Organizing Back to School

It’s Back to School Time!

Get organized to get back to school!

Say good-bye beach time, dock time and lazy sunsets late into the evening.  Hello schedules, calendars, assignments and packed lunches. Yikes! Where did that summer go.

Alas, here in North America, and many places around the world, school has just gone back in session after a couple of months of that beautiful thing called Summer Vacation.  however, getting kids and families back to school carries the same challenges  whether your are north or south of the equator.  To help you out, here are a couple of tried and true tips.  They work every time.  Hang in there folks….the holidays are only 10 weeks away.  Don’t worry….we can help with that too!

 

Keep the Family Calendar Public

Whether electronic or paper, a family calendar is an essential organizing tool.

To help keep the family organized with schedules, a posted, public calendar is helpful. There are several wall/refrigerator calendars available from special Family Organizing ones to white boards. Whichever style suits your families needs, make sure it is posted where everyone can see it. Schedules are best not kept as a secret. Try using an alligator clip on a hook to keep all time sensitive information i.e. Birthday party invitations, curriculum night close at hand. If necessary, use binder dividers to separate the information by family member.

Label, Label, Label

Used permanent marker to make sure lost items come back.

Label everything possible that doesn’t normally stay attached to your child. Label lunch bags on the outside so that they can see their name clearly. Try to have the children wear their new clothes several times before school so that the items are very familiar to them. If you don’t have access to iron on labels, a pen or laundry marker on the tag will serve the purpose.Children are most likely to lose items that they don’t recognize as their own  like all those new back to school clothes, binders and lunch bags.

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