Let’s face it. Nothing is worse than waking up on Monday morning with nothing prepared for the week’s homeschool. Instead of enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, a good book, and a relaxing start to the day, you’re running frantically about the house trying to gather papers, pencils, and books. You need resources to organize your homeschool!
A Good Filing System
A good filing system will present you with prepared papers and plans for your entire homeschool year. Instead of dashing about the house, you pull the papers you need from the week’s folders. You’re ready to educate your kids.
To summarize my system quickly:
36 hanging files are labeled from Week 1 to Week 36. Within each week’s hanging file, I have 1 colored folder labeled Teacher Info. This folder contains anything I need to teach my children. This could be teacher’s maps, teaching instructions, tests, or answer sheets. It varies subject to subject.
Behind the colored folder, each child I’m teaching has a manila folder labeled with their name. All papers the child needs are filed in their folder. These papers include the Tapestry of Grace Student Accountability pages, maps, science notebook pages, etc.
During the summer I print and file every paper we need for the school year. On Monday morning, I pull out the file storage box, grab the hanging file for the week, and hand out the appropriate pages to the kids.
No matter what happened over the weekend, we’re ready to go on Monday!
Here’s an in-depth look at my system if you’d like more information about how to creating a simple filing system for yourself!
The next secret of an organized homeschool is to have a place for each child to store their school supplies. In my house, this spot is a crate.
Crates are wonderful. They hide under chairs and coffee tables when the kids aren’t studying.
Crates are easy to use. The kids just grab their crate, claim a spot at the table, and start the day.
Crates are the perfect solution to where to store the kids’ school supplies in a small house.
Each child’s crate holds their textbooks, binders, pencil box, ruler, notebooks, papers, and reading books. Even the youngest children have a crate assigned to them. Everything they need is stored in the crate.
Homeschool Command Center
Let me ask you a quick question. Where do you store your teacher’s manuals? What about reference books and papers to be graded?
I bet you don’t have an assigned spot for you to manage your homeschool. You don’t have a spot to place tests that need to be graded or a shelf for homeschool books you’re reading.
The kids need a spot to store their homeschool supplies and so do you.
You need a homeschool command center.
This command center needs to be near where you homeschool. If you have a dedicated homeschool room, that’s great! Use it.
Otherwise find a desk, a counter, or a shelf you can dedicate to your needs as a homeschool mom.
Place a wire basket for kids to drop their completed tests and papers. Keep a pen holder full of pens handy and guard it. If your kids are like mine, they’ll raid your pen supply and leave you sending out search parties.
Store the books you need as reference handy and waiting for you to use in your command center.
Pick up these resources to organize your homeschool, and you’ll have everything you need for a well-run homeschool.