Bye-bye Summer, hello new school year! Hope everyone enjoyed their summer and now it is time for a new school year for all of us that have children in school! If you are like me, you are organizing your home and children in time for back to school activities. Here are some things I have done to organize my home and children for their big first day.
1. Prepare your entry organization or drop off zone. I have a place where they can place all papers for me to sign on a working cart in our family room. Here, I also have a chalkboard with cute notes for them to see each day. I have some hooks on the other side for them to hang their backpacks.
2. Have your children’s closet organized before school starts. Clean out all areas and donate clothes that no longer fit them. This way they won’t be having difficulty deciding what to wear each morning.
3. Homework Caddy- please see my previous post here: ( diy-homework-caddy )on how I created mine.
6. Create a snack box/area. Place a box with different snacks and lunch items for your child to eat when they get hungry. By designating this snack box with yummies in there, you can use this same snack box when preparing your child’s lunch. For your convenience, you can also add some baggies in there for snack preparation.
7. Daily Chores – I assign only one chore to each of my child and it doesn’t change. I don’t give them that many chores during school nights because I focus on them finishing homework and they have church choir practice three times a week
11. Pre-plan dinner and healthy snacks – After I drop all the kids off at their schools and arrive back home, I make sure to take out a meat or whatever is needed to have my food ready for preparation in time for dinner. Making a weekly list of all your dinners and snacks will be even better. Take time to create menus for your whole family to enjoy dinnertime together. Also, make healthy little snacks for them to nibble on and won’t be inclined to eat so much junk food.
13. Stay informed! Knowing the school’s website, faculty and principals are extremely important. Also, join PTA to stay involved. If you are like me, I ask alot of questions. I make sure to walk in to the school main office and know the principal, secretary and attendance clerks. Your child’s school is where your kids will spend most of their day, you need to be informed about all their surroundings as much as possible.
Hope you all have a wonderful end of summer and an amazing school year!