11 Tips to help Transition Your Family From Summer to School

11 Tips to help Transition Your Family From Summer to School

So after 60 days of summer vacation school is just around the corner. Our lazy, carefree days will soon go back to busy routine. The kids are used to staying up till all hours of the night and waking up late. They are so out of routine I mean seriously we may have set a couch potato Netflix record, but I don’t feel guilty in the least. We had nothing really that important to do and nowhere that we had to be. They were just your normal lazy summer days, and we had a blast. But now with fall just around the corner, we’re kind of dreading the return of schedules and stress. But on the same hand, we are kind of looking forward to the routine. Crazy right???

So that being said we have begun taking steps to make our transition to the school year as smooth as possible. I encourage you to join me. How do you help prepare them for back to school? Everyone has their own way of preparing. This is what I have found to help us out over the years:

1. School Supply Shopping-Without a doubt this is one of my kids’ favorite things to do. Now with 4 kids in school shopping for the best deal is extremely important to me. I am also a fan of having the kids bring their unused school supplies home at the end of the year. I just put it aside if it is unused and resend it the following school year. I have found this saves a couple of dollars. I don’t know about everyone but I would rather get my school supply shopping before the Tax-Free days.

2. Shopping for clothes: My kids next favorite thing to do when preparing for school is shopping for new clothes/shoes. I love BOGO sales!!!! This is how I buy all my kids back to school shoes. So be on the lookout for these sales. I also like to look in the clearance sections you would be amazed the shoes you find there. I do ALOT of hand me down clothes. Of course, not everything they wear is handed me down but if it’s still good then they are wearing it. I mean kids grow like weeds and you’re constantly buying them new clothes.


3.Restart Routines. Kids need time to adjust, so I like to provide them with a head start. About two to three weeks before school starts, I start making them follow the school bedtime. Not only do they start going to sleep early but I start waking them up early as well. This is without a doubt their least favorite thing about going back to school. We also go back to having a set time serve meals. Now, this is huge because during the summer we just ate at random times here and there. Now as school gets closer we are going back to eating at approximately the same times we will be eating throughout the school year.Easing back into scheduled days is a huge thing I just don’t want them to have a real shock when they have to do it all of a sudden. It is for this reason that I choose to ease them back into the school routine.

4. Go Over Basic Rules. Another important topic at our house during this time of the year is deciding the afterschool schedule. We basically look at the way we did things last year and tweak where we need to. My goal for this year is to try to eliminate the huge laundry pile at the end of the week. I am setting out to do small loads daily. We’ll see how long that lasts!!!

5. Develop a Game Plan — Together. We discuss our goals for the upcoming year, triumphs from the year before, and some skills we feel we would like to improve on. Goals might include:

  • AR Goals
  • Making the honor roll
  • Plan for eliminating or cutting down on tardiness
  • Extracurricular activities to join
  • Social Goals

6. Take an end of Summer Family Trip. Now, this is an important one for us. We try to plan one last fact-packed trip to end the summer. We have learned that you don’t have to go far you just have to have fun doing it as a family.

7. Set Up a Homework Area. It is also important to create a homework area. Now I do this at the beginning of the year but have yet to make it last the whole year. I prepare a section next to the table and I include scrap paper, pencils, erasers, colors, markers, scissors etc. But like I say I have yet to make everything stay in its place. LOL, I am going to give it another go this year. Hopefully, we have better luck.

8. Build up Meet the Teacher Night. This is an evening my kids look forward to. They can’t wait to take all their new supplies into their new classes. They can’t wait to find out if they got the teacher they have been wanting to get. All in all, it is a fun night for them and a great way to build up the beginning of school.

9. Manage your own anxiety. Now as a parent getting back into the routine is hard as well. You have to get back into the routine of packing lunches and snacks for everyone. Making sure all the homework is done and the projects that all tend to be due at the same time. It is important for us parents to take a moment and prepare for the school year. A great way is to relax and let loose right.

10. Stay connected to family fun It is important to remember that just because the kids are going back to class doesn’t mean outdoor fun has to end. Parents need to remember that children learn through play and interaction. So once the homework is done send them outside to have some fun. I would suggest that you make a habit of going outside together after th
e school day ends. We do this often. We love to BBQ so this is when we take advantage of outside family time. Of course when it gets cold or rainy outside. My kids love to build forts. They set up their forts in the living rooms and put pillows and blankets everywhere. They love it.

11. Get back to healthy eating. If your family is like mine, your household inventory of potato chips, sodas, ice cream and cookies just grows so much during the summer months. So with school starting, it is time to start stocking up on healthy food and get back into the routine of healthy eating. Now don’t get me wrong my kids LOVE fruits and vegetables but during the summer we do eat a lot of junk food. Chips and cookies just go hand in hand with being a couch potato. LOL

How do you do it? How do you prepare for Back to School?

God Bless:)


31 thoughts on “11 Tips to help Transition Your Family From Summer to School

  1. So helpful and exactly what I need as summer comes to a close. Love the idea of involving kids in setting the goals.

  2. Now I know what to expect😼 >^..^<

  3. Great tips Lisa! 🙂

  4. Taking an end of summer trip sounds like a fab idea! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  5. I like the idea of easing the kids into the routine 2-3 weeks before school starts. That way it’s not so hectic when school actually starts . Very handy tips – thank you

  6. BOGO sales are awesome (even if you only have one kid). It’s a fantastic way to save and great because kids go through clothes so quickly.
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  7. Great post. Love the end of summer family trip. Think we will do that this year. Thank you #Blogstravaganza

  8. This is a really handy list – I especially love the idea of starting the routine a few weeks early so it’s not such a shock to go back! We’re not at school yet, but I’ll certainly keep these ideas in mind for when we are! Thank you for linking with #Blogstravaganza

  9. We homeschool, but I love doing back to school shopping for more supplies. We also school year round, so that makes the transition from part time in the summer to full time in the fall easier!
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  10. Loving these tips! It’s crazy that it’s already back-to-school time!

  11. There are some really helpful tips here for parents with kids going back to school. School supply shopping was always so fun when i was a kid x

  12. These tips are so on point. You’re kids are so luck you’re such an organized kind of parent. I like how you create that transitional feel on the change from summer to school without being so over controlling.

  13. I agree-going out to buy school supplies and clothes is a great way to get kids excited about school. If they are excited, they are less likely to be upset about it. And re-starting the routine early is a great idea! I’m terrible at stuff like that, I really need to get better about it before my kids become school-aged.

  14. This is a great article. I did some of the stuff on the list, but next year I’m doing them all. Getting them back in routine was the biggest challenge.

  15. I go through pretty much all of these as I am a nursery nurse! I can totally relate!

  16. I’ll keep this so I’ll be prepared when my kid goes to school. Thanks for this.A huge help for a new mom like me
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