Friday, August 30, 2013

Rearrange the Furniture for Fresh Energy ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

{On Fridays, I post about the highlights of our homeschooling week, usually with lots of photos. I hope something here inspires or encourages you, and thanks for visiting!}


I blinked, and now this is the last Friday in August!



My husband tried his hand at carving the watermelon grill that’s been going around on Pinterest.

Pretty cute!

{Umm…I meant the watermelon grill, but I would apply that to my husband, too. *blush*}


In my life this week… Last Sunday, we had some friends over after evening church. With our eight and their six, we needed some extra table space. Once one of the sofas was pushed in front of the fireplace, we had room in the middle of the living room for another table and four folding chairs. Voila!

After the fun and games were done, the good-bye’s said, and the meal cleaned up, it was just too late to bother to push the furniture back. You know how that is – the I’ll-get-to-it-tomorrow thinking.



In our homeschool this week… Well…Monday morning’s sunshine found the children with an unusual burst of energy and organizational desire. Books were placed carefully and pencils lined up…on that different table in the middle of the living room.



The Bigs have studied, the Littles have colored and cut, and the Littlest Little has even, with much effort, hoisted up a few of his toys.





That means that sitting on the sofa gives all of us a fresh perspective as well.






Now, on Friday, we’re still mixed up and energized. J


So, helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Mix it up a bit by changing the furniture around. Rearrange just before bed so they get excited about starting school the next morning. Or, switch it around while they’re asleep. *insert mischievous laugh*


On the blog this week…




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I’m reading… When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti. “Three eras. Three women desperate for hope. Three reasons to believe it won’t come in time.” I’m only into Chapter Two, but I adore her writing. My heart is broken already for Becky, a grandmother raising her grandson. I can’t wait to see how life works out for her.



My children are reading…

The 13yo ~

My children have been enthralled by the Mandie series, good Christian stories set in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


The 11yo ~

Calligraphy for Kids



She is enamored with fancy writing, so we found a book for her to give it a go. So far so good! J




The 9yo ~

On His Own
This is an Abeka book he’s supposed to be reading for a book report. It’s the story of a boy who’s down-and-out and works himself back to better circumstances.

The Littles ~


There are several books in this series, and they get my Mom Stamp of Approval because the illustrations are colorful and well-done, they promote good manners, and they don’t mention millions of years. J











How was your week? How often do you rearrange your furniture?



Do you have all the Lilla Rose you need for back-to-school?





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19 comments:

  1. I used to rearrange the furniture all the time but ever since my family of nine moved into a 450 sq ft offgrid home I have kept it all the same. But this afternoon I thought I might just try it and I did! The whole family loves the results! Perfect timing for your blog post!!

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    1. Nine people in 450 SF? Wow! I imagine that eliminates all extras, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I'm glad you found another furniture arrangement that works well. Now you can switch back and forth any time you want a different view. Have a great weekend! :)

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  2. What a neat week. I think I'm going to draft my sweet husband to help me rearrange the downstairs tonight while the children are asleep - or maybe we'll plan it tonight and rearrange it Sunday night for a school morning surprise.

    I think calligraphy is so beautiful!

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    1. What fun Monday morning to see their eyes widen with excitement!

      I love calligraphy, too, so I'm glad she wants to learn it. I'm envisioning beautiful, embellished, framed verses gracing our walls.... :)

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    1. I think the Pinterest picture is one of those personal watermelons. A sugar baby, I've heard it called. Ours was a little bigger, but I think it turned out all right. At any rate, the watermelon was good!

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  4. I don't have an "eye" for decorating, arranging furniture, or even matching our outfits. (sigh) I believe my 6 yo daughter just may have the knack for it though! Can't wait til she can help me figure out the best way to position furniture and maybe even give my wardrobe a little pizazz--Modest pizazz maybe? :)

    Love the picture with you reading to the kids. That's one of my favorite things to do with my kids too. It's truly the little things like reading together cuddled on the couch that I believe our kids will look back on fondly when they're older. Very thankful that the Lord spoke to my heart several years ago about homeschooling!!

    Thank you for your blog. I love reading it!!

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    1. Girlfriend, I don't have an eye for any of that either. :) Seriously, no decorating gene here! Our change can't be a permanent one since the sofa is shoved against the fireplace. But it invigorated the children enough that we left it for at least the week.

      I read your most recent post about starting the homeschool year. Isn't it wonderful when the Lord speaks so clearly to us? You're doing a wonderful job, Michelle. Many blessings to you!

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    2. Thank you Meghan!! I'm not on FB, so my family and friends wanted to be able to keep up with what's going on in our lives. I've been reading and getting such encouragement from blogs for quite some time but never really thought of starting one of our my until now. We'll see how it goes!!

      Thanks again for stopping by and for sharing your lives with us. It is so encouraging to be a part of a community of like-minded Christian ladies.

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  5. It's amazing what a little change of scenery will do! Glad your week went well. I like the warning im 2 shirt! Super cute!!! Stopping by from the Hoggatt Homeschool!

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    1. I think I found that shirt at a rummage sale, long enough ago that the boy who is now nine years old wore it when he was two. :) I love it! Blessings to you, Emmalee.

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  6. I wish I could rearrange more often, but in reality, our small home just doesn't allow for it very much. My two girls share a bedroom though and I do switch it up fairly often. It does make everything seem fresh and new!

    I also love the watermelon grill! Too cute! Would be perfect for a Father's Day cookout or something like that!

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    1. Love your idea for the watermelon grill for Father's Day, Jessica. Except my husband would have to do his own grill since he's the Carver. {hehe} :)

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  7. The watermelon grill is so cute! I actually haven't seen that on Pinterest yet, that alone is unbelievable LOL. We officially start tomorrow and I have been thinking of moving living room furniture around some to clear out a reading space. Now you have me motivated!

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    1. I would do anything to make more reading space! :) Hope you have a wonderful school day!

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  8. Those fruit skewers look AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your family with us.

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    1. They're so simple to put together but quite an attractive presentation. You'll love them, Lexie! :)

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  9. That watermelon came out great! What a neat idea. :) I love, love, love how do dinosaurs say goodnight. Maybe a little too much. But the pictures are so nice to look at. :)

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    1. Hmmm...is it possible to love a good book too much? :) That entire dinosaurs series is terrific. I think we own just about every one. :)

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