The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel.
I really debated about sharing homeschool organization. I’m not sure if any Organizing Junkie readers are interested in this topic, so please comment below if you want to read more in the future! No sense in posting details if there isn’t the readership, right?
Our homeschool days alternate with traditional school, so I need to keep school matters organized in more than one way. At home, we typically do school work at the kitchen table. I’ve come to realize that with a little organization, you don’t always need a dedicated room to educate little ones.
First of all, supplies need to be handy and contained! When we began this school journey, I kept stopping to look for my pencil that had rolled off the table or under a book when not being used. Now, I keep all the standard writing and craft-type supplies in one open bin with a handle (I purchased this one at Target).
I made an Art Cart long ago that works great for organizing art supplies but we don’t need all those items within the cart because they usually end up being a distraction.
This mini version of my daughter’s Art Cart is perfect for keeping us focused on homeschool. Everything is easy to access from the container itself, yet separated into similar groups to keep things from jumbling together. Also, it contains both student & teacher supplies; a dual functioning organizer is always a favorite for me!
For example, one small bin inside the caddy contains my teacher tools. I don’t use red pen, but I do have specific pens and highlighters to identify my writing & corrections on papers.
Crayons are used every day we homeschool, so I keep them in a jelly jar inside the caddy. I take the jar out of the caddy so my daughter can see what she needs when it comes time to color.
In a third separate bin, I keep another jelly jar with pencils, scissors, glue stick, and erasers. Basically the miscellaneous tools she uses on a regular basis go here.
While we’re talking about supplies, it’s important for me to share that I used things from around my house when organizing this homeschool caddy. Everything from the jelly jars to the caddy container were things I already owned. If you don’t have something handy, I encourage you to scour the dollar spots in many stores to find what you need. These trendy and bright pencils below came in a 24 count package for only $1 and the erasers did too!
In the wide bin are all the “extras” like money (oh my, do we count coins a lot!), a mini board eraser, battery operated pencil sharpener, etc. Oh, and stickers because we all know how rewarding they can be for the littles! 🙂
In essence, this is very similar to homework stations I’ve noticed online. So, if you don’t homeschool, this is a great way to keep homework supplies conveniently available and tailored to your children’s ages. I keep our supply caddy right next to the kitchen table on a shelf.
I’m more than happy to share other homeschool organizing details that have proven beneficial for us this year, just send your thoughts below in the comment section!
As always, I wish you a wonderful weekend!
PS: I’ve since updated this caddy which you can read about HERE.
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming.