Since 2020 has been different in all aspects, you should be expecting the back-to-school routine this year to be a bit tougher than previous years. Kids got dragged out of their regular school routine last March and were forced to go on lockdown and resort to e-learning which was difficult on all levels.
Most international schools have decided to reopen with the kids on campus, while national and public schools are yet to start on October 17th.
Here are a few back-to-school 2020 hacks to make transitioning back to school after a long break easier on you and your kids.
Hack #1: Practice setting a school routine before school starts
Since the kids haven’t been following a routine for so long because of the pandemic, most of them started sleeping late and waking up late and basically don’t follow a routine. Try to get your kids to follow a routine one week before school starts. Wake them up half an hour early every day so they get used to waking up early and set their bedtime.
Hack #2: Make a weekly lunchbox menu
All mothers dread going back to school because of having to prepare a daily lunch box. Create a weekly menu for your kids that includes their favorite food and snacks. This hack will help you save time in the morning when you are already running in circles.
Hack #3: Make a snack station for after school
Kids always come home very hungry after school, and sometimes you don’t always have lunch ready. Prepare a mini snack station for them including healthy snacks such as fruits, salad, crackers, or biscuits to keep them busy until you prepare lunch.
Hack #4: Use a sponge as an ice pack for lunchboxes
Here is the easiest way to keep your kids’ food cold and create a DIY ice pack. Bring a dish sponge, soak it in water, and put it in a ziplock bag, and voila! You have your own ice pack to keep your kids’ food cold if you have to.
Hack #5: Leave your kids a happy note in their lunchboxes
Imagine your kid opening their lunch boxes and finding a note from you; it will definitely draw a smile on their faces and make lunchtime fun for them as they wait for their daily note from mommy.
Write them notes such as mommy loves you, enjoy your lunch, or can’t wait till you are home. Prepare them during the weekend on a small piece of paper and just grab one while preparing their lunchboxes in the morning
Hack #6: Make a morning to-do-list
Let’s face it, kids need to be reminded daily with the things they need to do to get ready for school. Make them a to-do list and stick it somewhere they can easily see to make life easier for both of you.
Hack #7: Make a homework station at home
Since some schools are resorting to hybrid learning this year, make a homework/study station for your kids at home. It can be like a mini-classroom for them where they have all the supplies they might need.
Further reading: 12 Places to Buy School Lunch Boxes and Lunch Bags in Egypt