Have you ever had a really good idea but then in the flow of life with its ups and downs never implemented it? Or maybe you have?
Today I found I had implemented a really good idea... twice. :-)
As I have shuffled things around in this house I got 2 filing boxes in one place at one time and in looking through them realised that I had set up an almost identical filing system twice over for our homeschooling papers.
After having to read a training manual at work this last week I realised that I need a manual for homeschooling. I am creating a document that lists out my goals for homeschooling, my plans for school, where things are stored and how the paper should flow through this system.
I am even thinking of creating a flow chart to show where things go when. lol Too much?!
Folders and boxes are now getting labels with official sounding names like Future Planning - Lesson Plans and Materials (a binder for the overview of topics and how they fit into the big picture) and Future Planning - Subject Materials (a large file box with folders for each subject for those miscellaneous things you find like a great game or crossword puzzle or fun activity, and folders for each resource that I have to copy to use eg Critical Thinking books, and folders for lessons plans with the materials that relate to them and a list of other resources and their location.
I already have Subject Boxes sitting in a bookshelf that have the current books that we are using for that subject and a small file folder that contains any worksheets or printed resources that will be needed for the current week. Next week's work is in the Future Planning - Lesson Plans and Materials binder or the Future Planning - Subject Materials box.
The planning side of my personality is already feeling better. I hate feeling overwhelmed.
So, how many people have a homeschool manual? What do you have in yours and why did you decide to create it?