Use this back-to-school checklist to make sure you're ready when the big day arrives. After all, there's a lot to accomplish before school begins! If you start early, you can easily tackle this list in just a few weeks, and the payoff will be a much easier back-to-school season for your entire family.
1. Have a Fashion Show
Before you go shopping for new clothes, have each child try on the clothes they havent worn since last year. As you find items that no longer fit, set them aside to bring to a consignment shop
or donate them to charity. If you find that you do need to purchase a few items, pay attention to the back-to-school sales and use coupons
to help you save money
If you need to have forms signed by your childs pediatrician, send them to your doctors office as soon as possible. Also, if your child has a food allergy, contact your childs teacher before the school year begins to discuss any necessary precautions. You can print a food allergy action plan
from The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
3. Purchase School Supplies
You can get a list of the specific school supplies your child will need from the school secretary or teacher. Items youll need to pick up may include backpacks
, and planners/organizers
, in addition to the regular assortment of pencils, crayons, glue, and scissors.
4. Confirm Your Babysitting ArrangementsDouble check that your babysitter knows what day school starts, and understands when youll need him or her to be available. In addition, take the time to confirm his or her pay rate and your planned payment schedule.
5. Consider Purchasing Alarm Clocks for the KidsIf your kids are extremely reluctant to get up in the morning, consider using an alarm clock with gradually increasing sound, or use a timer to make their bedside lamp turn on just before you want them to wake up.
6. Plan Your LunchesFirst, you'll need to decide whether you need to purchase new lunchboxes. If you do, make sure you look for one that says lead-free on the label. Some vinyl lunchboxes give off a lead residue, which you don't want near your kids' food! Also, begin to plan what you'll include in your kid's lunches, and stock up on extra lunchbox staples, like fruit cups and granola bars, when you see them on sale.
This can help to get everyone out the door a little faster in the morning. If youre gotten behind in doing the laundry, or you have a lot of ironing to do, take some time to complete this task before school begins. Also, consider purchasing a wrinkle-release spray for the kids clothes, which may not really need to be ironed on a regular basis.
Your calendar is a great tool for staying organized and managing the kids busy schedules. Take the time to add school-related items to your calendar, like half-days and holidays. Also, fill in your kids regular activities, like soccer practice, ballet, or karate. Get into the habit of looking at your calendar each evening to be sure you know what is coming up the next day.
On the first day of school, your kids will probably come home with 5-10 papers for you to sign. Youll want to have a space in your home where your kids can regularly leave the paperwork that requires your signature. Youll also want to have one spot where you can keep information on hand that youll need frequently, like the school lunch menu and calendar.
You'll want to be sure your kids are getting plenty of sleep when school starts. If your kids have been staying up extra late this summer, you want to gradually move their bedtimes up by about fifteen minutes a night. This will make bedtimes easier on you when school begins, and it will help relieve the back-to-school jitters and insomnia.