Multitasking is the only way to get all things done when you are raising a family and running a home along with a homeschool. One of the most pressing needs while homeschooling is to have an organized classroom. That way you don’t waste time hunting down supplies and equipment that you need for a class and can actually concentrate on the lesson that you are trying to cover with your kids. It is also the most pressing chores that most parents face when they homeschool their children. It takes up time and effort that they can ill afford to spare.
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Organizing your classroom well is all about two things – attitude and control. If you ensure that you have a zero tolerance attitude towards sloth in the classroom your kids will pick up on the same attitude and ensure that your classroom stays organized. Having control over your homeschool students does not indicate that you watch them every step of the way and chastise them for every mistake, but it does mean that you should be able to tell them to do a chore and know without a doubt that the chore will get handled the right way. Developing this control is important training for the children to function as responsible adults as well, so it is a good idea to make them work on minor responsibilities along the way.
Each child can be given an age appropriate responsibility that contributes to keeping the classroom ship shape. Specifying tasks is a good way to ensure that all that requires to be done, gets done. Each child knows the specific thing that he needs to do, for instance your youngest one can be made responsible for sharpening all the pencils in the pencil stand. The slightly older one can be given the task of sorting out the books per subject and storing them accordingly on the shelf. That way each of the tasks is a responsibility for the children to undertake and the end result is that your classroom stays organized more often than not. With the added advantage of you not having to do all the organizing personally!