This afternoon I spent some time organizing our homeschool materials getting ready to start school on Monday. I straightened the beginning readers. I took everything off the shelf that held the teacher guides, work samples, and other things I use in the administration of my homeschool. I threw out old papers and duplicate catalogs, packed away old teacher guides for later use. Then, I organized what was left and put out the things for this year.
Quite an improvement. With both kids doing regular school this year, I need more organization. I had been just piling papers on the shelf to file “later”. It was quite a mess to sort out. For this year I have plastic upright baskets for each child’s teacher guides. I also have a binder with the WinterPromise teacher guide for Richard as well as separate binders for their work samples. The catalogs are all together at one end of the shelf. Karen’s kindergarten activity books are in the middle. I had to move her crayons down because I needed more space for her school stuff.
I also cleaned out my son’s desk a little, putting the old books and papers away. I still have 2 boxes of books with more on the way to figure out where to put. We will be needing a new bookcase for their school soon. Now I just have a pile of old coloring books and scribble drawings to decide what to do with. Any idea?
Finally, I went to WalMart and bought a few school supplies. It’s nice not to have to buy everything new each year like public schools. We can still use old crayons, pencils, etc and only buy things that are truly needed. They needed new paint, erasers, and dry erase markers. I also bought 2 notebooks with primary lines (the ones with the dotted lines in the middle) on the bottom of the page and the top is blank. I looked for them last year but couldn’t find anywhere so I got 2 this year just in case. Richard uses them for science journaling. I bought a manuscript dry erase practice pad notebook for Karen.
The kids are excited about starting school, especially Karen. In fact she started tonight. She did 3 pages of her numbers book. Two about ‘5’ and a cut/paste review of 1-5.