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Project #walk365 {March}
What a difference a day makes! Sunny, 40 degrees, no wind or snow. Missing two layers that I needed to stay warm yesterday. 1.5 miles. Just out doing my thing. 1.6 miles today. My walk tonight was cold and windy! 25* with 15 mph wind. 1.06 miles.  1.12 mile...
What a difference a day makes! Sunny, 40 degrees, no wind or snow. Missing two layers that I needed to stay warm yesterday. 1.5 miles. Just out doing my thing. 1.6 miles today. My walk tonight was cold and windy! 25* with...
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Project #walk365 {February}
I walked 40.1 miles in February! (Pictures in order for the month.) This brings my total for the year to 75 miles! If you remember, I set a goal in January to walk 365 miles in 2015 (#walk365). There are 59 days in January and February, so I'm 16 miles ahea...
I walked 40.1 miles in February! (Pictures in order for the month.) This brings my total for the year to 75 miles! If you remember, I set a goal in January to walk 365 miles in 2015 (#walk365). There are 59 days in January ...
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Real Life Homeschool
This year we have finally gotten into a good, sustainable routine with homeschooling. We don't spend a bunch of time sitting still and cranking out worksheets, but I do sit and work with my two oldest boys for awhile each day. We have curriculum from My Fat...
This year we have finally gotten into a good, sustainable routine with homeschooling. We don't spend a bunch of time sitting still and cranking out worksheets, but I do sit and work with my two oldest boys for awhile each day...
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Looks like you have a nicely organized space that works well. Your post asked what other people do so here goes. The end goal I have in mind is for my boys to become responsible capable people by enjoying learning, playing, creativity and work. I think to get there they need to perceive all those things as being fun and part of the same game. I don't want the boys to feel that "work" and "learning" are the opposites of "play" and "creativity". I try to avoid things like awarding play time for having put in work time as that reinforces the perception that work and play are polar opposites. Yeah I have to kind of trick them into working sometimes and most of the time they're on to me. But I try.

If I'm not going to make clear distinctions between "work" and "play" I also need to avoid creating distinct formal areas for those activities. I have no designated space that resembles a formal school classroom and no official playroom either.

Having said that, as you pointed out there are different types of learning, playing, creating and working that might need to go on. Some is messy or boisterous, some requires quiet solitude and concentration, and others needs a relaxed collaborative space. The loud or messy stuff goes into the "project room" or outside. Quiet activities might happen anywhere there is peace (usually a bedroom or the den), and the relaxed collaborative activities often end up in the kitchen. All our pencils, markers, crayons, paints and papers are kept in the "project room" but in little fishing tackle boxes that are easy for the boys to carry around. This way the supplies can make their way to the kitchen or wherever they want and, with some prodding and reminders, will end up back in the project room when finished.

I've tried a similar system for making Nerf gun foam darts get collected and put away but so far haven't found the answer. Those things seem to breed like roaches and show up in the strangest places. But at least those aren't as painful to step on as Lego bricks!
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Ellie's Closet {Jean Skirt}
I remember mocking those  crunchy homeschooling mamas in their jean skirts and tennis shoes herding their small flocks through nature walks at summer camp in the 90s. Now I am one. But I do have to say, jean skirts have come a long way. So have practical wa...
I remember mocking those crunchy homeschooling mamas in their jean skirts and tennis shoes herding their small flocks through nature walks at summer camp in the 90s. Now I am one. But I do have to say, jean skirts have come a...
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My #walk365 Project
I'm not really into New Year's resolutions. I think they're optimistic and idealistic and doomed to failure. But who doesn't like the idea of a fresh slate and a new start? This year is a big one for me. My husband will be graduating in May and we'll probab...
I'm not really into New Year's resolutions. I think they're optimistic and idealistic and doomed to failure. But who doesn't like the idea of a fresh slate and a new start? This year is a big one for me. My husband will be gr...
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Ellie's Closet {Winter 1}
I really have fun putting outfits together on Polyvore. It's like virtual shopping without spending any money! Of course that means I'm sometimes disappointed with my real closet, but it also gives me inspiration for a few items I feel I would really use an...
I really have fun putting outfits together on Polyvore. It's like virtual shopping without spending any money! Of course that means I'm sometimes disappointed with my real closet, but it also gives me inspiration for a few it...
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Reading Nook {Moodboard}
I've been thinking lately how nice it would be to have a spot to curl up with the laptop or a book and have some quiet time for reading or getting online projects done. This could be a corner of a master bedroom, a guest room with a sitting area, a nook at ...
I've been thinking lately how nice it would be to have a spot to curl up with the laptop or a book and have some quiet time for reading or getting online projects done. This could be a corner of a master bedroom, a guest room...
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Real Life Menu Planning
I made this dry-erase menu board a million and six years ago. If you've been around my blog over the years, you've seen it in several different kitchens now. It's simply a piece of burlap sandwiched between the frame and glass of a picture frame. The tags a...
I made this dry-erase menu board a million and six years ago. If you've been around my blog over the years, you've seen it in several different kitchens now. It's simply a piece of burlap sandwiched between the frame and gl...
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How To Style a Long Jean Skirt
I've been really drawn to the long jean skirt trend. I know not all things are equal to your favorite jeans, but it seems that when you find the right jean skirt you can style it in many different ways, just like jeans. I've taken a few minutes to collect 1...
I've been really drawn to the long jean skirt trend. I know not all things are equal to your favorite jeans, but it seems that when you find the right jean skirt you can style it in many different ways, just like jeans. I've ...
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Kitchen Makeover on the Cheap
I hesitate to do this, but I went down a rabbit hole. We rent. Sometimes I get tired of it. Sometimes I'd like to knock down a wall, remodel the kitchen, or at least paint. Sometimes I like looking a real estate listings in random towns. Towns where I know ...
I hesitate to do this, but I went down a rabbit hole. We rent. Sometimes I get tired of it. Sometimes I'd like to knock down a wall, remodel the kitchen, or at least paint. Sometimes I like looking a real estate listings in r...
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Life Lately {Goodbye 2014!}
I was talking with a friend the other day about how we go through experiences that are confusing and painful and we don't understand WHY. Time passes and things change and sometimes there's a big OH!! A lightbulb moment of clarity as to why the first things...
I was talking with a friend the other day about how we go through experiences that are confusing and painful and we don't understand WHY. Time passes and things change and sometimes there's a big OH!! A lightbulb moment of cl...
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About Dying
I mentioned yesterday that I had stayed with my in-laws after Thanksgiving. It's true! The boys stayed with me but Gary had to go home to finish up the semester and go to work. I'm pretty sure I mentioned it a few months ago, but my father-in-law has cancer...
I mentioned yesterday that I had stayed with my in-laws after Thanksgiving. It's true! The boys stayed with me but Gary had to go home to finish up the semester and go to work. I'm pretty sure I mentioned it a few months ago,...
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