Not every student has a dedicated work space with a desktop or bookshelves to store homeschooling materials. That means that books and other materials need to find a home somewhere else. This portable solution means they can be used anywhere in the house.
I can’t take credit for this idea as I borrowed it from some mommy blogs that featured storage ideas some time ago (and can’t find the link any more – if it’s you, please let me know so I can give you credit). But I think it’s sweet enough to share and practical enough that anyone can at least come away with the idea of organizing of a child’s homeschooling materials in one place.
Organizing things in this way is not only pretty, but serves a practical purpose. When everything that is needed for homeschool is all in one place, there is no wasting time searching for missing books, pencils or calculators. Plus, with a designated place for books and materials, children always know where to put items away once schoolwork is done.
Starting with an ordinary milk crate, like the sturdy ones found at office supply stores, choose some fabric ribbon you think your child will like (let the child choose). A 3-yard spool from your favorite craft store will be more than enough to decorate a single crate.
Weave the ribbon around the crate in any pattern you like, then fasten it in the front in a knot or a bow. You can even hide the ends if you prefer.
Then, attach some letter stickers or use permanent marker to spell the child’s name on the front of the bin. You can also print (and later laminate) names printed using your favorite computer program, or attach a cardstock tag as shown here:
Loading the bin is something that you and your child should do together. Round everything up that your student uses on a typical school day, and allow her to place everything inside her new bin. Don’t forget simple things like pencils and rulers, either, and come up with a decorated holder, zippered pouch or other way to store these essentials inside the bin as well:
Get as creative with this idea as you like. The point is to keep everything in order and handy when your child needs it for school on Monday morning.
If you like, you can send in a photo of your curriculum bin – I’ll put it in a future post!