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My kitchen table is about ready to set me over the edge. In a good way and a bad way. Clutter doesn’t sit well with me and at the moment there are school books for the upcoming year spread all over the place, waiting for their trip up to the school room.

This past weekend was spent shopping and soaking up wisdom at the HEAV convention, while pulling together the last of what we needed for the upcoming school year.  I found some great used curriculum deals, made a few new purchases and am really looking forward to mapping out the upcoming year (and sharing with you all). There are a few tweaks and changes that I am VERY excited about!!

Am I the only one that is constantly amazed at the many homeschool companies that exist and the many that I haven’t even heard of before? I l.o.v.e. having the opportunity to talk to vendors one on one and get a better feel for their products and vision.

This Week at a Glance

Our oldest is away this week at a volunteer camp (where I’m helping out as well) and swim team practice has now kicked into full gear, so this week is shaping up to be fairly busy and full – but great! I would love to lock myself in a room and get busy planning, but I have a feeling that won’t be happening quite yet.

One thing I do hope to do is get my ‘piles’ sorted. It’s my first step in laying out our school year and gives me a good visual on all the subject areas we are covering and helps me remember what I may have missed. Then I can do a quick overview on how many lessons, etc… are involved with each program and mentally prepare myself for the next step.

Besides, that will definitely get my tables and nearby surfaces cleaned off, and also give me some mental clarity (did I mention that clutter can throw me over the edge?). 

Other than that, we’re working on a little bit of math, a lot of reading and read-alouds (hello to our 30 picture books in 30 days), wrapping up a few random science lessons, and otherwise I’m planning to sit, relax, and read. Last week I finished reading Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch (cried and dog-eared pages through much of that) and will be picking up Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker this week. As for fiction…well, I’m adding all that I’ve been reading to my Pinterest reading board in case you are interested in seeing all of that.

On the blog front, I’m wrapping up a few nature study printables to share with you all soon (think insects) along with so many other things. If I can just find the time to sit and share it would be LOVELY!

Phew – that’s it for now! What are YOU planning on doing with your week?

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  • Davene

    It looks like you found some great finds! :)

    I’m with you on the piles and clutter – argh. This morning I’ve been tackling my laundry pile, but this afternoon I MUST make progress on the paper/book mess or ALL my hair will be gray by suppertime. ;-) The fact that Moriah will be in bed for a nap means that I have a good chance of making significant progress–good news for all of us. :)

    I, too, am ITCHING to sit down and finish planning–so many thoughts and ideas swirling through my head! But there’s enough extra stuff in this week that I’m going to have to put it on the back burner. Soon though. I hope. :)

  • Love seeing this! I’m starting my summer homeschooling where I read all the books we’ll be using next year. I’m excited to get going on the project (actually just posted about it today and there’s a picture of some of my stack to read in the post if you want to see it: http://ourbusyhomeschool.com/summer-homeschool-for-mom/ ) Have a great week!
    I love reading your blog!

  • I hear you!! Definitely need to get things in the right priority order! :)

  • I bet Rhinestone Jesus really spoke to you, didn’t it? I sobbed my way through that book.

  • Oh it did!! So many pages and thoughts to go back over. I’m making my hubby read it too so he can better understand all that has been in my thoughts and in my heart. :)

  • Joesette

    I purchased LLATL Orange and Tan this year too! Can’t wait to hear what all you’ve planned out!

  • Krista

    You’re ahead of me! I don’t even have piles yet!

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