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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Work boxes Part 2 and other schedules
I also made a morning schedule for Cole, so that he would know what he needs to do each morning and have a VISUAL reminder of it. I laminated it and hung it on a hook by his bed.
You can get a copy of it here, feel free to adjust it to meet your needs.
(I had to post a pdf version because the word version was not coming up right, if you have problems, feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to email you a word version). Today was the first day we used it, and it seemed pretty effective, now I need to make one for my 2yo b/c he keeps stealing his brothers.
Speaking of schedules; I have instituted a weekly cleaning schedule for myself, using some of Fly Lady's tips of Zone Cleaning and one load of laundry a day...I came up with this schedule for myself. This is the check list for what to clean each week, and this is the zone cleaning list. For more information on zone's, click HERE.
I have them all printed off and in sheet protectors on my fridge, so I can mark things off with a dry erase maker each week. I don't always get everything done, but I find I am definitely getting more of the deep cleaning done, which has always been my problem. My house is always picked up and fairly organized...but I wanted it to be CLEAN!! I do most of my list during quiet/nap time (when the kids cooperate), though first thing in the morning I throw a load of laundry in, and change the sheets if it's sheet day!
I REALLY wish there was an IKEA on this island...I would like some more shallow drawers for the work boxes. Most of the big ones I think will be used by Z, since his stuff is more bulky. At this point I have decided they will share a lot of boxes too, as Z likes to participate in our lessons, and C is not old enough yet to do many (if any) of the lessons on his own. We'll work to that point. I have typed up a work box schedule for the first week of school for C. Z's is not much different. I used this draft from heart of wisdom to get started. Here is what I came up with. I'll post picks of the boxes later. One alteration I made for Z is that #1 is a Leapfrog Phonics Toy.
NOTE: I also added a trampoline tag to their desk, this can used when they feel like they are getting the wiggles and need a break!