What Works: Homeschool Organization

It’s time I do a short post on what is working as far as day-to-day homeschool organization. First, I am the type of person that likes to do a big project. It’s all the little things that get me. So I plan and print almost everything at the beginning of the year. (I’m referring to a basic, weekly plan – not the day-to-day plan which changes with the seasons.)

So today I was going to show you some pictures of the kids’ tri-weekly books. At the start of the year the older boys had weekly books and the youngest bi-weekly, but then I read The Living Page, and I’ve stepped back from MEP for a bit. (Again. But that’s another post which I can’t write until I figure it out.)

I have a wire binder which I got on a very good sale. It’s not as good as a ProClick (which can be modified after binding and holds more), but the price was right. (Yes, I could use a 3-ring binder. I tried it for the first part of this term, but the boys are just too rough. They like to work from odd positions and tend to tear through the holes.)

The cover pages are cardstock, in each child’s color. This is the front page for my eldest, who is doing a year 5/6 combo. Very simple.

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Next is the first page of his schedule / list. I’m testing Evernote for this purpose, and I’m pleased with the result. A problem with weekly books was getting them done – too often I was putting them together Monday morning. But with the three week layout I’m good for almost a month. (I could do all 36 weeks at one time in theory, but it’s very difficult to unbind the wire binding, especially without damaging the pages. And I guarantee something will change. So I hope this is a good compromise. Three weeks is about as far into the future as I care to project right now.)

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Last is a page spread from inside (Visual Latin). Not too fancy. I have the pages in order by subject. If you wanted to be more independent for a younger child you could put the pages in order by day. But I like my duplex printer, and it would be too much work to go by day.

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My older two boys have Visual Latin, copywork quotes from Italics: Beautiful Handwriting for Children (last booklet for these, they’ll be moving to a commonplace book), A Greek Hupogrammon, and The Fun Spanish. My youngest son has blank handwriting pages (I’m writing a few words a day from his reading lessons for him to copy), Miquon Math, and the key vocabulary words for SALSA Spanish (for me). My daughter wants a book too, so I’m trying to find something fun, yet appropriate for her (she is four).

As you can see, most of the worksheets are language related, or math. For other work we’ll be moving back to the humble composition book, perhaps decorated in the same way I decorated our nature journals. My plan is to phase these out entirely in the upper years as the kids move from worksheets to textbooks.

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