My youngest is almost 16, so it’s not so much craft paper these days as fabric scraps and other supplies needed to make a fabulous anime convention costume. In the early days of our homeschooling, I often despaired of ever having a tidy house again. Twelve years later, I occasionally glimpse the mythical “tidy house”, but it’s like a flash of unicorn horn in the trees of the enchanted forest.
Homeschooling can be very messy. All that stuff that happens at school– the cotton ball sheep, the Eiffel tower made of pasta products, the finger painting, the fall leaves cut from construction paper, the frog dissection that takes three days– all that, or whatever you decide to do in your homeschool, ends up happening in your house. Even if you’re one of those super-moms with chore charts and strict rules like never use the white glue while sitting on the sofa, it’s likely that homeschooling will bring more mess that you expected.
My advice for the homeschooling parent facing down the tide of craft paper: pick your battles.
- Make certain areas project free zones.
- Get the dinner table cleared of books, papers and projects every night.
- Put a time limit or firm completion date on projects.
- Have a designated place to store supplies and make sure that everyone puts stuff back.
And everybody helps clean up.
tlryder blogs about homeschooling at http://www.rebelhomeschool.com