I love getting organized for school, so we created a designated workspace for our two kids in Kindergarten and first grade this summer. It was a fun project my husband and I did together. We designed it to fit in the corner of our living room since our house is on the smaller side, and we needed to maximize space. Seriously, it was easy and fun to build.
We bought crates from Michaels, which we used as the desk legs, and they also nicely doubled to provide shelf storage. Then we found 2ft x 6ft tabletop boards at Home Depot that we used as the desktops, and we fastened them on to the crates using metal brackets. Finally, we added a coat of paint and some then applied some waterproofing coating to the desk surface for durability. Check out Pinterest lots of ideas for DIY desks. We are not professional woodworkers, and this desk isn’t perfect by any means, but it is ideal for what we use it for.
Our kids (ages 6 & 4) enjoy helping around the house, and each child has their own set of chores. Some days the kids get them done and then excitedly come running to tell me that they accomplished with a massive smile because of their achievement. It warms my heart when this happens. Then there are other days when I must tell them to do their chores multiple times, which leads to me being the nagging mom and sometimes a not so pleasant conversation. My son recently mentioned he felt defeated when I asked him to do his chores because he had failed not to remember to do them on his own. He took the initiative to suggest that I make him a reminder list, and I thought that was a great idea, so that is precisely what we did.
I sat down with the kids, and we talked about the different things that need to be done around the house daily/weekly. The kids were excited to help mom come up with our new chore charts. We made two different charts, a daily chart, and a weekly chart. I laminated the charts so that we can use dry erase markers on them. (FREE Downloads of these charts available)
I made picture icons for the different chores, laminated them, and cut them out. Then I put Velcro adhesives (available at the dollar store, or tape works great also) on the back of each chore icon and placed Velcro adhesive on the chart in the chore boxes so that we can change out chores as needed. For the weekly chart, I highlighted in yellow the days that each core needs to be completed.
Each day, I am overjoyed to homeschool my children, and my life has become richly blessed by educating my children in a home environment. Not only has God given me the opportunity to homeschool, but he has provided all the resources we need to both spiritually and materially accomplish our mission to educate our children. Yet, our experience in teaching our children through homeschooling would be incomplete without a community to share all our experiences, trials, lessons, joys, pictures, and lots of fun. Although the homeschool experience takes place at home, with most of the time being amongst siblings, the aspect of community fellowship is essential for a robust and healthy homeschool family life for your children, and yes, you too!