School is your child’s career and summer is their vacation. After 2 months of no school, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things (for you and your child). These tips will help make the transition back to school go smooth.
Supply Shopping Tips
Especially in elementary school, I LOVED school supply shopping. There was something about picking out a sparkly notebook and matching pencils that was awesome! This kind of shopping can be fun, but it can also be stressful. In order to calm things down, it would be helpful to bring only 1-2 kids at a time so you can keep track of the lists and what all is entering the cart.
Towards middle school, I began to have a hard time keeping track of which textbook and notebook went with which subject. My mom helped my create a system that worked for me. We color coded all my textbooks with solid color book covers and all my notebooks matched. That way all your child has to do is think, I have math. Math is red. *grabs everything red.
But… sometimes the fun part is picking cool book covers. That’s ok, too. Another way to organize your child’s books is to have themes. Maybe their science book cover has a giraffe on it. Then their science notebook might have a picture of a safari. All they have to think is, I have science. Animals are science. *grabs giraffe book A nature safari is science. *grabs safari notebook.
Another very important part to school supply shopping is knowing what you already have. Go through your child’s supplies from last year and see if anything is worth reusing. Notebooks probably have to be replaced, but last year’s ruler probably still works fine. Also, give away good supplies that your children don’t need anymore to other families! Sharing is caring!
After shopping, odds are those supplies will sit around in a corner until it’s time to take them in. No! Those supplies need to be labeled! Label just about everything with your child’s name and room number. You can even label book covers and notebooks with the subject they belong to.
After your child’s supplies are labeled, keep them separated from your other kids’ supplies by putting them in different colored bags. If you have your supplies in grocery bags, tie a different colored ribbon around the handle. So Kelly’s supplies have a red ribbon and Frank’s have blue.
Plus: 2 Ways to Get Kids in School Mode
- Prevent TOO much sleeping in. If your children have to get up at 7 on a school day, have them get up by 8 on most days. Let them go to bed at a reasonable time. About a week or so away from school, treat every day like a school day where they go to bed at __ and get up at __.
- Do summer homework during the summer…not a week before school starts. Reading or doing math problems all summer will keep their brains fresh and will make getting homework again less of a shock. If your child doesn’t have homework, summer workbooks are an awesome way to keep their heads in the game!