Mom Monday-Making the Back to School Transition Smoother

19 Aug

Summer vacation comes to an end eventually.  The new school year will kick off before you know it.  Parents and kids should start preparing several days (ahem weeks) in advance for an easy back to school transition.  There’s also a few things that can be done during the first few weeks of school that will set the right pattern for the entire school year. Kids walking back to school with backpacks.

Before School Starts:

Kids and parents need to adjust to school hours by establishing a bedtime routine at least one week before school starts.   Family members need to take school hours into account when planning daytime and nighttime activities in the weeks leading up to the start of school.

Obtain grade level appropriate supply lists and purchase school supplies.

Attend orientation day to meet each child’s teachers.  During orientation, map out classroom locations so there are no questions about where students need to go on their first day of school.

When School Starts:

Everyone should try to wake up 10 to 15 minutes earlier than necessary for the first week until a routine is established.  The extra few minutes in the morning will leave time for anything that might go wrong before heading off to school.

Choose clothes and shoes for school the night before. Iron anything that needs it.  Designate a location for clothes and shoes to be placed so that everything is easy to find when it’s time to get dressed. Place book bags and school related items in a designated area also – near the door is good. For kids that take their lunch to school, do as much preparation as possible the night before.

Be sure to have easy to prepare breakfast foods in the house. Fresh fruit (bananas, apples, seedless grapes, etc.), cereal bars, whole grain sandwich crackers, drinkable yogurt, juice pouches or boxes are good to have in case a grab-and-go breakfast becomes necessary.

Prepare for after school.  There should be a clear understanding about how kids will get home from school and what they should do when they get there. Establish when, where, and how long kids are expected to spend time doing homework.

Parents Schedules:

The return to school impacts parents’ daily schedules so they’ll need time to adjust.  The first week of school might be a good time to make semi-homemade meals. Dinner menus should be kept simple but healthy until everyone adjusts to being back in school.  Buy a main dish and make a healthy salad or something simple to go along with it.  Or, cook a main dish and pick up side items from a grocery store deli.

Ask kids about their first day of school. Keep the lines of communication open all year. Get to know all of your kids’ teachers and administrators.   Make sure the school staff (secretaries, guidance counselors, etc.) knows you.

Best of luck with your Back to School prep.  What do you need to do first?

Comment below and let us know your favorite tip.

Tangela Walker-Craft is a wife and homeschooling mother.  She has a degree in English with anTangela Walker Craft emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of South Florida.  She is certified to teach Language Arts.  She taught in the public school system for seven years.  She writes Examiner.com and created The Go Pillow.

13 Responses to “Mom Monday-Making the Back to School Transition Smoother”

  1. Sharisse September 15, 2015 at 1:49 AM #

    These are great tips! Well thought-out and very helpful, even if you don’t have school-aged children and just need to prepare for a change in your routine.

  2. Laura at Mommy Maleta September 15, 2015 at 1:13 AM #

    I’ve got the kids into their back to school routine, now I’m the one who needs help : )

  3. Lena Burkut September 14, 2015 at 12:35 PM #

    It has been rough so far for my son – the adjustment to the first grade. We are trying a number of things and I really hope it gets better

  4. Andrae September 14, 2015 at 12:21 AM #

    Great tips! I have my oldest in kindergarten this year, and I know how important it is to make sure she has enough sleep. The bedtime routines are essential to an easy evening and great start in the morning.

  5. Crystal Green September 13, 2015 at 10:28 PM #

    These are some really good tips. Even though I homeschool my kids, they are beneficial for us too. I don’t like changes in my schedule.

  6. Michelle September 13, 2015 at 9:05 PM #

    These tips sound very helpful even for homeschoolers! We’re still working it out.. 😀

  7. Crystal September 13, 2015 at 6:25 PM #

    We homeschool, but the past week the kids have been very good at staying with our routine – even when I’m not. Let’s hope it continues!

  8. Jill September 13, 2015 at 2:22 PM #

    This was a good reminder to rewind for me. We’re starting our fourth week Romo and I am feeling very disorganized.

  9. Scarlet September 12, 2015 at 8:48 PM #

    That was a lot of good information! Giving yourself extra time to get used to the routine is important . And you are so right about communication with your kids and their teachers.

  10. Anne Campbell July 13, 2015 at 10:13 PM #

    Wonderful tips for back to school. I think these are valuable for brick and mortar schoolers, but some are also important for homeschoolers as well. It’s always an adjustment to get back into a routine. Thanks for this!

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