As the Valley enters the final weeks of summer, the anticipation of the new school year looms upon some of us. Heading back to school can present challenges for kids, whether they eagerly await the return to structured routines or apprehensively face the regimented days ahead. One thing is certain: the transition of going back to school is significant.
Encouraging children to feel excited about new classes, friends, and routines can sometimes be a daunting task. However, with a little preparation and engaging activities during these remaining weeks of summer, you can make the first weeks of school more manageable and enjoyable for both your children and you.
We have compiled a list of tried-and-true essentials and tips to help you support your child during this exciting time. We hope these suggestions will inspire you to make the most of back-to-school season. Embrace the new routines and possibilities that the upcoming school year brings!
Backpack & Supply Shopping
Sure, school supplies can be pricey, but there's something special about getting a brand-new backpack and filling it with all the goodies needed for the year ahead. Take your kids to choose their supplies and let them express their individuality. Consider visiting a unique store like Basalt Printing & Art Supply for a one-of-a-kind item. To add a personal touch, host a "decorate your backpack" get-together, allowing your child to customize it with their favorite colors, characters, or designs.
Our Pick: Basalt Printing & Art Supply, 23252 Two Rivers Rd, Basalt, CO 81621
Make a School Schedule
Help your kids create a schedule for the new school year. This can include wake-up times, favorite class hours, and designated free time for activities they enjoy. Having a schedule will make them feel prepared and organized. Websites like Canva offer customizable templates for creating visually appealing and practical schedules for kids of all ages. Another option is the My Daily Calendar from Melissa & Doug, available on their website or Etsy, offering endless options.
Our Picks: My daily calendar from Melissa & Doug www.melissaanddoug.com and ETSY.com for endless options!
Get Planning for Lunchtime
Streamline your lunchtime routine by setting up a lunchbox station in the fridge. Fill it with pre-cut fruits and vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, whole grain bread, deli meat and cheese slices. Let your kids choose their own items to pack each day, and if they're old enough, involve them in the cooking and prep work. Consider packing extra snacks for after-school activities. Try the "personal salad bar" idea by washing, drying, and cutting raw vegetables into bite-sized slices or sticks and storing them in small containers (preferably glass) that can be organized in a larger container.
Our Pick for a new lunchbox: Zazzle.com
Host a Back-to-School Party
Plan a fun and stress-free back-to-school party at least a week before school starts. This allows the children to have a great time together and prepare for the new year. The party can include engaging activities that encourage them to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. As the party wraps up, send each "student" home with a pencil case filled with colored pens, erasers, and a fun notepad as a school-themed party favor.
To make your preparations even more enjoyable, make a list before and let your child be in charge of it!
Our Pick for Party Supplies: Goofballs Party Store, 51241 Hwy 6 & 24, Unit 4, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601