This is a follow up to “Moving Forward.”
So, last week I dished out a bunch of advice about how to help the school year regain its momentum. My first idea was to rearrange the school space to make it fresh and interesting. After writing about it I thought it was such a great idea that I inspired myself to go do it. Here are the before and after pictures of my several hour long labor.
As I began to move things around I thought about each of my children and their individual needs. My oldest has a hard time focusing on her own work because she keeps watching her sisters. I decided to move her to the desk in the nook with the computer, away from distractions. That freed up the other desk for my second child. This was important because the card table she was sharing with her little sister kept getting bumped and shook when she was attempting to practice writing. Hopefully, this move will save us much frustration in the future. Lastly, I needed to think of my youngest. She would feel very left out and discouraged if she didn’t have a desk too. I had to put on my thinking cap for this. After many attempts at making a desk I resorted to bringing down a small table my husband had thrown together for the keyboard. It was just her size and she loved it. I did end up putting a small cardboard partition between the two younger girls desks to keep them from bothering each other.
The result of my work was kept a surprise until Monday morning. This added to the excitement the girls already felt about a refreshed space. They were so happy with the new look and could not wait to get started on school. It was work that was very much worth every minute. Overall, a smashing success!
Now if I can just work on utilizing more people to help teach…