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Getting ready for back to school is exciting with the start of a new school year and beautiful fall around the corner. It can also be daunting with the number of tasks you must complete getting ready for school to start. While it is a treat to have a slower schedule in the summer, jumping back into a fuller routine doesn’t sound fun at times. The secret is using a back to school checklist with a timeline to conquer this project. Your stress level will decrease and your enjoyment for the school season will increase.
Planning ahead for the new school year can also benefit your children, since they will feel secure knowing they will be prepared for school. Then the family can focus on spending your last summer days in a peaceful fashion instead of rushing to be ready. I love spending quality time as a family instead of crazy last minute shopping. I have found creating a master back to school checklist with a timeline prevents having the start of school sneaking up on me. So I created a Back to School checklist to help you brainstorm and plan out these next few weeks. This checklist is created for parents whose children will be attending public or private school.
Here are a few of the items on the checklist:
- Complete school registration paperwork for each child
- Register each child at their school and pay any fees
- Sign up for sports and other co-curriculars
- Decide if your child’s transportation method to school and reserve if necessary: bus, car, before/after school care, family member, or walking/biking
- Decide if using hot lunch, sign up and make any necessary payment
- If using cold lunch:
- Research lunch containers, water bottles and lunch boxes/bags (hot containers are also an option)
- Purchase and label your child(rens) lunch containers
- Create a list of lunch ideas for easier planning
If you are homeschooling your children I suggest checking out Kim’s Homeschooling checklist as an option.
In my checklist I mention getting back into morning and evening routines. Two quick suggestions to help you get back on track. If you have younger children, a visual reminder of their routines enables littles ones to manage their time better and reduces your reminders to them as well! I have found Jen from iHeart Organzing free printables very helpful for our morning routine and evening routine with the kids. I have these on our fridge downstairs and in their bathroom as a reminder. When they ask, “what’s next momma?”, I refer them back to the list. Works out well!
If you personally feel your morning and evening routine needs a jump start before school begins, then I highly suggest checking out Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings online courses. She has created excellent videos and other resources to help you move into a routine that meets your needs, no cookie cutter routines here. What I love about Crystal’s heart is she asks deep questions to help us truly seek the change we need in our routines instead of only doing a facelift on our morning and evenings.
The great news is until August 15th you can purchase either Make Over Your Mornings or Make Over Your Evenings for $10 (normally $17)! Another bonus, if you buy one of her courses for $10, you can get the other one for $7! I would love to hear how your routines change after taking Crystal’s course. Please share with me either on Facebook or Twitter.