Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

A new school year! June 13, 2011

We’re finally back in the school room this week.  The last of the construction to repair the basement (including the school room) after the major flooding that happened in a bathroom was finally finished Friday afternoon, and we spend the entire weekend setting everything back up.  It’s now almost 11 PM and the last of the finishing touches was done to the room to get it all ready to start tomorrow.

This year, things are a bit different.  We are still doing tot school with Bug and Montessori-inspired preschool with Monkey.  New this year is that we will begin homeschooling Jedi for 2nd grade.  He was previously at a Montessori school, but due to several factors (including the teaching style at the school no longer working with our son due to his having autism), and now we are giving homeschooling a trial run.  We always have agreed to continue a particular educational style only as long as it was in the best interest of the child, so when Jedi really started struggling and falling behind at school, we had to make a change.  This change might be permanent or temporary, depending on whether it is still in Jedi’s best interest.  Right now, he’s very excited to get started!

So, next week we will be back with our regular weekly review posts.  Today, I leave you with the updated tour of our school room.  Most of it will look familiar to those who have been here for awhile, but there are a few updates…mainly our 2nd grade learning shelves.

The sensory table, maps, and science/nature items

Jedi's work shelf. The top shelves are storage. The little trays have his work for the day (each tray is a different subject). There is also a bin of books related to his work for the week that he can use for silent reading (in addition to the recreation books he wants to read). Near the bottom are the encyclopedias, dictionary, and other resource books.

The culture studies/geography shelf. We are using Expedition Earth (from Confessions of a Homeschooler) and are extending each country into a 2 week period of time. This session is China. We also have our seasonal tree on the shelf (we need to add the summer leaves to it soon!)

Here is the toddler shelf (although she's free to choose any work, I wanted all of the toddler aged things in one place)

The calendar, schedule board, and language shelf.

The math, science, and practical life shelves

More practical life, and the sensorial material

The toddler & preschool reading materials

The toddler/preschool area

The sensory bin and older kid work area


3 Responses to “A new school year!”

  1. bettyann Says:

    wow! that’s a homeschool (or any school) dream come true! 🙂

    awesome work – so much time and effort – and it shows!

  2. Amy Says:

    It looks amazing!

  3. Candi Says:

    Love this! I always wanted to homeschool…but I didn’t want to unless I could have an area like this devoted to it! Looks great!

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