Inside: Help your preschooler learn their daily schedule and the days of the week with this amazing system.
*This post is sponsored by the Buoy Company. All opinions are my own.
Does your Preschooler struggle with his days of the week?
Mine sure did.
“What day is it honey?” I’d ask him. “Umm… I don’t know.” was the reply.
I tried talking him through each activity and what day we have them, but it wasn’t clicking. Plus, I know they sing the days of the week song in preschool. But still, my little man struggled to tell me what day today was.
So I was thrilled to be able to try out this fun visual and super organized system called the Anchor System by the Buoy Company. If you’re looking for preschool kids organization ideas (and beyond), try this!
The Anchor System looks like this:
How to use the Anchor System
The Anchor System is a hanging organizer, with drawers to organize your child’s clothing for the week, any supplies needed for specific days, and magnets on the front to display the day of the week and your child’s activities. And boy does my boy have a lot of activities!
This is his weekly schedule:
Monday: occupational therapy, preschool
Tuesday: speech therapy, preschool, dance adventures at preschool
Wednesday: preschool, flippers and sports adventures at preschool
Thursday: preschool, soccer shots at preschool
Friday: preschool (and cookie Friday)
Saturday: Tinkergarten at the park
Sunday: swim lessons
You already know I love systems. It’s what I do for my day job, and it’s what I like to apply at home. Systems to get ourselves and our kids organized are key to making our lives easier. We’re not yet diagnosed, but if you’re wondering how to help a child with ADHD get organized, this is a wonderful option!
I have to say my son was super excited to set up the Anchor System, maybe more than me. He loved helping me unfold and put the drawers on each shelf and especially set up the magnets. We hung it over the door since we like to have everything out in the open so he can know and see what he has. He is already showing me how he is developing organization skills, and I absolutely love it.
On Sunday night he helps me fill each drawer with the clothes he is going to wear. I ask him to bring me a shirt, a pair of pants, undies, and socks, and we drop them in each day’s drawer. Then we talk about what day it is going to be and what his activities are. He loves to drag me upstairs to his room when we get home and show me his activities on the door.
The Anchor System is a great answer to the question of how to get your child organized for school. Organization skills can be developed in the preschool years and nurtured through the school years.
There were a variety of magnets to choose from, the System comes with 7, and you can get more magnets. Here’s what magnets we ended up using:
Monday: I chose a book for occupational therapy. That one’s hard to match up with activities.
Tuesday: I chose the cheer magnet for speech and the tap shoes for dance adventures. They are pretty fitting.
Wednesday: I chose the gymnastics and the basketball magnets for flippers and sports adventures.
Thursday: There wasn’t a soccer ball option so we got a separate magnet for soccer shots.
Friday: No activities on this day. One of my son’s Valentine’s Day goodie bags had a “Peppa Pig” magnet, so we used that to symbolize fun Friday.
Saturday: I used the bike magnet to symbolize going to the park and having fun. When the weather warms up we’ll be doing more bike riding. For now, it symbolizes Tinkergarten.
Sunday: I used the swim magnet for swim class.
Tell me more about the Anchor System
Kids (with the help of parents of needed) can customize this system with Navigation Magnets that help them to organize and understand their week ahead. Before the start of the new week, kids can fill each bin with their clothes and other items needed each day. Anchor System Backpacks hook to the side of the system to accommodate a change of clothes or extra equipment needed for sports or other activities. This system easily hangs either over a door or around a closet rod.
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Each Anchor System includes:
- Anchor System organizer, dimensions: 71″ x 13″ x 8″
- Set of days of the week magnets (Monday – Sunday)
- Navigation Magnets (7)
- Buoy Backpacks (2)
- Hydration Pouch
- Magnet Stowage Wallet (useful if you have a lot of different magnets to rotate through)
See this video for more:
I’m so glad we got to experience the Anchor System. I have already seen a significant improvement in my son’s understanding of the days and their agenda. He loves showing me the System and pointing out the items, and it is helping him remember what day tomorrow is, and what he is doing.
The extra accessories that come with the Anchor System are handy and useful. For example, we have started using one of the Backpacks to hold the Hydration Pouch and snacks for Tinkergarten.
Not only is the Anchor System a good organization tool (letting your kids plan out their clothing for the week, hang extras on the side hooks or place them in the side pockets) but it is a great visual tool for knowing and understanding their activities. I absolutely recommend the Anchor System by the Buoy Company to help kids of all ages get and stay organized and keep on top of their activities.
Now when we’re driving to preschool drop-off I ask my son “What day is it?” and he’ll tell me “Tuesday!”
Related: You might also like this linear calendar for kids.
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