This blog isn't about homeschooling. However, it is about being organized which can directly affect homeschooling.
As you have undoubtedly read, I am a stay at home mom. What you may not know is that I also babysit two school-aged children, my husband works three hours from home, five days a week and attends school full-time through DeVry University. So, if I do not maintain some semblance of order things get crazy quick.
The way I keep myself organized is through a, "Home Management Binder" (also known as a "Control Journal"). You can do this a number of ways. You can use a notebook, day planner, binder, etc.
I was lazy, I bought mine from http://www.momagenda.com/ . Mine is the Kitchen Folio.
I love my Kitchen Folio. I have had it for over a year. My family has dubbed it my "mind". It comes with a calendar, several protector sleeves, notepad and pen. Mom Agenda also offers several pages that you can download for free to add to it; party planning, important information, important numbers, family medication information to name a few.
Now, the downside. It is expensive. The original folio was 37.00 with shipping and handling which doesn't sound too horrible. However, I recently bought a new calendar for it which cost me $18.00 with shipping and handling. I am sure there are calendars available that will fit into the planner, cheaper but I was in a hurry and did not look.
|Gentle reminder to not sweat the small stuff.|
|Family medical information|
|2010-2011 Schedule for Berkeley County Schools|
|Cleaning check list|
|This is the beginning of a section I am still working on, my "go to" recipes.|
|Birthdays and Anniversaries|
|Halloween Party Planning Sheet|
|Emergency contact sheets for the kids I babysit.|
As you have seen, my binder has nothing homeschool related in it. That is because everything for homeschooling will be contained within Microsoft One Note (I LOVE that program). Once the school year is over I will print everything off for each of my children and place it into their portfolios.
Your binder, should you choose to do one can include anything. I know moms who's binders are very elaborate and include lesson plans, field trip logs, reading list for each of their children, etc. and I know moms who's binders contain only a calendar and cleaning schedule. It is what works for you!
Here are some links for printables and information:
http://blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com/2011/04/shop-open-2011-planner-homeschool.html *I found this after I blogged this morning. It isn't free but looks very cute and very well put together.*
There are TONS of links, what I have here only scratches the surface but will hopefully give you the information and tools you need to make your own binder.
Happy Homeschooling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .and organizing. : -)