Back to School Organization

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Back to school organization

Back to school pensIt’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!

Not Christmas.

Back to school!

Actually, I love summer with the kids. But, this year, the last couple weeks have been tough. Arguments galore between the kids! So, I’m ready to send them back.

Sorry teachers.

This year, I am determined to be organized and dedicate equal time to each kid.

When you’ve finished laughing, come back and read how I’m going to do that.

I’ve realized that when they get home, they are starving. My middle schooler gets on the bus at 7am and isn’t home unti

Back to school snacksl close to 4pm. Rather than tell them to wait a couple hours while I cook dinner, I have a snack ready for them as soon as they get off the bus.

Just like June Cleaver. Ready on a plate. What have we had so far?

  • Bagel Bites
  • PB&J cut into cute little squares
  • Cheese, lettuce and mayo hoagies cut into fourths
  • Cheese and pepperoni crackers

Anything that is bite sized works great.

Today I cut up donuts and my middle schooler ate every last one…even after I told him “Save some for your brother and sister!” So, maybe dividing them up among the kids works better.

Back to school boardWhile they are chowing down, I grab my home made dry erase board, dry erase marker and all 3 backpacks.

I go through each backpack, throwing out old papers and saving important ones. I write all 3 kids’ names on the board and record any homework, or papers that I need to sign, under their name. This includes reading time. That makes it more concrete…it’s easy to say, oh you have to read for 20 minutes, and then forget…but, if it’s written on the board, it’s a visual reminder and more often is complete.

I am sure to call each child over and say “Here is your homework for the night. Do you understand?”

Then they can play a little. We start homework right before dinner and finish it after, if needed.

I’ve also been using my color coded markers to record spelling words, test dates and other important class information in my etsy Purple Plum Planner.

So far, barring any giant projects, this system has worked.

Fingers crossed and check back with me in November!

What systems work for you?


  1. says

    We are still working on the organization part. I never knew that going back to work 5 days a week would throw such a wrench in the machinery! In all honesty, it’s not been that difficult with the boys — they’ve been great about coming home and completing what needs to get done — but I am having issues getting back into a cook meals/clean house/do laundry schedule! I’m used to doing that when the boys are at school, or on my day off in between. Now I have Sat/Sun to get that all done for the most part, and right now it’s taking up my whole weekend 🙁

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