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marjproops Fri 08-Mar-13 20:49:41

We are underoccupying atm and ive been using the extra room as a classroom, all set up properly as a classroom, posters/charts on walls, a proper desk, shelves, the lot.

Now we have to downsize (bedroom tax) and wondering where Im going to put all our resources and do the HE.

Where/how do you?

marjproops Sat 16-Mar-13 17:58:51

Good idea there, purples, yes im thinking of taking her to the natural history museum, she loves it there, and maybe the V & A while we are there. combine lessons with a day out as we did with Hampton court. and yes i always take lots of photos!

Its actually driving ME mad that everythings packed/all over the place.
the books and things ive packed ive marked the boxes as schoolwork so hopefully they'll be easy to find.

ill have to ask pwp if they know when the imminent visit is so i can explain properly.
Thanx again.

purples Sat 16-Mar-13 12:19:11

As you say, you really need to plan ahead.
Just an idea, but as you seem to do some lovely day/field trips You could revisit a few places after you move, just to give a certain amount of familiarity and continuity of topics; might help reassure DD that not everything is changing.
Likewise, I'd try to take her to familiar places that she likes; library, local park etc I know when you are packing up /moving there is not alot of spare time, but the familiarity of going to places she likes may reassure her about her new home.(if you move too far then any park would do) Even if you do not think you are doing alot of actual "work" at the park, at least you know you are helping her with coordination, visual awareness etc, and most importantly just keep talking with her about what is around you and getting her to engage with her surroundings. If you need proof about these sort of activities for your LA, then just keep a diary (could use a word document then you can't lose the diary in the move!), write about what you did, what you talked about and you could even put in a few photos.
You said you wanted to keep her old work as proof of what you've done for the LA, to save space and the chances of it all getting destroyed during the move, have you thought of taking lots of photos?? Maybe keep just a couple of DDs favourite bits?

marjproops Wed 13-Mar-13 21:40:40

purples thank you. very long and sweet post there.

You ALL do a good job here, quoting but MEANING pms thing, ''we're all in it together''...!! well done all the HE mums here!

Yes, DC's all over the place mentally atm, only managing about an hour or so, but we're still cramming a lot in.

we went to Hampton court palace yesterday for history lesson/day out/fresh air/change of scenery, and had a lovely time.

so we had a good morning cutting and glueing and reading and drawing Henry 8th stuff, (driving me mad singing ''divorced, beheaded and died''!!!).

Just have to see when and where we move to and cross that bridge...thing is BECAUSE shes autistic, i like to plan ahead somehow.

Id like to keep her next bedroom as a bedroom/play area but if needs be well work something out.depends on size of it.

marjproops Wed 13-Mar-13 21:32:13

flip, must learn to proofread before sending! beeswax!!

marjproops Wed 13-Mar-13 21:31:19

streakybacon thanx, Ill tell DD you said that. Its so cute what she did.

Do any of you get comments when you are out and about with your DCs? as in 'hmm they are not at school'' know the judgy looks and whispers.

I must admit I do it myself sometimes, but try and think maybe theyre doing same as me or maybe they have inset day where they are...but yes the little 'truant' pixie sits on my shoulder whispering that too!!

do you ignore or what? if anyone asks, apart from wanting to say 'none of your beeswzx'' i just say 'shes home schooled and we choose our own hours' or something.

purples Wed 13-Mar-13 10:41:26

Hi marjproops,

Not an easy situation for you, especially as your DC is autistic and likes stuff to be readily available. I imagine DC is very attached to many items and won't enjoy the whole upheaval. Although the transition to a new home will be difficult, I'm sure with your obviously excellent parental skills that DC will adjust well. It maybe a good opportunity to go through everything,and sort out what is important.

Depending on size of DCs bedroom, could you put a bookcase in there for some of the books etc, (storing heavy ones on the lower level, as don't want anything too heavy on upper shelves.) If money is an issue, try local papers for a cheap book case (or my local charity shop has a furniture section and they make deliveries for free; I know some people are sensitive about using Charity Shops, but they are excellent, its amazing what i have found there in the past.)

Maybe you could put a desk in DCs new bedroom? or do you want to keep the areas for work/play separate? Both my DDs have desks in bedrooms, (one desk is actually a dressing table but it fits the space), the desks have a little set of drawers which they love for their stationary etc.

You will need to be inventive about about storage, you mention the possibility of a garden shed, so I assume new place will at least have a garden. I have a garden storage box full of toys, balls, play tent, bottles of poster paint, craft material (chalk, sequins, buttons, pipecleaners etc). I store individual craft material in plastic boxes or ziploc plastic bags (so I can push the air out and seal the bag, it saves space) I then put these bags/boxes in a larger plastic crate which I can easily put in/out of garden store. As craft stuff is well wrapped, there hasn't been any problem with damp or mould.
It also is fun to use the garden for craft, then DC can make as much mess with paint and glue and you don't need to worry about carpet! Obviously not very practical to work outside in the winter, and last summer was pretty poor weather wise.

I use dining table for a lot of my DDs craft work, but it is a pain having to clear everything away, especially when they are the middle of a project.

Invest in a few large plastic boxes, keep a different coloured box for different activities, so DC will know where everything is, and then you can move boxes around the new house as needed. Buy the boxes before you move, then it will give you and DC a chance to sort out material, and may help DC adjust to new place better if they then already know where there things are.

throckenholt Wed 13-Mar-13 07:31:06

Formal sit down stuff is at the dining room table with a couple of bookcases nearby for dictionaries, books we use a lot and the books we write in. All other books are kept on shelves in the living room and brought in as needed.

The table is getting a bit small now - so might need to think about getting something else.

Other stuff is kept in boxes in the cupboard under the stairs. And lots also happens out in DH's workshop and in the garden.

streakybacon Tue 12-Mar-13 07:15:02

marj great that you've got good support - makes LA visits so much easier!

The Richard III stuff sounds excellent - your dd has good imagination smile.

morethanpotatoprints Mon 11-Mar-13 20:14:56

We have quite a large house with 2 rec rooms, but dh business/music takes up one room.
So we can have a lounge without too much clutter about we put most stuff away and will work in different rooms. At first we used kitchen table and this would have been good but unfortunately not practical with so many people coming and going all day. So now it all goes in cupboards, on shelves but we live with too much clutter and reading all these posts has made me realise I need to declutter badly.

marjproops Mon 11-Mar-13 17:44:42

streaky I do that with kinetic stuff, like when DC does lego structures with what we're studying (lat thing was the car park where they found Richard lll! she made an excavation site and everything, and got her mini skeleton and everything!) I took photos and im so proud of them!!

My PWP helpers brill and understanding and came the first time the LA came and literally was putting me on a pedestal!!!!

But yes were all over the place atm with stuff.

musicposy i do that with DC (with judgy looks and comments from people wondering why shes not in school!!!!!) for observations and sociology and stuff, we talk current affairs a lot when I take her for her hot choc and my cappuccino!!

Saracen Mon 11-Mar-13 10:01:02

Ooh musicposy, what a great idea!! That sounds like an excellent way to ensure you make space to focus on what you want to discuss. I mean, I'm sure you get sidetracked in your discussions sometimes, but at least you don't end up being distracted when someone comes to the door or other family members want your attention or you think, "well, we could just have a little break while I stick another load of wash on" LOL.

musicposy Mon 11-Mar-13 00:23:03

Like saracen our stuff is pretty scattered as we have a small house. I did invest in a small bookcase which we have squeezed in and is very useful if DD remembers to put books back there which is hardly ever.

Most of our work happens in bed (because we're lazy) or in cafes. We particularly like our "cafe subjects". I did this with DD1 and have continued with DD2 now DD1 is at college. Things which take a lot of discussion, like Sociology and History, fit perfectly. A cup of tea can last us three hours wink. We get some odd looks, though, sitting there discussing crime or divorce!

streakybacon Sun 10-Mar-13 18:21:28

marj you could take photographs of the stuff you do so you still have it on record to view if the LA want to see it, though I'm sure you know you're not obliged to show any work if you don't want to. And surely they'll realise that you can't have everything accessible if you're mid-move.

MariscallRoad Sun 10-Mar-13 17:21:14

streaky I liked the wood panel, must be warm to have. I also like the private room which is essential for a parent.

Outdoor learning - and pick-nicking - also is a great thing. Parks with aquatic birds.

Some people use blanket chests and shoe trunks as seats, so storage space is included. There are sofas with storage underneath the seat.

marjproops Sun 10-Mar-13 17:08:58

Thing Is Id like to store stuff thats finished but the ed panel comes to check everythings being done every 6 months or so and so want to keep things accessable-dont have loft space.

God knows what theyre going to think cos Ive cleared out the classroom in anticipation of moving now!!! so we ve got stuff here there and everywhere which an autistic child and OCD mum find really helpful....not!!!

well if you can do it in smaller spaces then so can we. Thanx.

living room looking like Waterstones atm with all the books here.

streakybacon Sun 10-Mar-13 14:08:33

I like to keep a room free of 'work' stuff to relax in, and this is a small house so we pack everything home-eddy into the dining room - apart from dvds which are in the living room with the tv.

I have a large desk for the computer so stationery etc lives in there, and a couple of smaller boxes around the room. There are two sets of alcove shelves/cupboards and they take a lot of junk, but the main shelves hold everything we need access to on a daily or weekly basis.

They get a good sort out regularly as our work schemes evolve, stuff we're no longer using gets passed on or put into storage (upstairs or loft) and the next batch comes out - I've forever moving things around, but I guess that's inevitable in a small house.

The walls are wood panelled which is handy for displays as they don't mark smile.

I always wish we had more room but we get by grin.

MariscallRoad Sun 10-Mar-13 12:11:54

streaky, I liked the dining room use smile. We even used the dining table and set chairs down on the floor for inclined planes. Windows were used for observation of moon and clouds and sticking artwork We had made a pinhole camera. It was mostly the kitchen sink and fridge overused for all sorts of experiments. Even the top of kitchen cupboards had stacked boxes. We had a lovely park next door and other large greens nearby for paper kite flying because many people did the same.

Stacking plastic boxes is very useful.

streakybacon Sun 10-Mar-13 07:52:02

Dining room for us. Lots of book cases and cupboards to keep everything accessible. Ds is the most disorganised human being ever to have graced the planet so we need that kind of structure (ADHD). Plus he's working towards IGCSEs now so most of his work is done at the computer.

Fortunately he hasn't an artistic bone in his body so we don't have to accommodate lots of arty-crafty stuff that a lot of people need.

He likes to 'go up to my room to study' but that's a euphemism for faffing about on his phone or DS so if there's work to be done, it happens downstairs. He would cheerfully waste weeks at a time if left to his own devices grin.

MariscallRoad Sun 10-Mar-13 00:12:44

Sad that you have to downsize bec of bedroom tax. We HE ed in a 2 bed flat and still we live in it. We used the living room for multiple purposes. much HE was done in the living room. Books in boxes. Loads of reading was done lying on the floor or sofas, and many experiment carried out on the floor. maps, and pics were hanging from doors and walls. I even hung pics in the bath! art and experiments were in the kitchen and bath. I had bought tall packed bookcases, I used wall space because the ceiling was high. Some beds have storage space underneath and help. We hang cut out clouds as mobiles from the ceilings. Paper crafts and other things in boxes.

marjproops Sat 09-Mar-13 22:31:28

ooh the expedit range looks good...good excuse to go to ikea when needs be!

Its just that DC has the learning age (shes 12) of a 5 year old and gets stuff everywhere. ATM its fine all contained in the 1 room but.....explosion in a paint factory awaits!! oh well, cant have everything and we have been lucky to have a proper classroom for at least a few months.

Tinuviel Sat 09-Mar-13 21:52:01

We tend to do arts/craft in the kitchen on an old table. But I guess if you bought a plastic tablecloth or something to put on your dining table/desk, that would work - just gather it up and shake outside when you've finished.

We recently bought some of Expedit range from IKEA. It's really handy as you can get storage boxes and drawer units to fit into some squares and use the rest for books.

marjproops Sat 09-Mar-13 17:56:01

And Im also concerned about where we will do our arts and craft, messy paint and glue evrywhere!!

marjproops Sat 09-Mar-13 17:55:00

Thanx for replies Banjo yes good typo!!

We dont have many clothes as it is, so do have cupboard space, its just as DCs autistic she likes to have evrything organised and in the same room/place, and books on show. and its easier for her to find things too.

I have NO idea where well be moving to, or what the room spaces will be like, I guess well just have to croos that bridge when we come to it, I like us having a proper desk and whiteboard etc etc and posters/charts up. but im thinking if we get a place with a large shed i could always insulate it and make something there!!

(puts Blue Peter hat on).

Tinuviel Sat 09-Mar-13 13:55:30

We have a nice sitting room, where the DCs read but most of the work is done in the 'family room' which has actually become dining/HE room. However, although we keep HE books in here, there are books in virtually every room in the house! The computer is also in here on a nice big desk, so that when they are working on it, I can check that they are not playing games/visiting Bearville!!

it is a bit of a pain having to clear the table to eat but at least it means that stuff gets put away rather than accumulating on the table!!

ToffeeWhirl Sat 09-Mar-13 08:42:01

Sorry you have to downsize, op. It sounds like you have a good set up for home ed and it's a shame you will have to lose it.

We live in a small house, so have never had a designated room for home ed. We have a large shelf in my DS1's bedroom where we keep all his books, files, etc. Every Sunday night, I carry the relevant books downstairs for work on Monday. Our dining room then becomes our home ed room. We work at the dining-room table, which becomes an unsightly mess of computers, books, papers and printer during the week. Maps are kept rolled up in DS's bedroom (he refuses to have them up on his wall ('uncool') and DH doesn't want them on our wall either!) and brought out when required.

If it's particularly cold, we work in the front room, lying on the floor in front of the log-burning stove.

I also have a box tucked away under the piano in the dining room, where I keep extra resources, such as printer paper, extra folders and so on.

It's a pain having to use the dining-room table as our work table because it means that I have to clear it every evening for dinner. Sometimes we just shove stuff over to one side to make space to eat!

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