School is almost in session! Before the bell rings, take a look at this checklist and make sure you and your children have everything you need for a successful start to the school year.
Schedule Final Appointments
Whether it’s a fresh back-to-school haircut, or a doctor appointment, try to get these scheduled (and completed) before school begins. It’s always easier to get these out of the way before life gets crazy with activities. If your child needs refills on medicines, have your doctor send them in.
Stock up on Groceries
Make sure your refrigerator and pantry are stocked up with healthy options for homemade lunches and after-school snacks. You don’t want to discover that you’re out of food on the morning of the first day of school.
Discuss After-School Routines
Kids of all ages thrive with daily routines. Talk to your children about what time they will wake up, what time (and where) they will complete homework, how much electronics time they are allowed, how late they can stay up, etc. Your children should know what to expect the first day of school. Establishing a routine can help minimize family strife, and create positive habits that last into adulthood.
Sign up for Fall/Winter Activities
Some activity deadlines may have already passed, but it’s a good idea to look into registration for things like sports, scouts, and music classes if you haven’t already. Spots often fill up quickly! If you’ve missed deadlines, look into getting your child involved in something less common like sewing classes at your local fabric store, cooking classes, pottery, or word working. Many local businesses offer classes to children on weekends throughout the school year.
Confirm After-School Care Plans
Ensure all the details are worked out for after-school care. Does your sitter need special permission to pick your child up from school or the bus stop? Have you submitted all necessary paperwork to your daycare? Make sure all these loose ends are tied up so you aren’t frantic on the first day.
Clean Your House
Start the school year with a decluttered home. Use your last few weeks and days to donate or toss (depending on condition) clothing that doesn’t fit and toys that aren’t used. Your tables and countertops will soon be filled with papers, books, and homework, so now is an ideal time to tidy up.
Fill in Your Calendar
Grab your planner and fill in important dates provided by the school, like holidays, half days, and special events. Also be sure to include weekly activities like piano lessons, soccer practice, and tutoring. You will feel much more organized and prepared when you know what to expect each week.