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I was feeling the overwhelm. Five children to homeschool this year and I felt like I was drowning. I wasn’t sure how to keep up with all the paperwork, assignments, correcting, filing, sorting, TEACHING!
I’m ashamed to admit, but, I was NOT a planner.
I had NO idea where we were actually at in our school year.
Each day I would teach, and when I was finished, my kids would ask, ‘How many pages of Spelling should I do?’ or ‘How many pages in my Language Arts book need to be completed today?’ and I would answer according to my mood…If it felt like it was a day where not much was going on, then I would assign three or four pages. If it was a rushed day, then one or two pages would have to do!You can imagine the frustration this brought on for my kids (and for me!)
At the end of the year, I would find myself piling on the work so that we could finish in time to enjoy at least a little summer break.
I was rushing kids through the curriculum in order to get it done, and as you can imagine, NOT much learning was taking place.
The kids were cranky and so was I.
I was desperate to find something that worked.
Something that would allow me to ENJOY my children again. After all, I wanted to LIKE teaching my kiddos!
So far, all the best charts and methods were NOT working, until I found this.
This is the first system that actually worked for my homeschool.
I don’t know if it’s the way I think, or the fact that it is just so COOL! But let me tell you, it made our homeschool so much more enjoyable!
In a nutshell, if you use this system, you will organize all of your kids work for the entire year. Not only that, but you will know exactly what everyone is supposed to be doing at any given time. It is so helpful!
I am so excited about the way that binders and hanging files COMPLETELY revolutionized the way I homeschool! I would NEVER have guessed! Up until this point, I had no idea how to figure out how to appropriately assign schoolwork in a way that was both efficient and not overwhelming.
This was a complete GAME CHANGER for me!
Kristi, at kristiclover.com has so many awesome systems, but for my family, I found that System #1 – the hanging file system, and System #2, the binder system were the two that really worked for me! (I really could see using all of her systems – they’re just that good!)
I wish I would have found them when I first started homeschooling!
I followed her method, excited to shop for hanging folders and binders (I’m a homeschooler! These things excite me!). My husband and I went to Walmart and I came home armed and ready!
I cannot tell you the difference it has made!
Joy was restored to homeschooling and I heard some of the best comments from the kids.
“Mom, I actually like school!” (That was all it took for me!) “I feel like I know what to expect!” (Kids absolutely need this) “I feel so relaxed with our new system!”
I would encourage you to check this system out. It is fairly inexpensive to set up and very, very, effective.
It will put you in control of each of your kids’ work and helps you to see at a glance where you are at in the school year.
That’s something I never had prior to this method of organizing.
The best thing of all…I am totally enjoying homeschooling and my kids! And as a bonus, at the end of the school year, all of the kids’ work is neatly filed and I am ready to start all over again next year! YAY!!
Have you been there? Not really sure how to juggle the balance of teaching multiple children in multiple grades. Have you felt overwhelmed by the amount of organization that comes with homeschooling? Or maybe even felt like it was impossible? What are some ways that you organize your homeschool? I would love to hear your ideas and implement more ways to stay better organized!