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.
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
- Brush Teeth
- Pack Backpack
- 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.
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.
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.