Tax Refund Means Books and Mess

I know that most mothers who blog about their homeshcooling life paint an idyllic world in order that they may convince others that they should homeschool. I understand why they do it. They do it to counter the negative attacks of the majority of the outside world on homeschooling.

This post will be an honest one about how it is HARD WORK to homeschool! It IS!!! It’s worth it, but it is very hard work! Don’t let anyone make you believe differently! If you are trying to decide and are wondering, I want you to know I highly recommend it but it is not for the faint of heart. I also do not think it is a side thing, to do on the side. It is DOUBLE FULL-TIME work (like an 80 hr. a week job)!

Also, there is no money in it. You are in it for spiritual reasons. You are in it for family. You are in it because you love your kids and because you want to be the one in charge. If you cannot stand having others, like the government, in charge of what your children learn and do for most of the day, these are the reasons for which you are doing this EXTREMELY CHALLENGING thing called homeschooling! It seems impossible. It is not impossible with God helping you. If God tells you to do it, DO IT! If God tells you NOT to do it, please don’t do it. You need His help!

I am going to tell you about the state of the house due to the ordering of books for next school year, which we do much of, with tax refund money. Right now, we are in the thick of it. The children must do their assignments and learning all over the house because I told them 3 weeks ago not to touch the newbooks, which cover the homeschool table.

My lack of desire to decide where to put all of the books has also made extra messes pop up in and at the entrance of, the homeschool room. I absolutely MUST figure out where to put which books, but it is SO MUCH WORK and PLANNING that I do not know where to begin!

I need to do the following.:

  1. Decide what everyone will be studying from April to the end of August.
  2. Take the books they will not use during that period, downstairs.
  3. Put the books they will be using during that time, on the homeschool bookshelf or into the homeschool cupboards.
  4. Go through (Ugh!) the paper stacks and figure out what to do with all of the papers.
  5. Finish cleaning. Vaccuum.
  6. Snap photos and post them on my blog so that you can see I do have a more elevated standard most of the time!

The entrance to the homeschool room.

The entrance to the homeschool room.

The desk in the homeschool room.

The desk in the homeschool room.

papers and workbooks not being used

papers and workbooks not being used

closet and bookshelf

closet and bookshelf

table, including newly purchased books

table, including newly purchased books

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Whole House Homeschool Organization

I have surfed pinterest and the rest of the internet, and have found there is no organization system even close to mine, so I thought I’d have to post this to make my system pinterest-able and known by others.

Some home ed moms only have 1 or 2 kids. The same organization system they use, would not work for me, since I have so many different ages and so much less space in my small house. I don’t have a spare room to turn into a “homeschool room,” so we use many parts of the house.

We use the dining room table to do a lot of it. We have a very large white board (non-magnetic) in there.

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We have a small bookshelf and a portable cupboard for organization in the living room, along with a soft chair & 2 soft couches (none which match another) and a piano, which we also use for home ed. That cupboard hosts our day boxes, with each child’s name on his or her own box. It has 2 plastic drawer caddies with a subject name on each. ┬áIt hosts dictionaries and textbooks. It hosts plastic bins for art supplies, school supplies, creme divider folders, paper, notebooks, construction paper, etc. In the kitchen, we have another homeschool cupboard, which I plan to use mainly for learning games and Montessori items.

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I have the “cutesy” school calendar downstairs in the den. (“Cutesy” is a word my elementary school teacher dad used to describe how the female teachers’ rooms. I looked.) Also in the den, I have 3 6 ft. tall bookshelves with book organizers from “Really Good Stuff” on them, which I highly recommend. These keep books separated by category, i.e.: Human Biology, Animal Biology, Plant Biology, (child’s name)’s Reading books (a few of these), U.S. History to 1849, U.S, History 1850 +, Geography, Art History, Math, Language Arts, etc.

I then have the office, which has a 6 ft. tall bookshelf, a computer and computer desk to ceiling, and a 5 drawer filing cabinet. It also has a desk, a tall craft caddy, a short and stout craft caddy, a black table, and a 4 shelf thing, loaded with printer paper, cardstock paper, construction paper, 2 pocket folders, 3 hole wide and college ruled paper, drawing paper, binders and spiral notebooks.
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The upstairs bathroom and the shower downstairs don’t fail us, either. They have our spelling lists, calendars and learning schedule, math challenge, spiritual thought, etc., inside plastic sheet protectors.