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Organizing BJU Press Homeschool Distance Learning Online Grade Kit Materials for a Successful Year
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Every school year I spend a little bit of time preparing the materials my child and I will need to have a successful school year. This makes everything easier for the both of us. Here are my organizing tips for this year’s materials- the BJU Press Homeschool Distance Learning Online Grade Kit.

Materials

Provided materials from BJU Press Homeschool:
• Stapled Video Lesson Guide for each subject
• Printed Student Handouts for each subject (contains a binder-ready Video Lesson Guide and student worksheets)
• Student textbooks, worktexts, Activity Manuals, BookLinks, Math Manipulatives Packet

Materials I provide:
• For the student, I used 2 binders, 1 prong binder, 5 pocket folders, 5 page protectors, and 32 tab dividers.
• For me, 1 binder with two tabs

Organizing

For the student:
Binders:
The first binder and 12 tab dividers are for science.
The second binder and 20 tab dividers are for Heritage Studies.
The pronged-folder with page protectors is for math manipulatives.

Pocket folders:
Math – Student Worksheets (Chapter 1 only for now)
Reading – Student Worksheets (Unit 1 only for now)
Spelling – Student Worksheets (Units 1-6 for now)
Spelling – Test Sheets
Everything else – Projects to save that won’t have another spot.

Subject-by-subject guide for organizing materials:

Math - I used a pronged pocket folder with page protectors to organize the math manipulatives. I looked through the first 90 days in the Video Lesson Guide under materials and only pulled out the parts we would be using. I skipped the coins, the ruler, and the clock because we will use things we already have. I sorted the items into page protectors and put a paper clip at the top. Finally, I put the rest of the math manipulatives in a stack of my out-of-the way items.

The second folder is a simple pocket folder for the Math Review Sheets which he will be using almost daily. I put Chapter 1 (Day 1-8) in one side of the folder. I will have him put his finished sheet on the other side of the folder when he is done. I referred to the Video Lesson Guide to know how to divide the chapters.



Reading - I put the student sheets for Unit 1 in a pocket folder. I may switch this to a binder later, but the folder is simple for me now. Like the math folder, he will simply put the completed sheet in the other side.

Science - The teacher suggested a binder organized by chapter. I put 12 tab dividers in that binder, one for each chapter. I put all the student sheets in the binder behind the correct chapter tab. It sounds like the teacher wants him to put his completed activity sheets in the binder by chapter when he completes them. I wasn’t sure I wanted him to do that since it seems so tidy and organized already in his Student Activity Manual, but he wants to transfer his activity manual pages to the binder like his teacher says.

Heritage Studies – Like I did for Science, I used a binder with tabs for each chapter. I organized the student sheets behind the correct chapter tab.

For Spelling, there are a few student worksheets. I put these in a pocket folder. I also printed off a few of the test sheets (though notebook paper would work) and put those in a separate pocket folder. So, I am using TWO pocket folders for spelling.

Handwriting & English - I ordered my kit with 4th grade Handwriting and 4th grade English. Neither of those subjects has many student sheets, so I am just putting them in my teacher binder (see below) for now. I will probably forget where I put them, and we will just print them off that day. Once he starts writing papers, my “Everything Else” folder will be for writing projects that we want to save.

For Mom:
Because my 5th grader does fine following the guide in the online portal, I simply stacked the stapled Video Lesson Guides in an out-of-the-way place. My son doesn’t need them. I did the same for the BookLinks for reading that we won’t need until further in the year.
I did, however, put the binder ready (unstapled) video lesson guides in a binder for me. I added a tab divider with my student’s name on it. I only put the first 90 days to save space in my binder. I will reload it half way through the year. I use paper clips to mark my spot in each subject. (I can see all this in the online portal, but I really like having easy access to the printed copy.) The second tab is for review and is just a spot for me to keep any notes for that student.

Final Notes:

Additional materials:

My son uses inexpensive notebooks as he needs them. I will let him decide whether to use one notebook at a time or different ones for different subjects. Most of the important written work is getting transferred to a binder anyway.

He will be using other routine school supplies including crayons, pencils, erasers, color pencils, scissors, glue sticks, construction paper, pencil sharpener, calculator, small dry erase board, dry-erase markers, and regular markers.

I’ll be checking the materials lists weekly for any materials that are needed for special activities.

I hope you find this method of organizing to be helpful. There are so many ways to organize! Whatever works for you and your family is just fine. We try to keep our organizing simple because we’re so ready to jump into Day One.

HomeWorks by Precept Consultants share their organization tips on these YouTube Videos:

Homeschool Organization from a Homeschool Mom of 17 years- part 1

Homeschool Organization from a Homeschool Mom of 17 years- part 2

Homeschool Organization from a Homeschool Mom of 17 years- part 3

Homeschool Organization from a Homeschool Mom of 17 Years – Part 4

How We Use BJU Press Video Lesson Guides

How to Organize Your Homeschool and BJU Press Curriculum

Tips for Unboxing Your BJU Press Order

How to Unpack and Organize Your Homeschool Materials from a Mom of 10 Children

How to Customize BJU Press Distance Learning

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How to Unpack Your BJU Press Distance Learning Order

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Cynda Moore - HomeWorks by Precept Consultant
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