A typical co-op morning for us is a frantic rush to find shoes, clean up from breakfast, find shoes, make sure everyone is wearing clean clothes, find shoes, and gather the needed supplies for that particular co-op morning...oh, and FIND SHOES!
A few months ago, I came across this pin on Pinterest and nearly began singing the Hallelujah chorus out loud...OK, so maybe I DID hum a few bars, but only loud enough for the neighbor to hear!
Up until this year, I have always carried a simple bag back and forth to our co-op meetings. l've always kept our geography binders in the bag, never unpacking them once we came home. BUUUUUT...everything else...all the school and craft supplies that were required for co-op mornings...constantly had to be packed and un-packed each time. Whatever crayons and markers were needed for co-op mornings WERE ALSO NEEDED for regular school days.
And then, I saw the pin, and a LIGHTBULB TURNED ON!
Why didn't I just apply the "binders stay packed in the bag" principle to everything else we used for co-op? Then I'd at least be eliminating SOME of the frantic chaos of co-op mornings. I'd have the peace of mind in knowing that everything we need is already accounted for and neatly organized in a Co-op Bag...or at least, in theory!
Since purchasing our vintage library table for the dining room, we no longer have room for our color-coded pencil boxes to hold our HOME school supplies. Our supplies have been grouped together in drawers in our school hutch and the boxes have been collecting dust in a cupboard.
So, I cleaned them up, outfitted them with brand new school supplies in the appropriate colors, and packed them neatly in my old 31 Bag that has tons of pockets to hold water bottles and baby supplies.
We are mixin' things up a bit in co-op this year and will be offering a class for two different age groups. So, my two oldest kids will be heading off in one direction and my two middle boys will be going in the other. They'll each be able to take a pencil box to his/her class and have everything that is needed for the planned assignments.
Now, if I could just color-code all of our shoes....
Got any tips to organize co-op mornings? I'd love to hear about them!