The sound of the yellow school bus driving away…
The smell of newly sharpened pencils…
A crisp new outfit…
Freshly gelled hair…
The dreaded Magic Rub erasers…
When you think of back to school what do you think of?
Chelle and Tracy’s talk memories, ideas and tips to make this The Best New School Year Ever. Read these and share your best tips and memories!
Tracy has a school supply shopping tradition. Read about it here.
Do you belong to a moms group at your school? Our school has a Moms in Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch) group and one of the special things we do each year before school starts is to take an hour to walk around the school in prayer for the teachers, staff, students, safety and success of the school, etc.
If you have a child with some separation anxiety (which we both did) try drawing a heart in the palm of their hand. Remind them that when they’re sad they can look at their hand during the day and remember how much mom loves them and is praying for them.
If your child has a hard time in the afternoon (ie. around 2:00) or they have a test at noon write the time on the palm of their hand and tell them that you will be thinking/praying for them at that time!
Clear off the outside of the refrigerator and/or bulletin board for a fresh start to the year.
We both have a hanging file for each family member’s temporary papers. Clean these out now. Teacher information, sport’s rosters, immunization records are a few of the things Tracy keeps in hers.
Tape a baggie inside a cabinet door to collect box tops. No more sticking them in a drawer or setting them in a pile. When the school has a contest or when you are going in for conferences take the baggie and tape up a new one!
Shop for school supplies in your house and in last year’s back pack before you finalize your list. No need to buy more erasers if you have some already!
Designate a place to store back to school supplies. ALWAYS put extra supplies there.
Type out your kids’ schedule and clip it to the frig or inside a cabinet door. Here is an example of Tracy’s kids’ schedule in 2008-09.
Get outfits ready the night before. Use a hanging organizer like this one. Put each day of the week’s outfit in a section.
Use these closet rod tabs to organize each day of the week if you prefer to hang your clothes.
Attach a clothes pin on your door like this for papers needing to go out or make a door knob hanger to remind you of important things.
Create a system for the kid’s paper coming in like this. Click through to follow her tutorial!
Use your smart phone camera. Take a picture of rosters, schedules or other important information.
Help your kids organize a 3 ring binder to keep their school subjects organized using my favorite Avery Plastic Insertable 2-Pocket Dividers.
Be careful not to over commit your schedule. It is really exciting at the beginning of the year but you (and your family) may regret it later when you are too busy and stressed to enjoy life!
Heading off to college? Use this dorm room checklist.
In closing, on the show, we shared a bit from Jen Hatmaker’s blog post entitled the Worst End of School Year Mom Ever! Read it for a reality check. Give yourself grace.
Choose just one tip to implement. Don’t expect that you will be able to do it all!
Happy Back To School!