With July coming quickly to an end, it seems homeschool preparation is on every homeschooler’s mind. I have been spending time getting everything ready for the new school year myself.
There are so many things that need to be done to make sure all of your ducks in a row. Today I will share with you how I personally prepare for a new school year in our homeschool.
How I Prepare for a New School Year in Our Homeschool
In our homeschool, our house is a disaster area by the end of the year. There are books and papers strung everywhere, piles of clutter that have gathered all around, and supplies that desperately need to be replaced.
Since I struggle with anxiety, I have to have everything neat, organized, and planned. If nothing is in order, then I’m cranky, stressed, and unmotivated! That is why every summer I spend time preparing everything for the new school year.
Clean and Organize Your Space
Before I can start preparing for a new school year, I have to get my home in check! That means deep cleaning (spring cleaning in the summer since I never have time in the spring), and big time organizing!
There are many aspects of our homeschool that get out of control from the schooling we do, but the most affected areas are usually our book cases, computer desk, and art cabinet.
I usually always have to finish the previous year’s portfolios during this time too. I’m really good at neglecting to keep up with it throughout the year (oops!).
Take Stock of Your Supplies
Once I’ve gotten everything cleaned and organized, I take some time to see what kind of shape our supplies are in. Are the markers all dried out? Did we run out of glue? How much paint do we have left?
Take some time to see what needs to be replaced, and what is still in good shape. Once you have purged the old, make a list of what you need to replace, and stick it in your planner, wallet, or anywhere you can easily find it when you’re ready to go shopping.
You may also want to consider recycling some of your older supplies! This year we melted down the millions of broken crayon bits and creating new fun shaped crayons. We also made these DIY water color paint using old, dried out markers.
Sell or Giveaway Old Curriculum and Books
Every year I take a really good look at all of the books and curriculum stacked on our shelves. If there are any workbooks or textbooks that we have finished or do not plan to continue using, then it’s time to let them go! I donate them to another homeschool mom, or trash them if they are not in good condition.
I tend to try to be a hoarder of books that I would consider helpful. At least once a year I try to give myself a reality check. I allow myself to admit that I will probably never open those books, or that I usually forget I even own them until it’s too late. Then, those books go to the donate or sell pile.
If I lived in a bigger house and had a school room with a ton of shelves, I would keep more than I do now. I can’t allow unused books to take up precious space here. If I don’t use them – they’re gone!
Pick Out What Curriculum I Will Use Next Year
Once I’ve gotten rid of the old, I’m ready for the new! I take time to reflect on the curriculum I used last year. Did I like it? Do I want to use it again next year, or do you need to find something new? Then I make a list for each child of what curriculum I plan to use for each subject. I also use this time to plan what literary books I want to read aloud together, and independently.
Then I plan any supplemental field trips or documentaries that will enhance our learning experiences throughout the year. These aren’t set-in-stone plans, but ideas of what I would like to do when the time comes.
Go School Shopping!
As soon as those back to school sales hit – I’m the first in line to stock up! In our homeschool we go through so many different supplies. Having to replace them throughout the year can be painful, because the price tag is so much more expensive! I take advantage of the back to school sales and stock up!
As far as curriculum and books I would like to read, I try to borrow or buy them used whenever possible. Whatever I can’t find locally, I order online at websites such as eBay, Amazon, Thrift Books, etc.
Start Planning My School Year
This is where the real planning starts to take place! I created this homeschool planner to use this year. Once I have my planner organized and put together, I can start making lesson plans for the year.
Last year I discovered Kristi Clover’s awesome crate and binder systems. It completely transformed my homeschool! I highly recommend you check out her new (and amazing) homeschool organization course. In this course she goes into further detail on how she sets up her crate system, work boxes, white board, and more! There are also some great printables for each lesson as well! It’s the ultimate way to organize your homeschool!
Click on the image below to check out her course!
How do you prepare for the new year in your homeschool? Share below in the comments.
This post is part of the iHomeschool Network’s Everyday Tools for the Homeschool Mom Link Up. Click on the image below to check out other great posts in this link up. (Link up starts January 30, 2017)