Back to school time can be a little bit overwhelming, and a little bit crazy. When it comes to preparing for the first week of school, getting your kids ready can be nerve-wracking. They may be starting school for the first time, or just not sure they want summer to end! Here are 10 back to school tips for the first week of school.
Start a family tradition for the first week of school
If your child is a little nervous about heading back to school, consider starting a new back to school family tradition. This can be anything from taking pictures to a special scavenger hunt for school supplies.
Prepare lunches ahead of time
Instead of rushing around to get your kids out the door only to realize you don’t have their lunches packed, pack lunches ahead of time. You can freeze sandwiches for their lunches, or just prep them the night before.
Do something special for your kids
Whether it’s a special breakfast or afternoon snack, find a way to do something special for your kids during the first week of school. It’ll make the week feel special to them too! For us, it’s homemade chocolate chip cookies!
Plan for extra time after school to spend with them
After the first few days of school, your kids are going to want to tell you all about their day! Make sure to plan for some downtime to sit with them and hear all about the first week. We typically sit down at dinner and have them both share all about their class and teacher.
Meet the new teacher and classroom
Plan for a time to meet with the teacher and see the classroom. Whether it’s attending a formal open house or just being at the school early one morning, this can help both you and your child feel more comfortable. If your child is new to the school, you can go to school BEFORE school starts and get the lay of the land, without the stress of students being there.
Ease into the back to school routine
Before back to school actually starts, take some time to ease into the new routine. Start going to bed earlier, eating at the same times, and even get them into the habit of learning again.
Set up an after-school snack bin
When your kids come home and are complaining they’re hungry, have a bin ready to go with snack options. This will be a lifesaver on days when you’re too busy to get them a snack.
Get your kids involved in after-school programs
Start planning for after-school programs with your kids! Take advantage of early sports team signups and other activities to help them adjust to the new school year and make friends.
Make a family calendar so you can keep track of everything
Go ahead and set up your family calendar so you know when you need to be at each event. Put in important school dates, personal appointments, and anything else early so you’re prepared.
Make time for the family each night
In all the hustle and bustle of back to school, sometimes we forget to spend time together as a family. Make sure you are making time for the family each night, and schedule in a good block of uninterrupted family time once or twice a week. It could be game night, a special TV show or even reading a good book!
The first week of school can be such a fun and exciting time! Use these back to school tips to make sure nothing falls through the cracks and that you’re prepared for anything that comes your way.