Back to School

Let’s Go Back to School!
by: Bella Israel

It’s that time of year again! The time where summer is quickly coming to an end and its time to get back to reality. Although we’ll all miss the late night movie nights and the fun family time spent with each other, all good things must come to an end. To help you get ready for the upcoming school year, here are a few things that we do as a family to get our children ready for the new home school year as well as tips for families whose children attend school. Congratulations! You’ve made it through the summer, now let’s get ready for a successful school year!
Start transitioning your family from their summer routine to their school routine. Chances are your summer has been spent with late nights and even later mornings. It’s important for your child to get readjusted to their upcoming schedule change. We normally begin our transition a week or two before the start of the new school year.
Limit Screen Time. If your summer has gone anything like ours, there has been an embarrassing amount of time spent in front of screens. Whether watching movies, or playing video games, now is the time to cut back on the amount of time your child spends in front of screens. Our children don’t normally watch television during the school week, so breaking them of their excessive screen time before we begin our school year helps.
Take advantage of sales. Back to school sales are happening all over the place, now is the time to take advantage of the sales on clothing, shoes, and school supplies. Take a trip to your local Walmart, Target, or office supply store and stock up on all of your school supply needs. Disclaimer: I’m convinced that my kids eat pencils, so I make sure I grab a few extra boxes of pencils and crayons and store them for later.
Purchase your Books. If you’re a homeschooling family, make sure you purchase your curriculum for the school year a few weeks in advance. Pre ordering your curriculum will save you time and headaches, especially if you receive the wrong order. It’s happened to me before, and I want to spare you the trauma.
Finish all summer homework assignments. If your child will be returning to school, make sure all assigned summer homework is complete. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete assignments. Take time to look over assignments to make sure they aren’t sloppy or look like they were rushed to complete.
Review last year’s subjects. Conduct a review of last year’s subjects with your child. It will give your child a chance to refresh their memory on key terms or math formulas that were used in previous classes that could help them build on new concepts that will be introduced in the new school year.
Tour the school. If your child has transitioned from elementary to junior high, or junior high to high school in the last school year, take a tour of your child’s new school and let them get acquainted with their new surroundings. Meet your child’s teacher and get a copy of their new schedule.
Prepare your study space. If you are homeschooling, getting your home school space ready is important to having a stress free school year. Get rid of old paperwork and previously used curriculum. Make sure your learning space is clean and ready for the new school year. If your child is attending school, create a space that is free of clutter and can be used as a space to study and complete homework assignments.
Create a menu. With all the hustle and bustle of getting organized for the new school year, creating a menu for your family will make things much easier. Stock up on breakfast and lunch items and put together a dinner menu to help make your evening routine run smoother. Look up new crockpot recipes to make life even easier. Crockpot recipes are great to put together in advance and freeze until ready to use.
Relax. Take the time to enjoy the last few days of summer by spending time relaxing with your family. Relaxation time with your family will help reduce stress that comes along with this time of transition.
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