Have your homeschool books gone missing? The science books are hiding under piles of art supplies. History and Latin books are curled up together at the bottom of a crate. Math books have disappeared under a bed.
While keeping textbooks used by individual children in their school crates works well for the textbooks, it’s a disaster for reference books. Where we keep our homeschool books is the difference between chaos and order.
Thankfully you can organize your homeschool books in 5 easy steps.
Organize Your Homeschool Books
1. Establish where the work areas for your homeschool
If you have a homeschool room where all of your homeschooling happens, your work is done! If you’re like my family and you homeschool throughout the house, it will be a touch more difficult.
In my case, most of the children homeschool in the living areas of the house: living room, dining room, and kitchen. Reading is happens with kids curled up on chairs in the living room. The kids prefer doing math on the same dining room table I did my math homework on years ago. Go figure.
The kitchen is were the excitement happens. It’s the home of science experiments and art projects.
2.Find a safe and handy spot to store the books
There are two goals for my family. I like to keep all the homeschool reference books together. The kids never remember to put the history textbook in the history area and the science book with the other science books.
Instead they’re all left in a pile or on a shelf. My life is easier if all the reference books are together so I don’t have to search out where my children hid the books today.
It also has to be easily accessible. Wading through toys, crates, and chairs irritates me when I’m trying to grab a book and teach or plan.Stepping on Legos certainly does not help me explain long division. I need easy access to my homeschool material.
3. Place all of this quarter’s homeschool books there
Don’t worry about all the books in the house. I have books from last year neatly stored for the next time we reach the ancients. However I don’t place these books on my homeschool shelf. Only the books I currently need are stored together on my easily accessible shelf.
Also stock the shelf with reference books such as a children’s dictionary, The Kingfisher Atlas of World History, The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, and The Usborne Science Encyclopedia.
This makes it easy for the kids and you when a research report is being written or an English assignment has the children looking up words. The books are on the shelf just waiting to be used.
4. Keep library books there
The kids will know where to go when a strange book appears on their assignment list. They’ll ask you! And you’ll tell them to check the homeschool shelf!
Also nothing is worse than searching the house for missing library books. Even if the kids bury the books in their crates, it still require hours of searching to find all the books. At least it does in my house.
Keeping library books on the homeschool shelf keeps them from getting lost. It’s also saved me from countless library fines!
5. Teach the children to return the homeschool books
Kids always forget to put things back when they’re done. They never think to return items. Now it’s your task to train your children to return the book once they’re finished with it.
Give your homeschool books a home and keep them there!
Do you have a home for your homeschool books?