I admit it, I’m obsessive about organisation. I like lists, plans and having a place for everything. If I don’t have a plan it tends not to get done. If I don’t have a place for everything it tends to get horribly untidy! So it made sense to start gathering all our educational supplies into one main place rather than scattered all over the house.
Yesterday we bought a cheap wardrobe for Tabitha’s room, which freed up the two sets of plastic drawers that her clothes were previously stored in. I spent this evening moving them up to the study and filling them with
clutter homeschooling stuff.
The drawers on the left contain craft supplies, apart from paint and glue which are kept in a box on top of my Welsh dresser. The middle drawers have learning materials for letters, numbers, shapes and colours, as well as lapbooking supplies and a few other activities. On the right is equipment for skill boxes including materials for pouring, transferring, sorting, matching, fine motor skills, threading and stacking.
As I was typing this I realised that I also need a place to store all the home education books/catalogues/leaflets/papers that my mum passed down from when I was homeschooled! I guess they can go in that empty box on top.
I’ve been eyeing up storage solutions that could be used as a workbox system, but they are all so expensive. This week I found some cheap £2 boxes in Wilkinsons and realised they were just the right size to fit on our shoe rack, so the shoes have been dumped in a plastic basket instead!
At the moment we won’t always be using all the boxes or working through them in a set order, as our learning is still very informal. Our daily box setup will probably include a Bible memory verse, an activity for the weekly topic, learning some letters and a skills box. Hopefully I will get the box contents ready each evening so that we’re organised for the next day!
It’s not new, but here’s a quick photo of our reading corner. I have a thing about books facing outwards so that the covers can be easily seen. My dream solution would be rain gutter shelving, but it’s not likely to happen. A comfy beanbag and a sensory basket are on my wishlist to complete the quiet corner!
When I’ve got round to tidying up I’ll take a photo of the whole school/office room. 😉