Getting Ready for School



In 5 days my daughter will officially be a kindergartner.

No longer will we roll out of bed, play a bit, and then eventually meander to the breakfast table.  Our mornings will be all about waking up on time, getting dressed, and out the door in time to get to school.

This past week I’ve been trying to get organized and prepped to help ease the transition of getting a 4 and a 5 year-old dressed and out the door by 8:20. tips for starting school

The first thing I tackled was the collection of sandwich boxes, drink containers, lunch box, and other lunch related items I’ve acquired.  They needed a space of their own.  More importantly, they needed to be in one spot instead of spread out throughout the kitchen.

I tried a few places, and finally settled on the small cabinet with pull-out shelves that I kept my plastic bags, foil, etc. in. (I’m happy to say that I’ve actually found a new spot for these items already, too!) back to school tips

Now that all the items are in one spot, it will be easier (and faster) to get lunch packed.

My daughter is super proud that her lunch items have their own place — she keeps showing off the cabinet to everyone who visits!

Continuing with the lunch idea, I’ve also reorganized the pantry a bit so that we now have a basket holding school-friendly snacks (they have snack and reading time at school), a basket with fruit cups/applesauce, and a box with “desserts.” tips for getting ready for school They aren’t beautiful, and they certainly don’t match, but I had them on hand.   More important than how they look, I’m hoping this will make it possible for my little kindergartner to help get her lunch ready at night.  After all, if kids have a say in what gets packed, they are more likely to eat it!

Finally, what I think will be the biggest help in getting us out the door in time is this simple flip chart. how to make a flip chart

I used some over-sized paint samples I had in our art supplies and wrote out each step of our morning process.  I also included a simple picture on each card to make it easier for her to follow.

Then I punched a hole in each card and threaded them onto one of those plastic links we have leftover from baby toys.  (A metal ring would be great for this, but I like to use what I have on hand.)  I just wrapped a bit of tape around the opening in the ring to keep the cards from falling off.

This is another thing she is super excited about — again, showing it off to everyone.  I hope her enthusiasm for it continues once school starts!


Before the school year starts I am also hoping to get some dinner items prepped and into the freezer to make dinner time on those hectic days a little easier.

I’d love to hear what other tips you have for helping start the school year off smoothly!  Leave me a comment!  (Remember, this is our first year, so we can use all the tips we can get!)




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  1. It all looks great. I’m trying to be more organized this year. I m trying a meal plan chart. I have a daily schedule on the fridge. My goal is to have as consistent as possible schedule with dinner, baths, and bedtime because I feel like we were all over the place last year. I wish you good luck with the new year. We also got the felt dolls in the mail. My girls love them. Thank you very much.
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    1. I am hoping to be more organized when it comes to dinner meal times this year, too.

      I’m glad the girls like the felt dolls. :)

  2. Have her set out her clothes for the next day, right down to the underwear, so there won’t be any decisions to make in the morning. Also have her school bag ready to go the night before with what she needs for the next day (ie gym clothes, homework, etc). The fewer tasks and decisions there are when you are all still half-awake, the better.
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    1. Definitely setting out her clothes the night before. Thanks for the reminder to have all her stuff packed ahead of time, too!

  3. Wow….it looks like you’re very organized!
    I LOVE the flip-chart ~ what a great idea = )
    What an exciting time for you and your little peanut!!

    I found it very helpful to label everything with a permanent marker in case something gets lost ~ maybe you’ve already done that?

    And getting as much as you can ready the night before really helps the morning to go more smoothly ~ pick out clothes, set the breakfast table, pack lunch, organize backpack, etc.

    Also, you may want to start getting used to your “new” morning schedule/routine now….before school starts. That way it’s not such a big adjustment that first week of school.

    Don’t forget to take a photo on the first day of school to help remember this special occasion. It will be fun to display it at her graduation party in 13 years!!!!

    1. Thank you for the tips!
      Definitely getting clothes ready the night before and lunch packed. Never thought about having the table set for breakfast already — love that!

      I’ve labeled all her lunch stuff, but still need to label jackets, etc. And I’m hoping to try out the new schedule/routine this week before school starts.

  4. WOW…super organized babe. Can I link back to this post in two Thursdays? I am starting to get ready… with lunch bags and snacks in one place. I like your kid schedule, I have to get a calendar ready for Dino when he goes back to daycare everyday…I like the idea of it though. I may work on a similar type one in chart format…
    karen recently posted..SILLY SUNDAY, AWARD, and WEEKLY ROUNDUP

    1. Sure! :)

      Love the idea of a chart for him to follow!

  5. Wow, you are organised!

    I have a printout list (words and pictures) on my big girl’s bedroom wall, setting out what she needs to do to get ready in the morning (and in what order). It really helps.

    I hope your daughter has a great time at school and that you all adjust easily to your new routine :)
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    1. Having a list of what needs done in order has helped so far on our “practice runs” — hope it holds true when we start school this Thursday!


  6. I don’t have a school aged child but I do love your organisation ideas in order to make your morning flow, this would certainly make morning routines a lot easier!
    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy recently posted..Mummy Mondays – Cars Birthday Party Ideas

  7. Could you be MORE organized???? I love these things you did to help your daughter!! I lay out my kids’ clothes for the week on Sunday. Then there is no worrying about what to wear every morning!!! XO
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    1. I was debating picking out clothes for the whole week. I even got a little organizer to put each outfit in — but my daughter quickly put all her shoes in the little cubbies… Since her shoes were all over the place, I decided she might have a better idea than her momma! :)

  8. great tips, thanks for sharing :-)
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  9. Hi! I found your site from Homeschool Creations this morning. I have one child, and we are getting ready for Preschool. I have been focusing all month on prepping!!

    I even redid part of our pantry to store all of his crafting goodness!

    Love your site. You have a new fan and follower! :)

    1. Oh, organizing the craft stuff always takes me forever! :) I actually got most of it done last week, but I’m not sure how long it will last!
      Can’t wait to go read your post!

  10. Great tips! We’re starting school on Monday — have to get all four kids out of the house by 7:45 so big sister can get to school. No more leisurely mornings is right! One thing that’s really helped us is having all shoes and socks in pull out drawers in the hall closet. Makes it fast!
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    1. Yes! We have all our shoes and collection of socks in pull out drawers in the kitchen, next to the jackets and her backpack.

      Good luck!

  11. We start pre-K this year at a new school. I am looking forward to it, she however is anxious. Great ideas to get ready for it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
    Carrie recently posted..Math Lessons: Math in Nature

    1. Good luck! Can’t wait to read about her first days!

  12. I think you’ve done great. Sadly, there will just be those days where one or the other of your children just doesn’t want to get up and get ready. Overall, it’s going to be a fun year for all of you.
    Donna Yates recently posted..Time for a What Makes Me Laugh Post

    1. Oh, there have been a few “I don’t want to go…” moments b/c she wants to stay and play with her brother…. I’m sure when it is winter those moments will happen more often. And truthfully, Mommy won’t want to have to get in the car to drive, either!

  13. Best of luck to you this year! Sending your kid off to school for the first time can be a challenge (and emotional), but it sounds like you have a handle on things. :)

    Thanks for linking this up to my Back-To-School link-up! I think it will be helpful to a lot of people!
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    1. That first full week took a lot out of all of us! But I have to say the picture flip cards help keep her on track.

      Thanks for hosting the link up!

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