It’s a new school year and a fresh beginning in your new home. And as parents, you work hard to set your kids up for success, which includes getting them ready for each school year. While you don’t have to put the floaties away just yet, you can start by prepping your new home to make the back-to-school year transition seamless.
Dream Finders not only offers quality built homes that you can customize to fit your style, but homes designed with spacious living areas that you can use to help your kids prepare for school. Here, we’ll share a few back to school prep ideas and some cool products to keep homework and study time fun!
What are Some Tips for Back-to-School Prep in My New Home?
1. Set Up the Entryway/Mudroom
Having a cluttered entryway or mudroom can make the transitions to and from school chaotic. Make the transition a bit easier by setting up this area as the drop zone for backpacks, outer layers, shoes, umbrellas, sports gear, and anything else needed before heading out the door. Once they get home, kids can have somewhere to set their belongings and take a quick break before homework time.
2. Prep the Kitchen for Easy Eating
Growing kids need lots of brain food, especially during the school year. Take a moment to clear the fridge and pantry of expired items and stock up on breakfast, lunch, and snack items. Creating accessible go-to areas in the kitchen for school meals will have your kids fully prepared for a day of learning. Plus, hungry kids will come home knowing exactly where to go! You can also designate a lunch making station that allows your kids to choose their favorite lunch foods and get involved with the prep.
3. Organize the Homework Space & Supplies
When it comes time for homework and studying, setting aside a specific area with all their needed supplies is important to keep your kids focused. This could be a desk in their bedrooms, a study room, a bonus room, or anywhere you can keep everything they need. For study room ideas, you can stack cubbies with removable bins to store paper, notebooks, and folders. For homework room ideas, you could use dividers for desk drawers and separate academic tools and utensils. As long as everything is easily accessible, your kids will be on track to keeping up with their homework.
4. Get Closets Back-to-School Ready
A fun way to get your kids involved in the prepping process is by having them help you organize their closets. This is a perfect opportunity to clear out any clothes and shoes that they don’t wear, are too worn out, or just don’t fit anymore. Have them help fold and place leftover items neatly into organized drawers with labels. You can also designate an area to lay out their chosen school outfits the night before and save time in the morning.
5. Establish a Daily Routine
Once the school season is back, the calendar is bound to get full quickly. Prepare your kids by establishing a back-to-school routine. This might mean having the kids go to bed earlier than they may have during the summer to reset their bedtime routine. Also, you can include a daily check in that gets added to the family calendar or bulletin board. Having a set area to view schedules, assignments, extracurriculars, notes, and anything else can make sure school tasks are completed and well prepared for.
There are even more ways to get your new home ready for the school year. These awesome products will create an organized and well-prepared homework room.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
This item is a magical tool for kids of all ages. It’s a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop that allows kids to keep their school notes and digital assignments organized. It includes a touchscreen and a detachable keyboard, so they can easily transition from school mode to play mode.
Magnetic Digital Timer
Keep your kids on track and focused with a magnetic digital timer. Aside from the magnetic option, it includes a retractable stand and a hook for hanging anywhere. Use this tool to show your kids how to manage their time and block study time for different subjects. It also has a memory setting that remembers your last time, so just hit start!
Portable Document Scanner
Want to save special projects or duplicate study materials? This portable scanner is a great option for keeping track of your kids’ school work, permission slips, and more. You can scan full color pages and send them directly to your favorite apps, no computer required. It’s portable with a rechargeable battery, so you can take it anywhere.
This unique room organizer features open circular compartments to store small utensils and art supplies. It can be secured to the wall or placed on a flat surface for easy decluttering. Stash scissors, colored pencils, crayons, rulers, and anything else your kid may need to let their creativity flow. This may also be used to hold items for study prep, like flashcards and one of the digital timers mentioned above.
Noise Canceling Headphones
It may seem like a counterintuitive product for your kids to stay focused, but noise canceling headphones are a great addition to their study room. If they enjoy studying in various rooms in your new home, they can listen to audiobooks and lessons without the distraction of other family members or outside noise. The full frequency response provides a clear, rich sound for whatever sounds aid them while working, like classical or calming instrumentals.
Now that we’ve covered a few ways to prep your home and have some trendy products to enhance your kids’ homework and study rooms, you can be confident they’ll enjoy a successful school year. If you want to implement these ideas but haven’t found the right home yet, consider Dream Finders. We have several communities and floor plan options that are sure to meet the needs of you and your family. Connect with us online to learn more!