Last week we got Zoe registered at her new school. Now that she’s registered, it is time to start thinking about how to make Back to School less frustrating for everyone.
It’s hard to believe that Zoe has less than 30 days of summer vacation left. Last week we got her registered at her new school which she is super excited to attend. (They have field trips for the 6th graders!) I know that back to school is always an adjustment period for everyone. It means remembering homework, coordinating schedules, making sure paper are signed. I like to have things organized before the first day so that going back to school is less frustrating for everyone.
Making Back to School Less Frustrating for Everyone
Stay on top of the forms. I always say at the beginning of each school year, I sign more forms than I would if I was buying a house. I know that the first week there will be papers for us to sign but what about after that first week? We have a folder assigned for Zoe to put all papers that need our attention in. While I try to take care of them while she’s doing her homework, I don’t always get to them right away. Have a place designated for things needing our attention keeps them from getting lost and means we get them signed the day they come home and returned the next day.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be 5 Star. We are lucky in that Zoe’s new school offers free breakfast to students (yes all students) every day so Zoe can eat breakfast at school. If your school doesn’t offer breakfast to students, that means it’s up to you. Breakfast doesn’t have to a big production on school days. Smoothies are a great way to start the day off right. Smoothies are quick, easy, and can easily be taken on the go.
Get homework done early. I believe in getting homework done as soon as possible after school. When Zoe gets home from school, the things she did in school that day are still fresh in her mind. Recalling what she did in each subject gets more difficult to do the longer she’s away from school. Making sure homework is done early means recalling how to do it is easier. Bonus: it gets it out of the way for the rest of the evening.
Make a Homework Zone. Speaking of homework, having a designated place to do homework each night helps in making sure it is done, and ready to take back to school the next day. Make sure to have extra pencils, crayons, paper and other school supplies on hand. If they leave their supplies at school, you have extra at home to make homework possible.
Don’t wait until the night before to change the routine. Kids thrive on routines but require a little time to adapt to a changes. A few weeks before the first day of school, start moving bedtime back towards their school time bedtime. Also, start waking them up closer to their school wake up time. Be sure to have breakfast ready for them in the mornings as well. The kids aren’t the only ones who will have to adjust to the new routine in the morning.
Keep a calendar. We were given a list of all the important dates on the school calendar when we registered Zoe for school. We know when school breaks are, first day of school, last day of school is. Everything that is already on the district calendar we can now add to our calendar. Add important school events to your family calendar as easy reminders of early dismissal, or parent teacher conferences. It’s also good to know when report cards are coming home so you can be sure you get them.
A place for everything and everything in it’s place. I am already thinking about where to keep Zoe’s backpack every night so that it’s ready for school every morning. While I like the idea of a Command hook on the back of the front door, I am not sure I like the idea of her backpack being part of my décor. Finding a place for backpacks that makes them easy to remember in the morning is important. It eliminates the frantic search for things as kids are trying to get out the door. That is something that we will have to figure out within the next month.
Planning ahead for Back to School makes it less frustrating for everyone
You know your kids. You know their strengths and their weaknesses. It takes a little effort to sit down, and come up with solutions to potential problems before they arise. Doing that will reduce meltdowns and stress before they even start. That makes back to school less frustrating for everyone.