Tips for Back to School (plus a $50 Amazon Giveaway!)

OMG. I have a kindergartner! A KINDERGARTNER!!! Sebby starts kindergarten next month and his little sister, Quincy, is headed to developmental preschool. I’m super excited that despite us living in a different neighborhood now, she’ll have the same teacher as he did last year! Still, gah, the idea of him being in school five days a week like the “big kids” is crazy!

Last year I didn’t take nearly enough photos of his first days of preschool but I am NOT going to drop the ball for Kindergarten. No way! Lots of pictures! But there’s definitely more to the first days of school than photos, so I asked some other bloggers for their advice. You’ll notice some pretty similar messages – they might be on to something.

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Tips for Back to School

Make the first day of school special for your child. If you can, go in late to work and go to school with your child. First days can be nervous no matter what age you are and having your parents there may ease that stress. Go out for ice cream or a special treat after and create a back to school tradition! Danielle, Simmworks Family Blog 

My advice is to start enforcing school bedtimes at least a week prior to the first day. On the day of, serve a special breakfast, and take a photo with a sign showing “First Day of” whatever grade. This year, I plan to ask my son a series of questions on the first day and ask the same questions on the first day of school until he graduates high school! Emily, Naptime is My Time

Start practicing routines like packing lunch, choosing clothes the night before and getting ready in the morning at least a week before the actual start of school. This way when the first day hits you’ll already be in your groove and your kids will know what to expect. Jillian, Mommy Testers 

A few weeks before the first day, start preparing with earlier bedtime and earlier wake up time. And instead of just one day going to be at 7pm and getting up at 630am, slowly lead into it. For example, this summer, my kids have been going to bed at roughly 9pm and getting up at 10am. Two weeks before school starts, put them to bed at 830am and wake them at 930am for two-three days. Then bed at 8pm and wake up at 9am for two-three days, decreasing bed time by a half hour every few days and wake up time by a half hour every few days until they are going to bed at 7pm and waking at 630am a few days before school starts. Leila, Life as Leels

Label EVERYTHING: After digging through the lost and found 3 times last year with only 2 successes I learned my lesson label everything even each shoe your child’s doll is wearing. Headband? Label it! Shoes? Label them! Kid’s have a way of loosing everything. Ellen, Thrifty and Chic Mom

Start getting your schedule and routine in place a few weeks before school starts. Re-establishing bedtime and wake-up time in advance will ensure that kids are rested, awake and focused once they hit the classroom. Wendy,  ABCS and Garden Peas 

Back to school time is so hectic so planning is so important. 2 weeks before school starts we start having the kids go to bed at their regular bed times and getting up earlier. That way when school comes it’s not such a huge shock to their system. Ashley, Crunchy Frugalista

Tips: we pick out clothes for the week. Since we are on a very limited color scheme (pink, purple and red) I need to make sure we have enough for the school week. I put them in bags plastic bags on skirt type hangers so I can grab them and go in the morning because neither of us are morning people. Sarah, East 9th Street

Whenever we are trying to settle into a new routine it helps to be as prepared as possible. I try to get as much done the evening before, preparing clothing, lunches and bags so we will be able to get up and have less of a chance of something not going as planned. Having a smooth, non-stressful morning helps to set the tone for the rest of the day to be a success! Amanda, The Frugal Greenish Mama

Plan ahead. Have school closes pressed (if needed) and laid out the night before. Have lunches already packed and ready to go. Also, make sure to have all papers signed the night before and backpacks at the door. I even go so far as to put backpacks in the car, no way for them to be left behind. Tiffany, Fabulous Mom Blog

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Jill Myrick says:

    We always get everything ready the night before.
    We lay their clothes for that day out, pack as much of their lunch as possible the night before and make sure that jackets, shoes and backpacks are by the door.
    It makes the morning so much more pleasant.



  2. Have clothes and backpacks ready the night before so you don’t have to search for it all in the morning.

  3. prepare the night before

  4. Always make sure you have lunch prepared the night before, I feel like i don’t have to rush in the morning to make lunches AND breakfast!

  5. Sandra Travis says:

    My youngest is now a Sr in high school and this is the 1st year that I have not helped ensure school supplies are ready the night before! It was nice letting him organize his own supplies!

  6. Mary Cloud says:

    Lay your clothes out the night before and have backpack packed and ready to go to get out the door quickly and easily
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  7. Laying out clothes and anything that needs to go to school the night before always saves me time the next day.
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  8. These are great tips for kids and adults!
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  9. Rebecca Peters says:

    I like to have their clothes laid out and lunches made the night before

  10. Melissa Mazzur says:

    get to sleep early as a family

  11. Nicole Millheim says:

    shop the back to school sales, always have the clothes ready the night before and lunches already made

  12. Richard Hicks says:

    Get the kids on a schedule and stick with it!

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  13. john hutchens says:

    start the back to school routine the week before school

  14. Susan Smith says:

    Have you children start going to bed earlier 2 weeks before school starts.

  15. Brittney House says:

    PLan ahead so your child wont go to school and be missing items.

  16. My tip is to do all your shopping early.

  17. My best tip is to go to back-to-school shopping after school ends. This is the best time to get the best deals on fall/winter clothing. 🙂
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  18. e michelle says:

    try clothes and shoes on a head of time..also walk to the bus stop or to school on a practice run to see how long it takes you to get there

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