The school season is quickly approaching!! Can you believe we have been breaking down the back to school readiness now for eight weeks!!
If you have been following along since week 1 you are probably looking back and saying wow I really have gotten a lot done without all the pressure from the past years, and I still had time to enjoy the summer! It feels good, doesn’t it!
For the ones that are just joining us here is the break down of the past weeks:
- The introduction includes the free printable checklist
- Week 1: Plan it out includes free printable planner and important date reminders
- Week 2: Get Organized the basics included free printable shopping list templates
- Week 3: Organized to the extreme included printable meal plan and chore list
- Week 4: Morning Vs Night Changing your routines and implementing a few changes can change your whole school year
- Week 5: Home Ready: Get your home ready for the kiddos and you to succeed this school year, plus a free printable babysitter worksheet
- Week 6: Who Has Time to Cook. A collection of minimal effort minimal clean-up meals to get you through your busy week.
So, what is left to do?
Today and this week is about checks and balances. Let’s walk through and make sure we have everything set and ready to go for back to school night and/or the first day of school.
Disclaimer: If you follow me on Instagram you probably have noticed I am a little behind on these weeks. That is because school here does not start until August 21st. However, I know some kids in other towns, cities, and states that start as early as August 3rd. So I decided to do an early release on this series so it is available to all parents. WE all deserve a little less stress wouldn’t you agree.
Now that I gave you my disclaimer and answered probably half my messages let’s dive into this double checking gig.
#1.) This may sound funny but most schools have you go through a re-registration every year. Make sure your kid is registered and ready to go for the school year. I think that is the top double check you should do.
#2.) Are you kids physicals done, scheduled? Do you have their shot records up to date and school prescription forms and unopened prescriptions ready to be delivered?
Legally the school can not give your kids any medication without Dr. prescription forms. You kid is also unable to keep their emergency inhaler in their backpack so make sure no matter how small it seems you have all that medical hoopla taken care of. (Trust me I have been there and done that and I know how much of a headache it can be)
#3.) Back to school night/meet the teacher… When is it?
#4.) Clothes, Shoes, Hair Accessories organized and ready to go? For hair accessories, I recommend getting a bin for all of them. If your daughter is anything like mine hair accessories get taken off halfway through the day and find their way to the bottom of the backpack. OR there is always, as you do your weekly cleaning you find them in couch cushions and hidden corner behind the couch. Having one place with a lid to put them has really helped keep us keep them for more than a week.
You did find a place for those shoes… Right? Refer to week 5 and the missing shoe… just avoid it and have a good place where shoes go to stay together.
#5.) Backpack is it ready to go? Go back to your school supply list and double check you got everything. Did you get the teacher some extras for the classroom? Set them aside in some totes so the teacher knows those are the classroom extras, not your child’s school supplies.
#6.) A welcome to our life’s gift for the teacher. No, really this teacher will spend so much time with your kid… a small token means the world. When I lived in the city a $10 gift card to the local coffee shop was always a win. This year being in a small town, I am still trying to think of something.
#7.) Pantry and fridge organized for afternoon snacks and easy to pack lunches? This could save you time both in the afternoon and in the morning!!!
#8.) Homework station… Are you ready to put in some work at home learn something new? I know this mom needs to get smarter….
#9.) Calendar set and ready to go… well for the most part. Have baby sitters set up for when you need them? Did you build that command center, is it ready?
#10.) Ready to relax and enjoy that last few days of summer without chaos? This one is the most important. I feel that far too often we find ourselves running through life not remember what happened last month, last week, yesterday, or even an hour ago. There is just so much going on, that we as parents need to stop take a step back and just enjoy the season we are in.
There you have it guys! If you have been following this series week after week most of this was easy to check off the list. If not that is okay too you still have time to create a less stressful school year.
I hope to see you back here next week for the conclusion of Back to School Readiness.
Have a fantastic week!