Getting Ready For School
So for us here in Mississippi school starts back up so early compared to when I was a kid. This year they are back in school within the first week of August! I honestly don’t even know where the Summer went because it seemed to fly by. Summer is a time of sleeping in, staying up late, lazy days, and sunshine. The start of school usually hits like a freight train no one is ready for, but it really is fairly simple to get kids back in the school routine!
When To Start
I would say about two weeks before school starts is a good time to begin getting kids back out of summertime laziness. I start about two weeks prior mainly because I can gradually get them back into an early bedtime and waketime. Also, if it is done gradually it is easier on them and you (no arguing about it still being Summer and they shouldn’t have to go to bed early yet lol).
5 Steps to Get Kids Back In The School Routine
- Gradually get back to an early wake time – try to start waking your kids up ten minutes or more earlier each morning until you are at school year wake time. I think as long as you can get them back to this same wake up time a few days before school then they should be ready for that first morning up.
- Morning Routines – when your child wakes up for school I am sure they have a typical routine to prepare for the day. This again can be gradual or you can just go ahead start doing this from the the beginning of this process. Whatever you typically have your children do after they wake on school days is what you’ll start doing now. For us that is get dressed, make beds, brush teeth and hair, eat breakfast, and last put on shoes to leave (obviously this isn’t something they need to do if you’re not actually leaving the house). Having a simple to-do list like the one above can help your children keep track of their routine, you can print one at the bottom of this post!
- Weekends are the time for fun – during the school year you probably aren’t heading to the movies or the water park after school. The closer it gets to school starting the less you want to be doing throughout the week. Getting back into the habit of not scheduling outings everyday, but mostly for the weekend is beneficial. You don’t want your kids to still be completely worn out from the busy summer of daily activities when they have to go back to sitting in a classroom all day. At least a week before school try to keep outings to a minimum and stimulation low so they can internally slow down from the awesome Summer!
- Slow down the evening – making sure you’re home in the evening to start winding down will help with step number one, getting your children up at a reasonable hour. Getting them back into the routine of eating dinner together, getting showers, and relaxing at home before bed will also aid in slowing them down mentally for the end of a busy Summer. Again, using the printable below will help your kids independently keep track of their checklist!
- Bed time – Gradually get bed time back to school year bed times. Now I am not a night person by any means so even in the Summer, unless we are out late (which is very unlikely), my kids are not in bed past 9 PM because I cannot stay up past 10 lol. Anyway, getting them back into an 8-830 bedtime routine is not too hard for me. I do know that most of you probably have had a lot of late nights, so getting them back to a good bed time ensures a super easy morning start.
What are some ways you get your children back into the habit of school year routines? When do you typically start the process of getting back into the school year routine?
Children's To-Do List
Help your child learn to independently keep up with their morning and evening routine with this simple to-do list!