Scattered across the school room floor are Legos, pencils, scissors, math manipulatives, and other sharp-edged objects waiting to sabotage an innocent victim. An empty glue bottle and used up glue sticks lay scattered on the table along with wet glue smeared across the surface.
On one end of the table, lay a timeline, a salt dough map, modeling clay, toothpicks, rubber gloves, masking tape, and other miscellaneous items from the last history and science lessons.
Mom stands at the schoolroom door wondering why won’t the children put things back where they belong. Perhaps the items don’t have a home within reach of the children.
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Can you guess the secret? It’s plastic. Specifically, transparent plastic containers with lids and Ziploc bags.
Many years ago, plastic became my friend. It kept things in its place and gave no excuse for the children to not use the containers. No longer could my children say, “I can’t do _____ project because I can’t the find the supplies.”
Before you start shopping for plastic containers and Ziploc bags, do these 2 things first.
- Decide on the size of the containers you need per amount of the supplies going into the containers.
- Look around your home and use what you have.
When the budget allows, shop at your nearby department store or resale shop for the rest of the containers you want. The list below will be of help when you are shopping.
Containers with Lids
You will want a separate container for each subject, such as one for math manipulatives and a box for timelines, maps and other supplies for history projects.
Science supplies should be separated by individual subjects, such as one for zoology, one for chemistry, one for biology, and etcetera.
Plastic bags are wonderful for holding crayons, pencils, markers, erasers, and other small items.
Tower of plastic drawers (with or without wheels)
Another item you might consider purchasing is a tower of plastic drawers. Not only does it make it easy to organize your homeschool supplies, it can also be portable.
Assign each drawer in the tower for certain items. This will make it easy for the children to gain access to and to put things away in the correct place.
One drawer might contain scissors, glue, Postit Notes, tape, and other office supplies.
You might consider assigning each child their own drawer containing what they need each school day.
The last thing to do is to label each container. This will eliminate the need to go through each container to see what’s inside. Because you know what you need will be the last one you go through.
There you go. In one afternoon, all your homeschool supplies will be organized and ready for school the next day.