It is September which means everyone is back to school! Here in Arizona, my kids have a modified year round schedule. What does that mean? Every 9 weeks the kids get two weeks off. It also means that we go back to school at the end of July. Yep. July! I honestly love it. It is super hot here during the summer and there are only so many activities the kids can do indoors. So by the time October rolls around… with hopefully some cooler weather…. we are so ready for our two week break.
This year my oldest is a freshman in high school. My middle son is a 7th grader at the middle school. And my youngest is in 3rd grade at the elementary school. Yep. For the next two years I have 3 kids in 3 different schools. Plus…. that means 14 teachers! My oldest is in robotics again this year. My middle son is very involved in theatre at our local performing arts center. He is also busy with his school clubs. He is the Treasurer on Student Council as well as being in Athletic Council and NJHS. Luckily my youngest is also loves theatre so he can tag along with his brother to rehearsals. Needless to say, it is super important for me to stay organized in order to keep track of where everyone needs to be and when.
The biggest tool I use to stay organized is my giant erase board calendar in my den. I scored it at Target for around $18. It has the whole month at a glance. Sure, I also have my calendar on my phone, but this way I get to see the whole month at one time. Each child has their own color and then family activities are just black. The kids know they can refer to the calendar to see what is going on for the month. It is beyond helpful!
Another way I keep organized is by each child having their own space on the refrigerator for important papers. In years past, when one of the boys would hand me a permission slip or important info about an after school activity, I would put them all up on the refrigerator with a magnetic clip, in one stack. This year, each kid has their own clip. With everyone being at a different school, this only made sense. I have rehearsal schedules, school maps/schedules, and of course some A+ papers my 8 year old wanted to display.
I hope these tips help you stay organized this school year! Have a tip you would like to share? Be sure to leave it in the comments!