With this system, I am empowering my kids to keep track of their own work and materials. They can bring their bins to the table and have everything they need at their fingertips.
Last year, I kept all the homeschool books we used daily or weekly in one bin. This year, I bought one for each of my school-age children. I have one for my teacher manuals too. Each of us have our own color.
In each bin, my kids store:
- A pencil pouch with markers, erasers, scissors, glue stick and pencils
- A journal
- Nature sketch book and Art book
- An expanding folder to keep completed work
- Handwriting workbook
- Math book
- Additional school materials like an abacus, current projects etc.
- Include a check-list of subjects in order of completion to encourage them to work even more independently. I haven’t found this necessary yet but I know some moms find it helpful.
We found our bins at Target for about $6 each. I love that these bins require very little space to store neatly away after use.You can buy a a ready-made particle board shelf. But we just tuck ours on shelves in a cupboard.
Organizing Homeschooling Material in a Storage Table
Ingenious! Construct this homeschool storage table! It functions as a place to study and store each of your homeschooling bins.
Give Your Homeschool Routine & Organization a New Twist
I have friends who have taken this idea a step further. Have you heard of the concept “Homeschool Workboxes?”
It’s like a tangible check-list for kids! Each box (or drawer, envelope, however you choose to organize) holds one activity that the child is to do that day. The child uses a “schedule strip of numbers” that directs them to each subject/activity located in each numbered box in the order you choose.
There are a variety of ways to structurally set up workboxes.
Sometimes, when we feel we are in a homeschool rut, trying out a new “system” can revitalize our homeschool day.
The workboxes mix things up a bit and turn an ordinary routine into a surprise game! There’s a lot of information online about workboxes. Check it out!