Organizing Your Abeka Homeschool Curriculum: The Crate Method

Homeschooling, Organization, Tips

How many times in a week do you walk into your homeschool space and see papers strewn across the table in some version of stacks, teacher edition books earmarked and scattered around, and think to yourself, “I have GOT to get organized. And where did that red pen go?” 

According to moms who do this every year, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Getting your homeschool curriculum organized may take a little time, but it’s very doable, and once you get there, life will be so much easier. Fortunately, homeschool moms love to share their tricks and tips, and here’s one that is tried and true: the crate method. 

The Crate Method

The idea behind the crate method system is that you do the work on the front end to get daily (and weekly) worksheets and lessons pulled together in one place, so that each day, all you have to do is pull out that tab (or that binder) and go. By the end, you’ll have an organized system for each of your kids’ weekly schoolwork for all 40 weeks of school. 

Step 1: Start by pulling out each day’s worksheets and stacking them.

Get out your video manuals or lesson plans and accompanying workbooks, and pull out each lesson’s worksheets for each day, and stack them together. Then, file them together by day of the week into a filing folder. 

**Note: There will be some textbooks you won’t want to pull the sheets out of. Notating that in a planner will help you remember. 

Worksheets on stacks

Step 2: Group the daily lessons into weeks. 

Take the daily grouped lesson sheets for each week and place them into their own three-ringed binder for easy access. Using a clear, two-pocket (front and back) filer, place each day’s lesson sheets inside the frontside pocket. The backside pocket can be used for your child to add his or her completed work each day. Label the file for each day of the week with a tab. 

Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all 40 weeks of the school year.

Daily lessons grouped into weeks

Step 3: Place weekly lessons into the crate by week. 

File each week’s lesson into the crate in chronological order for the school year, and place it somewhere easy for you and your kids to access every day. That’s it! You’re done.

Lessons organized in crate

Pro Tips: 

Keep the books you don’t tear the lessons and worksheets out of in a separate bin for easy access. 

If you don’t finish a lesson or worksheet one day, having a planner on hand to make notes in and reference the next day will help you stay on track. 

If you plan to tear out pages for the crate method, purchasing unbound books will make it easier. 

Color-coding your subjects when you’re organizing your manual is a helpful trick. Label sections of your manual to match the color of the corresponding folder or binder for each subject. 

Try using the same-color highlighter or pen for each task or activity you find to be regularly included in the teacher edition or manual. For instance, use a pink highlighter to bring attention to places within the teaching manual for review, a blue highlighter for math speed drills, and orange for the reading practice outlined. And then keep a notecard with the color code for yourself, in case you forget. 

Do you have an awesome way to organize your Abeka Homeschool curriculum each year? Leave us a comment at the end of this post, or share it on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you. 

If you’d like to see a real mom taking on the crate method, here’s a super-helpful video created by an Abeka mom on YouTube. 

Comments for Organizing Your Abeka Homeschool Curriculum: The Crate Method

Tiffany Rand:
November 21, 2020

I have a really big binder for each semester. With labeled dividers for each student and each each subject. All of my kids have their own 3 ring binders they use for weekly assignments and study notes and organized by subject as well. At the end of each week we all sit one on one and go over everything we've completed and take the time to go over anything they may not have fully comprehended throughout their studies. This helps us decide what we are able to move forward on and what we need more help and learning on. This isn't a public school "no child left behind act program" this is real parents wanting the very best for their children. It is a program that allows us parents to truly see our children's strengths and weaknesses as well as gives us the personal one on one time to help teach them in the ways each of them require to truly learn it all. Its not about just getting our children by. It's about then actually understanding it to a degree they can utilize in real life at the drop of a dime. Thank you Abeka.

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TAMEARA HARGROVE:
January 5, 2021

Love this idea

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