Simple record keeping

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The following is a guest post by Charity Hawkins.

As soon as possible after we finish school in the spring, I like to sort through all the piles of papers and clean up the clutter from the past year. And by “I like to,” I mean, I dread it, but I make myself do it, and feel so much better after it’s done.

But organizing all the paper that comes along with homeschooling doesn’t have to wait until the end of the school year. In fact, implementing a few of these ideas now might save you hours later.

So I thought I’d walk you through what my year-end record keeping looks like. If you find yourself wondering how others deal with the piles of school-related stuff, read on:

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Homeschool planning and the ‘room of requirement’

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The following is a guest post by Sheila Petruccelli of Sure as the World.

Summer is planning time at our house. The upcoming year seems expansive, exciting and full of possibility — the towering piles of books, papers and post-its scattered everywhere are tangible proof of this.

For the most part, we follow the Waldorf curriculum and block scheduling works well for us. My big-picture planning consists of assigning each month a different subject to study, and this is true for every month from August through May except for February.

February is left absolutely blank except for the cryptic abbreviation, ROR, which stands for “Room of Requirement.”
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Could a slight schedule-switch work wonders for you?

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The following is a post by Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane.

One simple schedule-switch worked wonders for us.

One of the main reasons we homeschool is to have the freedom and flexibility to “go with” what life brings and what needs and situations present themselves, so we’re far from rigid. But though it’s fluid, we definitely have our daily routine, and I love it.

Except when I don’t love it because I hate it.

I mean this: For me there was this particular time of day I hated. Almost always. The time when we transitioned from our morning routine (chores, breakfast, etc. ) into formal learning, namely MATH.  It seemed that every book I read said, “Do math first thing in the morning, when children’s minds are fresh.”

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, right?
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A one-room schoolhouse philosophy

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The following is a guest post by Cara Thompson of Write Season.

There are so many amazing home school moms online.

So many, that my first year of active educating in our home, my heart was given over to finding out how the majority of those moms set up their homes for school.

I zeroed in on the moms who have personalities that I idealize, and I read all their posts and watched all their vlogs. I wanted to join the ranks and provide my family with the best homeschool set-up possible.

I researched and added many voices to my philosophies. Every day I pushed myself to add more good stuff to the list of things to do, to buy, to organize.

And that good stuff began to pile up: Desks. Bulletin boards. Alphabet signs. Hanging card holders. Chore charts. Calendars. Lists. Planners. Oh, office stores. How I over-spent…

One problem: our home has less than a thousand square feet.

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4 spring cleaning and organizing tips for homeschoolers

4 spring cleaning and organizing tips for homeschoolersJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Something seems to happen to me every spring – as the snow melts and the sun emerges, I have an urge to throw everything in our house away. (I never actually follow through with this internal nudge, don’t worry.)

But after the winter I long to shed what we don’t really need or love, to focus on the essentials. To me, spring decluttering is even more important than spring cleaning.

Cleaning doesn’t take nearly as long (especially if you have growing little helpers) when our homes aren’t overflowing with stuff we’re hanging on to “just in case.”

Use the following four tips to help unshackle a few extra burdens you’ve been lugging around:
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