Homeschool Organization: File Folder Games

I love to organize. This was probably my best quality as an employee in my working years. But since having kids, it seems that there is never time to organize! (And I was always good with time-management too!) Lately there has been an ever-growing pile of random games that I printed from teacherspayteachers.com. I love this site! It’s easily searchable by grade, subject, cost, etc, and there are a lot of free items (I have yet to purchase anything). I’ve found fun math and reading games, and the site offers items in many other areas too (like science and history). (OMG, I just discovered that they have foreign language stuff. Looks like I might be printing off some Spanish resources this weekend!) The girls love to play these games. M is still a bit overwhelmed with reading sentences, so I specifically printed games for beginning reading, working on sight words and simple CVC’s (consonant-vowel-consonant). I would randomly print off a game and give it to a child to play with (if they were interested; they always are).

Anyway, I kept printing games, but never took the time to create a system of organization or storage. So last weekend, I finally got around to organizing them into file folders. I even organized our alligator math game and speech target word cards (I get most of my speech cards from TestyYetTrying, a very awesome blog written by an SLP with an apraxic child…who also is venturing into homeschooling) into folders too.

I had envisioned creating a place for each child to keep a folder or two (such as vertical file folder slots or something) and then “assigning” a few folders to each child and switching them out every week. But I haven’t started this yet, and not sure if I will (at the very least, I’m waiting until we hopefully have more “storage” options in the new home). The girls ask to play these frequently anyway. It has been really handy to have around to occupy one child while I’m doing 1-on-1 schooling with the other child. A lot of the games are also fun games to do when we’re doing speech practice, so bonus! So for right now, the folders live in a box, alongside a few “busy bag” games and our homemade geoboards.

The LipperLoppy Life: File Folder Games

The LipperLoppy Life: File Folder Games

Check out the inside-view of one of the folders below. I glued game boards and instructions to the folders (which also means I could print those out on regular paper instead of cardstock) and taped paper pockets to hold any game pieces or cards.

The LipperLoppy Life

The LipperLoppy Life

What are some of your favorite homeschool organization tips?

Jambo! A Study of Tanzania

Last spring we studied countries through our monthly Culture Club group. We had a lot of fun learning with friends about different countries that the hostess’ visited, had a family connection, etc. The hostess would provide delicious food, usually a craft or coloring page, and a short presentation. We took a break over the summer, and since I thought we would be moving this fall, we haven’t started it again.

I had been thinking about how to study world cultures again, when it occurred to me that the girls can study the countries that their grandmother visits frequently for her job. We started a binder for the project, labeled with a world map showing the countries that Grandma has been to. This is also a great way for them to connect with their grandmother.

First up, Tanzania!

We read an excellent collection of books from our local library:

We colored Tanzania on a map of Africa. We colored the Tanzanian flag, and learned what different parts of the flag represents. We learned how to count to ten in Swahili, and made a Swahili Counting book, counting animals that can be found in Tanzania. We sang a counting song in Swahili. We learned how to say hello (Jambo!), daddy (baba), children (watoto), elephant (tembo), and other Swahili words. I didn’t get out my Swahili dictionary or workbook from my college class because they are packed already and I’ve been too lazy to dig it out.

The girls really enjoyed learning about Tanzania and are looking forward to seeing photos from my mom’s visit. We might still attempt to cook some Tanzanian food, but I haven’t made the time for that yet.

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