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.
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!)
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.” 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!
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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