My Favorite Tool for Organizing Our Homeschool — 17 Comments

  1. I just started using charts for our kids. They each have their own chore chart and Kaleb has his own school chart. It is very helpful for him to, at a glance, see what he needs to do for the day. I love hearing your tips! Thanks :)
    Miss you!

  2. Love this idea! I have been trying to figure out a system for my kiddos to know what to do next regarding chores and school but just couldn’t wrap my head around how to implement it. I had thought of doing a sheet of paper for each child with their daily responsibilities and hanging it somewhere in the house but having a weeks worth on their own clipboard is brilliant! This really helps, thank you! Do you also have a clipboard or do you use a different method to help you stay on track with what you need to do each day?

    • I’m glad this helps, Rachel! I used to have a clipboard, but sort of got into a routine over the years and stopped. Honestly, I need to use one again. Since moving to Texas, I have had a harder time building new routines and staying on top of things. I think a clipboard would help me.

      • Yes, I think it would help me too. I sometimes find myself trying to figure out what I should be doing next!

        I have another question: do you have additional chores for your children other than what is listed on their schedules?


        • They help out in other ways too, but these are the chores that they kids (or I) are likely to forget. :) The main other chores they do are related to laundry and mealtimes. Everyone age five and older folds and puts away their own laundry. Everyone has mealtime chores to help meals run smoothly. The two older boys make breakfast just about every morning. Little kids tidy a lot (since they are the main ones who make the mess.) Everyone makes their own beds, etc. I do not have other required chores for my older girls because they do a lot without being asked. They make dinner probably 50% of the time, although I never ask them to, because they love to cook. They also love to bake, and make bread a lot, etc. As much as they help on their own, I don’t feel I need to, or should, assign them more things to do. :)

  3. Michelle,

    I love this idea! We have a notebook but similar style of accountability. We use Accountability Kids system for the Littles. I reposted to our blog on tumblr–you are one of the few with a tumblr button–thanks.

    I do have a question, well, two:

    1. I notice Writer only has one day for Science. How does she manage? And
    2. Handyman is doing biology everyday. If it is Apologia, does he find the tests challenging? My non-stem daughter is having a rough time this year in biology. We have done Apologia for 8 years, but this year she has hit a wall.

    Any tips?

    Thanks again!


    • Donna, the notebook is a great idea!

      In answer to your questions, Writer does science five days a week. It is listed as Physics every day, and on Friday I must have made an error and listed Science as well. I had revised the schedules a few weeks ago and Writer never mentioned to me that I had messed it up, so I didn’t realize until just now. :)

      Biology is hard! Writer tells me that although she loves Apologia, Biology was her least favorite year and most difficult. But, she says, Apologia made it tolerable. :) She did have some struggles with the tests, and sometimes still does. However, I took Apologia’s advice on how to count for grades, and her good labs and notebook entries brought her overall grade up. Even with the test struggles, she did learn a lot and that is the most important thing. Handyman is a different sort, much more a stem guy. Science seems to come naturally to him and he aces the tests. If your daughter is learning, I wouldn’t give too much concern about test scores, and reassure her that the subsequent years should be much better. :)

      • Thank you! God knew I needed that today! She is also a writer ( I am teaching the One Year Adventure Novel this year for a group of six young ladies) and NOT a STEM girl at all!


  4. Hi Michelle,
    I just started using clipboards and checklists and have slid the checklist into a plastic sheet and have them mark them with dry erase markers….not sure if it will be too messy….but it’s an idea if anyone wants to try that. :)

    • That’s a great idea, Brittany! I’ve often thought about buying new, pretty clipboards, but have just been too cheap. This would work great. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I can’t seem to view your examples of worksheets for the three kids – any clues? I only found your blog last week but am really enjoying the ideas for my small tribe of five!

    • Hmmm, the examples used to be embedded in this post, but there is some kind of error now. I will try to see if I can fix it later. Thanks for letting me know!