Thursday, September 10, 2009

School Days

Once a week, seems like that's about all I can handle anymore with this blog thing. Oh well, at least I get something down every once in awhile.

The past week marked the first day of Avery's official "school" experience. He went to his first morning of preschool (it's technically a mom's morning out program) on Tuesday. He LOVED it. Can I even begin to articulate how very excited this child was to be going to school?? He has matured by leaps and bounds in one short week.

That's why I really like letting my kids have a little taste of independence at a morning of preschool. It gets them in a fun environment, to do things that I wouldn't take the time to do (you know those things that require additional clean-up :0) and it gets them involved with kids their own age. Isaiah and Huston both went through this same class and they have all had the same teacher - so Miss Dina is about to experience the 3rd Spellman boy and she is definitely in for a treat.

Miss Dina goes to our church and we have actually been good friends for many years. I babysat her daughter when she was Avery's age (and even younger), now that daughter is a senior in high school. Who knew that Dina would be "watching" my kids someday - paybacks are tough.

Here are some pictures though -

On the way to school with his new lunchbox (which he is in love with... and don't worry we were stopped at a light, I wasn't taking pictures while driving - I'm not near that coordinated!)

Look how excited he was to head into class

And here he is after his first day - with his papers (he looks so big *sigh*)

So I know this will be a success and I know that Dina is going to have tons of stories to share about this one. After his first day Avery came home saying that he was "a widdle angel" - not sure where that came from, but I'm sure Dina will tell me.

As for the older boys school is going well for them too. I have finally been able to organize the school room thanks to some fun furniture finds at the salvation army. I got 3 good pieces of furniture for under $150! With a little touching up and adding to (not much though really) I was able to turn my treasures into usable pieces. Here's the room.

Two of the finds - I glazed the entertainment cabinet - stuck some fabric on the back - slid in some new shelving and it's perfect. The planter I left as is for now. It's a bit rusty but it is perfect as a little table to hold our books and papers.

Lillie likes the cabinets - they're great for sitting in. Obviously I filled them with things that her and Avery could get into - otherwise I would be asking for trouble every day of my life.

This is the other piece of furniture I found (the shelving unit/entertainment cabinet in the corner). It's much more bare basic, it doesn't have much character to it, but it serves it's purpose perfectly - I just punched out the cardboard backing.

The table will need to be replaced eventually - we already are fighting for elbow room.

This is an old picture frame that I found at the thrift store too. I loved it so I put some cork in it and made it into a bulletin board. I'm not satisfied with the fabric I put on it, but it was on sale and I wasn't ready to pay tons of money for a yard and a half of fabric! Give me a break - some of the prices were outrageous! (No wonder people just go buy clothes these days, who could afford to make them??)

I left the train table in here - with the hope that the little ones would satisfy themselves by quietly playing trains while the older ones worked... yeah, I know, wishful thinking - seems to work in Barnes and Noble...

So I am really pleased and we are really blessed to have a room that we can devote to our school stuff. It already has made life so much easier. I truthfully can't imagine homeschooling without it - I know it could be done, but I don't think I would have the level of tolerance needed to do it.

And this school year so far has gone really smoothly. I plan what we are to do the night before and get everything we need laid out in the room and then at 9:00 in the morning we get to work. I might post a little more about that later... too much to put down here on an already lengthy and overall blah post. I'll have to bore you with that information another day...


RK said...

I think that room looks great. I admit I want to see the rest of the I gonna have to show up on your doorstep?

(I do have a tub of clothes to maybe I should. :o)

tammyk said...

I love your schoolroom!! That cabinet is my favorite thing-- it turned out great!

Brook said...

Your schoolroom looks wonderful! I love the fabric that you picked out for the back of the bookshelf. The entertainment center on the kitchen wall looks great with the hooks for tape books. You did a great job with the bulletin board...I love Isaiah's drawing (and Avery's too)! Lillie looks precious in her beautiful dress. :)

Michelle said...

He sure does look happy to be going off to 'school'! Glad it's been a positive experience.

The school room looks wonderful!