With summer vacation winding down and more and more students heading back to school, it’s time to start the shift from long nights and late breakfasts to the early morning rush of the school year. If you want to make your life a little easier this school year, follow these tips for making a smooth transition into the school routine.
Prepare the night before. A little prep the night before can make a huge difference on a busy morning. Help the kids gather together all their essential school items the night before: lay out clothes, set out shoes and socks, and make sure important papers and homework are put into backpacks. To make breakfast move a little faster, go ahead and set the table, and set out cereal boxes and other breakfast items that don’t need refrigerated.
Write down the family schedule. With work and school schedules, sports practices, and after-school activities to coordinate, family life can quickly become stressful and hectic. To help keep everybody in the loop, hang a family calendar in the kitchen. A white board calendar makes it easy to add and make changes as necessary – just make sure it’s kept out of the reach of little hands that can erase important information in one quick swipe!
Plan out big school projects. This doesn’t refer to doing the project for your child – it simply means that you help them map out what supplies are needed and when certain parts of the project need to be completed. This will help you avoid a late-night run to the store for glitter or poster board. Also make sure to reference the family calendar when coordinating the project to help avoid conflicts with other activities.
Control the paperwork. Piles of homework papers, practice sheets, informational flyers, and pieces of artwork will quickly bury your beautiful kitchen countertops. Try to keep only the important stuff, like tests, grade cards, and progress reports. Sort through artwork and let your kids choose one or two of their favorites pieces to display, then store the rest in a closet or desk.
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