So – How do we organize all of the piles of resources? Have you heard of the Workbox System? For youngers, it usually looks like a fun set of drawers from your favorite organizational store. They can be seriously elaborate – or simple. They can only include one day’s supplies or one week’s. If you ever want to be overwhelmed Pinterest search Workboxes – and then go sit in a corner with a glass of wine and a piece of Chocolate and tell yourself you’re doing a good enough job.
We use an older child approach – with file boxes. I would like to switch all three to Milk Crates as I like them better. I put in hanging file folders, one for each topic, and then a few extra. We print a lot of PDF’s and this keeps them in a clean handy location. I use the Student Logbook, SchoolhouseTeachers.Com Planners, Homeschool Tracker Plus and the white board to let the boys know what is on the schedule for a 1-4 weeks at a time. Then I put all of the core resources in the box. Their research supplies are in the classroom – Dictionaries – etc. When they get done with a topic, they put their supplies, and their notebooking pages, back in these boxes. This year, we are using 3 ring binders instead of small individual soft paper 3 ring folders as we plan on traveling a lot this year.
Since we’re here, and it is the first week, I’ll give you a look around the room. Since today is the only day it will look this tidy for a while. Notice Nate’s Kombucha stash under the bench.
The view from the dining room table. Makes it hard to focus some days and we close the little curtains. I picked up a Macintosh Apple candle yesterday to make it smell more like fall.
My friend posted this verse on her FB wall yesterday:
Let my teaching fall like rain,
and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
like abundant rain on tender plants. (Deut. 32:2)
I’m trying to soak that in as a teacher.
I love this part of our ding room. This folds down into a Futon, which we use to hang out and read in the winter, or cuddle up to watch videos. Usually the laundry is piled on the futon, keeping it real . . .
So – we’re ready for a new year! Excited to start. We have a high school friend joining us here in the mornings to do his schoolwork as well. Since we’re on the same path, I am excited to have a guest. As we get further along, and he gets less shy, I might introduce the whole class to you. Until then – Hope you have a great journey! Starting 8th and 11th grade!!!
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