School starts for us in two weeks and I can hardly believe summer’s about over. To be honest, I was pretty anxious once summer started for school to be back in session, mostly because with all the kids home (mine and daycare), things feel more hectic and of course there’s a lot more fighting and all that goes with several little bodies in one space. #badmommy But I also crave the routine of the school year. I am a planner (if you hadn’t noticed), so I’m usually most at ease when I know what’s happening and when so that I can plan out my day. During the school year that’s a lot easier because everyone else is also on a schedule. Summer tends to bring more relaxed routines, and someday I hope to be not so busy so that I, too, can enjoy that!
Things to plan/buy/organize before school starts:*School supplies*Clothes/uniform*Sleeping/eating routine*Lunches/snacks*School calendar
I tend to be early getting ready for most things…you know, except when I procrastinate, which also happens. School supplies were bought a couple weeks ago, and I was “that mom” who emailed the school secretary for the list before it was sent out. Faith’s uniforms are bought and washed, she has a new backpack, and I have plans for healthy lunches (which usually lasts a day but I’m going to try and be better). #yeahright
One thing I haven’t done yet is to start getting Faith’s bedtime schedule back on track. It’s best if you can make bedtime about 15 minutes earlier a week until you get to the desired bedtime for school. Normally Faith’s summer schedule isn’t much different than her school schedule, but since she’s seven now she usually can tolerate a somewhat later night that she used to. She’s enjoyed some later fishing nights with Dad, some sleepovers, and she just generally isn’t falling asleep as early…maybe because of the long daylight hours. She has another sleepover planned for Friday, but with the exception of that night, it’s my intention to get her to bed earlier so we can get on schedule for school. Since going to bed at 8:00 has meant falling asleep 8:30-9:00 (sometimes later), we’ll have to start getting her to bed closer to 7:30 by the time school rolls around. Gradually waking her earlier each week will help as well (that will probably do the trick more than anything).
She also hasn’t been interested in eating breakfast, so I want to make sure she’s getting up early enough to want to eat and have time to eat breakfast…very important for a school day!
I just found the school calendar, so I got all of those dates transferred to my planner. I like to have all the vacation, in-service and early dismissal days in my calendar right at the start so I don’t forget. It helps plan daycare days, long weekends for out-of-town trips, and keeps me from being the mom who didn’t pick their kid up at early dismissal. Of course now I said it so this will be my year. 😉 I think the only thing left to do is label school supplies!
It’s not perfect, I’m not perfect, but all the prep certainly helps! When we get the last minute notice about open house, I’ll have everything ready to go! Next week I’ll try and share some more specific ideas for back-to-school organization!