Kids across the country are already in school or heading back to school shortly. A new school year means, new teachers, tons of papers, new friends and of course the daily assignments and papers for mom and dad. If you’re only a parent of one the paperwork may not seem like too much… but as a parent of three the papers can sometimes seem overwhelming. So how do you keep the kids paperwork and information organized and completed in a timely manner?
We posted this question on our weekly Penny For Your Thoughts post on our Facebook page. Here are a couple of the tips which were shared by our readers.
“We have ‘information stations’ in our house. A big master cork board for the calendar and my notes with a clipboard for each kid under it. The kids know that, when they get home, all their paperwork, etc, goes on their information station until mom can review it. After I have looked at it, it goes into their backpack to turn in pure back onto the information station until the due date. That way nothing gets lost! With five kids, you gotta be organized!” – Kerry S.
“I’ve made it a habit that as soon as we walk in the door one of the first things I do is go through the kid’s backpacks and sign their folders (we have to sign them daily). Important events go up on the dry erase board calendar on the fridge.” – Raegan S.G.
“Do it the minute you walk in the door, whether it’s right after school, after work, or after practice. Get it done while school is still on your mind. Do one kid at a time. Part of our bedtime routine on school nights is to collect all the books, folders, school library books, etc and pack the backpack to put next to the door. Whatever is needed for the next day goes in there – water bottle for after school sports, projects due the next day, holiday party treats. It’s all there and all ready before bed. Once we started that, the morning chaos was cut in half.” – Lisa B.
“As I teacher, I have a Google classroom page and post all dates and assignments. I give this info to parents as well. It helps when assignments are forgotten, they can print them at home. Check to see if your children’s teachers have something similar.” – Jennifer C.
“Recording important dates, go on the master calendar and in my planner.. school paperwork that needs to be addressed, is addressed right away and put back into their backpacks to bring back to school.. I have a file as well for all school papers that are important and I weed out yearly.” – Mandey R.
These ideas are great and I’m sure each one will work for someone! It can get to be a bit much but it still has to be done, so being organized and efficient is the way to keep up. We’re hoping to make this school year awesome, organized and fun… keep the good ideas coming.
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