Unique ideas for organizing your large family homeschool life with the help of Cricut® and a little bit of creativity!
This post is sponsored by Cricut®, but the ideas and implementation are all mine…
(with the help of my son’s girlfriend who is a natural-born creative.)
I have to be honest with you…I’m not very creative.
(I think having 10 kids might have sucked it right out of me.)
But wait! Now that I think about it, I AM creative! Just not in a washi-tape-and-fancy-fonts kind of way.
I’m a PRACTICAL creative.
If you are hanging out here on Raising Arrows®, you probably have more than a couple of kids. And you also probably know as your family grows, so does your homeschool! And as your homeschool grows, you HAVE to be somewhat organized or chaos ensues at every turn. And, in order to keep the chaos at bay, you have to get CREATIVE.
And not only do you have to get creative, you have to be totally PRACTICAL about how you organize your homeschool. It has to work for YOUR family and work for YOUR brain. That’s why the projects I made using my Cricut Explore® 3 are super personal and super practical and work super well for our family!
But, the best part is that these unique projects will help to create memories in our homeschool! And that, my friends, is the essence of any wonderful homeschooling experience!
Unique Homeschool Organization Labels for Unique First Names
I know I’m not the only one who got creative with naming children…(you have to do that when you have a lot of them!). But, that means many of my kids will never find fun items with their names on them! This is where Cricut really shines!
I’ve seen Cricut projects for pencils and notebooks, but I took it a step further to create a truly unique name label for each of the kids’ school crates!
Design Space™ allows you to easily turn photos into designs! The kids wrote their names on a piece of paper, I took a photo of each name and uploaded it to Design Space and used Cricut Smart Vinyl™ to create these lovely crate labels that are as unique as my children’s names!
Handprints with Names
For the kids’ notebooks, we traced their handprints and then added their signatures so we would have a super fun way to chronicle not only their unique names, but their unique handprints and signatures.
They will be able to see how much both their hand sizes and signatures have changed during the homeschool year, and we’ll also have a neat heirloom for this school year!
(To make this project, we used Cricut Smart Vinyl™ in removable black.)
This project is extra special because the signatures and handprints can be used to make other projects like a t-shirt for Grandma for Christmas or a tote bag for me! (For that type of project, you would use the Cricut EasyPress® and the iron-on materials from Cricut.)
Homeschool Art Gallery Sign
Art is a huge part of our homeschool. We do art projects for almost every homeschool subject we study, so a particular wall in our house has become our Art Gallery to showcase these items.
We made this sign in Design Space™ and my oldest son chose the Kyden font because he thought it looked artsy, yet easy to read. I decided I wanted to do this project in the Smart Paper™ Sticker Cardstock so I could simply stick the letters to the wall.
Organizing our Many Cups
Another project I am super proud of is what I call our Cup Rings. While not technically a homeschool organization project, it certainly affects our homeschool and my kids’ favorite homeschool teacher’s mental well-being!
I need all the eye clutter in the house kept at a minimum to homeschool effectively, so having a place for everything and everything in its place, helps tremendously. However, when there are more cups sitting out on the counter than I have children, I get a little twitchy.
So, I invented my own way of managing this with each child’s name inside a circle that becomes their Cup Ring.
I used Cricut Premium Vinyl™ in removable black to make these Cup Rings and stuck them to the place on our countertop where the cups naturally congregate (by the way, THIS is a big part of organizing effectively – use the spaces where things naturally land, but use them better!).
Now, everyone has a place for their cups and theoretically, they shouldn’t need to get out another cup when they have one sitting in their Cup Ring!
Remember how I said I was a “practical creative?” Hopefully, now you see what I mean. I need the creative projects in my homeschool to be useful and make my homeschooling life easier.
But…my son’s sweet girlfriend went one step further, and made me this lovely sign with our homeschool name on it!
Have a lovely and organized homeschool year, my friends!