2020-2021 Year at a Glance Homeschool Calendar Printable

We start back to school soon and honestly, I am not emotionally ready. Technically I am prepared, but my heart just isn’t ready yet. I have counted lessons, days, weeks, and more to see when we should start. I count backward from the goal finish date and always allow for at least 3 weeks off at Christmas time. Based on a few other factors, that date is August 3 this year. I really should start then, and we probably will, but I give myself the freedom to change my mind if needed. So, it may be August 11. Follow me on Instagram to see when we actually start!

I made a colorful year-at-a-glance calendar to make myself feel better. It looks pretty, but the facts didn’t change simply because it is pretty. Bummer. Hopefully, my heart will catch up with reality soon. Normally, I am excited to get back to school and I pray I get there. Or at the very least I get a bit closer to excited than I am right now.

If you’d like to download the calendar I made you can here! I added a few different options, so be sure to print the one you want.

 

Homeschool Organization Ideas ~ Part 2

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It’s a new year and many have organization on the brain. If you’re anything like me, you can always use some homeschool organization tips and ideas! While these are geared towards homeschoolers, most of these ideas will be great for anyone with kids!

This is the second post in our 2 part series,

you can see part 1 here!

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Below you will see how we organize our theme based printables, early childhood units, crayons and more! Developing good organizational habits has really helped keep our entire home cleaner and assists everyone with finding what they are looking for!

Organize Your Homeschool Part 2

Storing Theme Based Printables

Do you use theme based printables? Having a method of organizing is a MUST!  See what we did when my kids were younger here! Not using theme based learning in your homeschool for your young kids? See how we plan for a theme based unit here!

Storing Theme Based Early Childhood Printables

Prep for Preschool Units

A simple office paper organizer saved my sanity when prepping for preschool units, see all about how we used one here! Not sure what to do with your preschooler at home? See our post – Following the Lead of Your Young Child here!

Organizing Preschool Units

Bag the ABCs

Wondering why I bagged the ABCs? This post will share why! This bag method saved my sanity when we were doing letter units!

Letter Collection

Label All of the Supplies

However you choose to store your supplies, be sure you have them labeled so everyone {not just mom} can find them! Download our free school supply labels here!    school supply labels

Corral the Colors

Do you have loads of extra crayons, markers and colored pencils? Always missing a certain color? See the blog post this photo came from here. We use photo ledges from Ikea and the storage containers that fit on the ledge. I couldn’t find our exact containers online, they are similar to these, I found them in the kitchen section at the store.

Loose colors go in the little cups! This has saved so much sanity! My kids often have their own full set of markers/crayons/etc. but this is great for any loose finds and makes it easy if you are looking for a specific color you don’t have!

Homeschool-Room- Storing Crayons

Homeschool Room Ideas

I love peeking into other homes to see homeschool areas. Whether you have an entire homeschool room, or you school all over the home, being organized is key to sanity! Take a peek into our current schoolroom and our past schoolrooms below. Also take a peek into an awesome homeschool room from Homeschool Creations.    Homeschool Room 2015-2016

Homeschool Room Tour 2013    Homeschool Room

Homeschool-Room from Homeschool Creations

Here’s a quick recap of the ideas shared in this post:

Did you miss part 1?

See more Homeschool Organization Ideas here!

Organize Your Homeschool

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Homeschool Organization Ideas ~ Part 1

Homeschool Organization Ideas

It’s a new year and many have organization on the brain. If you’re anything like me, you can always use some homeschool organization tips and ideas! While these are geared towards homeschoolers, since this is a homeschool blog, most of these ideas will be great for anyone with kids! This is the first of a 2 part series for you, which will share our top ideas for homeschool organization!

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Below you will see how we organize our play dough supplies, our toys, our sensory bin supplies, our books and our office/school supplies! Developing good organizational habits has really helped keep our entire home cleaner and assists everyone with finding what they are looking for!

Organize Your Homeschool

Organize the Play Dough & Supplies

Have Play dough?  Need to organize the supplies?  Here’s the method we have used for years to keep our play dough supplies organized! This post also contains free printables for the box label and also an ABC play dough chart.

Busy Hands Play Dough Box

Simplify the Sensory Bin Supplies

In our Simple Sensory Bin Solutions you can see how we organize all of the STUFF associated with sensory bins.In this post you’ll see the items we use, how we store them, and ideas for sensory bins!

Simple Sensory Bin Collection

Tame the Toys

See how we organize and store toys in our house. Keeping them organized is key for my sanity and helps with toy rotation. Learn how to make custom labels for your toy bins and all about our favorite toy storage supplies!

Tame the Toys

Sort the Supplies

We have used this over the door shoe organizer to sort smaller supplies for many years.  This is such a great way to centralize the location of certain items for the entire family. See more about this tried and true supply organization method here.

organizing school and office supplies in an over the door shoe hanger

Color Code the Kids

Color coding kids is something we have done for years but don’t have as much of a need for it now that our kids are older.  Back in the younger kid days this was a much-loved method.

Color Coded Homeschool Supplies

      

Organize the Books

When my kids were younger and theme based books were used ALL the time, this method made my life so much easier. Inexpensive magazine holders, books sorted by theme, see more about it here!

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Stay tuned for part 2, filled with even more homeschool organization ideas!

Here’s a quick recap of the ideas shared in this post:

More ideas coming soon!

Homeschool Organization Ideas

Binding Digital Curriculum

One of my BEST homeschool purchases ever was the binding machine I bought last year. Yes, I have been homeschooling for over 10 years and I just broke down and bought a binding machine last year. I could kick myself for that. It has been a game changer for me and has really helped me organize and USE the digital curriculum I purchase for my kids!

Homeschool Mom Must Have Binding Machine

In the past I have used three ring binders but they just take up so much space. This is our first year using mostly bound workbooks that I have printed out myself and it has been great.

I HIGHLY recommend homeschool moms own three key products:

1 – HP Printer that is compatible with Instant Ink {or another cost-effective method to print full color at home for ease and simplicity.

2 – Laminating Machine – especially for the early childhood years!

3 – Binding Machine!!! This is a new must-have addition but one I wish knew years ago.

I thought I had to spend a ton of money to get a good binding machine, but I took a chance on a machine on Amazon that was less than $60 and a year later {and tons of bound books} it is still fabulous!

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This is the machine I bought:

I bought several sizes of binding combs and also clear sheets for the front and back of each book.

 

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My kids have loved their bound books, the fact that they can be folded over to write in is a favorite feature. They are also easier to carry around the house and take up less space.

Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists

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Each year I share our homeschool curriculum choices with you. It is almost time to do that again, as many of you are in planning mode – while also in finish-up-THIS-year mode!

For the past couple of years I have created checklists for my kids to help organize our homeschool year. These have saved me LOADS of sanity once the school year begins!

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I switch curriculum publishers sometimes, but there is one I am completely stuck on and that is Teaching Textbooks Math. I have not changed any of my kids away from TT since we started and have no plans to switch at all. We love TT. I was a TT user for years and then they became a blog sponsor. Now I get to provide you with fun reviews, giveaways, and exclusive content. Although this post has nothing to do with that – it’s just me, the homeschooling mom, sharing an organizational tool with you!  But stay tuned – a full review of the new ONLINE Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is coming very soon!

I bundled all of our match checklists together into one file for you! I don’t have one for Pre-Calculus, but I do for all of the other levels!

Here’s a peek into our notebooks this year, they are so helpful for my kids and for me! They {or I} record their grades daily so that we have a visual record off of the computer screen. It is nice for us to be able to see how far along we are and how much we have left to go!

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New to Teaching Textbooks? See our We Love Teaching Textbooks Math post here.

You can find a placement test online which I recommend having your child take before deciding on a level to begin with. Most kids will work a level above their grade. My 3rd grader does level 4, my 6th grader does level 7.

Teaching Textbooks Placement Tests

Download our Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists here!

Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists

Teaching Textbooks Checklists