The routine has been the same since the beginning of the school year. Home from school, empty the backpacks, look at the papers, pile papers on the wet bar. What was that? You were supposed to turn in a form today? YIKES!! Where did that go? Followed by frantic shuffling of papers and, more often than not, a last minute filling out of said form.
I have a new solution! I found this idea on Pinterest, and I LOVED the look of it! Message boards for the kids!
To make these, I first did my layout on the computer, then bought supplies and cut the paper.
These are in a 16x20 black poster frame.
For the back ground, I used a 12x12 piece of colored cardstock that I cut into strips and glued onto the backing that came in the frame. Next time, I will use poster board, but this was due to a shopping goof on my part, and I didn't want to go back to the store.
In the upper left corner is a 4.5"x6.5" piece of colored cardstock in a a darker shade than the background. This is topped with a 4"x6" black and white photograph.
The upper right corner is a 4.5"x8.5" piece of colored cardstock in the same color as the upper left. On top of that is a 4"x8" black and white patterned piece, topped with a 3.5"x7.5" patterned piece in the same color as the background. On top of that is the kid's name. (By the way, I did all my cutting on the Cricut.)
The left side has a 6.5"x8" box with the days of the week. Under that is a 6.5"x6.5" calendar, with the days labeled but no numbers and no month.
The right side has an 8.5"x11" page that I patterned on a diagonal. Directly under that is a 8.5"x4" piece, also patterned on the diagonal. Over the seam, I added an 8.5"x1" black strip and a 2.5" disc, just for decoration.
I glued all of these pieces onto the backing included with the frame, and framed it up. Then I purchased some silver magnetic clips to put on the outside. The magnet wasn't necessary, but I couldn't find anything I liked that wasn't magnetic. I used hot glue to attach the clips over the top center of the 8.5"x11" piece. Then I attached a circle cut to fit in the indent in the clip out of the black and white pattern and topped that with the kids' initials.
Using a wet erase marker, I can write on the frame! The day of the week section is for keeping track of playgroups this week, t-shirt day at preschool, homework that needs turned in, etc. The monthly calendar has the schedule for the month. The clip I can use to hold forms, homework, calendars from school. In my youngest's case, his potty sticker chart. At the bottom under the form area, I can write any notes that I need to keep track of.
So far, I feel SO much more organized! Hopefully that is the end of the mad dash for filling out papers!