I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more annoying that sitting down for a great math lesson only to find that your child didn’t bother to get a pencil out. Or perhaps you are more bothered by the world’s greatest homeschool mystery- “where are all of the scissors?”
Well, we have solved this problem in our home. Several months ago, I bought the Bygel rack from Ikea. Throw in 4 cups and the project was a whopping $7. Affordable, right? It might have been worth $70 for all of the headaches that it has saved me. Now the lesson begins as soon as we sit down and our time is spent reading great books instead of searching for long-lost scissors.
Aside from the pencils, crayons and scissors that we use everyday, there is always a need for storage. I have repurposed some plastic bins into a nearby closet. I love the location. This is a coat closet and can still accomodate the coats. The bottom of the closet used to collect piles of things. Now, it is extremely useful and organized!
These bins hold school supplies like extra glue, index cards, pencils, crayons, folders, etc. They hold mom’s office supplies: rubber bands, staples, hole punches, etc. They also hold special occasion supplies like paints, stamps and stencils.
I love having a community space for pencils, crayons, and glue. However, there are some things that need their own space. Each student has one shelf of their own for personal things. First on the shelf is their notebook. Next to that is a box that holds needed workbooks such as Awana, Bible Study, copywork journals, math CD’s etc. Finally, a fabric bin holds books that I have selected for that child to read in the near future (purchased at Target).
Do you have a favorite way to organize all of those school things? I’d love to hear about it.