Welcome to the 10th stop on the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOG TOUR! I have the privilege of talking about staying organized through the new school year, but truth be told I am so not an organized person! So, how do I plan to organize my school year? Well, I’ll get to that, but first let me tell you about a book that should be on everyone’s bookshelf this school year – The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary:

Scholastic Children's Dictionary

The 2010 edition of the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary features more than 1,000 full-color photographs, simple sentences, illustrations, and diagrams as well as newly commissioned maps of the world, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. There are hundreds of new and expanded entries written by a prominent lexicographer as well as thousands of additional sample sentences to illustrate word usage. The dictionary includes guides on grammar, punctuation and idioms and simplified pronunciations created with real kids in mind! The new Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is an essential resource that belongs in every home, classroom, and library.

My tips for staying organized this school year:

  • Create lists — This may seem like a no-brainer, but this mama is not a list-maker, so I must remind myself to keep my thoughts organized with detailed lists. I have begun a list of school supplies needed, organizational materials I must purchase, books to buy, subjects we’re studying this year, and extra-curricular activities planned.
  • Label everything — With so many kiddos I tend to stay on the simple side, but everything from craft bins to binders must be labeled. There are some great companies that specialize in creating custom labels (watch for a giveaway, coming soon!), but a Sharpie will do just fine in a pinch.
  • Everything must have a home — Those Sharpies need a special bin, far out of reach of the little ones, and the reference books need a special place, within easy reach for individual research. Find the best place for everything and keep everything in it’s place when not in use.
  • Keep record — This is an important part of organization for us, as a homeschool family, but I believe that it applies to any family with school age children. Keeping a record of the books your children read, the tests they pass, and any other accomplishments fosters a love of learning and enthusiasm.

To help you get organized so you can kick off the new school year with ease, enter to win a Scholastic Children’s Dictionary and a $100 Target gift card to purchase essential organizational tools! Just leave me a comment here with your best school year organizational tip. A random winner will be chosen on August 31st and notified by email shortly after.

Be sure to check out MomDot’s Back-to-School post tomorrow!

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