It’s hard to believe it is already time to start thinking about ways to get ready for back-to-school. However, summer is coming to screeching halt, stores are already bringing in the back-to-school gear, and if you are a parent of a school age child your to-do list just got a little longer. Take some pressure off by following these 8 ways to get ready for back-to-school.
1. Buying Supplies
Stores start putting back-to-school supplies on sale as early as July. Beat the rush and get started as soon as possible. Check out sales fliers for discount stores and office supply stores in your area. There are some good deals on school supplies.
2. School Clothes
Buying new clothes for school is one of the fun ways to get ready for back-to-school. Of course we all know that buying new clothes can get costly. I suggest going through your child’s closet to figure out what things don’t fit and replacing a few items. Additional things can be bought throughout the year. I usually buy a pair of jeans, a couple of new shirts, and new shoes at the beginning of the school year. Throughout the year I buy things I find on the clearance rack.
3. School Uniforms
If your child has to wear uniforms to school then new clothing shopping may not be as fun, but it still needs to be done. I try to save money on uniforms by looking at thrift stores. Most of the time I am able to find plenty of good quality items that barely look used. Some churches and community centers will also do uniform drives to help you out.
It’s not unknown that children lose a little bit of what they learned over summer. One way to get ready for back-to-school is to get children back into reading. You can have them read a few minutes every night before bed.
5. Bed Time Routine
Chances are summer has thrown off your routine a little. Longer daylight hours and less going on in the day has us staying up later and sleeping in a little bit. To prepare for back-to-school, I suggest adjusting your child’s bedtime routine. Start getting ready for bed a little bit earlier each night until you are back to your regular school night bed time.
6. Lunch Ideas
Does your kid take lunch to school? One way to get ready for back to school is to come up with new lunch ideas. Forget the same old sandwich and chips. Try to switch up your child’s lunch to make going to school more exciting. Get creative.
7. Early to Rise
Not only do you need to worry about going to bed earlier, you may also need to start getting use to waking up early too. As it gets closer to heading back-to-school, start waking up a little early each morning. Get the kids into a morning routine of having breakfast, getting dressed, and brushing their teeth as soon as they wake up.
8. One Last Hurray!
Another way to get ready for back-to-school is to prepare one last fun event. We may be getting ready for the new school year, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Plan a family trip to the beach or have your friends and family over for one last summer party. Whatever you do end this summer vacation with a bang.
There are so many ways to get ready for back-to-school. There are so many things that need to be done so the kids can have a successful first day of school, but we also need to keep things fun. If you can think of any other ways to get ready for back-to-school please share.
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