• Michaele Tocco

Back To School Tips!

Summer's on its way out, but there’s still time to get and keep your kids organized for school with these great back to school tips!

Whether it’s a struggle getting your kids prepared for back to school, or you get tired of nagging them to stay organized during the school year. This blog is for you!

Preparing for back-to-school!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming! Here are some helpful tips to get everyone back into the swing of things:

1. No more sleeping in and late night eating! Start adjusting your schedule by going to bed at the school bedtime, and waking up close to the time you would wake them for school. This is helpful in breaking that cycle that they've been in the last couple of months.

2. Establish a daily routine now. At least a week or two before school starts, get the family up, fed, and dressed in the morning to establish a routine of what needs to be done and how much time is needed.

3. Obtain a school supply list. Check to see what you have from last year and what you need for the new school year. Buy extras for later in the year for when your child runs out! Even though I start my daughter with a box of 48 pencils, somehow she always ends up halfway though the year with nothing but tiny pencils without erasers.

4. Make sure you have all the paperwork required to start school. That would include vaccination records, any required medication forms, and other important paperwork. Put them in a labeled envelope and scan copies to your drive for your records.

5. Make a calendar that has everyone's schedule on it. This can be a paper or digital calendar. I like to color code my family members so that nobody is searching for their name. Add in all afterschool activities that will go on throughout the month.

You need to stay ready so you don’t have to get ready!

Staying Organized!

If preparing is not an issue for you that's great! The task now is keeping them organized once they start. You’re tired of having to remember everything for your kids! Do they act like you're nagging them when you ask them a question about homework?

As a mom of an 11 and 8 year old, I know the struggle of having to keep all of my list and theirs in order! Try these tips to help your kids become more organized:

1. Help your kids make checklists that include homework and chores. They can check off each item as they complete it. My 11 year old daughter has a daily planner she uses to write down her list.

2. Implement daily routines to help kids know what to expect throughout the day. My 8 year old son always points out if we do something out of the norm. As annoying as it is, at least I know he’s paying attention.

3. Utilize color-coding for school to help keep assignments in order (red folders English, orange folders Math, green folders Science, etc.) This works wonders with my children.

4. Go through your kids backpacks with them every week. This ensures there are no lost assignments, and to make sure backpacks are neat and organized. My son stores ALL the stuff so checking his bag is a must and keeps it neat.

5. During dinner or before bedtime discuss with your child the activities for the next day. This ensures you keep them on the same page as you, and it's an opportunity to hear any concerns they have. Both of my children like knowing what the plans are for the next day.

I hope you found these tips helpful for preparing your kiddos to go back to school and keeping them organized!