The undertaking

I need a wide-angle lens. There’s more that you can’t see. I’m finding and organizing every single homeschooling item in the house. And we’ve been at it for years now.

Not as messy as it looks

There’s a system.   I promise.

Math here, science there, history under the chair, German books in the corner, readers on the treadmill,  a growing stack of things to give away or sell…and on and on. I haven’t hit the math manipulative drawers yet.  I admit to experiencing trepidation.

We’ve taken the week off to mark the time between our winter/spring semester and our summer semester. There have been a number of projects itching at me, and I needed the time to tackle them. Sewing a summer skirt and maybe a dress, planning out the next few months, reading, brainstorming, and this enormous project.

Work first, then play. Although, since I’ve given myself the luxury of time, this doesn’t feel overly like work.

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9 thoughts on “The undertaking

  1. Courtney says:

    No joke — this is *exactly* the condition of our homeschool shelves right now: stacks of books all over the house. I cling to the joy I’ll feel when it’s actually d-o-n-e!

  2. Stacey says:

    As a Mama to a young one (as in not quite three) I look at that picture and get a giddy feeling of ‘oh someday’ but for now we paint, we draw, we play.

  3. Karen says:

    Can I just say…I LOVE the fabric on your barstools – 70’s vinyl?…gorgeous.

    People always come to our house and comment that we must be homeschoolers cos we have so many bookcases and boxes, and books piled on every available surface.

  4. Sharonnz says:

    Hehehe…I spot Story of the World that we’re currently reading. We just bought two new big bookshelves a couple of weekends ago and now this home-learning mama is breathing a little easier!

  5. Mariah says:

    I second the barstools!

    I did a major cleaning just the other day. I finally passed on many of our non-fiction picture books. I was so ready for the space and we have a very appreciative friend to pass them to so it was easy to pack them up. This isn’t always the case.

  6. inglesidebelle says:

    Every single item? You’re a better woman than I am! I was feeling good that at least I’ve collected materials to fill four big boxes of items we can sell/give away.

    A couple of years ago, we estimated the number of books we own to be about 1800. I can’t imagine trying to gather together in one place the materials we still have.

    But then, I don’t know how old your children are, nor how long you’ve been homeschooling. 15 years or so for me and I’ve graduated two students, so perhaps I am entitled to have a *few* more things? 😉

  7. Lisa says:

    Why is it I always give away stuff I later need? Like the Rod & Staff 5th grade math book now that my d & I both want to learn drawing to scale and it has that. Or the Eyewitness book on Knights now that we’re to King Arthur? Your stacks are admirable. I’d be fascinated to see what you decide to sell or give away. Your choices are often so excellent, I’d love to know the rejects. Please consider a “best of the homeschool year” post for the stuff you and the kids have loved this year. Even if it’s yarn. It’ll still be interesting!

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