As you homeschool your children, you collect supplies you’ll want to organize — especially for science! Homeschool science time goes more smoothly when you have everything you need for the day’s lesson at your fingertips. You can easily teach science in your homeschool even if you have a small space when you are well organized! After you choose your curriculum, follow these five steps to make the most of your homeschool science resources.

1. Organize Any Size Space for Homeschool Science

When you’re planning homeschool science, it’s easy to feel optimistic. But finding space to organize your supplies can be more challenging, especially if you have a small homeschool space or work in your dining room. 

Instead of starting with the homeschool science supplies you want to organize, look first at how much room you actually have right now. 

Use that space to place your essential items. For my curriculum, REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1, I store our two binders of printed curriculum and related books all in one cube shelf.

You’ll enjoy homeschool science more when you give yourself time to organize your materials and supplies.

2. Make Your Storage Work For Homeschool Science

If you can’t keep all your science stuff in this one space, don’t worry. There’s no harm in storing items away that you aren’t going to use immediately.

You can use a bin or banker’s box with a lid to backstock homeschool science supplies until you actually need them. Backstocking is a great technique to use when your materials won’t all fit in your homeschool area.

The key to staying organized? Keep an inventory of what’s inside your container so you can retrieve items from storage at the right time. You can also keep a “to buy” list as you look through your curriculum’s teacher manual and highlight materials you don’t already have on hand.

Have you thought about creating a makerspace to foster STEM learning in your homeschool? With the increasing emphasis placed on STEM education, many educators in both school and home settings are using makerspaces to enrich learning. 

3. Organize Homeschool Science Materials in a Display

Another option to organize homeschool science materials is to create an inviting display area on a table, bookshelf, or countertop.

You can include recent lab sheets your children have completed and any hands-on materials you have, too. You can focus on the subject you are currently studying, or include a mix of different homeschool science topics.
This option is great for when you have a little extra space and want your children to return to special interests or lesson materials on their own. And when you want to share science with other people, your children can show off this area or even send photos to relatives who are far away.

If you have a bit more room, consider creating a makerspace for STEM in your homeschool with these great tips on the Pandia Press blog.

4. Build Your Homeschool Science Tool Collection

As you learn about new topics in your homeschool, you’ll collect more hands-on materials and science tools to support your study.

From 3D models to puzzles, hands-on science materials add a lot of fun to your homeschool, but can be bulky to store. You can use the backstocking method above to collect these items by subject in a bin or banker’s box.

Rotate these items in and out of your science display to add novelty to your homeschool science time and make sure you are using your stuff!

5. Consider A Year-Round Schedule for Homeschool Science

Staying organized as you homeschool takes time and energy above and beyond the time you spend working with your children. One option to stay less stressed and still get homeschool science done is to homeschool science year-round.

When you do some science each month of the year, you can move at a more relaxed pace. You gain time to switch materials in and out of your homeschool storage bins and any display or makerspace you’ve set up.

 

Certain science tools are also a great investment as your children get older. Smaller tools like magnifying glasses are easy to find and use! And when you are ready to purchase a microscope or telescope for your homeschool, check out these guides from Pandia Press.

Microscopes For Kids: What And How To Buy

Buy A Telescope For Your Child: The Complete Guide 

Homeschooling year-round also allows you to stay in the groove of your routine. You’ll be able to explore each season from a scientific point of view and have time to add in road-schooling, too.

Create your year-round homeschool science plan with this yearly overview printable.

Homeschool Science, Ready to Go!

You’ll enjoy homeschool science more when you give yourself time to organize your materials and supplies.

Keep just what you need in your space so you can easily focus on your current homeschool science work.

Rotate out curriculum, supplies, and tools from a dedicated storage bin as you need them. And use them to stock an inviting homeschool science display or makerspace.

Consider doing homeschool science year-round. You’ll have a more leisurely pace that gives you time to switch out materials as you work through your curriculum.

With these five steps, you’ll organize your homeschool science and keep it that way!

Catherine Gervais is one of those people who knew she wanted to homeschool even before she had her three children – and she is still surprised at how challenging it is to live up to all the possibilities of homeschooling! A sociology grad, she loves to apply a little organizational theory to her homeschool planning, but with simple, down-to-earth ideas you can start using right away. Catherine writes about making your homework for you (and not against you) at createyourfunctionalhome.com.