You’ll probably soon notice that I use a lot of 3-ring binders in my home. Each of my children has his or her own binder — even the little ones, who would feel very left out without one!
So let’s take a peek inside my daughter Kaitlyn’s school notebooks.
Inside the Front Cover
As soon as you open her assignment notebook, you’ll see a lot of odds and ends and daily junk in the inside pocket. (We need to work on that…)
- Scrap paper.
- Maps that should have been filed away.
- Ideas for writing assignments.
The first few pages of the notebook are the pages they look at every day, so we’ve placed them inside plastic sheet protectors.
The front sheet of Kaitlyn’s noteboook from 8th grade tells her that each day, she needs to work on:
- Bible Reading
- Chapter Book
- Piano Practice
- Volunteer Work
- Study Hebrew Vocabulary
(She has pasted horse pictures all over this sheet.)
Behind the Tabbed Dividers
Next are all the tabbed divider sections that help her remember things.
- Divider 1: Science
- Divider 2: Bible Reading Schedule
- Divider 3: Reading Log
- Divider 4: Grammar
- Divider 5: Writing (lots of notebook paper here)
- Divider 6: Hebrew
- Divider 7: Vocabulary
- Divider 8: Blank Paper and Girl Stuff
We also have many Subject Notebooks on our shelf — notebooks for Bible Time, History, Science, you name it. We usually put all our pages in the same notebook, separating students by tabbed dividers. Sometimes we don’t separate them at all, because it’s fun to compare a 2nd-grader’s thoughts with an 11th-grader’s thoughts.
Finally, each child has a plastic crate in which they store books, notebooks, and school supplies. We’re working to reduce the amount of clutter in those.
I’d love to hear how you keep your children organized for school.