Our Little Classroom

Monday, March 16, 2020

We have a smaller sized bedroom which made the perfect little classroom for Kindred! At first, I wanted to do a nature or classical literature themed room (hence, the DIY giant chalkboard) but that is just not Kindred. She is sparkles & rainbows mixed with giggles & energy! So, we scrapped those plans and went with color! We purchased the alphabet linethe white board, & the posters from Amazon.

The garland was also from a local thrift store, 
although there are so many available on Amazon and Etsy.
Her desk and chair are from a local thriftshop and Berg painted them.
The second desk, the one-piece, is Nova's and was found at a summer yardsale.

The beanbags are the mermaid and the unicorn from Target.
The scratch-off map is from Newverest and we will use it to track states Kindred has visited.
The black and white poster in the lower middle off the wall is a 6-generation genealogy chart.

The magnetic or hanging daily calendar is her favorite thing
and has been my biggest headache! It is so cute and comes with male & female
child and lots of outfit choices...
the magnets do not want to stick and slide down the board.
I added little self-adhesive velcro dots to keep everything in place.
the calendar itself keeps buckling from the string it hangs from!
So, I had to reinforce it with strong tape on the back of it.

I have an Amazon wishlist for the things I want to add to the classroom but I am trying to pace myself and choose wisely since we are limited on space. I will update and add to this post as it evolves. 

Happy Birthday, shug!!

Monday, March 02, 2020

Love you, Ash!!

Happy Birthday, Bob

Thursday, February 27, 2020

I miss you every day...


Monday, February 17, 2020

Goes To Nashville Once

Saturday, February 08, 2020

DIY Chalkboard

Thursday, February 06, 2020

We built a giant DIY chalkboard for Kindred when we first started home educating. I could just see this nature-inspired, technology-free classroom with classic literature & illustrations...and then I saw the brightly colored classroom of The Moffatt Girls and I said 'Okay, that is definitely more Kindred." So, I hauled the big chalkboard into our kitchen hallway, apologized fifty times to my husband for changing my mind two days after the project was completed, and started over.

We grabbed a 5x6 board from Lowe's, 3x3s for the trim, and a miter box to cut the angles. 

We used a primer spray on the board.

Rust-oleum chalk board paint had the best reviews on the different DIY blog posts I consulted.

This is after the first coat. We did three coats and it still dried a little funky.
If I were going to attempt this again, I would use a different type of board than the one we used.

I would also have my dad cut the trim with his saw as the miter box either malfunctioned,
or my husband was just a little off in his measurements.
He says it was the miter box.

This board is very solid and quite heavy. The girls are using it to draw almost daily and they are so creative in their artwork!! I'm happy with how it turned out. 

Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights

Monday, February 03, 2020

Last night, our family went to see Zoolumination at the Nashville Zoo. It was the largest lantern display in the country and it was absolutely magical!!

Most of the animals were put up, as the temperature was dropping quickly, and it was past their bedtime. But, the lantern animals were just as fascinating to Kindred.

We talked about the meaning behind the festival and Kindred was excited to learn more about Chinese culture.

We are so grateful to all who brought this festival to our lives and hope it returns next year!!