School zone

School Zone

It’s back to school time and that brings lots of mixed feelings for both the parents and the children.  Feelings of stress can set in just thinking about all the carpooling and homework that the year will bring.  Being organized at home can help a great deal with the stress level.

A way to help the morning chaos of “looking for” the homework, lunch, keys, show-n-tell, etc. is to set up a school zone at home. This is a place where everything related to the school day goes. If you don’t have a mudroom, set aside an area in the kitchen or a hallway.  Label baskets or bins with each child’s name.  EVERYTHING related to school goes here. Get your child in the habit of coming home and going right to the school zone. When homework is done, it goes right back in the school zone.  Lunches are made and put in the school zone.  I think you get the idea.

The school zone isn’t just to cross the street to get to school; it’s a place to help relieve stress from the daily routine of getting out the door and coming home from school.

Have a stress-free school year!

Image provided by www.vote29.com

No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks

Summer

In 1972 Alice Cooper sang what every child will soon be saying; “schools out for summer!”  Well parents it’s coming sooner than you think so don’t get caught off guard.  Get organized now, not only with your spaces but also with your thoughts.  Plan now for the upcoming 3 months of summertime fun so there will be no summertime confusion.

1)    Plan some rainy day things to do. Put some arts and crafts together in a nicely organized bin and hide them from the kids so it will be like Christmas morning. (rain instead of snow)  A really fun way to display the art work is to hang them on a piece of twine with close line clips (probably seen this on pinterest). Hang the line across a mirror, window, ceiling, wall, fireplace,etc.  Also, new board games are fun.

2)   Organize where you want all “summer” toys, swim suits, beach towels, bikes, roller blades, etc. to go when they are done being used.

3)   Put together the rules chart in advance ; go over it with the kids and have them sign it.  Place it in a very visual place so there are no questions as to who does what and when.

4)   Think about an eating schedule so they know when they get a treat and when the meals are.

5)   A screen schedule will also need to be in order.  How many minutes do they have for TV viewing, video games, computer time, etc.  One rule I have used is for every minute you are on a screen, there is a minute of reading time.

The better organized you are before the beginning of summer, the smoother your time with your children will go.  Less stress, less fighting, more fun!!

Image provided by www.tumblr.com