Back-to-school is an exciting time for kids: seeing old friends, making new friends, learning new things and meeting new teachers! It’s also a time for transitioning from the lazy days of summer to a packed schedule that includes waking up early, extra-curricular activities and homework. Make that transition a little easier with some tips from the moms and dads at American Legend Homes!
Get back in the routine: Prep for back-to-school a few weeks before school starts by enforcing early bedtimes and wake-up times. Getting our “body clocks” back on schedule makes the transition much easier when school does start.
Create a workstation: Moms and dads have home offices in their American Legend homes. And kids need quiet, organized spots for their work, too. Many of our floorplans have built-in workspaces and desks in nooks. Take advantage of these! As you organize the space, make sure it is well-lit and has room for supplies and any necessary technology. Home workspaces are especially important in today’s world as we should always be ready for a switch to remote learning.
Moving workstation: If your kids need a little more flexibility in their workstation, we love this lap desk that can be used sitting or standing. It has space to hold supplies and can hold a tablet in place.
Post your schedule for all to see: A consistent visual reminder of daily schedules, like this one, is a great way to stay on track and avoid surprises. The checklist can include what needs to be done before school, after-school activities and homework. Hang it up by the homework station so it’s a constant reminder.
Electronic family calendar: Things can get chaotic during the school year when you add mom’s and dad’s schedules to all the kids’ schedules. We love this shared family calendar that keeps everyone in the loop and keeps us from forgetting girl scout meetings, doctor’s appointments and when it’s our turn to bring snacks!
Back-to-school supplies: It’s always fun to go back-to-school shopping for supplies. Once you have what you need, however, we recommend buying extra! Always have extra posterboard on hand, for example, for last minute projects (we promise it will save you from late-night, last-minute trips to the store!). And our floor plans offer plenty of space for storing these extra items.
Back-to-school fashion: Make mornings easier with this genius clothes organizer for the week. No more searching for matching socks or scrambling to find clean clothes before school. This lets you work it out on Sunday and forget about it!
Enjoy what is left of summer by lazing about your American Legend home: pack as many movie nights in the media room as you can, take in afternoons at the community swimming pool and enjoy lazy breakfasts around the kitchen island. Summer will be over before we know it but these back-to-school tips from American Legend Homes will get you ready for the new year. Enjoy!