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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Organizing School Supplies - Part 2

I few weeks ago, I wrote about how the children keep their books and workbooks. Further proving that you don't need a big schoolroom to homeschool, we also have two baskets (one on the kitchen counter, the other on the piano in the living room) where we keep the books that we use in those rooms.

Spelling and Bible take place at the dining room table. History, poetry, and the books that Emelie and Teddy share are kept in the living room. The trick is to be vigilant about making sure that these do not become a junk-magnet for things that don't belong. We usually have a discussion with the children on what each basket should contain.

Kitchen Counter Basket

Living Room Basket

When we start our Indiana History unit in a couple weeks, I'll be creating a new basket to hold the construction paper, scissors, and glue to complete the pages in their notebooks. Not being a crafty-type homeschooler, I need to do everything possible to make the experience smoother for me!

If you don't have a basket the right size, a $1 wash tub also works well! The goal is to keep things where they will be used. Nothing kills the learning spirit like Mom on a tirade because she can't find the history book!


  1. I like your basket approach. I have things on a book shelve right now that would be much better organized in baskets.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I love this. I can't wait to figure out how to implement this in our house. We have books everywhere but they aren't Shannon's they are Jason and I's school books... Thanks for posting! Thinking...