No-Nag Checklist: File this idea away! Cut back on constant reminders with a simple morning chore tracker. To make one, cut a letter-size file folder (we found this one at Staples) so that the back panel measures 11 1/2 by 5 inches, and the front panel is an inch shorter. Cut the front panel to make flaps, and stick on adhesive magnet strips as shown. With glue, attach chore icons made from clip art, drawings, or magazine clippings, plus labels reading "done." Hang it in an easy-to-reach…

No-Nag Checklist: File this idea away! Cut back on constant reminders with a simple morning chore tracker. To make one, cut a letter-size file folder (we found this one at Staples) so that the back panel measures 11 1/2 by 5 inches, and the front panel is an inch shorter. Cut the front panel to make flaps, and stick on adhesive magnet strips as shown. With glue, attach chore icons made from clip art, drawings, or magazine clippings, plus labels reading "done." Hang it in an easy-to-reach…

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Back-to-School Pegboard: For a simple, inspiring homework center, pick up a pegboard (available at hardware stores), and, if needed, have it cut to fit on a door or above a desk. Stock the board with cool school and craft supplies, and your student will be set to ace everything from division to diorama building.

Back-to-School Pegboard: For a simple, inspiring homework center, pick up a pegboard (available at hardware stores), and, if needed, have it cut to fit on a door or above a desk. Stock the board with cool school and craft supplies, and your student will be set to ace everything from division to diorama building.

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Make An Apple Cozy: It can be a bruising ride to school in a kid's lunch box. Protect fruit from dirt and dings with a fleece pouch.

Make An Apple Cozy: It can be a bruising ride to school in a kid's lunch box. Protect fruit from dirt and dings with a fleece pouch.

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Back-To-School Tote: In Germany, it's a tradition to give children a schultute, a giant paper cone filled with treats and supplies, to celebrate their first day of school.

Back-To-School Tote: In Germany, it's a tradition to give children a schultute, a giant paper cone filled with treats and supplies, to celebrate their first day of school.

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Back-to-School Backpack Pins: A cute craft for decorating a child's backpack or school bag.

Back-to-School Backpack Pins: A cute craft for decorating a child's backpack or school bag.

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Better Than Brown Bagging: These lunch boxes and bag will be the star of any cafeteria table. Each is easy to open and close (no small feat with some we've tested) and a snap to clean.

Better Than Brown Bagging: These lunch boxes and bag will be the star of any cafeteria table. Each is easy to open and close (no small feat with some we've tested) and a snap to clean.

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack: Cuddlepack, Available in four designs. Ages 3 to 6, $22.95, sassafrasstore.com

Head-of-the-Class Backpack: Cuddlepack, Available in four designs. Ages 3 to 6, $22.95, sassafrasstore.com

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack: Zippee Backpack, available in 12 designs. Ages 6 and up, $25, oreoriginals.com

Head-of-the-Class Backpack: Zippee Backpack, available in 12 designs. Ages 6 and up, $25, oreoriginals.com

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