Thursday, January 23, 2014

Storage For The Interactive Notebooking Foldables

We have been incorporating interactive notebooking in our homeschool for a few years now and we absolutely love it. The children have retained so much information through this method and it's a lot of fun. With 5 children cutting out foldables often, I needed to find a way to keep their cut outs contained without getting mixed up , lost or destroyed so I purchased some folders and protective sleeves. I wish I would have thought of this a lot sooner but better now than never. Each child has a folder with at least 4 sleeves. Each sleeve will hold the foldables that are being used for that subject/ unit. They can pull them out and add them to their notebooks as we move through the lessons. Now I don't have to worry about paper falling out of notebooks and reprinting lost sheets. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Balance

                I had to take a break from facebook and all social media for a while. As a black homeschooling mother, I understand the struggle of finding one's place and building a strong foundation while homeschooling. We are taking a step, that in our own communities, is an extreme one. Homeschooling is an endeavor that most associate with middle to upper class white parents so when I meet others like me who are new to or entertaining the thought of homeschooling, I want to do all that I can to help. I've been assisting parents on and offline for years but the most taxing and challenging has been through social media via Facebook, YouTube etc.
                      There hasn't been a day that has gone by where I haven't received an inbox from a parent regarding homeschooling or parenting. It is humbling and indeed an honor that there are others who seek your wisdom but it has been taxing. There are moments where I may not respond to questions or comments right away and people get upset. I don't live on Facebook or YouTube. There are times where I am looking for resources for others when I can be spending that time with my children.  It can be very overwhelming and I had to pull back and reflect on what was going on. There are a select few that I hold dear to my heart but the majority are nothing more than cyber personalities posing, posting and ranting. I have 6 beautiful children and my time belongs to them. If I tell one my children I will read to them as soon as I respond to this inbox than there is a problem.There should never be a time where the superficial supersede the natural. I've come to realize that I can't answer all of the inquiries. Some will have to go through the same trial and error I went through during this journey. There are a select few on Fb that I hold near and dear to my heart. They are  a continuous source of motivations, inspiration and encouragement and I love them like my own brothers and sisters. I truly think that if it weren't for them I would have left fb a long time ago.
                          I've been talking about blogging more for a long time and the time I spend scrolling through my FB newsfeed can and will be converted into blogging time. It's all about balance and making sure that your priorities are in order. Less time with the superficial and more time with the tangible.  ~Bless~
                       

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Binder Storage

Over the years we have accumulated a lot of materials and they can take up a lot of space. I've gone through several changes in an effort to minimize the space our resources take up and this by far is one of the best ways to do that. I saw an idea on Pinterest (which is one of my favorite go to laces for ideas) where a mom added duct tape to lapbooks for easy storage. I took that idea a step further and added duct tape to gallon ziploc bags. I found a 2 pk of decorative duct tape at Big Lots for $3 and a box of 15 bags f or $1.50

. I used a 3 ring zip binder for the storage. I was able to fit all of the preschool  manipulatives that I use for my preschooler and it fits neatly in a crate next to my desk. I was able to eliminate 4 plastic containers thus freeing up more space. I plan on making themed based binders and place all materials in bags that will fit.