It’s that time of year. I’m trying to prepare myself, but I’m not ready.
Not ready to jump into that crazy routine. Not ready to think about packing all those lunches. Not ready to iron uniforms. Not ready for homework…….
I could go on, but I will spare you.
It’s been such an amazing Summer, I wouldn’t change a thing!
So the thought of it ending makes me sad, I am one of those parents who misses their kids when they go back off to school. I’d be happy for another few weeks of sleeping-in, swimming, colouring, cooking, dancing, movies, late nights, BBQ’s……..again, I could go on.
So this post is about getting out of that Summer haze and on with getting ready for school.
I am NOT an expert in this area. I find school lunches difficult. Sustaining variety throughout the term is hard. Making things that get eaten is hit or miss. Packing things that stay fresh tests my patience. Throw in the “No Rubbish” policy and I find myself a little bewildered!
I have two kids. My son is very good with food, he’s enthusiastic to try new food and has a large variety of things he will happily eat, so packing his lunch is a breeze!
My daughter on the other hand is not. My options are limited. I spent last year packing food that didn’t get eaten. This year I have devised a plan. I sat with her last week and got her to create a list of foods I am ALLOWED to pack. We agreed that if these items appeared in the lunchbox that she would eat them! Here is what she came up with:
So this way I have a nice selection of healthy options.
I have recently discovered a cool website with lots of very, very healthy, delicious recipes for kids lunches. If your like me and don’t pack prepackaged food or if your looking for healthier options this year, check it out below:
The first week back at school, I put together a spreadsheet for the fridge of all the different activities we have on during the term. Dance, violin, guitar, swimming, gymnastics, chess French…….again I can could go on and on.
This spreadsheet works well, I can see what I need to have ready the night before and have it all ready to go in the morning. I also teach the kids to take ownership of what they need, however they are still young and it’s a joint effort at the moment.
But there is a flaw in my system. I send the kids off to school with everything they need. However after a busy day at school things don’t always make it home! For example the violin goes to school for the lesson and doesn’t re-appear until 3 days later!
So I have devised a plan for this year. I am ordering separate luggage tags for the kids activities. For example I will get luggage tags made for each of their instruments saying “Don’t forget your guitar”. I’ll attach it to the school bag zipper. So at the end of the day it’s there as a visual aid, it will be in their little hands as they do their zipper up! I’ll do the same for their library books, homework book etc.
I have added the link here to vistprint, this is where I’ll be ordering them from!
When school goes back we get into the routine of reading what is required from school. In our house we spend the weeknights reading our allocated readers and books assigned to us.
But I still try and take the time to read to my kids. I think it’s important for them to snuggle in and listen to a story being told. My kids still love it and I am going to stick with it for as long as they will let me!
I wanted to share with you two of our favourite authors.
First is Oliver Jeffers. All of his books are a hit with us. His work makes my kids smile from the time the grab his book off the shelf until they fall asleep. Every book has a moment that makes the kids burst out with laughter and keeps them wanting to read it over and over again. The illustrations are wonderful and I highly recommend all of his books.
I have added the link to his site if you would like to read more about Oliver.
Our other equally loved author is Emma Allen.
Emma’s first book won Early Childhood Book of the Year, The Terrible Suitcase, which aims to help children have a positive outlook on life.
I am very, very fortunate to call Emma a friend. Emma is an exceptional person who has a amazing outlook on life. The Terrible Suitcase follows the experience of a young girl on her first day of school who is unhappy with her bag. However throughout the book she learns to appreciate it through imagination. This book is a reflection of Emma’s amazing outlook.
This book is a must have for little ones starting school, the illustrations by Freya Blackwood are beautiful and it’s a book you must have on your bookshelf.
I have added the link here if you would like at buy the book.
Wishing all the little ones out there the best of luck for their first days back and I’m sure we’ll all be a crazy busy routine in no time!
I wanted to leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Dr Seuss!