A couple of weeks ago I went through The Ultimate Homeschool Organization eCourse by Kristi Clover, an experienced homeschool mom of 5 and master at organization. I personally have been homeschooling for over 10 years and think of myself as being pretty good at organization, but I learned SO MUCH! I’m really happy to share a review and giveaway of the course today.
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There are 2 specific things I really loved about the course.
First, Kristi has each lesson on video, so she explains everything about the different systems face to face with you. I listened to them as I took a walk. They are short enough (around 10-20 minutes) so you can listen in short spurts. And then, you can go back to them when you’re ready to start implementing something that resonated with you.
Also, she has many printables and links that are so very handy. My favorite–that I’ve already used– is a weekly list that you can actually type in. I have used this for my kids’ daily check-off lists for chores during the summertime and will use it for schoolwork when we start up school soon.
There are 3 sections to the course:
Prepping & Planning
How to Prep & Plan for Your Homeschool Year
Kristi gives some very specific ideas for planning out the homeschool year. She starts out by helping you look through your whole year and marking down specific dates you won’t be doing school You do this on a printable she provides. Then, you are able to plan out lessons through the year. She is smart enough to know that things always come up that make us run behind–or maybe a child shows he or she already has mastery on a subject and can skip some lessons. So, she has a great idea for getting around that!
Creating Routines & Flow for Your School Day
Next, Kristi teaches you how to organize each day using routines and “time blocks” with “routines” versus “schedules.”
Organizing with “Systems”
The Crate System
You learn how to use a crate to organize the entire year’s work in one spot.
The Workbox System
You may have heard of workboxes before, but Kristi’s way doesn’t require you to change them out every day. Cool!
The White Board System
Very unique. You can set it up as a daily or weekly checklist and add a reward corner. So fun with the movable “buttons” that she shows you how to make.
The Binder System
This is what I usually do in my own homeschool, but Kristi even took a twist on this that I’ve never thought of before!
The Filing System
How your kids can store their work for the day — and for the whole year.
The Nuts & Bolts
Organizing Your Books & Your Homeschool Area
Great ways to organize the books you are using in your current homeschool year and how to best store other books you aren’t using.
How to Homeschool with “Littles” in the Room
More ideas than I ever would have thought of! I love this list.
Motivating Your Kids & Planning for FUN!
She shares lots of different techniques she has tried through the years that found success with, including lots of FUN ideas!
“Got Questions?,” Final Thoughts, & How to Stay Connected!
It’s great how people can leave comments and questions on each lesson throughout the course so they can get even more help.
Master List of All Supplies & Printables
All the links in one convenient place.
Please watch this video to see Kristi in action. I know you’ll love her like I do. (By the way, she is just the same in real life!)
PIck it up today and give your homeschool a boost. You won’t regret it!
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