Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Easy Daysies Review and Giveaway!

With the start of the new year, it is a good time to make some changes. First up is getting more organized. That can be a tough thing to do with young kids! I usually feel like I am always ordering them about, or I feel like I live in a crazy house. Neither of those are good things!


I was intrigued when I was recently approached to review Easy Daysies, a scheduling system for kids. This system is great for both very young children, who aren't reading yet, and for kids who are old enough to take scheduling to the next level.

It begins, appropriately, with a starter pack. This kit covers basics, like brushing teeth, doing homework, getting dressed, cleaning up, etc. Parents can schedule their children's day by placing magnets in the "To Do" column. When the child has completed that task, they can then move it to the "Done" column.


Implementing this in my house was very easy. Alex (8) and Shari (5) were both excited to try it out, which is perfect, as there are two sides! One has an apple tree and the other a daisy. We hung our chart on a door, which was great for each child to flip and use. However, the chart folds up and the magnets come in a drawstring bag, so it would be very easy to take it to daycare or on a weekend trip to Grandma's, on the refrigerator or anywhere, really!


There are three add-on packs of magnets, each with a specific focus. For those families who need to focus on each and every step, the Get Dressed & Bathroom Routine is just that. This pack goes into great detail, such as 'Pull Pants Down', 'Sit on Toilet', 'Wipe', 'Wash Hands', etc. It would be great for very young kids, or even for an older child who needs those gentle reminders. By using this chart, children are guided through each step, without mom and dad needing to constantly nag them.


My personal favorite add-on pack, Chores & Special Times is the one we focused on for our older son (Alex, 8 years old). I personally hate to constantly be telling my children to do their chores but it had become something I had to constantly do. By using this add-on pack, my son is able to assume the responsibility for completing his tasks and he is rewarded when they are completed! Included in this pack is 'Clean Bathroom', 'Put Away Clothes', 'Clean Bedroom' and more. There are also rewards like 'Computer Time' and 'TV Time'.

One special feature of this pack are the clock magnets. These allow you to schedule when the chores must be done, or how long their reward will last. My son has 'Computer Time' set to 30 minutes, once he completes his chores.


The last pack in the series is the Family & Extracurricular Activities add-on. This one is perfect for scheduling your child's activities. There are magnets for 'Gymnastics', 'Martial Arts', 'Dance', 'Doctor', etc. Not only does this alert your child to what is going on for the day, but it gives them something to look forward to.

Each set, including the starter kit, has blank magnets, great for customizing your own personal schedule. Each set also includes a drawstring bag, so it is easy to keep track of the magnets. (All of the magnets also fit in one bag, so you can keep them all together, which is what I prefer.)

Now, instead of feeling like a dictator, I can simply set the tasks for the day and that is that! Not only is it making my house a calmer, more organized place to be, it is also allowing my children some responsibility and the freedom to show me that they can do some things on their own.

One lucky reader is going to take home a starter kit of their very own! All residents of the U.S. 18+ are welcome to enter. One entrant per household, please!

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50 comments:

  1. I like their fun ways to learn. They even have a couple games for an age range. My grandkids would enjoy KLOO Zoo Learning Game.
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  2. I learned that if you buy a book, they will donate one. That's a great practice.

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  3. I like:Poppin' Patterns Birthday Cupcakes Stickers

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  4. Cheryl of Auntie's Sweet Life threw an amazing hot chocolate-themed party for her 6th grade students in Southern California. It was adorable

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  5. Found that Creative Teaching Press is available at our local Mardels and Coplins supply, and that they have items from school age to elderly nice looking items.

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  6. I love all of the different resources they have. We have recently decided to homeschool our 3 year old for pre-k and I can definitely find some great learning tools on this site. Thanks!

    Erin K. (erinknack08@yahoo.com)

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  7. I love all the different workbooks they have, this is a great website! I would love the book Alphabet: Dot-to-Dot Stick Kids Workbook, Grade PreK, for my daughter!

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  8. I think these are so awesome.. wish I had some when my boys were growing up... having a list for them to follow n save on arguments who did what the day before.. lol

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  9. The Advantage Math series look cool!

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  10. addition adventures stick kids workbook.

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  11. So cool, I love the various school decor themes, like dots on black.

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  12. I love that they offer learning games/books from prek-grade8.

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  13. I like the free activities on the site.

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  14. I love all the cut outs you can buy!

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  15. I like the Bugs Go Marching App.

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  16. April – Poppin' Patterns Seasonal Calendar Days

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  17. I'd love to use the Little Buddies Phonics Fun, Book 1: Consonants to teach my son. He knows his letters but I want to start on letter sounds.

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  18. This looks like a great resource for me to use as an educator!

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  19. I think my son would enjoy the KLOO Catch the Bug Learning Game

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  20. I love the mustache style labels!

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  21. I like the Alphabet Dot To Dot Book

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  22. My son would benefit most from the alphabet dot to dot book , he's having trouble with writing . Thanks!!

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  23. I like the Alphabet Dot To Dot Book. My son would love this

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  24. I like how these make learning new positive habits fun!

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  25. I would also love the KLOO Zoo Learning Game!

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  26. I like the Spring Essentials Bulletin Board Value Pack.

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  27. I like the Character Builders Sets.

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  28. I like the birthday candles bookmarks

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  29. i like the 1st Grade Year-Long Series

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  30. I learned that they have homeschooling supplies! Definitely bookmarking this site!

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  31. I love the Kloo game for my little ones! It sounds like the perfect learning game for their ages!

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  32. I also really like the KLOO Zoo Learning Game and the downloadable worksheets!

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  33. I also like the Blue and Green Stripes Incentive Chart

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  34. I love all of the different grade level books. Those are so popular around our house!

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  35. I like the Black Gingham Large Calendar Chart with the numbers and months that I can use too - very cool and handy :)

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  36. i like the Kindergarten Reading & Math Jumbo Workbook

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  37. I like the picket fence border. Thank you


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  38. I'd love to win the poppin calendar set!

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  39. Oh my gosh! I love all the homeschool stuff..what a great site!

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  40. The Easy Daysies system looks colorful and fun. I think my grandkids would love it if I got it for them.

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  41. My daughter just found a chore chart she used when her oldest son was younger. It was in good shape so she showed it to her 4 year old daughter. She loved it. That evening her daughter popped up from the dinner table, having eaten everything that was served to her, she asked if she could mark the chore chart. Evidently she rarely finishes what she asks for. Her son, 11, asked if he used the chore chart would they pay him for what he accomplished. I guess you're never too old for a chart that rewards you. (Or a "You go girl." from your boss.)

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    1. That is cute! Even many adults use checklists, which are essentially chore charts. I just love the satisfaction of putting that checkmark after each task! ;)

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