Organization. Some people are born with an innate ability to manage the “stuff of life” that never fails to accumulate, seemingly out of nowhere. Others are more inclined to turn a blind eye and hope that the organization fairy pays an unexpected visit, sweeping away the piles of unwanted or unneeded paraphernalia. Regardless of where you may fall on the spectrum, organization is a key component of creating and sustaining a functional home learning space.
By the very nature of a blended learning program, where the three components of face-to-face, virtual, and independent learning are combined to create a comprehensive educational experience, HTA students will spend more time in their home learning spaces than in their respective Learning Centers. The home learning space should be conducive to focused learning, both virtually and independently. Creating an organized space, where there is a place for everything and everything has its place, is easier than you might think - and HTA is here to help with tips for organizing your home learning supplies and materials.
Though HTA does not require families to provide an extensive list of school supplies to the individual classrooms at the beginning of each year, don’t ignore those early school supply sales just yet! The standard items like scissors, pens, pencils, crayons, etc. are all essential supplies for your home learning space. Since a significant proportion of learning will take place in the home learning space, that space becomes a classroom of sorts, complete with lined paper, workbooks, and plenty of glue sticks for the little ones! So how does one organize all of the supplies - not to mention the books and materials that are shipped to complete assignments and experiments? Check out these ideas:
Organizing Books and Workbooks:
Organizing Supplies and Manipulatives:
The ideas for storage are endless. It matters less HOW you choose to store books and supplies. It matters more that you choose a method that works for you.
Remember, an organized home learning space is a functional one. If you have any ideas, add them to the comments. Sharing ideas with members of the HTA Ohana leads to greater success as an HTA community!