I decided that we would each have an assigned colour - mine is green, Lassie's is pink & purple, and Laddie's is blue. I already had the 2 white plastic baskets that are just barely big enough to hold the file folders and lots of plain manila file folders, which I decorated with patterned scrapbook paper. I bought a few coloured file folders at our local discount store ($1.09 for 6). The charts and number cards are from Sunflower Schoolhouse. I laminated the charts and cards with clear contact paper and used Velcro dots (from the dollar store) to attach the cards to the chart. So setting up this system cost less than $10 total.
This is Lassie's basket
Her pencil box is stored right in the basket so all her materials are ready to go.
Her work is sorted into the file folders.
Currently, folder #1 is calendar and Bible, #2 is her Bible Reader, #3 (pictured above) is the Bible Notebook, #4 is Math, #5 is her Read Aloud book, and #6 is Narration & Journal. I do have the chart set up for 12 folders but we haven't done more than 8 on any given day so far.
This is my basket. Those 5 green file folders are labelled Monday-Friday. I put the math worksheets, copywork pages, books, Bible verses, etc for each day into the appropriate folder. I usually try to do this on Saturday. That way, I can just grab my planner, pull the folder for the day, and organise the workbaskets in no time at all. It took me some time to get the routine down, but I find this system is very helpful in keeping our homeschool on track.
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