Homeschool Organizing Tips for Large Families
by Lena Morgan
Find out how this remarkable mom homeschools five children, takes care of her man, her Great Grandmother and enjoys homeschool organizing success...
I have a few simple suggestions for homeschool organization that have helped me tremendously.
I am a mother to 5 children ages 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 as well as a wife to my dear, and a caretaker for my sweet Great Grandmother who lives with us.
I believe one of the most important ways to stay organized is to have an easy system that the kids can handle and that they will actually use!
We tried bookshelves and crates and I still ended up with a big mess of books and papers. I finally came up with my current system and we've been using it successfully now for about 3 years.
Each child that has school materials (for me, that's 3 for now) has their own 2 drawer file cabinet. We keep them in our "school room" (used to be a dining room).
In the bottom drawer they stack the books that only they use for their studies. In the top drawer they store their notebooks and papers. This way each child can get their own things out and put them away without messing with a whole shelf of books and everything that could potentially become an eyesore is kept out of site.
We have a hole punch that we keep on top of the cabinets so they can put things into their notebooks and if we are in a hurry they can just put their work loosely in a folder to be put away later!
I also keep my books and the books that everyone uses lined up on top of the cabinets so they are easily accessible but also easily put away.
This system has cut down on my paper messes and on books strewn about next to shelves. When the next child begins schooling I just need to add another cabinet. They can decorate their own cabinet with magnets for a little bit of fun too.
The other thing that helps keep my life manageable is Once a Month Cooking (OAMC). The last thing I feel like doing at 4 in the afternoon is hang out in the kitchen cooking a dinner.
Anyone with babies and toddlers knows that this is one of the craziest and crankiest times of the day.
I spend one tiring day in the kitchen (kids can help!) Then all I have to do is finish cooking the meal that has already been chopped and assembled on the day we want to eat it. I can't tell you what a money and time saver this has been for us. I no longer dread 4 o'clock in the afternoon!