Our New and Improved Notebook System

by frazzledmama on August 11, 2014

If you’ve been a reader here for very long, you know how much I love lists. There are some days that I live and die by my list.  If I didn’t make lists, I would never accomplish the many tasks that require my attention each day.  I have a list for my morning routine, school routines, and even cleaning routines.  The thing about lists is that they help me focus and remember all the little things that need to de done.  I feel less frazzled because I know that if it’s on the list, I won’t forget it.

I’ve used lists for the kids for years, but this year, I took things up a notch.


These are the kids folders.  I chose 1 inch 3 ring binders.


We use the front right pocket for work that is “to be completed.” We use the pocket on the left for work that is completed, but needs grading.  We also attached these cool little gadgets we found called a “Pen Pal.”  Very handy for keeping their dry erase pen…handy ;)


Here’s a shot of the tabs.  We have one for daily checklist, one for memory, and the final one for maps.


Here you can see Bubba’s daily school checklist. The Littles also have a morning routine checklist so things, like brushing teeth or feeding chooks do not get forgotten.


In the memory tab we have a multiplication practice sheet,


catechism questions we are working on memorizing,


Bible verses we are memorizing,


and character traits we are studying in our devotions.


In the maps tab we have several maps for the kiddos to work on tracing with goal of memorizing them in mind. 

All these pages are in vinyl page protectors which makes for less copying for mom :)  The kiddos just use a dry erase marker to trace their maps, check off their checklist, and practice their multiplication drills. Once I check them over, the pages get erased and they are all ready for the next day.


The back pocket is where I put all their graded papers. Once a week or so, the kiddos transfer those papers into the appropriate binder for that subject.

They got creative decorating the covers.


Tootle Bug


Little Man




Sugar Belle

We’ve been using this system for several months now, and it has been so helpful!  How do you organize and keep track of your homeschool tasks?

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Emma Behrens June 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Hey!!! Decided to check out your website:))it is so cool that you posted a picture of the word collage I made for phebe:) thanks so much for your donation towards my mission trip!


frazzledmama June 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

Hey Emma! Thanks for dropping by! We were happy to contribute. We will be praying for you!


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