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Back to School hacks for Mom and Dad

August is finally here! School is already starting for many kids, with many more just around the corner. How is your family adjusting to the new routine? Returning to school after a long break is hard for everyone, not just the kids. So much of the routine is factored around us parents. Many of us are the lunch packers, morning alarms, launderers, bus drivers, and homework checkers in our households. Without us being on our game and ready to roll — school does not happen.

So we are here to help you find ways to get it all done and ready for that first big week back. Here is our top 5 list of things you need in your life to make the week run smoothly.

Our top 5 back to school hacks:

  1. School Lunch Station: this hack is amazing. Not only is it a time saver, it also enables your kids to get involved and pack their own lunch. Check it out! Back to school hacks - lunch station
  2. Bedtime routine: Like many of you, my kids stay up later during the summer. We also wake up later. This causes a huge shock to our system when we have to wake early for school. This mommy blogger has some great ideas for returning to proper bedtime routines.
  3. Time management: when those kids get home they seem to revert right back to summer mode. Now you can combat that attitude with a new and improved after-school schedule.Back to school hacks - after school routine
  4. Homework station: this is a great tip. Homework is an important part of back-to-school. You want your kids to be ready to go and ready to excel. With these tips, they will be on the right track. Back to school hacks - homework station
  5. Breakfast on the GO: We have all been there. School is hard to adjust to, and sometimes you run late. Here are some amazing make-ahead breakfasts for those on-the-run days. Back to school hacks - Breakfast recipes

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom without the kids at home, but mostly we hope you adjust quickly and easily to your new routines!

Great Books for Your Middle Schooler

We love books. We also love sharing books with our kids, and with your kids too! Reading is such an important part of life. A great love of reading can change how your child sees the world, and how they learn from it. That is why it is important to nurture that love for reading, which isn’t always easy for parents. One great way is to understand what kind of person your child is, what their likes are, what their personality is, and most importantly what their reading level is. If you choose a book too advanced for them it can intimidate them and make them afraid to read because they do not fully understand what they are reading and they don’t like feeling lost. If you choose too far below their level they can get bored and choose not read because it is not fun or thrilling.

To gauge some of these things you need to know how they are doing at school. Meet with their teacher and see what their reading level is this year. Or you might even want to see what it was last year, so that you can see if it is growing and changing each year. You can also check your child’s reading level by doing an at home reading competency test. Tutoring Parents has a great tutorial on how to gauge your child’s reading competency. The tutorial is simple to follow and can be applied to any age group.

Once you know your child’s reading level you can start thinking about books that will impress them. Think of their hobbies, their personality, and the things they think about being in the future. You want to pick things that they have an interest in already, but that doesn’t mean you cannot introduce them to new things. Here is a fun flowchart that will help you think of different ideas, and maybe help you brainstorm some of your own.

Flowchart:

Books for your middle schooler

Now it’s time to head for the library or the local bookstore to pick up some books for your middle schooler.

Kindergarten learning and fun at home

Many of us just sent our little ones off to school for the first time. Those sweet little kindergarteners have begun an incredible journey that will last a lifetime. But now that they are having so much fun at school and have made so many new friends moms and dads might feel a little lost at home as to interacting with them. Some of the things they are learning at school are different than we remember.

Kindergarten learning

In our kindergarten classroom there are a lot of new songs. These songs are very important to our kids, and we wanted to share in the excitement with them. Unfortunately, we do not know all of the words. That is why I was excited to come across this fun little cheat sheet. It has helped me to learn the words quickly and continue to participate with my kids in their education both at home and in the classroom as a volunteer.

The Teachers Guide features hundreds of songs that kids sing in school all day long. Some of the links even include a small audio or video attachment so that we can hear the tune as well as learn the lyrics. It has been a lifesaver for interacting with my kindergartener. Now I don’t have to hear that I am doing it wrong. There is such a wide selection of songs that they are almost certain to have the ones your child’s teacher is using this year. Check them out now for some incredibly easy ways to work on school at home with your kids.