Homeschool Books – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

How do your school books and papers look right now? If your students have books spread out in several places, talk to them about where their designated place is for school books. If you do not have a designated place, make one. I have a school cabinet with doors that open and close. Each of my children has a designated place for his books.

When we first started homeschooling, I had to figure out a way to handle books and papers. We spent too much time trying to find books and pencils. I moved an open bookshelf to my kitchen, and we used that for a time.

My husband did not mind that everything was visible, but he found a great deal on a TV cabinet. We put it in the kitchen and moved all of the daily use books and supplies into the cabinet. I have had up to 6 students. I have been able to fit everything that we use daily in this cabinet. Now, that I am down to 4 students, I have room for more of my teacher resources.

Some of my friends use rolling carts. Others use plastic crates. There are many ways to organize your daily use materials.

Besides this cabinet, I have three other bookshelves that hold my additional homeschool resources. I had four bookshelves of additional books, but I decluttered an entire bookshelf one school year.

My record keeping it pretty simple. It is based on state requirements for my homeschool. I also keep track of high school courses and grades for a transcript. I don’t keep everything they produce.

Spend 15 minutes decluttering and organizing your homeschool materials.

Have a great day!

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Zone Mission – Declutter 1 Kitchen Cabinet

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Wipe Windows and Mirrors

 
Menu Plan for Wednesday: Soup and Sandwiches (Chicken and Salad for mom)

Routines:

Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School:

  • Get out some art supplies and be creative with your children.
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • 15 minutes of loving movement

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 10. She and her husband have homeschooled for 16 years and have graduated two of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 4 boys who are in grades 12, 10, 8, and 5. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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Homeschool Books – Getting Organized — 2 Comments

  1. Great idea! For some reason, this first year with two students plus a preschooler, I feel like I need a new organizing way. I’ve kept a bunch in carts, but it just doesn’t all fit and I’m moving it to a cabinet with doors that close. The rest is on a bookshelf in the basement. I also set up work boxes on carts this year for the kids but, my goodness, they keep filling them with their “stuff” and using the top as their own personal hot spots! I guess it’s a good opportunity to train them on taking care of hot spots…they always remind me about mine…now I’ll encourage them on tidying up theirs! :)

    • Thank you for responding! Sounds like you are well on your way to keeping their school books organized! Consistency in training them will pay off.

      Have a blessed day! Tami

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