Create a space if possible where the items “drop” for backpacks, books, jackets, shoes, etc. Establishing a “home” for the items for school makes them easy to locate as you sprint out the door to the car or bus. The drop zone should ideally have multiple shelves and containers, labeled with each family member’s name in their specific spot which can literally stop things piling up in the wrong places. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, labeling can be your best friend. So LABEL EVERYTHING. Make sure also that all items that are going back out the door the next morning, be back in there “homes” the night before. And when everything is labeled, it's a very simple task to do.
I keep a small container in my kitchen (because our office is downstairs) of staples, tape, white-out, papers, pens, pencils, glues, etc. in a small box so if we are in need of one of these items while doing homework, we don’t have to go far to find it. This makes the supplies very assessable to the kids. Ideally you want them all in ONE place, if possible. Because my house has 4 levels, this is not possible for me. So we keep the bulk of the office/school supplies in our basement office By having supplies where homework is worked on, you know what school supplies you have. I take inventory of all my office supplies when I make a list for my big shopping trip to the grocery store. This could be an ideal time for you to do it too.
Sunday night is “the night” at the Isom household that we hold a family caucus. It is simply a time set aside weekly when your family comes together to share their schedules and activities for upcoming week. Designating a specific night and time increases your chances of success with doing this weekly. We have a large calendar on the refrigerator door so everyone has access to it and are able to see everything easily. Go over each family member’s commitments for the week. I even have my son decide what days he wants to eat school lunch and what days he wants home lunch so I can prepare things the night before and it is not as much of a rush in the morning to get things done. By doing this you are teaching your children vital organization and communication skills they will use their entire lives. And it helps bring the family together and every person feel like their life and scheduled activates are important.
Still Frazzled? Give me call and I’d be more than happy to assist your family with calendars, paper organization, etc so your family will have a successful school year.