A Peek into Preparing an Entire Homeschool Year

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For my Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real link-up this week, I will show you what I’ve been up to this week during quiet times and after bed times: Getting the next year set and ready to go.

I’ve already written the series on homeschool planning a year at a time, and now you can have a peek into the homeschool printing all-at-one-time process. It’s not always pretty. But I am always so happy in mid October and February and every other term break that I already did it all at one go so I don’t have to think through it all again every six weeks.

But it’s a lot of paper. And we don’t even do that much paperwork. But when you stack an entire year’s worth (including coloring pages to keep hands busy while listening), it can make a pretty daunting pile.

organizing math drill pages Here we have various math drill sheets lined out in 2 rows (one per math student) and 6 piles in each row (one per term). These are basic skill review sheets, mostly Calculadder sheets, so I don’t need to know how far along they’ll be half-way through the year. No matter how much or how little progress they make, they will need to review their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.

homeschool math drill pages

Then I piled them up, paperclipped them, labelled them with a post-it, and here they await being deposited in the appropriate file folder.

I did the same with handwriting sheets for 3 students, printing a copy of Beautiful Handwriting for Children for each (manuscript for the preschooler & cursive for the older two) and some practice sheets (and more letter & number practice for the preschooler) I made with StartWrite.

organizing memory work for homeschool

I was also busy putting our Circle Time memory work into page protectors and compiling a memory work binder for each student.

All the pages for our binders we’ll use over the course of the year are now page-protected and ready-to-pull.

memory work organization

I still have coloring sheets to copy and sort and file, blank maps to print, independent work pages (Latin review & generic notebooking pages) to collate, and Bible lesson materials to sort & file. Then there will be labeling the books and allowing them to make their grand entrance into circulation after the children have cleared out and washed down their desks.

So, my back office area is still clearly a chaotic staging area.


homeschool organization

I do love a big organization project, though. This is actually my favorite part; I find it energizing. I need to be better about energy and enthusiasm for the actual day-to-day teaching part, alas.

Next week I’ll share our school year plans, including some highly unconventional practices. You can sign up to receive the posts in your inbox if you don’t want to miss it!

10 Responses

  1. Blair
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    Wow, lots of great ideas on your blog! We have kids of similar ages. And thanks for the convivial definition…I’ve never heard the word ;-)

  2. EML
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    I just found your site through pretty, happy, funny, real and I am going to have fun looking though your past post. I love the idea of planning the whole year at one time.

  3. Kendra Fletcher
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    Yay for planning a year at a time!

    • Mystie Winckler
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      You’re the one who inspired me to do so, Kendra! :)

      • Kendra Fletcher
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        If we lived near each other, we could plan and share chocolate :)

        • Brandy @ Afterthoughts
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          I do not seem to have the mental force required to plan an entire year at a time, but I’m game for the chocolate! (hint hint)

        • Mystie Winckler
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          And here I thought there was nothing that would make me want to move to California. ;)

    • Kendra Fletcher
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      What? You don’t want to learn to surf, too?

  4. Tress
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    Looking forward to the unconventional practices. Sounds intriguing :-)

    Tress

  5. Haus Frau
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    Now that is simply incredible. Well done!