January 16, 2018

Battling the Basement: New Homes for Home Education Resources

After ten years of home educating my children, I have collected around three boxes per year of resources, papers, and projects. (That’s one box per child, and I might be underestimating by half!) That means the equivalent of thirty boxes are stacked (mostly neatly) in various places of the basement.
It is definitely time to share my stash!
But, how? Let’s start with the resources.

  • Distribute textbooks: Many publishers develop new editions of their textbooks. Before textbooks become out-dated, it’s a good idea to give others the opportunity to use them. (Incidentally, older editions of books aren’t less useful. They are less expensive, even free!)
  • Loan literature: These are books and resources to be returned once the borrower is finished. They include classic literature. The newer editions may have more recent commentaries or translations, but the older editions usually retain the original text. When they come back, decide then what to do with them.
  • Reduce the redundant: In some cases, we have more than one copy of a book. If it is a cherished title, keep one and give away the other.
  • Retain the memorable: A few books are simply treasures. Keep them. Set each aside for the child that loved that book most. Then give it when that child has his/her own basement.

My goal is to have two boxes per child–one for favorite books and one for special papers and projects. I’ll write about that second one tomorrow.
 
 

2 Comments

  • I wish I had a basement to battle! I suspect in 10 years time we are going to be snowed under with resources, it’s been 4 years H.E one. The first of the 3 little ones is getting to the age where lots of resources are being required & requested!

    • You may feel like that in ten years, but take heart! You are giving your children a tremendous learning opportunity. 🙂 The best advice I received when I started was to understand my teaching style and my children’s learning styles. Then I chose curriculum that matched up as close as possible for everyone’s best interests. We’ve tried a few things that didn’t work, but the beauty of home education is that you can switch when you see a problem.
      If you don’t have prime storage space, try to reduce as you go. It’s not easy because you often have to save resources for the next child. Certainly disperse what doesn’t work for you by sharing with other families, donating, or reselling on websites.
      All the best to you in your journey!

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