I am not an organized person. In fact, I revolt against schedules and expectations like nobody's business. But I also know that kids like routines. In order to meet in the middle with this, we have a little calendar.
I found the calendar itself cost 50 cents last Christmas at Michael's. The picture each month is a black and white coloring page, so Margaret colors it at the beginning of each month. I will put a little picture in the box of the day showing what we have planned that day: swimming? I draw water. Playing with friends? I draw stick people. Birthday? There's a birthday cake sticker. Going to the aquarium? Fish sticker. Library? Book sticker. La Leche League? I draw a couple of breasts.
Then every morning at breakfast, Margaret will ask what we are doing that day and run to the calendar. We mark off the previous day and circle the current one. I'll mention the day of the week, the date, and the month so she can get practice with those ideas. She absolutely loves it. I give Margaret the freedom to choose what day she wants to do things. For example, I let her put a dinosaur sticker on the day she wants to go to the dinosaur museum. When she wanted to plant flowers, she picked the day and I drew the flowers in. I don't feel overscheduled since we only do one picture per day. And it can be simple: want to make cookies? Pick a day! And that's the only thing I'll have set for us that day.
We've found this calendar idea works well for us. I thought I'd share since I know the world is thinking about going back to school (or not back to school) and homeschooling and scheduling is on everyone's minds.
What do you do to organize your life with kids?