Friday, January 18, 2008

Homeschooling Tips & Tricks

This weeks Homeschool Meme from In The Heart of the Matter is: Homeschooling Tips & Tricks. Each Friday they have a different theme in which homeschoolers can participate by posting the Friday topic on their blog and linking back to In The Heart of the Matter's blog. To check out a list of upcoming topics click HERE.

Tip &/or Trick from Jetihoja Academy:

I don’t have a large home or a school room. Where do I store schoolwork for multiple kids?

We don’t have a large house, no schoolroom, and have 4 children at home that we are homeschooling. Where do I keep all their schoolwork? We’ve homeschooled for 13+ years and I have finally figured out that works best for storing the kids school: milk crates. All their work stacks nicely inside the crate and we store them in the entry way closet. Each child has a difference colored crate.

They also have matching pencil boxes that have pencils, easers, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, etc in them. This make clean up much easier and I don’t have to think whose pencil box it is, or ask the kids. If the kids don't remember to put them back in the crate, Ijust place it in the same colored create and the job is done! :o)

Best place to keep those "needed" items close at hand while schooling in the dinning room.

Right by the kitchen table I have a 10 drawer standing cabinet. In it I store any items I may need; scissors, pencils, pens, tape, glue, stapler, paper clips, magazines, flash cards, etc. I also store my homeshool cd’s in there, since I use my laptop a lot at the table.

On the other end of the table, there is a 4 drawer rolling cart that holds lapbooking supplies (colored paper, card stock, file folders, brads, etc). On top of that is a 3 drawer holder that has colored markers, colored pencils, stickers, and more.

This has saved me from searching for items I need often or searching for something one of the kids may need: penci, earser top, etc. I find if they leave to table to find something, they always get distracted. :o) I also have a very cool tool. It is called: Desk Apprentice. The thing is... I have yet to use it. True story… It is just so large, I am not sure where I would store it in my schooling area. So there it sits in the box still.


LisaWA said...

Hi! Im home! It has been a long week dear one... sigh... TGIF!

Looks good Tina... Love that winter berry in the back ground too!!


Tina said...

YEAH! Glad it is finally "Saturday" as you know what that means. :o)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. :o)


ReviewsbyHeidi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. You've got some great storage tips for your homeschool. We, too, do school in the dining room. School has really overtaken our dining room! LOL I recognize some of the same stacking drawer-type things that we have at our house.
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Angela said...

I am glad to see that I am not the only one who has stacks of homeschool stuff in their dining room-

Angela (WTM Board)

Tina said...

YES, our dinning area gets very crowded! I dream of having a seperate room someday for all my stuff.

I also dislike having things all over the house. Search here for this... Search there for that... Oh where did I store that at? I know I purchased that book... ETC.

But we make do... I would rather have my stuff spread all over the house then put them in public school. :o) I am very blessed to have the oppertunity to be a stay at home mom and double blessed to have my kids with me all day. :o)

Thanks everyone for stopping by!


Rachel said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!! I am FINALLY getting around to reading the rest of the wonderful list at Heart of the matter!!

These are great tips -- I love the crates! And did you say 4 at one time? Wow.... :-)

Thanks for the encouragement