Getting ready for this school year, I found myself making lots of charts and signage. I actually got stuff laminated this year. Crazy.
Here's a getting ready sign so we were clear on what had to happen before the boys got going on their boxes. This won't be up forever - just for a while.
These blue and green charts in the corner are the boys' schedules. On it I put little squares that say what we have to do today (library, speech, lunch, snack, history, quiet time, etc.) and the boys add the numbers from their boxes when they're done.
I had to buy a whole bunch of velcro dots...
Any kid would like a cool new organizing system, right? Princess needed something, too.
For her I made pockets:
Inspired by these (much cooler ones), the top two pockets are for her school assignments for the day, plus exercise, any jobs I want to give her, piano practice, etc. The ones on the left are To Do, and the ones on the right are Done.
The bottom pockets are for extra things - so that when she has free time or I give her an 'extra' or 'your choice' card she doesn't always pick the same things - she can see what her choices are.
Some of the cards have more detailed lists/instructions, etc. under the title. Eventually this board will be put up on the wall above the boys' schedules - but I was out of hangers when I finished it.
Here's where I keep the extra pink tickets and the boys' blue/green cards that aren't in use at the moment. Just a two-pocket pencil case that's in my School Notebook.
Behind the case are copies of kids' schedules, as far as which subject is usually which day. The back of the binder has MY chore chart (I used one from here) and in the front cover is a list of ideas of what to stick in the school boxes. That really helps when it's 10:00pm and I need to restock and my brain is not at it's most creative.
I also made personal info cards for the boys to memorize their address and my cell number, etc.
Here's another new sign for this year:
Ideally, the little kids in our circle can't knock on our door when the stop sign is on our front door. They go to year round school, so I figured this was a good idea for when they're off track and my kids are doing school.
So far it's not been very successful though...
And now I think I'm looking completely more organized than I actually am...
Next up: How we do our school boxes - if anyone is interested?