Top 10 Tips For A Seamless Back To School Transition | #FallBackToScool

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It has finally arrived. My little girl is off to kindergarten. No more dropping her off and then picking her up a couple hours later as we get our feet wet for school by enjoying pre-school. Now, she has to get on the bus like a big girl every day at the same time. And she is gone all day. This means our mornings are no longer the leisurely wake up whenever we feel like it, wander around, take our time free for all that pre-school was. So as we are now a couple weeks into our first year of real school I wanted to share some tips on how to survive transition with ease. Some we’ve figured out, some we’ve picked up from others, and some we are still working on. It’s time for #FallBackToSchool

Top 10 Tips For A Seamless Back To School Transition

1) Pack lunch the night before. Chips, snacks, veggies, cookies, whatever can be bagged up and ready to go is in her lunchbox the night before. We still make sandwiches in the morning so the bread doesn’t get mushy or hard but we are cutting out 80% of the work in the evening. If you have any way to get around the mushy or dry bread, I’d love to hear it!

2) Plan outfits ahead of time. I don’t know about you but I find it a lot easier to plan outfits for the week on Sunday instead of running around, looking for an article of clothing, ten minutes before the bus arrives. We pick out all five outfits for the week and set them aside, assigned by day. A lot of stores carry plastic drawer systems; a lot of them come with five drawers. That means your outfits for the week are ready, in a designated drawer, and just waiting to be opened by your little one.

3) Homework. We take a short break as soon as my daughter arrives home from school for a snack and some R&R. However, we have a designated time when homework begins and we work on it until it is complete. As soon as homework is done it goes right back into the backpack. Otherwise, it goes missing and then mommy and daddy receive a note home from the teacher. I don’t know about you but I prefer smiley face stickers, not notes from the teacher.

4) Command hooks. Huh? Unfortunately our home is more of a beginners home, I like to refer to it as tiny or essentials only. What this means is we do not have a designated mudroom and we don’t have an entry nook. Since we like our daughter’s backpack and lunchbox to be in central area we “installed” a couple command hooks by the garage door. This gives her a place to hang her backpack and jacket/coat, as needed, so we always know where they are and they are easy for her to grab as we head out the door to meet the bus.

5) Enthusiasm. For our little one, going off to school for the first time was a little scary. New beginnings can be overwhelming and a bit scary for everyone, including adults. We want to make sure she is ready for her day at school so she sees nothing but happy smiles and encouragement every day. Some morning are still a little rough but it is important to be your little one’s biggest fan and that is exactly who we are.

6) Dress Rehearsal. About a week before school we made a point of showing our little one where she would be catching the bus every morning, dropped off after school, and where her school and classroom were. Not every school offers an open house prior to the start of the school year but we were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with our teacher a couple days before. This gave your little one the chance to see a new face while surrounded by those that she knows well. This also gave her the opportunity to see where she would be sitting in class and meet her class buddy.

7) Night time is bath time. Mornings are not the time for showers and baths. There is too much else going on. Plus, who wants a dirty stinky kid getting their sheets dirty? By doing bath time at night we can give her extra time to play in the tub, enjoy a bubble bath on occasion, and just relax. That’s what bath time is about, right?

8) Have breakfast ready. This doesn’t mean pancakes or waffles every morning. Yogurt and a banana is an easy workable breakfast that they can carry around while getting dressed. Part of our weekly grocery trip involves picking up “on the go” type breakfast items that will get her energized for the day but give her variety to choose from. The makings of a great day start with breakfast!

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9) Join a local team. A lot of team sports start in August which means the season is in full swing by the time school starts. This is a great way to not only introduce another level of fun and exercise into your little one’s life but for them to make new friends before the start of the school year. This has also been a great way for our daughter to learn how to take direction from someone other than mommy and daddy. This activity alone has been a positive on so many levels.

10) Plan a play date! At the beginning of the school year we are all new in some way, shape, or form. For a kindergartener this is the case on so many levels. One of the easiest ways to break the ice and have your little one become better acquainted with new friends is to plan a play date at the park a couple of weeks after school starts. Most parents aren’t comfortable with having their little one go to a stranger’s house for a play date so this is a neutral territory where everyone can meet. Don’t have a park in your area; pick a location of your choice! Simply send invites with your little one to school and have the teacher pass them out to the entire class. Think about it, this is a great way to have a party without a host.

The beginning of a new year is just that, a new beginning. There are bound to be bumps in the road from time to time but we all want the transition for our kids to be as easy and seamless as possible. By following the tips above hopefully the transition will be just that for you and your little one(s). Remember, we are all in this together and the success of the school year starts at home.

Welcome back to school! Let’s make it a great year!

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