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Whether you homeschool or go to school, starting back to school can be a stressful thing. Kids get anxious, moms get stressed about all of the needed things and new schedules and routines. So, today I have some tips for helping you have a stress-free back to school season. I also created a fun printable planner for kids to use to make the transition less stressful. Five Star school supplies have a great campaign this back to school season focusing on Strength not Stress. I love this message for kids!
- Get back into your daily routine. If you spend a week or so practicing your school routine and easing into a more planned structure, it will be easier on kids when their day is fully structured again. Summer time is usually so open and relaxed, that it is quite hard on kids when they start back up so suddenly.If you are a homeschool family this is easier as you can ease back into your typical homeschool day. If you kids are in school, you can still make this work by having some focused time for them where they are reading or writing. I remember getting callouses on my fingers each year when school started again because I wrote so little during the Summer!
Use my new printable planner with a fun doodle theme to help kids get back into a structured routine. If your kids are new to planners, this is a great time to teach them how to use one to help them with organization.
- Get back to your bedtime routine early, not just the day before. Yes, I know above I said to get back into your daily routine, but your sleep routine is a whole other story. Getting a good night’s sleep is cumulative. If you have a solid week or two of getting to bed early you will be well-rested by the time the big day arrives!
- Get familiar with the new school plans. If going to school, visit the school and the classroom if possible. See the layout of the school, meet your teacher, etc. If homeschooling, talk through the new curriculum plans and show kids the new books to get them excited and prepared. I like to have my kids’ schedules ready well in advance so we can discuss them and prepare them for what is coming.
- Get prepared. Choose clothes, plan the breakfast, get a new back pack and pack it (we use ours for homeschool co-op once per week). Get needed school supplies and books, etc. Kids can get really excited if they get to help choose these things. There are so many cool school supplies these days and it can really be a lot of fun to shop for and choose them. Five Star has some awesome new innovative supplies that my kids are thrilled about trying out! They sent us a an awesome package of new products to try out for our new school year. I have always enjoyed their products, too.
- Plan your calendar and discuss it with the kids. If they will be doing lessons or other after school activities, help them know and be prepared for the new schedule. The printable planner has a full calendar to use also!
- Talk through fears and worries kids may have. Sometimes kids are not sure where the fears come from, so an open discussion can calm them and help them feel less fear. Talk through scenarios that worry them and solutions to problems that may come up. What happens if…? Are great open discussions to have with them!
Check out some of these awesome new innovative Five Star school supplies! Things have come a long way since I was in school. . . I love the Hybrid Notebinder! I also love the folders that snap into a binder or a spiral notebook.
Some more fun back-to school ideas you may love!
Grab this Doodle Themed Printable Planner in my shop!
The printable planner includes a cover page, a daily planning page, a weekly planning page, a monthly planning page and 2 different doodle pages. All with doodle elements to make your planner fun to color in and decorate!