This post was shared last year, some links may have expired though…but I thought I’d bring it back anyway
Schools back in session for some; for us we still have another month left!
Switching from a laid-back fun in the sun summer; to RULES, HOMEWORK, and ROUTINES can be challenging.
Make it easy for yourselves mom- with a little preparation, the right attitude and some good organizing techniques, it can be fun.
Take advantage of this opportunity to help your kids start building skills they will need in life as adults.
Organize Yourselves CHECKLIST
I’ve created a BASIC BACK TO SCHOOL checklist + included LINKS on great deals that will help you prepare for the start of this NEW school year.
HELP YOUR CHILD PREPARE FOR SCHOOL
__ Find out what day school starts and what time your child should arrive
__ Have your child memorize your home address and home, cell, and work phone numbers
__ Fill out emergency contact sheets and any other required forms
__ Don’t forget to get their physicals and checkups
__ Talk with your child about their daily school schedule
CREATE CREATIVE ROUTINES
__ Establish a firm bedtime BEFORE school starts
__ Showers ought to be taken before bed
__ Have your child set their own alarm clocks 15 minutes before they need to get up
__ Lay out clothes the night before
__ Have backpacks and lunches packed and ready to go
__ Shoes and socks SHOULD be next to door, for easy access
__ Lively music playing in background helps with staying awake
__ Determine where and when your child will do homework
__ Figure out a plan for balancing homework and playtime
__ Set rules for the time spent on TV, video games, and computer use for non-school projects
__ Consider making a chore chart so your child will know what he has to do everyday…brush teeth, clean bathroom, take out trash, clean room, etc. Check out these free chore charts, they have princess ones, and one for your little Ninja
PLAN HEALTHY LUNCHES
__ Have nutritious food on hand for breakfast and after-school snacks (we’ll have some articles to help you out soon)
__ Laptop Lunch boxes (www.laptoplunches.com) are American-style bento boxes designed to help you pack nutritious, environmentally friendly, healthy school lunches
__ Here’s a link to a good article on healthy foods and nutrition to help you decide what to put in your kids’ school lunch to make it both nutritious and appealing
__ Interview your Child’s Healthy Nutrition Adviser on How to Pack a Healthy Lunch for School
__ Make some freezer lunches, check out Once A Month Mom for monthly ideas. In fact Tricia has a great ebook called Survive Before 5: Toddler Meals for Your Busy Days. (affiliate link) It’s not just for toddlers! It has recipes for homemade spagetti O’s, apple chicken nuggets, and more, who wouldn’t like that for lunch.
BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHES
__ Unclutter your child’s closet and get rid of clothes that are to small (donate them) or to worn
__ Wash a weeks worth of all acceptable clothing; have them pressed and ready in ADVANCE
__ Check out back to school sales and separate WANTS from NEEDS
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES ON A BUDGET
__ Go over shopping list together. This teaches them how to get organized. (A skill that applies to more than shopping)
__ Set a budget for supplies. It will help your child set priorities & learn how to manage money
__ Check the school website or call for a list of required supplies
__ Find out whether students will store supplies at school or bring them home each day
__ Set up a supply shelf or storage container in your home that you can use all year long
__ Place supplies near the place your child will do homework, you’ll be modeling good organizational skills and they’ll have what they need close by
__ Stock up on the basics at The Dollar Store. Pencils, notebooks, glue sticks and other inexpensive school supplies
__ Buy a backpack or bag to carry daily items. TJMaxx has $7 Jansport Backpacks
Here’s To An Awesome School Year!
If you need help organizing your home you can find me at Organize Yourselves and email me at ani @ organizeyourselves.com