School Year Game Plan

Schedules

Schedules, just like routines, will go a long way to keeping everyone on the same page and on time. Start talking about schedules two to three weeks before the start of classes to help ease the back-to-school transition.

Establish a location for a family master calendar -- either paper or electronic -- that everyone can look at. As children get older, they can help to keep the calendar updated.

If it's a paper calendar, post it on a magnetic strip or bulletin board near the kitchen.

If your calendar is computer based, place a laptop in a central location. When you get the school calendar, add all the important events for each child to a master calendar, including school holidays and half days.

Avoid scheduling dentist and doctor appointments on test days. And plan chores by the week or month, and keep a chore chart or calendar so everyone knows who is responsible for what.

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