Welcome to Teapot Tuesday where we are
making, cooking and doing.
(Really wanted you to read this post today even though it should be on Tractor Thursday!)
How many times have you driven, walked or rode to school to get half way there and your child say, “Mum, I forgot my swimming clothes.” You have to make the quick decision whether to turn back or to drop them off and then go home and make time to get the said needed item back to them before they need it. And I bet that is just since school started!
I literally live a couple of hundred metres from our school. But if I am on my way to a Pennants Tennis Match or even just heading home I don’t really want to return to school until I have to pick them up. (I do love them truly!)
So as a way to combat forgetting important day to day necessities and also encourage my 3 and 5 year old to be more independent I have created a School Bag Checklist.
It has 3 parts.
- The Base sheet for each days items.
- The school days so that you can change the list for which day of the week it is. My son will be going everyday but Mikala will only attending school 2 days a week for term 1 & 2.
- Labels – I have 10 labels which I hope you find useful. I have also included blank labels so you can print out your own pictures and laminate them together. I use photos of familiar items as that is how Hayden works best. He isn’t as good with the abstract cartoon type pics. I also am encouraging literacy and reading so have included text to match.
Our checklist will be laminated and mounted using the Scotch Restickable Tabs. They are double sided adhesives that can be removed easily and can even be washed with soapy water and air dried when they are dirty so that they can be reused again! Who wouldn’t like that. Each card will have have tabs attached. I love that I don’t have to worry if I put them on the wall or the cupboard they will come off safely. With a RRP of only $4.95 I think they will become a very handy resource for our routine charts.
We are mounting ours on the side or our School Bag Centre
. It is at the children’s height. Near a calendar with their activities on so we can cross match, and also close to where we prepare lunch boxes and water bottles.
I intend to start by adding a list of what is needed the night before. As the year progresses I will encourage Hayden and Mikala to change the items that they need and also the days of the week. Learning to be independent and hopefully recognition of the days of the week.
If you think that this would be helpful for you please download the free printables at the following links.
If you do download I would love you to share how you make it work for your family.
This printable is free for classroom and personal use. Please contact me if you wish to use it for any other purpose. I am happy for you to pin and share as long as you are linking to this post and not the download file. Copyright Annaleis Topham – Teapots and Tractors 2013
We are also using the Restickables on the fridge where we would normally use magnets. Instead of the 3 year running away with all the cute magnets we are hanging paintings from school with them. They sit nice and flush so that I can still put things over the top of them if we are busy and lots of newsletters or invites. It’s great that you can find them at both Bunnings and Officeworks.
What would you use them for? The first 20 people to leave me their email address and tell me how they would use them will be sent a trial product to try! And one lucky reader with my favourite idea will win 3 packets of of the Restickables, including the Tabs, the mini tabs and the sheet valued at $14.85. Giveaway ends Friday the 15th February at 7pm WST.
This giveaway has now closed. The winner of the 3 packets of Restickables is Sallyann Silver. Congratulations I am emailing you tonight to let you know you have won! Annaleis 15/2/2013
I am participating in the 3M Scotch Restickable Tabs campaign. I received a VISA gift card for this post courtesy of 3M via Digital Parents Collective. I am also in the running to win an iPad Mini. A always, all opinions are my own.
If you would like to read more fantastic posts just like this one (well they might be a bit different) head over to visit Jess at Essentially Jess where I have linked up today.Please see my disclosure statement in regards to sponsored posts and giveaway guidelines.
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