To all of our fellow parents who are on the homeschool struggle bus, we raise our fists in solidarity! Hopefully some of you have a handle on it at this point and have created a nice little schedule for you and your kids, but to those who are constantly looking for a sharpened pencil or glue stick because they’re scattered who knows where, we’re here to offer some help.
Just about everything about homeschooling (when you’re not either already doing it or are a teacher yourself) is difficult, but if you don’t create some sort of organization you’re just setting yourself up for more stress.
Our resident expert in that department, Emily (the girl behind Organized Chaos @organizedchaosrva), may not have any kiddos of her own, but her mom has been a kindergarten teacher for years, and is teaching from home right now, so she knows her way around a classroom and has a few tips on how to organize spaces for learning that we thought would be helpful.
Designate a specific space in your home for school.
Choose a dedicated homeschooling zone in your home. Find a place with the least amount of distractions that has a desk or table for your kids to work quietly.
Organize your homeschooling supplies.
This will look different for everyone depending on which room you’re working from and what system works best for your preferences. For example, if your school space is a common area, I love a rolling cart to keep all of those supplies in one portable place. Once you’re done with school for the day, simply roll it into a corner or closet until the next day.
If you have a dedicated room for homeschooling you could organize items with bins and labels on closet shelves, or in a stationary cube organizing system. You can choose to organize bins by child, class, supply type, etc. If you have multiple kids and you’re working with paper assignments, accordion files are a great way to keep things separated.
Regardless of the space, The goal here is to have any and all supplies in one easy-to-locate spot.
Start a calendar.
Once you’ve received the week’s assignments from your child’s teacher(s), sit down and organize that week on a calendar. I promise you, if you take a little time each week to do this, it’ll make all the difference. Having a plan will be your best friend through this.
If you have older kids who can read and/or work independently, a large wall calendar for everyone to access is my favorite way to keep everyone on the same page. Once assignments are completed and turned in, mark them off or erase them. For more than one child, use different marker/pen colors for separation.
If you have younger kids, or just prefer it, you could always just keep a digital calendar, bullet list, or buy a planner for yourself to keep it all handy. It really doesn’t matter, as long as you have some sort of coordinated calendar system.
Clean up at the end of each day.
Have the kids (or you) tidy up and put school away when they’re done. This is where those bins, baskets, file folders, etc. all really come in handy. Not only will an uncluttered area help you to separate school time from family time, but it will also give everyone a clean slate to start with tomorrow where things are easy to find without Mom or Dad’s help.
We hope these small tips will help ease even a little bit of the stress that comes with all of these recent changes. And remember, you’ve got this!
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