Back to School: Checklist for Kids

I like lists.  I like seeing what needs to be done.  Lists keep me motivated and help me feel organized.  I love checking things off of my list.

Maybe my big kids would like a list for their work, too!

I’ve made a weekly student checklist that I can quickly fill in with page numbers and assignments each week after I write my lessons plans.  Then, I can file the completed lists along with any work that doesn’t go in our notebooks.

checklist with arrows


Memory Verse –  We are studying character qualities and accompanying Bible verses for our memory work this year.  (More to come soon!) With the week’s verse on their checklists, my kids will see it many times each day!

By the way, my verse– THE VERSE–  for the year, is Proverbs 9:10!  

What GREAT homeschool encouragement!

4-M,  Monday Morning Meetings with Mom-  I purchased the Debra Bell / Apologia planner this year.  It suggested meeting with each student individually (Can you imagine?!) for a few minutes every Monday to talk about the week, set goals, look at assignments, and PRAY TOGETHER!  What a great idea!  I named our time 4-M.  🙂

Bible Time-  I’d love to do a post explaining what we do during Bible time!  We will be reading a new Psalm each month responsively.  By the end of the month, we should have it memorized!  We also sing!  The leader of the day will get to lead the readings (if he can read) and choose the hymns or songs and lead the prayer.  We also practice previously learned memory work during this time.

Other-  (art, picture study, music, poetry, nature study)  Something fun to break up the morning!  If I don’t make time for these, they don’t get done!

Extras-  I’ve left room to write in any extras for the week like chores, outings, habits to work on, GOALS, etc.  I’m going to write a riddle each week or note of encouragement!  (You can find riddles here and here!)

My children will not be working through their checklists independently, but I think it will be good for them to see what the day holds and what still needs to be done!

The big kids have new clipboard cases for keeping their checklists handy.checklist chalkboard

If you don’t have a checklist but want to try it with me, here is a blank one!  🙂

Here are some things I’d like to share soon:

  • Memory Verses and Activities for Littles and Bigs
  • Supplies
  • Encouragement for the Kids 🙂
  • What We Are Studying This Year (We’ve made some changes!)
  • And with all of the fuss I’ve made about preparing for school days, I’d like to share ways I am learning to better prepare for the Lord’s Day, the best day of the week!

Happy Homeschooling!  🙂


14 thoughts on “Back to School: Checklist for Kids

  1. Rebecca S.

    I love the 4-M idea. It gives them something to look forward to on Monday morning, instead of dreading Mondays! 🙂

    1. i have no greater joy Post author

      Hi friend! I never know whether or not people get replies that I type here! Thank you so much for always encouraging me! I bet you are a wealth of homeschooling knowledge with all of your own experience! I just love it, and I am so thankful that AR is such a cooperative state for HSing. We have been blessed beyond measure in so many ways during this experience.
      We pray for you and think of you! I hear you may be visiting GCC soon! That will make our hearts glad! 🙂 Thank you, again!

  2. daddystractor

    Oh, I’d love to hear how you plan for the Lord’s Day! Something I always feel like we could do better around here! And what a good idea to create a list for kiddos. I love that feeling of accomplishment when you get to check things, off, why wouldn’t they?!

  3. 2livelovelearn

    I’m going to have to say it again… are SO creative! Love it! I’m going to have to experiment with this, might help my ones that get distracted the most! Thanks for sharing!

  4. mwfinchwren

    Thank you so much for sharing! We are STILL formatting our schooldays…as I write this we’re in another lovely state for a family get-together but I took a moment to look at our WordPress Reader page. So glad I did! We’ve got a couple of weeks’ worth of half days under our belt but hope to hit the full days starting Monday. I love your ideas and plan to borrow some of your lovely ideas! —Wren
    (Btw….we MIGHT be right up the road from y’all! 🙂 If I’m interpreting the cotton fields right!)

  5. prairiepaisley.jodi

    Hi there, you are sooo stinkin’ cute and organized! Love it! I found an awesome menu board calendar the girls and I put together and excited to use after we move hopefully SOON:) You have such positive energy and you are going to have a fun school year!

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