Organization is a big deal to me. It seems I am either organized, or extremely not organized. So, when it came to schooling at home, I started out in my natural state of not organized. It did not take me long to realize that I needed to remedy this situation. After thinking on it for a while, and perusing many a homeschooling and organizational blog, I decided upon cubbies.
I have seen people do the larger 4 x 4 unit, but with only the two kiddos and the space we had, I opted for a 3 x 3 set of cubbies and this works well for us. Here is a breakdown of how we have organized our cubbies. (Disclaimer: There was no cleaning before I took the snapshot of our cubbies, so you get dust, a bit of clutter, and all in the pics!!!)
The top left and top right cubbies are Builder’s and Princess’s cubbies respectively. This is where they keep their currently used workbooks, textbooks, Bible, and other resources such as lap books we are completing. The cubby in the middle is for my teacher guides and other curriculum.
The middle row is a sort of hodge podge. The far left cubby has resources: some former units that are still fun to play with, book resources we have used but the kiddos still find interesting. The middle cubby is used for crayons and markers (which are not present at this time), glue, dot markers, glitter tubes, scissors, rulers, etc. The far right cubby is a place for tape, pencil sharpener, clipboards (which are placed in the magazine holder I put on its side), and a few of the fun already used resources that didn’t fit in the left-hand cubby.
The bottom row is also a resource row. The far left fabric bin holds our construction paper. I used hanging files and sorted out the colors to make it easier for Builder and Princess to pick out the colors they want. It has worked well. The middle cubby holds our sensory bin materials (or most of them). The far right bin houses our manipulatives. This has also worked well, because these things tend to be so hard to organize and being able to simply toss them in the bin and then let the kids rummage when they want or need to use them has been great. And it looks nice to boot.
Well, these are our wondrous cubbies – the hub of our school day.
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