Top Homeschool Organization Solutions
(Using Your Favorite Thirty-One Products)
Looking for homeschool organization solutions for every day use? Love Thirty-One Products? If so, this top 5 is definitely for you! Already have your tool storage in place, but looking for organizing ideas for paperwork? Take a peek at 5 Simple Homeschool Organization ideas to get tips on folder systems, binder usage, and so much more! Not quite ready for the organization steps shown here because your more in the planning stage for your upcoming year? No worries! Check out 5 Ways to Prep Your Homeschool Year Successfully to get you on the fast track to a smooth homeschool year!
#1 The Bible Bin
If this is a new concept for you, I highly encourage you to check out more information on the current Bible bin we use in our home. Bibles, Bible curriculum, Bible activities, and devotions all find their way to our Bible bin. When the idea of this Bible bin came to me, I had just recently created our homeschool morning basket. However, I still had a great need for all our morning devotions and Bible things.
The perfect solution for our family was a large Catch-All Bin with some scripture personalization. This bin rests beautifully beside our couch, which also happens to be the place we enjoy our Bible time each morning. Your solution may look different than ours, or perhaps your morning basket may double as a landing place for morning activities and devotions! The key is to find what works best for you and yours.
#2 Tool Caddies
Pens, pencils, scissors, glue sticks… it all adds up and it all gets very, very messy! Clutter absolutely drives me insane. One of the biggest issues I had to tackle as a homeschool mom was pencils! The darn things seemed like they were everywhere and I was constantly picking them up. Then, my children would claim they couldn’t find any when they needed them next. Go figure! If I could put a face palm emoji right here, I totally would. It definitely fits how I felt.
I started the year out with a single cup of pencils at each child’s desk and that was 100% my biggest problem. My children don’t always do work at their desks. Sometimes it’s the floor, the couch, outside, or the kitchen table. As they move from one location to another, the pencils would get left behind and they would instantly go retrieve a new one. Thus leaving their cup completely empty, and my house covered in pencils. Something had to give.
Multiple supply stations! This includes supplies in travel-able bin, like our super cute art caddy that I will touch on more down below. As well as a fully stocked supply station in our kitchen and other main areas in our home, where we find ourselves homeschooling. My absolute favorite station is that which we use for our daily language time, while gathered around our kitchen table. Using a personalized Thirty-One Close to Home Caddy, we now have easy access to pencils, pens, permanent markers, scissors, glue sticks, and even staples.
With that said, there are still some missing pieces of the puzzle that’s super important for keeping these stations stocked and organized! First and foremost, your children must clean up after themselves. Before I allow my children to move on and do school in a new location, they have to put their supplies away. However, they don’t typically mind since they no longer have to go too far out of their way. Second, you must hand out responsibilities!
Kids love all those silly little tasks like sharpening pencils or tossing out old glue sticks, that us moms can find very much mundane. While I don’t use a chart or anything of that nature for this sort of thing, you totally can!
I typically just pick a child that isn’t already settled in with their work and put them on pencil sharping duty or marker testing for the moment. These tasks are simple and can help keep all your areas tidy, as well as keep old, broken or worn out supplies from being mixed in with the good. Plus, doing this throughout the year in little increments makes planning for future years a much easier task!
Preparping to plan for a new homeschool year? Need more tips and tricks on what to do and how to do it? Check out 5 Easy Steps to Prep Your Homeschool Successfully.
#3 Flash Card Storage
Flash cards making a mess of your homeshool area? I think it’s pretty safe to say that we have all been there a time or two. From curriculum based flash cards to other random sets we seem to have collected over the years, flash card storage can be a real pain! I used to rubber band everything (once the fancy cardboard boxes had been put out to pasture) and tossed them all in a bin to live forever. It wasn’t really a system, and it never really functioned.
That was my go to option until last year. We had made a huge overhaul in our homeschool curriculum mid year, (if you’re interested in finding out more on that particular topic, you can read about our previous ‘online schooling’ journey right here Online Schooling Pros & Cons) and our new material came with bonus flash cards that were to be used daily with their language arts program. I absolutely knew I needed a new system for flash cards, so I took a deep breathe and began the brainstorming process.
Enter the Thirty-One Zipper pouch & Thirty-One Mini Zipper Pouch! These things are golden when it comes to flash card organization! We use the regular sized zipper pouches for our language arts & geography flash cards that are curriculum based. Each child has 3 sets in their pouch – a learning, not learned, and a mastered (this is the method our curriculum suggests using, we use The Good and the Beautiful). For other smaller or random sets of flash cards, we absolutely love the Mini Zipper Pouch. No rubber banding necessarily!
These pouches truly are grab and go. Plus, they look great, store easily, and function well! Toss the cards in – organization complete!
#4 Art Caddy
Have a little budding artist in your midst, but frustrated with the art supply mess they leave behind? You definitely need to consider adding an art bit to your homeschool organization plan. For our art caddy, we decided on the Thirty-One Littles Carry All Caddy. These caddies work great as a supply station, like mentioned above (#2) where you can fill them with things such as pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and more. The handle makes them a great option for carrying around from place to place when your kids do their work in different spaces from time to time.
While that use is great, they also make amazing art supply caddies. Crayons, colored pencils, glue and scissors can all find a happy little home in this wonderful caddy. If you want to learn more about how to create your own art caddy, I recommend you check out our personal Thirty-One Homeschool Art Bin, where I highlight my 5 year old daughters bin specifically. My boys use theirs as both a supply station and an art caddy. They keep a wonderful mixture of pencils, pens, markers, glue, and scissors in there for easy access. Wonderful organizational tool for the homeschooled kiddo on the go!
#5 Field Trip Backpack
Last, but certainly not least – the ‘not quite a backpack’, backpack! This bag is wonderful you guys! If I’m being completely open and honest with you all, it’s my absolute favorite Thirty-One product of all time. I carry this bag nearly everywhere we go as a homeschool family, and now my boys are following suit carrying their very own!
What makes the Thirty-One Sling Back Bag so amazing? I highly suggest you check out my Sling Back Bag product highlight to see all the reasons I love this bag so incredibly much. For now though, I just want to touch on a couple points.
Homeschool kids don’t need backpacks. I kinda feel like this is the what most people think, and I’m curious how most homeschool moms really feel about that? I’m kinda on the fence. I mean, my children don’t need a backpack every day… that’s for sure! However, they do need a backpack from time to time. We do have large ones, which are wonderful for long trips or overnights, but they don’t really function for a small trip to the zoo for a science class (which we find ourselves doing weekly).
That’s where this great bag comes in handy! My older children carry this bag anytime we head out the door. It’s plenty large enough to carry a water bottle, a couple chapter books, their planner (if need be), and possibly a snack or 2. Love, love, love this bag! It’s a helpful organizing tool for traveling homeschooolers!
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