Whether rejoicing it or dreading it, school is right around the corner and families everywhere are starting to prepare. Bring some back-to-school excitement into your home by starting off on the right foot. Clean and organized workspaces, dedicated areas for reading and schoolwork, all of last year’s projects filed away and children who are rested and ready! Here are some of our favorite tips for preparing to go back to school.
Six Tips for Back-to-School Readiness
- Bedtime! If you’ve let your kids slack a little on a normal bedtime or extended it for summer, now is the time to start reinforcing a reasonable bedtime. By the time school starts, you’ll want to have that old routine re-established. Early to bed, early to rise, early breakfasts and so on.
- Clean Up [Home]work Space. Dedicated homework and reading areas are so important. Start off on the right foot with a clean, bright and quiet space for your child to work. Get your kids involved in setting up a “fun” space for them. New colored pencils and supplies, clean surfaces and even new organization tools can help jump-start their enthusiasm for homework.
- Everything Has A Place. Lunch boxes, lunch money, backpacks, water bottles, jackets… Typically these items are left scattered about when kids come bustling in the door. Set up a system or place for your kids to keep their day-to-day gear. Just google “backpack entryway organization” for some great ideas!
- School Keepsakes. Get ready for a influx of art and papers coming home! Purchase a binder or box labeled with each child’s name to hold those special assignments that you want to hold onto. If your child is one to keep everything, set aside papers and art for a week or month at a time, then ask them to choose 2-3 items that are extra meaningful to add to their binder or box.
- Establish New Rules. Sports practice, lessons, electronics usage, daily reading… Back-to-school brings a whole new routine and schedule. Have a family discussion about expectations and rules to ensure everyone is on the same page.
- Get Them Excited! Dig out the yearbook from last year and look at the fun times they had, the friends they made and even check out photos of who their new teacher will be this year. Pick out a special outfit for the first day. If your child has some butterflies about going back, even a visit to the school to see where their new classroom is can help calm first-day-of-school jitters.
Before we know it, summer will feel like a distant memory. Make the 2014-2015 school year awesome by preparing your whole family for a great year to come.