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We gotta go back! Back! Back to school agaiiiiinnnnn! Anyone else singing along with me? Anyone…? Cool.
For a stationery addict like me, back to school season is the most wonderful time of the year. Every store I wander into has some kind of stationery or art supply on sale, there are fun new products to try and my favorite classics are always on sale at Walmart. This is when I get stocked up on my beloved Pilot G2 gel pens in all the colors along with highlighters, label stickers, pretty pencils, and fresh new notebooks begging for a purpose and scribbled pages.
Without fail each year, I pick up my Pilot G2 pens and a package of dot stickers for adding school schedules to my planner. In the planner community, we practically froth at the mouth for our beloved Pilot G2 pens to go on sale. They’re one of the most popular pens because they offer a variety of point sizes (but really anything less than 1.0mm is blaspheme!) in their silky smooth ink which is available in 15 colors, a planner addicts dream! They understannnnddddd us planners and how one size doesn’t fit all. We need point options, of which they offer four; we need color options, of which they have 15 (including metallics!). And best of all, the smooth gel ink doesn’t smear or smudge when I write in my trusty
The dot stickers help make for quick reference of our school schedule right in my planner when I’m scheduling mini vacations or planning out visitations within our blended family. Most planners come with a year at a glance page inside that goes ignored, but I’ve repurposed this forgotten section to work for me so that I don’t have to carry around yet another school handout.
- dot stickers
- school schedule
- Pilot G2 pen
The first thing I do is use my Holy Grail pen, a Pilot G2, to circle all of our minimum days. My kids have one every week and I have actual anxiety about forgetting to pick them up, so I circle the days when I’ll need to note to pick them up early.
The next task is to mark off the weekends with my dot stickers, because no one goes to school on Saturday or Sunday. We’re watching cartoons and eating pizza, right?
And finally, I reference the school calendar handout and place a dot over each day that my kiddos will have off. From holidays to winter and spring breaks, I dot them all. Yes, even summer break. For me, the purpose is to quickly be able to reference the days my kiddos are in school at a glance. Groups of dots make it easy for my brain to process the information.
If you’re not a planner nerd like me, this method could easily be applied to a wall calendar or family calendar that you already use. The goal is to eliminate extra paper around the house and to gather all of the family schedules into one place for easy reference. Whichever method you use to do that, supplementing with this will be a fabulous way to keep track of days off, teacher in-service days, and minimum/half days.
Be sure to visit your local Walmart for your back to school supply shopping, including these dot stickers and Pilot G2 pens in a variety of colors and points.