1. Print out your Back To School sign: If you’ve been trolling on pinterest this time of year, you’re bound to come across a bunch of cute pre-schoolers modeling perfect outfits and holding little “First year of _____” signs. I’ve collected a few on my Back to School pinterest board. These signs are pretty cute, and an easy way for moms of future graduates to get all of their photos in order 20 years from now. I caved to the trend and made one for Red in Picmonkey with a cute chalkboard background and fun fonts…
5. Label all Clothing: If your child is in daycare or preschool, clothes will be changed and coats will be left. Get a leg up by sewing or ironing in labels to all your important pieces. Don’t forget hats, gloves and even swim goggles if your student has swim class. Beautiful, personalized labels can be commissioned on Etsy for really cheap!
6. Scout your Bus Stop: Make sure your child knows exactly where the bus stop is and what time the bus comes. If you’re walking your grade schooler to the bus stop, talk about how to get ready in the morning and what they need to remember. If there is an abundance of school age kids in your neighborhood, try to find a bus stop buddy before the first week so they feel comfortable.
8. Find a Homework Spot: If you don’t already have one, designating a quiet, distraction free homework spot is a GREAT asset for a school age child. Make homework rules, like No TV or playtime until all homework is completed. Have adequate supplies at the homework station so your child doesn’t wander around looking for them and become distracted. Above all, be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but remember… never do the homework for them! (Photo from Shanty 2 Chic)
9. Practice Going to Bed Early: AND getting up for breakfast. In the weeks before school, start setting your alarm clock. Feel free to taper into bedtime as well as wake up times to assure that the first day of school doesn’t leave anyone dragging their feet or feeling less than ready. Grab hearty breakfasts and multivitamins to fuel little brains until lunchtime. No one wants to feel hungry in the middle of show and tell!