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.
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