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I took many classes over the years in school, but never one to teach me some surefire back to school tips.
Class is now in session and pull up a chair to get schooled in Back to School Tips 101 now with me!
See back to school is occurring right now for many across the country. Here in NY, we have another three weeks of summer vacation left, but back to school is indeed looming for us and definitely on the horizon. So, I am realizing I am in true need of all the back to school tips that I can get for my own gang now.
As yet much as I love summer, I know fall and back to school is approaching. This past week, I have gotten the official letters for both my girls for back to school orientations and new teacher assignments. I also got well-checkups & dental appointments completed, and new sneakers purchased, too. We even bought new school backpacks and lunch boxes, as well.
But I still have so much more to do in these next three weeks to get us in gear and not much more I can do, but prepare for the new school year with back to school tips and tricks.
Walmart has the solution, on so many fronts, for back to school tips for all with their new back to school tips video collection to help all those parents and kids alike in need pretty much covering all age groups from kindergarten right through college, too with back to school tips.
I found some back to school tips inspiration from them while surfing the internet and am sharing my top 3 (yes just 3!) back to school tips today that I gained from viewing their awesome back to school videos.
My Top 3 Back to School Tips:
Back to School Tips 1: Routine, Routine, Routine
I guiltily admit my girls have been going to bed rather late this past summer and bedtime has gone out the window with us. I have been lax as they haven’t had to get up in the morning for 2 months for anything really.
So, now with September and back to school in the air, I am starting these next few weeks to get the girls back on a routine and schedule for going to bed, as well as for mornings, too for the first of my back to school tips.
Emma will be in kindergarten and need to be on the bus by 8:30 in the morning. She usually isn’t too bad in the morning getting up, but still one small thing sets her off and we can set off a chain of events that could totally make us late.
Lily, who is not and never been a morning person, will be going to morning pre-school this year to prepare her too for the big show of kindergarten. See, I would rather have the morning battles with her in pre-school then when she finally enters elementary school for the first time (to be honest I hope not to have too many morning issues, but let’s be honest this is Lily and I fully expect it).
Also, decided we will pick out outfits in the evening before bed, so that we don’t have any early morning debates on what to wear, because with girly girls this is a must!
I figure if the girls know going in what is expected of them now with the routine and even chores with possibly a chore chart, then we get in shape earlier rather then later for the upcoming school year with indeed the first of my back to school tips.
Back to School Tips 2: Meal Time Readiness
I am deciding now what the girls will be eating for their meals now, such as healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and possibly even dinner, too.
I might be a bit less crazed about dinner, because we eat it together for the most part and like the meals we have in our rotation, but I am always willing to add if I find a few new good recipes.
So, back to school tips # 2 is to make sure I am fully prepared for all the upcoming meals for this school year.
See, I need better options for the morning startups with some better on the go options for breakfast like these Emerald Smores Breakfast On the Go packages for both the girls and myself, because let’s face it, we will most likely have only a short time to get ready and out the door. So, these look perfect to me!
As for lunch, the girls already have their lunch boxes (think Frozen with my little addicts!). But we need some great additions to their lunch boxes. I actually just found out Lily will need to bring her own snack for pre-school and was thinking maybe good old fashioned low fat chocolate milk by Nesquik or even Capri Sun Juice boxes. As for snack, I am thinking maybe Vanilla and Chocolate Snack Pack Pudding Cups, because what kid doesn’t like pudding, even my picky eater Lily loves her fair share of pudding!
Back to School Tips 3: Be Organized with Storage and Labeling:
Many schools already make you purchase back-to-school supply kits through them. Emma’s elementary school included this option and I took it.
But I know am going to need to be organized as far as what we keep here at home, such as artwork that she and Lily both make and even making sure to label their supplies and clothing that I send in.
Back to school tips # 3 is to indeed get more organized with how I store and label the girls’ school stuff.
So, I have purchased clear storage bins for each girl to be able to store all that they need from crafts, projects and work they do at school. And I also have extra labels and sharpie markers on hand to label all that I send in with them, including clothing, which I have been instructed by the school to make sure everything I send in is indeed clearly labeled.
Also, for my mommy brain issues of forgetfulness, I have I need to keep better tabs on the paperwork coming home for me to keep track of what is coming up on the calendar at both their schools and even any papers that need immediate attention with my John Handcock signature. I decided to use a pocket letter sized organizer so I won’t lose anything and keep track of all on my end for my girls this year.
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I figure if these few steps are taken now to indeed organize and get us on a better schedule, we will totally be that much better off when we do go back to school in the next few weeks and hope these back to school tips will help you and your kids, too. Now that you have indeed been schooled in Back to School Tips 101, will you pass or fail for the year – time will tell!