One of the perks of homeschooling is that you get to have the freedom to do things your way. Although there are other aspects of homeschooling which need to be directed by legalities such as your state’s law on homeschooling, most of the things have to be decided by yourself and the rest of your family. Among all the tasks that you have to accomplish and all the planning that you have to do, organizing is probably one of the most important to make sure that everything falls into place. Without proper organization, you and your kids might find yourselves studying through piles of books and other stuff. Record keeping will be a terrible task and planning for lessons will be dreadful. The importance of organizing your homeschool is very critical in ensuring that you get to make the most out of your children’s homeschooling experience. Organizing can be exigent for most people and it can even be more challenging if you are working on a budget. Do not worry though. Most families who do homeschooling have to deal with budgeting at one point or another. Here are some tips to help you and your children have the best homeschool. These tips can also make your lives simple and uncomplicated.
First, keep in mind that organizing is good, but there also comes a point when organizing can be too much. For example, you would find that it would be easier if you keep a record of important documents related to homeschooling. Legal documents, permits, lesson plans, as well as your children’s personal records should be kept in a file system. If you are just starting with homeschooling, filing and record keeping can be pretty easy because there won’t be too much to file anyway. However, as the years go by, papers and documents may begin to pile up. Before that happens, you must learn how to sort and let go of those that you will not be needing anymore. Keep things at a minimum, especially if you do not have that much space at home. If there are files that you want to keep as a reference, you can scan them and keep electronic copies on your computer. At least, that won’t take up physical space anymore. Or better yet, if you have the option to not print materials on paper and just have a soft copy which can be accessed from a computer, choose not to print. By doing that, you will be able to save on a lot of things – time and effort, money for the ink and paper, and physical space.
For record keeping and filing of educational materials, you do not have to purchase expensive drawers or filing systems. Folders and boxes are enough to keep everything in place. You can even use recycled materials for labelling and a little bit of decorating. Be creative and efficient. You do not need to spend a lot to keep things orderly and appealing to the eyes.
Everyone also knows the importance of having a homeschool classroom, which is conducive for learning. As much as possible, have an enclosed room or at least a space in your house designated for your study sessions with your kids. Once you have identified the space, start things right by cleaning and decluttering. Do not be a super mom or a super dad by doing everything yourself. Ask for everyone’s help. Assign simple tasks to the smaller ones and the more difficult tasks to the teenagers if you have any. One great idea that your kids will surely love is getting them involved in decorating your homeschool space, especially those who will actually use the room. Letting them take part in the preparation will make them feel that they are an important part, not just as learners, but as major contributors to the overall success of the whole homeschooling experience. You can convert any room or space into a great classroom through proper planning and organizing. There is no need to renovate to make it look like an actual classroom. Besides, you would not want your home to look like a mini public high school. You would not want your kids to feel uncomfortable when they should feel right at home. You do not have to spend so much to start homeschooling. You should not lose sight of what really matters. It is a good thing to have a clean space conducive for learning, but what’s more important is the knowledge and values that your children will learn inside it.
Aside from that, you also do not have to spend a lot of money on toys and gadgets to incorporate fun and laughter in the lessons or discussions. There are a lot of affordable educational materials which can also serve as icebreakers or be used during fun activities with the kids. In fact, you also have the option not to spend at all. If someone in your family also did homeschooling in the past, you can borrow some materials so that you would not have to buy anymore. You can do some arts and crafts with materials already available at home. This will even encourage your kids to squeeze their creative juices and be resourceful with what they can find. As for the gadgets, you also do not need to buy anything, just for the sole purpose of homeschooling. Although, it will definitely be an advantage if you have a good working laptop or personal computer. If you have one at home, that would suffice. You do not have to provide one for each of your children. Teach them the value of sharing and managing their time using the computer so that other people will be able to use it too.
Homeschooling may be more expensive than enrolling your child in a public school, but if you have multiple children, you can actually save on money. You just have to keep important resources and educational materials so that you can reuse them or upgrade them if applicable. More than the effort of organizing the physical aspects of homeschooling, you also have to focus on organizing yourself and your children and set yourselves up for success.