In this episode of At Home, Brianne Buskey leads the discussion on School Year Prep. Some of us struggled just a bit with this topic, because we’re still in the midst of summer. But our Brianne is a planner at heart. So it doesn’t take her long to dive right in and give us an episode chock full of practical tips and advice for planning the new school year.
We cover everything from choosing curriculum, our planning methods, budgeting for home schooling, how we arrange our school books and supplies, and even have a discussion about being part of a charter. By the end of the episode (almost) everyone was so excited about getting ready for the new school year, that the words “pumpkin spice latte” were uttered. Some of us though, still just want to go to the beach.
Whether you find yourself dreaming of fall drinks or sunny beaches, this episode is sure to inspire you to make some plans for the new school year. Thanks Bre for such a helpful episode! And don’t forget to check the blog for pictures of school spaces from the At Home ladies.
As mentioned in the episode, here is a glimpse into the designated school areas in our homes. It doesn’t have to take much space to organize your school books and supplies. As you will see below some of us have more room than others but we all agree that keeping it organized, so it doesn’t take over your home, can be very helpful.
“We don’t have a dedicated school room thats just for school stuff and where we all sit and do our school work.
While there is a part of me that thinks I’d love that, the reality s our house isn’t that large, and we don’t have a space big enough for that kind of room. And truthfully, I really like that we do our school work at the kitchen table, the dining room table, on the couch, and outside under the avocado tree, or at the picnic table.
Recently we rearranged the kids’ rooms to give us one room that holds all our home school books and all our art supplies, as well as our desktop computer. The goal was to create one space for all our school and art materials so that they’d no longer be spread all over the house, and I might find it easier to be more organized.
So I guess we do have a school room of sorts, but thats not where we do school. Its just where we keep our stuff. In actuality, home schooling lives up to its name for us. It happens all over our home!”
“All of our curriculum, school books and school supplies, along with most of our children’s books are stored in these 3 bookcases. On the right side we keep books we’re using for the current school year, then over the summer they get swapped out for next years books. In the bottom half of the bookcases (the part with the doors) is where I keep all the messy stuff (so mama doesn’t go crazy looking at it!). Stored in the crate on the small round table is all sorts of pens, pencils, tape, markers and other random school supplies.”
“We keep all of our school books (except for our math books) on a bookshelf cart with wheels, although the cart always stays in the same spot. Each of my three school age children has a binder for their schedule and their written narrations, and those binders always stay on the cart also.
“We don’t have a designated school space in our little house so school often ends up in random spots! We use our cute rolling cart to carry our current school books/workbooks and supplies…we named it Trolley. We roll it on to the front porch, near the couch, in the kitchen, next to a fort or wherever we land for the day.
When you don’t have a ton of room, getting books on the wall is a great way to go. My husband made me this wall book shelf to hold our books with the lower shelf within their easy reach. We also have a book shelf all around the ceiling of their room.”