Back to school is coming up — soon! It can be stressful to get everyone back into the routine, but there are things you can do to help make a more seamless transition from summer to school.
We actually do all of these about 2 weeks before our first day and it really makes a difference. It helps their brains focus on the routine that we will have each and every day and gets them use to getting up and getting ready to go!
Plan your shopping trip
See what supplies you have at home before you head out. If possible, use some of last year’s items until others are on sale. For instance, if you need a new backpack, start the year with the older one and wait until they are on sale (a few weeks after school starts).
Take the time to shop your kids’ closest. It is helpful to make a list of exactly what you need to buy for each child. Our free clothes shopping list is the perfect way to make sure you don’t forget anything you need!
Start your Back to School Routine early
Around 7 – 10 days before school starts, you will want to get your kids into this schedule. That means school bedtimes and even waking. Have your kids get up, eat breakfast at their school times and actually be ready to go out the door by the time they would normally leave.
The way we do this is we ease back into that bedtime. For example, if school bedtime is 8:30 and they are up until 9 or 9:30 in the summer, we start to back down bedtime by 10 – 15 minutes each night so that they get use to going to bed a bit earlier.
The same holds true for the morning. If they need to be up at 7 for school, but sleep until 8:30, start to wake them 15 minutes early each day, until they are waking at 7 am.
Create a family calendar that is visible
Talking about all of the school activities and events being on a centrally located calendar that the entire family can view and/or update. That way, everyone will start to watch the calendar and will know what is going on from registration to practices and even that first day of school.
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Get papers ready
If you know you have to show residency, vaccinations, health or physical forms when you register, start to work on the list now so that you have it ready when you enroll.
Create a school center
Find an area where you can set backpacks, shoes, coats, etc every day so that they are ready to go in the morning. Each night, get your kids into the habit of putting everything they need there – saves time and chaos in the morning.
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Whatever you do to get into your own back to school routine, can help….no matter how big or small!