January is here. It’s a new year, a fresh start, and the perfect time for organizing your homeschool.
Try these simple tips for an organized homeschool and peaceful start to the new year.
5 Tips for Organizing Your Homeschool
1. Create a Schedule
A new schedule is a great way to start the new year. There’s no reason to create a rigorous schedule that wears you out before noon everyday. Instead try a gentle one with large time blocks. These gentle schedules tend to quickly transform into homeschool routines.
For instance, my own schedule has 7-9am allotted for breakfast and chores. This leaves me plenty of time to chat with my husband over our morning cups of coffee before the day begins.
Our formal homeschool day begins at 9am. If we’re a few minutes late, the schedule won’t be affected. On the other hand if we’re running an hour late, I know something needs to be adjusted.
2. Papers printed
There’s nothing worse than scrambling to get the papers and worksheets you need bright and early Monday morning. Instead of a weekly scramble, try printing and filing all the papers you need for the quarter or semester ahead of time.
You’ll enjoy a calm Monday morning no matter what chaos the weekend bring.
3. Stock Up on School Supplies
After homeschooling through the fall, I’ve found we’re often running short on needed homeschool supplies such as pencils, crayons, and papers.
Before you start homeschooling again in January, take a moment to glance through your school supplies and check that you have the needed pens, pencils, and paper for the new year. Make a point of stopping by the store to pick up your needed homeschool supplies before you start schooling again.
Nothing is worse than searching the house on the first day of school for a lost pencil when a little organization would have seen the supply drawer filled.
4. Purchase Supplies for Projects
What projects do you have planned for January? Are you building a pyramid out of cardboard boxes or planning to build a model of the Earth? Go ahead and make your supply list and purchase as many items now that you can.
You’ll save hours of frustration having the supplies on hand rather than needing to run to the store every few days.
5. Tidy the Homeschool Room or Area
There’s nothing worse than trying to homeschool in a cluttered space. You can’t find pencils. Kids go on a search for their math book. Make a peaceful start to your year by tidying up the homeschool area and organizing your curriculum.
Give each child a crate or shelf. Put supplies in easy to reach spots. File old schoolwork, tests, and artwork away in portfolios or boxes. Have your children help and let them decorate their favorite spot for school.
Using these 5 tips for organizing your homeschool, you’ll set the stage for a calm and peaceful start to homeschooling in 2016.
What’s your favorite tip for organizing your homeschool?