Classroom Set-Up: Back to Relaxed Mormon Homeschool

It is that time of year again. School teachers and Homeschool moms are very busy right now. It is time to plan for the upcoming academic year of 2017-18. It will be another new and exciting academic year for all of us. It is a very exciting time of year. It is a time to start fresh and look forward to newness and think of how things will be different this year. There is always a hope that each year will be better, easier. There is a great aspiration to have a better set-up which will make finding things easier, which will make us able to do things we do repeatedly and often, more efficiently, and which will make everyone feel in the mood to enjoy togetherness, make friends (or become closer as a family), learn and do school work.

I am well aware that public school and charter school teachers are getting ready as well as homeschool moms like me. My parents were public school teachers until they retired, and I know they were starting to prepare for the new academic year at this time. In my local school district, the first teacher contract day is in a week and a day. Generally, my mom and dad worked at least 3-4 days not on their contract, before the school year began. It is likely that this coming Monday, many Weber County School District teachers will show up at their school, unlock their classroom which has rested from teacher eyes all summer, and will sigh, stare at the walls and cabinets and wonder where they will start in setting up their classrooms.

I remember all those years helping my mom and dad set up. Even for me, as a child and as an adult, it was exciting. I loved making sure all the new pencils were sharpened, and that every desk had a name label, a spelling book, a math book, a science book, a language arts book and a social studies book, along with a new pencil, a new ruler and a new box of pencils. Now I am a homeschool mom teaching my large family of children preschool through tenth this year. I have purchased many school supplies. I have yet to purchase more needed supplies, but for the most part, I have the supplies. We have one table in the homsechool room, so I do not set books there or put name labels on for the kids. I put books and supplies in the homeschool cabinets, lined up and organized nicely, ready for what we will be studying this year.

I have switched out the science focus. Although I hired out for science, I have science books in the homeschool room for when I say that today, I want them to pick a non-fiction science, geography or history book and read it, or when, for language arts, I want them to use non-fiction books to do a research report.

When my public school teacher parents were getting ready for the new year, there was much de-junking and organizing. There wasn’t recycling. They only had garbage cans, but much went into the trash. My homeschool room has to be newly de-junked and papers filed and put away or recycled. I have one full box of school papers my mom gave me and one full blue bin of papers I put in the bin from all the years of homeschooling combined. I have to go through them. Don Aslett called it “the paper tiger” in his book about de-cluttering the office. A homeschool room is very much like an office, but we do have a separate room for the office.  It is needed for my homeschool file cabinet, homeschool workbooks I photocopy, my computer and pur 4-in-1 machine which photocopies, scans and prints. 

I am also making plans for creating more for other teachers to use in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. All of you who are reading this and who have created any tool for a teacher to use (public school teachers, charter school teachers and homeschool teachers) may wish to open a Teachers Pay Teachers store and sell the tools they have made. You can sign up here. It is free to start, (although you will make more money per item if you have a paid annual plan).

Teachers pay teachers referral link

Kayse Morris: Teachers Pay Teachers, for beginners (How to make it look good so it will 

Just make what you need for your own family or classroom 

Suggested Blogposts:

Whole House Home Ed Organization

Homeschool Dailies
LDS Homeschooling
Transgenderism and Homosexuality in Utah Schools Starting with 2017-18
Humanism is a Religion


10 Myths Debunked: To the Mom Who Wants to Start Her Own Company

Dear mom who wants to be an entrepeneur and work from home,

I wanted to cover some of the myths you hear constantly:

  1. You will get to spend more time with your kids.
  2. You will not have a boss to answer to. You will be your own boss.
  3. You will get to take vacation time whenever you want.
  4. You can hire people to do what you do not want to (or know how to) do.
  1. You can have as much “sick leave” as you need.
  2. Whenever there is a family emergency, you will be able to take care of it.
  3. When your kids need you, you will be there for them.
  4. Your kids will not have to be latchkey kids.
  5. You will earn extra money to pay for the little things.
  6. You will not have to hire daycare.

10 Reasons to Consider Changing What it is You Do “On the Side”

I am a homeschool mom with many kids now, of high school to preschool age. I ran my own graphic design business successfully for 8 years. I enjoyed 
and it was good, but I felt like homeschool was much more my passion and that we did not need the money from my business anymore. It took up too much time. It took too much time from homeschooling and being a mom. I quit and I am so happy to be free! Now my side things are writing my blog and writing books. One is a curriculum guide for homeschool. One is a young adult religious paranormal novel. One is a book about homeschooling. These are better for me because there are no pressures or deadlines and they are more related to homeschooling.

Here are 10 reasons to consider changing what you do “on the side:”

  1. You are on the “job” or the computer too much and, because of this, are telling your kids “not right now” at least one time a day (more than one time a day, even a bigger reason).
  2. Your marketing takes up more time than actually doing what you love.
  3. You are spending too much money or spending more than you earn (is it putting you in debt?)
  4. You miss going to the park or on fun family outings. Your husband does these with the kids so you can work.
  5. Your kids think you love your “money earning side job” more than you love them.
  6. You keep reminding yourself that it is only like this now so that later it won’t have to be so tough. (It is true, BUT this child will not be this age EVER AGAIN! You don’t get a re-do on this year of his or her life, later, if you have regrets.)
  7. Your child has more of a connection with the t.v. characters he or she loves than with YOU; Your child asks for a t.v. show instead of for you to read to him, when he is bored or upset.
  8. Your child often gets her own snack because she knows there is no chance you will feed her that snack. 
  9. You find your child making drawings of you on the computer or iPad, busy and not very responsive to her (sadly, this is from my real life).
  10. You talk to your clients and customers more often than you talk to your parents, children, spouse or siblings.

If you meet what you think is enough of these criteria, either figure out a way to stop these bad things from happening or figure out something to do that is more flexible for raising children.