Homeschoolers, both new and seasoned, want answers for keeping their homeschool days organized without a lot of extra work. A new year is looming and homeschool families will soon be planning new curriculum for a new school year. Using our homeschool binder for organization has helped not only with getting our lessons done when planned but also with keeping our portfolios current.
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I started using my homeschool binder organization a couple years ago when we started using BookShark. It came about because the BookShark D-ring binder was slightly too big for my little hutch where I stored our homeschool papers. Turned out using a smaller binder for organizing our homeschool papers was the best idea I could have had, it has streamlined . I recommend using a 1 1/2-inch binder to get started, but you can always get a larger one later if you need it. I like this size since makes it easy to take the binder with us if we want to do school outside the house.
The front page of my binder is my reason for homeschooling. It reminds me on rough days why we are doing – this why are choose to homeschool our children with secular curriculum when it could be easier to to send them to public school.
There are many different things that you may wish to keep in your homeschool binder depending on what you are required to keep and report to your school board. Here are the possibilities:
- goals and plans for the year — outcomes to reach
- schedule — what you work on each day
- reading list
- field trips
- extra-curricular activities
Using dividers clearly labeled for each section, you can quickly flip to the subject that you are going to be working on next. Within each subject use dividers to separate each child’s work and instructions unless they are working on them together.
Portfolio Binder Organization
Reporting to our school board last year was the least stressful one yet, due to my homeschool binder organization everything was ready to go. Once a month I sit down with our binders and move four weeks of IG pages from our huge BookShark binder to my smaller planner binder. I also move the work samples I want to keep for each child to their portfolio binders. Simple and not time consuming– just the way I like it.
Children’s Binder Organization
Each child has their own binder with their worksheets it. Similar to the my homeschool binder, the subjects are separated by a divider to make finding each subject easy.
Bonus Organization Tip
One other thing that I have done this year is to use a hashtag specific to our family (that no one else is going to use) and use it when sharing on Instagram. For those fun moments each month that I might not document in the moment I can search that hashtag for easy remembering.