Here are two organizational tips for school that have been making our lives easier:
When I remember, I jot down what's available for school lunches that might not be readily obvious. Sandwiches are always an option, so I don't bother to put them on the list.
I learned the trick for creating an easy white-board when I was the teacher in study hall years ago and had to generate many seating charts: use a vinyl sheet-protector and slide a sheet of paper in it. Use a dry-erase marker on it, just write and wipe like you would on a white board. (I just looked at the package I bought - these things are called "document pockets" and they are side-loading, meant to be put in three-ring binders).
It dovetails with the unit on how to tell time she is doing at school. The times don't correspond exactly with the reality of a school morning (there is no freakin' way it only takes my children 10 minutes to eat a meal - 10 hours is more like it), but it's been helpful to point to the clock and urge Genevieve on.
One of the lovely things about vacation, actually, was ignoring the clock in the mornings and putzing around in our jammies. We are trying to teach the children how to get into quick, efficient mode when it's called for (school mornings, apppointments, bedtime, etc.), but allowing them to linger and lollygag other times. Pin It