As homeschoolers, we collect a ton of material, papers and books over the years. If we do not have an organizational system in place, we can forget important activities and lose track of our child’s work. If we’re not organized in our spaces, we can’t possibly be organized in our minds.
If you want a successful year for your child, I highly recommend an organizational system for your materials. (Note: This does not mean your space needs to be squeaky clean and fancy. It means order and function).
This post shows you two simple systems I use to keep everything organized – simple to find, and simple to file.
While organization is very personal to each person and family, what I share today is fool-proof – because both methods make adding to and finding the materials utterly uncomplicated.
The two systems include binders and file folders.
File Folder System of Organization for Homeschoolers
There are two main file folder systems I keep:
- one for organizing my teaching materials (which I organize by month, since I teach by monthly themes)
- one for storing my son’s work (AKA a portfolio, also organized by month)
Storing teaching materials
Storing student work
Binder System of Organization for Homeschoolers
The other system I use, for storing teaching activities, is the binder system. I organize by season, because this works best for the way I plan. You can organize it by month, by theme, by story/novel, by type of activity, by goal, etc.
No matter the system you use, be sure that it’s simple to put into action and to use over time. There is no use putting together an elaborate system that you’ll never use because it’s just too complicated. I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping it simple, simple, simple.
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What system do you use to organize your paperwork and materials?