Are you into your “Back to School Routine” yet?
We sure aren’t. For us here in NY school doesn’t start until after Labor Day–so we are in the final countdown phase. As our rather loose (but busy!) summer comes to an end I’m thinking about school, kids activities and schedules. This year we are going to have even more going on then ever before.
Princess is cutting down from 2 dance classes to 1 this year, which is nice, but she is adding Modified Field Hockey in on top of the fall middle school play, Odyssey of the Mind, Art Club, Chorus and, of course, schoolwork! Buddy in the past has “only” played fall intramural soccer and done Cub Scouts. . . but this year he is adding in Chorus and Odyssey of the Mind. Add into that my blogging, church activities, American Legion Riders and fall preserving schedule (to include co-teaching classes for the Cooperative Extension) and Yankee Bill’s work, pool league, NY Guard, American Legion Riders and deer hunting and, well, we are a busy family. Keeping track of schedules is a HUGE part of us staying in our school routine.
Walmart asked me to do a post on “Back to School Routine” and I knew mine had to be a project that dealt with tracking our busy calendars!
I headed off to the office supply section of my local Walmart and picked up some dry erase boards–both calendar and plain–and some dry erase markers. I grabbed a couple of Sharpies while I was at it, then swung by the scrapbook section (in the craft section) and scored some cute letters for a dollar a package!
My concept was to convert the “month” calendar into a week calendar–one “week” across for each family member and then notes in the bottom “week”. I used the permanent marker to write each of our names down the side of the calendar and then use the regular dry erase to fill in various items on our schedules–appointments, meetings, afterschool activities, TV days (the kids take turns getting control of the TV shows watched) etc.
Using the permanent Sharpie markers I took the smaller dry erase boards and created a special “week” for each child. I used a ruler and the Sharpie to mark off the lines for the days of the week, and then I used the stick on letters to label the days. My intent is that these will be used for even more detailed information for the kids–papers being due, tests, things they need to remember to bring to school, anything that THEY thing is important. Hopefully that will start teaching them the value of keeping a written schedule to organize themselves.
I was very pleased with how they turned out! They will be hung on the wall in the kitchen where we will all have to walk past them multiple times each day. Just as soon as I get back to Walmart and buy some of those Command Hooks to hang them up with (I love those things! They hold well and don’t put holes in your wall but come off super easy).
How do you keep your kids schedules in check for back to school?