We don't homeschool, but we can still be inspired by the at-home classroom created by Heidi for her three children. She recently posted a tour on her site, Mt. Hope Chronicles. The room contains work areas and storage aplenty, but still feels uncluttered and inviting... a perfect environment for learning. If only all classrooms looked like this.
Homeschoolers aren't the only ones who spend a lot of time indoors with their children. With all the snow that's been dumped on many parts of the continent, lots of us have been cooped up lately. As we've traveled around the parenting blogosphere, we've been entertained and impressed by the tactics other parents have used to stave off trapped-with-the-kids cabin fever. (It can get ugly. We know that firsthand.) More after the jump...
Megan at Penny Carnival posted a snowbound survival guide containing not one, note two, but twelve great ideas for parents and kids. Some of our favorite ideas: having a tea party in the snow, holding a parade down the hallway, and embroidering your child's doodles on fabric (pictured above).
If entertaining two kids has its challenges, imagine entertaining twenty. We were impressed by the party planning we spotted at Secret Agent Josephine. For her daughter's birthday, she had her mom make fabulous cloth banners (which are also available at her mom's Etsy shop), while she made amazing puppet-show mini-stages (pictured here) to give out as party favors.
And after you've exhausted all your entertaining-the-kids options, you can give yourself a big pat on the back and follow the example of kgirl from The Kids Are Alright: declare a Day-Without-Kids Day, send the kids to school/childcare/grandparents for the day, and luxuriate in the peace and quiet.