When our homeschool became stale recently, I needed to liven up our daily work with a new system. Actually, the system is not new, nor is it new to me. I’ve used it before…many, many years ago! These days, I’ve given the system an update (I didn’t talk about the old file folder system, only about our most recent binder system). And actually, I didn’t immediately realize that updating this old system was going to invigorate our stale homeschooling system. I actually put this file folder system together for my 9th grader who was struggling to keep up with his work now that he is in high school and doesn’t keep the same unit study/daily work schedule that we have been used to and still maintain. Honestly, this year has been ripe with challenges. Trying to maintain multiple learning schedules has proven difficult and something things needed to be changed. For one, our daily proficiency work needed an update. I felt this problem coming on slowly last year, but when we started school this year, I was one step behind and the gap only increased as the year progressed. This was because I wasn’t ready to start school, and would have really benefited from an extra week or two to get my ‘ducks in a row’. Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised when our system slowly crumbled under the weight of staleness and monotony, till it was running on fumes.
In came the file folder system. A system by which daily work is contained within file folders, neatly arranged and labeled for clarity and ease. I’ve modified this brilliant system (no doubt stolen from the workforce), to include a trimmed down envelope in the back to hold completed work.
This tutorial is quick and easy and you can find all the labels as a free downloadable PDF by clicking here. All you need to do is run it through your printer with the Avery label sheet 5160 available at most office supply stores.
Print your own labels using Avery 5160 labels for the following label documents:
Do you use a file folder system? Let me know how it’s working for you!