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Tips for Purging Your Homeschool Curriculum at the End of the Year

 

As the end of the traditional school year winds down it is time to start thinking about clearing out curriculum that you no longer need. It feels good to purge out old material and look forward to fresh new topics for the upcoming school year. But how do you purge out the old? Is there a method to your madness?  I am sure that there are many methods, but today I’m sharing with you how I purge out my old curriculum here and hope you find it useful in your own homeschool.

Tips for purging your homeschool curriculum at the end of the year. hsbapost.com

Purging Your Homeschool Curriculum

Go through it all

I take everything off shelves, out of bins, and in the closet. Then I begin to put it back one at a time, keeping only things that are still in good condition, can be reused the next year, and that we love. Everything else goes in the toss, sell, donate piles. Books, manipulatives, games, posters, everything gets a once over and finds itself either packed up to go or back on our shelves.

Here are some questions you might ask yourself while going through your curriculum to help you decide what to keep or toss:

  • Do you need to keep until your evaluation is over?
  • Can a younger sibling use it?
  • Does your child still need review in that area?
  • Is it in usable condition?
  • Have we used this item at all this year?
  • If I need it short term can I just get it from the library?

Decide how long to keep things

Are you holding on to them for a younger sibling? How long are you willing to hold on to them? My personal rule of thumb for 90% of curriculum and supplies is that if the next child will not use it within the next two years it goes. That may change as they children get older and this may vary for your situation. Things like math and grammar do not change so they have a longer shelf life than other items. If you want to keep items for future use but will not use them in the upcoming school year go ahead and pack them away in a tote to keep your shelves clear.

Choose where to sell items

There are many ways to rid yourself of curriculum and other items that you no longer need or want — online curriculum sale groups, Ebay, your Co-op, local curriculum sales, yard sales. Price reasonably and list in more than one location. Try not to bring anything back into the school area once you’ve made a decision to get rid of it. If you have have items that do not sell but you are willing to donate, take them to Goodwill or try something online like homeschoolfree.org or thebooksamaritan.com.

I hope I have inspired you to give your shelves and other homeschool hotspots a good purging!

Do you get rid of curriculum at the end of the year? Are you getting ready to purchase next year’s books? Let us know in the comments!

Sara (142 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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10 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschooling

 

Homeschooling is a wonderful opportunity to teach your children what they really need to learn, and in a way that is custom-tailored to their personalities and learning styles. However, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed and to try to take on too much at once, which can rob you of your joy. If you feel that your homeschooling experience is becoming too busy and stressful, then you should check out these 10 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschooling!

10 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschooling so you can enjoy it more and worry less! hsbapost.com

10 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschooling

 

1. Reduce Materials

If you want to simplify your homeschooling, then one of the best ways is to reduce how many materials you use. Perhaps you can choose one resource or curriculum as a spine for your learning, along with a few educational websites and books from the library. If your bookshelves look like mine, maybe some decluttering is in order. Try digital homeschool resources to cut down on the need for storage space.

2. Make Lesson Plans Early

There’s nothing more stressful than having to come up with a lesson plan tonight for what you’re going to teach tomorrow. You’ll have a better experience, and be able to plan better, if you make your lesson plans or general course of study outline ahead of time.

3. Use A Homeschooling Binder

Use a homeschooling binder to organize your finished lesson plans, possible lesson ideas, things you want to remember, things you want to look into further, etc.

4. Have a Dedicated Homeschooling Space

A great way to simplify your homeschooling is to have a dedicated homeschooling space if you can. Use it to house the majority of your homeschooling supplies, and to give your kids a regular place to work.

5. Have a Consistent Daily Schedule

Having a daily schedule can be very helpful in simplifying your homeschooling! It helps your kids gauge how their day is going to go, and also allows you to better plan your day around your homeschooling time. The schedule doesn’t have to be a strict, by the hour type of schedule either. You can just break it down into flexible “before lunch” and “after lunch” time periods. Or find the routine that works for you on a consistent basis.

6. Unschool

Rather than following strict lesson plans, have you considered unschooling? Unschooling is perhaps one of the most flexible and simplified types of homeschooling. It allows your children to follow their own interests and curiosities and learn from them, rather than following a direct lesson plan. It’s a wonderful way to develop a love for learning in your child! We use delight-directed learning in our homeschool.

7. Reduce How Many Subjects are Covered Daily

You’ll easily stress yourself out if you’re trying to engage your child in a dozen different subjects within one day. Instead, have a few core topics you cover daily, and then include other topics every once in a while.

8. Let Your Children Work Alone

If they’re old enough, leave your children alone to work on their lessons. If they need help with something, they’ll know where to find you. This will help them learn to be independent workers, and will give you the time to work on some of your own things.

9. Give Your Children a Notebook

Rather than you being the only one who knows the lesson plan for the day, why not share it with your children as well? Give them a notebook, and every day write down their lessons. Your kids will likely enjoy being able to see their school day at a glance, and it’ll keep them from having to keep asking you what they should work on next.

10. Be Forgiving Of Yourself

Not every day will go as planned. That’s fine. One of the many benefits of homeschooling is that you can take the time to adjust, or to make up for lost time. In the end, your kids will learn everything they need to, so don’t fret the small stuff and forgive yourself the less than perfect days.

How do you simplify your homeschooling?

 

 

The digital homeschool Omnibus has all the great resources you need to simplify, organize, plan, and find the joy in your homeschooling:

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Sara (142 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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How to Be an Organized Homeschooling Parent

 

Sometimes in our homeschooling I’ve felt like a disorganized mess, especially when I had babies/toddlers. However, I’ve learned through trial and error some systems that work for us. There are ways to be a very organized homeschooling parent, it’s just a matter of being intentional about it one simple step at a time. In my efforts to be more organized this year, check out my tips for how to be an organized homeschooling parent.

7 ways you can be a more organize homeschooling parent. hsbapost.com

How to Be an Organized Homeschooling Parent

Get a Calendar

Whether you’re using a paper calendar or the one on your phone, it’s extremely important to use a calendar or planner whenever you’re homeschooling. You can use the calendar to write down when things like CO-OP will happen or even when you have a homeschooling field trip. With how busy everyday homeschooling life can be, it’s also important to know what’s going on each and every day.


I like this one because you can use it as a desk calendar or a wall calendar, plus a free vision board. {I wrote about making a vision board here.}

Set a Timer

What does a timer have to do with organization? Well, sometimes when you get going on a lesson or something else, you can forget to move onto the next task. A timer can help you stay on track throughout your day, so you don’t lose track of what you’re supposed to be doing, which can lead to disorganization.

Have a “Space” for Homeschooling

Even if you homeschool at the kitchen table, it’s important to be organized. I have some friends who use a closet to keep their homeschooling stuff organized and others have a whole room. If you do use the kitchen table, set up a few crates for homeschooling items, so you can stay super organized. I always say that you do not need a lot of space to stay organized, it just has to happen.

Create a “To Go” Bag

Another way we get disorganized in our daily homeschool life is by just grabbing stuff and putting it in the car. I’ve implemented a to go bag that helps us stay organized. Everything that needs “to go” with us goes in this bag. It cuts down on clutter in our vehicle and just helps us all be a little more prepared when on the go.

Do Things Electronically

Although this isn’t possible for everyone, I love the idea of it. A lot of school work can be done online and even saved online. In my opinion, it’s a lot easier to organize things electronically than they are paper wise. Homeschool Planet is a good option that I’ve tried. It has a 30-day free trial.

Get a File System Going

One of the best ways to stay organized is to use files. Although it’s not always fun to use files, it can be a lifesaver when it comes to getting organized as a homeschooling parent. Keep it simple. You can have a “done” folder, for schoolwork that is complete and you can have a “to be graded” folder that helps you keep track of what needs graded or reviewed. I like this one for its versatility, plus it’s a space saver.

De-Clutter

And one last thought, get rid of the clutter! It’s so hard to be an organized homeschooling parent when you have paperwork up to your ears. I promise if you ditch some of the clutter, it’s much easier to stay organized, no matter what you are up to.

What are your best tips for staying organized?


The Organized Homeschool Life

 

Linking up with my friends in the Homeschool Blogging Network:

Weekly Meal Planning Printables – Living Life and Learning

One Simple Tip for Organizing Homeschool Supplies– Schooling a Monkey

5 Tips for DIY Homeschool Organization – Jenn Gerlach Simple At Home

Organizing Small Items in Your Homeschool- A Sip of Southern Sunshine

Books, Books and More Books – Keeping Them Organized – Chestnut Grove Academy

 

Sara (142 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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