We’re blessed to have a nice-sized homeschool room. I spent some time this summer getting shelves cleaned off and bulletin boards put up. I also fine-tuned our workboxes. Here’s a peek into our families little learning space at its cleanest. WARNING: If you visit my house, it will never look this good, unless you come on Saturday (a.k.a. cleaning day).
I am still trying to make the workbox system my own and figure out what will help streamline this system of organization for me. I have a notebook on top of that shelf titled “BOX,” in which I created a tab for each child, with numbered tabs one through nine for each drawer they have. I can easily fill the notebook for a week or two which should make loading the boxes faster. Also, several drawers include workbooks with a Post-It tab and directions (“Do 2 pages). My ever-organized almost 10 year old daughter has taken on the task of filling the 4 year olds drawers each day.
My ‘teacher desk,’ as I call it, has everything I need, except a bottle of patience. This year, I got a great shelf to store all of my teacher’s manual and binders. We’re doing Illuminations 1 this year and they use several great resources. Mystery of History is the ‘spine’ of the program, and all the great read-alouds and read-alones tie in with our history study. It also incorporates Christian Kids Explore Biology, English from the Roots Up, The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Winston Grammar and Natural Speller. You can choose which aspects of the program you want to use or replace them with your own. I think I finally found a program that likes the same curricula I do! It’s VERY well done and the literature guides alone are worth the price, in my opinion. I decided to cut all the spines off my books and put them in 3-ring binders. Then I inserted any more teacher’s information from Illuminations in that binder and I’m good to go. Did I mention the awesome tweakable schedule? Soon to restore some progress and sanity to my life!