Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Back To School Supplies (DAY ONE)


This is my space saver. I just hope it fits like I have it imagined in my mind. More pictures once I have it more organized, and put together.
My paper. The boys have already tore into one pack. Hands OFF boys!


The little bins for coloring crayons, markers, stickers, scissors, and flashcards. You name it we will make it fit!



These were both on sale, but again I got the bottom of the barrel. I will be on a quest to purchase lots and lots of supplies in the next couple of weeks. You just can't beat these prices all year long.




Today was the day that we began to get ready for our back to school activities. I decided that I shouldn't put off the inevitable any longer, and went to town to stock up on school supplies. As usual, I waited a little too late and a lot of the bins of scissors, etc. were empty. Never fear, there are more stores and always another day. I will try try again.




I did manage to get my hands on plenty of goodies though. Like paper. I have loads of paper. Which seems to be the most challenging thing to keep tabs of in this house. For even, when school season isn't upon us the boys love to write or draw, and we are continuously out. I found such a great deal. I bought 10 packs of 70 count binders for only a dollar. I was so excited. So I loaded up my shopping cart with wide ruled and college ruled. When I went up to the register the lady asked me if I like to write or something. I was thinking, "This is a back to school" sale, and that should be pretty self explanatory. I just warmly smiled, so she repeated the question. I decided to let her know that I was a homeschool mom of five. That was all that was said......lol She wasn't like, "Wow" or "I get it", nope the conversation just sort of petered out. I have no idea why, but it did....hehehe



I am done purchasing Levi's academic schoolwork, and I am half way done with Abram's choices. That is such a relief. However, we have decided to go a different route with Isaiah, and I will be hand picking his stuff this year again. I have came to the conclusion that American Schools (a correspondence school) isn't for us. River will be starting into community college courses this year and is very excited and anxious about joining in with the college crowd. To be honest, me too.



Most importantly though, I had to decide how I wanted to organize ourselves this year. No matter how I do it it seems to go amok by the holidays. This is a different house and I decided (for now) that I will NOT be bringing in the large chalk board. The dining room( a.k.a school room) is located in our living room, and I don't want it to take on the school room look. I have done this for several years, however I'm not going to go there this time. I did purchase a black, storage, cubicle, thingy to keep their books and school supplies in. It will be tucked beside the table, and this way everything will be at our ready when we need it. The biggest obstacle with this system will be Roman. He LOVES to draw, and well... get into things. I will need to buy some special stickers, crayons, coloring books, etc for him that is only to be dragged out during school hours. I am hoping to keep a handle on him, and the school supplies.




I was thinking how ideal it would be if he was down for a nap during school time, but he is a late napper. I am not willing to put off schoolwork so late in the day. Instead, we will have to tame the little shrew.....lol.




I still have a lot of books and doodads to go through from our move, but we are in the process. This always gets me excited, and rip roaring ready to go for the next school year. When the boys see my enthusiasm it is contagious. Or at least I hope it is..........

12 comments:

Cherrie said...

Looks like you got some good deals. Good luck with the little one staying out of things. His own stuff should help alot.

Mother-of-Hope said...

Ooooh, I LOVE back to school shopping! And you're right, you can't beat the prices this time of year. I always stock up on extras to keep throughout the year because invariably, pencils get lost, crayons get broken, etc., etc. Saves some middle of the week runs to the store. I don't homeschool; our kids go back this week though. Sam is going to be lost without Hope and TJ, I fear!

la bellina mammina said...

Wow! You've got such good deals! Happy back to school then! :-)

Sis. Lori P. said...

I had our boys drag out the three homeschool boxes of stuff this past weekend. We are down to only homeschooling our youngest son...but I can remember when it was 5 of them too! Busy, busy, busy. At least I don't have to buy very much this year. One thing is driving me crazy. I can't find the D.I.V.E. CD that goes along with Saxon Advanced Math. I know it's here somewhere. I'm resigned to taking every last thing out of those three homeschool boxes full of stuff later this week. Big sigh! Either that or it's somewhere in our second to youngest's dresser drawers from back when he used it...hhmm!?

Mrs.Martin said...

So exciting to get organized this time of year! And with school starting in Oregon after Labor Day, you are ahead of the game Sis. I need to do shopping too. Great sales to stock up all year round.

meNmykids said...

So fun! We have done school half time during the summer (we didn't move) and you would think it wouldn't be so exciting. Wrong. A new begining and new stuff is a sure fire way to get everyone thrilled. We are trying to wrap up summer here. Trying to accomplish a few last things before we go camping for 2 weeks then start school full time. I'm pleased with what we have accomplished this summer, but READY for the real thing again. Now to tackle the jam, painting, and shelf building. And cleaning, yard sale, yard cleanup......

Liberty said...

I have a question for you since you have boys. How did you deal with the play fighting/wrestling, etc. We really struggle with what to allow and not to allow. We are very sensitive about violence in our home but it has crept in and we are at a loss. I would love to hear what you do. Thanks! :)

Trina said...

Cherrie: That will be the REAL challenge. You know how busy Roman is...hehehe

Angel: Yeah I love all the stuff that gets ya ready for school. Sam will have some adjusting to do...Awww!

labellina: Back at you! *wink*

Lori: That sounds like our little Math U See problem. We have been trying to round up all of our dvds and manipulatives. Some how they grow legs and run away at this house...lol Good luck!

Sis: I am hoping to feel well enough to have a good year. The last couple of days have been doozies! ugh

Gale:We got our postcards!! Yahoo! There is something about fresh supplies that bring everyone together...

Liberty: Stay tuned, and I will post about how we handle that very thing, just for you! *smiles*

marykathryn said...

Wow!! You look like you are totally ready to start the new year. Hope your morning sickness will cooperate...
Totally laughing about the brilliant question the check-out lady asked and the fact that it just ended so abruptly gives me the giggles..
No chalk board huh?? What will I doodle on when I come over..I bet baby Roman will show me some good spots..ROFL

Lori said...

I love fresh school supplies!! I wish I lived closer and you could go through all the stuff I just cleaned out - like the exact crate storage thingy you bought!! You will like that and hate it too! You can put it together in the shape to fit your needs but make sure that the pieces that hold it together are on tight. It is a pain when one of those sides slips out and you have stuff on the shelf already. And, NOT that you WANT to hear this...but don't let Roman try to climb on it or use it as a step. (I had a kiddo do that and it bent the shelf piece!!)

Probably more than you needed to know! LOL!

jen b said...

I have four boys, the oldest of which is going to be starting homeschooling. What kind of supplies did you purchase for kindergarten and first grade? Also-what have you done for Art in the past (throughout the years)?

Mrs. Mom said...

Oh wow! It looks like someone had fun! I guess you already know, I luuuuuv the back to school shopping!

I bought a few packs of paper awhile back. It was only 10 cents a pack. I thought, ya just can't beat that! I had moment of temporary memory loss due to the excitement of 10 cent paper!! I forgot I was only buying for one kiddo... oops.