Our family decided to make a BIG change a few months ago… to homeschool our three kiddos (ages 5-8) starting at semester. I have learned SO much this first week of homeschooling. Some things have worked and some things…not so much:) Let’s chat about some organization tips that made my first week a success! (Remember…these are things that have worked me…a total newbie .) Please comment below with any organization tips that have worked for YOU! I need all of the help I can get!:)
I am someone that cannot function in chaos. Our homeschool space is in a small corner of our basement and it is perfect! I scored a $30 table set at a thrift store, painted it white and it has been a glorious place for us to learn! I have been taking about 3o minutes each night to make sure it is tidy and ready to go for the next day!
My Lesson Plan Book…
I found a lesson plan book on Amazon that has been perfect. It allows me to fill in my own dates, subjects and schedule. I also love the large spaces under each day of the week which provides plenty of space to make plans for each of my 3 kiddos! I highlight in yellow everything we completed each day. I make notes in orange with things that were tricky for my kiddos. You can check out this planner here: Bloom Daily Planner.
My Schedule, Sticky Note Lists & Work Tubs…
SCHEDULE: Truly, these three things have been a game changer for me! My kids always like to know what is going to happen next. When they know the PLAN, life is much easier for us all! I made these simple schedule cards for the wall. We do not follow the times exactly, but we try to stick to the sequence of subjects. We do ALWAYS have snack and recess on time:) You can grab these for FREE in my TPT store by clicking on the image below!
STICKY NOTE LISTS: My daughter is a checklist kinda gal….just like her mama. I started making them a checklist of everything we would do in school on these sticky notes. I forgot to do these one morning and she said that she NEEDED her list before school could start. In my kids world, a routine makes them feel safe and that an end IS in sight.
WORK TUBS: I found that my kids become very off task when I am looking for a pencil, paper clips, papers etc. This is why I started making a work tub for each kiddo. I put all of the papers, books, manipulatives etc. they will need for the day in their tub. It is so nice for them to be able to grab all of their needed supplies from one space.
Even when the organization fails and the chaos begins…there is no greater JOY! This is the real deal people! I have found such JOY in teaching my own kiddos and seeing the amazing things they have learned emotionally and academically in just one week! My body is tired but my heart is at peace.