A back to school chart is really a great way to get the kids organized. Most students get their schedules for the following year in August. This will usually give parents an idea of there daily activity at school. Once you have the school schedules you can plan the rest of the day for each family member. Below you will find five ways you can really make your back to school chart work.
1. Include the school departure and arrival for each child
For example your school chart should include the time that each child has to be at school, and the time they will need to be picked up. Since most kids are usually scheduled for after school activities creating a chart that shows where each child needs to be is a good idea.
2. List all of the after school activities or chores that each child has
If your children don’t have after school activities why not add some chores to the chart for them to complete. Giving children responsibility each day is in fact very important. They will need to learn to check the chart as soon as they arrive home and get started on their homework, or get prepared for their next activity.
3. Schedule homework start and stop times
You can even schedule the time that homework will have to be completed. Don’t forget to include time in the schedule for you to check their homework. This is really a great way for parents to stay involved in their child’s lives. It is also a really good way to make sure that your children are not up all night completing their homework. Most of the time homework can be done within an hour but often takes longer, because children struggle with getting it done.
4. Don’t forget to schedule some down time
Down time after a long day at school is important for children. Of course chores and homework should come before down time. If you allow them to start their homework after they have had their down time you will find it even more difficult to get them jumpstarted back into doing their homework. It is always better to get these things out of the way first.
5. Keep your schedule flexible
I have often found it to be a good idea to use a dry erase board to write down your schedule. This makes it a lot easier if adjustments need to be made. Remember that it is ok to change your schedule. The important thing is to have one in the first place.
A schedule really helps parents to put their priorities in order in their lives. Often parents find that they are overwhelmed with what needs to be done and usually this means the kids get less quality time. Keep in mind that it takes time to organize this type of chart, so the best time to start would be in August. Following these few simple tips can really help to make your chart work for your family. It may take some time for your family to get used to the chart, but once everyone gets used to using it, you will find that it is beneficial to your family.