It’s just a matter of days until most of us are back in school. In fact, in some parts of the country the kids have already started. I was thrilled to be invited on You & Me This Morning to share some Back to School Organizational Tips with Jeanne and Melissa. These are two of the nicest and most fun ladies on morning television. It is always such a pleasure to talk with them. You can watch the full segment or scroll down to see some of the individual products we talked about.
All in One Calendar Board: This board lets you easily create a command center for your household. You can use this board to keep track of everyone’s activities and appointments. You can also write messages and “to-do’s” as well as pin important information.
L’il Davinci Art Gallery: This is our favorite system for displaying and storing the mounds of artwork that seems to come home throughout the school year. These spring loaded frames can hold up to 50 pieces of artwork while displaying the latest masterpiece. You don’t even need to take them off the wall to add in each new piece of art. You can buy an individual display case or purchase a set to create a mini gallery at home. We love the idea of having a display case for each child.
These lunch bags are so great and help save you time in the morning. There’s no more messing around with ice packs and such. The entire bag freezes to keep contents cool. It works so well that any uneaten food comes home still fresh and can go back into the refrigerator for the next day. The bag folds flat so you can store it in the freezer overnight (12 hours) to freeze completely for the next day. There are tons of cute patterns to choose from.
Lapdesk & Homework Caddy: Inevitably there are nights during any given week, when one of my kids winds up having to do their homework either in the car or while sitting on the sidelines at one of their siblings activities. I always assemble a portable homework caddy. I take a plastic bin or tote bag and fill it with paper, pencils, markers, ruler, glue stick and index cards. I also throw in a portable lap desk and leave the bag in my car. That way, we’re always able to start homework and make flash cards. **Another great tip is to take a picture of spelling lists the night they come home so you can always test your child on the go.
Calm Their Fears: While Back To School can be an exciting and exhilarating time it can also be filled with anxiety and nerves. There are some great books and activities that you can use to get your kids talking about their feelings. For the youngest ones, I love this book First day Jitters. It’s a wonderful story about Sarah Jane Hartwell, who doesn’t want to start over at a new school. At the end of the book, it’s revealed that she’s not a young child but rather a teacher. We love the notion that even adults and teachers can be nervous about starting school.
For older kids, there are some great school themed movies that are fun to watch as a family. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are just a few titles that come to mind. Sometimes with those tween and teens just snuggling up on the sofa with some popcorn and one of these movies is all you need to get them talking.