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#61 of 98 Old 08-26-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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Right now my favorite organizational tool are those closet sweater organizers- lined up on the floor against the wall for toys and puzzles, and hanging up labeled for each day of the week so that I can sort and prep homeschooling materials ahead of time.

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I agree setting things out the night before helps a lot. Also having a nightly routine helps things go smoothly in the morning.
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I am a kindergarten teacher and mother of 4 - my best advise is to stay involved, stay connected, and to never underestimate the value of sleep!

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Our school does not have a/c, so during these really hot weeks I put the boys Capri sun drinks in the freezer. When I make their lunches I throw it in their bag. By the time they have lunch it's defrosted enough to drink but still has ice to keep in cool.
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My daughter just started preschool and my tip is to get everything ready the night before
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This is our first year home schooling. So far so good. I went with oak meadow, so i just read a few weeks ahead and plan everything out in advance, my son is very schedule oriented and wants to know what time and for how long everything is happening. So advanced planning works best for us. But we still adjust everything if random learning opportunities come up.
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Hmmm... I guess my best tip for back-to-school tip would be to have good, home cooked meals, even when there's no time to cook them!

 

Every week or so, I spend a few hours cooking multiple foods... Meats, sides, even desserts. I do this in large amounts, like 2 family size packages of chicken thighs, 3 meat loaves, ten pounds of potatoes, etc.. I then freeze everything into single portions. This way, when there's no time to cook, I just look in the freezer, and grab some precooked chicken, a baked potato, and veggies, pop it in the microwave, and I have real food in minutes! It is much cheaper because it is bought in large amounts and healthier than prepackaged foods because it does not contain all of the salt and preservatives.

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My favorite tip is, start practicing your morning school routine a few weeks before school starts. That way your child is already used to waking up and getting ready early! 

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I reviewed Click n Kids

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Reviewed the M&B fruit cutting kit

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Also reviewed the M&B magnetic letter set!

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I have a PreK student and 1st grader this year and we have a large woven basket near where they do art/homework that is a drop off zone for their backpacks.  The girls know to take their lunchboxes out of the backpack, place it next to the sink for me to wash up, take out papers/folders from the backpack and leave the backpack in the basket.  The basket fits with our decor (I like things to look pretty AND be functional, thank you TJ Maxx!) which works for me, the backpacks don't end up all over the house, and everyone has what they need where they need it for preparation for the next day.  I also have a little magnetic folder on the refrigerator that notes home from the teacher go in (like a mailbox for me) so I know what I need to review and either send back with the girls to school or file into our family binder.  These are simple things that so far seem to help control the chaos.

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Just posted in an email to some moms I know.

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What helps our homeschool run well is a set morning routine.
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One thing that helped for a little while with our oldest in preschool was letting her get dressed before eating breakfast instead of waiting until after.  This gave her some time to wake up before eating and that was what she needed at the time.  She also liked that she was mature enough to be trusted with eating in her good clothes.

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A checklist for the morning routine helped my kindergarten son get ready all by himself in the mornings. This was huge considering we were starting public school after a year of total freedom all day everyday. Still on the fence regarding public schooling. May go back to homeschooling next year. Also, prepping the night before is so required in this family.
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I just have to remember that everyone learns at their own pace because it brings me back down to earth when I feel like we should be learning something in particular. My motto during these impatient times is "they're only little once". It seems to really keep me grounded and keeps learning fun
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As a mom of a teen who can pack her own lunches, I involve her in making the grocery list shortly before school starts. That way I know there will be plenty of healthy choices that she can pack for lunch, and that they are things she'll actually eat.

 

I also need to make her room a technology-free zone after 10 pm.  If not, she will be up all night texting or face-booking her boyfriend, and then will sleep through classes the next day.

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Although we homeschool, I pack lunches for the whole family every night. That way can be confident that everyone is getting nutritious meals and we can take them anywhere we go throughout the day.
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This is my son's first time going to school all day every day. He feels things deeply and can feel easily overwhelmed. In the evenings I give him a massage with oil and then put him in a warm bath before bed. He sleeps more deeply and seems to go into his morning with more confidence.
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