Posted 02 July 2013 - 05:29 PM
I've recently returned to work and at least two days a week my kids will be doing the majority of the skill subjects at my mother's house. I'm trying to find a way to organize things the same way for the days they are there and the days they are at home. I'm thinking the easiest would be individual backpacks with binders holding their work (which is mostly workbooks for the items my mother will be covering) but I'd love some ideas/tips for making this work as smoothly as possible.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 05:52 PM
In his backpack he will need his folder, his science textbook (the sheets for written work are in his folder), his history textbook (the sheets for written work are in his folder), whatever book he is reading for literature (the sheets for written work are in his folder), and his Kumon pouch. He doesn't have a dozen separate workbooks/ spirals/ worksheets, and he should be able to carry this without breaking his back. Also, the pockets in the folders will allow me to store any additional information that comes up or notes specific to that week even if it isn't school related (take your medicine at 2).
I haven't decided what to do about math, but I am hoping that it is something I can have the spine cut off of and put in the folders.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:27 PM
I tried bags for away days and other storage for at home, but it was a real pain and I felt as though I was constantly shuffling materials around.
So I gave each kid a Rubbermaid tub that is big enough to hold thier stuff and small enough they can schlep thier own junk from place to place. Everything goes in the tub. When we are schooling at the library the kids just carry thier stuff to car and away we roll.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:31 PM
Each child has a pencil box for pens, pencils, colored pencils/crayons, scissors, gluestick, and erasers; they use these at home as well as out of the house, and it's very easy to grab them and go.
I do occasionally bring a workbox per kid in the car, but a backpack or tote bag seems to work better. We've found clipboards to be pretty useful for when we're out of the house as well.
In your situation, I might opt to have certain things stay at your mom's house -- either buy two copies of them if you can, or just do those subjects on the days they're at your mom's, so that you have less to lug back and forth. I would probably also tear out the workbook pages you want them to do at your mom's to eliminate any confusion and to make the physical load lighter. I would also write out what they're supposed to do, specifically, to make it easier on everyone to know exactly what you're expecting.
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:19 PM
I'm trying to decide if backpacks would be the way to go. I already have a full-size backpack that ds could use and would just have to get one for dd. They should be able to hold all the stuff they would need at home or my mothers. And they should be able to carry them on their own. Each would have: their weekly binder, their handwriting book (HWT), a pencil box with pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, etc., reading books, read-aloud books. Ds also has a set of sheet protectors taped together for his reference sheets (HWT cursive alphabet, 100 chart with prime numbers marked, multiplication chart with squares marked, etc.). That doesn't seem like too much.
There isn't too much I could leave at my mothers, at least not permanently. I don't plan to have her do anything but math and language arts, and only stuff that is easy to transport, so not the large whiteboard and tiles for AAR/AAS. All projects will be done at home.
Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:22 PM
They were largely unsupervised. This was a system that they could do on their own.
Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:28 AM