Friday, December 2, 2011

Keep it Together - Homeschool Organization Binder

Life is busy.  Life is busier with homeschooling as part of it!  I would say, I am busier now as I homeschool two children, than I was when I was a public official. 

Many ladies I interact with ask me the same question, "How do you stay so organized?"  My answer is always, prioritize and organize.

If an event is not necessary, I dont participate or obligate my family.  I have a set schedule we follow for school.  I write out my lesson plans every Sunday afternoon and adjust accordingly.  And, I always make room for downtime. 



I keep a large (3")  3 ring binder for each of my children. I keep it annually.  The first section is where my weekly lesson plans appear.  They are followed by my weekly assignment sheets that I complete and give to my children so they know what is expected of them.  I then keep this and file it back into my binder as documentation of what was completed. 

I then keep a High School Course of Study Plan where I document the classes we are completing.  Here I have Course Summaries with listings of curriculum used.  (I copy the summaries of the books or Scope and Sequence).

Next follows a Field Trip Log, List of Books Read, Lists of Volunteer Service, Lists of Special Awards and Commendations, and Copies of all extracurricular receipts from sports teams. etc.  I also file team schedules, etc.  In the case of my son, I keep letters and reviews from his baseball coaches. 

The next session is Grading.  I keep a separate grade log sheet for each course of study.  Here I list all quizzes, unit tests, exams, and project according to the class.  I also file any year end testing scores such as from the IOWAS, PSAT, etc. 

I keep a Where and How List that I made just in the event my husband needs to fill in.  I cant imagine how he would know where everything was and what was expected.  So, it lists where everything is kept and what needs to be done in case I am hospitalized, God forbid. 

Finally, I keep a miscellaneous area where I follow immunization records, letters from the school district, etc.

Let me mention, in the front pocket I keep paper reinforcements, grading markers, highlighters, and membership information to museums, HSLDA, co-ops, etc.  And, I cannot forget the stickers - my children still want stickers on their paper for good work : )  Some things never change. 

This enables me to keep everything handy and in one place.  The binder acts as a Command Center for each child and doubles as a portfolio as they enter the college preparatory years. 



Most forms I found online at sites such as  http://donnayoung.org/index.htm and http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/.  If I could not find what I needed online, I would create it myself. 

I hope this helps you in your homeschool years. 

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