After school can be a hectic time. The kids are tired from a long day at school and they are ready to unwind. For us we’ve found that having an after school home schedule works great to keep the chaos to a minimum. It also helps create a more mindful after school routine. Younger children are used to staying on task at school. So when they get home, a routine and expectations is good for them. The checklist doesn’t require them to follow a strict time schedule. Nor does it mean they can’t have fun in between tasks. It’s just a reminder of the things that have to be done between getting home from school and going to bed. The free printable After School Checklist fits into a photo frame for an easy DIY Dry Erase checklist!
DIY Dry Erase Frame With After School Schedule Template
- Free Printable After School Checklist
- 8 by 11 Photo Frame
- Dry Erase Marker
It is a good idea for busy families to develop a daily routine to make things go smoother after a long school day.
How To Make A Dry Erase After School Checklist:
Use this free printable after school checklist template and trim if necessary to fit into your picture frame. Right click on the photo below and select print image. Or drag to your desktop and then click file, then print.
Place in the photo frame behind the glass. The glass will work as your dry erase board. Then you can write on it with a regular dry erase marker. Use a paper towel to erase the writing.
How To Use After School Home Schedule
An afterschool routine is a great way to start the school year off on the right foot. It makes it easier to settle in to the new routine and avoid power struggles. It is a simple way to help younger kids manage their free time effectively. It helps them remember to unpack their lunch bag and have a healthy snack before screen time. They know to completer their school activities like homework and reading first.
Place the printable checklist near your family desk, homework station, in the kitchen or wherever your family will use it daily to check off tasks. This after school routine checklist includes basic tasks like unpacking their lunchbox and backpack, doing homework, reading, chores, bath or shower, and getting clothes ready for the following day. A checklist helps provide structure and get essentials done. It helps to ensure your child is ready for the next day.
Have kids use dry erase markers to check off each after school task as they are completed daily!
Kids need expectations and this is a colorful, easy to follow way for them to know if they’ve done everything they need to do after school. You can even write in how many minutes of reading your child needs to do each evening. When expectations and rules are easy to understand, easy to follow, and fun to see checked off, kids are much more likely to stick to them!
This After School Checklist is perfect for the youngest of school children. It will still be helpful to kids all the way up to middle school kids! I hope you find this checklist helpful for making school days go a little easier. I find it helps reduce the number of times my kids “forget” to do things!
The good news is that is always the perfect time to start implementing this great tool. Family routines and clear expectations always help ensure happy family members that are prepared for the next morning.