Thursday, October 25, 2012

Down Home Tour: Lindsey Cheney


{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Welcome back! We’ve arrived at the final stop of our Down Home tour, the home of Lindsey and Sean Cheney. If you missed the first two homes on the tour, you can read about the homeschool spaces of Jill Talley and Tamzin Ritter, which were featured earlier this week.

The Cheneys are on Track A with their three children, Gracie (Intermediate), Lily (Primary), and Silas (Kindergarten), and are in their 5th year at SLOCA. Lindsey also owns her own sewing business, The Pleated Poppy, so she talked to the group about balancing homeschooling and working. She finds that disciplining herself not to work during homeschool hours is the key for her, so she runs her business when the kids are at SLOCA, after homeschooling is done for the day, and in the evenings. 

The Cheneys have a dedicated homeschool room, where each child has a workspace that suits their needs. One child is nearest mom, one has some space to herself, and one gets to climb up on top of the desk to reach his things, which is something he enjoys and helps get a few wiggles out. Lindsey uses workboxes, which she customized to fit her style and color-coded for each child, and she says that they are her biggest help in keeping everyone moving forward on homeschool days. 


Pictured above:
1. A number line and forward-facing books, displayed at kid-level. 
2. Dolch sight words on index cards. Words that are mastered are moved up higher, while words being learned are placed lower.
3. An art line is hung up high, a space-saving way to showcase school-related art. Lindsey used the wire hanging system from IKEA here, as well as on the other side of the room to hang history timeline pieces. 
4. Poems being memorized are colorfully written on butcher paper, and latin words are displayed here on index cards. These are taped to the cabinet front with fun Japanese Washi tape (which she found at Target). Simple and appealing.
5. One set of workboxes, with homemade number labels, which she printed on colorful cardstock.
6. The group enjoying lunch at Lindsey’s house.

Many thanks to Lindsey for not only inspiring us with your homeschool area, but also for hosting a beautiful lunch and opening your home to us. It was a most memorable day and we appreciate everyone (and their families) who made it happen. Thank you!

BONUS: Click here for a BWise coupon, for 50% off one item, good for the rest of October!

Let’s talk: How do you balance homeschool and work, or other responsibilities? 

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