We’ve got a lot of new things going on here with our busy family of 7. We have a new partnership with a local coffee shop that my husband and I will be supplying baked goods for, our 3 1/2 year old is in his first year of preschool, the older kids are playing sports, and we are off in many directions each day.
While my husband and I keep our schedules organized using Google Calendar and we can share this with the two older children, I wanted to give our family a place to visually see what’s coming up and going on in our lives. This is especially important for the little boys since they aren’t reading yet, giving them a Children’s Calendar that will go into our family command center will let them know what to expect.
How to Make a Children’s Calendar
- printable calendar – weekly or monthly
- photo frame large enough to hold your printed calendar
- dry erase markers and eraser
Print the calendar and insert it into your photo frame. Document frames work great as they hold standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ printer paper.
I purchased stickers in designs that represented daily activities. I found school themed, sports themed, and outdoor themed stickers. Add the stickers to the glass, not the printed calendar so they can be removed and reused. I placed the school themed stickers on days my 3 1/2-year-old will be at school. This not only helps him to see what days he will be at school but it helps his little brothers know too. The sports stickers go on days that big brother and sister have practice or games. The outdoor stickers are for our “adventure days”, the days we go to the park or have a special outdoor activity planned. You can also find holiday themed stickers to mark holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. It seems really simple but really simple is perfect for little ones to begin to grasp the idea of a new routine and schedule.
The dry erase markers let you add special notes to the calendar and cross each day off as it passes. We let our little one cross the day off as we get ready for bed. It gives us a chance to reflect on the day and to make sure we are prepared for the following day.
When the month has come to an end, remove the stickers and wipe the glass clean. Insert the new month’s printable calendar and start over!
How does your family keep track of everyone’s schedules? We’d love to hear about it!
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