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 

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Whole House Home Ed Organization

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

Springtime And Being Very Busy!

I have been so busy gardening, organizing, de-junking and cleaning the house, that I have not made a blog post in a while. This past weekend, my husband and son finished building our Shelf Reliance shelves and we loaded them up with food storage cans. I am excited about that. Lately, we have been working  lot on that. 

On Saturday, before LDS General Conference, I worked hard putting the math in its own binder. It is a red binder, so it stands out from all the white ones I have for other reasons. I went through the math checklists and evaluated, knowing full well what the kids know and don’t, where each one is in math. Then I made lesson plans. I made plans for 6 homeschool days. 

“Pirate,” by my son:

  

Right now, at 7:30 a.m., my daughter is teaching my younger boys. She uses my math checklist for the math. I love the help. One son is telling her emphatically, “I already know my numbers!” He had been stubborn, but he just now passed off an item on the math checklist without any help at all. This is big for him! I am happy. My older daughter and my older son are now enthusiastically and with dancing, teaching them. My daughter just asked me, “Mom, what does fluently mean?” We have decided the one is fluent at a certain concept. Well, it will not be long before he can do even more difficult things fluently. I am so excited.

This is something most people who homeschool understand and most who don’t, don’t: The older kids teach their siblings happily. It’s awesome! It frees me up to focus on being the leader. I am not the leader and the one who does it all. I am just the leader. I give direction and my kids help it happen. They want homeschool to work. They want mom to be happy. They enjoy teaching because it is fun. 

When it comes to teaching siblings to ride bikes, play baseball, work in the garden, cook, clean, make lunch, etcetera, they are all great! I love this about homeschooling. Sometimes, younger ones even help older ones, because maybe that is their favorite subject, or one of their favorites, so they are beyond their years in ability because they have learned so much in a certain area. For example, my son loves science. He teaches his siblings all sorts of things because he “gets it.” I am usually surprised at what he knows. It’s amazing. He has the ability to explain science concepts by jumping up and down and acting them out. It’s fun to watch him. 

My daughter is still in her pajamas but is now looking over the Montessori list of skills and asking me whether this one has learned that yet. I am so grateful for her help in keeping on top of that. I used to have to do it all myself, which after a while, meant I never got to it. It is nice to have someone who gets to it on my behalf. She will be an awesome mom someday. She will be an awesome homeschool mom someday! Whe wants to be an early childhood educator, so all of this fascinates her. It is one of the things she lives for!

My son is reading “Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers. He told me that he has 2 bookmarks. He does not like going for so long with these characters before getting back to what those ones are doing. He would rather just go one chapter with these, one chapter with those, instead of 3 chapters, then 3 chapters. Fine with me! He invents stories, too, so I would not be surprised if we get an author here! He is also still in pajamas. Oh, well. I am hoping he gets dressed by 9 a.m.!

Logo Design and Brand Identity Sections and Synapses

I am a logo designer. Today, a client is coming to meet with me about a logo design. I am so excited! It is time to get out a lot of sharpened pencils and a lot of white paper. It is time to research competitors and figure out a good marketing (purple cow) angle for my client. This will be fun!

This link is pretty cool. I will read it.

Here is my design portfolio on facebook.



Work At Home Homeschool Mom Rambles

Facebook Group: Work-For-Money, Homeschool & Family Balance

I have finally decided that it is better for me as a homeschool mom, this year, not to TRY to make money, but to take it if it comes. I could sell thrivelife foods and food storage stuff, usborne or doterra. I have my own graphic design business and a client wants a logo, and to meet this week. I have to call him sometime this week. 

Maybr today I will call him around 3 pm-ish, after homeschool academics are accomplished.

I am also trying to make a homeschool math curriculum that will allow people to teach all kids at once, olders and youngers, with the same main topic, but different specifics (like all learn multiplication, but the 7th grader does pre-algebra multiplication and the kindergartener learns 2 times 1; or all learn geometry, but the 2nd grader oearns what makes a trapezoid and what a parallelogram is, while the 5th grader learns about tangrams).

I recently found the book “Hands Free Mama” and I have decided not to try at making money, but just to take it if it comes. This book talks about how this is my life, now, And I mustn’t tell myself that later, I will live my life as I want it. I must live in the now. I do not know when my kids will lose me. Nobody knows what the future holds. We must not act as if we have all the time in the world. Now our kids are supposed to have our time. Later, we will have lost this time that we have right now. I am trying to become more of a hands free mom (with my time freed up to spend it with loved ones on a daily basis).

This means, I do not make any effort at any of the endeavors. However, if someone says, I want to order an usborne book, I will send them to my web site. If someone wants a thrive product, I let them order it (I have no web site, as they are $10 a month). If someone wants doterra, I send them to my website.

If someone wants graphic design, I will meet with them. I have set prices. If someone wants to pay less than my set prices, I no longer let myself consider it, even if it is a worthy, good cause. I just say, I am too busy homeschooling and I cannot do that. If someone is willing to pay my price, I will do the work for them. There are so many people who call themselves graphic designers nowadays, and people have even told me about getting a logo for five bucks. Those people will not have my time. They have no clue how much different my education, experience and knowledge is and they do not care. I will not entertain the thought of even considering, doing an ounce of work for them. They do not know or appreciate the value of me. Those who do, I am happy to drop everything for and work very hard for. I love being appreciated!

The math curriculum is something I work on anyway, because I want it for my family. I am creating it for my family. Later, a benefit will be that I will get to sell it. The only challenge there is to inhibit myself from giving it away for free. I have to say to myself, “NO. THEY CAN WAIT until it is ready to sell!”

I blog like crazy, but do not make money blogging. I do not know how to do that. I would like to have my blog bring in money, but it does not. I do get excited, though. I got to above 900 views with around 700 unique visitors the other day and was so pleased. If ai only knew how to make it so, this could bring in some cash!



So, there you have it, if you were wondering what it is like to be a money-earning work-at-home Homeschool mom! If you have any more that you were wondering about regarding this topic, just comment your question!