Have you ever started a school day only to have it turn into a disaster from the very beginning? The pencils are missing. Books are hiding. You totally forgot to print the necessary worksheets. The kids take the opportunity to disappear and never be found again. At least until you break open the chocolate.
I’ve certainly been there, done that many times until I learned to prepare the day before.
Prepare Tomorrow’s Homeschool
Preparing tomorrow’s homeschool sounds like a huge chore when you’re already worn out from today’s homeschooling. Seriously it only takes a few minutes and will save you all sorts of grief tomorrow if you do so while you’re tidying up today’s homeschool.
1. Check the Calendar
While our schedule tends to be rather sedate, sometimes something pops up that will interfere with school. Double check the calendar for tomorrow to be certain you’re not going to have any unexpected last minute surprises.
After all nothing is worse than starting your school day before realizing someone has a dentist appoint in 5 minutes and you need to dash out the door.
It really throws a wench into the works.
2. Read Teacher’s Manuals
Since the teacher’s manuals are already out and on the table from today’s lesson, I quickly turn to tomorrow’s lessons.
The very first thing I do is to move my paper clip from today’s lesson to tomorrow’s lesson. It allows me to quickly flip to the needed page when I’m dealing with a wiggly kid.
Next I read tomorrow’s lesson. To be perfectly honest, I don’t sit down and spend 15 minutes absorbing every detail. Instead I glance over the supply list to ensure I have the needed supplies before looking at tomorrow’s lesson.
Generally I only spend a couple of minutes glancing over the lesson, but it’s enough to give me a heads up on tomorrow’s lesson.Preparing tomorrow's homeschool only takes a few minutes today and saves headaches tomorrow.Click To Tweet
3. Check Supplies
My kids each have a school crate filled with paper, notebooks, and their pencil boxes. Each pencil box contains crayons or colored pencils, regular pencils, pens, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, and scissors. The teenagers also have a protractor and a compass in their school box.
Part of my routine to close up the homeschool for the day is to double check that all supplies have been returned to the pencil box and the box returned to the crate.
The older children are really good about picking up their supplies. My little first grader usually picks up her pens and pencils. My kindergartner doesn’t even think about it so I put his supplies away myself.
4. Reorganize the Shelves
If your kids are anything like my kids, books end up all over the house. Math textbooks hide in the bedrooms. History books wind up under the sofa. Literature books wander into the kitchen.
If the books actually find their way to the shelf, they’re simply left in a pile rather than neatly placed back on the shelf. I’m working on teaching the kids to put their books away neatly, but it’s an on-going process.
I’ve found it’s important to spend a few minutes ensuring all the books are returned to their proper spot as I’m closing up the homeschool.
Otherwise the kids will be yelling for me to find their school books in the morning.Return supplies to their proper spots when you're finished with today's homeschool.Click To Tweet
5. Double Check Plans for the Morning
Not all subjects are covered everyday. For instance the littles and I only do science twice a week. This means I do need to double check my plans for the morning.
Again I don’t pull out science and spend 30 minutes going over the lesson in minut detail. Instead I spend about 30 seconds glancing over the lesson plan ensuring I understand what’s being covered and why.
I also double check that I know where the needed supplies are. Since I tend to keep boxes of supplies in the house, for instance I keep a box of science supplies and a box of art supplies, it’s pretty easy.
Sometimes though science, history, or art requires supplies I don’t normally keep on hand. I try to pick those up over the weekend. Sometimes I discover as I’m putting the school supplies away that something is missing.
It’s easier to plan a quick run to the store in the evening than it is to dash over to the store when we’re suppose to be doing school.
Take a few minutes everyday as you’re putting your homeschool supplies away to prepare tomorrow’s homeschool. It will save you hours of frustration and aggravation in the morning.
What is your best tip for preparing tomorrow’s homeschool?