Back to School Prep – for you and your kids!

I can’t believe it’s almost back to school time already! The summer has just flown by!

My kids start school in about 4 weeks, so now is a great time to start thinking about getting prepared emotionally and physically for the transition to school. I know how overwhelming that can be for you and your kids,  so over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be focusing on one aspect of getting ready for school each week, so you don’t have to worry about what you need to do, and instead you can just get to work preparing for school to start.

Even though we still have a few weeks of summer left, it’s a good idea to get your kids back into the mode of having a schedule and organizing their time, so they can make sure they accomplished what they wanted to this summer and are as ready as possible for school.

TO DO: Getting the most out of the last month of summer

  1. Show them a calendar and count the number of days and weeks left in the summer. Ask them “What do we need to do to get ready for school?” Write down their answers.
  2. Ask them next, “What is left that you still want to do this summer?” Write down these answers too.
  3. Download the Back to School Checklist for Week 1
  4. Then, help them prioritize the activities and tasks they want to accomplish by the start of school, and then add them to the calendar. These activities can be going special places, playing with friends, back to school shopping, organizing clothes and supplies, visiting family or going on vacation.
  5. Plan your seasonal sports and activities for the whole year on the calendar and register for them if you can.
    • Make sure to plan a budget if you need to for activity fees, and make a list of special clothing and supplies you will need for each activity.
  6. Begin to brainstorm 3-5 rules or expectations you want to prioritize for the upcoming year. For example, one of my rules is that we only watch TV on the weekends during the school year.
    • Make sure to discuss these expectations with your kids and even get their feedback on them.
    • Discuss the consequences if expectations/rules are not met.

TO THINK AND CREATE: Being “intentional” about what you want the new school year to look like.

This week we’re working on being purposeful with our thoughts so that we can decide how we want to feel this year. This can be helpful when tackling overwhelming activities, like planning and making a schedule. You can do this work for yourself and/or use it to help your children plan how to be intentional with their thoughts for the new year.

  1. How do you feel when you think the start of school? Are you anxious or stressed? Excited? Sad? Write down 2 or 3 thoughts you have that may be leading you to those feelings.
  2. Think about how you can make the most of these last few weeks of summer. If you want to feel more relaxed, read this post, which gives you 5 ways to lower your stress now, specifically with the unique stresses of the summer in mind.
  3. How do you want to feel about school starting? Do you want to feel organized? Prepared? Calm? What thoughts do you need to think to help you get there?

Get your checklist and worksheet for this week below! Just click on the image and the checklist will be available for immediate download!

That’s it for this week! Next week, we will be discussing organizing, decluttering, and adding in routines and planning (chores, meal planning, etc.) so the transition back to school will be more seamless.