How Did We Get Here?!? Prepping for Back to School
The end of the school year marks the unofficial start of summer. Then all of a sudden it is the 4th of July. Then comes August. Pretty soon Labor Day is a few weeks away and we are scratching our heads saying “how did summer fly by so fast?”. Avoid the end of summer panic and start prepping now for getting your kids, and yourself, ready for going back to school.
- Start early. Even though enjoying those last nights of summer to their fullest seem so enticing, getting back into the routine now will make the start of school much less painful when it hits. Get kids back on a normal bedtime schedule and up around the time they need to catch the bus to get them in the right frame of mind for day one.
- Throw a party. Framing going back to school in a positive light will help you and the little ones prepare. Make the transition fun with a neighborhood get-together celebrating the upcoming school year. Chances are the children will find other kids in their class and make the first day a little less scary.
- Tour the school. Little kids, especially those just entering kindergarten, may benefit from a quick trip to the school to look around and possibly meet their teacher. It will help them to feel comfortable in their new classroom and give them a friendly face (or two) to look for on the first day.
- Create a homework station. Setting aside a specific area in the home for kids to do their homework is a great way to keep them on track and your home intact. The space does not need to be anything fancy, just have all the tools available that they may need and preferably set up the area in a quiet part of the house so they can focus.
- Let them help. Before kids can pick out their own clothes and get themselves dressed, let them help by picking out their outfits for the week on Sunday nights. This will give them some control over what they wear while also taking some of the fights out of the morning rush.
- Prepare yourself. Transitioning back to school is a lot for kids, but we can’t overlook ourselves. Make sure to take the time to figure out how your schedule needs to adjust with the start of school so that you are not left panicking and running late. Don’t forget to leave a few extra minutes for some first day of school memories!
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