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Back to School Planning and Organizing

August 25, 2014Danita
*This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents

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I can hardly believe we’re starting our eleventh year of homeschooling!  Our oldest has graduated, our middle daughter will graduate this year, and our son is a seventh grader.  How time flies!

Over the years I’ve been asked lots of questions.  First time homeschool moms are always a little overwhelmed so I like to tell them three things…

1.  Homeschooling is a full time job

2.  You may ALWAYS be behind on the laundry

3.  Your house will probably never (or rarely) be as clean as you’d like it to be

I don’t say these things to discourage but to emphasize the fact that school needs to be a priority everyday and to stress the key to successful homeschooling…ORGANIZATION!

Here’s how we did our Back to School Planning and Organizing…

Organization requires the right tools, so our first stop was Office Depot for some much needed school supplies.  

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The kids got great deals on PaperMate mechanical pencils with extra lead and erasers (in really fun colors) Uniball pens (black, blue and red) and of course…a large pack of Sharpie markers!

Now is the perfect time to shop and save!  You can save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch). AND this week (Aug 24-30) they have amazing deals on select PaperMate Flair 4pk’s (only $4), Sharpie 12CT Asst Fine & Ultra Fine Asst ($6), and Sharpie Dozen Box Black Fine & Ultra Fine ($6). 

Before you go, sign up for your Office Depot Rewards to save even more money!  We homeschoolers love saving money!

Once the kids were all set, I started looking around for myself.

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This InJoy is just for me!  I love pens that write in unusual colors.  The display was huge and I had a tough time deciding, but in the end I chose this fun blue color.  

Once we had all of our “tools”, it was time for ME to get ready.  That means PLANNING.   back to school office depot 081 #sp

Having a daily chart of all our subjects helps us stay focused and on track.  However, even the best laid plans sometimes need to be adjusted….so I always write them in pencil.  

Once I was all set, it was time to get the kids ready…

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New school supplies put a smile on everyone’s face!

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With all the color choices of these Paper Mate mechanical pencils there should be no confusion about whose pencil it is.  

The tougher questions is… which one to use first?

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Cool new discovery…roll up eraser!

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The Sharpies made setting up his notebook easy…and fun, too!

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Did I mention we have a few Sharpies?  Can you ever have too many?!  These will come in handy for all sorts of projects this year.

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Once the plans are made and work is complete there’s still one very important thing….record keeping.  It’s extremely important for homeschool moms to keep good records.  I use a traditional grade book and my new fun InkJoy pen.

School does take up a large portion of our day…it is a full time job.  But that’s not where my organization ends.  I still need a way to keep up with everyone’s activities and let’s not forget about dinner….

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I find it easiest to keep everything on one weekly calendar page using different colors for each person.  Once everyone’s schedule is complete I do my meal planning around the days activities.  

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I don’t feel quite so “Stretched to My Limits” when I’ve taken the time to

do some Back to School Planning and Organizing!

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  • Jillian

    September 7, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    I totally need these tips right now, thanks for sharing!

  • Emily Thompson

    August 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    I love fun writing tools! they make simple tasks way more fun!!!

  • Julie

    August 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I love Sharpies 😉 And I agree, our homeschool schedule is written in pencil, too.

  • Liz Mays

    August 27, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    I use pencil in my planner too. However, I love Sharpie colors and use them for any excuse I can on other things.

  • Lexie Lane

    August 27, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Wow! Congratulations on 11 years! That’s huge accomplishment with a whole lot of pressure! Love these kinds of pens. Looks like your son likes it too 🙂

  • maggiesblog2

    August 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Ha! I don’t homeschool and I’m still always behind on laundry and my house is never as clean as I want it to be! I have a toddler so that’s pretty impossible! I envy you homeschooling! I hope to do it next year!

  • Yona Williams

    August 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I love using color to organize and plan work projects..I remember when permanent markers only came in black, red and blue – I love how you can get a rainbow of colors now…even pastels…

  • Kallee Anne

    August 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Great ideas. And sharpies are my favorite!!!

  • Jaime Nicole

    August 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Organization is key to life! LOL. I have a child who is brain damaged and since she has so many therapy appointments, specialists, medications and an active life- I have to use my sharpies to keep organized!

  • The Positive MOM

    August 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I’ve been homeschooling three years and I have found that I am ALWAYS behind when it comes to laundry, dishes, and all of the sorts… and I’m sure you can agree that it’s worth it. Organization = sanity!

    1. Danita

      August 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Totally agree! Organization = sanity…or at least some version of it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • FamiGami (@famigami)

    August 25, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    So many sharpies! I love those markers and as far as I’m concerned, nobody even comes close to their quality or longevity! I love all those brands!

  • Rosey

    August 25, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    A chart really is great/easy/useful for organizing. And hokey mother load of Sharpies, I love the Sharpie jar!

  • Jackie Houston

    August 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I love sharpies! They are always my go to product when I’m organizing/labeling!

  • nmburk

    August 25, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I love Sharpie pens! I don’t think I could manage without them! 🙂

  • Stefany Thode (@ToBeThode)

    August 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    These are great tips. I know I would fail miserably at homeschooling, even with all the good supplies to help me out. So, I do purchase them but for my own use too at home. My son has one of those mechanical pencils and he loves it. I can’t live without my fine point colored sharpies! ha!

  • Jessica

    August 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I couldn’t function without being organized especially now that my daughter has started school. If I don’t write down to take out the trash I tend to forget! I love using Sharpies to color coordinate my calendar and agenda for the month.

  • Lavende & Lemonade

    August 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    There is nothing like a brand new pack of Sharpies to bring a smile at back to school time! They’re so pretty 🙂

  • monicapruett

    August 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Great job organizing! Looks like you are well on your way. 🙂

  • Nicole

    August 25, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    My hats off to you. I am a WAHM and we now have a 19 month old, and with the schedule I currently have I don’t think I could ever home school. Like you said it is work and it takes priority.

  • justamom8225

    August 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Sharpies are probably my favorite thing to use for organizing. Great post!

  • bellavidaletty

    August 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    My favorite part of back to school is ordering new supplies and getting everything organized.

  • Misty Marie Lunceford

    August 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    We love sharpies! All the bright colors they have now is fabulous. We are still getting stuff for back to school.

  • Teresa Mccluskey

    August 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    HUGE Sharpie fan here! I think I have a minimum of 100 here! Love bright colors!

  • menucha

    August 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    I love color coding with sharpies!!

  • Robin Rue

    August 25, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    I like to think I am very organized with my kids school supplies and getting them ready to go back.

    1. Danita

      August 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      I like to think I am as well, but sometimes I wonder!

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