Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Create an After-School Schedule


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The school year has started back up, and with that comes a whole new dimension of "busy" for our household.  This is a crazy time for families with only one or two children, but having five children and a handful of daycare kids means that we especially have to be on our game to keep things running smoothly!
How to create an After-School Schedule with free printables!  And, enter to win $100 Visa Gift Card!

This year, I've created two easy printables to help us keep track of our after-school schedule and the chores that need to be done throughout the week.  My oldest boys are adding piano lessons to their schedule, which means we have to add piano practice to their evening schedule.  They also play basketball and soccer throughout the year and participate in their weekly Bible Clubs.  You can find links to these printables at the bottom of this post.

Our first hurdle in the after-school marathon is snack time.  My kids come home from school starving and immediately want to raid the pantry for cookies and chips!  I need them to have something more substantial to hold them through practices and homework until dinner.  For a special treat, my kids love when we have Bagel Bites!  In just a few minutes, I can have something hot and tasty on the table!  Add in some fruit and they're sure to make it to dinner without complaining about empty tummies! 
How to create an After-School Schedule with free printables!  And, enter to win $100 Visa Gift Card!
Bagel Bites are fun, quick and easy snacks, which makes them convenient for the after-school rush! With 0 grams of trans fat per serving, I can feel better knowing that I can read all of their ingredients and that they only use real Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses in their products.  Of course, my kids don't care that the tomato sauce and bagel dough are made from scratch, they just love that they taste great and that they're the perfect size for snacking!
How to create an After-School Schedule with free printables!  And, enter to win $100 Visa Gift Card!
After snack, we have about 30 minutes until the rest of my daycare kids are picked up, so this becomes playtime most days.  I really believe that kids need some down time when they get home to run out their energy.  It may work better for your kids to just get the homework out of the way first, but this is what works for us.

After everyone leaves, it's time for homework, Quiet Times (for Bible clubs), and piano practice.  We try to mix it up and let the kids try new ways of practicing their spelling words and math facts.  There are lots of websites that are great for this!
How to create an After-School Schedule with free printables!  And, enter to win $100 Visa Gift Card!
Once they're done with everything else, our kids have started picking one chore a day from our posted list.  These chores are designed to only take a few minutes and be things that they can do independently.  There are also things that I like to have done, but don't always have time to get to throughout the day.  I put the list in a picture frame I had lying around so that the kids can use an Expo marker to cross of the chore they did.  This ensures that they're not trying to do the same one every day!
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We've been using our new signs for a few weeks now, and so far they are working great!  The kids have a visual reminder of the things they need to do each evening and I'm getting some more help around the house without the constant nagging.  I still need to remind my 6-year-old to check the chart for what he needs to do next, but I'm hopeful that he'll eventually remember on his own.

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83 comments:

  1. My favorite snack "food" is corn chips :)

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  2. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/516632913903755265

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  3. My favorite afternoon snack is oreos and milk. It's like a reward for making it though the day!

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  4. My favorite snack is Greek Yogurt.
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  6. I like a banana as a snack.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/516685968934322176

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  8. My favorite snack is yogurt

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  9. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/516690500300988416

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  10. Assorted sliced Cheese and whole wheat crackers is my favorite little snack.

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  11. posted to twitter here- https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/516694946003161088

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  12. Favorite Snack , roasted almonds, cheese, and crackers. thank you!
    dealsfan32 at gmail dot com

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  13. https://twitter.com/Dealsfan32/status/516723313062604800
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  14. I always enjoy snacking on nuts like almonds or cashews.

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  16. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/ChrissGaus/status/517894929218277376

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  17. My fav snack is cheese and crackers.

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  18. My favorite snack food is chips and salsa or anything else salty :)
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  19. I tweeted
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  20. tweeted
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  21. My favorite snack food is Greek yogurt

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  22. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/518944770257743873

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  23. I like cinnamon sugar candied nuts trail mix for quick snack.
    tarolinep at gmail dot com

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  24. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/518959882301501440

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  25. My favorite snack food is whole grain crackers and cheese.

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  26. my kids like a simple wheat tortilla rolled up with cheese, heated up in the microwave
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  27. i tweeted: https://twitter.com/dapryz5/status/520664812611575808 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  28. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/520697234892267520
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  29. Veggies and dip! Yum!
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  30. Hi Tina, I love snacks, and my favorite is cheese (camembert) and bread !
    My email is redaurelie (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/521289135726682112
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  32. My favorite snack is cold grapes and mozzarella cheese sticks. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  33. Tweet: https://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/521455675147177985

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  34. One of my favorite snacks is tortilla chips!

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  35. We love bagel bites too! And chips and salsa.

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  36. My favorite snack is a bagel and cream cheese or a yogurt

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  37. I love crackers and cheese!


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  38. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/523569236988678144

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  39. My favorite snack is crispbreads with cream cheese
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  40. tweeted for a second entry https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/523589550354886656
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  41. My favorite Snack is Chips, TruckredfordI(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  42. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/523628959146078208 truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. My favorite snack is chips and salsa.
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  44. tweeted
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  45. I go through snack phases; sometimes I crave salty, sometimes sweet. Lately I'm in cookie craving mode when I want a snack.
    [notheranneother {at} gmail {dot} com]

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  46. I tweeted about your After-School Schedule blog post and the Bagel Bites promotion:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/524592659189338114
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    Thanks!

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  47. Any kind of fruit.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  48. My favorite snack is graham crackers covered in Nutella.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  49. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/524672601474359296

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  50. My favorite snack is salty tortilla chips and fresh pico de gallo!
    Shiebs24 at gmail dot com

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  51. https://mobile.twitter.com/Shiebs24/status/525455894474022912
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  52. My favorite snack is a banana with peanut butter on top.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  53. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/526106584435290112
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  54. Pita chips and hummus.
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  55. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/527605403106811904
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  56. i like apple
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  57. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/527630861647085568
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  58. I like cream cheese and crackers
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  59. tweeted https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/527928162445848576
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  60. I could snack on greek yogurt every day but sometimes the mood hits for junk food like chips or chocolate. In the summertime I do love to have fresh peaches and strawberries.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  61. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/528416434095808512

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  62. https://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/528550519560998912

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  63. i love apple and caramel then time of year

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  64. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/528689791349837825

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  65. one of my favorite snacks is cheese and crackers

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  66. i posted a tweet here: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/528708720037855232

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  67. My favorite snack is either pretzels or cheese and crackers.

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  68. tweeted
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  69. I love granola bars
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  70. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/528963335786881025
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  71. I love chips and dip.

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  72. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/528988068213043200

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  73. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/529005836467585024

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  74. A favorite snack of mine is an asparagus spear wrapped in a sliced of ham with cream cheese.

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  75. Tweeted.

    https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/529055003357360129

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  76. I love funyuns

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  77. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/529067451024019456

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