Friday, September 19, 2014

Read, Steady, GO! September 19, 2014

Flooring laid--check!

Go carry boxes and other very heavy items upstairs, construct shelving, order furniture, unpack the seventeen million Montessori materials, find a pet store that sells fish, find my Montessori albums...they were in that brown cardboard box...We are getting there, very slowly. Can't wait to start schooling and blogging again!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Where We Are - September 8, 2014

Goodness, this move has been long and drawn out. We are just starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. (Albeit, one that illuminates a very, very, busy autumn season.) 

We are finally in the house, but definitely not settled yet. Today we are supposed to have 48 cases of flooring and other materials delivered. Friday, 3 strangers are going to start spending long hours inside my home putting that flooring down on the staircase and entire second level. A week from today the job will hopefully be done. And then it will be moving everything upstairs, receiving furniture deliveries, and making our classroom. I hope that last part will go quickly and we'll be able to start at the beginning of October.

So in the mean time, I am focusing on Christmas, Thanksgiving and the New Year. Yes...I plan that far in advance. Partly because my house will continue to look like this for the rest of the week...
...and partly because that time of the year is very hectic anyway. We've planned an international vacation during the exact time I should be hot gluing adornments to gift wrapped packages and shipping them off to out-of-town relatives and our Virginia Christmas destination. Yes, we've also decided to spend Christmas and the New Year in Virginia which means EVERYTHING needs to be shipped there.(except our hanbok--traditional Korean dress clothing--thank goodness.) I like planning, (though I am getting sick of the searching for things on the Internet if you can believe that) so I generally enjoy jotting down calendar alerts to do things like order premium baking chocolates in November when it is less likely that they will liquefy in transit.

So I thought that I'd share with you some pictures of our classroom...decked out in shaggy carpet (which will be GONE this weekend) and painters tape that I put down to plan the placement of our shelving and tables. 

It is more like 20.5' x 12.25', so a reasonable space. I think we'll have close to the same linear shelf space in this room as we did last year. I am going to construct new custom shelving to make sure we take advantage of every square inch in that space. The biggest challenge will be integrating the large number of primary materials with the moderate number of elementary materials and making sure they are all appropriately accessible. Wish me luck.

Until our next update, I'll leave you with a last pic of my little 'ham'.