Once the summer is here, I don’t about you, but we get into a leisure mind state. Everything is so relaxing, late bedtime, ice cream based diet, and the sun. No order, at all. But unfortunately, all that is good must come to an end. We must say goodbye summer, goodbye sunlight, and say hello fall, hello new school year! As much as I hate goodbyes, especially to my dearest friend, summer, I also love hellos to new things. A new season means a clean slate. All in which we must prepare.
So if you are like me, then you are probably all over the place. Getting prepared a few days or even weeks before is important to make sure you and your family have a smooth transition.
Here are few tips to prepare for back to school
DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE
Since the season is about to change, this is the perfect time to organize and pull out fall gear. Make sure to declutter everything that has compiled over the summer. Organize closets and make sure uniforms are front and center. If your child isn’t wearing a uniform make sure set up their closet so that you make pick clothing out without having to rummage through everything.
Find a designated area for doing Homework, that will always be used.
Organize all school supplies. Place one or two of each in your designated homework area. The rest put away. Trust me if I put everything out it will all be lost in the first month, all of the markers would go dry LOL. Restock on printer ink and paper as well.
I like to write out my morning and night routines. This is the only way I can get everything done. Write out on a board or print out your routine in time frames. This helps keep everyone on task and out the door without forgetting anything.
Here is an example:
8:00-8:10 wash face, brush teeth, look over day
CALENDARS/ MEAL PLANNING
Make sure your calendar and the school calendar are in sync. Add important dates like parent teacher conference, days off, and half days into your calendar.
Meal Planning saves the stress of thinking “what should I cook today?” I literally have this question every day. When I meal plan it is easier for me to just go with my meal plan.
Meal prepping is just as important as meal planning. If your child drinks a smoothie or fresh juice for breakfast, make sure you prep the food in plastic baggies. This saves TONS of time! Don’t forget your sticky notes for writing cute messages and placing them in their lunch bag.
A proper way to prepare is to put your mind there first. Start by resetting bedtimes. Summer probably means a later bedtime. Slowly go back to a set school night bedtime two weeks prior from your first day. This helps to get your child’s body in rhythm and get used to waking up for school fully rested.
Ask your child what do they want to accomplish for the new school year. Is it reading more books? Making a new friend? Learning harder math problems? Setting goals puts your child in a positive school mindset with great ideas to look forward to.
Affirmations to start strong and keep the momentum going. You can try some of these here.
BACK TO SCHOOL SURPRISE
Make the first day extra special with a little surprise, that can be a favorite breakfast, or some new backpack accessories, or some treats. Anything that will make your little one smile and have a great first day!
Don’t forget your First Day of School sign!