So clearly I'm finding it hard to fit posting into our back-to-school life. I am trying to do better, still looking for that balance - always looking for that balance it seems. How are you finding your new school year - off to a good start I hope? :)
It was such a gorgeous day here yesterday - sunny, warm, windy. Golden in the way that only early fall can be. I spent the morning at the doctor's leaving the kids with independent work to complete under their nana's watchful eye. After lunchtime we got a bit more done, but soon I called it a day (ringing the dismissal bell as it were) and turned my attention to the housework that got neglected over the weekend.
And of course you know how I get when that soft afternoon light starts filling my learning room with a cozy cheerful glow. I took some pictures of this and that - a few new things to show you, a few same old, same old. I hope you enjoy a little of both. :)
Our September nature shelf - filled with books, nests, examples of autumn seeds, faded flowers gone to seed, a few shells and bits of sea glass from summer jaunts.
These were the first turned leaves we found at the end of August. We always make a big deal of those first pretty leaves.
These are just some flowers gone to seed. I liked the way they looked here in the shade and the sunlight.
So this is kind of fun new idea! I made this up as a way to display the daily date for the kids. The beige doily is actually a large piece of scrapbooking paper. I used small clear self-adhesive pockets (found at a local paper store), and cut word-strips purchased at the teacher supply store to fit inside. We change the pockets up day by day.
My meal planning basket - inside is a baggie of coupons and a small planbook for marketing lists and weekly dinner menus. I will post more on this new (and so far successful) system in a future post. :)
My work corner - clear plastic bins with craft and lesson supplies, tote bag with bulkier teacher manuals, my pocketbook, etc. The good old file crate in the corner, cat basket above/in-basket below. (The cat basket used to hold magazines but I gave up trying to keep Smokey out of it and instead placed a blanket in there for him.)
Planning Binder (I have a thing for owls if you haven't noticed).
A peek inside - it's still a work in progress.
My weekly lesson planner - in which I write down all 3 boys' lessons for each day of the week.
And of course, the file folder for this week. :)
A close-up of my pretty pencil mug - it's actually a creamer I love filled with silk flowers, writing instruments and a Halloween pop I bought at Whole Foods (just for fun).
Earlybird's bulletin board, where I display things he's working on. Below the board is a small nature shelf just for EB:
Seed examples (pinecone, helicopter, acorn) and a poem/prayer book
open to a particularly lovely page.
New letters for the wall - soon to be painted dusky blue.
And finally, a new little mascot - a gift from my friend Beth. :)
Hope you enjoyed this peek at a few new things in our learning room this year! And I also hope you are all enjoying the unfolding fall. Be back again just as soon as I can! :)