How I have been organizing for our homeschool

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM

So I have mentioned a few times in my Mothers Homeschool Journal and wrote a post about my WONDERFUL new Ultimate Homeschool Planner, so I thought I would show you a little more about how I keep organized. Since it is almost the end of the month and I have to start planning for next month, I wanted to give an update on what has been working and what is not working so far this month.

So I start by filling out my Ultimate Homeschool Planner. I fill out the weekly section a month at a time. So I plan every month but weeks and days. So each day I know exactly what pages or lessons I will be doing.

So then I found these kicking around the house. I think i put them away a while ago hoping to find a purpose for them. They are nice folders and nice and colorful. So after filling out my Ultimate Homeschool Planner, I was looking at all these books and felt the weight.

So I went and grabbed these I think the next day and came up with using them for folders for all the work pages we plan to do through the month!

So each subject is a different color and inside I put 2 folders, one for each child. So for the math folder is blue and inside each folder has pages 1 - 40something and in my planner we do one page everyday. So instead of grabbing a pile of books out. I just need to pull out my little folders. It cuts down on a lot of work and time if rummaging through each book looking for what page we are on.

This system also helps with something I was HORRIBLE at last year! A few times within the school year we need to hand in portfolio's of all the kids work. I was soo bad at that. It would be the day before and I'd be on the living room floor surrounded by books and papers trying to get everything organized to hand it. So I had this lovely organizer lying around the house and I was using last year to put school work in but is was crammed in my very unorganized school cabinet. So I manged to save it from the depth of destruction of my cabinet and I found these nice blue inserts from walmart on clearance for $1.25 each! So the boys each have a set and as soon as they are done there pages, I mark them right then and there and they get stickers and happy faces if they did a good job and it goes straight into its section. I have these also organized by subject and by child, so no confusion!

Then once portfolio time comes all I need to do it empty each folder into a big folder for each child and hand it in! Easy Peesy! No muss no fuss.

Then I put this on my little teacher stand/ bookshelf area. So it is right there in our faces and not tucked away in a cupboard where I will forget about it!

Now if only I can figure out how to keep this cabinet of doom organized! This is a before and after shot. The before was taken like 2 days before school started and the after i took just now. It is horrible! This is also what happened last year and why I would get lost in papers, which i got that figured out this year but this cabinet needs help!

So there are a few things that I do to keep organized and some ... not so much! But the folders and planning I did successfully all month and I plan on continuing because it is working! What do you guys do to keep your school organized! Even post links and share your tips and tricks!

Categories: Cleaning & Organizing , 2012

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