Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Back To School Visual Schedule & A Free Printable For You

So, I'm a sucker for a schedule--especially when it comes to getting the kids up, ready & out the door for school.  And, it turns out kids really respond well to schedules, too--especially visual schedules (schedules with pictures).  For years I've utilized the free resources of Do2Learn for picture cards for use at home with my kids.

As our school starts in just 8 days, and since for the first time ever, both my boys will have to be up and ready for a full day of school, I decided a little visual reinforcement might help...  As with so many past adventures, the Target Dollar Spot came to the rescue!

I found this handy dandy "Pocket Chart Scheduler" in the Target Dollar Spot for just $1 (I bought several colors because I anticipate several uses...):

Here's what our School Day Morning Schedule looks like:

My plan is to have a big colorful paperclip assigned to each boy (Jack=red; Sam=blue) attached to the schedule, which each boy will be responsible for moving as he moves through the schedule.  I'm thinking of including some incentive for completing the schedule independently (that is, without reminders from me--what are the odds?? :D ).

Here is a free PDF printable of our School Day Morning Schedule for your use.  I used a Landscape orientation for the document.  Enjoy!

Anybody else out there have some creative kid scheduling/organization tools, ideas or projects?


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