Daily Work Grid ~ A Visual Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers

Daily Work Grid Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers VIDEO Tutorial included in post!


This idea has been brewing in my mind for years, I just never took the time to create it until now.  It is similar to methods we have used in the past and resembles methods other homeschoolers use.  It isn’t a totally new idea, just a new twist on methods I have both used and seen, adapted to suit our current needs.

Many of you saw my photo on Instagram several months ago when I created the cards and grid. There were tons of questions about it and I promised a blog post!

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It did take some time to set up and I explain how I did it in the video below…

Daily Work Grid

Many have asked about our Daily Work Grid that I am using with our 1st grader and I finally got a video together for you! See how we use it and a tutorial for how I made the grid and the subject cards in PowerPoint.Blog post coming soon!**See more VIDEOS on our YOUTUBE Channel ~ https://www.youtube.com/user/carisahh**SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts ~ http://mad.ly/signups/115694/join

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I shared this photo the night before we began 1st grade, which shows our Lessontrek plan and our Daily Work Grid ready to go for her first day of school.

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We have now been using this method for over 3 week and it is working very well for us!  She loves the visual choices she has, and also seeing how much she has left each day.

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Having a visual daily grid like this for a young child helps us in many ways. The biggest help for us is the fact that expectations for the homeschool day are crystal clear.  There are many ways to do this, a simple list on the board or in a notebook works well for many families. 

For our 1st grader, this is a visual intro to following a daily homeschool plan. For us Kindergarten and below is much more play-based and child-led so the lesson plans are really only for me up until now.  With an end goal of more independence in homeschooling, this visual daily grid eases her into this.

By showing her clearly what is to be done that day, she knows what to expect.  The cards coming off give her a feeling of accomplishment and also help squash the “how much more do I have to do today” questions {and sometimes attitude problems}.

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Using a daily work grid like this may be beneficial for you if you…

  • have a child who likes to know what is expected each day.
  • have a child who needs a visual rather than written version.
  • have a child who whines or complains about how much is left to do.
  • have a young child who is easing into following a daily homeschool routine {usually beginning in K-2}.
  • like creating things on your own and have the time {this takes time to prepare}.

I would not recommend this method if you…

  • have an older child who can easily read a written list and doesn’t really need visuals. No need to go backwards.
  • have many children and would struggle to keep up with the consistent routine of this.
  • don’t have time to even put this together.
  • have a young tot or preschooler who is more play-based and child-led, they don’t necessarily need a grid like this.  I don’t recommend being this planned out in the early years.  Having freedom to go with the flow during those early years is more important that following the daily plan.  This is exactly why I never give lesson plans for any of my tot programs {Tot School Printables, Animal ABCs, etc.}  I believe in a more flexible plan during those years. Every child is different and the pressure of a daily plan doesn’t allow for this as much. I personally would not have used something like this until Kindergarten.  It would have been great last year I just didn’t have time to create it.

Here’s the video sharing how we use our daily grid and how I created the grids and subject cards in PowerPoint.  I am sorry fi you don’t have PP, this is just what I use mostly to create my printables and I can only share how I do it.  Many aspects will be similar in another program, hopefully you can get the general idea!

Our Homeschool Room 2015-2016

Homeschool Room 2015-2016

Our Homeschool room has evolved greatly over the years and ESPECIALLY this year since we moved!  It took me a long time to get things together after moving here this past December. This room is a gift, I am so grateful!  It is technically the formal living room of the house we now live in, but who needs a living room?  And that window light – ahh! The floors aren’t too bad either! I seriously hit the jackpot with this room, thanks to the previous owner and the many renovations they had done {it’s an older home}.

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My daughter’s little desk {from Ikea but they no longer carry it} still sits there, but this might be the last year she fits in it.  She doesn’t use it for schoolwork usually, but loves to sit there and color or draw. We have our Ikea Trofast shelves under the big windows, and love the table top they provide.  I keep current unit study materials and science stuff on top.

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This is a close up shot of her work drawers.  I explain a little bit more in the video near the bottom of the post.  We are giving this method a try {subjects in specific drawers with labels}, we’ll see how it works! The basic idea is that I will have the current assignment for that subject in the drawer and she will bring it to me when it’s time to work together {or get it out herself if it’s an independent subject}. You can see her 1st grade homeschool subjects here and our weekly plan. I plan to share more on this once we start using the plan.

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Below you can see my favorite photo ledges from Ikea which we use as book ledges and a place to hang our color buckets {so my kids always know where to find a certain color they need of a marker, crayon, or colored pencil}. It just wasn’t home until these were hung!

We keep general geography books on top, and library books on the bottom 2.  The middle shelf is for chapter books and the bottom is for current animal {science} study books.

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The desk you see below used to be my oldest son’s desk but none of my children have their own desk now!  Due to finances and space, we made the decision to use a group area, my desk, and our dining room table for working. This desk is now our group crafting desk, mainly used for Perler Beading.

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This is a close up of the shoe shelves {from Target} on the desk.  You can see all of the Perler Bead supplies, our littleBits sets, and school storage on the top.

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To the right of the desk is Ladybug’s library area.  This is a very LOVED area in our schoolroom!  Krash often really enjoys her books also, but this mainly her area. On the top ledge sits our All About Reading/Spelling board, which we store up there but use on my desk.

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Directly opposite of the desk corner is this white shelf {Ikea also}.  The 4 shelves that are open are my 8th graders shelves for his school stuff. This is now his “desk” and so far it has worked well.

Ladybug’s calendar is below, with math supplies stored in the 4 shelves behind the calendar. Up top is storage for me, and also in the colored drawers to the left.

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You can see how this wall flows together in this shot…

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This white shelf is in the opposite corner and holds much of our group subject stuff, and extra supplies. There’s even an empty shelf, for now!

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Here’s a view of my desk on the other side. I am still not done with the walls. We plan to hang some shelves and photos.  It’s a work in progress!

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This is a view looking into the dining room which we use for group subjects and all sorts of things! I share more about what is in there in the video below.

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Here’s a video I made for you, taking you on a small tour of our new room! The video is about 7 minutes long.

Here’s a look back, for those of you who like to see ideas from our past homeschool rooms. These posts were all from the room in our old house.

Homeschool Room Homeschool Room Tour 2013 Homeschool Room

Some other helpful posts that feature our schoolroom and things in it {past and present}…

Color Coded Homeschool Supplies  school supply labels  Calendar Time Ideas and Printables

Tame the Toys  Help for the Energetic Child  organizing school and office supplies in an over the door shoe hanger

How We Organize All About Reading

Organizing All About Reading Curriculum

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It’s no secret that we are big fans of All About Reading and All About Spelling.  Last week I began organizing Level 2 for my daughter and shared this on Instagram

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I was in the middle of getting it all ready and snapped a photo and shared.  As you can see on Instagram, there were a few questions about my method so I decided to make a quick video and blog post for them and for you!

Our method is very simple and stems from the method we used to use which I share here.  Same idea, I just now use a notebook instead of file folders. My life is all about notebooks these days, so it just fits better for me during this season of life.

Minutes into my organization session my daughter found me and begged to peek in the new books.  She is almost done with Level 1 and was so excited to see the Level 2 books sitting out!

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Here’s the video I made to walk you through our notebook!

She will be using All About Spelling Level 1 in the fall also!  We will probably begin All About Reading Level 2 as soon as she finishes Level 1 so there isn’t a big gap.  I normally school my younger learners through the summer as they are learning to read, even just a little bit each day.

Looking for more info about All About Reading or Spelling? 

Here’s some posts I have written…

Helpful articles from the All About Learning Press site…


Reviews on other blogs {friends of mine}

Each month the All About Learning blog holds a giveaway!  Be sure to enter to win!

Homeschool Room Tour Fall 2014

Not much has changed since our last homeschool room tour here {which also has a video}. But there are a few changes, and I will focus on those in this post!

Homeschool Room

Our Homeschool room has evolved greatly over the years.  Here’s a look back, for those of you who like to see how I got to where we are now. Posts go in order from oldest at the top to most recent at the bottom.

Our Current Homeschool Room

Here’s a view of the entire room, kind of. It’s hard to get the whole thing!

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The first new addition is a central computer area for the boys, mostly since they are using Teaching Textbooks math.  We got the desk at a thrift shop for $20 and it fits perfectly!

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The colored drawer unit is VERY old and was in our storage room.  I relocated it to have a place to sort out Ladybug’s K units ahead of time.  I used a dry erase marker to write directly on the drawers and will erase as I switch out units.

Homeschool Room Storage Drawers

Right now, the top 4 drawers have her upcoming Kindergarten Literature Units all ready to go, and the bottom drawers have her You Can Read units all ready to go. We are prepped and planned through the end of October at least.

Homeschool Room Units


Towards the front of the room, we had to add a gas heater so our original movement corner had to move.  We also added K’s gymnastics mushroom {see it in action here on Instagram}. To the left is Ladybug’s theme shelf {set up for our My Cats Nick and Nora Unit}.

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Opposite of that corner is the rest of our movement stuff; a trampoline, a gym mat, and some other things.  You can also see our learning toy storage system.

Homeschool Room Movement Area


To the left you can see our Spielgaben free play area. The shelf is Trofast from Ikea.

Homeschool Room Spielgaben Free Play Area

Close up of our current drawer labels.  Learn how to make your own here!

Homeschool Room Drawers


In the back left corner of the room is PacMan’s area, this is his desk. We use two shoe shelves from Target for his books. {Ikea no longer carries the Expedit system which is his desk.  The new Kallax line is similar but doesn’t seem to have his desk yet.}

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Each shelf is labeled to help prevent messiness.  It works well!

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This is the view standing at Pac’s desk looking forward.

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Our crayons, markers and colored pencils are sorted by color in these bins, hooked to this ledge {from Ikea}. We have used this method for years and it works great!  On the bottom ledge are Ladybug’s easy readers and another cup containing sharpened pencils.

Sort crayons by color

Our Continent Boxes are stored up on top of the big white shelf by Pac’s desk.

Continent Boxes

On a middle shelf are the chapter books I have selected so far for the boys. P’s are on the right {7th grade}, K’s on the left {3rd grade}

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On the very bottom shelf behind our bean bag is our collection of Children’s Bibles and our container of fidgets {sensory items for little hands to hold}. The other shelves contain magazine boxes with our books, see the book storage method we use.

Children's Bibles


In the shot below you can see the white shelf on the far right. The two little desks are the same as last year.  The one with the red chair is Ladybug’s and the other belong to Krash.  He needs a bigger desk soon but we are saving money and making this one last as long as possible!

Homeschool Room


All kids still use their color coded school supply storage bins.  I refreshed each kid this year with new supplies!

Color Coded School Supply Storage

That’s a brief tour for this year, be sure to visit iHomeschool Network to see even more homeschool rooms!

Some other helpful posts that feature our schoolroom and things in it {past and present}…

Tame the Toys  Color Coded Homeschool Supplies

Help for the Energetic Child  organizing school and office supplies in an over the door shoe hanger

school supply labels  Calendar Time Ideas and Printables

Homeschool Room Tour 2013  Homeschool Room


School Supply Labels ~ Free Printables

School Supply Label Printables

I have wanted to make new school supply labels for years, and make a set I could share with others!  Finally I have them done and ready for you and for me!  These can be used in home or for a classroom, and include real photographs of the items. I tried to include anything I could think of, even my kids helped me!  There are 42 labels in all {not all are shown above}.

They were created one label per page, so you can choose which labels you need AND choose the size of the labels!  Not sure how to do this in Adobe Reader?  Here’s a simple tutorial below {this page is also in the PDF file itself}

Printable School Supply Labels

I hope many homeschool and classroom teachers can use these labels!

Download your school supply labels here!

Want more organizational ideas?

See how we organize our toys here and how to make your own toy bin labels!Tame the Toys

See our entire homeschool room here!Homeschool Room Tour 2013

A peek into our homeschool storage room & how we use a shoe organizer for most of our school and office supplies.organizing school and office supplies in an over the door shoe hanger