With all the remote learning happening this year, there are a lot of seasoned homeschoolers posting what they do, to help the newbies and the parents thrown into remote learning figure it out.
So I figured I'd throw in my two cents.
First off, we don't have a homeschool room... We don't have a homeschool corner. We have a homeschool shelf.
So let's start at the bottom-a good place to start since that's the picture that loaded. LOL Please keep your eyes focused on the shelf-not mess all around it.
Years ago when we started with Abeka, I took to Pinterest and found this really awesome organizing idea for Abeka. Now, Abeka writes their curriculum for their school in Florida-it's the same curriculum that homeschoolers utilize. It has 170 lessons.. Figuring you do one lesson a day-that's 170 days of school. Pretty typical for at school study..Not so typical for homeschool unless you are in a state that requires a certain number of days or hours-thank the good Lord, we are not. You see those two black crates? The one on the left holds 1st grade Abeka for Grace, our 6 year old. The one on the right holds preschool papers for our 4 year old who is insistent on learning to read just like everybody else. (and I just realized I didn't proofread my last post. Oy vey.) So Abeka organization. Each girl has their own milk crate (that's what we called them in the olden days lol). Each crate has a bunch of hanging folders, no I don't know how many somewhere around 40. With Grace's, each hanging folder holds enough for one week of work. In Grace's case, we are starting the year off with two lessons a day of phonics and math. She reads 3-4 stories in the readers a day (we'll get to that shelf in a minute), along with a page of cursive and reading with mom about community helpers, basic history and basic health. Sometimes Hannah joins us for the reading, sometimes she doesn't-she doesn't have to at this point. So when we start the morning all I have to do is grab two folders, take the papers out and get her started. Hannah's preschool papers are in the other milk crate. Like Grace's, each hanging folder has one week of work, in each folder, I already have days presorted so all I have to do is grab a paperclip full and I get Hannah started. At the end of the day, I record any grades needed for Grace then the papers go in the back of one of the milk crates-we'll clean those out when we are done next year. We keep tests, or any fun pictures they drew, the rest either go to the burn barrel, recycle bin.. or if the pages are blank on the back, they go to the color box and get colored on the back side. Grandparents love seeing the pictures and the school work.
The second shelf up. Starting on the left we have Elijah's coloring books-he knows which box is his and can get out his own coloring books. He's getting used to losing his playmates almost all day right now-it's a rough adjustment for a two year old. The rest of our boxes are extra PACEs for Andrew and Eva. We have the whole year worth of school at home and ready to go. The test and next PACE are easy to grab and Andrew and Eva know where to go if they have to get something without me available. My sorters are cereal boxes.. I asked some friends to gather cereal boxes all summer for me to be able to organize everything and I'm short just a few, but we have a few cereal boxes we are working through.. I'm finding the family size boxes are a must, they fit the PACEs just perfect without needing to bend them at all. That idea came from Andrea Mills-she uses plastic bins from Dollar Tree, but cereal boxes work great. We've gotten fancy with boxes that have survived 4 or 5 years and covered them with shelf paper... But honestly, that's a luxury right now and needed-but it is fun.