By Jessica Nellen
It will soon be the season of cooler evenings, pumpkin-spiced everything, and big yellow buses filled with tiny humans on their way BACK TO SCHOOL. Most schools in our area start after Labor Day which is just over a week away! If you have kids, you’ve probably bought the necessary pencils, notebooks, crayons, and glue sticks. If not, you may find the shelves are already sparse. Retailers are already getting ready to switch over to Halloween costumes and candy. Just in case you are late to the party, my favorite place to get last minute supplies is Target.com. You can buy online and pickup in store or have them shipped to your house – many items have 2-day shipping! That leads us to tip number one to plan ahead for the school year.
- SUPPLIES. Getting supplies is step one to get kids ready to head back to school.
- PAPER. EVERYWHERE. Be prepared for paper. Starting on day one, your kids will be bringing home all kinds of papers – schedules, lunch menus, permission slips, art, homework, and letters from friends. If you don’t already have a place for these papers, they’ll get out of control fast. Now is a great time to set up a spot for kids to drop off their papers from the day so you can decide what needs your attention (permission slips or anything with due dates), what gets tossed into the recycling bin, which art pieces you want to snap a picture of before tossing into the recycling bin, and what gets kept to display at their high school graduation.
- ROUTINE. Make sure you have your morning routine ready before the first day! My kids ride the bus so I have the bus times written down on a whiteboard in the mudroom near their backpacks. Last year, I kept it posted for the whole school year but after the first few weeks, we fell into our routine. If your kids get a ride or walk, make sure that you know what time to leave and that they know the route if walking.
- FOOD. Talk to your kids about breakfast and lunch. Many schools offer both. Will your kids eat the school offerings? Get a copy of the school menus and try to plan a week or even the whole month ahead. Highlight the days they’ll take the school lunch and have food ready to pack for the rest of the week. Watch for a later post where I’ll share some of my favorite lunches from home. I’ve been the frazzled mom that tried throwing lunches together in the morning before the bus arrived so I can tell you that it is so much easier to have lunches ready to go the night before. Breakfast can be tricky too. Many kids don’t like to wake up early so they end up running out the door with untied shoes, their backpack in one hand and a piece of buttered toast in the other. Just like lunches, you can prepare breakfast the night before. Below is a great recipe to have food ready to go for busy mornings.
Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oats: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/cinnamon-apple-overnight-oats
Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oats
Prep Time 2 hrs Total Time 2 hrs
Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oats with layers of oats, Greek yogurt, applesauce, and cinnamon. This makes for a super fast and healthy breakfast!
Calories: 229 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
- 1/2 cup Silk® Almondmilk
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce , or freshly grated apple
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to a container with a lid.
- Fasten lid and shake until combined.
- Refrigerate overnight, or for at least 3 hours. Serve cold or warm!
- SLEEP. Lastly, adjust your sleep schedules now! If you and/or your kids got used to sleeping-in over the summer, you’ll want to adjust to waking up earlier before the first day. The first day of school will no doubt be exhausting and going into it tired isn’t a great way to start the year.
Being prepared ahead of time will get get your school year off to a great start. I hope you and your kids have a great school year!
Jessica is a mother of three. Her children are going into sixth, third, and first grades.