Are after schools at home crazy? I know it is at my house! Need a Command Center that actually works? Then you’re at the right place.
I’ve been trying different ways to make this less crazy and give the kids more structure once they walk through that door. Usually they toss their crap all over the floor and are complete slobs! ugh! Then I have to nag which turns to me yelling, then I’m the worst mom ever.
I sat down with the kids and had them help me come up with this checklist. I thought that if they helped make the list, they would be more willing to do it.
This is what we came up with…
I’m giving you a free printable so you can try this out with your children!!
FREE PRINTABLE AFTER SCHOOL CHECKLIST
I hot glued a magnet on the clipboard, put the print out in a page protector and then taped it to the clipboard. This way they can use a dry erase marker to check off what they finished and I can swap out their chore.
They are simple chores that don’t take very long. (They helped me come up with the chores too) we wrote them on popsicle sticks and hot glued a magnet to the back of each one.
As for the activities, I wanted them to do something that didn’t have anything to do with their tablets or the TV. I also have those on popsicle sticks and they have to pick them out of a jar. I have ones like, color/draw, perler beads, slime/play dough, kinetic sand, craft (which I’m working on mini crafts for them to do), and read.
This is not a fancy command center, but it’s a practical one that seems to be working great!
Anything important from school goes in the black hanging basket. We have a calendar that we can note any school activities, birthday parties, concerts, and sporting events that are going on. We also have a message board and a corkboard.
The kids have been very excited to come home and use these checklists and see what activity they have. So far they have spent the whole evening doing their activity. Mom win!