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The Secret to Getting Organized In the School Room


The secret to getting organized is to carve out an hour every week and treat it as sacrosanct to keep up with grading, planning, and tidying the shelves.

A new year often brings a deep desire to organize and freshen up the school spaces in our homes.

We resolve to be better at keeping order, we recommit to being more joyful moms, and we try to bring a fresh eye to our spaces. Something about a new year brings the promise of clean spaces, pristine notebooks, folders, and well-planned lessons.

The feeling is similar to that September state of mind, but now we have a few months under our belt, and we can approach the new year with a better sense of how the days flow and how better to serve the current needs of our family.

Is your homeschool feeling a little stale? Too many workbooks and not enough living? Spend some time planning a few field trips for the late winter and spring. Those of us who have been at this a while tend to forget the younger crowd hasn’t done some of the things the older kids were able to do, so I will plan a maple sugaring trip to a local farm and a trip into the city to visit a museum or two.

I’ll also look up our upcoming history and science chapters and plan some extra resources. I’ll gather some materials for a lapbook, check a movie or documentary out of the library, or compile a booklist to enhance our studies. Maybe we’ll do a diorama or cool experiment. This will ease the pain of beginning again after a longish break and keep all of us engaged in learning through the long dark days of winter.

The Secret Ingredient

Carving out an hour or so every week, putting it in my planner and treating it as sacrosanct to keep up with grading papers, planning out weekly lessons and keeping the shelves neat and tidy is a worthy and sanity saving resolution as well.

All of these resolutions and plans may start to fray at the edges again come March and April, but as moms, we know better than anyone that our work is never really done.

There is always a load of laundry to be washed, a meal to be cooked and lessons to be planned, but the commitment to keep at it and begin each day with a prayer, some hard work and an amiable attitude will always see us through any minor discouragements about our never-ending to-do lists.

It’s also important to remember that Seton is here for you, so let us know how we can help you set up for success!

About Mary Ellen Barrett

Mother of seven children and two in heaven, Mary is wife to David and a lifelong New Yorker. She has homeschooled her children for eleven years using Seton and an enormous amount of books. She is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and blogs here . Meet Mary Ellen.
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