Having every lesson scheduled in my software is wonderful, but if I can find the colored pencils for Bible study or our read-aloud for history I'm headed for a train wreck. I can't send Schnickelfritz to search for the missing item. He's a carrier of that Y chromosome, can't-find-anything-in-the refrigerator syndrome. After glancing around the room twice he'll lose interest, or find the Transformer he wanted to play with yesterday, or decide that since he's already moved the trundle bed to look underneath he might as well stay and turn it into an "ice cave" and make our dog play cave beast. If I go looking for the lost item I may have a better chance of finding it but I'd better find it during the math lesson video. Once the lesson is done the mind wonders and we still may end up in the ice cave.
For the last two years we've been using a variation on Sue Patrick's Workbox System. Rather than numbering the boxes, I used our Graphic Toolbox software to make subject labels.
Our second tool is a set of subject labels that I've lamenated and added magnets to the backs.
I'm sad to say this is the last week of the 2012 Virtual Curriculum Fair. Be sure to visit these other blogs to see their take on the topic The Nuts and Bolts: Pulling it All Together.
Getting a Grip on Things by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Weekly Homeschooling Schedule by Julie @ HighHill Homeschool
Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all Together by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool
Our Schedule's Working! by Eunora @ All Things NoriLynn
Homeschooling: How do I do it all? by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest
Virtual Curriculum Fair--- Wrap-up Angie @ Petra School
Virtual Curriculum Fair: 5 Ways to Use an iPad in Your Homeschool by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
A Peek Into Our School Day by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
A Day in the Life... by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Homeschool and Life: How we get it done by Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What
Homeschooling at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
Making Home School a part of LIFE by Cindy @ For One Another
Something About Homeschooling I Really Didn't See Coming by Letha @ justpitchingmytent
Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled Chaos! by Laura O from AK @ Day by Day in Our World
The Virtual Curriculum Fair – Nuts and Bolts by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
Staying on Top of Everything by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning