Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mid-Year File Folder Check-in

I have now been using the file folder method of organization for about six months.  It is still working very well for us.  Let me show you what I am doing with this method:

This is a peek inside my file drawer.  Each week has its own hanging folder and each child has their own folder inside of that full of things for them to do each week.


This is next week's file for fifth grade.  There is lesson plans, language arts work grouped by days, a book about plants and the information on the Ancient Egypt lapbook she will start working on.

Keys to Making this Method Work Long Term

1.  Don't rip up all your text and workbooks.  Just use them day by day.

2.  Put lesson plans in the file folders but have a cross-check list as well so you know what you are doing each week for each subject.

3.  Don't print out everything at the beginning of the year but pick a more reasonable date like once a month or every semester.  Plans change.

4.  This is a great place to keep worksheets and stick books, workbooks, textbooks, etc. in where you will start to use them.

5.  If you are new to homeschooling or have very young children, don't set up the whole year.  Just do a few weeks at a time.  Or set up things by subject, so you know what comes next.

6.  Have fun with it.  Don't let the system rule you, use it to keep your schoolwork organized.  If you can't get to something this week then stick it in the next week's folder.

Hope this helps keep you organized.

2 comments:

dkjsv05 said...

Wow, this is great. You are so organized. I bet it saves tons of room unlike my system :). Thanks for sharing.

Kim

Amanda, the Head Nut said...

I like how you can move the folder to the next week if it doesn't get done in the current week. No stress, just move it forward!

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