Without organization or some sort of structure (no matter how small) tasks can slip through the cracks or you can burn yourself out doing too many things at once. The tips below showcase 7 simple ways you can begin organizing your life and homeschool.
Make sure your goals for the day and week are reasonable. There are only 24 hours in the day – just like everyone else. But when we look at the day or the week ahead, we are ambitious and want to check off everything on the list. Even worst, we compare what we get done to what everyone else seems to get done. What goals can you accomplish during your day without burning yourself out?
Once you have your goals for the day, prioritize them. Without knowing which ones are the most important to you, you’ll be picking the easiest ones off the list, leaving the harder, more difficult tasks to do later in the day. Tackling a bigger to-do off in the morning will start you off on the right foot and leave you energized to get more done.
All homeschools are made differently. Isn’t that a main reason we homeschool anyway, to not conform to one way of learning? Don’t feel guilty if you can’t tackle 50 projects and unit studies in a year. Different ages tackle unit studies at different paces, so don’t get discouraged if one takes longer than another.
Coordinate your lapbooks and note packs with YouTube Channel studies. Check out a blog post from iHomeschool Network that showcases 10 YouTube Channels to supplement your homeschool.
Field trips are a lot of fun and very educational, but try to schedule those in the summer months or other breaks you may take when it is not as hectic. A lot of families find it difficult to fit field trips in during the busy homeschool months. You can also streamline your field trips with our coordinating lapbooks and notepacks, such as the “A Trip to the Zoo” Curriculum.
Create clear boundaries for yourself and your family. Have a location or certain time of the day that is set for you to get school work done, practice self-care, get work done around the house, etc. On the opposite end, set certain times or days where you turn off any distractions and focus on your family.
Plan ahead. Not knowing what you’ll be doing that week, day or even hour can leave you stressed, scavenging for supplies and leave your classroom in disarray. Plan ahead as early as you can, whether that be the entire year, the month or the week. This also goes back to tip number 3 – be realistic with your projects and don’t get stressed out when things take longer than expected. If you need help planning, take a look at our monthly calendar of holidays, celebrations and important dates.
What are some of your tips and tricks to staying organized? Share them in the comments below or in our Facebook page!