If you’ve got kids, you’ll know all too well that term time can be hectic. After-school activities, homework, play dates and birthdays can all make your weeks more than a little chaotic. So how do you wrestle back control of family life?
The trick here is to use tools that help you manage your time, while also teaching your kids time management skills. And what better time management tool could there be than a calendar?
You might have found that a shop-bought calendar doesn’t grab your kids’ attention and encourage them to actually use it once it’s hanging on the wall. But what if you created a calendar yourself, and got the kids involved too? This approach is not only an easy way to get children engaged with planning their time, it’s also a fun craft project you can do together.
Here’s how to make a school planner that will help you all to become more organised.
Before you start making your school calendar, you need the right tools. We suggest going with Photo Calendar Creator to make things easy. This award-winning software comes equipped with 250+ templates for all kinds of calendars: wall, pocket, desk, spiral-bound, or booklet. What’s more, this program allows you to customise your calendar to your heart’s content. Let’s take a look at how to work with this software.
1. Pick the template
Once you start Photo Calendar Creator, you’ll be prompted to pick the calendar type. Next, you can browse through built-in templates to select the one you like. You can then set the size for your calendar, add your pictures, and pick the starting month and year.
2. Decorate your school calendar
Since you’re making a school calendar with the kids, it’s a good idea to feature something they absolutely love. You could go for popular cartoon characters, for example.
3. Customise the grid
Photo Calendar Creator allows you to change all aspects of your school calendar grid. You can go with a pre-designed style, or create your own design by customising the colours, fonts, and sizes of day and month names.
4. Add important events
Now it’s time to create a list of the events you want to highlight in your school calendar. This could include things like curriculum activities, sports practices, friends’ birthdays, play dates and homework deadlines. You can even decorate each date cell with photos or cliparts, to make sure that no event goes unnoticed.
5. Print your school calendar
Once your design is finished, you can either save it as an image or a template (for later use), or print it right away.
And that’s all there is to making a fun and useful time management tool with Photo Calendar Creator. If you’d like a more in-depth guide, take a look at how to use this software to create a school calendar.
Making a school calendar is a great way to help kids develop self-discipline and create routines. Having a clear and repetitive routine can give children a sense of security, which in turn can help them deal with unexpected changes. Encourage good time management habits, and you’ll help your children learn to run their lives smoothly and become masters of their time – both of which are very useful life skills once they’re older.
Do you use a school calendar? Share your tips for helping kids manage their time in the comments.