Countdown to the 1st Day of School

19 Aug

Paper Chain

The kids are very excited that the first day of school is almost here! The kids made a paper chain for the days left until school starts. Calvin has a little longer chain than Zoey since he starts pre-school about a week later. The kids enjoy waking up and tearing off another “link” to the chain.

Zoey board

Since we’ve made the chain, we have also been preparing for school everyday. We had been spoiled with a PM start for Kindergarten last year and have enjoyed a slow start to the day. Now that Zoey will be in 1st grade, she starts at 8am like all the others and we are no way ready for that kind of transition! For the past two weeks we have been waking up early and have gotten into our new routine. To help keep us on track, we started up our daily stamp sheet/chore chart and it really has helped the kids stay motivated!

Calvin Board

The kids each have their own magnet board with their stamp sheets. I purchased these small magnet boards from Walmart for about $7 each. The boards come with double-sided mounting tape, I chose to mount our boards with those wonderful Command strips that I love! I didn’t want anything that would take the paint off of our doors or leave any residue behind. Command strips are my go to for about EVERYTHING I hang on my walls.

So, do you have any special preparations to the start of a new school year?

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3 Responses to “Countdown to the 1st Day of School”

  1. vegavick August 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    You are so organized, what a great mom you are! Can’t believe Zoey will be in 1st grade, how exciting for her! So much to learn too. I love the paper chain idea and definitely getting the kids up and fed early when their tummies aren’t used to food that early in the morning…. Hope all is well with you and the family!

  2. booksoutsidethebox August 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    So organized! And what a great way to motivate/excite your kids. Hubby starts school next week too, and in preparation we’re getting up earlier (at 5 AM!) to get used to the new morning routine. Are you excited to get your kids back in school, or will you miss having them around all day?

    • whoopiecookie August 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      I’m excited to get them out the door! I will still have Calvin three days a week since he only goes to pre school twice a week. Things will be different, that’s for sure! 5am is pretty early! I thought 6am was bad! Good luck!

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