It’s almost that time again- back to school! While part of me dreads this, part of me is ready for some structured routine in our life again.
Summer has felt kinda like a circus. And I have realized those are my monkeys. But it’s been a grand adventure, we’ve gone places, seen things, and made a lot of memories. Summer also brings late bedtimes, sleeping in, and the freedom of no school.
We still try to keep the girls on somewhat of a ‘routine’ during summer, just more relaxed than the school year. So when the kids have to start getting ready to go back to school, it can be quite the transition on their little bodies.
Here’s a few ways we help the girls get back into the swing of things to prepare them (and us) for the school year.
Slowly get bed time/wake time back to routine.
During the school year, the girls are usually in bed at 7:45. That may seem early, but they also get on the bus at 6:15 in the morning. I know, it’s tough, and that is one reason why I would love to home school. Anyways- during the summer we still make sure they are in bed by at least 8:30.
For the month before school starts, we adjust the bed times and wake times by ten minutes or so every night, until we are at our goal. This way it’s not such a drastic change the night before the first day of the school and they don’t show up looking like zombies.
Create a schedule that will mirror the classroom.
A few weeks before school starts, I like to start really getting things back into the school flow by mirroring the school schedule. A few examples are to have scheduled bathroom breaks, reading times, snack time, and limited play time. This way they won’t be in total shock when it’s time to get back into the more strict school routine.
Make it fun!
I try to make going back to school exciting for our kids. It can be a bittersweet time, so I have to remind myself of this as well. Help them get excited to be with their friends again, to learn new things, and to have fun while they are school! I like to do this by making our snack time at home fun.
I love offering Pepperidge Farm Goldfish® crackers at snack times for the girls. They always look forward to these crackers! And as a mom, I love choosing these crackers as a snack instead of junk food. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish® crackers are made with no artificial flavors or preservatives, so they are pretty high on my list of favorite snack options.
I also have these crackers on hand once school starts, because they make the perfect after school snack. Enjoying Pepperidge Farm Goldfish® crackers is a sure way to create smile worthy moments with your kids!
Don’t forget communication.
Going back to school is sometimes a scary thing for kids, and honestly, for the parents as well. But remember to talk with your kids, especially once school starts back up. Ask them questions about their day, and make them specific, so the kids’ answers are more than “good”. Ask things like, “who did you sit by at lunch”, “what did you play at recess”, “what was your favorite thing you learned today”, etc.
What are your favorite back to school tips? Share them with us!