It is time to prepare for back to school. The upcoming school year has just about arrived. However, it might seem like there are too many tasks to handle. What are those tasks again? Back-to-school shopping, planning meals, and adjusting to a different sleep routine. So, where should you begin? We’ve compiled a list of several tasks to consider before the start of the new school year. Even though some of these may not be necessary, they are still incredibly useful to make the transition process as smooth as possible — for you as a parent, but also for your kids.
The Top Ways to Prepare for Back to School
1. Get Started on Back-to-School ShoppingThe earlier you get back-to-school shopping taken care of, the better. It can be tempting to wait until the last minute, but this generally isn’t a wise decision. When you get this task out of the way early, not only will you be able to avoid long check-out lines, but you’ll also give yourself some peace of mind. After all, it’s never fun to wait until the last second to shop for back to school, only to discover that it’s difficult to find a particular product that you’re in need of. Although this can seem like a chore, you can always make back-to-school shopping more entertaining (and efficient) by getting your kids involved in the process. Try setting spending limits on items, and then allow your children to select whatever they like the best. Your child might even have fun, and you’ll be able to take care of an important task.
2. Prepare for Back to School by Stocking Up on School SuppliesThis is in a similar vein to the last point we made, although it is still a task of its own. While finding and purchasing all the necessary school supplies is one thing, sometimes, it can be beneficial to stock up on more than just the bare minimum. After all, most stationery items aren’t going to last forever. It’s also entirely possible for your child to misplace particular school supplies, leaving them in need of an urgent replacement. If you’ve stocked up on school supplies prior to the start of the school year, then you will always be good to go, should a mishap occur. Also, it’s a smart idea to keep any school supplies you purchase (whether it's pencils, erasers, notebooks, or something else entirely) organized and easy to find. This way, as soon as you are in need of an item, you’ll be able to quickly fetch it — without any digging. Link to TIA school supply list
3. Set Up a Homework Station for Your ChildGenerally speaking, it isn’t a good idea for your child to do their homework in locations where they also complete other activities. This can make it more difficult for them to focus, and to truly get in the mindset of “if I’m here, then that means all I have to do is work on homework.” This is why it is beneficial to set up a designated “homework station” for your child. For instance, you could set up desk space in a quiet location of your home. Then, this area can be exclusively used by your child while working on homework or other school assignments. This area should provide minimal distractions for your child, allowing them to stay focused on their work.
4. Prepare for Early MorningsAs most parents are well aware, during summer vacation, your child’s sleep and wake-up schedule is going to look quite different from during the school year. Try not to wait until the last minute to help your child get back on track. This could lead to some groggy mornings at the start, but it’s a good idea to take care of this transition before the school year has kicked off. Plus, mornings are typically hectic, during the school year. Make sure you have a routine planned out, to make them easier for both you and your children. Consider preparing lunches the night prior, whenever possible.
Good luck with all your back-to-school preparations!