We have four more weeks of summer vacation left, but I’m already starting to get everything prepared for the kids to go back to school. Jay will be a senior this year and the twins will be heading into second grade.
I’ve purchased back-to-school outfits and new backpacks for two of the kids, but there is still so much more that needs to be done.
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I need to have a checklist when the kids go back to school, otherwise I tend to forget things. Like last year, I didn’t label a single thing. I forgot. And then, on the first day of school my son lost his drink bottle. A month later as we were leaving school one afternoon we noticed a similar drink bottle on the lost property rack. My son immediately ran to grab it, I was quicker though and grabbed him. What if it wasn’t his? How many germs were attached to that drink bottle? I told him to continue walking … we had already purchased a new one anyway.
Here’s my checklist for all the things I still need to do to get the kids ready for their first day.
- Lunch and Snacks: Check that lunchboxes, re-usable water bottles and ice packs are still in good condition and clean.
- Medical: Arrange for the kids pediatrician to sign paperwork for the school nurse to administer medications, and ensure immunizations are up-to-date.
- Labels: Label EVERYTHING!
- Emergency Comfort Kits: Replace last years emergency comfort kits with a more age appropriate book, new snack and drink.
- Homework Station: Ensure their homework stations are stocked with pencils, erasers, writing paper, rulers, and pencil sharpeners.
- Mend clothes and re-purpose others: I know Miss M has a few skirts with hems that need to be re-stitched and Flynn has more jeans that need to be re-purposed into shorts.
- Backpacks: Ensure backpacks contain a warm jacket and hat – these are staple items that remain in backpacks all year.
- Shoelace Tying: Brush up on shoelace tying with the little ones. This summer they finally learned how to tie laces, but they need a few more days of trial runs to make sure they remember how.
- Getting Back into Routine: Get them back into routine by getting them to bed on time each night and setting their alarms for their normal weekday morning routines.
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