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Are you ready to organize your digital homeschool resources in a way you can actually find and use them?

If you are like most homeschoolers, you have saved, pinned, or downloaded your fair share of digital resources along the way.

If you are like some of us, you may have a few hundred (or… ahem, thousand) files on your computer or external hard drive.

While it is terrific to download those freebies and gems, do you actually use them?

Anyone else a teensy bit overwhelmed with all of the digital files you have collected?

I know I was.


A Simple Sorting Solution
Let’s set up a system that can help you streamline all of your digital homeschool goodies. The goal is for you to find what you need quickly and use what you have collected!

Want to see it?

First, let’s create 7 folders for main categories of digital homeschooling resources:

How to Organize Your Digital Homeschool Files
I use these titles for my main category folders for organizing digital homeschool resources:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Thematic Units
  • Teacher Resources

When we create these 7 main folders, it allows us to sort digital files into broad categories first.  Easy peasy, right?

We can quickly sort files according to what area they apply to homeschooling. Anything that doesn’t make a huge mess of papers on the floor is a WIN in my box!

Now, you can totally stop here if you want. Sometimes just sorting your digital homeschool files into main categories is enough!


If you want to organize your digital homeschool files a little more, let’s take it to the next level!

As you know that there are several areas within traditional subjects of language arts, math, science, social studies.

For example, in the area of science is physical science, earth science, and life science.

Often homeschoolers want to find a separate curriculum for each of these areas (but totally NOT necessary as I teach in my coaching programs).

To help you focus on those areas within each subject, you can create subfolders to sort your digital resources more specifically. And…..I have them all listed out for you!

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Sorting by areas within each subjects can really save you time and money in the long run.

You will quickly see how many resources you already have for each area, so you will know if you really need to buy more or you already have plenty of options. We all can appreciate that, right?

Want to see how I break down these categories even further?

Ok, but before I share these subcategories, I want to ask:

Have you if you have ever felt overwhelmed by how much there is to teach?

Do you worry that you are really “covering it all?”

The reason that I bring this up here is that there are a lot of areas within each subject we teach. However, you don’t have to teach them all at once. It would completely stress out you and your child, and we certainly don’t want that!

As homeschoolers, we really are managing an enormous amount of information.

There is a way to streamline all of the resources you collect and manage that really does reduce your stress and help you stay focused on what is important for YOUR child.

The answer is using a rotation system to both lesson plan and teach, where you rotate through each of these subcategories over time.

I share my entire step-by-step rotation system in my e-course, Teaching to Your Child’s Gifts: Creating a Custom Curriculum. I would love to set you and your child up for success with this system! Click here to get on the waiting list when enrollment opens.


Back to those subcategory folders…

Inside each of the main category folders, I created new folders to help me sort and see how many resources I have in the areas of each subject

Language Arts

Language arts is anything that has to do with written or oral communication. We can break language arts into 8 smaller areas.


The 8 areas of Language Arts are:

  • Phonics
  • Spelling
  • Reading Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading Fluency
  • Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar and Punctuation

Math

Math is another vast area of study.

Focusing on each area one at a time help bring focus to teaching math in your homeschooling.

Areas of math could be divided like this:

  • Operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Place Value – Whole Numbers
  • Place Value – Fractions
  • Place Value – Decimals
  • Measurement – Length
  • Measurement – Weight
  • Measurement – Capacity
  • Measurement – Time
  • Measurement – Money
  • Data and Graphing
  • Geometry
  • Logic
  • Problem Solving Strategies

Science

For Science, there are 3 main subcategories:

  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science

Social Studies

Social Studies has 6 subcategories

  • History
  • History – Famous People
  • Geography
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Government

Fine Arts

For Fine Arts, you can create an folder for the area of fine areas as you collect those resources.

  • Music
  • Fine Arts – Photography
  • Fine Arts – Painting
  • Fine Arts – Sculpting
  • Fine Arts – Drawing
  • Theater

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources can be grouped into these 4 areas:

  • Organization
  • Lesson Planning
  • Curriculum Resources
  • Calendars and Schedule


Thematic Units

Under the Thematic Unit Studies, you can group all of your resources for each season, holiday, or topic that you have collected a resource to use in your homeschooling.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Holidays (one folder for each holiday)
  • Changes in Autumn
  • Winter Animals
  • Community
  • Insects
  • Weather
  • Plants

The possibilities for thematic unit study folders are endless, but your thematic unit studies should reflect the interest of your own children.

How much is enough?

Once you get your subfolders created, it is as easy as “drag and drop” your digital files into the correct folder!

You will see how many resources and activities you already have for something like, plants, but notice that you don’t have as many options for teaching magnetism.  So, when you happen to find homeschooling gems and freebies, you already will know if you really need another activity for plants, or if you could just pass on that one.

This is also a great time to delete files that are “ho-hum,” especially if you have several other options that you know you would rather use instead.

Organizing your digital files can make a difference in both your time and your homeschooling budget. This is an organization project worth the effort! I especially like how you can work on it a little at a time, too!

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How do you like to organize your digital files? Please share with us in the comments!
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