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I want to share the “secret weapon” for getting organized, a Post-it® Notes Planner! With back to school right around the calendar (or already here for some people) it’s my favorite way to keep our homeschooling calendar organized and to help Youngest Twin stay on top of his homework.
Here’s the homeschool version of our Post-it® Notes Planner. We have 4 main subjects: Math, Science, English Language Arts (ELA), and History. Each lesson plan goes on a Post-it®. We also shuffle the order in which we do our subjects each day. If we don’t finish a particular lesson you can easily move the Post-it® over to the next day. I like to plan our lessons out in advance. Previously if I needed to rearrange our schedule I ended up with a calendar with lots of scratched out notes. This is much better.
It’s also easy for Oldest Twin to open the planner and see exactly what is on the calendar for each day. The planner stays in our homeschool hub, but he is free to move around the house as he works. Some assignments get done on the computer. Reading happens on a favorite couch. He can remove the Post-it® Notes as he is working on each subject. If it’s time for math he can remove the math Post-it® Note and take it with him to the computer and keep track of what he is supposed to be working on that day.
The kids and I assigned each subject a different color. For our homeschool planner I also used the Post-it® Page Markers to tab three weeks of lessons at a time so Oldest Twin can take a peek at what is coming next.
We used the same color designations when it came time to do Youngest Twins middle school planner. Each day he can write down any homework he has in that subject. A simple glance is all I need to see what homework he has for that night. Any subjects that have homework get new Post-it® Notes for the next day. His planner also has a monthly view where we added Post-it® Page Markers to keep track of any long-term projects.
Having the colors for each subject stay the same for the boys it also makes it easy for me to compare what they are learning.
We picked up all of our Post-it® Notes and Post-it® Page Markers on our latest trip to Walmart. Oldest Twin helped pick out the colors for our planners this year. Getting the twins excited about their school planners is a good way to ensure that they will use them.
I’ve shared how we’re using Post-it® Products to get ready for Back-to-School, what project are you planning to use them for?