Geez!! Where has the Summer gone? Just yesterday we were having our annual end of the year party and next thing we know it’s already time to start planning our new school year. If you’re anything like me you start planning well in advance for the madness that is about to ensue. So I have put together a game plan so you and your littles can rock your back to school!!
Back To School Supplies
Here in North Carolina if you walk into any super store ( Walmart, Target ) you will find the specific school supply list for your child’s grade. Now their teacher(s) may have their own list so check with them also. It gives you a idea of what your child(ren) will need for the upcoming school year. Try to time your back to school shopping to coincide with Your state’s tax free weekend. To find out if your state is participating and the dates visit Good Housekeeping. Our state did away with tax free weekend in 2013, I think. If you missed your chance you can still get supplies fairly cheap from most stores. If you can buy extra to help your child(s) teacher that would be so awesome. Most of the times these teachers are under paid and over worked and they spend what little money they have buying supplies for their classrooms. I’m sure that they would appreciate it and you would totally be a Rock Star for doing so. If you are need help with school supplies many Counties have Backpack Drives that help low-income families with school supplies. To find out if your County has a drive contact your child’s school or your counties Department of Education.
First Day Outfit
We all know that putting together the perfect first day of school outfit is so much fun and it can also give you littles something to look forward to. You don’t have to break the bank to get the perfect outfit. ThredUp has amazingily cute clothes for a fraction of the cost. They also have a handy app for ios and Android phones. Google is full of amazing sites that are dedicated to gently used kid’s clothes and many of them offer free shipping.
Meal prepping breakfasts and lunches ( if your child takes their lunch ) is a true lifesaver. It takes a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon to get a week’s worth of yummy and nutritious breakfasts and lunches ( even dinners if you’re feeling super ambitious ).
I love this channel and get so many great ideas for shopping and cooking with a budget. Meal prepping and planning is so simple and it really save time. It’s so satisfying knowing that your family has yummy and healthy meals that are ready to go, especially on school mornings when things tend to be hectic.
On Sundays we get our outfits ready for the whole week, which saves a ton of time during the week. The littles just grab the outfit that they picked for that day ( including under clothes, socks and shoes ) and they are ready for breakfast. Each night they get their book-bags packed with their supplies and homework and hang it on the hook with their outfit for the next day, this little hack has saved us time and stopped many melt-downs from happening. Having a nightly and morning routine gives your littles a sense of stability and can keep you sane on the busiest of mornings.
Once the school day is over and the kids are home it’s good to also have a afternoon routine. Something along the lines of:
- Snack: 3:30-4:00
- Homework: 4:00-5:30
- Screen Time: 5:30-6:00
You can tweak it to suit your schedule but that’s just a general idea. Another great hack is to have a snack station. I found some really good ideas on Pinterest.
This idea comes from 1 Crazy House, make sure to head over to pinterest and give her follow. I love ideas like this because your little(s) get the snack they want without the hassle. You can personalize it to include your little(s) favorite snacks and beverages. You can also have multiple stations if you have more than one little.
Going back to school can be stressful but prepping for back-to-school shouldn’t be. I hope that I have given you some handy tips and tricks. Thank you for stopping by. If you enjoyed this post please share with your friends.