If you’re like me, by springtime all that homeschool organizing you were so proud of back in September has disappeared. Glue sticks, scissors and rules are long gone. And those books shelved so carefully by grade and subject? They’re out of order. Or even missing.
You aren’t the only one with homeschool organization challenges. That’s why I created a Free Homeschool Organization Pack. But first, check out these simple solutions to common homeschool challenges you might face right now.
#1. No Homeschool Room
Challenge: Homeschooling without a dedicated schoolroom either by choice or necessity.
Solution: Keep homeschool supplies organized in small baskets. Include what you need near where you need it. For example, keep workbooks in a kitchen drawer for table time math and language arts lessons. Keep nature journals in a pretty basket by the front door.
#2. Homeschooling in a Small Space
Challenge: No room to store homeschool books.
Solution: Meet the challenge of organizing your homeschool supplies in a small space like an RV or tiny home by going digital. Download eBooks to your Kindle or smartphone. Use a digital homeschool curriculum. Store hands-on learning resources in benches with storage or under-the-bed storage boxes.
#3. Too Much Homeschool Curriculum
Challenge: Bulky homeschool binders, half-finished workbooks, and scrap papers.
Solution: Set a timer for 30 minutes and attack that mess! Then start sorting your homeschool resources into three piles:
- Donate (thrift store, free library, women’s shelters)
- Sell (spring garage sale, online, or among your local homeschool group)
- Store for younger children to use
#4. Homeschooling a Large Family
Challenge: If you’re blessed by homeschooling a large family you’re familiar with the sheer volume of textbooks and workbooks that can creep across your home.
Solution: Meet the homeschool organization challenges of a large family by grouping your kids together within two-to-three years where possible. Complete read-aloud time, Bible readings, history and science together. Use the “bus-stop method” where you can. This helps you homeschool more efficiently, create a doable daily schedule and organize your homeschool supplies as well.
#5. Kids That Mess Up Your Homeschool Organization
Challenge: Curious kids that take books off the shelves and don’t put them back. Or they put them back in the wrong place (like the recycling bin — true story) , or they’re stuffed in there any-which-way resulting in bent pages and a grumpy mama.This challenges me because seeing my littlest kids engrossed in a book warms my heart as much as the sight of neat-and-tidy bookshelves.
Solution: Include tidying up as a homeschool activity. Use baskets to hold books you want your kids looking through. If your family includes toddlers or preschoolers, hide arts and craft supplies away or store them up high.
Whether this is your first year homeschooling or you’re a seasoned homeschool mama, I know that homeschool organization challenges are a fact of life, that’s why I created this freebie.
Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She has been homeschooling for over a decade and has successfully graduated her first homeschooler. She has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.
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