Getting organized for our upcoming school year is important to me. I want a good start for our homeschool experience. Today I am going to share the ways that I am preparing to be an organized homeschooling mom.
I purchased a simple (but cute) notebook to begin taking daily notes of Sean's preschool activities. I plan to write down a simple log of the daily worksheets he accomplishes, notes on how well he did or what areas he may need more practice, weekly craft projects, books we read (our own or from the library), and how much time we spend on organized school activities/reading/field trips each day.
In the state of Missouri, it is law that a homeschool keep records of the "subjects taught and activities engaged in" as well as keeping track of the required number of hours of instruction (1,000 during the school year).
Granted, these records are only required for ages 6-16 but I am interested in getting myself in the habit of daily record keeping. I also am interested in these daily notes for any help they may provide when I teach preschool to my other two children in the following years.
I recently purchased and mounted a small cork board for school use right next to our kitchen table - where we will do the majority of our school work. I plan to display worksheets, colored pictures, and other art work here. The cork board will also be useful for displaying important notes or notices that are school related. I did take the time to add a simple border for decoration.
I titled mine as my "Home Management Binder." It is not specifically for homeschool but it is an organizational tool that contains information, lists, motivational material, and schedules to make managing my home and household a more smooth-sailing task. I would like to share my personal binder contents in a more detailed post so today I will stick to just how this relates to homeschool organization. I have a calendar printable included that proudly displays our "First day of school" on August 27th. I have also included a sheet which I created myself (its not very exciting) which I title "Weekly Homeschooling Planner." Underneath are the days, Monday through Friday, and enough space to write down my plan for each day that week. So, at a glance, I will be able to set out to accomplish my daily school goals and prepare for the following day as well.
"If you fail to plan you are planning to fail."
~ Benjamin Franklin
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