It’s time to start getting into a back to school routine! Can you believe it’s already August? This year just seems to be flying by.
In just two weeks our kids are heading back to school! I have really enjoyed having them home all summer. I have started to buy them some things for school this year, like new school shoes and this personalized photo backpack, and it’s fair to say they are SO excited to go back. That makes me happy.
Since school is starting soon I decided it was high time we start easing into our back to school routine. Getting the kids used to functioning on a set routine will help mornings go much more smoothly once school actually starts. When kids actually enjoy their school, morning routines are made far easier. At a school like RAVENSCROFT.ORG, where individual potential is nurtured, children are welcomed into a community setting that is conducive to children actually looking forward to their school day.
These are the changes I made to our mornings and evenings:
Back to an 8:00pm bedtime for the kids.
Our kids need to be up by 6:00am and our pediatrician recommends that kids this age get 10 hours of sleep a night, so that puts their bedtime at 8:00pm.
This is tough considering it doesn’t even get dark until 9:00pm right now! The last three nights they have just laid in bed staring at the ceiling and asking for a bazillion cups of water until they fall asleep.
Start getting the kids up at 6:00am.
This isn’t a problem for me since I get up at 5:00am anyway. Although, it has taken some adjusting to not having two or three hours to myself before they get up.
The kids on the other hand, haven’t been too happy with this change!
If they would just go to sleep at night this wouldn’t be as much of an issue. This is why we need to ease into our back to school routine, otherwise they will have a really rough first week of school.
Lay out clothes the night before.
My mom made us do this when we were kids. It really did make mornings go a lot better. As a kid it drove me nuts. I really hated picking my clothes out the night before. My kids seem to have picked up that trait as well.
After spending way too much time thinking about this I have concluded that they just don’t want to stop what they are doing and gather their things for the morning. That is also why I didn’t like doing it as a kid.
Get up and get ready for the day.
During the summer time I let the kids pretty well do what they want. If they want to stay in pajamas or wear a costume all day I let them.
Since they only have 50 minutes from the time they wake up to the time the bus comes they need to be able to get ready quickly. I really don’t want them getting up before 6.
I made a checklist for the kids to use to get themselves ready in the morning. The things I want to work on with our kids this year is independence and responsibility.
The checklist helps guide them through what they need to do in the morning.
The main goal with easing into our back to school routine is getting used to hopping out of bed and get moving right away.
Last year was very stressful. I spent every morning playing drill sergeant. It wasn’t fun and I really don’t want to start this year out that way.
How do you start your school year out? Do you start preparing your kids a couple weeks early or do you let them enjoy what is left of their summer vacation?
Let me know in the comments below!