As a busy mom I learned very quickly once my son started Kindergarten that I had to prepare for school the night before. I can’t imagine how we could survive our mornings (and as a result, our days) if we weren’t prepared the nights before.
While I was thinking about the things we do in our home to get ready each day for school, the poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas, kept running through my head. And because I make up poems and song lyrics in my head all the time, I had to change it just a bit. Here’s my version…
Twas The Night Before School
Twas the night before school, when all through the house,
Mom was scurrying about like a mouse.
With cereal, bowls, and spoons laid out with great care,
In hopes that breakfast the next morning would leave time to spare…
Before my son could get snug in his bed,
With visions of lunchtime and recess in his head,
Mom helped him lay out his clothes,
Thank goodness he’s a boy and we can forget the bows.
Then out of the blue there was such a fuss,
You must do your homework to be a genius,
So make sure all homework is complete,
Or your teacher may make you obsolete.
I could go on, but you get the gist. One thing is for sure, getting prepared the night before helps us get our day started off on the right foot.
Here’s my night before school checklist…
- Put cereal, bowls and spoons out for breakfast – it’s important to start the day off with a good, healthy breakfast
- Lay out clothes – choose clothing for the little ones, but as your kids get older, let them pick their own clothes out
- Homework done – one of the first things my son has to do shortly after getting home from school for the next day. It eliminates a lot of stress
- Backpack ready – get it packed and sitting right by the door
- Lunch packed – let kids help make/prepare their lunch
- Double check next day’s schedule – if there’s soccer (or in our case play rehearsal) practice, or a doctor/dental appointment, so everything is coordinated to make the day go smoothly
- Set alarm clock – nothing worse than starting the day off by oversleeping
By doing the seven things listed above, we get our days off to a great start!
What do you do to get school days started off on the right foot?
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