As the school season comes closer, stores everywhere are starting to stack their shelves with all sorts of school supplies. However, the struggle isn’t finding the school supplies need on your children’s supply lists but actually getting them to use it and stay organized! So, here is a list of our top 5 tips to help your school year start off on the right path.
1. Meet the teacher before school starts
If you have elementary school kids or ones going into their first year of middle school, the nerves can be a bit unsettling. One way to calm both yourself and your child is to go in and meet their teacher before the first day of school. They can also see where their classroom will be and what it looks like at the same time!
2. Check your own inventory before you go shopping
Often times (especially with the younger grades) school supply lists are sent out so you know exactly what your child will need for the year. However, before you go to the store and start buying everything on the list, check out what you have leftover from years past first. More likely than not, you won’t need to buy everything on that list and can save yourself some money.
ReRunner Tip: Take your kids shopping with you. We know it sounds a bit hectic but if you let them pick out things like their own planner they’re more likely to use it. It can also be helpful to pick a color for each subject and get matching supplies to stay organized.
3. Plan for packed lunches ahead of time
School day mornings can be frantic. Packing your kids lunch the night before can help save time in the mornings. It’s also a good idea to ask your kids what they like and want to eat for lunch before you go grocery shopping so you can get things they’re willing to eat.
4. East into the routine
Summer is a long 3 months without a very set routine. So, once the school year hits, it can hit pretty hard when you have to adjust to doing things by a set time. One way you can easily get back into the routine life is to ease your way into it beforehand. For example, a week or two before school begins, start setting alarms for your kids and having them get used to waking up at a set time every day again.
5. Create a family calendar
Come fall, school isn’t the only thing starting back. Many sports and other activities are going to be starting back up as well. That’s why it is a good idea to create a family calendar that has everyone’s commitments to help keep yourself organized. Similar to assigning each subject a color for your kids to stay organized, you can assign each family member a color for your calendar to make life a million times easier!