How to Help a Homeschool Day Run Smoothly
I’ve been doing a morning time routine with my kids for a few years now. After breakfast, we gather and enjoy music, poetry, and books together. Over that time, I’ve noticed one thing: morning time only runs smoothly when all of the books and resources are actually in the basket.
Nothing derails morning time faster than stopping in the middle in order to hunt for our read aloud. So when I started planning Year One, one of my biggest concerns was, “How can I keep myself organized so that I don’t disrupt the school day?”
I call my solution a master binder. I’m sure I’m not the first homeschool mom to put one of these together, but it is my attempt to keep disruptions to a minimum. The last thing I want to do during school is to pull out my phone in order to check the lyrics for our folk song. In the video, I flip through my whole binder, so if you’re wondering what you might want to have printed off for homeschooling, this might help.
Organized Homeschooling with a Master Binder
In this video
00:31 My driving question as I organized my homeschool materials
01:09 Look into my master binder
01:21 Our weekly schedule
02:07 Cheat sheets and tracking charts
02:37 Morning time resources – Lyrics and memory work
03:13 French lesson plans
03:53 Math posters and lesson plans
04:36 Geography maps and resources
Resources mentioned in this video
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Our laser jet printer (definitely an investment into our homeschool! This isn’t the exact model we have, but it is the nearest that is currently available.)
Language Learning for Children
Mathematics Enhancement Programme
A letter from me to you, every week.
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Thank you so much for your videos. My oldest is 4 and I am beginning my research. I just discovered your site and I love that you link to your other videos because I just keep clicking and watching and learning!!
We are going to begin a very gentle introduction to homeschool in the near future!
Is there a place where I can check out your picture study sheet?
I’m so glad the videos are helpful, Emily! It’s been fun putting these together and how exciting to be at the start of your journey 🙂
I get all of my picture study resources from Rebecca at https://ahumbleplace.com/ and they are always put together SO well!
I made a printable of these instructions from Simply Charlotte Mason: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/how-we-do-picture-study-picture-study-part-2/. I’m afraid I can’t share it though, since it would infringe on the work they’ve done!