- 4 sheets of construction paper/child
- 36-50 velcro dots (at minimum 24 hard and 12 soft side)
- clear packing tape
- Optional: laminator (Costco for under 19 dollars)
I was putting up my new history time line along with my general before-homeschool organizing and it came to me. A schedule is like a time line for your homeschool day. I use a modified Work Box system (by Sue Patrick). It is absolutely invaluable for hyperactive or autistic children. I think all kids would benefit from seeing their work visibly decrease as they go through their day. I just don’t have the space for 48 boxes in a 1300 square foot house. Or the time to manage that many boxes! My modification: All the kids have a portable file box. There is a hanging folder for every subject and absolutely everything needed for that subject is in that folder. For example, If that subject needs a dry erase marker or chalk, I create a pocket for those items. The pockets are made from clear packing tape. It is great stuff by the way. You just make a lining, the size of the item, (just two pieces of clear plastic tape with sticky sides stuck together) and then use the tape on the outside to stick the item to the inside of the folder. Be sure you leave space for the item. I put the object inside the pocket area and then stick the whole thing to the folder.
My kid friendly schedule is a half of a piece of construction paper (in the child’s favorite color), with 4 lines on it (divided equally), laminated, and taped together, end-to-end, with clear packing tape. It creates a personal time line. Stick one hard sided velcro dot in the middle of each section.
Cards: Make little cards for each subject (for each child, including lunch and snack), laminate them and put a soft velcro dot on the back of each.
Card Catcher: After the child is finished with that subject/task they are to put the card on a card catcher at the side of there file box. (You can put it on the side of their desk if you don’t have a box.) To make it, draw 12 equal boxes onto a piece of construction paper and laminate it. Place a hard sided velcro dot in the middle of each box. I use clear packing tape to connect the catcher to the side of their box.
How does it work:
I put the cards on their schedules —> As they move through their day they put the cards on the card catcher —> When there are no more on their schedule…They are finished.
Preschool and Kindergarten:
How do you fit preschool learning toys into folders? I have color-coded, star-shaped activity cards on the schedule that match the star cards on the containers. The containers have hard sided velcro dots on the front of them. I just put the learning toys (with everything needed) in the box and place the corresponding color-coded, star card on the box’s velcro dot. He knows the star cards are activity cards and looks for them on the shelf beside him. I only need 2-4 activity boxes for him.
I’m organizing now to keep my sanity later…during the homeschool year. It is some work putting these together, but it is valuable. The children tend to be more independent, because they don’t depend on me to be their schedule. I can spend my time savings on teaching questions.
I also have a free downloadable planner for older children. It is black and white, but they can add the colors they love. (It is half book size like my Simply Planned Homeschool Planner.)