Set the alarm, and a bed time
After weeks of long summer nights, sleepovers with friends, and foregoing an alarm clock, the probability of your kids rising bright eyed and bushy tailed for the first day of school is slim to none. Easing your child back into a routine will make life easier for all parties involved. A few weeks before school starts, set a bed time and start waking your child at the hour they will need to get up for school.
Brush up on Math and Reading skills
Get your kids back into the learning groove by having them complete a few reading and math lessons before returning back to school. Many local area libraries (or even your child’s school) may offer a summer reading list to follow along for the summer. Try having your child complete one or two book reports or math booklets before taking them back to school shopping.
Clean out the closet
Before you start back to school shopping this year, sift through your closets and make “keep” and “donate” piles. Kids grow like weeds and you may think you have plenty of socks until you try them on and realize they are now two sizes too small. This may seem like a daunting task but you will be thankful when you go shopping with a sure sense of what you need, and don’t have to hit the mall for a second or even third trip.
After getting a good idea of the clothing sizes and items you will need for this back to school year, grab your school supplies list and get your shopping done early. Many stores offer early bird incentives and sales for those stocking up for back to school. Getting things done in advance will give you and your student enough time to double check your supply list and make sure you have everything needed. Many schools and daycares also required all of your child’s belongings to be labeled. Check out our School Pack to make labeling all your items a breeze.
It’s also a good idea to check the bus schedules for your neighborhood. Make sure you know what time the bus will arrive and where, so you’re not scrambling and possibly running after the bus on the first day of school. For those who don’t ride the bus, get familiar with any drop off and pick up protocol or rules your school may enforce and save yourself from having the crossing guard’s whistle blown at you.
Make a Meal Plan
This year, plan on making your family’s snacks and lunches healthy and nutritious. Make meal plans and try to go grocery shopping during the weekend to have everything ready to go for the weekly grind. Make lunches as colorful as possible in the form of fruits and vegetables. Check out www.todayiatearainbow.com for tips on how to incorporate healthier options in fun ways.
Cherish your time together
Maybe the most important tip of all! With the summer winding down, your family will soon return to a life of routine, carpools, sports practice and homework. Cherish the last weeks you have left to just hang out together with no real schedule. Go fishing, bake together, and try to relax and enjoy the company of your family and kids while you can.