Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mobile School Baskets

car baskets
I found this idea over at Counting Coconuts and snatched it right up. Thanks Counting Coconuts! We discovered the pleasure of taking school on #field trips last spring when we were trying to survive the noise from a construction site next door. Now, it is kind of part of our routine.

I have found that my children do much of their best reading, math and sometimes science in the car or just before bed when they are playing with dolls or teddy bears. Keeping in mind that we didn't want to move all of our workbooks to the car, I found baskets with handles so that they can be carried to and from the car.

Our baskets are stocked with:

car snack bag
  • Age appropriate workbooks
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Lite snacks
  • Easy reads
  • Flashcards for my daughter
  • And "eye spy" site words for my son
  • One soft car toy
  • A pocket calculator to encourage math play

I organized all the small stuff in this red pocket pouch and they are responsible for restocking any snacks. I am trying to train them to pack lunches and stock snacks as a way of teaching them how to make healthy food choices. For older children you could also keep a library card in the pouch so that it is readily accessible.

You may also want to read about Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum.


  1. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing! Reminds me of the Montessoru Treasure basket, only for older kids! I pinned your post on my Pinterest here:


  2. Thank you! We saw a family with these at Micheal's the other day and my daughter said, "Oh, mama she must read your blog!" giggle.


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