I have been kind of waiting for inspiration to strike when it comes to how to organize our school things and finally got it the other day. We purchased all of our books a few weeks ago, I bought a binder, binder tabs, and fancy paper from the Martha Stewart Staples collection, and we found a wonderful planner at Target that will be great for a monthly overview as well as space to write things down each day.
We are planning to try to do our schoolwork in the playroom each morning this year. We did most of our work at the dining room table last year, and that was mainly because we had a grabby toddler on our hands. We still have the toddler, but he is a little more easily distracted and I am hoping that being in the playroom will allow him to occupy himself while we do our work each day.
I decided to re-purpose one of our bookshelves for our learning materials this year. The top shelf holds Sugar Plum's basket of school books, a little pencil holder, and a pretty framed illustration by Shirley Hughes. The second shelf has a basket full of our learning basket materials each week, a featured book, and binoculars. The bottom shelf holds Little Man's basket of books and a few activity books that he likes, as well as a basket of wooden Handwriting Without Tears letter shapes that he will be using.
This setup is pretty simple. We'll see how it evolves over the year! We are looking forward to our start next week... though I am a little nervous about how we'll get it all done. Somehow we've ended up with a lot of house-guests planning to come that week!