Well, so a LOT has been going on around here this summer. And one of those things has been some work in my heart… to finally get brave. To get brave and step out of my comfort zone to do something that I’ve never done before!
I’m super excited to be launching my first online video training course – which will start July 25th! It will be in a secret group set up on Facebook, and there will be five training videos to view at your own pace, before/after challenges, accountability partnerships made, and of course notes and printables to help you keep it all together!
The main focus of our training will be for homeschooling moms who are prepping this summer for “back-to-homeschool.” But, anyone is welcome to attend – the trainings could easily be applied to non-homeschoolers as well. Our video sessions will focus on:
-what to do with all those arts and crafts supplies that are coming out of your ears (including some GLITTER and FEATHER storage options that will hopefully be helpful!)
-how to keep your completed work and thematic units from overtaking every nook and cranny
-how to set up a home/homeschool command center that can easily be cleaned and put away (in 5 minutes or less!)
-how to organize (and help your kids maintain) an activity/game area
-some general things to be sure to include in your homeschool room that will help you AND your kids stay focused and on task!
THE BACK STORY…
So what makes ME of all people feel like I’m qualified to teach people how to get organized? Maybe it’s partly because I have lots of friends who tell me I’m the most organized person they know. (If you want references, I’m sure they’d be happy to oblige!) But I think it’s also partly because when I was in the classroom teaching, I always felt the constant struggle to maintain order in my classroom. I had great ideas but they rarely came to fruition… and I never could figure out how to get organized, because I simply didn’t have the time in the day to focus on organizing when I was so focused on test scores and assessments, assessments, assessments. In my home, however, the DESIRE to be organized has met the REQUIREMENT to be organized. I feel the pressure of educating my daughter not only to the best of my ability, but also she is my daughter! I need to train her how to keep a tidy home, how to organize things, and how to pass along her knowledge and skill to her children, should she choose to have them. There’s another piece to that organizational puzzle though… and that’s the dollar signs.
ORGANIZING ON A BUDGET…
Ya’ll, I am NOT independently wealthy. We have not found the seeds for a money tree to grow in our back yard. (If you ever find some, just one would suffice – I have a green thumb!) So I’m all about organizing using diaper boxes and containers I already have. I’m all about Dollar Tree. And while over the years I have spent WAY too much money on some FABULOUS and AMAZING organizers from Thirty One, ALL of what I’m going to teach you in my training courses can be done with things you ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE, or can be purchased at Dollar Tree for less than $20. So don’t feel like you’re going to lay down $7 for this class and then have to go out and spend $200 to make it happen. NOT HERE. If you chose to lay out $200, that is between you and your spouse – because I’m not about to promote that. Save your money for curriculum and manipulatives!
I have some fabulous friends that have been there for me day in and day out – I can text them a picture of my “before” mess and set my timer for 15 minutes and get some serious work done, then send them my “after” and get the praise and positive reinforcement that I seem to crave. And I realize that what will make this course the most successful for you, is if I provide that accountability for you as well! So, the Facebook group will be there for you to post questions, comments, and most importantly… your before/after photos! The support in the group will continue throughout the fall semester, so as you face questions or new concerns, you can continue to share with us and I can offer support and new ideas as time goes by, and we can brainstorm together to solve these problems as they arise. I will also randomly ask you to post a photo of certain areas of your home for accountability. Remember – it’s a SECRET group, so only the people participating in the course will be able to see what you post. And seriously, all of this is just $7. Wow. I must be crazy to offer this so cheap, right? Nope. Just wanting to share, and be helpful!
HOW TO JOIN…
So you like what you’re reading? Awesome! I can’t wait to have you join us! I will be sending out a welcome email with details on how to make your payment ($7.00USD – though the course is available to anyone anywhere – yes, even Australia, my lovely Aussie friends!), and how to get added to the secret Facebook group! All you need to do to get started is simply send me an email so that I have your email address! And it’s as simple as that! Please tell your friends so they can join us as well – the more, the merrier, and the more ideas we’ll have to pass around as we conquer questions that have to do with home layout and size/multiple students in your homeschool/various ages of students… not only do you get me with this, you get each other!! So be sure to share!