If someone asked me what curriculum I use to homeschool my kids, I might be tempted to answer “PDF.” I admit, I use alot of resources I find online. I have dialup, so that rules out video, but it still leaves a whole lot of PDF. So how do I keep track of all these wonderful things? It took me awhile to figure out, and you probably all know this, but I’ll share anyway.
I have a flashdrive that I store everything on. But then there’s the problem of finding it when I need it. I go exploring and might find something that we won’t need for a year. The answer is folders, lots of folders. I have no loose files. I use the Heart of Wisdom history and science rotation which helps me organize info.
My catergories look like this: (I didn’t include every folder, you get the idea.)
Folders: Ancient Israel, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, etc.
Just for fun
Weather, Oceanography, Botany, Geology
Alphabet, Shapes, colors
I have a folder for each torah portion, with a number in front so they stay in order.
With this system, if I stumble across a cool weather coloring page or worksheet, I put it in the weather folder and forget about it. When I get a couple months away from doing the weather unit study, I go to that folder to see what I have, and then I can wisely decide what I still need. This has worked great because I subscribe to weekly freebies from several sites. The topic could be anything from volcanoes to Thomas Edison. I can put it in the folder and use it a year later.
But what about all the websites that have great photos and info, but can’t be downloaded?
Use the Favorites bar in your browser. Keep the folder thing going. I try to use the same catergories as my flashdrive, with some additions like green living, homemaking, shopping, etc. Then I can check out websites ahead of time, and only put them in the folder if they are acceptable. Then I can click on the links with the kids and know what I will find at the other end.
I know you guys already know all this, but if your files are a mixed up mess, I hope this will help. It took me about an hour to set it up from a mess, so you can do it!