We know this is a busy time of year for those of you with children going back to school. The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time: new friends, new teachers, new experiences….and probably new shoes, too! We noticed with our own kids that the first few days of school were a good time to encourage some new routines or good habits. With all the exciting changes, sometimes we could sneak in a few of our own without the kids noticing!
Setting up a good after school routine can make a world of difference in keeping kids organized and on task at home. Making sure that homework and a few chores are done before playtime can be a terrific incentive for getting the hard stuff done quickly, right? With that in mind, we wanted to share a handy after school job chart with you, this week.
We designed this with younger kids in mind. It’s got a list of a few things that kids typically need to get done in the afternoons: putting away a backpack, eating a healthy snack, getting homework done, etc.
We printed out this job chart and laminated it for a couple of our young friends to use this school year. Laminating the chart means that it can be used over and over again–our friends are using dry erase markers to cross off their tasks as they finished them.
You could hang the after school job chart near the spot where your kids stow their backpacks.
Or, you could hang it from a bulletin board, or someplace really visible, like on the refrigerator.
Whatever works for you!
And we hope you take a chance to see if it does work for you. You can click on the link below to download the PDF file for this after school job chart.
The cute illustrations in this chart are from Susan Fitch Illustration and Design. Susan is a talented artist who shares many of her lovely illustrations for free on her blog. Go over to Susan Fitch Illustration and Design and check out all her fantastic artwork!
If you’d like to customize this chart for your family, you can download the file below:
We’d love it if you’d share any handy tips you have for establishing routines or keeping kids (and parents!) organized during the school year. Tell us in a comment, and definitely leave a link to your blog if you’ve written about them in more detail, there. Best wishes to all of you who are just beginning the adventures of another school year!
This post is being shared with: Skip to my Lou and Making the World Cuter