HOW I ORGANIZE HOMESCHOOL
October 15, 2018
Everyone does it differently and has their own preferences. So much time is put in to use paper, binders, schedules, and more. Since I used to teach computers, I say, "Why not get the technology to do it for us?" That's when my quest began!
The first thing I did was to try and find some way to organize information for my son to be able to access it without getting overwhelmed with the amount of information that was before him. Since he is high-functioning autism and ADHD, I had to find a creative, yet innovative way to make a to-do-list. I needed some way to make step-by-step instructions that he could read, interpret, and execute on his own without me having to always be on him. I need to teach him how to do things for himself. Then I found Trello!
Trello is a GREAT resource! It's like Pinterest for to-do-lists! I love how you can customize the background into different colors or even add your own pictures. The screen has to be inviting! The colors help to engage my son AND he's learning how to use technology at the same time!
Trello is a great way to build life skills in any area of life! You can create a board for menu-planning, add people to them, assign tasks like doing chores. I don't use it for everything, but for homeschooling, it's been a LIFE-SAVER!! This way I can make sure my son does each step and doesn't skip around trying to get by on as little as possible. Integrity matters!!
As you look at my screenshots in the photo gallery below, you can see the different ways I've organized things. In the first year, I was inundated with homeschool materials, resources, and to go sites. I created a board just for that so I could have everything in one place!
When making a checklist, you can use special characters to bold, italicize, or even create a link to a website, video, or whatever. You can add attachments that can be downloaded and completed or upload images to make it more colorful. I love attaching the rubric I'm using this year so my son knows how I'm going to grade him on effort.😉
Check out Trello for yourself and tell me what you think! How have you found it useful in your life?