Homeschool Organizing Ideas I'm Stealing This Week

Jan 6, 2011

This post will probably end up being rather random so bear with me. They will, however, all be related to making my life easier. 

When I'm trying to work with one of my boys or talking on the phone, one of my children IS going to want my attention for something else. It's just the way it is. My three year old is especially demanding and doesn't seem to understand like the idea of waiting. He and my seven year old can get rather loud when they need me. Tomorrow, I am going to try to find some cute little people clips like the ones at Confessions of a Homeschooler. Or if I can't find those, I may just decorate some clothes pins. And then we will promptly start learning how to be quiet and wait until Mom is available. They will each have their own colored clip that they will simply attach to my shirt if I am busy to let me know they need me. When I'm available, I'll go to them. Sounds good, anyway.

We began using workboxes last school year with NG and IB. NG really liked knowing what to expect, being able to work independently {read: not having to wait on Mom}, and seeing how close he was to being done. So far this school year, I haven't stuck to the workboxes very well but I did change over to the file version for NG and the drawers for IB. Now I am getting my act together and committing to using them again. But I needed some inspiration for tweaking them. I really like the schedule grids for each day of the week at Ginger-Snap-Shots, so you don't have to redo them every night. She has even uploaded the blank grids and activity cards for us to print off. And I plan on adding a chore chart to the ring with the schedule grids just like Homeschool Creations does. They both keep the small activity cards on the grid by just flipping them over, thanks to a small velcro dot on both sides. 

We have an office/school room but it's too small for a table, so we do most of our work at the kitchen table. We have been remodeling our kitchen a little at a time and we're just about ready to paint. My mom got me and Papa Bear Lowe's gift cards, so we're going tomorrow to get paint, curtains, and shelving for the walls. I would love to have a whiteboard mounted on the wall at one end of the dining area but Papa Bear doesn't really want the kitchen to look like we homeschool there. So, in order to satisfy both of us, I would like to do something like this. I'm still trying to figure out where to put the rain gutter bookshelves. I have also been doing some serious reorganizing in our house, mostly in our schoolroom/office today. I'll post pics once it's all done.

Do you have any homeschool organization tips to make my life easier? Have you tweaked the workbox method in a special way?


  1. Hi there I just joined your blog and I have a comment about how NOT to let the Kitchen look like a school room.Make some Nice chalkboards.whiteboards for the wall.Just use your imagination((I have ours on two old cabinet doors,they our useful and for decorative)WE have our schoolroom in our small dining room BUt I only have one child.
    Please stop by any time to say Hi

  2. Thank you, Jamie! I actually have plans for a chalkboard on the side of our bottom cabinets, even have the paint, but am waiting for the weather to warm up so I can air the kitchen out. That chalkboard paint has a very strong odor.

  3. Oooh, thank you for sharing! Need to work on more organization for our homeschool.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  4. Hey there,
    This was my first year of homschooling and we were terribly unorganized. I have started making a listto make things easier for next year. I bought a plastic 7 drawer with wheels cabinet thing. We have most of our work in there. Sitting on top of it, we have a "finished work box" that I go through and correct in the evenings. Our drawers from top to bottom are labeled, stickers and misc, Math, Language Arts, Health, School supplies, and teacher. One is unmarked and we go to a school for 2 other subjects so we do not have drawers for those. We also have a pencil box that holds everyday needed supplies i.e., pencils, crayons, scissors, things of that sort. For next year, I am going to get a plastic file box with folders for finished work. Right now I am using 2 expandable folders that I got at Target for $1 for finished work but they are overflowing and no longer fit in my "Teacher" drawer. I am going to use the expandable folders for extra cirriculum, that I print of from my internet resources.
    I hope this helps slightly. By the way, we homeschool at our dining room table and bring the drawers to us in the morning and put them away later. Space is very important because we have a very samll house with not a alot of room and without closets. Organization is a challange for us.
    Thanks for reading

    1. That sounds like our house. This is also our first year of homeschooling and we also use our dining room. I am looking for a lot of different ways to keep things organized. I didn't do so well this year. I thought I had it all planned out, but we accumulated things extremely fast.


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