Easy Daysies

Have you heard of Easy Daysies before?

Created by a Canadian Mom and Teacher, Elaine Tan Comeau, Easy Daysies are a magnetic based system to help kids with routines and daily tasks – both at home, and in their schooling.

For Home

The home routine kit comes in a package with everything you need: magnets, a bag to keep them in, a dry-erase marker, and a double-sided, magnetic chart with an apple tree on one side, and a daisy on the other. Your child picks a side that bests works for them and you use the included small magnets to make a list of tasks to complete. As your child does those tasks, they can move the magnet over to the “done” side of the chart and move to the next.

The basic kit includes things like:

  • Get Dressed
  • Make Bed
  • Breakfast
  • Brush Teeth
  • Pack Backpack
  • School
  • Lunch
  • Clean Up
  • Family Time

Some kids need routines and visual cues to help days run most smoothly. I’ve found this same thing with my middle son in particular who often finds it hard to keep on task and forgets a lot of steps.  Easy Daysies is a great way to combat that. 

It was really interesting how he instantly gravitated towards this system, claimed it as his, and then set it up for himself to have a morning routine. He loves to move the magnets and see how he is accomplishing his tasks. It’s currently hanging on the kitchen wall, near his “spot” that he sits for school time – so he can look at it and know what he’s personally working on. 

Easy Daysies

For School

Since the designer of this product was an elementary school teacher, it was easy for her to design a similar product of magnetic scheduling for the classroom. There are a few different sets, including a preschool/k set, and a Grade 1+ set that is also available in French.

The magnets in these sets are quite a bit larger than the ones for the home set (heavier too!), because they are intended to be used on a chalk/white board or a pocket wall chart.

I love these. Although we currently have no wall space left in the kitchen to put these up, we set up our list of subjects we cover in a day on the side of our dishwasher – which makes it easy to access for the kids to be in charge of.

Unlike the conventional classroom setting with a routine that goes in a regular sequence daily, our days don’t always follow the same order. But these magnets still work for us. They remind us of what we need to do in our day, and as we finish a subject, we move it around to the front of the dishwasher so we can’t see it anymore.

I love that I can personalize each day – because we don’t always have the same subjects every single day. For example we only do planned art one day a week so I don’t need to use it each day. There are also magnets for things like field trips, and the library, and snack time  – making these very versatile. They have really helped us stay on task each day, while giving my kids an idea of what needs to be finished before they can take off to play their computer games.

In some ways, these magnets are sort of like a variation of the popular workbox method of homeschooling – providing a sequence of order and independence to lessons in a way that is easy to use with kids. If you use a whiteboard or chalkboard for these – you could do things like writing the page numbers of what they are to finish, or the task that needs to be done beside or underneath the subject heading. You could even find a way to get these to stick to workboxes so that kids can pull out the box, complete the expected task, and then move onto the next.

Easy Daysies have received mulitple outstanding awards – such as Dr. Toy and PTPA, and has been seen on Dragon’s Den and on Parents.com website. The most recent award that Elaine Tan Comeau has won is being named the 2014 Canadian Mompreneur of the Year! Outstanding!

I love that these are Canadian, and totally practical for with kids. They are terrific for children who are visual/kinesthetic learners, for children who have special needs and thrive better with visual cues, for parents/teachers who want to have their children become more independent on their tasks, and for parents like me – who could use a reminder of what we need to finish today.

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I’m excited to share that my friends at Monarch Books (the distributors of the popular SmartSeries books) are now distributors for Easy Daysies!

37 Comment(s)

  • by Alicia (Marie) Worobetz Posted April 4, 2014 8:34 pm

    Both would be wonderful but we’d put the Routine to good use!!

  • by Viv Sluys Posted April 5, 2014 12:18 pm

    I think we would use both a lot but because my two youngest are not ready for subjects as much, I’m guessing we would use the routine part more.

  • by Mama B Posted April 7, 2014 9:09 am

    I’d probably use the home ones more, for now. But I can really see the value in the school ones, if only for keeping ME organized.

  • by Trisha Turner Posted April 7, 2014 9:25 am

    We would definitely use the home routine more since I feel there is a lack in routine within our home.

  • by Nancy Posted April 7, 2014 9:33 am

    The school subjects would be great, but I think we’d use the home routine more, my daughter always has to be reminded to brush her hair!

  • by kathy downey Posted April 7, 2014 9:44 am

    I think we would use both a lot but routine the most

  • by michelle tremblett Posted April 7, 2014 10:15 am

    We would love the home routine 🙂 but we would get good use out of both.

  • by Denise Posted April 7, 2014 10:17 am

    I would use both, but probably the school more as home routines have a bit more organic flow and flux to them.

  • by Alison Posted April 7, 2014 10:18 am

    I think both the routine and subjects would be so useful!

  • by Amy Heffernan Posted April 7, 2014 10:20 am

    I think i would use them both about the same.

  • by Andrea Amy Posted April 7, 2014 11:13 am

    Probably the school routine 🙂

  • by Brandee H Posted April 7, 2014 11:19 am

    I would use the home routine more. Bu would love to introduce the school one as well.

  • by Paula Posted April 7, 2014 11:40 am

    I need some organization in my life 🙂

  • by Monique L.S. Posted April 7, 2014 12:46 pm

    I think this would be great for our home routine.

  • by Dayna Posted April 7, 2014 1:49 pm

    We’d use the school routine set most. My husband has recently taken over the teaching “duties”, and both him and my kids could use some scheduling help. 🙂

  • by sabrina Posted April 7, 2014 2:21 pm

    I would definitely use the home routine more than the subjects if I won!!!

  • by Aneta Posted April 7, 2014 3:47 pm

    If I win this, I’m planning to give it to one of the homeschool families I work with. I think they’d appreciate both!

  • by Shari P. Posted April 7, 2014 4:36 pm

    I’d love the home routine magnets!

  • by Shari Goss (@knitwitshair) Posted April 7, 2014 7:01 pm

    For us it would be the home routines, but I think in the summer I would make use of the school subjects.

  • by Tamar Posted April 8, 2014 4:45 pm

    I would use the chore one more — but both are a wonderful idea!

  • by Brianne Hager Posted April 8, 2014 4:48 pm

    I think I would probably use the home routine more than the school subjects with my kids.

  • by cassandra m Posted April 8, 2014 10:17 pm

    I would use the home routine more to give my toddler a better idea of things that need to get done

  • by suzi Posted April 8, 2014 10:40 pm

    The home routine

  • by Elaine Tan Comeau Posted April 9, 2014 2:53 am

    Dear Lisa Marie,
    Thank you for the lovely review. I am truly so honoured that you have tried out Easy Daysies with your lovely family. Thank you with all my heart for sharing a product I created to help kids have easier days! Smiles and blessings, Elaine

    • by LisaMarie Posted April 9, 2014 7:20 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your kind words. Your product is great and handy for homeschoolers, for sure! 🙂

  • by joan Posted April 9, 2014 8:20 pm

    i love this! i’d definitely use the school subjects version. throwing this on my wish list!

  • by Charlene Posted April 9, 2014 11:42 pm

    I think both would be useful. This product looks exciting to me

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  • by Lori Posted April 11, 2014 12:35 pm

    These look fantastic!

  • by Chris Tillley Posted April 12, 2014 12:48 pm

    Definitely the subjects. I will have a K/1st grader next year. My other two are in grade 6 and 4 and are much more independent.

  • by Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo Posted April 13, 2014 10:26 pm

    Probably the school subjects but honestly, I don’t know because my kids are only 4.

    Thanks for posting this giveaway to my weekly giveaway linky (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/category/giveaway-linky).

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  • by Tara Gauthier Posted April 13, 2014 10:44 pm

    The home routine

  • by cinnamon.dea Posted April 15, 2014 1:26 pm

    hmmm….I think both for us. They would help us get everything done in the day 🙂 They are good reading practise too.

  • by Lisa Friesen Posted April 21, 2014 10:43 pm

    I would probably use the routine one more.

  • by Amanda Martin Posted April 23, 2014 6:59 pm

    I would love to use the school routine version for a student that I work with, what a useful tool to have.

  • by Lyn Posted April 23, 2014 9:34 pm

    Would probably start with the home schedule first. I think it would be extremely helpful for my little guy with special needs 🙂 Looks awesome, best of luck everyone!

  • by Sonia Posted April 23, 2014 11:16 pm

    I think we would use the home routine the most.

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