Homeschooling can take over your house. With all the books, worksheets, notebooks, pencils, and more, finding a place to store it all can be quite a challenge. Today I going to show you how I use file boxes for planning our year, so you can do it too.
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Homeschool Planning Solution: file boxes
One of the trickiest things about homeschooling can be just figuring out where in your home to do it.
Not everyone has an amazing room completely retrofitted for the perfect learning environment.
More likely you are using your kitchen table, our first year, we used the floor in our office and clipboards.
No worries though, learning can happen anywhere. Often times not using a traditional set-up is the best environment for a rich experience.
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Now finding room for all the gear is another thing altogether.
Who knew how much stuff you would need to home school? If you home school multiple grades and for many years, things can get out of hand pretty quickly.
For me, finding a place for books was easy, use a bookshelf, duh. For pens, pencils, etc, a binder with one of those snazzy little zipper pouches inside.
Keeping this weeks worksheets inside that same binder is a no brainer, but what about those other 38 weeks of handouts and lesson plans?
Go from overwhelmed and disorganized to lightened and in control.
In my experience, papers can really stack up fast making a mess of things.
Plus, it’s difficult, if not impossible to track completed assignments when you can’t even find them.
Don’t fret though, I got you covered with a simple solution for getting all that paperwork organized and in one place.
Here’s a quick checklist of the things you’ll need to get:
- File Box
- Hanging File Folders
- File Folder Inserts
- Weekly Planners
- Lessons Worksheet and Materials
It’s easy to use, inexpensive, and amazingly functional.
I bought mine at Walmart for under $10. You can get the one I used here.
If you really have a large number of worksheets and materials, I recommend getting the extra-wide hanging folders.
After snapping the file boxes together, I placed each one inside the lid.
I did this for two reasons.
The first was because I wasn’t planning to use the lid since I was going to be needing access to the files constantly.
The second reason was that doing so gave the box more stability.
Next, I labeled each hanging folder for each month of our school year, which for us is September through June.
Then placed them in the file box beginning with September in front.
The next step was to place four file folders inside each hanging folder.
I labeled them week 1 through week 4.
Of course, these can be written by hand, but if you wanna get fancy, you can print them out.
I use Avery Templates to print out my labels. Their site is easy to use.
All you need to do is buy the labels for your printer, put in the product code, design your label, and print them off.
Lastly, inside each file folder, I placed a weekly lesson planner along with all the worksheets needed to complete those lessons.
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In the back of the file box, I have two more hanging file folders labeled term 1 and term 2. I use these for completed work that I want to keep for grading and my records.
I input these into an online tracking program called Homeschool Minder. Which helps me keep track of grades and transcripts for my high schoolers.
Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of Homeschool Minder.
That’s it. Easy. Simple. Done.
To summarize, with just about $30 and about an hour of your time, you can create a perfectly organized, easy to use filing system to store all your worksheets in one place.
A place to store one year of lessons in just one file box.
The best part is how you can just grab out the folder for the week and place the sheets into your kid’s binders and you’re ready to go.
Now you just need to get all those worksheets printed out and lessons planned.
I can help with this too.
Check out my monthly series on planning your home school year which takes you through each step of the planning process.
By the end, you will have your entire school year completely done.
Have you given this a try? Let me know how it has worked for you by commenting below.
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