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Buy the Book!

It’s here!! It’s here!! Simple Organization for Homeschools is finally done and available to order! If you want a paperback in your hand, head on over to Create Space. If you’d rather have an ebook version, click your way to Amazon (actually, wait a few days for it to jump through the right hoops). Then pretty please leave good reviews, too, so others will buy it.

Here’s the extended back-cover information:

Simple Organization for Homeschools is completely geared towards homeschooling families since many books on home organization already exist. Examples, forms, resources, and practical suggestions make this a must-have reference book for all homeschoolers.

This book guides Christian homeschool parents in completely organizing their homeschools. Organization brings peace, balance, and the ability for true academic learning to a homeschool. Biblical encouragement for order in our homes is included along the way. In addition, each chapter or section is tied together with a unifying, biblical theme.

The first part of organizing a homeschool is choosing a style and curricula that not only fit your family’s lifestyle, but that also fit each child. Then you need to learn how to schedule and use your time effectively. After that, you’re ready to get to the good stuff: why, where, and how to set up a schoolroom, how to store supplies efficiently, and how to keep the paper piles under control.

This book encourages you to make organizational choices that work with your family’s style. I’ve tried many different methods and styles, but what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. Simple Organization for Homeschools will help you to organize one piece of the homeschooling puzzle at a time in a way that makes sense for you with the different tried-and-true choices I present. 

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Organize Those e-Books

bookshelfsqA while ago, I wrote blog posts on organizing computer files, organizing digital photographs, and organizing website bookmarks. Those posts were so popular that I’ve been asked how to organize e-books and other downloads.

For starters, organizing your e-books and other downloads is somewhat like organizing your computer files: set up broad categories for the types of sites you usually want to return to. For instance, my categories run along the lines of homeschool subjects, encouragement, health, writing and publishing, and business. You need to choose the labels that will best suit your e-book and downloading habits; choose labels that make sense to you.

After the general labels are set up, you may need to add some subfolders/categories. For instance, my homeschool category is way too broad, so I have a subcategory for each subject plus ones for homeschool encouragement and general homeschool information/support/forms. I like to alphabetize my e-books within those categories to make it easier to find what I’m looking for.

As you’re filtering through your e-books and adding them to the folders/categories, make sure that you’re still interested in keeping each one. Sometimes, I will download an e-book just because it’s free and/or it looks interesting, but I later decide that it doesn’t need to be taking up real estate on my hard drive. This is also a good time to check for duplicates. Yes, that is all to easy to do!

I can already hear the questions about running out of space on the hard drive and computers crashing. So, I’ve got several suggestions for these dilemmas. The first solution is to purchase an external hard drive. It’s a good idea to back up all of your computer documents and programs anyway, not just your e-books. We’ve all heard the horror stories about lost essays and crashed dissertations, so why not act preemptively? I purchased my external hard drive for less than $100; I think it was about $75. It’s money well spent for peace of mind! Also, all of the computers in the house can be backed up to the same external hard drive, so you just have to purchase one no matter how many computers you have in your house (we have four laptops, plus my husband’s work computer!). You can set up your same e-book categories on the external drive as you would on a computer hard drive.

Another, less expensive option, is to purchase one or more thumb/portable drives. These are small devices, about the size of a pink school eraser (or smaller) that hold anywhere from 1 to 4 or more gigs of memory. No, I don’t know what that means other than they will hold a fair number of e-books. The more gigs a thumb drive has, the more stuff it will hold. If you have a ton of e-books, you may wish/need to purchase more than one portable drive. I would suggest putting different topics/categories on different drives and labeling them with a sharpie. You can also subdivide the thumb drives into categories. The more specific your categories, the more easily the e-books can be located. The other thing about these small, portable drives is that they can be plugged into any computer so it’s much easier to share the e-books if you’re viewing them on the computer screen.

My new, favorite way to store and view e-books is to put them on my Kindle. No, I’m not being paid to say that, I just really love my Kindle! It’s so much easier to read from than a computer screen; it’s easy to hold; easy to take places (like the doctor’s waiting room); and easy to use. Plus, there are a ton of free books available from many places online. I set up my collections (their word for categories/topics) the same way I did on my computer.

Looking for an e-book? First scan your categories, then your subcategories. If it’s not where you think it should be, check another category. If you remember the exact title, you can also do a search (computer, external drive, or thumb drive). If you get really ambitious, you can make a spreadsheet listing all of your titles and categories. You can then sort them by title, author, category, or whatever other information you put on the spreadsheet. I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I’m usually able to locate what I need since my e-books are sorted into categories.

Another categorization option is a free download called Calibre. It will import e-books from your hard drive so you can label them. It will also put them on your reading device (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc).

I’ve just addressed e-books in this post, but the principles are applicable for any other downloads you might have.

The most important things to remember are to be as specific as possible when you’re making your labels/categories and to be selective when downloading e-books.

Are you ready? On your mark, get set, go organize your e-books!

Bethany

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April e-Book Special!

I’m happy to announce that throughout the entire month of April, my e-book Demystifying Homeschool Portfolios will be on sale for 20% off of the regular price! Start your spring cleaning by getting those pesky paper piles under control once and for all! Click here to go to my business website, then click on the “E-Books” link at the top.


What does a hard-working homeschooling mom do with all those 3-D projects, art papers, grammar workbooks, math tests? Keep everything? Yikes! Throw them away? Horrors! When Grandma’s fridge is full, there is an alternative that can make both the savers and the throwers happy, believe it or not. The solution is to make a portfolio to showcase a selection of each student’s best work throughout the school year. Learn the whys and hows of creating homeschool portfolios. Discover creative means of preserving and documenting non-paper items. Receive step-by-step instructions and encouragement along the way, whether you’re just starting or have twelve years’ worth of stuff to sort.

Q4U: Have you ever done portfolios for your children’s schoolwork? What kind did you do?

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Taming the Paper Monster on Sale!



I’m happy to announce that throughout the entire month of March, my e-book Taming the Paper Monster will be on sale for 20% off of the regular price! Start your spring cleaning by getting those pesky paper piles under control once and for all! Click here to go to my business website, then click on the “E-Books” link at the top.


Have papers taken over your desk? Do you have to throw magazines, newspapers, and old invitations on the floor to find your couch? How often have you forgotten to make brownies for youth group or to sign a permission slip for a field trip? Learn how to Tame the Paper Monster once and for all. 


In Taming the Paper Monster, you’ll discover what papers need to be saved and which ones can be tossed; you’ll learn the secrets of setting up an effective binder or filing system that you’ll actually use. Organizing guru Bethany LeBedz lets you in on all these secrets and more.

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E-Books

If you are still wondering about e-books, the

e-Book is also completely free to download!
Discover all you ever wanted to know about e-Books, their use in homeschooling, and even how to publish your own. Gain a better understanding of the many ways e-Books can improve your homeschooling by quickly and resourcefully linking you with the latest information on a seemingly endless supply of lessons, encouragement, support materials, and more. E-Homeschooling is hyperlinked to additional reference material, purchasing sources, and free e-book websites to sample and enjoy.

If you’re afraid of all the extra paper that you might possibly generate by printing out e-books, check out my e-book, “Taming the Paper Monster” for ideas.

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Tame the Paper Monster E-Book Available

Some of the most popular posts on my blog are from the Put Paper in Its Place 5-part series. I’ve taken the best of the best, added a few extras, and turned it into an e-book! Get all of my helpful paper organization tips together in one easy, print-ready format. Of course, you’ll have to file it appropriately after you print it out to read!


Have papers taken over your desk? Do you have to throw magazines, newspapers, and old invitations on the floor to find your couch? How often have you forgotten to make brownies for youth group or to sign a permission slip for a field trip? Learn how to Tame the Paper Monster once and for all. In Tame the Paper Monster, you’ll discover what papers need to be saved and which ones can be tossed; you’ll learn the secrets of setting up an effective binder or filing system that you’ll actually use. Organizing guru Bethany LeBedz lets you in on all these secrets and more. Download it now!

It’s available to purchase from my website and from CurrClick. Download it now!

Q4U: Would you be interested in a book (yes, the printed kind with a cover that you hold in your hand!) that covers many of the homeschool organization topics, plus a few extra subjects, I’ve covered here on my blog? I’m seriously considering writing one, but there’s no point if there’s no market. So please, cast your vote!

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Homeschool Organization E-Book Published!

I’m so excited to announce that my very first e-book is ready for you to purchase, either from Codex Publishing’s store or from CurrClick! It’s entitled “Organize Your Homeschool” and is mostly a compilation of some of my blog posts, plus a few extras.

Ever wished you could print out a few reminders on how to organize your homeschool? Have you forgotten the top ten organizing tools? Do you need a reminder to work on scheduling this summer? Go buy “Organize Your Homeschool” for only $3.95 and have all of my great tips in one place!

Does it take you half an hour to find the grammar book each morning? Do the kids take five minutes to find and sharpen a pencil? Many people ask, “Why bother to organize? It is too much work!” That has an easy answer: organization equals peace and consistency! In addition, I think that it is much less work to teach in an organized space than to try to find space and tools to teach every day. You reap what you sow: sow peace and efficiency into your homeschool to reap peace and effectiveness.

The “Organize Your Homeschool” e-book shows you how to set up an organized homeschool space, even if it’s your kitchen table. You’ll discover the top ten tools and how to use them. You’ll finally be able to tackle the mountain of art projects and math papers. You’ll learn how planning ahead can save you time and energy without being restrictive, and more.

Yes, I did take some time off blogging last week. I was swamped, and I figured you all would be spending time with your families to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection. I hope to be back to my regular schedule this week, although I may reduce my posts to two times a week through the spring and summer months when everyone (including me!) wants to spend more time outside.

Q4U: What topic would you like to see in a future e-book? I’ve got several more planned for the near future, but would love to write more for you. Leave me a comment & let me know what types of organizing e-books you would be willing to purchase.