My motto for this school year is INDEPENDENCE.
I think because I've had the luxury of Graham and Asher in the same grade, they've been slightly spoiled in getting my undivided attention. As far as school is concerned, that is.
I admit to doing some hand-holding these last few years.
They needed it at first. Boys are easily distracted by anything and everything, or at least my boys are.
But they are getting bigger and I'm needing more time to work with Samuel (and I'll need to throw Joseph in the mix next year), who gratefully, is not as easily distracted. I can give him a task, and he pretty much finishes it without me having to prod him. But now that he's in first grade, he needs more of my time.
I'm not introducing this as some new idea patented by me.
It's nothing more than list-making (which I happen to LOVE!)
I confess to making lists and putting tasks on the list which I've already done, just for the satisfaction of crossing them off. Anyone else share in my OCD qualities?
All of our boys have a favorite color. Through the years, it has become their color.
Graham is green.
Asher is red.
Samuel is blue.
Joseph is orange.
Nathan is yellow.
So every Sunday night, I print out a sheet for each day, in their color, of all they need to do on that particular day. I also put whatever worksheets they have for the week under their daily sheets so I don't have to fish for them while we are in the middle of our school day.
For us, our Mondays and Wednesdays are the same.
And our Tuesdays and Thursdays are the same.
The deal is if you can get it all done on Monday-Thursday, then we will have a fun day on Friday.
And guess what?
For four weeks now, it's worked like a charm!
My old system was to have my own notebook with what we needed to get done each day in it.
When they did it, I would cross it off, but they had no way of knowing really what was to go on that day. It was all in my little head.
So I would say something like, "Time to do English and Spelling!"
And then, I would get multiple groans.
But now, they know it needs to get done, so they are pressing me to get it over with.
It's not that they now love English and Spelling passionately or something, but they know getting things done is their ticket to lunch or playtime.
And I think they like to cross it off almost as much as I do.
They get mad at me when I do it for them.
An example of what Samuel does on Mondays.
And example of what Graham would do on Mondays.
Asher does the same.
This is how they start the day.
Clear expectations.... ahhhh!
I'd love to hear some of your organization ideas in the comments section.
Off to start my Monday.