Those three half-filled crates are my whole homeschool this year! Kindergarten, second grade, and third. No teacher crate. No hidden stash of books that appears (except on Sundays, but I’ll get to that). If you had told me last year that I could be this organized, I’d have called you a liar. We were a mess of books, sprawled all over the tables. Just getting out the homeschool supplies for the day were overwhelming. And if I’d kept everything in crates, there’s have been NO WAY to stack them. Too heavy, too crammed. But now, I have a system!
1. Each child gets a colored crate.
2. Each child gets a pack of colored pencils and a few regular pencils in a colored zipper pouch. (They used to have crappy matching sharpeners in there too until I bought an electric.)
3. Each child gets a matching m sterlite snap folder with five labelled colored folders inside. Each week on Sunday, I stuff the folders with an assignment sheet on the left and whatever tear out sheets are needed for each day (eliminating my usual stack of workbooks and binders.)
4. Each child gets an index card binder that is filled on Sunday. This eliminates boxes of flashcards and fat books of phonics.
5. Each week, I toss in any needed art cards, music cds, journals, and writing tablets.
Here’s what the typical crate contents look like for my oldest:
Here they are all packed up minus the sterlite:
Can’t see much once the folder case is in:
Here’s the second grader’s:
Oddly, the kindergartener’s box is the heaviest. My habit of reading to him from too many fat literature books at once…