These days it’s time for Jersey Moms to stack the boogie boards and dust off the back packs. Here are a few of our best tips to transition from sand to school. Back to school, Jersey Mom Style.
- Have your kids help you make a list of snacks and lunches they will actually eat, not trade or discard. They’ll appreciate the input and if, later in the year, they balk at what you gave them, you can point out that THEY approved of the item. – L.Klonsky, Mom’s Crayon
- We signed up for schooltoolbox.com last year so that the kids’ supplies would be prepackaged and waiting on their desks on the first day. Last year’s frantic searching for a specific dry erase marker drove us all crazy, so I’m really enjoying the fact that all the teachers’ specific requests are taken care of and I don’t have to worry.
- We also start a few weeks before school starts to include a few minutes a day of some traditional paper and pencil school work. This way when the kids see worksheets again they won’t be quite so out of practice. Plus, it’s a nice way to review what they learned last year. TripleZMom
- I will have two boys in preschool this year and the most important thing for us is getting them back on a good nighttime schedule so they are used to being up earlier. I start that about a week or two in advance. I get their backpacks organized (including a change of clothes and extra shoes) and wash their jackets. I schedule haircuts in advance and appointments for flu shots.
- This is the first time since I became a stay-at-home mom that I have some free time, so I scheduled a few things for me, too! Elizabeth’sBoys
- I may hate every second of it, but getting up at least an hour before my kids helps make our mornings move much more smoothly. We also lay everything out the night before, clothes are picked, lunches made and backpacks are stuffed and hung by the door. If I am ready(ish) and everything is lined up to go, then breakfast is almost enjoyable. Cristie, TheRightHandMom
- In our home, we know schools back in session when these 2 very fundamental needs are also back to their regular pattern: Sleep and Schedule. Without the first, my beautiful boys become mini monsters. And they are impossible to wake without heaving their limp bodies from the warm bed. And frankly, they’re getting awful heavy. So early to bed, early to rise it is and everyone’s the better for it.
- The “Schedule” is just as vital. And now with a budding reader, a visual of that schedule will reinforce what we’re up to that week. With some guidelines and the right information, I can literally see them learn to self regulate. From homework, to sports, to dinner and quiet or play time, when they know what’s coming and what’s expected of them, everything else falls into place. Teicia
What Back To School Tips Do You Have?