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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Homeschool Classroom: Lesson Plans/Chore Charts




What does a homeschool classroom look like?  For some, it is a highly decorated replica of a traditional classroom and for others it is as simple as the kitchen table. That's us.....simple.  It's different for everyone.  We have moved all over the house. We've used kitchens and family rooms and spare bedrooms and now a sun room. To me the room is not as important as the functionality you make of it.  


I am constantly reorganizing our school room.  It seems to be a continuous project for me. Something new comes into my life like this pink organizer that I found at a yard sale (see pic below), for school supplies and I change everything else around in the room.  I call it WHEN YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE syndrome. You start with one idea and it turns into a million other ideas but you always end up back where you started from.  

My kids know when I am ready to make changes because it always starts with me saying "Wouldn't it be better if we (fill in the blank) in the school room?"  I can't help myself or at least that is what I tell myself.

          A glimpse of our school room.


In fact when I was writing this, I went to get the book to take a picture for this blog and ended up organizing my daughter's room.

If you are not familiar with this book, you should read it (there is a whole series of them).




So as we wrapped up another school year I was thinking what changes needed to be made. One is time management.  Some of my kids are more punctual than others. Some procrastinate and some are extremely efficient. Because of that, I am always trying to think of creative ways for them to use a chore chart or lesson plan. I won't throw anyone under the bus but rather share an idea that I hope will encourage said child(ren).  

Through the years I have used various chore charts and lesson plans to stay organized and to encourage my kids to be more self sufficient. Some have worked more than others. Using the whole puncher and index card method has helped by holding the child responsible for their school work and chores. Having to punch a hole in the card makes them have to read the card!!


HOLE PUNCH CARD




COLOR CODED CHORE CHART



I have tried writing out a to-do list and it seems that they never went back to refer to it.  I like this idea because they have to hole punch it so I know they did it. This is so simple and yet has been so effective.

You will need these supplies.  I happen to have a paper cutter or scissors work just fine.


Here's how it works.  



As an incentive, I use index cards for their "to-do" list.  If and when they have punched their cards in every category, they get to keep their privileges.  Everyone starts off with all their privileges and if they want to keep them, they need to complete their responsibilities  (ie: school, chores, etc).

See...simple!

Our school room is in the sun room.  The sun shines through the 22 windows we have in this room and we have an awesome view of the woods.  The kids do 80% of their work at this table.


 How do you stay organized?  

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