Sail Into Back to School Season With These Ideas
Summer is flying by, and school supplies are already adorning the Meijer aisles and school registration emails will start appearing in your inbox.
Whether you dread the start of the school year or are looking forward to the routine again, making a smooth transition is the key to a successful start.
These 10 handy hacks will help you before school, after school, and all the times in between!
10 School Hacks for Parents and Kids
1 – Create a Homework Station
Set up a space in your home dedicated to homework. Whether it’s a small desk in the living room or a space on the family desk, as long as it’s stocked with homework supplies, it will make homework time much more pleasant.
Fill the space with pencils, pens, a pencil sharpener, paper, sticky notes, a comfy chair and more to make it a practical and cozy place to get the task done. Provide tissues and snacks and anything else that will help them to stay put longer and get up less, minimizing interruptions and distraction!
2 – Organize Lunch Items for Easier Choices
Create bins or spaces in your pantry and refrigerator for lunch and snack goodies. This will make it easier for the kids pack their own healthy and complete lunches and grab a healthy snack when after school hunger strikes.
Big sandwich eaters? Put a bin in the fridge with everything you need to make a quick sandwich!
3 – Make Routines Clear and Visible
Print the morning routine and hang them where kids can see them, making mornings flow without hiccups.
Laminate the sheets and let the kids check off the tasks with a dry erase marker daily to make it more fun.
4 – Use Personalized Stickers to Avoid the Lost and Found
Save yourself a trip to the lost and found bins with permanent personalized stickers. These life-saving stickers stick to everything – clothing, shoes, supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, you name it!
These stickers can be easily ordered online and are fairly inexpensive.
5 – Stock up on School Supplies When Sales Hit
Don’t miss the sales on school supplies! Hit them early to score the best selection and deals. Grab extras at these super low prices – you’re sure to need them come February when markers are dried up, glue is empty and notebooks are full!