It’s back to school time already (can you believe it?!) and that means it’s time to help our children get ready for school work and homework. Preparation and organization really does lead to success in learning. One of the best ways to start the new school year is gathering all the supplies your child will need to complete homework and today I’m going to show you how to organize homework supplies for FREE.
Hi, Susan from Organized 31, here. I’m the proud mother of three and a parent educator. I’ve taught many, many parents how to help their children with homework without doing it for them. One of the first things you can do is set up a homework routine and location. A big part of setting up a homework location is organizing the necessary homework supplies. Since we will be funding three college educations, I am always on the look out for ways to repurpose items so that I can organize my family for free. Organizing homework supplies doesn’t have to be expensive to help you stay organized this school year.
If you’re like I am, you are too busy right now getting back into your school routine for a complicated organization project, so in addition to being free this is a quick and easy project.
- Plastic berry, fruit or lettuce containers – I even found a grape container that had a Frozen label on it. Keep your eyes open and you’ll find usable and cute free containers.
- Decorative paper
- Decoupage glue
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Label maker or permanent marker
Simply cut your decorative paper to fit the lid of the container and decoupage it to the lid. I usually remove the labels, but you can decoupage over the label to make your project even easier.
For the container with the Frozen label, I just covered the text of the label and left the picture visible.
A blueberry container is the perfect size to hold crayons.
The Frozen container originally held grapes and it larger than the blueberry container. It’s roomy enough to hold larger homework supplies. When you take the time to personalize the organization containers, your children will be more excited about using their supplies and doing their homework.
Labeling the containers is a great trick to encourage your child’s reading skills. Your child will learn to recognize the words on the label by sight and understand their meaning by associating the words with the contents in the container. Be sure to point out the words and read them with your child several times when you first introduce your child to the containers.
In about 5 minutes plus drying time, you can make personalized organization containers to organize your homework supplies for free. An added benefit is that these organization containers are easily transported so your children can take them to their homework location.
Be sure to check out more great back-to-school ideas from Susan over on her blog.