Welcome to August!
I always find the first days of August to be a little bittersweet. It’s definitely the wind-down of summer in my mind as we begin to get bombarded by back-to-school sales, tax-free weekends, and the traffic on the major interstate near me fills up even more than usual with last hurrah vacations and college students heading off.
Here in the Maddrey School for Exceptional Boys (my tongue-in-cheek name for our home school), we’re going to officially kick off our school year tomorrow. I’m excited. The boys…are a little (a lot) less so. But the joy of home schooling means I’m really only taking over an extra hour or so of their day. So it’s not a huge change in the overall scheme of things.
This year, my eldest is in 5th grade and my youngest is in 1st.
If you follow the homeschooling hashtag on Instagram (and I’m not sure why you would if you don’t home school, but still) right now your feed, like mine, is probably chock full of people showing off their school rooms. I haven’t thrown my photos up on Instagram (although maybe I will at some point), but I thought you might enjoy a little tour of our school area. That said, don’t get too excited — my decorating style could be described as “early laid back” mixed with “no thanks, that sounds like a lot of effort.”
This is the room as a whole. There’s a bookcase on the wall we can’t see. And it’s conveniently located for piano lessons, too.
To the right is a closeup of the desk where the kids and I do our lessons. Eldest gets a rolling chair, youngest does not, because otherwise he just spends all his time rolling around. (It’s an understandable temptation, but it’s not conducive to learning very much.)
Finally, we have the curriculum shelves. On the top is the 1st grader’s shelf, and below is the 5th grader. (There’s a little overlap, like science and history, but that’s the bulk of it at least.) And that concludes our little school room.
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Last Week on Inspy Romance
On Monday, Janet Ferguson showed us new book covers!
On Tuesday, Heather Gray talked about a new release (or two).
On Wednesday, Ginger Solomon gave us much ado about nothing. Or something.
On Thursday, Krista Phillips brought us once upon a laugh.
On Friday, Kimberly Rose Johnson talked about how the storms of life make sunny days brighter.
On Saturday, Jolene Navarro listed some of the hazards of being a writer.
Next Week on Inspy Romance
Monday: Brenda S. Anderson
Tuesday: Jan Thompson
Wednesday: Autumn Macarthur
Thursday: Shannon Vannatter
Friday: Narelle Atkins
Saturday: Alexa Verde
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