Homeschool manipulatives and supplies need to be organized. If not, a chaotic atmosphere is created when mom has to each and the kids lose focus. Each manipulative or necessary supplies can be easily labeled for quick use. Accessiblility is important. Manipulatives that are accessible are used more often.
Each time that I would sit down with my third grader (last year) suddenly I would need something tangible to make a point. Time was lost when my search for the supply or abacus was an expedition, instead of a mini trip.
Easily accessibility means I can run to my phonics bin and quickly pull out some manipulatives, games or puzzles that will be easily associated, or relatable.
Disorganization is usually caused by a lack of time. After awhile, a lot of stuff thrown into a basket starts to look overwhelming, so it goes on the project list.
Only to never be completed. See the cycle?
Projects are a long list at most homes. Why? Busy lives. No one really has “extra” time to sort through baskets….especially homeschoolers.
Procrastinating homeschool moms can start next year ahead. Baskets, Label makers, carts with shelves, and bags with pockets will make the organization process easier. Supplies should also be included in the organization.
Posters, construction paper, puzzles, legos, phonic cards, writing aids, etc have all been put into a section of their own. No more just throwing it into a basket and hoping for the best.
Organizational Idea For Manipulatives and Supplies
Sort, Sort, and Sort. Sort first. Location in the homeschool room should be convenient.
Paper, scissors, glue, index card, pencil, busy bag game, rice bin for handwriting, and sensory bin needs to be put in the middle of the room.
Match all of the baskets. Feeling more organized comes from cohesive parts coming together in the homeschool room. If one color is red and the other orange and just thrown together, unless the room has those colors it may not feel as organized.
Ziplock baggies. All sizes. Ziplocs help with keeping pieces and parts together. One of our math curriculums’ has a book of different manipulative that are to be punched out and used again and again. Prior to my organized days these were thrown into the drawer and many were lost. Thus, new ones needed to be purchased.
Binders work great for maps, loose papers, ABC cards, and writing sheets. Label as many as needed. Plastic cover sheets are a great help and can be used with dry erase markers. Dry erase markers are a favorite in our homeschool. So is laminating so, each of those items have their own spots. Convenient, close, and accessible is what I think of when I organize anything.
Plastic travel wipe holders are great for holding post it notes, or crayons. Travel wipe containers come in handy due to their portability. Crayon boxes are great for hot wheel cars. Preschoolers stay very busy with crayons and a coloring book.
Putting all of the supplies and manipulative in their new homes does not need to be an all day task. Each day take one basket or box, set aside 15 minutes to label and sort into the appropriate basket. Add them to the correctly labeled new basket and……Bam!
Curriculum planning is a breeze when everything is organized!
The solutions listed above are ideas that worked for my homeschool setting, and continue to work for now. Feel free to email or comment ideas’ that you have used to organize your homeschool manipulative and supplies.
Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success. – Martha Stewart