The Homeschool Extras Within Sight

The Homeschool Extras Within Sight at Hodgepodge Now friends, this tip is one that was just right there in front of my face. Right within sight. A couple of years ago, when trying to find an answer for the overflowing library book basket, I looked up and spied the mantel. I thought, why not? I set aside the usual thoughts of what a mantel was ‘supposed’ to look. And I arranged those homeschool books right there. Right within sight. Made practical use of the central focus of the family room.

Guess what? I’ve found we get much more homeschooling done in a day simply because we can see the books. Because the resources are within easy reach. We fit that extra learning into our day.

Extras on End Tables But that’s not all. We have books on the end tables. They prop the lamps.

American Girl books Even the extra books that are for pure pleasure – not really part of any curriculum – are stacked where my daughter can see them.

This is a bit of a passion for me. It’s an ongoing homeschool makeover to meet the needs of our homeschool, our children. I share all this so you might take one thing for inspiration. One rearrangement that might work. Just remember that all of this was done over several years.


Pottery Barn Magazine Rack

More of the resources will will enjoy the rest of this school year, pictured above. This magazine rack sits right above our family room couch. The rack houses the newest choice for our science unit from Answers in Genesis, our planners, Science Roots…all those extras we want to fit in our day!

OHC nature study grid And by the back door  – where we can see it – the handy Outdoor Hour Challenges nature grid I printed. We might pick one thing to pay special attention to while we are outside.

Cook Box One bonus for your little chefs. Sometimes it’s hard to fit in some baking time. The Cook Box helps with that. All the ingredients within sight. Need a side item for supper, maybe even dessert? It’s easy for an older child to whip up an accompaniment. Or for a little one to stir and stir and be mom’s helper.

There’s a lot to this homeschooling life, isn’t there? I’ve found that keeping things within sight – in an organization sort of manner, sure helps this mama.


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Is there a way you organize or display your homeschool supplies so they will be used more often?


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    Ellen Graves says

    Hi Tricia,

    Thank you so much for your blog. I always find wonderful tips to implement into our homeschool days. I was wondering if you have a link to the Outdoor Hour nature study grid? I love the idea of putting it on the fridge for easy access. Thanks so much!

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    Heidi says

    Oh, you know how I long to have things “within sight” in my home. I am adding things little by little…one day I will have a mantle full of books and a bulletin board instead of a plain wall. Thank you for the encouragement and all of the fabulous ideas!

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    I’ve read several of your posts about having materials easily accessible. My plan for tomorrow is to declutter in one tiny area (for now) and replacing it with art instruction books and simple supplies (usborne, i can draw, and other child friendly instructional books). Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement to make our entire home our classroom!
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      I love your approach – a plan for one tiny area!! So very smart. Because we can easily get overwhelmed with trying to make it ‘just so’ and then get bogged down. Your art area sounds so joyful!

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