So you've been staring at each other everyday for the last few months. The countdown to the first day of school is on and you may be struggling between one of two things. A) You're pretty much bored out of your own mind and are sick and tired of trying to come up with new novel things to do. B) There's still so much left TO DO in the summer! Pools to visit! Rocks to climb! Fun to be had! Summer don't end! No matter which category you fall into (or if you have your very own category) there is still plenty of fun to be had and time to spend with one another before school is back in session and you're onto a whole new set of daily struggles.
First of all, chill out. What have you done this summer? What did your kids enjoy the most? What would they do again if they could and what would they rather avoid forever? Sometimes I am guilty of thinking I need to be coming up with new and spectacular ideas to keep my kids entertained when in reality all they want is a sprinkler set up and a few snacks out on the lawn. While a schedule is good for any kid, sometimes we let schedules slide in summer. Now is the time to get one back in place, perhaps one that includes a bit of schoolwork each day and a slightly earlier bedtime each week as you get closer and closer to the first day. Going from fun! fun! fun! carefree! to schedules and school buses overnight can be a shock for kids (and parents.)
One thing we've started doing is organizing clothes for the week, it's something Addie does every week during school and something she's fallen out of the habit of over summer. She is responsible for picking outfits for each day of the week so she knows she has clean socks, underwear and proper clothes for each day. She's also back in the habit of reading regularly and going to bed just a little bit earlier. While the first day of school is exciting, it can be a drag to go from total freedom to strict schedule.
We still have plenty of parks to visit, plenty of pools to swim in and lots of sprinklers to run through, but summer 2012 is coming to an end for Addie (First day? August 1st! Crazy right?) and to make it easier on all of us we're planning now for the transition to keep the grumps at bay later on.
How do you plan on helping your kids transition from summer to school?
I plan on getting my youngest son up earlier and to bed earlier so his sleep schedule will adjust. Plus he needs to start taking baths the night before, instead of during the day. He is starting Kindergarten in the fall.
We still have a month and a half until school starts...I'm not thinking about it, at all.
We have to start adjusting bedtimes and wake up times. I've been verbally prepping them by pep talks about how great school is going to be.
i try to keep a routine during the summer just for sanity of everyone. to help us all we'll practice the route to school a few times just to find the quickest way....
my kids are not in school yet. so nothing is going to change for us
We are going to the state fair this month and next month we will plan another beach trip. our baseball league was gifted 4 spots at a cal ripkin camp all expenses paid, its only for his age group and there are only like 25 kids in that age group and not everyone will apply. we are hoping he gets into that, other then that we will start earlier bed times
we have to start putting Allie to bed earlier so she can wake up earlier for her first year of school. This will be a big adjustment for everyone because Allie is not a morning person she wants to go at her pace and not be rushed so we will have to have more structured mornings for sure
Good tips! My kids aren't in school yet.