This week we are getting organized for school and we have a special giveaway just for Moms and Teachers. We’ll highlight the organization GIVEAWAY at the end of this post . . .
Some of us have cute little homeschool rooms. Some of us don’t. We bought a teeny-tiny house built in 1952 because it has an amazing backyard. Our plan was to add-on immediately. Well immediately has turned into two years. So we don’t have a homeschool room we have a homeschool house / closet.
We have a cute little hand-me-down homeschool desk crammed in the corner of our dinning room. This little desk houses the children’s homeschool boxes.
Each child has a portable homeschool box which holds all of their homeschool “books”: journals, word-work, Math U See student book and alphabet/number books for Miss Enigma. The children can carry these boxes anywhere in or outside the house. They can also grab them when we’re on the go.
Each child also has a portable supply box with your basic school supplies: markers, pencils, glue, scissors and tape. Again these boxes are ready to go as needed. Why do our supplies need to be so portable? Because we are a family that learns everywhere!
Sometimes we do journal writing at the homeschool desk. Yes, that is a preschooler with a journal. Don’t you like her “writing”? We’ll touch on journal writing in the upcoming weeks.
Sometimes we do journal writing and science investigations at the breakfast island.
Sometimes we do book illustrations at the dinning room table.
Sometimes we do word-work on the living room floor.
We read everywhere: on the kid’s beds, on Daddy’s and Mommy’s bed, on the sofa, at the homeschool desk, at the dinning room table, in the car . . . We keep our books organized by categories just like Grandson # 3. And since we live in a teeny-tiny house, the boxes line the walls of Daddy’s and Mommy’s bedroom.
Sometimes we do math investigations at the kitchen island.
Sometimes we even do homeschool math investigations outside.
And I’m sure just like many of you, sometimes we literally do homeschool on the go!
So does all of this on the go learning lead to an organized mess? Well yes and no. Most days our homeschool projects leave our house in a state of “creative messiness.” So please don’t come over unannounced. However, our homeschool supplies stay fairly neat and tidy. Welcome to our spacious homeschool closet. Spacious, ha! The closet is about 24 inches wide but the narrow doorway is only 17 inches wide.
Project time is an important component of our homeschool day. MacGyver creates projects that communicate what he is learning. The supplies are always changing but some basics stay consistent. I purchased these inexpensive plastic shelves at Target at the beginning of our homeschool year last fall. I really like that the drawers are removable. They can easily be used on the go and then returned neatly to their spot.
Let there be light! The lighting in that little hall closet was terrible so we’re dragging these shelves outside for their photo shoot. Ahh, much better.
The children have easy access to a variety of writing materials in our homeschool closet. Again, these removable drawers make them easy to use and return.
The pattern blocks came in a great plastic bucket; however, it was awkward and hard to store. I dumped the blocks into this compact removable drawer and viola problem solved.
Let me introduce you to two of my favorite organization tools. I have a labeling problem. I guess it comes from being a classroom teacher. I like everything labeled! And I love these removable labels. Just look at the organization. Isn’t it beautiful?
The day I walked into the grocery store and saw Kraft had changed their mayonnaise jars, I thought I was going to shed tears right there in the grocery aisle. These plastic mayonnaise jars are the best organizers ever! The teacher inside me loves them. We use them for all things homeschool. And MacGyver uses them for little insect houses. Kraft please, I’m begging you, bring back these plastic mayonnaise jars!!!
Earlier, I highlighted the children’s portable supply boxes. As Mom/Teacher, I have my very own supply box. I learned very early on in the classroom that I need teacher supplies that the children never, ever, NEVER touch!!! Why? Because I want my supplies at my fingertips at all times. When we are ready to begin a lesson or a teachable moment pops-up, I don’t want to be running around looking for my supplies. Second, and just as important, I want supplies that actually work. I don’t want dried out crummy markers! I take care of my supplies and they always work.
What do I have in my “teacher caddy?” Markers, including a black sharpie, dry erase markers, an eraser, pencils, a good scissor, glue stick, index cards for word-work and a dictionary. (And a “bank” to reinforce desirable behavior. Next week I’ll be back to talk about our homeschool store.)
So we’ve got a special GIVEAWAY to help you get started with your organization and teacher caddy: removable labels, black Sharpie marker, dry erase markers, index cards, smiley face stickers, your very own pencils and your very own markers. Remember the children never ever, never ever, never ever touch! They’re all sparkly and new and their yours, all yours! This might sound selfish, but you don’t want to miss any teachable moments. Enjoy!
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
We know parents, elementary teachers, and preschool teachers stop in to visit these posts. So do you have any organization tips? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, August 12, 2010
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 13, 2010. Check back it might be you!
Life with Jeannine
Yesterday, we did a homeschool room makeover and we have a great read aloud BOOK GIVEAWAY.