Get all your back to school tasks done on time like a pro
Among my friends feelings towards back to school time are split between those who adore and those who abhor the task. Either way there are a number of things that must be done and a few that can help ease the transition. Here's a list you can use for back to school to make sure you don't miss a thing.
For those who will be going to their very first day of school allowing them to be involved in as much of the process as possible can be helpful.
Three weeks before school starts
- Designate a school calendar where you can record all school related events (We use Cozi)
- Add all meeting times, first day, orientation meetings, teacher's in service days, and any other activities that you are already aware of
- Declutter clothing (I use the Give Back Box program to donate gently used items in Amazon boxes!)
- Search flyers and sales ads for back to school sales
- Shop for back to school supply lists from individual teachers
- Reach out to your emergency contacts to make sure phone numbers, addresses, and plans are correct in case of a school emergency
- Create a designated spot in your home to keep school papers and art projects
- Order uniforms if school requires them (especially those requiring emblems or monograms)
Two Weeks Before School Starts
- Go school shopping for supplies and clothes, if necessary. (back packs, pencil boxes, etc.)
- Review or create your school morning, afternoon, and evening routines; print and post if possible
- Ease into school bed times and waking times
- If child care is necessary, make and confirm those plans
- Create a lunch-packing station in your kitchen
- Designate and supply a homework area where students can complete assignments without distractions
One Week Before School Starts
- Decide on a menu plan for the first two weeks of lunches
- Shop for groceries
- Create about 5-7 meals to add to your menu for quick and healthy breakfasts
- Start following routines, especially morning routine
- Decide on homework times and screen time rules for after school and weekends (I highly recommend Circle for limiting screen time)
- Collect supplies that are missing from lists
- Time to adjust bedtimes and rising times so students can ease into waking up earlier
- If necessary, try a test drive to the school, especially if it's a new school, or you have moved or practice walking to the bus stop, etc.
- Wash all clothes and organize in drawers
- Get haircuts if needed
The First Week of School
- The night before the first day of school, charge camera
- Using teacher instructions, *help* your child organize supplies, folders, lockers, etc. accordingly
- Replenish supplies or fill in any missing items as they come up
- Put all new information acquired from teachers on the family calendar
- Fill out the forms given to your student
- Put money in your child's school lunch account if required.
- Evaluate and adjust everything as needed
I've included this Back To School checklist as a simple black and white printable with no frills to make life easier. Simply click on the link for the PDF to open up in a new tab.