One way that we stay organized is to check items off on our laminated, daily schedules as we complete them. I created these lists in September at the beginning of the school year and they are a big hit with WJ.
We use 4 schedules per week, one each for Monday, Wednesday and Friday and a fourth for Tuesday and Thursday. They’re slightly different based on the day of the week.
There are some things we only do once a week. For example, on Mondays we go to the library, on Wednesdays we do a science project and on Fridays we complete an art project. Other things we do everyday, such as reading and practicing piano. Then there are things like math and spelling that we do three times a week. The activities are also organized by time of day (i.e., morning, afternoon or evening).
Before we had the laminated schedules, we didn’t have a consistent schedule. What I’ve discovered, maybe a little later than other parents, is that young kids thrive on a schedule. If they know what to expect next, they get excited about it.
Each morning I show WJ the laminated schedule and he gets to write in the date. WJ loves these laminated printouts since he can check off the activities himself with the dry erase marker as we complete each activity. He’s always saying “we did x, y and z, but we still have to do a, b, and c.”
These schedules also help keep me on track and make my life easier since I don’t have to create a new to-do list every day. Instead, I keep track of our progress in my weekly planner.
Here’s a close up of our Monday schedule.
I’d be happy to share the editable Word files I created to make these simple daily schedules. You would just need to modify them in Word to reflect your schedule, then print them out on card stock and laminate them.
If you’d like a copy, just complete the contact form with “request daily schedules” in the subject line and I’ll be happy to email them to you.