As summer comes to an end, you may feel as if you and your family may need a break to recuperate from all your fun summer activities. Transitioning into a school year schedule may seem like a challenge, especially since you have to change your entire family schedule in a matter of one or two days. Dealing with the end of summer, however, doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do to ease into a school year schedule.
Start the Week Before
Give your kids the opportunity to adjust their biological clocks by sending them to bed at the right time. If they have to adjust their sleeping schedule on the day school starts, they may not have the energy to cope with the first few days. By getting them into the right routine a week before, they will find it easier to wake up earlier and start their day.
Create a Calendar
Create a two-week calendar that is big and visible in the house and have a marker close by. This calendar should be a planner for the first two weeks of the school schedule. Make sure that the block for every day is big enough so your kids can add their appointments and activities that they want you to know about.
Keep Your Calendar Clear
For the first two weeks, you may find yourself running around, trying to get your kids settled into their new school schedule. By clearing your calendar from car services, haircuts, and doctors’ appointments during this time, you’ll free up some valuable time and make life easier for yourself.
Optimising your back to school spending can make a big difference in your levels of preparedness. The first thing you should do is to get rid of all the stationery that won’t last for long. Short pencils, broken crayons, and pens that don’t write anymore. After you have purged your household from useless items, ask all your kids to give you a list of the things they need for the entire term. Also, make sure that they have everything they need to keep their stationery organized.
The Night Before
If you have smaller kids, make sure that they have clothes for an entire week or any other time between washes. If necessary, draw up a schedule of what they will wear on each day. This will prevent them from asking you to wash something when there is no time.
Another thing that can make your mornings even crazier is getting their lunch ready. By preparing their lunch beforehand, you free up some valuable time in the mornings to sort out other things that will inevitably go wrong.
Plan Your Week Ahead
When summer ends, you may find that your personal responsibilities can also stack up. To keep overwhelm at bay, plan the first week of school ahead. Plan your schedule for every day, consult with your kids to make sure that they are on board with your schedule, and draw up a to-do list for the week. Make sure that all your activities are congruent with your kids’ schedules and that you make provision for emergencies or unexpected trips.
Evening and Morning Schedule
It is incredibly important that your family should follow a schedule in the evenings and mornings, especially if you have young and energetic kids. This will ensure that they get to bed at a time that will allow them enough sleep and wake up early enough to have a complete and healthy morning routine. This will also ensure that they are never late for school.