The long summer days are upon us and we are soaking up as much of the sun as we can find. We have abandoned our regular routines and become nomadic. As much as we as a family are enjoying our stress less summer before we know school will be back in session. This school year, we will have a high school student, a junior high student and a junior student returning to their studies. I, as well, will be returning to my 40th consecutive school year and truly I still experience butterflies about the first day of school.
I have several tried, tested and true summer time tips you can use to help make the transition to school smoother for you and your family. They are easy to implement and will pay off dividends come the fall.
Our current summer meal time routine can be described as grazing. The month of July has been filled with farmers markets, BBQ’s and cottage fare. In August, I begin my meal planning with my family. I print out various recipes that I think the kids might like and are easy to create. The other criteria are that the recipes double easily, transitions to leftovers and have easy to obtain ingredients. We sit together as a team and choose several recipes to try, create and print out the ingredients and colour code who likes each recipe best. The very best recipes are printed & pinned on our family organizational board and during the school year we rotate through our favourites. Due to our high volume of printing we use TopPrint Multi-Use paper from Canadian Tire, it is affordable and can be used to make impromptu origami during lulls in our hyper scheduled lives. I like to laugh, a lot. I find a nice compliment of healthy-printable recipes and laugher at My Left Frying Pan with Mairlyn Smith.
Before the homework, book reports and cumulative reports are assigned, we as a family decide on a designated area for school work. Last year, we used our large dining room table for all of our homework needs. However, our dining room table has multiple uses including a laundry folding station, cat lounging area, and coffee-clutch-coaching-strategizing hub during the hockey season & school year. This year we decided to create a stand alone study area, filled with all the tools all three kids need to be successful. We browsed, the Canadian Tire site for items that would be efficient but not take up to much space.
We decided on this desk,
and this desk chair to compliment our new garden room student area.
Once we are all back to school we will be using the monthly calendar for assignments, a Mac Book, printer and writing utensils.
We live in a very print rich environment with magazines, books and coffee table look books. In order to prepare for back to school, I review each of my children’s curriculum for the upcoming school year. As my three are all in Ontario public schools, I am able to find out what each of them will be studying. For example, this year my son will be learning about Ancient Civilizations. We will look on line for short articles, printable books, and interesting fact sheets to print and read together. This helps introduce the topic as well as sharpen literacy skills needed for the upcoming school year. If your child is a student in an Ontario Public School you can find each grade’s curriculum here by subject or grade.
Back to School with Canadian Tire Contest
This back to school season, I am working with Canadian Tire to help create an environment that is conducive for learning, for my children. I was provided compensation and product, however, the views, opinions, and ideas are my own.