It’s that time of year again… time to start thinking about the school year.
Summer is coming to a close and many are ready to get back into a routine with their families and kids as they homeschool. We started back last month and this year was the easiest transition from summer to school. These few tips really worked for us and I’m excited to share them with you today.
5 Ways to Prepare for Your Homeschool Year
1. Clean out last year’s stuff
About a month before I knew we would be starting back to school, I cleaned out everything from last year! If I didn’t see us using it this year, it was either in the trash or in it’s designated Rubbermaid bin to store for another time. Clean out the cabinets, papers, notebooks, binders, and even crayons! Strive to start fresh if you can.
2. Organize this year’s stuff
After deciding which curriculum you’ll use, start organizing. Now, this is my favorite part. I organized our bookshelf using my label maker. Each little area has a tag to keep it organized. This helps my boys know where their books and supplies go after each time they use it. It’s a great way to stay organized and help them remember to pick up their school stuff after each day!
3. Prepare for the 1st Day of School
How can you make it fun and exciting? There are LOTS of ideas on Pinterest. Just search “Back to School”. I get lots of my ideas from Pinterest to prepare for the 1st day of school. We also take pictures like the one below on the first day of school each year. It’s fun to see how much they’ve changed over the years and when 12th grade is finished, I’ll make a book of each year of these pictures.
4. Don’t Over-schedule
Your kids don’t have to be in every activity each year. Decide as a family what you think the best would be and stick to that one activity or two. In our house, my oldest does piano and basketball. If we over-schedule and try to have him in everything he wants to do or every sport or activity there is available, it actually is a disservice to us as a family….
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Meghan Tucker: Wife and Mom. Travel Blogger, Photo Snapper, Homeschooler, & Organizer. My passions are orphan care & fair-trade. Lives in Nashville, TN