place this weekend. Oh, and a good friend just found us some additional chairs for $1 each!

Printing schedules and researching sampler patterns, Shelley