The first day of school can be incredibly stressful, especially if you haven't prepared yourself. As a parent, it's always a difficult decision for us. Do we let the kids enjoy the last few weeks of Summer by letting them stay up late or do we start easing into a schedule now so that when that first day comes, they will be rested and prepared for the new schedule?! We have done it both ways and now that we are in the last weeks of Summer vacation, we have really started going full force in preparing for the first day while still enjoying what days we have left of Summer!
Third, if they haven't done much academics through the Summer, now is a great time to get them back into the swing of things. Have them read before bed. Print them off some worksheets from the internet. A little bit goes a long way!
Finally, come up with a plan on how your daily routines will work. After we go shopping for new clothes, I like to put outfits together in the kids drawers and in their closets so they can pick their own outfits. We lay them out at night so when the kids get up in the morning, they can put their clothes on before they come downstairs. After they come down, they have breakfast, brush teeth and get their hair fixed. After school, they immediately get a snack and do homework. Then the rest of the evening will be dinner, free time and/or soccer for our family. Showers and teeth brushing are right before bed. We try to keep our routine simple so they can fall into it easily and it's easier to stick to!
What do you do to get your kids ready for the BIG first day of school?!