Organized for school

The kids started school this week.  Yippee! Of course I will miss the boys while they are in class but I am so happy the arguing will stop and they will no longer complain about being bored.   Truth is my kids love being on a schedule.  They love riding the bus and meeting new friends.  They love to learn new things.  But most of all they love responsibility and going to school makes them feel grown up.

My oldest son started 3rd grade and then my 5 yr old started Kindergarten.  Both boys are attending a new school since we moved over the summer.  I have double the backpacks, lunches, and papers with two kids in school this year.  I knew I had to figure out a way to be organized in order to save my sanity.  Thankfully there are a lot of great ideas out there.  I read several blogs and also looked at pinterest for some inspiration.  We now have a backpack station, a homework board, and a menu board to keep things running smoothly.

I ordered a wall shelf with hooks to be my backpack station.  I needed something big enough for all 4 kids.  The younger kids love to carry a backpack like their older siblings.  Not to mention everyone needs a place to put their jackets.

Next on my list was a place for all the papers.  Between homework assignments, school info, karate info, and art work my refrigerator was covered.  Of course the papers would fall off each time someone wanted something to eat.  I took an old frame and removed the glass.  Then I bought corkboard and covered it with burlap.  Add some ribbon and letters for colorful decorations.  Last but not least I added 4 bulldog clips to hold the papers.   The first letter of my kids names spells home.  They put their papers on the clip under their initial.

My kids love to eat!  The moment they wake up they start asking what is for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I shop for groceries on a weekly basis.  I always have the menu in my head.  But I had a wall in the kitchen that needed something to add some color.  Then I saw this menu planner at Mom Colored Glasses.  I couldn’t make my recipe cards fast enough.  The kids can flip thru the binder to help me decide what to cook.   Then I arrange them in the order I want on the board.  But the best part is I no longer have to answer the question “What’s for dinner?” a million times during the day.

We are still adjusting to a new school campus.  We haven’t figured out the perfect time to arrive at the bus stop yet.  But I can honestly say we had a great first week!  I feel organized and ready to tackle the school year.  Do they look ready?

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Back to school

I do believe we are the last of all our family and friends to start school. It seems that most schools are starting in August. I remember back when I was a child school always began the day after labor day and that is exactly when my kids started this year. My oldest is now a 2nd grader. He enjoyed his summer break but last week he let me know that he was ready to see his friends. I think he was getting bored and was ready to get back into a routine. He was excited to put all his new supplies in his backpack. He  was curious to see if any new kids would be on his bus this year. When he came home from school I asked how his day was and he replied “It was great, my teacher is much nicer than I thought she would be.” Sounds like we are off to a good start!

My 4-year-old started pre-school this week. He will be attending two days a week. The first morning I dropped him off many of the other students were crying and refusing to let go of their parents. He walked right in put his backpack in his cubbie and never looked back. There are times that I wonder if I should be offended that my boys are so willing to join the classroom. But then I realize I should count my blessings. I should be happy that they are eager to learn and socialize. When I picked him up from class he was excited to show me his paperwork. His teacher assured me that he had a great 1st day. I will admit I was a little worried. Not that I thought he would be scared or anything but he has a tendency to be mischievous. My only problem now is that he wants to go every day and he gets upset on the days he has to stay home.

I was so surprised at how many activities there are for my 7-year-old. I don’t remember being so busy in grade school. Don’t get me wrong I am happy that he has a busy social calendar but with 4 kids I find it harder to remember everything. Thankfully a few months ago a friend of mine introduced me to Cozi.  It has changed my life.  I enter all our important dates into an online calendar.  I thought I was organized until I realized that I was forgetting to tell my husband about important dates and activities.   Now my husband and I on the same page as he as access to the calendar right on his phone.  Cozi even sends out an email once a week to remind us of the upcoming  week’s activities.   I was so excited to learn that Cozi would pull in my son’s school calendar from the school’s website.   I am still working out a few kinks with our new schedule but I can already tell it is going to be a fun school year.  I only have one question…is it sad that most of the appointments are for my 7-year-old?  I do believe his social calendar is busier than mine!