system we keep for each child, where
they file schoolwork throughout the year.
I generally keep tabs to make it easy to
file including: Math, Reading, Writing,
Science, History and Bible. If your state
has any required paperwork such as attendance and grades, these can go in
as well. For things you want to use several times, such as a 100 chart or reference charts, use page protectors. These
can also be written on with a dry erase
marker, making them handy for reusing.
In our home, only graded work gets filed.
After I have graded the work, an older
child can do all the filing. You could have
your student do this daily. It will depend
primarily on whether you grade papers
daily or want them filed before or after
you grade them.
For the copious amount of art projects
and papers they bring home from church,
each child is assigned a file box. They can
put any and all art in the box that they
want to keep. Every few months, or when
the box gets full, go through it with your
child to determine what to keep and what
to toss. After a few months, their attachment to many items has faded, and they
are glad to recycle or get rid of things
they don’t love.
Their Personal Belongings
To help with the organization of per-
sonal belongings, start by keeping the
amount of things they accumulate to
a minimum. Often children are given
many toys by well-meaning friends and
relatives. These toys and books accumu-
late and become more than the child can
reasonably handle. Then, large amounts
of time are spent organizing, sorting,
cleaning, or ignoring huge messes. The
best way to solve this issue is to have a
few well-loved, well-organized toys, and
work consistently, daily, to keep them
put away. It’s my experience that toy
boxes become bottomless pits of junky
toys. Use smaller bins, close to the right
size for the toy or items it is holding.
Put a label on each bin, (or use picture
labels) to keep it neat. Make sure these
are stored where the child can easily put
them away without requiring help. Keep
the system simple and easy to maintain.
Complex systems just frustrate you and
your child and will lead to disorder.
You will find that making your systems easy to use and maintain, consistently following-up on the systems, and
reducing excess will make your homeschool easier to manage. Your child will
learn lifelong organizational skills and
will be well prepared to succeed in work
and home management as they graduate
from your homeschool.
Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan, thankful mother to six children, ages
two to 24, a grandmother, and an author,
conference speaker, and director of www
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Your child will learn
skills and will be well
prepared to succeed
in work and home