With this back to school checklist, you can make sure your kids are ready to head back to school without all the last minute rushing! Just go through this back to school checklist week by week in the month before school starts and you’ll be ready to go on day one! Oh, and for an added convenience you can download this Free Printable Back to School Checklist to reference as you finish your tasks.
1 month before school starts
Out with the old, in with the new
Sort through your kids’ old clothes and either hand down, donate or purge.
In the words of Doc McStuffins, “Time for your check up”
Schedule any necessary physicals or required immunizations
Let’s get on the same page
Grab your planner (paper or digital) and record the entire school year’s activities for each child
Sign your kids up for fall sports and after-school activities
Do you have your homework?
Check the progress of your kids’ summer reading lists and any other school homework expected to be completed during the summer
3 Weeks Before School Starts
Let’s Go Back to School Shopping
Purchase back-to-school clothes, backpacks, lunchboxes, supplies, water bottles
Regularly visit sites like FreebieFindingMom.com for the best back-to-school freebies and deals to save money
No need to buy inexpensive shirts for art class, gather your hubby’s old ones
Do any bulk shopping for non-perishable items like napkins, sandwich bags, and tissues
Let’s get organized
Designate a basket or crate near the door for each child to store his/her belongings (books, hats, gloves, sports equipment)
Get your babysitter schedule set up and if applicable, carpool arrangements
Schedule kids’ haircuts
Make a favorite foods list for each child and designate if it is for lunch, snacks or dinner
1 Week Before School Starts
Combat bedtime battles
Ease your kids back into their school bedtime routine. Considering putting them to bed ten minutes earlier each night till they reach the desired bedtime
What’s for dinner?
Make a meal plan for the first week of school and a corresponding grocery list that includes the necessary items in addition to the favorite foods you previously identified
Last minute shopping
Go grocery shopping
Purchase batteries and make sure the camera is charged
Fun summer activity for kids
Make DIY back to school teacher gifts, head over here for inspiration
Night Before School Starts
Prepare lunches and snacks for first day of school
Pack supplies in backpacks
Lay out clothes for first day of school
First Day of School…Have Fun!
Take pictures, put on a brave face (that includes you too mom) and make memories I hope this back to school checklist has helped you prepare your kids for school. Have a great year!
Thanks, Mom Agenda!