Have you ever had papers piling up on your desk or spent the afternoon searching for your meal plan? Frustrating isn’t it! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wasted hours searching for the papers I need for my house and home.
You Need a Homeschool and Family Binder
My filing system is wonderful. It holds all the papers we’ll use over the school year. The student accountability pages for Tapestry of Grace are stored there. The coloring sheets for Story of the World are carefully filed away.
The Homeschool and Day Planner keeps me on track. My appointments and to-do’s are noted onto the appropriate pages. My homeschool plans are jotted down for me to refer to.
However I still don’t have a place to store the answer sheets to various science quizzes and tests. If I need to reference Tapestry of Grace, I must pull out my think and overflowing quarterly binders.
Menu plans are tossed haphazardly on the kitchen counter and often get lost under a pile of mail. Have you have that happen to you? It’s horrid and you spend half the day looking for your menu plan.
What about the newsletter for my homeschool group. There are many wonderful field trips and activities listed, but it needs a home.
There are simply a ton of papers to keep track of in the modern household. My current method of tucking the papers into various nooks and crannies hasn’t been working well. To be honest, it’s absolutely horrid.
Personally I don’t want a binder just for school information, a binder for household information, and a binder for blogging information. I’d like one binder to hold it all. So I went looking for information on just what to put into homeschool and family binders.
Round-up of Homeschool Binders and Family Binders
Richetta at Encounters With Learning shows what she has in her homeschool binder including many links to printable pages to use. I especially liked her first section on Inspiration. That’s one I never would have thought of!
Mique at Thirty Handmade Days gives a detailed look at her family binder. She even recommends keeping copies of birth certificates so they’re ready when you need them.
Merry at Hope for Homeschool shows her teacher’s binder. I loved the subject tabs. Since I’m contemplating adding a morning time our homeschool day, I could have a morning time tab specifically for that.
Katie at My Sweet Homeschool has an informative post about the types of documentation to consider keeping on hand. She includes school, medical, and community documentation as well as work samples.
Jamie at The Unlikely Homeschool keeps a Home Companion binder. The binder has 5 different sections. She even keeps a ‘loan’ page to note items that’s been loaned out to friends.
Kris at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers also details her binder which includes a prayer journal as well as homeschool and blogging information.
Donna Young has lots of wonderful printouts to use for your binder.
Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus has wonderful printouts for your home management binder.
Jessica at Life as Mom shows what she has in her homeschool binder.
Lynnae at LynnaeMccoy.com lists the supplies and sections she used to create her homeschool binder.
Last, but not least, Daniele at Domestic Serenity talks about her home notebook. There’s a video, tons of links to various printables, and suggested categories. Be certain to check it out.
Next on my to-do list is to create my homeschool binder using the plethora of ideas I’ve run across.
Do you keep a homeschool and family binder?