Getting the house back in order after summer break can seem like an impossible feat sometimes. Let’s face it, you and the kids have enjoyed beach days, lazy days and perhaps some fun family gatherings. It’s not easy to get the mind back into school season never mind getting your house in order so that you can start teaching the kids again. Today I’ll be sharing some tips on homeschool organization for a successful start to the year.
Are you prepared for your next school year?
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Setup an Organized Area for Materials
If you need bookcases, cubies, or workboxes now is the time to get them. We all know back to school sales are starting and it’s time to take advantage of deals. Setting up the homeschool area for the kids’ supplies and materials, etc. will help to ensure your house is starting to look like a learning environment again. Not that it has to seem just like a school because I am a firm believer of a lifestyle of learning in a comfy natural style.
Setting up a space for you to store your curriculum, finished work and materials so that you and the kids can easily access it is so important. Even though I enjoy minimizing, we all still need an organized area to keep homeschool materials.
Decorate Your Space
Some of us have a designated area for homeschooling. Get this area prepared by picking up and getting rid of unneeded stuff. Homeschool organization can feel great when you see the final space. Try Decorating the space with pictures, images, and artwork that pertains to their interests. Consider a fall décor or have the kids draw pictures and hang them in the homeschool area. Your space will be looking great and ready for a successful school year.
Put up a bulletin board, chalkboard or white erase board, whichever your family prefers. If you don’t have a designated area (we spend a lot of time at our kitchen table), you can add things that fit your décor. We love quote pictures, maps, and natural materials. A visual schedule is also great to have displayed if you have younger children or children with special needs.
Spring Cleaning, Summer Style
Have the kids work with you as a team to get the house deep cleaned. Dusting, mopping, and vacuuming can be done and setup various places where you can organize magazines, television remotes, electronics and other items that may distract you, or the kids, during schooling.
Being prepared with a deep cleaning at the end of a break will help ensure your house is in order so that when school starts, you can focus on homeschooling rather than organizing.
Easy Ways to Get the House in Order and Ready for Back to School
Have conversations with your kids. The older the kids are, the more likely they will be able to add some suggestions on how they can help get the house prepared for back to school season. Often kids have the most brilliant ideas on how to get things in order, they see mistakes made from prior home school days and can give you creative ideas on how you can easily get your house back into homeschool mode.
How to Organize for Back to School
Last, but not least, organize your curriculum. Even if you unschool or use a more natural approach to homeschooling, I am sure you have some things you would like to keep organized. We are an eclectic homeschool family that sways on natural learning. We also love themed learning so to keep everything organized I made these fun monthly binder covers. If you’d like a set to stay organized, you can download them for free below.
Start getting your materials in order with these Free Homeschool Organization Printables Below
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: 12 Month Binder Covers
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