Part of the fun of starting a fresh new
school year is the school supplies. These do
not need to be many and expensive, but a few
quality items will help things go more
smoothly when you do start your classes.
Check to see if you have or need any of
the following. Then assemble everything
together (a place for everything) and you're
ready to go.
Up-to-date globe and maps of the world, U.S.,
easy-to-use and/or children's dictionary;
or a one- or two-volume
rulers and compass from drafting or art store
• Lined and
art paper (check quality of bargain
or spiral-bound notebooks with dividers
pencil sharpener, mounted level on the wall
quality pencils, erasers, pens
Educational games (check in thrift stores)
AVKO (Audio, Visual,
Kinesthetic, and Oral)
Offers a Multi-Sensory Approach
to Language Arts through Phonics
and Word Families.
Individualized Keyboarding teaches
reading and spelling skills as your child
masters the keyboard.
Let's Write Right teaches
reading/spelling as the alphabet is
Sequential Spelling builds
To Teach a Dyslexic is the readable
and enjoyable autobiography of Don McCabe, a
dyslexic who has become a widely recognized
expert on dyslexia and head of AVKO.
To try it before you buy it, or for
information on dyslexia, visit our website.
Complimentary samples and downloads. www.spelling.org
2. Set Up Your School Space
what space you will use for school. This may
vary from subject to subject or from child to
child, but might include:
Kitchen table for math and writing.
Couches in living room for multi-age classes
Desk for older child's independent study.
establish space where those not in school
(preschoolers, husbands with a day off, etc.)
can be free to enjoy themselves without
• Set aside
space for school and reference books,
supplies, and records:
Use shelves, drawers, or sturdy plastic
crates or boxes
Label clearly (with a child's name, subject,
or item) so everyone knows where to return
Ensure spaces are easily accessible and ample
enough to add more items without crowding.
• Find many
innovative and practical ideas in "Storage
Strategies for Homeschool Families."
and NorthStar HomeSchool
Two options enable homeschool
study at their own pace.
• NorthStar Academy is a teacher-led,
nationally accredited, online school.
• NorthStar HomeSchool is a parent-led,
homeschool and independent study program. See NorthStar's website or the
accompanying e-mail to learn more about these
3. Organize Your Home Library
Homeschoolers never have too many books;
they just don't have enough bookshelves!
To organize your library, first go through
all the books in your home and sort them:
away any books that are not worth saving.
• If you
are keeping boxes of old workbooks that your
children have done, consider removing the
cover and a few sample pages from each one,
then staple them together and file them.
• Give away
or sell duplicate books unless they are
really great, hard-to-get books that you want
to keep to loan out or save for your
children's future libraries.
with friends who might want to trade
books in a yardsale
or on the Internet on ABE
Books or Amazon.com.
books as you go with safe
methods that will help preserve them.
like books together in different places in
your home. Examples:
Children's personal reading books in their
Reference books in your library or family
Current school books all together by each
Bibles and Bible study books.
Other like categories together.
• You might
want to safely
store books that your children want to
take with them when they start their own
When you have completed work on your
library you should be able to find and use
your books better!
Give Your Children
an Excellent Art Education
with How Great Thou Art
Choose from 14 curriculums that teach
students of all ages the fundamentals of
drawing, painting, color theory, and art
appreciation. Written by Christian artist and
art instructor Barry Stebbing.
See quality supplies,
art gallery, sample lessons, and class
schedules at www.HowGreatThouArt.com.
4. Schedules: It's about Time
Determine Your School Year Schedule
Create a master calendar for the year that
shows schooling days, vacations, start dates
of major units, test dates, holidays, field
trips, and events.
Choose the traditional nine months with
5-day weeks and three month summer break or
set up your own year-round schedule like one
of the following samples:
four-day school week with three days off.
four, or six weeks of school, then one week
• Eight or
ten weeks of school, then two weeks off.
Remember to take into account the number
of school days or hours, if any, that you are
required to document according to your state
Set up a Master Calendar
Keep a large calendar near the phone, set
rules for accepting invitations and
scheduling appointments, and mark the
home-school schedule (see above) including
school days, test days, vacations, library
days, field trips, and support group
• All of
your family's appointments, church and social
activities, music lessons, etc.
Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and
goals for a long-range project.
This practice will greatly help your
family's schedule to run smoothly!
Create Daily and Weekly Schedules
Use your family's daily and weekly
schedules to incorporate your plans and
goals. A time budget assures that urgent
demands don't steal time from the important
things you want and need to do.
regular times for family meals, going to bed
and getting up, chores, quiet times,
schoolwork, play, family devotions, errands,
church meetings, and family times.
extra time to move from one activity to
another. This will allow you to take care of
personal needs, rest a bit, and have some
leeway for the unexpected.
• Post a
copy where all can see it.
Plan Each Week in Advance
Make a practice of setting aside a regular
time each week to plan in advance for the
• Set your
weekly and daily goals.
• Do your
lesson planning for schoolwork.
lists of phone calls to be made, errands to
be run, shopping to be done, details to be
anything that is bothering you and think how
you can fix it.
Coordinate your week with your husband.