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8.25.2015

Get School Year Ready with this FREE One-Page Planner Printable

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Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
 Hi guys! We've been back to school for almost a month now, so we've had a chance to try out some new ideas to help keep us organized and have found something that is really working for our family.  I'm not gonna' lie -- last school year was a real struggle for us, with me working full time for the first time since having kids.  I felt like we were doomed to a life of late nights, fighting over homework, and slapping together school projects the night before they were due.  It was miserable. 

This year we needed to have a better system in place to avoid a repeat of that drama.  I'm a little bit of a planner myself -- I write lists, I have multiple calendars, I like things neat and tidy -- so I have a hard time relating to my teenagers who are loosey-goosey, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants types when it comes to keeping track of deadlines.  I knew I would never get my boys to carry {let alone use} day planners, but I had an idea for a single page "perpetual planner" they could keep in the front of their binders.  When I was at Walmart purchasing school supplies this year, I found this Scotch™ Thermal Laminator and knew I needed to have it in my life -- for this project and sooo many others.



Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
My little organized soul has always wanted to own a laminator.  Oh, the possibilities for organization and crafts!  I practically skipped home with my new laminator {woo hoo!} and created a printable with the potential change the world as my family knows it.  {That's a little melodramatic, but fingers crossed!}


Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
It couldn't be easier to make these planning pages for your kids.  Simply print one of the images {links below}, place it inside a Scotch™ Thermal Laminating Pouch and run it through the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator.  Easy cheesy. 


Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
When it comes out of the laminator, place a 2x2 Post-it® note in each of the blank squares.  We chose to punch holes in our laminated pages and place them in the front of my kids' binders, but you could glue magnets to the back and hang them on the refrigerator or hang on the wall using cute embellished clip boards to create a family "command center" for younger kids.


Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
My boys are loving theirs!  My youngest is my kiddo who needs a little more help staying focused and motivated when it comes to school.  He is in 8th grade has 6 classes at school to keep up with, so at the end of each period he writes his homework or upcoming project deadlines for that class on one of the Post-its.  When he gets home from school we can sit down together and see exactly what needs to be done.  As he completes an assignment, he removes that Post-it® and replaces it with a blank one for tomorrow. 

This year we've started expecting a little more from our kids before they settle in to play video games or watch TV in the evening.  Our boys are involved in Scouting, so they are supposed to "do a good turn daily" -- something nice for someone else that is completely their own idea.  We are also working as a family to be more grateful, so there is a spot to write what they are grateful for that day.  Lastly, we are emphasizing the need for everyone to chip in with the housework since we are ALL busy.  They have their set chores to do, but we also want them to look around and find a little something extra that could be done in addition to those.  Sometimes we have to give them an assignment, but usually they do OK on their own.


Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
My oldest is a Senior {and a girl} who is naturally more self-motivated.  She uses hers a little differently -- to keep track of extracurricular activities and college application deadlines as well as school work.  {Though she is still expected to do the same good deeds, gratitude, and chores the boys do.  We're all equals here!}

I have been amazed by how smoothly things have been going this year with this system in place.  I know it's early, but I am hopeful we can keep it up.  Because they're laminated, these planning pages should hold up for the whole school year.

As you can see in the photos above, I designed a "girl version" and a "boy version", with labeled and blank options for each.   With the blank version, you can print it and hand write the headings as my daughter did.  We chose to write the headings with an erasable marker after the sheet was laminated so she could change them as needed.


Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
Click here to download the Red & Gray page WITH headings.
Click here to download the Red & Gray page WITHOUT headings.
Click here to download the Rainbow page WITH headings.
Click here to download the Rainbow page WITHOUT headings.

As always, these images are available for your personal use.


Get #SchoolYearReady with these FREE One-Page Planner printables at my3monsters.com
I've shared how I'm using Scotch™ Laminating Products to get School Year Ready! What project are you planning to use them for?

Happy Back to School, friends!
Amy


4 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love that this is simple so that kids will be motivated to use it without it being one more thing for them to lug around and keep track of! ~ Client

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  2. Love this, Amy! And I canNOT believe she's a senior!!

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  3. I love these! thank you so much for sharing, they'll fit us perfectly

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  4. Wow, you have sparked another idea for me with this post. I am a card maker and have too many rubber cling stamps. I have a hard time keeping them organized and easy to see. I can use the laminator and create a storage binder for them... Oh the possibilities! Now I want to run out and buy one.

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