Monday, August 20, 2012

Mom’s No-Nag Morning Lists

Today was the first day back to school for the oldest 3.

I came up with this genius-ness Sunday afternoon.

In the years past, every school morning was semi-chaotic.  Trying to get all 4 out the door early.
The children are all early risers, but I’m not a morning person.  So they get up before me and they don’t see me til I’ve had a shower, I need them to get started getting ready before I come out.
The temptation of course is getting right down to playing.
So this was my game plan.  I placed each kids cards in their spot at the kitchen table.
I decided to make separate cards instead of a chart, because I could foresee fighting over access to it.
Let me tell you I’ve never seen 4 kids happily busy getting ready on the first day of school.

Here’s Zachary’s list.
Silly as it is, we used to fight over him combing his hair in the mornings and yes, he did whine when he saw it on his list last night, but it was checked off before school today without mom nagging.

Maressa can’t read yet, but insisted she needed her own list.
So I drew a few pictures to help her know what to do.

I used large notecards to make these that I already had on hand.
Then blinged them out a little with some washi tape.
Once I had them like I wanted I used peel and stick laminate paper to cover them.
They use dry erase markers to mark off their list.

This is my 5th grader.  He heads to school earlier than the others.

2nd and 3rd graders.
Apparently it is orange day.   lol

This is why Z man is early to school every day.
As a 5th grader he has one of the coveted safety patrol positions.
Pretty light day as every one walks their kids in on the first day.

Tomorrow my baby starts kindergarten…someone pass the tissues will ya?


Erika said...

I love this!Great job !I will be there with the tissues!I'll bring some fancy ones from UK :))

zakkalife said...

I did the same thing for my daughter last year (minus the washi tape). Great minds think alike ;)


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