With the end of summer waiting around the corner, it just about time to start thinking about getting your kids primed and polished for the new year. It's always a rush to get them ready, and deadlines sneak up on you quickly. Between work and family life, it is difficult to find time to cram preparations; so why not get a head start?
Here are six things you can keep in the back of your mind to make the tranisitional period a little easier on you and on your children!
1. Get bookbags in tip-top shape. It always seems that at the end of a school year, bookbags are left messy and cluttered with old papers and books. We tend to disregard them until we need to use them again, and it is a hassle to throw things out at the last minute. Instead, have your child find their bag and help them sort through the items inside. Throw out any trash. Save important papers. Determine if you can reuse binders and supplies. Finally, wipe out the insides and spot clean any spots on the exterior; and if they need a new bookbag, order one ahead of time!
2. Buy new supplies. Check your local Walmart, Target, or office supply store for printed supply lists from your child's school. You can also look on the school's website or on Walmart's Supply List Database. Teachers may give specific items on the syllabus, but it is great to have the basics on hand before the rush.
Check out these Cozi lists for basic supplies for every grade level:
3. Examine uniform and clothing options. First thing is to check your school's website for any changes to the school dress code. If they will wear the same uniforms as the previous year, make sure they are in good shape. If you need to repurchase new ones, go to local stores or browse online to beat the frenzy that happens every year. Your child may not have a uniform, but every school has a dress code. Make sure that they have plenty of easy options that fit their needs.
4. Think about afterschool. Ask your child if they want to try a new activity this year. Many children enjoy organized sports teams at Pelican Park in Mandeville or join dance classes. Schools often offer clubs for older kids to join to explore interests including theatre, technology, and community service. Be sure to start thinking about transportation for these activities or set up a babysitter for the little ones. SitterCity is a great place to look for local sitters that can work out an after school schedule with you!
5. Plan out possible meals and snacks. Once school starts back up, it is a struggle to pull together balanced meals and snacks for your children. Many families enjoy easy breakfasy options like plain yogurt with fruit, nuts, jam, or honey / burritos with egg, cheese, veggies, and meat / smoothies made with frozen fruit and yogurt / and premade Quiche muffins. Teach older children to pack their own lunches and stock up on options for kid-approved lunches. Afterschool snacks are an awesome way to give them the choice and fix it themselves. Keep carrot sticks and ranch dressing together in the fridge. Have pre-sliced cheese and bags of crackers ready for grabbing. Portion out fruit and yogurt dip for a sweet treat. Your hungry kids will thank you!
6. Adjust sleeping schedules. This is probably the hardest one for your children. Ease the transition into waking up early for school before the first day of class. A week before the summer ends, put your child to bed earlier than usual and set the alarm for when they will be waking up for school. This will help to avoid the jump in time, and keep bedtime a breeze for everyone.
I hope you enjoyed these tips for getting your family ready for the new school year! Getting a head start will really aid in keep everyone stress-free. Share your tips in the comments to help out other readers!