The sheer amount of things I have to use in homeschooling is absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention all of the record-keeping if you do that. I have some really great ideas, and I also found some wonderful ideas from other bloggers/homeschooling mamas. I have 10 great tips for an organized homeschool.
Now let’s get organized!
10 Ideas for an Organized Homeschool
- Use a large binder w/ custom design: Get a large 3 ring binder for logging every day. Buy a pack of loose paper, and put it in there. Write a description of what was done that day. Log websites you visited, and subjects you studied. To dress up your awesome new binder for FREE, like I did. Go to Avery.com/print. You can design your own cover. I also printed the same thing changing the paper to 3×5 to make a pretty picture for the binding edge.
- Buy a 3 hole punch: for the worksheets. Put those in the binder too!
- Binder Filing: Get a new binder for every year. Instead of buying a bigger or new filing cabinet, I am going to place these on the extra space on my bookshelf. Or if you have room, install a shelf on the wall to hold them.
- Google drive: big projects. We traced our bodies last year and then labeled them for anatomy. These projects, needless to say, were just too big to keep. So on I took a picture and on the Google drive they went!
- Take pictures: I suggest taking pictures of your logs, just in case there is a fire or other disaster in your home. If you have to report every year, you will need these logs! Make sure you keep a backup somewhere safe.
- Shoe Organizer: for pens and more: Check out the picture over at Hip Homeschool Moms.
- Desk Organization: Lovely double desk setup complete with their own personal space for their school things!. I love this setup at Naturally Caffeinated Family.
- Workbox: I always wanted one of these, but I was unsure how I would organize it properly. Check Chaos and the Clutter’s way to use these nifty little containers.
- Spiral Notebooks: I read this article at Amongst Lovely Things when I first started homeschooling. I loved this idea, and I have been using it. I love that I can add these onto the bookshelf to file them too!
- 7 Step FREE Homeschool Planner: This looks amazing! Wait a minute while I print this out. Okay sorry, I got way too excited. Check it out at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.
I hope that you find these tips helpful. We have tried a couple of new programs this year that just didn’t work out very well.
If the kids are crying, complaining, upset, and you are about to pull out all of your hair, just stop doing it.
Find something else, something that does not drive everyone mad. Even if you have made a commitment. The goal is to learn, not to master skills. We are not computers that need to be spitting out information; we are humans who should embrace each other and the time we have together.
Do you have another organizing tip you want to share?
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