The summer is quickly passing and the kids will be back in school very, VERY soon. Some have actually ALREADY returned to school! (Sheesh) ‘Ailani will be starting Kindergarten in a couple of weeks and this is kind of a big deal for us. (For starters, she has a massive school supplies list that we need to tackle ASAP). However, with the new school year rapidly approaching, we realized that we (and probably many other parents as well) have got to get organized to make the process go just a little bit smoother. So, here are some suggestions to help us all out. *school bell rings* Have a seat, students! 🙂
- Prepare a school year schedule as a family- Get a weekly schedule set that includes school times, bedtimes, extracurricular activities, bus pick-up times, etc. It will make getting back into the swing of things seem a lot less overwhelming.
- Make a shopping list- set aside some time to go through your child’s drawers and closet to see what clothes (and shoes) you will need to purchase for the new school year. Add these items to your school supplies list so when you finally get around to hitting the stores, you’ll know exactly what you need and can get it all in one go.
- Put together a folder for all your registration documents- immunization records, emergency cards, etc. There’s a lot of paperwork and documentation that can go into getting your child enrolled in school (trust me, we have a folder completely stuffed with paperwork for the new school year). You can ensure that you have all the paperwork you need in one spot to avoid any confusion on the first day of school.
- Create a filing system- set up a filing system for everything you’ll need throughout the school year. You can have a section for field trip permission slips, lunch bills, PTA announcements, etc.
- Develop a meal plan- plan ahead of time what you plan to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the start of the school year so you can get a head start on grocery stopping and meal prep . This will also save you some time during the back-to-school Rush.
- Set up an office space or homework station- Prepare a specific spot in the house where your child can sit and study or do their homework after school. Make sure they have all the supplies they’ll need stocked up in this space.
Do you have any other good back-to-school organization tips? Comment below. Happy Parenting!