A few weeks ago, I shared at The Homeschool Village how we’ve reorganized some of our creative materials so that we actually use them. (If you missed that post, read it here.)
Do you ever do that? If the materials aren’t ready, you’re less apt to use them? I noticed that trend here, so I reorganized and corralled materials within reach to use them much more often. And it’s working.
I’m not strong in open-ended creative activities myself, so making it as easy as possible to pull the materials out for my kids opens up many more opportunities to foster their creativity.
Instead of always having a planned activity, I’ve even just pulled a few craft materials out and let them play and figure out something to do with them! (With a little guidance, if needed, as they are young.) This is huge for me and for my son, especially, who needs encouragement for pretend play. (Those of you who are planners will understand the victory here.)
Free Homeschool Supplies Organizing Labels
I mentioned in that post that I created some simple labels to use on our bins.
These rectangular labels are blue with lighter blue and white stars (both kids like stars right now), with a white oval and blue-lettered label in the middle. I included labels for:
- craft materials
- reading and writing
- math manipulatives
- faith books
- science books
- early readers
- pretend play
- current lessons materials
- AND one blank card that you can reprint and add your own label
If these simple organizing labels would be useful for you, I’ve compiled them in a PDF file as free download for you! Read on.
New Quarterly Newsletter with Resources for Family, Homeschool, and Faith
I love to gather resources. It’s actually a strength of mine. That might sound strange to be called a strength, but I’ve seen that it’s helpful in my years as a teacher, as a writer, and as a homeschooling momma.
So, to use that strength and hopefully help you all, I’m starting a quarterly newsletter. That’s right — it won’t even be monthly. I know time is limited, and I don’t want to fill up your email inbox. This newsletter will go out about 4 times a year with only more emails if there’s some resource I heard about that’s time-sensitive and will benefit you all.
What will be in the newsletter:
- links to awesome posts and resources from around the web (on family, homeschool, and faith – so a little something for every family! If you don’t need/want the homeschooling articles, just check out the faith section, etc.) I usually try to find free or low-cost resources that help you and me.
- highlights of some of my posts,
- links to useful family, homeschool, and faith giveaway that I’ve found online,
- a verse and/or article of encouragement from my heart and journey to yours,
- and FREEBIES! I’m going to be offering several free printables special for subscribers, starting with these organizing labels!
Would this newsletter help you? (And want some free printables for home and family?)
Sign up in the box below by entering your email address and clicking the “Subscribe” button!
*I will never sell or share your email address or information. I value your time (and mine) and I will not overload your inbox. That’s why this newsletter will be just quarterly!
When you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll receive another email with a confirmation link. You have to open that email and click that link to actually begin receiving the newsletter. You should then receive one more “final welcome email,” and this email will have a link to the free organizing labels shared in this post.
Any free printables offered from now on will also be at the end of each newsletter. You should see links to all the free downloads I’ll offer for subscribers. (More free printables are coming!)
Let me know if you have any issues downloading the organizing labels once you sign up for the newsletter. The first issue of the newsletter will go out within a week!
Now I need your help: What would you like to see in a resource-filled newsletter like this? What would be most helpful to you and your family? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to sign up for the free newsletter!
This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up, Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Tuesday Tots, Hearts for Home linkup, Tender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers, and the Weekly Kids Co-op.