Back To School: How To Keep Your Mornings Calm and Cool

We are getting closer to that time of year again. Our lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are winding down and soon it will be back to our usual routine. The usual routine is making sure everyone is around and has their stuff, packing lunches, and making sure a quarter of a gallon of milk isn’t spilled every morning. Are you ready? If not, it’s okay. In today’s post, Back To School: How To Keep Your Mornings Calm and Cool, I’m going to share some tips to make your mornings much easier.

Back To School: How To Keep Your Mornings Calm and Cool.

The Night Before.

Back To School: How To Keep Your Mornings Calm and Cool

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Gather up everyone’s school stuff for the next day-Make sure your kids have all their school supplies, notebooks, and homework tucked away in their backpacks the night before. For your younger ones, make sure diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream and any other necessities are ready to go in the diaper bag.

Check for notes from your child’s teacher-Do they need anything special for the next day? Do they need to bring a book or movie for a special day? Do they need something special for an art project? Are fundraiser packets due? Do they need money for a field trip?

Pack lunches-Even if you can’t pack sandwiches ahead of time for fear of them getting soggy, make sure all other aspects of your lunches (fruit/pudding cups, chips, granola bars,) are in each child’s respective lunchbox. This will save on time in the morning. Slap some sandwiches together, add a drink, and you’re good to go.

More Ideas To Make Your Mornings Easier.

Choose outfits-Allow your children to pick out their clothes for the next day with the understanding that what they pick is what they have to wear.

Put things by the door-Make sure all shoes are sitting by the door.

Set the table and put out breakfast items-If you have time in the morning to sit down and eat breakfast, set the table and put out breakfast items like cereal, fruit or microwavable oatmeal cups. If not, set out breakfast items to just grab and go.

Where is your stuff?-As the adult, make sure all your things are in order including your laptop, important papers, car keys and yes, shoes. Make sure those pumps match and are ready to go.

Set the coffee maker-Program your coffee maker the night before to brew as many cups as you’ll need in the morning. 🙂

The Next Morning.

Back To School: How To Keep Your Mornings Calm and Cool.

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Wake up and relax. Just imagine being able to spend a few extra leisurely minutes in bed because your morning is organized. Everything is in its place and more or less ready to go. In using the suggestions above, you’ll be ready for back to school and know how to keep your mornings calm and cool.


Fun Ideas For Five Senses Week.

We are smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer. It’s way too hot to take your class outside and they are quickly tiring of the same old everyday toys. You may be even having a week where you are completely stuck on what to do differently. It happens. Why not plan some activities for the five senses? Today I’ve compiled a list of fun ideas for five senses week.

Fun Ideas For Five Senses Week.

Sight-Bring in a pair of binoculars and let the kids look through them to see what they can see. If you have one on hand, bring in a View Master from the eighties or a kaleidoscope. If you have an older class, make tie dye shirts so they can see what their t-shirts turn into once removed from the solution.

Smell-Bring in a variety of oils, spices, or unlit candles for the kids to smell. Arrange a field trip to a botanical garden so the kids can smell several different flowers. Research some fun facts about the nose and how we smell. Take a walk with your class in the fall and smell the crisp, cool air, leaves, and other smells of the season.
More Ideas For The Five Senses.

Sound-Bring in CDs or download sounds of nature on your phone or your iPod. If you know someone who knows how to play various instruments, have them come in and teach the kids about the different sounds that various instruments make. You could also just have them come in and sing with your class as well. Bring in a diagram of an ear or call a local ear, nose, and throat doctor to see if someone can come in and do a presentation about the ears.

Fun Ideas For Five Senses Week

More Ideas For The Five Senses.

Touch-Bring in different fabrics for your kids to touch. You could also bring in brown lunch sacks with cold spaghetti, peeled grapes, cotton balls, hard candy, etc. Have your kids put their hands in and tell you what they feel inside the bags without them looking inside the bag.

Taste-Bring in different flavors like peppermint candies, starbursts, potato chips or pretzels, lemon slices, etc. This way you can cover the full spectrum of our taste buds. Show your kids a picture of a tongue and explain what our taste buds do, where they are located, and the different tastes that they pick up.

Your kids are going to learn a lot and have a lot of fun with these ideas for  five senses week.






3 Ideas For Classroom Pets (Other than fish.)

Are you looking to do something different for your classroom? Have you thought about getting a class pet but aren’t sure where to start? Here are 3 ideas for classroom pets that are fun to have around, are easy to take care of, and won’t break the bank.

3 Ideas For Classroom Pets.

Bearded Dragon-Although they may look scary, bearded dragons make great classroom pets. Bearded dragons are gentle by nature. Since they are from the desert, they will need a warm and dry habitat. Once they have adjusted to their new environment (usually a few days) you will be able to take them out for handling sessions. Make sure your students never take the bearded dragon out without supervision. They are fragile in some areas and if a student accidentally picks it up by its tail only, it can break off.

3 Ideas For Classroom Pets (Other Than Fish)

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Guinea Pigs-These makes great classroom pets due to their minimal care. Just like other animals, they require food, water, room to play and exercise toys and at least a once a year checkup. Guniea pigs are bigger than hamsters and gerbils which make them easier to handle. They are very social animals that require daily interaction/activity not to become bored. The only thing special that they need is a source of vitamin C, so fresh food is important.


Brine Shrimp(SeaMonkeys)– These come in kits and are extremely easy to set up. Just add water and then watch them emerge and grow. They only need to be fed once a week and may need additional water to help combat evaporation. This classroom pet is one of the easiest ever in maintenance.


These 3 ideas for classroom pets will add some fun to your classroom. In addition, it teaches kids about animals, maturity, and responsibility. With the ideas above, you can still have a classroom pet that won’t break your budget.


How To Help Your Child Readjust After Vacation.

Have you just returned from vacation and are dreading your first morning back to your usual routine? Do you have visions of oversleeping, lost shoes and meltdowns?  Here are some ideas on how to help your child readjust after vacation.

How To Help Your Children Readjust After Vacation.

Let them pick out their clothes the night before-Let kids pick out their clothes the night before. This way there will be no fights the next morning. Make sure shoes are in plain site too.

Make sure they eat dinner- After being on the road for so long, everyone is exhausted. Still, it is important that everyone eats dinner. This will help your bodies replenish for the next day.

Put them to bed on time-Chances are everyone was up way later than usual during your vacation. Make sure everyone gets to bed on time, if not earlier.

Pack lunches the night before-Pack the kids lunches the night before and make it as easy on yourself as possible. If this is the one time you pack them  a Lunchible or something else a little less healthy, so be it.

Make sure all school supplies are in order-Take a minute to make sure all your child’s school supplies (pencils, markers, calculators, notebooks, textbooks,etc) are in their backpack.

How To Help Your Child Readjust After Vacation.

More Ways To Readjust After Vacation.

Here are a few more ways to help your little ones adjust to going back to day care and school after a leisurely vacation.

Wake them up a little earlier-Sure, this sounds counterproductive. Early risers usually equal crankiness. However, if you get them up  a little earlier, it won’t be a mad dash to get out the door. This way your kids can take their time waking up and you will still have enough time to get out the door.

Make sure they eat breakfast-Have a few things on hand that are easy to make like instant oatmeal, frozen waffles, or breakfast bowls.

Take a little extra time during drop off-Plan to spend a little extra time during drop off with your child. Remind them that you will be back to get them just like always so they feel secure.

Use these tips upon your return and see how they work. Make notes and see how you can make things better next time. In doing this you will know exactly how to help your children readjust after vacation next time.