As summer winds down, families need to prepare for back to school. It can be difficult for parents and children to transition from days spent sleeping in and having fun, to early morning and learning-filled days. Throughout the summer, you may have been busy tackling summertime boredom but now it’s time to start looking ahead to the coming school year. Getting ready ahead of time helps everyone make this switch easier. Setting up a back-to-school routine in the weeks before summer vacation ends will truly help. Make sure you set aside some time to set up this routine for your family.
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Create a successful back-to-school routine
Admittedly, your kids will likely not be happy about most of the back-to-school prep. They will still want to stay up late, play video games, and just enjoy the last bit of summer vacation. However, taking that little bit of time to get them back to school ready will pay off in those first few days of school.
Double-check your school supplies
Before the first day of school, you want to make sure that you have everything your child needs. By now, you have probably hit up the back-to-school sales. Whether your school provided a list of items needed or you are winging it, make sure they at least have the basics on hand. Pencils, paper, binders, lunch bag, and backpacks are all necessary. Don’t forget to make sure their shoes are in good condition and still fit. Most schools require two sets of shoes, one for indoors, and the other for outdoor use, so be sure you have both pairs ready to go.
If your child is doing at-home learning, their supply needs may be a bit different but the basic school stationery will likely be necessary for their day-to-day learning.
Practice school work
Summer is a great time to practice different school subjects. Whether it’s flashcards, workbooks or simply keeping a journal. All of these activities will get your kids better prepared for their first days of school.
By far the most important step in creating a successful back-to-school routine is re-establishing a good sleep schedule. Many kids have been staying up later over the summer and are likely used to sleeping in. A week or two before school starts is the best time to shift back to their school-time sleep schedules. During the weekdays, have your kids go to bed at their regular bedtime. Make sure you set the alarm so that they can get used to waking up early as well. The point is the get them used to going to bed on time and waking up just as they would be it a school day.
Pack lunch the night before
School mornings can get hectic, especially in the first week. One way to limit the stress is to pack lunches the night before. Most lunches can be made ahead of time. A little bit of prep time the night before will save you the next morning. If you are feeling extra organized, you can prep all of the lunches and snacks for the week ahead. This way, you or your child merely need to grab those items and have lunch ready
Set out breakfast
While you are in the kitchen getting lunches ready, take a few extra minutes and set out all breakfast items. Grab that bowl, spoon, and cereal and set it on the table. If your child wants something like pancakes, toast, or eggs, then set the table and leave the cooking or reheating for the morning.
To make mornings go smoother, consider creating a morning routine for yourself and your kids. This will make those first few school mornings less chaotic.
Set out clothes
Another good practice to start is setting out their clothes before bedtime. The less they have to do in the morning, the better. Have them pick out their clothes and set it in a specific spot. This way, they can get dressed without spending time looking for the right shirt to wear.
By checking supplies and setting up a back-to-school routine ahead of time, you will make those first few days less of a struggle for both yourself and your child.