Homeschool produces tons of paperwork. There are the math lessons, math tests, English papers, writing assignments, diagraming, history outlines, science lab reports, so on and so forth.
What in the world do you do with all these papers?
Zen of Homeschool Paperwork
One solution is to use a white board or chalkboard instead of using paper for diagraming, math lessons, and spelling tests. A Slate Chalkboard – 4 x 6 Inches can work wonders as well. The slates are perfect for spelling tests or entertaining toddlers.
But while slates, white boards, and chalkboards reduce the amount of paper produced, they don’t solve the problem. The papers continue to pile up on the kitchen counters and in the work areas. You’re still left with the question of what to do with all the homeschool paperwork the children produce.
1. Specify a spot for children to turn in completed work.
It can be a pretty basket on the kitchen counter, a red file folder in the file box, or a box on your desk. The specifics don’t matter as much as there is a spot to place papers.
If there’s not a spot, the papers get lost. Children, for some strange reason, object to redoing lost assignments. Especially if you lose it.
2. Determine a time to sit down and grade the homeschool paperwork.
It can be in the evenings, over lunch, or first thing in the morning. The details don’t matter as much as having a regular appointment with yourself to glance over the papers the children produced.
3. Give feedback to the children.
This makes grading over lunch or during a quiet time after lunch one of the best times to grade. You can give immediate feedback to the children in the afternoon.
They can correct the work immediately or make plans to fix it in the morning. When they are finished, they again turn in the work. It will be graded during your next grading period.
4. Determine what papers you want to save for posterity.
Tests, writing assignments, science labs, worksheets, and maps are handy to keep. Once you determine what you want to keep, the question becomes where to store the papers. Some people throw the papers in a box and label it by child and year.
I use thick 3-ring Binders divided by subject. Each child has their own binder. Any papers that don’t need to be returned to the children for feedback, should be immediately placed into the portfolio.
If you follow these 4 steps, you’ll stay on top of the paperwork. It will no longer take over your life and create chaos.
You will have achieved the Zen of Homeschool Paperwork.