We just got started back into homeschooling today (yep...start on a Friday...that's the way to do it), after taking the last several weeks off. We usually school all year-round...doing only 3 (sometimes only 2) days a week all year, but the last several weeks, we've done nothing
Since we just moved to a new location, it seems the perfect time for me to finally get it together. I've decided that THIS year is the year I'm going to be organized. No more frantically searching for books during school. No more last minute printing jobs. No more spending 20 minutes looking for scissors or a glue stick or a pencil sharpener (at one point, I was sharpening our pencils with a knife because I couldn't find any pencil sharpeners (totally not joking here, people). No more not starting school until 10:00 AM. This year, I'm going to keep the house clean, and everything put away and have our books from the library and science project supplies and everything else we need all at the ready.
Except today....today I had last minute printing jobs (and the printer didn't work) and we didn't start school until 10 AM and we didn't have all the necessary items for our science project, and well.....we just may, just may be doing a bit of school tomorrow (yes on Saturday)....just a little bit...just the parts we didn't get to today.
Let's face it....I'm chronically disorganized and messy. But, there is HOPE...even for me.
You see...I've managed to come up with a few organizational tips to work within my naturally disorganized state.
And, since there are 7 of them, I'm linking up with Jen for 7 Quick Takes Friday. And, since it's about homeschool organization, I'm also linking up with Micaela.
Have a general writing utensil drawer. This includes pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, markers, erasers and writing grips for beginning writers. Any pencils, pens, makers, pencil sharpeners or writing grips that get picked up, go in this drawer.
Thrown messily in the drawer...but at least they are in there and we know where to look when we need to find them.
Have a second drawer for rulers, tape, scissors, glue, rubber stamps.
And more markers...because we have an awful lot of markers.
A third drawer contains a couple different containers of crayons. The crayons aren't organized in any way, and there is no rhyme nor reason as to why one particular crayon ends up in bag versus another...but if we need crayons we know where to look.
We have other drawers. One drawer is devoted solely to holy cards, old palms and other random religious items. Because, we also tend to have a lot of holy cards. Another drawer is devoted entirely to envelopes. A third, entirely to notebooks (acquired on sale for 17 CENTS each. Wahoo!!) and index cards.
All of John's schoolbooks are kept in this drawer. They aren't organized....just piled in there. But when we are looking for his books, we know where to look.
The girls share a special area for their books....because I ran out of drawers (and they share some books).
And. we have a place for school books not currently in use this year but I want to hang onto for the future.
Now, one quick take about scheduling. I use Google Calendar and set it to email me reminders about everything. I mean everything. Everything from paying the rent, to when library books are due, to every activity, commitment, meeting, etc., etc. And, Ben puts his stuff on Google calendar as well, so I can see all his items and he can see mine. Google calendar is the only way I remember to do ANYTHING.
As far scheduling our schoolwork goes..well this year we are basically following the MODG syllabus, so after we complete a lesson, it gets initialed and the next day we just go onto the next lesson. Sometimes we do two lessons in a day, or skip completely, but this way I can keep track of where in the syllabus we are.
And that's it. I still have a long ways to go but I'm at least slightly more organized this year, than I was last year. I figure by the time my last kid is done with school...I should be golden.