Back to School Tips + No Fuss Breakfast Pudding.

It’s always hard for me to think of school when it’s still warm outside and the beach is calling…

But, another school season is upon us.  That means readjusting our schedules  and getting back into a routine.  I know how hectic mornings can be, so here are some tips to make things a bit smoother for those Back-To-School days.

Have kids pick out their own clothes and set them out the night before.  That includes socks and underwear –  then there is no last minute struggle to find the “perfect” outfit.  It doesn’t matter if colors clash or things don’t match.  If your child is happy and excited to be wearing the outfit…it’s a winner.

Keep a box of extra scrunchies, headbands, change, pencils, crayons and emergency “supplies” near the door so it will be easy to locate a needed item on the way out.

Have lunches/backpacks prepared the night before as well.  Sandwiches will keep just fine in a plastic container in the fridge.  You can cut up fruits/vegs the night before and put them in zipper bags.  They will be fresh and delicious the next day.

Check some of my previous posts for MORE back to school ideas.  Also check out:  http://www.readbrightly.com/know-didnt-read-last-summer/?cdi=2AEB03AD52D94BE9E0534FD66B0A7FAD&ref=PRH0563577803&aid=randohouseinc13256-20&linkid=PRH0563577803

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/back-to-school/back-to-school-tips-for-parents/

Here’s a recipe for some amazing CHOCOLATE BREAKFAST PUDDING you make the night before as well.  The kids can mix this up themselves once you show them how.  It really is best to let it blend overnight, so you get the full flavor.

CHOCOLATE BREAKFAST PUDDING    

Chocolate Breakfast Pudding.

Chocolate Breakfast Pudding.

Mix Together: 12 ounces of plain Greek yogurt, 12 ounces unsweetened almond milk, 3 T cocoa powder, 1/3 C chia seeds, 1/4 C maple syrup.  Stir until blended.  Refrigerate overnight.  Stir before serving.  Makes 6 servings.  This is great with toast, waffles or fruit.  No fuss and a yummy, nutritious treat your kids will love.

Back to School Tips

Here’s my blogger friend Gail Terp with some great tips for getting your kids in Back To School mode.

Back to School TipsSome kids are starting school this week; others will start within the next few weeks. After a summer of less structure, getting back into school mode can be a challenge. Here are a few tips for getting off to a good start.

 Establish a place to keep all school information.

  • Your child’s teacher(s) and contact information
  • Your child’s schedule
  • The school calendar
  • Documents such as report cards, immunizations, a behavior plan, Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), and any document you think you may want to refer to through the year

School Clothes

  • Inventory your child’s school clothes and discard/recycle mismatched socks, clothes that don’t fit, and clothes your child doesn’t like. Getting these things out of the way will streamline getting dressed for school
  • Consider setting out school clothes the night before. This can greatly help the morning preparations.

Morning Routine

  • Brainstorm with your child what needs to be done before he goes out the door in the morning. Things like getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth…
  • Write it down! In the morning, if your child needs reminders, all you need to do is have her check her routine card.
  • Build in a reward. Checklist completed? Brainstorm what can happen (watch TV, get points towards a reward, computer time…)
  • Launching Pad
  • Establish a place near the front door to collect all that needs to go out the door. Things like backpacks, lunch, shoes, jackets—whatever you don’t want to have to search the house for.
  • Homework
  • Set up a routine. This is a very individual thing. A routine is best if your child has input.
  • Consider when your child is freshest and most motivated. Right after school? After dinner? For some kids, the morning is a good time. It’s risky, of course, but it’s something to consider.
  • If possible, establish a dedicated homework area. This will need to reflect your child’s work style. Some kids do just fine in their rooms, others need to be where you can monitor their on-task behavior.

Along with my own experience, I used these sites to write this post. Please check out them out for more ideas.

Friendship Circle

Pragmatic Mom

Stress Free Kids

Here are 2 sites that have downloadable resources you may find helpful.

Reading Rockets

School Family

 Have a great start to the new school year!

Gail Terp

 About Me

I’m a retired teacher who has spent the last 30 years working with enthusiastic and reluctant readers. One of my top goals as a teacher was to connect kids with books they loved. It’s still my goal. My blog, Best Blog for Kids Who Hate to Read, is one way I use to reach it.