Roadschool Organization

Roadschool organization on your mind? I have one number and two words for you.

  • 3-Ring Binder

I’ll admit to buying all kinds of crazy notions over the years to organize all kinds of everything. I am a gadget girl. I use all kinds of creations. Yep, I copycat all kinds of must-have organizational systems from all over the internet. However, a 3-ring binder is always my go-to when I start any kind of project to arrange parts of my life.

Sometimes I use 3-ring binders for even a temporary plan of attack. These jobs call for a smaller, light-weight binder. If I am tackling a long-term project or keeping long-term records, I search for a bigger, heavy-duty version of this solution.

Roadschool 101

Early in my homeschooling journey, I purchased 2-inch view-binders for each of my kiddos. Each of my little scholars personalized a cover sheet and slid it in the top-loading page protector in the front of the binder. They loved it because it was theirs. I loved it because they eagerly filled it with all the papers they completed during our first year of roadschool.

Fast forward, I put more planning into the binders we use today. I purchase (4) Heavy Duty 3-ring binders in favorite colors from Amazon. Next, I create a cover page for each of my kids that document their age, a current picture, and details about them such as favorite color, favorite foods, etc. I also interview them with a list of questions like “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and “What things are you most excited about learning this year?” I record their answer word for word after each question. Having this cover sheet is a great memory keeper. Each one of my kids loves the spotlight of themselves on the cover.

Roadschool Organization in 3 Rings

I also use a set of index dividers in each binder to separate the different parts of our roadschool. I put extra notebook paper in the back of each binder extra paper is always at hand. Graph paper is a great tool for keeping digits lined up.  I also include printables for each binder based on current studies such as multiplication or sight words.

Most importantly, I print out an assignment schedule that to give a broad view of what each kiddo will accomplish over the next few weeks. I do not require them to stick to this schedule like glue. The new me is more flexible and if one of my life learners goes off on a tangent, so be it. Recording this rabbit trail learning is his or her priority and we roll on.

This system works great for the roadschool crew aboard our rig. All the papers and projects are kept in one place. We even store our finished lap books in there. When it’s time for one of my kids to hit the books, they grab their binder, a few supplies and they are off on the road to learning.

In the end, the most important rule in roadschool organization is to use what works for your family. I do not go anywhere without my Ready…Set…Roadschool bag. Stay tuned for more Roadschool 101 from Road Trip Teacher where we like to Learn Something New Every Day!

Mary Beth Goff is a solo homeschool mom who loves to have the wheels rolling under her family’s feet. Feeling the need to hit the road, she travels fulltime across the country with her children for the roadschool adventure of a lifetime. She strives to incorporate Mother Nature, National Parks, and out-of-the-way spots along the way. Her love of history has fueled many road trips including all of Laura Ingalls Wilder home places. Mary Beth’s passion is sharing the beauty and education offered by exploring America’s backyard. She is the creator of the educational website Road Trip Teacher, writer at Diary of a Road Mom, and co-host on Roadschool Moms radio.

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