Rangle the School Chaos
Well as much as we may want the summer to continue, for most of us, school is lurking around the corner and getting ready to stare us down in the face. So this year let's make it a goal to tackle it with grace and preparedness. No matter the form of school, homeschool, public, private, online...there are things we all need and want to accomplish that can and will help us feel like, "we got this, this year!"
A few weeks before start date:
Tackle the dreaded school supply lists
Check what inventory you may have in the house
bulk like items together to save money
check the sales ads
AMAZON PRIME it!
Shop, organize and label
Give them a home till needed
Start working on your planning and add in school calendar items
Implement your evening routine
after dinner activities
next day prep
Close out any summer activities
What fits still/what doesn't
Make a list of needs
The week before (yes, it really is almost here)
Reconnect with friends
Carpool set up
Make a homework station/area
Mudroom/Out the door prep area
Give them a place to have their stuff ready
get sports gear gathered together and in bags/bins
Get yourself organized.
Create a binder or folder for all of the paper work that will come home and a file for forms to fill out and complete.
Make sure information like Drs., emergency contacts and such is easily accessible
Make this year's list
Assign out tasks and have kids start implementing into the day's routine
Make the list visible for them
Talk about importance, show them how you want it done, reward discussion (have them involved and they will own it)
School visits, prep walks to bus, or homeschool schedule walk through
Make a list of ideas (kids will love helping with this)
Make a plan
Make a list of ideas (get the kids involved)
Make a plan
write out a basic daily routine
start getting into the swing of it
practice and work out kinks
give yourself some grace
don't forget to incorporate dinner prep
get the kids on this even if during school time they play, they should be waking up and going to bed at the correctly needed school week times and incorporate the routines you've already set
The day before (tears start falling now)
Do you document with photos? Print out cutie signs and make sure camera is charged
Have a "summer review" talk with the kids and document their answers
Set some broad goals with them
Special end of summer dinner
Go to bed on time!!!!! That means you MOM!
The First DAY!!!!!
Wake up early, drink your coffee and have a few moments of silence (believe me you will need this)
Wake the kids a tad earlier than scheduled - they are going to need it too
Have a great breakfast together, the idea here is to not feel RUSHED
Do your morning ROUTINE!
Take your pictures (leave time for this since they may not cooperate and you may be crying)
Set out for school day, talk about their goal for the day. Let them set this, they will take more ownership in it.
Have a special treat....you ALL survived!
At dinner time is a great time and place to talk about their goal they set in the morning and how they did with it.
Keep at the evening Routine, start this school year out with a bang!
BEDTIME!!!!!! For the kids
MOM, celebrate in some way. Tea time, coffee, book, craft, tv, bubble bath....select something or ALL of the above to reward yourself. Then get to BED cause you have to do it all again tomorrow!