Homeschool Schedule, Activity Ideas and Resources!

The world is just crazy right now. That is the only way I can really sum up everything going on.  Currently, I’m in the second week of having the two older boys home from school, practicing social distancing and trying to create some sense of normalcy around this obscure time.  I created a homeschool schedule from the start, because that is just how my brain works.

Before we jump into any of that, remember this is SURVIVAL. This isn’t a period of time that will be your new normal forever.  Before you do anything, give yourself GRACE. Lots of it. I’ve had some great days with my boys, and some days like today when they didn’t want to do anything I had planned.  And that’s okay.  We’ll start over tomorrow. 

This time looks different for everyone. Some of you are working from home, some still have to go to work, others can manage this time with both parents and others with only one. Because of this, what works is not a one size fits all. You can see other families’ schedules and activities, but at the end of the day, you have to decide what works best for your family.  

I almost didn’t write this post, because there are so many schedules and ideas going around.  But I have found inspiration in all those things and love seeing what everyone is doing at home. So I want to share what is working for us, not to give you a fail free formula but maybe some ideas that will make your days in quarantine a little easier. 

This post covers routines and schedules, including our sample schedule, activities and resources as well as Amazon links to some of our favorite educational toys.  You can scroll down to whichever section you are most interested in!

Routines & Schedules

If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time, this isn’t a new topic for me.  Babies and children work better with a schedule, or at least a general routine for how their day will go.  This was affirmed during our first quarantine weekend a few days ago.  My kids were so much more whiny and frustrating when they had a “free day”. 

Most importantly for me, I argue with them less with a routine.  One day last week my 3 year old Ellis got up from his nap around 2:30, which I have as quiet time until 3. Options are to read a book, he can color, do a puzzle or any calm activity. He asked his brother to race cars with him in the basement. My 5 year old Miles walked over to our routine (written on an easel) and explained to his brother that it was still part of the school day and quiet time.  That he would play with him at 3. I guess he’s my son, huh? 🙂 

While Ellis was upset, he grabbed something to do quietly. It is a bigger fight with him when it is new and unexpected.  Most importantly, routines help tremendously with screen time. They know when they can watch tv or play with tablets.  They don’t ask for it all day, because they know exactly when it’s allowed.  All in all, it really helps with behavior, emotions and the flow of the day. 

Routines for Babies and Toddlers

There is a series of blog posts on sample schedules for babies and toddlers. They are separated by specific ages as babies change so much within months. If your daycare is closed or your nanny isn’t coming because of social distancing, these schedules may be a helpful framework to start with. 

Sample Schedules- Newborn to Two Years Old

Each schedule has a list of activity ideas, key milestones, some of the best educational toys for that age, in addition to a sample schedule.  Being creative with activities is especially helpful for toddlers during this time. Scroll down to the next section for activity ideas and resources. 

Routines and Schedules for Older Children

A great way to approach a schedule with older kids is to try and replicate what they were doing at school. It doesn’t have to be exact, but schedule lunch, recess and any other activities you can at the same time they do them at school. This helps keep some normalcy to their daily school lives, even if just a little. 

Side note: it’s also extremely hard to work from home and have conference calls with your children in the background. Especially if they are young and can’t work on something independently for too long. Each family’s situation is unique. You should decide what works best for you. It’s worth repeating that. Don’t feel pressure to create something that is not sustainable. This schedule is for you as much as it is for your kids. 

Our Current Schedule

This is the routine we are following during the Covid-19 school closure.  I have 3 boys- a 5 year old in Kindergarten (Montessori school, so officially he’s a 3rd year in 3-6), 3 year old in his first year of 3-6 Montessori or preschool and a 12 month old that was used to having me all to himself. 

Exercise: My boys are rambunctious so having a morning workout has been excellent. Even if it’s something simple, such as yoga and meditation. We use youtube for this: Cosmic kids yoga or zumba for kids- sometimes we do both!

Lunch and Outside Time: At school they go outside at 11:30 and have lunch at 12.  We kept that same window, but made it longer. I am having them help make their lunches and giving them more outside time to run and get as much fresh air as possible.

Related Post: How to Set Up your Kitchen for Cooking with Toddlers

Socialize: Facetiming with friends during or after lunch has been a great way to stay connected with classmates and family that we are not seeing on a regular basis. 

Naps/Quiet time: My 3 year old and 12 month old consistently take their afternoon nap at 1, so that has been fairly easy to maintain. My 5 year old gets independent work time or we work one on one on his sounds and pre-reading work.

Ideas for the other sections of our schedule are below! 

Activities and Homeschool Resources For Toddlers

(18 months-2 years old)

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In addition to the age specific schedules and activity ideas, here are some other resources for creating a schedule for this age group. If they are in daycare, following some of their routines will also help with the transition and sustainability of this time at home. 

Top Indoor Toddler Activities– great post for some quick ideas to get started. 

Create Magical Spaces– amazing inspiration for fort building or reading corner nooks.  It’s a perfect time to build forts and other things you normally don’t have time to do with your kids as you run from one activity or event to the next. 

Busy Toddler– This website is a mecca for toddler activity inspiration or you can also follow her on Instagram where she shares her best resources for having fun with toddlers.

*Scroll to the next section for some of my favorite educational toddler toys. 

Activities & Resources for Preschoolers

(3-4 years old)

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I’ve found lots of great free printables on this blog called Life Over C’s.  Everything from alphabet work, to math and science, including these DUPLO number pages that were a hit at my house. Gave me the idea to use even more LEGOS for their work, like the addition problems my older son is doing in the second picture. 

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Make homemade playdoh! Not only was this a great science experiment, we talked about how the consistency changed as we added ingredients. My kids also played with it for hours, integrating sea animals and building structures of all kinds.

How I Organize my Preschooler’s Day & Activities

For my preschooler, I have a two hour work window in the morning from 9am-11am. Originally, it was 3 but that was just too long.  We’ve done this about  7 days now. Some days are better than others, depending on his mood. He rather be running and jumping and playing outside.

Working on practical life (prepping snacks and lunch), the alphabet, numbers, counting and map puzzles have been his primary focus.  

I saw an alphabet activity that another mom shared recently. She wrote out the alphabet on individual pieces of paper. One huge letter on each sheet. Then laid them out in a row, almost like a frog’s lily pads. Then her daughter jumped from one to the next. Saying the letter sound and something that starts with that letter. I love how it includes movement and would be a perfect fit for my son. 

Make your work window around what works best for your child. My 5 year old can work on 1-2 things during this window. But I set up a bunch of short activities for my 3 year old. He usually naps from 1-2:30, so he’ll work on quiet activities or games when he wakes up.

Activities & Resources for Elementary Aged Children

This article has TONS of online resources for kids in various subject areas including Kahn Academy and BrainPop.

Most schools and teachers are offering amazing homeschool resources to help you during this time. Definitely take advantage of those. Since my boys are in a Montessori school, the majority of my research has been specific to that pedagogy. Mostly because that is how they are learning at school and I want them to experience continuity.

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We’ve also used educational games and play as they are young. This pack of map puzzles from Amazon was a great activity- we built the puzzles, talked about the world, drew them out on paper and then used our animal toys to discuss where they were from. Lots can come from one simple activity that you extend. 

My kindergartner has a 2 hour work window in the morning with his brother (9am-11am) and a 2 hour window in the afternoon by himself (1-3pm). A couple times in the afternoon I’ve let him use his tablet for phonics apps, it’s like a game but he is spelling and rhyming words the whole time.  We have also worked on his handwriting, reading and overall language skills during this time.  He needs quiet and concentration for this work, so it’s the best time to do it while his brothers are asleep. If he finishes before the two hours, he plays quiet games like magnet pictures, puzzles or LEGOS. Some of our favorite educational toys and resources are listed at the end of this post. 

In the morning, he works on math- addition and subtraction so far. And we’ve also tried lessons that his teacher shares via her daily blog post and google drive handouts. 

Chores and Expectations

We use chore charts and routine lists to integrate chores and daily expectations for the kids. They work well in getting a habit established in kids, especially young kids. And they also create a clear outline of what they are supposed to do when. 

Miles (5) is in charge of setting the table and cleaning it after everyone clears their own plate. Ellis (3) feeds the dog breakfast and dinner. They both make their beds in the morning (we need to work on this more 🙂 ), as well as help fold and put away their laundry.

We choose not to pay them for chores they do everyday. It’s something I learned from my oldest son’s teacher. Doing chores should be an expectation for their daily lives. Their home is also theirs- it’s a place to take care of and be grateful for. I think about them as adults, that instilling these habits within them now will carry over to adulthood.  Hopefully.

We do pay them for extra chores. Other times they have helped with bigger household chores, like deep cleaning the bathrooms or shoveling snow (not much help there, lol). Extra stuff like that we give them a small allowance. 

Master List of Age Appropriate Chores– from toddlers to teenagers. If you need age appropriate chores for your kids. 

Routine Lists– Have kids monitor their daily progress with a morning, afternoon and evening checklist. Each of my sons have two checklists. One for upstairs where their room is and one for downstairs in the kitchen. 

Daily Routine Chart– If your child loves to have something to pick up and move, rather than check things off a list- this is a perfect starting point. Miles used this routine chart when he was 2 and 3. 

Educational and Concentration Toys

Toddlers

  • Boley 12 Piece Safari Set– These animal sets are perfect for speaking and vocabulary building.  You can talk about the animal names, they can set up a safari scene, you can also buy another farm set and categorize which ones go together.
  • Busy Board Activity Binder– Working on practical life tasks are a perfect toddler toy. They are building skills, but also love learning how to figure it out, this one has buckles, zippers, tying work, and buttons.
  • BeginAgain Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle– I love the entire line of puzzles from this brand! They are all wooden, beautifully made, durable and a great “next step” puzzle.
  • Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks– Never underestimate the power of simple natural wooden blocks for endless open ended play and building. Works on motor skills, creativity and early engineering skills.
  • Magna Tiles 100 Piece Set– These magna tiles are all the rage and for good reason! There are really endless amounts of possibilities so it helps your 2 year old use various skills at one time.
  • Do a Dot Art Markers– Great introduction to marker play and creative design. Helps develop hand eye coordination and art creation in a simple medium before advancing to more complex drawing. There are lots of alphabet and number printables you can download where toddlers use these markers to practice.

Preschoolers and Kindergartners

All of the toddler toys also apply to preschoolers, as most are open ended and can be enjoyed for multiple years. Personally experience this twice over now with both of my oldest.

  • 5 Continent Puzzle Pack– We used this our first day of homeschooling and I’ve recommended them to various people. The boys do the puzzles but then they trace them on paper and color in the countries. The kindergartner then writes out the names of the continents and oceans. 
  • Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard– Perfect for younger preschoolers. The pegboard activity is great for creativity and fine motor skills.
  • Imagination MagnetsStill one of our favorites after owning it for two years. Fun pattern play that ranges in difficulty from easy to more difficult.
  • Floor Puzzles- These large puzzles are a great conversation starter as well! Like this Melissa & Doug Solar System Puzzle or Massive Dinosaur Puzzle or this beautiful Underwater Ocean Floor Puzzle.
  • LEGOS-No list is complete without mentioning LEGOS. They are a great quiet time activity, help with concentration, following instructions and early engineering skills. Start with DUPLO sets and move up to the older sets around 4 or 5. The LEGO city collection is a great starter set or the LEGO and friends has lots of characters and adorable scenes.
  • Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly GardenThere is nothing better than the real thing to help stimulate the minds of your little budding scientists. In this garden, you get 5 caterpillars, all the food they need and a mesh habitat to grow your butterflies. So cool!
  • Qwirkle– All this social distancing will also make room for family game nights. Preschool is the perfect age to get started!  Qwirkle is one of my favorites. Involves strategy and pattern play that make it fun for adults and kids.
  • I Never Forget a Face Memory GameMemory games are a classic and perfect educational game for preschoolers and kindergartners. We start out with a small amount and move on to bigger “boards” the more we played. And this memory game in particular is beautiful! Another option is the Life on Earth Matching Game that has more animals and plants instead of faces.

 

4 Daily Toddler Schedule Samples

I recently joined the 3 kid club and the forever boy mom club. The shop is now closed after I had my third boy 6 months ago. 🙂 My husband and I always planned on 2-3 and joke that a 4th would drive us out of Chicago where we love. So now that my 3rd boy Rhys is growing up, I’ve been revisiting a lot of my baby and toddler schedule posts. I decided it’s time to give you all an update on different variations to daily toddler schedule ideas. Included are options for multiple kids!

These next two pictures of my then 2 year old Ellis happened within minutes of each other.  Perfectly captures toddler life, emotions can change very quickly! Some standard routines help them make sense of the world a little bit better.

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This post is part of our sample schedule and routine series, that has schedules from newborn to toddlers. In this post, you’ll find key elements of creating a toddler schedule, factoring different family models. Currently I have a 5 year old, 3 year old and a 7 month old baby.  Included are some toddler daily schedule examples for one toddler, toddler and baby and a multiple toddler schedule. 

If you want more specific developmental milestones, activity ideas and toy recommendations, check out the post for the specific age:

Related: Two year old schedule, 12-18 month schedule, 18-24 month schedule

Key Elements of a Daily Toddler Schedule

Sleep

  • They may start fighting sleep as they enjoy being awake with you. Stick to your routine- even if it’s just quiet time in their room for nap.
  • 2-3 year olds need 13-15 total hours of sleep. 1 nap that lasts 1-2 hours and a bedtime window sometime between 6-8pm.  Many families have found that a 4 hour window between waking up from nap and bedtime works really well. So wake up from nap at 3pm, bedtime at 7-7:30. Decide what works for your family and how to get your toddler the hours he needs.
    • My friend was recently telling me that she was worried her son went to bed too late. He goes to bed at 9pm. BUT he doesn’t wake up until 8am and consistently takes at least a 2 hour nap.  So he is getting the hours he needs, it’s not something I would worry about.  The one thing I suggested to her is that when he gets closer to school age, she’d want to slowly move it earlier since he’ll have to get up earlier. 
  • My oldest son Miles dropped his nap around 4 years old, even though there were some days where it was evident he needed the rest.  We maintained some quiet time and an early bedtime so he would be well rested for preschool. 

Repetition

  • They really need consistency and predictability at this age.  I often tell Miles and Ellis what is going to happen after we get out of the car so they know what is next. Ellis and I have the same goodbye routine at school also- it gives him a sense of comfort and control that he knows what it will be each day.
  • We’ve also utilized these checklists to help them create habits. You can start at age 2, but at 3 they can actually start to go down the list independently. 

Routine

  • In addition to a daily schedule, routines for common situations are really helpful at this age as mentioned above. 
  • For example, when my boys walk in the door they have to hang up their coats, take off shoes and put them in the bin, put their lunch box in the kitchen, go potty and wash hands.  If I randomly add a task instead of engraining it into a predictable routine, there is more room for protest.

Discipline

  • There is so much that can be said about discipline and various ways to approach this subject that it has its’ own post. For starters though, decide as a family how you will acknowledge behavior- positive and negative, and stick to your plan.
  • Their emotions are very real and they need to be understood and taught how to handle them. This will also vary widely based on personality! The way we disciplined our first was so different than what we had to do with our second, because they are completely different people.

Choices are so so powerful! 

  • Regardless of personality, this age thrives for independence. It’s funny because I previously wrote how my son Miles protested bath, but it’s nothing compared to my second son Ellis! He protests everything. Ha!
    • He likes to pick out his own clothes, shoes, decide what he eats and when etc.  If you say anything that sounds like a command, he’ll automatically disagree.  Last night he told me, “well, I am not going to wear matching pajamas ever again. I want a train top and dinosaur bottoms.” Lol. Okay kid, whatever works for you. He just wants to exert his power and see how far he can take it. My philosophy is if it’s not a dangerous situation or does not affect anybody negatively- than let it go.  I could care less if he wore matching pajamas or if his shirt was on backwards if that makes him happy, lol. 
  • In other situations where you have to set boundaries, limit the choices given. For example, in the winter wearing a coat is not an option. So instead of telling Ellis to go put on your coat, where he would then try not to wear one and put on shorts. (insert emoji face palm here) I’ll say do you want to put on your mittens or coat first? It still guides what he has to do, but with a choice so he feels he has some control over it.
    • All depends on your child’s personality- I can tell Miles “put on your coat” no problem.  He’s older now, but also has a more laid back personality. 

Remember that all these schedules and times are approximate.  Things can change based on the day, which is totally okay.  Also your times may look different and that is okay! These are to give you ideas and inspiration to create your own. 

One Toddler- 1 Year Old Schedule

7- 7:30am | Wake Up- Sippy cup of milk

7:30-8am | Play: Story time, sensory bins, building blocks or nesting toys, singing songs, or listening to music while playing instruments (xylophone, drums)

8-8:45am | Breakfast

8:45am | Start nap soothing routine

9am | Morning Nap (This nap fades out between 15-18 months)

10:30am | Wake Up- Sippy Cup of Milk

10:30- 11am | Snack

11- 12:15pm | Play time: Large motor development- park or open play, push and pull toys, riding cars. Social development- play dates or reoccurring music or art classes.

12:15pm-12:45pm | Lunch with Water

12:45pm | Start nap soothing routine- same one every time.

1pm | Afternoon Nap

3pm | Wake up and Snack

3:30-6pm | Play: Start easy paint or craft projects. Go outside at least once a day for fresh air.

6:00pm | Dinner and water or milk (milk can be part of soothing routine)

6:30pm | Start bedtime routine. Include same soothing routine for naps but add extra to signify night sleep: like a bath, calming music, lotion massage, pajamas and read stories.

7:00pm | Put down drowsy, but not completely asleep.

Daily Toddler Schedule- 2-3 Year Old

7- 7:30am | Wake Up- Glass of milk or water

7:30-8am | Play independently.

8-8:30am | Breakfast

8:30-10:30am | Outing to the park or indoor play. Or attend toddler gym, dance, music, or art class. Or schedule a more structured classes like ballet, sports, art, or karate.

10:30- 11am | Snack

11- 12:15pm | Help with making lunch and cleaning up. Start thinking about chores they can do when they are 2. 

12:15pm-12:45pm | Lunch

12:45pm | Start nap soothing routine- Read 2 books, then dark room, snuggling, , soft singing then white noise machine, cover with favorite blanket and stuffed animal.

1pm | Afternoon Nap

3pm | Wake up and Snack

3:30-6pm | Play with favorite toys or have a second outing, then independent play so you can make dinner or wrap up the day. They can color at this age for longer periods or work on puzzles or other quiet activities.

5pm | If you want to have a designated screen time, this is a good time after a long day and gives you the opportunity to make dinner or other things you have to accomplish.

6:00pm | Dinner and water or milk (milk can be part of bedtime soothing routine)

6:30pm | Start bedtime routine. Include same soothing routine for naps but add extra to signify night sleep: like a bath, music, lotion, massage, pajamas and read books.

7:30pm | Bedtime.

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One Toddler and a Baby

7-7:30 | Wake Up and start the day! Change diapers/pull up and get dressed.  

7:30-8:30 | Toddler gets a glass of milk and set up for independent play.  Nurse or give bottle to baby and cuddle time.  You can also choose to have this be your screen time hour for the day- so you can calmly get the baby ready for the day.  I save our screen time for right before dinner when they are more antsy or exhausted from the day. 

8:30-9 | Make and have breakfast.

9:00 | Baby takes morning nap. Toddler can play with a puzzle, blocks or magnetic books if you choose to stay home. It’s not ideal, but as I have had more kids and more energy to factor in with my older boys, this is the nap we take on the go.  It’s usually not as long or restful, but then they take their long afternoon nap in their crib. 

       *Activities worth leaving early for could be museums, or places farther away. We live in Chicago and the Botanical Garden is about a 45 minute drive so we make a day of it. 

9-10:30 | If you are home, you can do housework or prep dinner. Involve your toddler where ever they can pitch in. 

10:30-11 | Baby wakes up. You can go out for an outing with the two. Unless- see above- you have already left for the day. Check that diaper bag has all the essentials, change baby and get toddler to use potty.  

    *A baby and toddler schedule is not complete without some activity ideas. The best classes for a toddler and baby together are music classes hands down!  With story time being a close second. They both benefit from it so much and we try to go at least once a week to both.  Or you can sign up your toddler for classes like art or sports and hang out with your baby on the sidelines. The park or indoor playspaces are also great options. 

12:30 | Lunch

1:00-2 | Both take a nap. 

3-4pm | Wake up and snacks. 

4-5pm | Play time or second outing even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood.  Depending on whether we got outside time earlier.  Many babies take a 3rd “power nap” until 6-9 months old, which would be a good reason to stay home.    

5-6 | Finish dinner if needed or general clean up.  This is when I like to give them a little screen time or dad comes home and plays with the boys.  If you are breastfeeding, good time to nurse the baby before you sit for dinner.

6-7 | Dinner and family time. Clean up toys, start baby bedtime routine first. 

7-7:30 | Bedtime routine

7:15- 7:30 | Baby is asleep first, potential story time together depending on how tired baby is.  Toddler may want longer stories and it’s nice alone time with them if they get a separate story time. 

8pm | All kids are asleep!daily toddler schedule with two toddlers at home

Two Toddlers (both at home)

7-8AM | Wake up and have breakfast. Play independently or with each other. This is our summer schedule, since Miles has been in preschool since a few days after turning 3 years old. Ellis had just turned one, so the last few summers we have a more relaxed morning than the hustle and bustle of getting to school. During this time, I’ll plan dinner also if needed and we have time. 

9AM | Get dressed and pack up diaper bag, snacks and possibly lunch for morning activity. Even if you have already potty trained, back up clothes were always nice to have for accidents that are bound to happen those early months.  You can always leave it in the car and take a smaller bag out with snacks. 

10-12PM | Morning activity to the pool, library, kids class, playdate, park fun, a museum, or walk in the neighborhood. We like to make a summer bucket list to help plan our summers and visit as much as possible in the city. 

12-1PM | Lunch at same location of activity if possible or make something quick at home. 

1PM-3PM | Nap time. Chores for mommy like laundry, cleaning the house, or working on the blog. If we ventured out to a longer activity like driving to the suburbs, we may still be out and about during nap time. I think that’s okay every now and then, happens more in the summer and that’s expected. My older son Miles stopped napping at 4, he would have quiet activities like playing legos or puzzles or we’d work on something together since it was my only alone time with him. 

3PM-5PM | Afternoon Activity. If we had a simple morning activity that didn’t extend through lunch and nap, we may venture out again. To the pool, a playdate, library, swimming lessons, park, take an art or music class, play in the yard or do some crafts inside.

*If we came home during 3-5, we would have quiet time and try to calm down after our long day. Do a puzzle, play with legos, set up the train tracks, color, draw or do a simple craft project.

5-530PM– Prepping and eating dinner. Varies based on the day. I usually like to meal plan at least a little bit. Crockpot or Instant Pot meals also are a stress free way to get dinner on the table when you are busy during the day.

*5PM also starts the dinner checklist and chores.  You can start chores as early as 2 years old- mostly cleaning up with assistance, and our second son Ellis started his first chore of feeding the dog at 2 years old.  He’ll dump the whole container in the bowl, so it’s definitely a supervised activity.  He asked for this job because he wanted something to do while his older brother set the table- which has been his job since 3 and 1/2.  Learning to clean up their place after eating and toys after playing are perfect starter chores, before adding chores that help the family.

6-730PM | Bedtime routine. We try to keep this as normal as possible. Sometimes we’ll skip bath if we were out late or had friends over late, but we try to do it often. The boys just get so relaxed and ready to sleep when it’s still included. Finally, we read books together.

8PM | Everyone is asleep!

Hope this helped you create a daily toddler schedule that fits your family’s needs and size best. I’ll be back soon to share all our preschool routines! 

Master Back to School with Routine Checklists & 5 Simple Hacks

It’s back to school season, as I’m sure you are aware! Many of you have already been back for a few weeks. We started this past week- a couple days after labor day.  This time of year can sometimes feel like a second New Year. Pushing a reset button on a lot of things and looking for ways to reorganize our lives. It’s a good time to re-establish routines or make new ones so the days and weeks go smoother for everyone in the family. Utilizing routine checklists and making a few easy systems can make a huge difference!

There are sooo many things to organize and keep track of when it comes to school. The paperwork and artwork that comes home, school lunches, healthy fast breakfast, and keeping track of everyone’s schedules. Most importantly, making sure your kids remember to do all the things like brushing their teeth and doing homework.

In our home, we are working with preschool, but many of these tips can be applied to daycare schedules and getting your 2 year old involved in routines and daily responsibilities. As well as older kids of course.

Routines & Independence

My first goal is to make sure I’m not holding up absolutely everything in the house.  I want my kids to have a sense of what is required of them and not have to remind them fifty billion times.  It’s always a work in progress, but trust me- I kept at it with my 3 year old.  He just turned 4 and he HAPPILY sets the table and feeds our dog Nahla.  Many times it was a battle, but over time he just became to accept it as his contribution to the household. His feisty 2 year old brother looks up to him and is getting on board with the chores as well.

This holds true for brushing teeth and getting himself dressed in the morning.  I personally have to let go a little bit of control because since I’ve pushed this independence, he also wants to pick out his clothes. And man! He picks out the craziest combinations!  But hey- at least he does it himself while I dress myself or his brother.

We’ve undertaken this by printing out daily routine chore charts, but I’ve realized that it can take a lot to actually print, cut out, and make the system.  Having a way for kids to hold themselves accountable can all be accomplished just as easily with a few checklists! So of course, I made some. 🙂 If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you may already realize that I’m not a stranger to checklists and they really do help!

Checklists

back to school organization, routine checklists, morning checklists for kids, homework stations, command centers, evening checklists, homework caddy, lunch organizer, weekly clothes organizerThere are 3 total and you can set them up wherever makes the most sense for your household.  Print on 8×10 cardstock first.  Then, laminate them or just pop em in an 8×10 frame, your son or daughter can use a dry erase marker to check off items as they are finished. They will wipe off easily on either surface for use the next day.

I used pictures because I start using these at age 2 or 3 when reading isn’t mastered yet. The photos help guide them along their checklist.

We have found that cleaning up, feeding pets and setting the table are great chores for toddlers and preschoolers.  If my son said he didn’t feel like doing it, we just remind him that we all do our part to contribute to the household. Even if I don’t feel like cooking everyone dinner, I still do it because the family is counting on me to do my part.

5 Simple Organization Hacks

back to school organization, routine checklists, morning checklists for kids, homework stations, command centers, evening checklists, homework caddy, lunch organizer, weekly clothes organizerA family command center! I love these and we have a very small version because I couldn’t find a wall area suitable.  Essentially it can organize all the paperwork, to do lists, calendar and events for everyone in the family. I love this post about how to create a command center and all the essential elements to include.

back to school organization, routine checklists, morning checklists for kids, homework stations, command centers, evening checklists, homework caddy, lunch organizer, weekly clothes organizerUsing a hanging closet organizer to plan out the week’s outfits is genius! It adds to less nightly and morning chores if it is laid out each Sunday.

back to school organization, routine checklists, morning checklists for kids, homework stations, command centers, evening checklists, homework caddy, lunch organizer, weekly clothes organizerTalking about planning for the week, having a lunch organizer in your fridge can take a lot of the stress out of packing lunches.  If there are choices, your child can take an active role picking out what they want to include each day. Also, these are some of my favorite lunch ideas – all in fun bento boxes. 

Breakfast meal prep for an easy and healthy month of morning. Make ahead breakfast 3 types of oatmeal muffins and 2 kinds of egg muffins in this meal plan. They are kid friendly and delicious! Stress free weekday mornings are in your future. Breakfast on the go or at home.I don’t know about you, but I try to have as much planned for the mornings as possible.  I’m just not a huge morning person and planning ahead helps A LOT. Which is why I love doing this breakfast meal prep, where we make a bunch of oatmeal muffins and egg muffins that are all ready for us to heat up and eat in the morning.

back to school organization, routine checklists, morning checklists for kids, homework stations, command centers, evening checklists, homework caddy, lunch organizer, weekly clothes organizer back to school organization, routine checklists, morning checklists for kids, homework stations, command centers, evening checklists, homework caddy, lunch organizer, weekly clothes organizerFinally, we don’t have homework yet at our house.  But I love these ideas of a DIY homework caddy and a dedicated homework station.  Even as an adult, I need a dedicated workspace that is different than I do other things in the house.  So a homework area can get your child more focused on what they are trying to accomplish. Especially if all the supplies they need are also integrated into the space.

And that’s it! Hope you have an amazing school year that is a little less stressful and more enjoyable. 🙂

End the Power Struggle with this Easy Daily Routine Chart

If you find yourself repeating instructions over and over to your toddler or engrossed in power struggles with them- than this daily routine chart is for you! I work on our routine all the time. As babies, I had them on schedules and it worked great.End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

I’m sure you can guess- things change when we hit the 2 year old mark. Toddlers have lots and lots of opinions and emotions they love to express. So while our overall schedule was working well, and we had some positive discipline systems. there were some things that could turn into a battle pretty easily.  All depended on Miles’ (my 3 year old) mood or tiredness level… or if he just felt like it.

Oh man, the mornings! His speed and focus in the morning could easily drive a person to insanity. I really didn’t know it was humanly possible to go that slowly- he would stop and look at an “interesting” spot on the wall for 5 minutes, saying what he thought it looked like instead of putting on his shoes.  This is all typical toddler behavior, but adding a fun new system really helped out. Enter the daily routine charts.

NEW Routine charts have been added to the Urban Mom Tales Shop. Includes 56 cards of different routines, activities and chores to make your own customizable schedule! 

End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

OMG. It’s been a few weeks and they’ve been amazing.

For example, one of our struggles has been Miles putting his plate from dinner in the sink. Sometimes he feels like it and other times he doesn’t.

The other day he left dinner and my husband and I were talking about something.  He had was done eating and we’d sat together for a while so it was fine for him to get up from that stand point.  As Miles settles in with a toy, Jordan says to him- Miles get back here and clean up your plate.

The horror! He throws himself on the floor in his usual tantrum mode. No! I don’t want to!

End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

Meal Time: Put away toys, feed pets (our dog Nahla), wash hands, set table, eat, take plate to the sink)

As you see, putting his plate in the sink is part of his daily routine chart for meal times So I ask him “Did you finish all your cards over here?”. He walked over and it was the very last one. “No, there’s one more.” And looks up at me with this “I know what you’re doing here” look. Haha. Sorry kid- I’ve been at this longer than you.

And it worked! He said “I need to put my plate in the sink and then I can move the last card.” He did it right way.  There is a definite sense of pride when he finishes a set and we make a big deal about it also.

We’ve also been able to add chores that he wasn’t doing consistently before like feeding the dog and setting the table.

There are many ways to go about this! I’ll describe how we set it up and then list another resource at the end to explore other options.

Daily Routine Charts in Action

End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed. *NEW Routine charts have been added to the Urban Mom Tales Shop. Includes 56 cards of different routines, activities and chores to make your own customizable schedule. 

Next was making the charts- the main parts of the day that needed more structure  are morning, bedtime and dinner time. Initially I wanted to do ALL the cards, but they made really long lists and I didn’t want to overwhelm.

At the end, I decided 6 was a good starting point and we could always expand later if necessary.

To assemble: I cut out the cards I needed- laminated them, bought a poster board and velcro dots. Then I arranged them in “To Do” and “Done” columns so he could move each activity after completion.

Starting Out

End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed. As you can imagine, they have to be taught how to use them so the first couple days are heavy on your end with teaching and coaching.

I set up the posters and told Miles that we would be starting to use these the next day. These are going to help you get ready for school and bedtime and you can do it all by yourself.

The next morning- let’s look at your chart.  You’ve already done the first one “Wake Up”. So take that card and move it to the “Done” column. And so forth.

End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

We went through a couple days of coaching and afterward he had it down pat.  Best part is that he loves it! Like truly- he asks if it’s time to do his cards and is excited. I think the velcro dots and actual activity of moving them does help.  He can really visualize himself going through the steps.

End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

There is still some room for improvement in the speed department for Miles :-), but he is so much more focused. And he rarely fights feeding the dog or setting the table now because he can visually see that it’s part of his duties everyday.End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

P.S. Baby brother Ellis wanted to make sure that you all knew he was here too. As I took pictures of Miles, he kept saying “cheese!”. End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

Why You Need a Routine (with Sample Baby Schedule Printables)

I searched constantly about what activities to do with my babies and how to schedule their days. Constantly because I would search again at every new month, from newborns to 6 months and so forth. And I still do as we get to new milestones and changes, the next one being preschool!  I’m nowhere near Type A, but routines work wonders for babies and kids so I wanted to know why and how to create one.  It’s always helpful to see examples of how others have organized their babies’ schedules, which is why I have put together a sample baby schedule for every age range to help you create your baby routine.Creating a baby routine is essential. What is a sample baby schedule for a 6 month old? Or one year old? Read all about schedules from newborn to 2 years. 

Creating a baby routine is essential. What is a sample baby schedule for a 6 month old? Or one year old? Read all about schedules from newborn to 2 years.

Last week, I wrote an article about how my day looks like with a toddler baby schedule (an almost 3 year old and 12 month old).  But I know that is not everyone’s situation! To share everything I’ve learned on creating baby daily schedules and what to do with your babies at different ages, here is an overview of how and why to create routines and infant daily schedules, as well as a series of posts dedicated to each age range. Each age range article has developmental milestones, a list of activity ideas and a free sample baby schedule printable!  

Why Make One?

There is a lot of literature out there on the importance of routines and infant daily schedules.  And I spoke a little bit about it in my toddler and baby schedule post.  It is essential enough to recap here.  Structure is a huge comfort to babies and toddlers.  They are still figuring out a lot and require stability to feel truly secure in this crazy world.  Kids feel a sense of security when they know that they will sleep, be fed and have all of their needs met throughout the day.  With a set routine, there is no concern if or when it will happen. It doesn’t mean that complete spontaneity is gone forever, but a framework will help you AND your baby, I promise.  

Sleep

Knowing how much sleep and when is the skeleton of each baby daily schedule, and helping your babies get into a good routine is the first mission.  Babies, toddlers and people in general develop sleep associations. Things that are consistent every time they go down to fall asleep.  They (and we) develop regular sleep windows, where they are most likely to fall asleep. If they go past the window, they become overtired and is more difficult to get a good rest.  You may have noticed this in your own schedule.  

Kids don’t understand all of the feelings their body may be telling them yet.  They rely on us for that. Having a consistent sleep window and sleep associations helps your baby and toddler be better rested. I started with newborn sleep training, but if your baby is older- it’s never too late!Creating a baby routine is essential. What is a sample baby schedule for a 6 month old? Or one year old? Read all about schedules from newborn to 2 years.

Behavior

In turn, rested babies and toddlers behave better!  It’s not that they want to have tantrums or cry at every situation.  They may be overtired or overstimulated by a new environment.  It is usually a sign that they are not coping well with what is going on around them.  Read more about positive discipline for two year olds here.  

Change is hard for some adults, and it’s incredibly hard for young kids.  A routine gives them a framework of knowledge: they understand what will happen when and can be happier as a result! If you are doing something different, tell your toddler ahead of time to ease the transition.  Also, try your best to schedule activities or outings during awake periods and not nap time.  I know it’s not always possible, but as often as you can!

**Also, must mention that my second son, even while on a consistent routine and sleep schedule gave us a run for our money! He is strong willed and determined, great qualities for his future but not for parents of him as a two year old.  I’ll devote a whole post to how we had to revamp our discipline tactics with him.  All that to say, don’t feel bad if you have a tight schedule and are still battling behavior.  It is part of parenting toddlers! You are not alone. 🙂

Makes Sure that Everything gets Done

In the toddler baby schedule, I spoke about the weekly planning method I use to organize my week.  I write my events, goals and to dos for the week and assign them for certain days and times.  This way, I’ll actually do some housework because it has a designated time.  The fact that each thing is at the same time everyday makes it easier to remember, and now my 5 year old can go through his daily routines on his own. 

*Update 2019: I have 3 kids now, I wish my schedule was this organized still and plan to get back to it ASAP.  Still believe it makes me run a lot smoother, but life has hectic phases like 3 young boys to take care of. 

How to Create a Routine or Schedule

Routine and schedule are used interchangeably because there are lots of people that cringe at the word schedule.  It sounds suffocating and hard to maintain a super regimented baby daily schedule where each minute is planned.  That is not what you need.  

All you need is a rhythm to your day, it can be as relaxed or as strict as you want to make it.  Same way with planning your to do lists- there are many different ways people accomplish tasks and organize their lives.  You need to find the best way for you.  Because the most important thing about creating a routine is that you can keep the routine going everyday.  That may seem obvious, but it’s a reminder to not create an infant daily schedule that doesn’t flow well with your personality or way of doing things.  

It may be tough at first to remember, but it becomes second nature.  I’m pretty much a zombie in the morning before coffee- I don’t get up before my kids even though it’s highly recommended.  It’s just not something I have figured out how to make work for me since I stay up late to work.

But even though I haven’t had my triple espresso (haha, yes, that’s a lot of caffeine, blame my parents), I go through the morning routine with both boys and my dog as my coffee is brewing.  They get hugged, kissed, changed, use the potty and set up with milk and toys, dog gets taken out and given breakfast. This ties them over until I’ve gotten my coffee in, then we eat breakfast together.  Only possible because it’s a set routine, since my mind hasn’t completely turned on yet.  

What to Consider when Creating One

    • Sleep, food, and activities are the main parts of a schedule for babies and toddlers.  Then you decide how you want to transition to different things.  
    • Decide if you want a more rhythm based routine, instead of a time based.  The sample schedules are time based, but a rhythm based schedule is doing everything in the same order but not necessarily tied to a certain time.
    • If you want a time based schedule but not sure if you can remember all of the things, set a timer or alarm on your phone to remind you of key times.  
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    • Print the sample baby schedule at home or make your own to hang up on the fridge.

Click on the age for a sample baby schedule, developmental milestones and activity ideas:

Make a Great Toddler Baby Schedule that Works for You!

A routine or schedule isn’t a regimented, strict schedule for every minute of your day.  It won’t make your life mundane or boring.  Actually having a routine will help you NOT have to plan every single minute, because your organization helps free up some time.  It also contributes to being a happier stay at home mom when your day has structure.  What a schedule does is help regulate your baby and toddler’s sleep, mood, behavior and overall well being.  Creating a toddler baby schedule may feel daunting but it doesn’t have to be!Make a great toddler baby schedule that works best for you and your family! Includes sample schedule and steps for creating your own baby toddler schedule.

Being consistent in how things are done daily will make caring for two kids easier. Once you have a routine established, bending it here and there won’t completely throw them off.  We do the same things in the same order but if we have an activity that pushes nap or bedtime by 30 minutes every once in awhile, it won’t ruin their sleep or daily rhythm.  

Structure is a proven comfort to children, and in turn moms and dads! Because if structure makes their moods and behavior more regulated, then that is a clear blessing for you as well!  Make a schedule that works for you, which is what I have done. I’ll share an example of my daily toddler baby schedule and steps for creating your own.

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The following schedule is for a 9-15 month old (two naps a day) and a 18 month to 3 year old toddler (one nap and able to participate in structured activities, but not in preschool yet).  Right now my sons are 12 months (Ellis) and 34 months (Miles) and we’ve been following this schedule since Ellis went to two naps around 9 months.  

Scroll to the end for steps on creating your own schedule and modifications for younger babies!!

7-7:30 Wake Up and start the day!  Change diapers/pull ups.  Get dressed.  Boys get milk and play independently, while mom makes and drinks coffee.  While they play, make sure baby Ellis doesn’t eat the dog food or toss dog water all over the kitchen floor.  Make sure Miles doesn’t run Ellis’ toes over with toy motorcycle.  

8:30-9 Make and have breakfast together.  Cereal with fruit on unambitious, ok fine, lazy days.  Or we’ll have eggs with toast, pancakes with fruit or oatmeal with fruit.  

9:30 One year old Ellis goes down for nap. Miles used to come with me but for some reason (maybe because he’s a two year old) he doesn’t understand the concept of whispering while a baby is trying to fall asleep.  So I set him up with a puzzle, blocks or magnetic book that will take his attention for at least 15 minutes.

Involve toddler in your housework

After Ellis is down, I convince Miles to help me with some housework or cooking. He loves to help, even though it can take a lot longer when he is helping.  It’s better than having him get bored with his toys though and it’s great for his development!  If it’s not something he can really help with, he’ll have an hour of iPad time or PBS.  I unload/load the dishwasher, start or completely prep dinner depending if I’m using the crockpot and start a load of laundry.  

Ugh- I hate laundry and dishes.  Putting them everyday helps them not pile up and be a complete burden.  To be completely transparent, some days this happens and sometimes not, because I rather make a gourmet meal then do laundry.  For sure my area for growth!

10:30-11 Ellis wakes up and we get ready to hit the road! Make sure diaper bag has all the essentials, change baby and get toddler to use potty.  This is my favorite part of the day and the ideal time for both of them to have an activity.  When Ellis drops his first nap, I will plan their outing earlier and push nap up to 1pm.  I do it this way so Ellis can have his nap at home and be fully rested.  His first few months, he could have it on the go and still have two more naps at home.  The naps on the go are never as effective as home- just like when we sleep in the car or on a plane, never the same.  

Activity Ideas

We use this amazing service called Pearachute to schedule many of our outings.  They have it in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Kansas City.  It’s a service to drop in to various kids’ classes all over the city, instead of going directly through one business where you may have to buy a multi week session. 

*If you are in Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington DC or San Francisco, you can try your first 4 credit month of Pearachute for free!   🙂  Just click on the link or go to: https://www.pearachutekids.com/referred?coupon_code=REF-31UMAY

I sign up the week before so I know what I have going on the coming week: Bookworms (reading and art) at 11 on Monday, Mr. Dave Music on Wednesday at 11:15,  and soccer at 4pm on Thursday.  I shoot for 2-3 a week and leave the other days for errands like the grocery store or house projects.

The best classes for a toddler and baby together are music classes hands down!  They both benefit from it so much and we try to go at least one a week.  I can’t wait until Ellis is 15 months because it will open up other options for him like art and then more sports classes at 18 months.

Right now I take him along to a lot of Miles’ classes and we play on the side, which he is usually pretty happy with (I may bribe him with snacks if he gets bored, lol).  Our favorites are art classes, soccer, book readings and music/art class combos.  Chicago favorite spots are Mr. Dave Music, Easel Art Studio, Super Soccer Stars and Lil’ Street.

Other options are the park if it’s nice which Miles loves to do or an open play session at an indoor playspace.  We have a park a few blocks away so that is usually our post nap venture since it’s easy to grab the stroller and go.  Chicago favorites for indoor playspaces include Little Beans Cafe and Bubbles Academy.  Really they are the closest to us, because I’ve heard great reviews of many other spots!

12:30 Lunch together! If I’ve done my monthly prep of baby finger foods, I pull out something from there to feed them.  Many times I give Ellis eggs- it’s my go to protein for one year olds because it’s so easy!  I’ll also create my own “lunchable” by cutting up cheese, turkey and some whole wheat crackers or toast.  Then add a little fruit on the side.  PB&Js are also favorites for Miles.  If we have leftovers from the night before, that is my first choice.

1:30-2 Go down for nap.  Miles gets a pull up and Ellis a diaper change, we get into the reading corner and read one book together.  They’ll sleep 1-2 hours.  I usually work on my blog instead of folding that load of laundry I did earlier.  Hey, we have clean clothes- that’s a win for me!  This is a good time to do house stuff, but also get some rest for you since you’ll have to gear up for the post nap/dinner/bedtime shenanigans.  

3-4pm Wake up and snacks.  Ellis usually gets up first and I’ll have at least 30 minutes to play alone with him.  Then Miles is up by 4 at the latest.  In the winter, I hate post nap activities because it gets dark around 4:30- we at least try to get a walk around the neighborhood in our stroller.  

The summer is a lot nicer so we may do a second outing.  It could be walking to a park near by or we have soccer on Thursdays.  In the winter, I put together a craft corner in Miles’ room so post nap is a perfect time to do a little craft project or play in a sensory bin (my favorite ideas are in this book).  

Try and get outside at least once a day because sun is beneficial for babies and toddlers, plus it helps them sleep better!

5-5:30 Finish dinner if needed.  Listen to music or Spanish videos on youtube.  

5:30-6 DAD IS HOME!! YAY!!!  This is me and the kids’ reactions. 🙂 Daddy play time!  I wrap up dinner and work out at either 6 or 7.  I didn’t always exercise while I was working full time and I see now that it really helps me recharge and ready to tackle the next day.  

6:30 Kids eat and we sit down with them (or my hubby does if I’m at workout class),  my husband and I eat at 8pm after the kids are down and I’ve worked out already.  Eventually, we’d love to all eat together but this is working for us right now.

7pm Miles cleans up his toys.  Bath time by Daddy!! ( I use a lot of exclamation points for the activities led by Daddy, I’m sure you understand)

7:15- 7:30 Ellis is dressed in pjs, relaxing lotion, read 2-3 stories, cuddle time and put down with lambie white noise machine. Miles gets a little extra bath time play, then gets the same routine but we’ve come to a conclusion of 3 stories- no more per our rules, no less per Miles’ rules, so he can’t manipulate us to stay awake longer.  🙂 Except when he gets me to come back in because he has to go “potty” again.  Working on that one…

8pm Miles is down while Mommy and Daddy get some adult dinner time talk and wine of course!  

Night time is when I work on my blog, because I’m naturally a night owl.  My husband usually goes down around 9:30 to get up early and do his workout before work, so I stay up until about 11 working on the blog or watching binge worthy shows on Netflix (if I’m being honest).

Baby 0-9 months

Having a toddler and a baby with more frequent naps changes things a little bit.  For newborns, I followed this sleep training strategy where Ellis would sleep after 1-2 hours of wake time.  This gives you a little less flexibility than when they are older.

To create this schedule- we’d stick to home a lot more or I would have Ellis take one nap in the stroller or car seat.  Around 3 months, he started to have a consistent 3 naps a day schedule so we could go to our morning activity with him sleeping on the go for that first nap.  Walks around the neighborhood or trips to the park were always great.  He was entertained with just staring at the leaves on the trees and people walking by.

Create Your Own Toddler Baby Schedule

How do I keep it all straight? The routines are easy to remember because you do them daily (you just have to decide what yours are and stick to them), but then you have to organize all of the other stuff.  I used this system by Suzi at Start a Mom Blog to organize my week in terms of events, appointments or big goals for the week.  I modified it a little bit to fit my life, and update it every Sunday. 

We are in a small condo with no real office or dining room, so the desk planner just wasn’t working for me.  I have this hanging in my kitchen and really like the visual reminder as I’m running around.  Also, I like that I can grab a post it and move it to a different day or time if it doesn’t work out when I originally planned it.  Make a great toddler baby schedule that works best for you and your family! Includes sample schedule and steps for creating your own baby toddler schedule.

Using a desk planner works also! This happy planner is adorable and I hope to get one some day when I have a home office or desk area.

My 4 main buckets are (assigned to different color post its):

  • Events/ Kids Activities
  • To Do Items
  • Blog
  • House

Decide what your main priorities are for the week and make sure they are scheduled first. Mine are enrichment activities for the kids, exercise classes, meal planning to keep with our budget and lastly because I have to in order to stay sane- housework.

Fill In Top Priorities First

Make a great toddler baby schedule that works best for you and your family! Includes sample schedule and steps for creating your own baby toddler schedule.I reserve 30-45 minutes every morning for housework of laundry, dishes, and dinner.  I have to write this down to get me to stick to the habit, instead of brushing it off for something else.  (Notice a trend here??)

The routine activities I listed above aren’t here because they are the same every day.  But I add in our activities scheduled through Pearachute and then make 2-3 house goals for the week beyond the regular dinner, dishes, laundry, and general clean up.

After that I write in my workout days, blog objectives and list what is for dinner on a large post it.  If other things come up, I can look to see where I can fit it in.  If you notice, Saturday is not on here at all. Family time is on Saturdays and we try to keep that.

That’s it! Cross off your activities when they are done and be amazed at how productive and organized you’ve been!