Some of you may already be all organized with a nice set of curriculum books perfectly laid out in front of you. I’m not. We don’t have money to go out and buy a full year of school books for each grade level. No, I’m a little more haphazard. My materials consist of books I’ve collected from yard sales and Craigslist mostly, and stuff I’ve printed off the internet.
If your method sounds more like mine, then you are no doubt left with the question of how to organize all of those books!? With so many different subjects covered in so many different texts, sometimes it’s hard to find what you are looking for amidst the clutter.
Now, I know this shelf looks somewhat tidy, but try finding all of the “telling time” worksheets hidden within several of these multi-subject books. I was having to flip through every single page in almost every single book! After too much time wasted searching through all of these daily (plus the dozens of others not pictured here), I decided it was time to get organized!
The goal… to separate the contents of every book by category. And if that meant taking a workbook apart… gulp… that was the sacrifice I was willing to take!
But where to start?
After pricing binders at a local office supply store, I quickly decided that I was NOT going to pay $7+ for one binder! I needed a lot of binders, big ones, and was determined that I was not going to pay a small fortune to get them.
Isn’t it amazing how the Lord always blesses our efforts to be good stewards of what He has given us? About two days later my husband came home with his arms full of boxes crammed with white binders!!! Oh, how that made my day!! He had rescued them from the dumpster at work. Can you believe that?! There were over three dozen binders to choose from, all different sizes.
Perfect! Notice my extremely professional looking cover.
Now that I had those, it was time to begin organizing. I took out each multi-subject workbook, and began sorting one subject at a time. Math first. I tore out every single page from all of the workbooks with anything having to do with Math. If it was a front and back page with a different subject on each side, I photo copied one side to file separately.
Using page dividers, I separated my binder by math categories. This is a First Grade subject binder, so my categories were: Measuring, Time, Addition, Subtraction, Money, Place Values, Geometry and Fractions. Next, I punched holes in each page, and placed them in their correct categories.
Man, it was SO nice to finally have everything in one neat place!
So, I went on to do the same with other subjects. I’m still working through the piles of books that I have for all different grade levels. But I’ve completed several binders so far.
Maybe one day, when I actually have some time, I’ll print out nicer labels and covers for my binders. But in the meantime, this method of organization has been such a blessing to me!! Getting lessons in order for the day has never been easier.