Organizing Your Week With the Post-it Note Calendar
Post-It Note Calendar
, or PINC for short, is a great invention that combines the concept of a fill-in-the-blank calendar with those lovely sticky notes that get used for everything around our house!
If you have a child that thrives on routine, they are going to LOVE this system!
Now, I have to thank the authors of the book,
Organizing the Disorganized Child
,who inspired me with their idea.
After playing with it, I quickly realized I had hit gold! The kids got to have input and some control over the week.
I ended up using it to teach time progression and management, task initiation, delayed gratification to my kids. Here’s how it works.
I would recommend purchasing the
Post-it Note Calendar
because it comes with everything you need, and the notes are sized proportionally.
If you need a lot of spaces, then make your own. I priced making my own, and would have spent almost the same amount of money.
Before you sit down with your kids, decide how you will break down the time increments.
The down side of buying this product is that space is limited, so you need to prioritize how you will use it.
You are allotted four spaces per day, and they can change depending on seasons (summer vacation), ages, or activities. And if you need more spaces, tear a note in two! Some suggestions include:
Early morning, morning, afternoon, evening, morning chores, indoor play, academic practice, free play, school, homework, sports, free time
The PINC gets attached to the front of the refrigerator. Each box gets a post-it-note.
In summer, for example, our notes include early morning TV (so mom gets a cup of coffee), chores, free time, and skills practice. If we have sports or other activities that week, I tear a note in two and effectively split time!
I use free time like the bingo free spot. That could mean a movie or other outing, but only if the other things get done.
So, in the morning everyone wakes up at different times (all close to the crack of dawn), and they get to watch TV until 9:00.
Then the TV goes off and we take that PIN off of the calendar. I usually stick it on the side of the refrigerator to use the following week.
Younger child wants free time? She must use
to complete her chore for the day. Once she has finished her chore, she gets the gratification of completion, plus she gets to pull the PIN off of the calendar and move on to the next item. It works great!
The Beauty of the Calendar
The beauty of the this system is that it can be fluid.
The times can move, not the progression of activities. If the kids hurry and get their chores done, they have more playtime. If they take a long time, they lose playtime.
I try and verbalize what I would do to help teach that concept.
“Wow, if I do my chores quickly, then I get to have more free time this morning! I’m going to hurry up!”
They look at me funny, but pretty soon they’re doing the same thing.
Bringing out your internal voice allows your child to learn how to listen to theirs. It’s like loaning them your frontal lobes until theirs are fully functioning, and is part of building executive function skills.
and prioritization are important skills to teach your children. The Post-it Note Calendar is one way to teach them.
When they learn how to use time and prioritization as children, they will automatically use them as adults.
And that has got to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside to know YOU taught them how to do that!