It’s that time of year when the relaxed days of summer are coming to an end and it’s time to transition our families into a tighter routine. Knowing how to create a successful back to school schedule isn’t always the easiest task, but with a few simple tricks, transitioning to a better routine is possible!
The arrival of fall can be a chaotic time, trying to coordinate work and school schedules along with all the other family activities on the calendar. One of the best ways to transition from the lazy days of summer to a busy fall schedule is by creating consistency with a weekly family schedule.
How to Create a Successful Back to School Schedule
Here are some great ways to create a back to school schedule for both you and your kids.
Get your kids organized:
Ease them back into waking up early. At least a week before school starts, get them back in the habit of going to bed and getting up earlier so the change doesn’t come as a shock to their bodies and they are well rested for school.
Implement set routines. Create a schedule that designates times for baths, homework and play time, to help them adjust to their new priorities.
Create designated spaces. Ensure your kids have a designated place to do their homework, one where they are close by in case they have questions. Designating a study area away from toys and other distractions will help them stay focused.
Plan ahead. Kids usually prefer to stay in bed until the last possible moment, which tends to make the mornings feel rushed. Help your kids get everything together the night before, including their outfit, packing a lunch and getting their school bag together.
Planning your family schedule:
Plan your meals ahead of time. Before you become too tired or busy during the week, plan the week’s meals out early. Plan which meals you want to prepare for the entire week over the weekend. Put together your shopping list, do your shopping, and if possible, do some of your prep work on the weekend. It will lighten your load during the week.
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Spend less time running errands. Always prepare a list for what you need to get before you leave the house to make sure you don’t forget anything important. Try to run all of your errands on the same day if possible and plan your route before leaving to save time driving around.
Use a shared family calendar to keep everyone up to date. To help your family stay organized, use a shared calendar that everyone can reference. You can place a physical calendar in the kitchen or other general area of the house for everyone to see. Or you can use an electronic calendar that you can sync to everyone’s phone.
Some great options for calendars are:
Let me know how you organize your family and ease back into a school routine below!
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