At 7:02am on the second morning of school, DC1 realized that although zie had filled out the bus form and the orchestra forms, and had done the language arts homework (which I’d found on the dining room table the previous night after DC2’s bedtime), zie hadn’t filled out the Spanish forms (which DH had found the previous night after asking if there was any other work that needed to be done and we both told DC1 to complete) or colored in the index card zie was supposed to color in for Algebra. (DC1’s algebra teacher seems to be less into math than last year’s teacher and a lot more into everybody sharing personal information. LA’s assignment was also about sharing personal information, but LA is such a joke around here that’s what we expected. But that’s a rant for another day.) Zie had also just stuffed the completed work into hir backpack instead of putting it into hir binder folders. I discovered all of this while going through DC1’s schedule and asking if zie had everything for each class.
Not a great start to the school year. Especially if there’s going to be homework in more classes than just math.
So I made a checklist and put it on the refrigerator. (You can’t see it because I am too lazy to figure out how to get wordpress to show the borders, but there’s actually a grid with 5 boxes after each item so DC1 can check-off for each day of the school week.) Because once the school year gets underway, I sure won’t have time to check through both kids’ work each day. (DC2’s class is requiring us to look through hirs and sign every night.) We’ll see how well it works.
|Pull assignments out of backpack|
|Español: hw and 15 min|
|Algebra: Do, check, and correct|
|Orchestra: Practice, Charms|
|Put assignments away in folders|
How do you and yours stay organized?