It's that time of year again, when parents are counting down the hours, kids are filled with mixed emotions, and teachers are scrambling to get the classroom ready in time for the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
At Red Rabbit, we have our plates full, too – in the office and at home. This time of year can feel overwhelming and confusing for all involved. To create a smoother transition from the laid-back summer beach days to the impending days of homework and after-school activities, we've gathered some useful tips:
- Red Rabbit knows food, and how important it is in keeping us energized and focused to take on each day. Planning ahead of time can be a huge time-saver and eliminates last minute unhealthy choices. On Sundays, try making some dishes that can be kept for a few days and used throughout the week.
- Mornings are busy! Start off your day with nutritious and filling Strawberry-Banana Bites. Kids (and adults!) can eat these as they’re running out the door to catch the bus or head to work. The flavors will wake up the taste buds and boost our brain power. The oats, almonds and banana will keep a belly full until morning snack or lunch.
- Don’t have time to make an after-school snack every day? We found this easy snack idea that can be prepared each weekend for the week ahead. In the refrigerator, designate a drawer or large container to keep bags of sliced fruit, cut up veggies and hummus, yogurts or cheese cubes. In a nearby cabinet, keep homemade trail-mix, nuts, dried fruit and pretzels on hand. Try to stay away from the processed foods and keep whole real foods ready for everyone to grab on the go.
- Now for dinner. Oh, the dreaded dinner ideas! We tend to be exhausted at this time of day, but the kids are ready to eat. What to make that will satisfy the taste buds of both kids and adults, while still being nutritious, quick and easy? How about a veggie pancake? The main vegetable in this recipe is broccoli, but change it up with what’s in season or according to veggie favorites, such as zucchini, carrots, asparagus, or corn!
While eating well is our favorite topic at Red Rabbit, we know it’s not the only thing needed to kick off a new school year! Here are some constructive organizing tips for homework, schoolwork, and home life.
We loved this timeline of “things to do” leading up to the start of school. It highlights the importance of having a “homework station” that is consistent and quiet.
At the start of the new year, we are bombarded with calendars, papers to sign and important new information. A great way to stay up to date is to have a “parent” bin with a folder for each child with parent papers (i.e. school/classroom calendars, permission slips, teacher notes, etc.).
For the kiddos, a “homework” bin can be just as useful, filled with materials used most often at homework time (i.e. pencils, paper, scissors, calendars, assignment sheets, etc.).
These are just a few thoughts and ideas to make the start of a new school year feel a little less like a whirlwind and more like a walk in the park. Check out our Pinterest board, “Back to School Ideas,” for more recipes and healthy living tips.
We wish you and your family a happy and healthy new school year!