Read on to learn more about our resource binder, and a little about how we organize our homeschool materials and days. Please note, if your browser tends to be slow to load pages, this post is heavy with pictures!
A long while ago, I posted about how we use a file folder, multi-pocket "thingy" (is there an official name for these?). We are still using it, and probably will continue to do so for a few years to come.
Every "school" day, I set out a pile of book and materials that my son will need for the day. The resource binder is always on the table, or nearby. At the top of my son's pile will be either the week's master list of tasks (school, recreation, and chores), or it will be a small handwritten note like in the picture below.
Have you found yourself looking up, or printing out a page of math formulas for area and perimeter, a list of writing prompts, maybe a sheet of Spanish verbs? Or, any number of other materials? Do you have workbooks with glossaries in the back that just get tossed when the workbook is done? START SAVING THAT STUFF TODAY!
Here's what you need for your resource binder:
- a big 3-ring binder. Mine is 2 inches, but we will upgrade this year to a 3-inch so we have room to grow.
- a bunch of page protectors
- a 3-hole punch
- dividers to section out the binder
Here's a glimpse into our binder, with just a few pages from each section. By far, the math section is biggest.
|The first section of our binder happens to be science. I bought several study guides for various topics and included them in the binder. Here you can see the Physics and Rock Cycle study guides.|
|For our math section, before my son even starts a math workbook, I pull out the glossary and put it into the binder. I also made him a big chart of unit conversions for both metric and non-metric measures (I use this one A LOT when I cook!).|
|At some point, the lad asked about Roman numerals, so I printed this from somewhere online...I forget where, but HERE is a good one.|
|When one of my younger tutoring students was struggling with area and perimeter, I found several printables and they made their way into the binder. The ones pictured came from ABCteach.com, but that is a pay-for-membership website (although for elementary age students, it is worth the fee!).|
|I hand wrote the formulas for surface area and volume because I happened to have them in front of me in a book that I didn't want to tear apart.|
|More printables from ABCteach.com - math symbols and various math properties.|
|In our writing/ELA section, we have lots of writing prompts.|
|Proofreading/editing marks. I use these with tutoring students, and in the two college English courses that I teach.|
|Instructions to write formal and friendly letters. We also have printouts on how to organize various types of essays, ways to brainstorm, and more.|
|In our social studies section, we have a timeline of wars involving the U.S.A. This one is from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.|
|Two side-by-side charts showing the states in the U.S.A. One side has them in alphabetical order. The other has them in the order in which they joined the U.S.A.|
|JP asked for a chart showing the Russian alphabet. So, we put that in our foreign language section.|
|A German grammar study guide...|
|Many pages of Spanish verbs.|
|And, at the very back, empty sheet protectors!|