Back To School Essentials

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It's that time of year again where we get ready for our kids to go back to school. Here are some things we do in our house to help with homework, lunches, chores, and more...

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I freeze water soaked sponges in a ziplock bag.

I then place them in my kid's lunch boxes to help keep things cold and they don't make a mess.

I add a carabiner clip to their backpack packs to clip on their lunch boxes. Then they don't have to take up space inside their backpacks.

I also hang their back packs on door hangers to keep them out of the way when not in use.

I label key chain tags with Monday - Friday (and you could include weekends).

My kids make outfits for the week in advance and put the tags on them to grab and go each morning. This helps my kiddos who are not morning people.

We put our chore lists in a picture frame.

I hot glued a pom pom to the back of a dry erase marker.

The kids can check off their chores each day, then at the end of the day or next morning they use the pom pom end to erase and start over.

I decorated a display board (or you can easily let your kids do this too).

We use it to as a divider at home to limit distraction while studying.

We used a dish rack to homework folders and keep them organized. We also made a portable supply container with colored pencils, glue, and scissors that can be moved out to the table when working and put away when not in use. You can see my daughter using it in the picture above.

I place a small tissue pack, antibacterial hand wipes, and a first aid kit in a pencil pouch and place in their back pack.

We use a small travel soap holder to keep crayons together and from breaking. This also works great for flashcards. Write spelling words, math problems, etc on index cards, and store in a travel soap holder for your kids to take back and forth to school, use on the bus or at home.

We use a toothbrush holder for pencils to keep them together and keep the leads from breaking.

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