I was just trying to simplify things for myself, but ended up simplifying things for everyone. Sometimes that’s the side effect of getting organized – we help a lot more than ourselves.
A few years ago, I was losing my mind trying to keep track of when my three elementary girls had their different school specials. What days should they wear tennis shoes for PE? Do they need their library book today? Each day, all three have different specials than each other, and the schedule changes regularly. It is a lot to track! Teachers send home these schedules every week, but then every morning I would have to find those papers to make sure everyone was prepared for school. That got old quick.
I posted a simple sheet of paper with everyone’s names and schedules. I put it up near the back door/ shoe area so I could help everyone in the morning. I imagined myself using it each morning to check everyone was prepared for school. Then an interesting thing happened … the girls read it themselves and prepared themselves. I lost my place as the middle man! I didn’t expect that, because they are still little (in my eyes), but it has been great!! And then when I made the paper dry-erase, an even cooler thing happened, they used the papers from school to fill out their own schedule. I can not emphasize the stress relief of this system, mornings are so much calmer.
This was the paper I used years ago (previously published 3/15/13) –
I’ve given this form a big update, though I still suggest laminating it if the schedules change frequently!
I have our lists up on the door to the laundry room. When I get a bulletin board up in the laundry room, I’ll probably move this. BUT —> washi tape on a door works for now!
May your school year run smoothly!! Good luck!
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