#1: The Family Calendar – Digital Version
A great way to ensure that everyone (especially Mom and Dad) are on the same page when it comes to the family calendar is to digitize it. You will want to choose an online scheduling system that allows multiple users and is easy to use, color coded and comes complete with auto-updates. Many online calendars allow you to set up reminders for more than just appointments, you can request to be updated on birthdays, grocery lists and even personalize the calendar homepage. These systems will send a text or email reminder to everyone on the list, alerting them to an upcoming appointment or event.
#2: It’s All in the Bag
Every day when you child comes home from school, immediately check out the contents of their backpack. You will find any homework that needs to be completed, library books that have been checked out and permission slips that need to be signed. I like to take care of everything in my son’s backpack immediately. I remove the homework and place it on his desk to be completed, I sign and return any paperwork that needs to go back to school and file his library book on our media center. I find that if everything that needs to be in the backpack, stays in the backpack, we are able to get out the door quicker in the morning.
#3: Keep Everything Together
Getting out of the door in the morning can be a nightmare if your child can’t remember where he put his shoes or jacket, can’t find his homework, backpack or the library book that is due today. To keep everything that needs to go back to school organized, we have a special place by the front door that “houses” everything for school. When my son comes home from school, his school shoes and jacket are left in his cubby by the front door, after I go through his backpack, it’s hung on his hook by the cubby, if he has a special activity after school or a library book that needs to be returned the next day, those items are also placed in the cubby. I like to check to make sure everything is together and ready to go right before I go to bed.
#4: Homework Help Station
When designing my son’s desk space, I made sure to include everything that he would need to complete his homework. His desk is in a quiet alcove of our home away from the buzzing household. His desk drawers are stocked with eco-friendly paper, pencils, erasers, art mediums, glue, tape, a dictionary, scissors, a ruler and staple-less stapler – this way regardless of the homework that he has to complete, he has everything he should need, helping him to stay focused on the project at hand. When his homework is finished, he brings it to me to “check” and then it is immediately put in his backpack to go back to school.
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