Monday, January 7, 2013

Preparing for More Project Work

I want to love the holidays.  I really do.  But it's just all too much.  The busyness.  The sensory overload.    The everything.  I do love setting goals for the new year, but I don't get to relax and enjoy the quiet of that week as much as I'd like, because a certain little girl I love dearly has a birthday around that time.  

In related news: 
Oh my word, my baby is 5!

Ahem.  Moving on.

January is a special time for me.  The month is like a giant reset button.  For my personal goals as well as for our learning goals.  We can pause, reflect on what we've accomplished so far this school year, decide what we would like to accomplish over the next few months, and adjust our plans accordingly.

First, we decided we needed to revise our daily rhythm.  This is day one of the new plan, so I'll let you know a little later how it's going.  So far, I think anything is better than the haphazard way we spent the past couple of months.  Getting back to a loose head-heart-hands rhythm seems to be helping.

Next, we're sprucing up our environment.  We're constantly decluttering, but we needed more than just making room for new toys.  We needed space to breathe.  We needed easy access to materials.  Not too long ago, I identified an unused space near our dining table, which is where we do most of our work.  See those two chairs with the pile of blankets on them?

They didn't need to be there, so I find another corner for them.  Then, I cleared off a bookshelf.  It never occurred to me to do that before, but I wanted shelves for our frequently used art supplies, and I didn't want to spend any money.  This particular bookshelf has been with us . . . well, always.  It has been filled mostly with novels or college textbooks over the years.  We don't want to get rid of these books, but we don't use them on a regular basis.  I decided to box them up and put them in a closet.  Now our beloved bookshelf is filled with beloved supplies within easy reach.  And because it's all out in the open, the supplies get used much more often.

Actually, we removed the books on that bottom shelf also, and we filled it with alphabet stamps, clay, and other things.  I'm still playing around with the organization, but so far I love the new setup.

Next on the agenda: more project work.
My oldest is reading up about rocks and minerals, and the youngest is interested in snow, lions, cheetahs, and learning to read.  We're reading a bunch, and we'll see what sticks.  I'll share more about those projects as they develop.

Now it's time for mama to work on her own goals and projects.  More on that another day . . .
Wishing you all a wonderful 2013!


  1. Stopping by to say I'm glad to see you back to blogging. I've been reading your blog for awhile, and one of my New Year's resolutions was to start commenting on blogs instead of just read them! I like to organize at this time of year too, after the rush of the holidays. And my little one is about to turn 4, so I understand the birthday shock! I love your rhythm posts as that's something I'm still working on here. :-)

    1. Thanks for saying hello, Jenny! I hope to hear from you more often. :)


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