Back to Home-School Fall Haul

These Pixie and Crayon snapboxes are so cute and so cool! I love them! I had brads in 4 different places. I had other things in a few different places. Getting them all into one place, all neat and organized is going to do wonders for me! I am excited. I got these at ShopKo. They were all just over $2 each.

This caddy is from ShopKo. It was on sale today for $30. What a great deal! I am putting our books for Life School in the first few drawers, making them easily accessible for day to day use. I also got a 3rd pencil sharpener (our first large MANUAL one) for the T.V. room, so that when we take notes on DVD lectures and lessons, we can easily sharpen without going upstairs and getting all distracted by snacks or such.

I got the pencil-top erasers from Walgreens. I got 5 packs for 79 cents each. I think there may have been 10-12 in a pack. Below that is a stack of 18 70 ct. wide rule spiral notebooks, which I got on sale at ShopKo today for 19 cents each. My kids waited in line behind me, sk we got 3 sets of 18 notebooks, as there is a limit of 18 per purchase. That’s just something we bargain shoppers have got to do!

We also got our Scholastic book club books today. Yes, homeschool groups can sign up. A person has to sign up and say they have 45 people in their homeschool group. As long as you order $25 of books each month, they love you. They do not care how many people order. For me, it has mostly been just me ordering. In December, for Christmas in 2016, two other families ordered. Every other month it has been just me. I still love it. I highly recommend it.

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Classroom Set-Up: Back to Relaxed Mormon Homeschool

It is that time of year again. School teachers and Homeschool moms are very busy right now. It is time to plan for the upcoming academic year of 2017-18. It will be another new and exciting academic year for all of us. It is a very exciting time of year. It is a time to start fresh and look forward to newness and think of how things will be different this year. There is always a hope that each year will be better, easier. There is a great aspiration to have a better set-up which will make finding things easier, which will make us able to do things we do repeatedly and often, more efficiently, and which will make everyone feel in the mood to enjoy togetherness, make friends (or become closer as a family), learn and do school work.


I am well aware that public school and charter school teachers are getting ready as well as homeschool moms like me. My parents were public school teachers until they retired, and I know they were starting to prepare for the new academic year at this time. In my local school district, the first teacher contract day is in a week and a day. Generally, my mom and dad worked at least 3-4 days not on their contract, before the school year began. It is likely that this coming Monday, many Weber County School District teachers will show up at their school, unlock their classroom which has rested from teacher eyes all summer, and will sigh, stare at the walls and cabinets and wonder where they will start in setting up their classrooms.


I remember all those years helping my mom and dad set up. Even for me, as a child and as an adult, it was exciting. I loved making sure all the new pencils were sharpened, and that every desk had a name label, a spelling book, a math book, a science book, a language arts book and a social studies book, along with a new pencil, a new ruler and a new box of pencils. Now I am a homeschool mom teaching my large family of children preschool through tenth this year. I have purchased many school supplies. I have yet to purchase more needed supplies, but for the most part, I have the supplies. We have one table in the homsechool room, so I do not set books there or put name labels on for the kids. I put books and supplies in the homeschool cabinets, lined up and organized nicely, ready for what we will be studying this year.


I have switched out the science focus. Although I hired out for science, I have science books in the homeschool room for when I say that today, I want them to pick a non-fiction science, geography or history book and read it, or when, for language arts, I want them to use non-fiction books to do a research report.


When my public school teacher parents were getting ready for the new year, there was much de-junking and organizing. There wasn’t recycling. They only had garbage cans, but much went into the trash. My homeschool room has to be newly de-junked and papers filed and put away or recycled. I have one full box of school papers my mom gave me and one full blue bin of papers I put in the bin from all the years of homeschooling combined. I have to go through them. Don Aslett called it “the paper tiger” in his book about de-cluttering the office. A homeschool room is very much like an office, but we do have a separate room for the office.  It is needed for my homeschool file cabinet, homeschool workbooks I photocopy, my computer and pur 4-in-1 machine which photocopies, scans and prints. 


I am also making plans for creating more for other teachers to use in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. All of you who are reading this and who have created any tool for a teacher to use (public school teachers, charter school teachers and homeschool teachers) may wish to open a Teachers Pay Teachers store and sell the tools they have made. You can sign up here. It is free to start, (although you will make more money per item if you have a paid annual plan).


Teachers pay teachers referral link

Kayse Morris: Teachers Pay Teachers, for beginners (How to make it look good so it will 

Just make what you need for your own family or classroom 

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