The end of summer is upon us and with it comes back to school time! We already discussed preparing our space for back to school, so today we are going to tackle everything else.
NOW is the time to purchase supplies for school. I suggest making a list and figuring out exactly what you will need for the whole year. I figure up our list based on how many kids we have, and what supplies we will need. Then I times it by 9. This allows us to replace the crayons, glue and notebooks each month. I also purchase new markers, colored pencils, and glue bottles but we don’t replace those nearly as often. Other items to consider are pencils, notebook paper, binders, and anything else you believe your kids will need throughout the year.
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One thing that comes along with homeschooling is books! And lots of them J. Book organization can be a huge hassle for a homeschool mom but there are ways to organize your child’s school books.
- Have a shelf for each child’s school books. Be sure that this shelf is in close proximity to where they will be doing school.
- Purchase Rubbermaid drawers and designate each child to one drawer for their school supplies.
- Purchase a handy plastic crate, and store each child’s school books in it. This allows them to take their crate and go wherever they feel comfortable for school.
Plan Your Year
The easiest way I have found to plan for a new school year is to figure out how many pages or lessons there are in a book, then divide it by the number of days you plan on doing school (typically 180). This will tell you how much you need to do each day to finish the books by the end of the school year.
Many curriculums are already divided into around 150-180 lessons. Those you would know that you need to do one lesson each day.
Some curriculum will not need to or want to be completed each day (geography, History, Science), but maybe just two or three days a week. In this case you would know that you need to divide by less days, or complete more pages on the days you plan on using that curriculum.
Preparing for back to school can be a time of stress for many homeschool moms, but it doesn’t have to be! Organizing your space, purchasing items ahead and planning your year can take a load off of mind for the remainder of the school year.
How do you prepare for a new school year?