How to Organize Your Preschool Curriculum

Organize Your Curriculum

Figuring out the best way to organize my Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool curriculum was one of the trickier aspects of my homeschool preschool experience. Eventually, I figured out what worked best for me, and I wanted to share that with you.

As you may know, homeschooling is a struggle with me because I have ADHD. Any extra planning required on a daily basis equals schooling that doesn’t happen. I wanted my preschool curriculum to be very much open-and-go, without daily (or even weekly!) planning, printing, or coordinating. The system I figured out works to my advantage perfectly. Whether you’re an ADHD mother trying to homeschool, or have several other kids to juggle while homeschooling your preschooler, this is an ideal way to get your homeschool set up!

First, I started with a file box. This is a Sterilite Showoffs File Box. (This is an affiliate link that will take you to a super cute green version, I like it even better than my orange box!) I love these boxes, I have several. In the file box I have 5 hanging file folders, and within those I have 5-6 tabbed folders. The first file folder has a folder for reusable worksheets (more about this later), then it holds a file for each letter of the alphabet. The remaining hanging file folders hold the remaining letters of the alphabet.

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Since the Walk Beside Me LDS preschool schedule uses “preschool pages” (i.e., worksheets from a book or found online), I stick in the Reusable Worksheets file anything that doesn’t belong to a certain letter. If I had pulled out a ‘shapes tracing’ activity from a workbook but used a sheet protector and a dry erase marker, that can be used again and filed. If I didn’t get to it that week and want to pull it out some other time, that can be used again. I won’t remember unless I stick it in that front folder. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about what’s in each folder.

In each file folder, I place everything I will need for school that week. It is all laminated (if I desired to laminate it!) In the image below you can see my preschool schedule, all the worksheets, puzzles pasted onto cardstock that were laminated and cut out, a book of the week, and extra worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler that coordinate with that letter. I had considered laminating the schedule onto the folder itself, but I just didn’t get around to doing that this time. I even cut out all the letters for these fun letter activities and placed all their parts in a baggie. At one point we had our Bob Books stored in each of the folders too, but they’ve since been taken out to be stored in the cute box they came in.

I could have broken my folders even further into days. In this scenario I would have had a hanging file folder for each week (like J pictured above) and then a tabbed folder for each of the three days scheduled. This would have made filling Nicole’s workboxes a breeze. HOWEVER. Flexibility was my friend here. With the system as is with one weekly folder, I easily flipped through each of the worksheets and decided what I wanted to do that day. If we happened to have a lazy busy week, I could combine some extra worksheets and remove extra activities to make a two-day schedule happen. I didn’t want to feel like I was falling behind at any point. That was the deciding factor for making this work for me. If you like the super organized feeling, or don’t want the pressure flexibility of deciding on a whim what printables you’ll be doing on what day, then I would organize your folders just like the schedule outlines with a folder for each day.

This system was perfect for me. I really felt like I had control over how much school we did on a given week, but I never felt like I was ‘behind’ or had any guilt for skipping over activities. The best part of this system was at the end of the week, I just put everything back in the file folder. If you’re good at remembering to refile things, and don’t like the ‘used worksheets’ mixed in with the ‘unused worksheets’ for the week, you could make an extra file for what you’ve already done that week. I didn’t have much of a problem with this, and had a box on my desk for any papers I wanted to keep in her memory binder.

Now you know the key to Slacker Mom homeschooling: have everything prepared beforehand, so you have little excuse for procrastinating! Bonus: I’ve got 90% of preschool prepared for my next daughter, since everything got re-filed!

 How do you organize your preschool or homeschool? Do you think this system would work for you?

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21 Responses to How to Organize Your Preschool Curriculum

  1. Thyme says:

    I used a big hanging folder box for my preschool curriculum. Originally I used one of those crates, and that worked, except that I needed a safe way to store the box for the next 3 years until it’s Audrey’s turn for preschool. I don’t trust my garage that much! lol

    I also had a binder with the schedule. So while she was doing school I was organizing for the next day. I did all the schedules in August while prepping for the school year. Good thing too, I get distracted easily ;)

  2. Kirtstylee says:

    This is a fabulous filing system. My problem is that all my letters won’t fit in one box! I love the absence of planning in this system. I’m the type of person that wants to get everything organized once and just stay on auto-pilot after that.

    • LOL thanks Kirstylee! It’s nice to see you around here again! Yes, auto-pilot is my saving grace. If I can do it one time and not worry about it after, it’s a system that might just work. And of course, you can always use more than one box. Or utilize a bigger filing box! I’m sure they make those, I just like the handy plastic lidded kinds. Makes it harder for the kids to dump stuff out. Lol!

  3. Tiffany says:

    HI! I just found your curriculum through pinterest- I’m wondering if you have on page with a link to each letter of the week. I am very interested in supplementing the preschool my son goes to for speech therapy (at the public school) with other things to better prep him for Kindergarten next year, and LOVE your curriculum! Any help would be great, thanks!

  4. Brenna says:

    I love this!!! I have ADHD and its been a struggle for me to get organized enough to do school with my son. Thanks for sharing.

    • brenna, I am THRILLED to hear your comment. Nothing makes me feel better than a fellow ADHD trudging along, tyring to do the best for our kids. I’m so glad this helped you!

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  7. Chelsea says:

    I Love your printables! I am more of a slacker, and don’t have a laminater (yet…) so I put them all in page protectors and in a big binder… with dividers A-Z. It will soon be broken into a couple of binders, due to so many wonderfully fun pages! It is great, we use expo markers on them and they wipe right off. I used them for my twins who are now in 1st grade and we are breaking them back out for my Pre-k (and will use them at least 2 more times after this). I love how he can flip through and just do his favorite pages when ever he feels like it (because when big brothers are doing bookwork – he likes to too). Thank you so much for all the time and talent you’ve put into these and for sharing them!

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