Bonnie, from The Koala Mom has these 4 tips for organizing your homeschool. I totally agree with her when she says, “Being organized does help the homeschooling run more smoothly.”
Lisa Marie, from The Canadian Homeschooler has this challenge to help get your homeschool organized in 20ish days. It includes tips, smart ideas, doable tasks with a target each day. I have found it to be extremely helpful in sticking with things. I’m also an all or nothing kind of gal, so when it comes to cleaning and organizing, I digested all the info in the challenge, and tackled all 20ish days in a weekend.
THE SECRET TO AN ORGANIZED HOMESCHOOL
To organize your homeschool is one thing, but then to keep it organized is another!
I have discovered the secret to keeping your homeschool organized. We’re all familiar with this, exercise it in every area of our life, and sometimes it’s hard to do… SELF-DISCIPLINE.
This may not seem like a huge revelation, but at times it’s hard to dig deep and find the motivation to keep at something. Without your own motivation and determination to keep your homeschool organized, it just won’t magically happen (as wonderful as that would be)!
So then the question is:
HOW do you exercise self-discipline and stay motivated?
To remember your end goal and how it feels to achieve that goal!
In this case, think about how you feel when your homeschool is organized.
As a parent, it’s great to teach your children about self-discipline, self-motivation and what keeping things organized does for them.
HOW WE ORGANIZE OUR HOMESCHOOL
We have a space in our home designated as our homeschool room where most things are kept. This room is on our second floor (suburbia life) and is a perfect space away from our main floor living, kitchen and dining area.
We’ll typically spend our morning in the homeschool room, doing Bible, language arts and math so that we’re a little more focused. When it’s lunch time, we move to the main floor, and do social studies, science and art. Moving to the main floor helps keep the mess at bay with any painting or experiments.
Our homeschool room is where everything is kept, except the painting supplies.
13 HOMESCHOOL ORGANIZATION IDEAS & MUST-HAVE’S
These are the homeschool organization ideas and must-have’s as suggested by homeschool moms:
These 10-drawer carts are perfect for each kid’s subject-specific books, workbooks and supplies.
Magazine holders are great to keep teacher’s manuals, student workbooks, and books in an upright position. Whether you have these near or on your teacher’s desk, or in your shelving units, you just can’t have enough of these.
13-Pocket Expanding File Folder
Store each child’s work throughout the year as a portfolio in a 13-pocket expanding file folder. You can either store by month or by subject.
Have easy access to your supply caddies, books, and other desk drawer items using the IKEA RASKOG utility cart.
Book Buddy App
The Book Buddy app helps you to know what you already have on hand in your homeschool without digging for it.
Planning your homeschool and keeping records is great with this planner.
Having a caddy for each of your children and yourself is perfect to organize all the little things.
An endless supply of KALLAX bookshelves from IKEA is the foundation to keeping everything organized.
Magnetic White Board
Have your children do their work on the whiteboard to change things up, write special reminders or notes, put up and highlight artwork, or put All About Spelling tiles on it like we do!
For items used a lot, like flashcards, checklists, and cover sheets, a laminator is ideal and inexpensive to keep things lasting longer.
Everything needs a storage container keeping like-things together, such as stationary, math manipulatives, craft supplies etc.
With more items being available to print, whether free or inexpensive, a binding machine is the way to go to keep those papers together.
Printer + Ink Subscription
With all the printing and photocopying, having a printer and ink subscription is an absolute MUST.
Anchored in Jesus,
I also use magazine holders and a homeschool planner in our homeschool! I have a laminator and I really want to get a binding machine as I LOVE coil-binding our printable books and worksheets. 🙂 We just got a Kallax-style bookshelf for our homeschool this year and it looks amazing. So nicely organized!!! 🙂
Sounds dreamy, Bonny! Everything organized and in its place gives such a good feeling for everyone. Thanks for sharing:)