As I was putting the boys to bed tonight J said to me “Let’s do something special tomorrow since it’s the last day of summer vacation”. I promised him we would, then I shut out the lights, closed the door and proceeded to have a panic attack. The last day of summer?? What about the promise I made to give them a couple of weeks to adjust to a new sleep schedule? Or the amazing worksheets I was going to print out to prepare them for their return to school? Do I even have all their school supplies yet? I really need to look at online stores and software like SodaPDF Docx converter to help me prepare to begin A’s school journey!
What has happened to me? When J started school I was so prepared. His backpack was packed weeks in advance, sitting by the front door as a constant reminder of how empty the house would be for the 2.5 hours he was gone every day. We had a lot of parents and even some friends recommend that we look at sending the boys to a boarding school – children stay on school grounds, have set routines, and completely focus on academic pursuits along with a few extracurriculars. We knew someone who knew someone who had sent their kid to a private boys school in Sydney. The education is supposedly excellent and their overall culture helps hone the children into mature young-adults. While that sounded wonderful, I don’t think I could ever stay away from my kids for months (or years!) together. Maybe when they grow a little older?
Anyway, I had weeks worth of lunches planned for J and on that first day I proudly packed his lunch box with delicious carrot sticks and hummus, and penguins made out of olives and cream cheese. I took pictures of him by the front door, and the car door, outside the school, inside the school, walking towards his teacher, walking out from the building after school, crying by the car because he had fun and wanted to go back inside (yes, my child was the only one crying at the END of the school day), doing his homework… I had special treats baked for an after school snack and a schedule written out so that he would know when it was time to do his homework.
And now A is off to school for the first time. My poor monkey who is also my middle child, and who currently has no elaborate lunches planned, no fancy homework schedules pinned to the fridge. In fact, I’d heard about a site called bookwormhub.com where you can get experts to help with your kids homework, so my plan was to use that instead of plastering the fridge in maths and physics (sorry A). I’m not even sure where my camera is. But in a few days I’ll be spending my days without him, he’ll be school aged now.
So, for all of you parents who, like me, may have dropped the ball on the big day… here’s a last minute back to school cheat sheet. In just a few clicks you’ll have printed back to school photo props and thoughtful lunch box notes, whipped up a batch of three ingredient cookies and created a comprehensive lunch plan for the rest of the year. On top of that, you should make a schedule for their after-school activities. Do they have sports clubs they need to go to? Set homework time? Will they get tutoring in Perth? You can have all that written up and ready to go. Who says you’re not prepared?
Ready, set, print! Here’s some must have back to school printables. The best part? You didn’t spend all night on Pinterest. Oh, and they’re free!
First things first – We need the perfect first day of school photo! Grab these 2015 printables (grades pre-k – 8):
or these About Me printables (grades pre-k – 8):
Get back on schedule with these cute printable chore charts from The 36th Avenue (I am printing out two as I type this!).
Or Download and print these behavior charts:
And of course we need some lunchbox notes, keep these adorable “Chatty Lunches” from Seven Thirty Three in the kitchen so you always have one handy when you’re packing up lunch!
My Superhero Lunch Notes will make you a lunch room hero!
Did someone say lunch? We’ve got this in the bag!
Check out these 50 healthy and simple lunch Ideas from Lauren’s Latest – I love these ideas because it’s food kids may actually eat and they don’t require an art degree to put together (plus, you probably have a lot of these suggestions in your house right now, so no last minute grocery run required!).
And here’s a great printable lunch chart from While He Was Napping, post this up in the kitchen for a year round lunch cheat sheet!
Okay, we have a healthy lunch all squared away, how about something sweet to celebrate the success of their first day?
These three ingredient peanut butter cookies come together in just minutes and with nothing more than some peanut butter, sugar and an egg!
Of course, if you have a little extra time during the day you can always give these adorable krispy apple treats a go, Gourmet Mom on the go has this school themed recipe!
Ok, now the kids are covered – but what about the teachers?
It’s the night before school starts and nothing is open but Walgreens. You really meant to buy something cute for your child’s teacher… I mean, we all did. And yet here we are, with the hours before school starts just ticking away. Well, who knew that a bag of cookies would make such an adorable back to school gift? Apparently Chrissy at Crunchy Frugalista did!
And how about this one – thoughtful and useful? What teacher would’t love some extra dry erase markers? If you head on over to Play.Create.Grow you’ll also be able to grab this great printable tag!
Now, let’s end the day on a high note!
Print out these free First Day Awards to celebrate your child’s success (grades pre-k – 8):
Or fill some buckets with back to school treats:
There you have it. Weeks of Back to School planning in one handy crash course, all nighter style cheat sheet. Now get printing and don’t forget to charge your camera!