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It’s working, really working

I am amazed at how hard the decision was to home school and how easy it is to just do it. It seemed like such a monumental task to homeschool 3 children. What if it didn’t work? Well, David and I made the decision that it was going to work. No giving up! So far though there are frustrating moments, 3 weeks in it’s working, really working. I see the routine, the kids get it. They are motivated to get up early and finish their work so they have time for things they really enjoy.  Lauren spends the late afternoon on her favorites, art and reading. Payton spends his time with reading and stop motion filming, and Vaughn enjoys making things with Legos, and other creative activities. All the while, my online work schedule fits in, I am able to answer any questions they have, email a teacher if need be, or just make them a snack. It feels good to sit back and see it’s working. The kids haven’t once said they wanted to go back to regular school.  There have been challenges, but usually it requires calling a teacher, they are readily available. They also will wait for their “live lesson” if they have questions on a particular subject. It may just require walking away from the computer and taking a break. The latter happens often with my 8th grader. When he expresses frustration it is time to take a break, and it works. I have to say that Connections Academy is the right choice for my kids. They need the online lessons and the flexibility. They need a structured schedule and teacher interaction. I’m not sure this would work if we didn’t have those options. Switching to my work, I love what I do. I am 1 of 2 assistant administrators (Rebecca started the group) on a great Facebook page that helps Furniture Flippers (link in bio) get the best picture, staging and pricing for their work. The success stories are always my favorite! The people who post how the group has helped their business. Don’t get me wrong, with 18k members we get a few mean responses but overall it is positive. I had a particular piece of furniture that has been sitting in my booth since June, the picture I posted originally was taken before I really focused on staging. I brought it home this weekend to take better pictures utilizing the skills I have learned. I posted the before and after here.  Also, the Mid-Century Modern dresser is an example of staging as well. Along with moving the Homeschool room, we moved bedrooms around. I will post that later this week.

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Before Correct Staging

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Mid Century Modern Dresser

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After Correct Staging

First Day of Homeschool

  I thought it would be chaos. 3 children, Homeschooling for the first time. We selected Ohio Connections Academy because the structure is very close to a brick and mortar school. The kids do ” Live Lessons” at least one per subject per week, sometimes more, especially Math. They have a schedule of work daily and most are online. I have access as a “Learning Coach”. I’m able to approve the work they complete  without modifying it (I found out today that it automatically goes to the teacher, this is just for me, if I need to be a whistle blower and say they didn’t complete the work they claim they did). We woke up early in expectation of a flurry of activity. 7:30 a.m. came quickly. We found out right away that the Teachers were still loading assignments and calendar activity. There were a few technical challenges, a disabled mouse being a major challenge for Vaughn (9 years old). We quickly realized the school and tech support open at 9 a.m.  The kids were anxious to get started so we muddled through the activites online they could complete. There was a bit of frustration, I’m juggling a new online part-time job related to Staging furniture properly, to sell up cycled pieces. Giving suggestions on the best possible picture to show off the artist work. I love love love it. However, with it being a worldwide page, people across the pond were patiently waiting for help. I have to say despite it all, it was a great day. We ended school with a trip to our favorite Centerville library. The kids stayed fairly calm, a few frustrating moments. I realized that so far, homeschool is very relaxed, because, you are in a non-stressful environment and the distractions are minimized. It’s amazing, the time it saves. This evening the kids checked their schedules in preparation for tomorrow. So no surprises first thing in the morning. I have hopes to clean and paint tomorrow. Oh how I miss a paint brush in my hand. Its been over a week! The picture above is the craft room. I haven’t painted all the desks yet, so Vaughn and Lauren worked here today. It worked perfect. I want to give them 2 spaces to use. That way they are in an optimal learning enviornment.