Getting into the routine of school is hard enough after a normal summer. When students finally head back to school this year, it might be even more difficult. After being home due to the pandemic, many families may struggle to get adjusted to the school flow. While many school districts’ plans are still up in the air, it’s not too early to begin preparing for the school routine. Below are a few tips to start thinking about now so that when the kids do finally get to go back to school, the struggle will be a little less!

  • Start readjusting to a school-year bedtime now
  • Hang a family calendar and color-code everyone’s activities
  • Gather all school forms as they arrive
  • Book babysitters now for your school’s parents’ night and other dates when they’ll be in-demand
  • Create a family station where you can find what you need as you head out the door
  • Set up an in/out box for school forms
  • Look at online organizational websites
  • Discuss goals for the year
  • Institute a night quiet hour
  • Reach out to your child’s teacher when known
  • If your child is anxious, do a “trial-run” of the first day of school
  • Get involved with your child’s teachers and school events
  • Create a homework station