Aug 26, 2010

Back to School Preparation

I know a lot of schools are already in session, but my two school age children don't start until next week.
They are so excited and I'm excited for them.
After a long nine months of school I'm so ready for them to be home so we can relax and not be on any sort of strict schedule.
But after a nice three month long non-scheduled, lazy, fun-filled summer, I'm anxious to get back to a more scheduled life.

To help me stay organized and on top of everyone's schedules, I bought a binder at Walmart and designated it specifically for each child's school and other after school activities.


In my binder I have a separate folder for each child {where I can keep track of permission slips and other important papers}, a folder for the school calendar, and folders for after school activities like gymnastics.  I also left a lot of tabs blank as more activities and reminders for other topics might be needed.
With everything all in one place, it will be a lot easier to not misplace anything.
This would also be a great place to store emergency numbers if someone comes over to babysit my kids, etc.

Binders are great to buy now while they are still so CHEAP!


Another thing I did to prepare for back to school was to buy snack foods for my children's lunches.  Some are prepackaged and some are not.  The snacks that are not prepackaged, I package myself in individual ziplock bags.


I found a basket from another room that wasn't getting very much use, put all the packaged snacks in it, and stored it on a shelf in the pantry.
For me, this makes preparing cold lunches for my children or even for my husband so much easier.
Now all I have to do is grab a couple of these items along with a sandwich and a piece of fruit, toss them in their lunch bags and I'm set.

{confession: I really HATE making lunches.  I don't know why.  So the more preparation I can do ahead of time, the easier it is for me when it comes to actually making the lunches.}


While we're still on the subject of school lunches, HERE is a great site that has cute lunch box notes.
I can still remember way back when, when my mom would stick little notes in my lunch and it just made my day to know she was thinking of me.
I want my kids to know I'm thinking of them too while they're away at school.
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And last, but not least, if your kids are anything like mine, they come home "starving"!
I found some wonderful after school snack ideas on parenting.com:

{Click on the name of the snack and it will link you to each recipe.}






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YUM!

2 comments:

KC and the Sunshine Kids said...

Yay!!! I am excited for back-to-school too..maybe than I'll get all my unpacking done and can start on the many projects on my now endless "to do" list. :) Btw, I made the Trix on a stick for my kiddos and their two buddies that were over the other day - they were a HIT! Remie didn't hate them either! ha ha ;) Love the idea of prepackaging lunch snacks for easy fixes...tonight both my kiddos have back-to-school haircuts. I'm hoping to convince Miss Mae to hack a few inches off of her dead ends. :) Have a great weekend, neighbor!!

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

I found your link off of Thrifty Decor Chick today and I just wanted to let you know that now I'm your newest follower! You have some great ideas - looking forward to reading more of your posts! :) Have a great day!

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