I had no idea what we were getting into this school year with elementary school. Luckily, we were prepared and found a new organized routine! What helped us most was a kindergarten “open house” in April (months before the first day of school!) along with a summer “kindergarten camp” to help us get used to the routine and familiarize ourselves with the school. Luckily, I found both of those events online when we moved to a new neighborhood, so if you are starting a new school in the fall, do your research early! You can also use these tips to prepare!
- Create a designated area for backpacks and lunch boxes. This was a big one for us since I hate wasting time in the morning looking for things. We hopped to the store to grab an organizational bin with buckets. Shoes go in the bucket. Backpacks go in another bucket. Lunchboxes in another. Get buckets! It is so helpful.
- Invest in a dry erase calendar and USE it! It’s easy to say that a calendar can help you get organized, but it only works if you actually use it. We write down our work schedules, school events, trips to theme parks, and bills to pay. My son, even though he is just five, is getting a better sense of time and now understands days and nights. He knows when to look forward to an event and when daddy is at work.
- Hang folders to create an “inbox” for your family. An easy and affordable way to keep clutter at bay is to hang file folders near the front door (and, even better, near your buckets for shoes!). Mail gets quickly filed away depending on who it is addressed to, coupons are organized immediately, junk mail is tossed, and important forms to sign are in the IMPORTANT folder. It is a simple habit to start and can help revolutionize your life!
- Set up a lunch station. Running low on time in the mornings? Have everything ready to go with a lunch station! We have bread, peanut butter, easy to pack snacks like Welch’s Fruit Snacks, and juice boxes. My son can now help pack his own lunch with his favorites since everything is nearby and easy to reach. We use clear plastic containers to organize everything, and I have it set up on a simple cart that you can find at your local home store.
We look for Welch’s Fruit Snacks in Mixed Fruit in a 10 count box (which lasts two weeks for us!) and it’s our go-to snack choice for lunches during the week. Welch’s Fruit Snacks have a delicious taste and have 100% daily value of vitamin C and 25% daily value of vitamins A and E! They offer a mess-free snacking solution! P.S. Fruit is the FIRST ingredient!
If you are worried about a new school year, read over this list to make sure you are ready for the next year!
Want to know if you are ready for kindergarten? Here’s a helpful checklist!
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
- Speaks in complete sentences most of the time
- Can understand and follow directions
- Can identify similar pictures in a set of five pictures
- Can discuss shape, color, and size
- Organizes objects that can be put into groups
- Recognizes their name in print
- Can write letters in their own name
- Can hold a book and flip through
- Can identify colors
- Knows a few shapes (Circle, triangle, square)
So, ready for school?! Set up your snack station and save money!