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.
But that’s not all. We have books on the end tables. They prop the lamps.
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.
- Bible Basket – right in the middle of the family room table
- The Word Within Sight – on the walls on the doorposts of the house
- History Shelf - IKEA bookshelf makes it handy for history books, lapbooks and more
- Most Used Bookshelf – right beside the kitchen table where we can reach the extras
- School Books on the Mantel – the verse on the mantel, spelling with blocks, the seasons, art display
- Chalkboard Desk – handy for math problems and toy cars
- Maps as Window Treatments – Geography within Sight
- Organization for Kinesthetic Learner – 5th Grade – pulling together the crafts and workboxes
- Preschool to 1st grade Organization – a little bench, desks and a spot for mama!
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!
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.
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.
January is the perfect time to soak up some homeschool encouragement. Hop on over and check out all the topics by the ladies of iHomeschool Network – January 2013 Hopscotch.
- Day 1: How to Fit in All the Homeschool Extras: What are the Extras?
- Day 2: How to Fit in All the Homeschool Extras with Unit Studies
- Day 3: How to Fit in All the Homeschool Extras: Time Management
- Day 4: The Homeschool Extras Within Sight
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Is there a way you organize or display your homeschool supplies so they will be used more often?