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Preparing for changing education schedules. Part two of a two-part series

4 of 8 unique ideas for making education at home easier

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This is part two of a two-part series.

Kids changing schedules make it harder to plan so that things can run smoothly. And what about planning for your time, whether you are working remotely or not. We have come up with some simple solutions that will help the kids and yourself as well.

In part one of this series we covered:

1. Developing homework areas

2. Creating homework caddies

3. Organizing the cables

4. Creating freezer sandwiches

Now on to creative ideas 5, 6, 7 and 8 that will make back-to-school scheduling more manageable.

5. Prepare a simple lunch station

Fall will be a time of scheduling craziness. kids will have different schedules and will be hungry at different times. So, I suggest organizing a lower kitchen cabinet with simple snacks and easy to make lunches. I scanned Amazon for storage organizer ideas. Bread in wire baskets. Peanut butter and an assortment of jellies. Eating utensils sorted in cups. Keep it simple. Base it on what your kids like.

6. Create a schedule for each child

Use Kid-Friendly Time Management Tools. From apps to colorful magnetic calendars, add kid-friendly time management tools to your lineup. The key is to use visuals and techniques that relate to your kids. Only you will know what works best with each of your child's learning styles.

Apps can appeal to kids who love technology. Magnetic calendars for kids let your kids visually plan their days with colorful magnets for everything from sports practices to holidays. You can always get creative and make your own time management tools to work for your family's unique schedule too.

I reviewed two articles about teaching children, even young children, some basic time management skills. The first is a blog by Amrita Minocha, who is a mom to a five-year old. She suggests six simple activities that will make your kids more time management savvy.

The second is from AOP, a website dedicated to homeschooling parents. They offer a downloadable clock that can be color coded.

Consider using a eraser board with listed time-slots for each child’s activities. It becomes a visual reminder of what is expected.

7. Use a bento box for easy lunches

For the child who has difficulty in making choices, you can use the bento box so that all the choices are decided before they are actually hungry and maybe cranky. offers 15 bento boxes to choose from. I am sure at least one of them will bring smiles.

Need some lunch suggestions to fill the new bento box? Check out They offer articles and videos with healthy and unique suggestions. Did you know that popcorn is healthier than potato chips? They have a section with eight swaps with suggested better choices.

8. Use a binder as a to-go info center

For those kids who will have part time in-person classes, the issue becomes handling information flow from home to school. Use a binder as the portable information center. Include paper, plastic sleeves and a three-ring supply pouch to hold the needed supplies beside pencils and pens. Keep it separate from your home center supplies.

I did not look for any store web links since this is retail stores’ back-to-school season, and they are trying to create the most sensational deals to encourage you to buy. I suggest buying now. Because like the toilet paper debacle, some back-to-school products may be in short supply.

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